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The TRUE spirit of Christmas!

The TRUE spirit of Christmas!

Vijay and Pallavi the owners of our local news agents where we have been going to for years put a sign in their window which read:

“If you’re alone today then please come in to say hello over some mince pies. Merry Christmas. PS you don’t have to buy anything. So please come in.”

Now that is the TRUE spirit of Christmas!

Their thoughtful gesture has resulted in them being invited as guests of honour to Wandsworth Town Hall. Read more here: Source Wandsworth Council:,5F3ZM,G70I7D,KZ6LQ,1

Don't Follow The Herd

Don't Follow The Herd

It appears that Estate Agents are always preaching that NOW is the ideal time to buy but they would wouldn't they!

Jason Carlon and Jason Galvin the Directors of Rochford Stokes have been Estate Agents for 30 years so as you can imagine they have certainly seen some major ups and downs in the property market. What their experience has taught them is that buyers who take the contrarian view and buy when the herd waits do very, very well.

Right now there are some awesome mortgage deals available and a great selection of properties on the market so RIGHT NOW could be a really good time to buy.

Wandsworth Council Leader Welcomes Embassy Staff

Wandsworth Council Leader Welcomes Embassy Staff

In the week that the new US Embassy opens its doors for full consular business, the leader of Wandsworth Council leader, Cllr Ravi Govindia, has formerly welcomed all its staff to the borough. Over the last few weeks the Embassy has gradually moved around 1,000 members of staff into the striking new building in Nine Elms and this week it opened to the public for consular services for the first time.  U.S. Ambassador Woody Johnson said he is excited to welcome the public to the new Embassy and looks forward to being good neighbours  in Nine Elms.

Cllr Govindia said: “This week is a huge milestone in the Nine Elms journey. The new U.S. Embassy, which is one of the cornerstones of Nine Elms, opens its doors for business and I want to welcome every member of staff to the borough and say that it is a privilege to have them working here.

“The opening of the Embassy comes at an exciting time for Nine Elms, a time when we are moving away from the area being seen as a huge building site to the fruition of various projects such as the new Embassy – which is turning Nine Elms into a premium destination for London as a whole.”

Nine Elms is a £15billion transformation project that’s bringing 20,000 new homes and 25,000 permanent jobs to Wandsworth and the surrounding area.

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The Greener Borough

The Greener Borough

Wandsworth Council is now roughly halfway through this winter’s programme of planting new street trees across the borough.

This winter 664 trees are being planted in Wandsworth’s residential streets, housing estates and parks.

This includes more than 500 street trees – ensuring that residential parts of the Brighter Borough remain green and leafy.

At least 500 more will also be planted in residential areas next winter – making a projected total of more than 1,150 new trees over the two planting seasons.

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A Very Civilised Commute

A Very Civilised Commute

Last Updated: 03/11/2017 17:51:50    Tags: riverbus 

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People living in Battersea who need to commute into central London and the City can now take to the waves and catch the river bus into town from a brand new pier at Battersea Power Station.

The new Thames river bus service which began yesterday (Wednesday) means a 15 minute journey time from Battersea to the West End, 20 minutes to Blackfriars and just 40 minutes to Canary Wharf.

Operated by MBNA Thames Clippers, the river bus runs to and from the power station every 20 minutes during peak times and every 30 minutes off-peak and at weekends.

The service provides an additional travel choice for residents and workers at Battersea Power Station as well as visitors to Circus West Village, the first completed phase of the power station’s regeneration and home to restaurants, bars, cafes and a new arts and events venue.

Over £1 million has been invested by Battersea Power Station to support this new river bus service.

The new route joins existing MBNA Thames Clippers services to and from Wandsworth’s riverside.  Daily services already run between Putney Bridge, Blackfriars and Canary Wharf and are proving increasingly popular with commuters, who can either use Oyster cards or a contactless bank card to pay their fares.

MBNA Thames Clippers has also invested significant sums in providing new boats on its routes.

Two large new state-of-the-art vessels were recently introduced on the Putney to Blackfriars route at a cost of £6.5m.  Each boat can each carry 150 passengers and are able to offer faster journeys to and from the city, as well as free wi-fi and an on-board snack and coffee shop

A new £2.8m river pier was recently opened at Plantation Wharf offering residents in this part of Battersea an alternative public transport service into central London and beyond.

For more information about London’s river bus services including fares, routes and timetables visit