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Wix School Sponsorship 2018

Published: 10/06/2018

We are very proud to continue our long standing association with Wix Primary School by sponsoring their 'Summearth Fair' which is taking place on Sunday 24th June 2018 between 11:30am and 4:00pm at the school in Wix's Lane SW11.

This years theme is about how important it is to look after our planet which combines a really important message with loads of fun. Come along on the day and enjoy some Candy Floss, Crepes, BBQ, meet some Friendly Animals, have a go at The Assault Course or The Bouncy Castle. Previous years have been great fun and have highlighted what a great community we live and work in.

We would like to thank all the families who have agreed to display one of our signs to promote the event and we look forward to seeing you all on the day.

Ecole de Wix

Belleville Wix Academy
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Wandsworth Council Seeks Views On Bellevue Road Improvements

Published: 25/05/2018

People are being reminded to take part in a public consultation into plans for a series of streetscape improvements on Wandsworth Common’s popular Bellevue Road.
The consultation is asking local people if they support a package of measures designed to enhance this busy parade of shops, bars and restaurants.
The proposals were drawn up following a community engagement project in September when residents, shoppers, visitors and businesses were asked about which improvements they would like to see.
This prompted the current plans which include new high quality York stone pavements, new street trees, more cycle parking, better street lighting, additional pedestrian safety measures, improved anti-theft security for motorcycles  and the removal of redundant street furniture.
If approved, these improvements would apply to the stretch of Bellevue Road between Trinity Road and St James’s Drive. 
Transport spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said: “Now that these plans are out for consultation we’re keen to make sure we hear the views of local residents and businesses.
“The proposals were drawn up following the feedback we received in the autumn. Now that we’ve come up with some specific ideas we need the local community to tell us what they think.”
Residents and businesses in the area can find out more and take part in the consultation by visiting https://haveyoursay.citizenspace.com/wandsworthecs/bellevue-road-18. The consultation concludes on June 15.

Source: ​Wandsworth Council​​​
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One of the most distinctive buildings in Wandsworth has won a major design award.

Published: 25/05/2018

Lombard Wharf in Lombard Road has a unique teardrop shape and due to subtle changes in the tower’s balconies it appears to twist upwards.

The 28 storey building, which opened last year, was built by Barratt London and designed by Patel Taylor. It features 134 apartments, 27 of which are shared ownership.
It has now been announced that the building has won the ‘home or development of outstanding architectural merit’ category in the Evening Standard’s New Homes Awards.  
Praising Barratt London for its design, judges concluded:  “This plectrum-shaped tower adds grace and rhythm to the waterfront. Wraparound balconies rotate by two degrees, enhancing an optical illusion of movement. Wandsworth planners wanted a landmark building at this twist of the Thames, next to listed Cremorne railway bridge and where a new pedestrian bridge and riverside plaza is earmarked. Unlike most riverside developments, it does not have a discernible front or back; it looks elegant from every aspect - and does not turn its back on the city. Its intriguing design softens its impact from a distance, before its boldness reveals itself as you get closer.”

Source: ​Wandsworth Council​​​

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Council team called in to save two homes from collapse

Published: 21/05/2018

Council building experts were called in to save two family homes in Balham that were in danger of collapsing.

Work being carried out in a basement at a terraced property in Cathles Road disturbed the foundations and prompted fears that both it and a neighbouring property could partially collapse.
Firefighters who’d been called to the scene by the builders immediately summoned staff in the council’s building control service who pumped tonnes of concrete into the basement and then erected scaffolding to stabilise the two stricken buildings.

The council’s building control team is on call 24 hours a day to respond to any situation in Wandsworth which may involve a dangerous building or structure.  
Wandsworth’s head of building control David Batsford said: “We got a call from the emergency services on Thursday morning telling us that there was a serious problem with these two properties and that they were in imminent danger of collapse.

