What about an automatic planning report generator?

Author: Cyril Richert

Yes, as many of you spotted, yesterday’s publication was of course specific to April fool’s day (the clue was in the date!)

However, independently of Wandsworth Council, we have analysed dozen of planning reports on major schemes and found many similarities used to dismiss objections. Words such as “on balance“, “landmark“, “benefits outweigh harm” seem to have been used, without moderation, to justify any possible scheme. Continue reading

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BREAKING NEWS: Wandsworth is using an AUTOMATIC planning report generator to save time and money!

Author: Cyril Richert

Exclusive revelation today by the Clapham Junction Action Group: Wandsworth Council is using an automatic tool to generate planning reports!

The information has been leaked by internal sources: in order to save time and money to reach decisions that have already been made behind closed doors by members of the cabinet, Wandsworth Council has set up an automatic planning report generator to be used by planning officers on some major strategic schemes.

What can we do about Falcon Road’s horrible railway bridge?

Author: David CurranIMG_20181112_104744909 (2)Nobody likes the Falcon Road railway bridge.  Dark, dirty, loud and always mysteriously wet, the prospect of running the gauntlet of drips from the leaky bridge structure (or – worse – from the many resident pigeons) discourages non-residents from venturing up the Falcon Road.  But like it or not, it’s unavoidable lowlight for those of us who live north of the railway. Continue reading

How Wandsworth Council is recycling failed councillors

Author: Cyril Richert

Wandsworth Conservatives - Not Delivering for You posters (original on wandsworthconservatives.co.uk)

Wandsworth Conservatives – original photo on wandsworthconservatives.co.uk

On Thursday 9th November, John Locker was elected councillor in the safe Tory ward of Thamesfield (I always remember what a Society member told me a while ago: “if the Tory party was putting a monkey up for election in that ward, he would get elected“). The name might ring a bell as John Locker was ousted from Bedford ward at the last local election in 2014, where Labour’s Rosena Allin-Khan and Fleur Anderson were elected. That is how Wandsworth Tory party is thanking obedient Tory councillors, by making sure they find a safe place where they can stay with a pretence of power. Continue reading

Public consultation: a necessary evil for the Council?

Author: Cyril Richert

'Excellent! So that's all agreed, then! All we need do now is draft the consultation document.' (cartoonstock.com)Wandsworth Council, like all other public authorities is used to run consultations. Some might consider that consultations are un-necessary: local elections are providing elected Councillors who have the legitimate power to make decisions. But most will argue that the consultation is part of a vibrant democratic process where the local government needs to seek (and not dismiss) the support of the residents to implement preferences. The fact is also that most of the consultations are mandatory as part of the local authority statutory duty. Continue reading

Zipcars could be left anywhere in Wandsworth (but not bikes!)

Author: Cyril Richert

Zipcar have recently launched an additional service in all of Wandsworth, along with parts of Merton, Sutton and south Lambeth, called Zipcar Flex. This service allows Zipcar members to make one-way journeys, rather than having to pick up and return a car from/to a dedicated car club parking bay. The Flex vehicles are permitted to park anywhere a resident can, including resident-only and shared-use bays, i.e. there are no dedicated bays. Continue reading