Category Archives: Politics

Battersea Park Station: Step-free at last?

Battersea Park railway station just keeps getting busier. It was never a quiet station, thanks to a steady stream of traffic from the Doddington & Rollo flats and the mansions around Battersea park, and some weekend traffic to the park … Continue reading

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Tough times at No Boring Beer

It’s not an easy time to be in retail. Budgets are squeezed, and costs are up – especially gas & electricity. And until recently, businesses were particularly in the firing line as they have not benefitted from the price caps … Continue reading

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Exhibition and play on John Archer, the first Black Mayor in London – this Friday at Battersea Arts Centre

We’ve previously written in some detail about the impressive life story of John Archer – Mayor of Battersea back in 1013, Britain’s first Black mayor, and someone with an interesting and unusual life story. And this Friday sees the opening … Continue reading

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Legal challenge to Lambeth on their approach to Clapham Common

Controversy has erupted again on Clapham Common, with a protest this morning at the ‘events service entrance’ – prompted by the prospect of major events starting up on the recently repaired eastern section. The Common has recently emerged from nearly … Continue reading

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John Archer, Battersea’s groundbreaking mayor, may be honoured with a statue on Lavender Hill

It’s surprising how little we talk about John Archer. Born in Liverpool, he and his Canadian wife moved to Battersea in 1890 when he was about 30. He was clearly an industrious gentleman, with myriad jobs over the years including … Continue reading

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Should the speed limit on Lavender Hill stay at 20 or be increased? Have your say…

Back in 2017, the speed limit on most of Wandsworth’s roads was cut to 20mph. Driving much faster than that on narrow side streets full of parked cars, small children and cats wasn’t very safe in any case – which … Continue reading

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Cycle lanes, 20mph, school streets, bollards and planters… what’s going on with Lavender Hill’s traffic?

It’s been a dramatic year in traffic terms! After a deathly calm early on in the lockdown, there’s no doubt that the traffic on Lavender Hill and some of the residential streets has been pretty busy! We’ve also seen a … Continue reading

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A tax cut for (some of) Lavender Hill’s shops and restaurants

One of the bills (planned new laws) announced in the Queen’s Speech today was a plan to give a 50% discount on business rates for all independent shops, pubs restaurants and cafes in England with a ‘rateable value‘ below £51,000. … Continue reading

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Local councillor constituencies are changing in Battersea: Say hello to the ‘Lavender’ Ward

Thousands of new residents have moved in to Wandsworth in recent years, especially in Nine Elms – which means that a little-known organisation called the Local Government Boundary Commission has been called in to review the constituencies (also known as … Continue reading

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Battersea’s Post Office is being downgraded

You may have seen posters up in the main Post Office on Lavender Hill, saying that there are ‘changes’ ahead, and that they welcome views.  It’s not entirely clear what the change is about – at first glance, the only … Continue reading

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