About Clapham Junction Insider
For the past 14 years, Clapham Junction Insider (CJ Insider – CJI, formerly CJAG News) has been consistently publishing hundreds of pieces of information on its community website.
We attend Council meetings, scrutinize documents, file Freedom of Information requests, and engage with people – tasks that were previously the responsibility of the local press. Unfortunately, due to staff shortages and economic constraints, these tasks are no longer within their purview.
Our primary focus at CJI is on Clapham Junction, Battersea, and the larger Wandsworth borough. However, we occasionally cover broader issues within London and international news that pertains to our local context.
Historically, this was a simple blog to publish about the Clapham Junction Action Group (CJAG) campaigns, with a heavy emphasis on planning matters that could significantly impact the local community, potentially leading to dire consequences.
In recent years, it has transformed into a local democracy reporting magazine, broadening its focus beyond planning to encompass topics such as politics, transportation, infrastructure, and more.
Most stories are written by co-founder and editor Cyril Richert.
We are only founded by our readers. Thanks to the helps of our supporters, we have been able to provide information and analysis on topics that would be often unreported otherwise, debunk some PR exercise and help local communities. If you want to contribute, you can visite our Donate page. We have setup Paypal for one-off contributions, or Patreon for regular contributions.
How can you get involved with CJ Insider?
Please use the Contact Form on this page and ask to join our list of supporters. We will send you regular updates of meetings and leaflet drops, and keep you informed of developments in major planning applications, transport issues, environment and education maters (so far 1 or 2 emails every quarter… you won’t be submerged).
We need volunteers to write articles for the website and to help with leafleting.
We want to properly inform local residents of changes in the neighbourhood and to ensure that everyone is aware of what is happening.
What is the Clapham Junction Action Group
Established in 2008, the Clapham Junction Action Group (CJAG) is a well-respected community organization with a vested interest in the future of the Clapham Junction area and Wandsworth borough at large.
Initially formed in response to the proposed construction of two 42-storey skyscrapers near the station in 2008-09, CJAG effectively mobilized the local community to protest and successfully prevented the development from moving forward, as well as a proposed 16-storey hotel nearby. This accomplishment demonstrated our effectiveness and unwavering commitment to preserving the community’s interests.
Since then, CJAG has leveraged our expertise in planning regulations and community involvement to become a regular participant in Council meetings, local plan reviews, and related planning and housing matters. We have participated in multiple Planning Inspector hearings, as well as local and national consultations.
As the coordinator of CJAG, Cyril Richert has a track record of publication of Planning & Housing news, including occasional publishing in newspapers (such as The Architects’ Journal, local newspaper and web news). This includes proposals to reform planning decision and improve community participation.
CJAG was founded by Cyril Richert and Kate Williams in November 2008.
Cyril Richert is an IT specialist in banking and Internet solutions. He has lived in Mossbury Road for 20 years and chose to settle in Clapham Junction due to the mix of great transport facilities and “village” atmosphere, with the proximity of the Common and the presence of some great local shops and activities in the vicinity. He is convinced that addressing the need of the community with skyscrapers, and transforming Wandsworth into Canary Wharf, shouldn’t be the chosen way to fund necessary developments.
Nowadays, Cyril Richert is the main editor for Clapham Junction Insider, dedicating a lot of his time to cover local news, participate to consultations and analyse Council procedures and official papers.
Kate Williams is a dual qualified as a solicitor and barrister, and has 20 years’ experience negotiating contracts and specialising in construction law and disputes. She lived in Clapham Junction area for 10 years and is now based in the UAE. As a single mum with a daughter at school in Battersea, she was seen struggling through the Junction each morning, four year old in tow. Kate was horrified by the prospect of the twin towers looming over her flat and thought that the area needed more affordable housing for families, not more starter flats for execs. “The proposed transport improvements are a con”, she says. “What most people don’t realise is that the majority of the improvements, including lifts and platform straightening, will be carried out by Network Rail. All the developers will be doing is booting the entrance back up St John’s Hill and creating a shopping centre around it.”