“We were able to quickly get there with some equipment, which was fortunate because the buildings were in a precarious state.
“We had to then work in quite dangerous conditions to pour concrete into the basement  to stabilise the building. This was made slightly more difficult as the local authority were unfamiliar with the building because the construction works were being overseen by a privately-approved inspector.”

People can report a dangerous building or structure to the council at any time of the day or night. During office hours people can call (020) 8871 7620 or (020) 8871 6000 at all other times.

Source: Wandsworth Council
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Nationwide Building Society TV advert.

Published: 18/05/2018 By Jason Carlon

I couldn't believe my eyes last night when I was watching TV and the latest Nationwide Building Society advert appeared. It features details of the FIRST ever mortgage they granted in 1884. It was on 29 Morrison Street, Battersea, London SW11 which forms part of the Shaftesbury Estate!! Would you believe it?? 1884 that's about when Jason Galvin and I started working as Estate Agents around here!!

The TRUE spirit of Christmas!

Published: 26/01/2018

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:

http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/news/article/14339/kind_hearted_shopkeepers_made_christmas_in_battersea_less_lonely_for_some?utm_source=Wandsworth%20Borough%20Council&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=9103090_January%2026&dm_i=XWH,5F3ZM,G70I7D,KZ6LQ,1

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Wandsworth Council Leader Welcomes Embassy Staff

Published: 20/01/2018

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.

Credit Source: Wandsworth Council:  www.wandsworth.gov.uk/ 

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Don't Follow The Herd

Published: 20/01/2018 By Jason Carlon

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.

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The Greener Borough

Published: 20/01/2018 By Jason Carlon

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.

Credit Source: Wandsworth Council: http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/news/article/14328/good_progress_in_the_greener_borough_s_street_tree_planting_programme?utm_source=Wandsworth%20Borough%20Council&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=9078834_Jan%2019&dm_i=XWH,5EL9U,G70I7D,KWZ5X,1
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A Very Civilised Commute

Published: 03/11/2017

Credit Source: Wandsworth Council- http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/news/article/14211/riverbus_passengers_can_take_to_the_waves_at_battersea_power_station?utm_source=Wandsworth%20Borough%20Council&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=8821339_nov%203&dm_i=XWH,592L7,G70I7D,K8CMB,1


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 www.thamesclippers.com

 

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Battersea Park Fireworks

Published: 16/10/2017

Battersea Park Fireworks 2017 – Ignite the Night

Saturday 4 November, Battersea Park, SW11 4NJ

Gates open at 6pm, pre-show entertainment, food stalls and bars from 6pm, bonfire lit at 7.30pm, fireworks 8pm. No entry after 8pm.

To purchase tickets, please visit: https://goo.gl/k44XSr

Bolingbroke Academy Spring Fair

Published: 04/05/2017

We are sponsoring the Bolingbroke Academy Spring Fair again this year and are looking forward to another fun day with great food and activities. We will have a stall at the fair serving complimentary drinks and members of our team will be on hand to answer any property related questions. We have also invited Christopher Young and Keith Martin of Gibson Young Solicitors and James Muncaster of Capricorn Financial Mortgage Brokers to join us to provide a broad scope of expertise in an informal setting. We look forward to seeing you on the day. Bolingbroke Academy, Bolingbroke Grove SW11 (entrance in Wakehurst Road) 12:00-3:00pm Entrance: £1.00 for adults and free for children.
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Go electric in 2017?

Published: 21/01/2017

Wandsworth Council is preparing to install up to 125 new electric car charging points, allowing more residents can now consider making the switch to zero-emission electric motoring. The installation programme will see 20 to 25 ‘charging stations’ created across the borough, each containing two to five individual charging points. Currently there are only a handful of public charging points in Wandsworth so this roll-out will bring electric motoring within reach for many more local households. The first 17 stations will be installed in the first quarter of 2017, providing around 50 charging points. The remainder will be installed later in the year. The new charging points will be part of the Source London network, which allows members to recharge their vehicles at hundreds of locations around the city.
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New home for Royal Academy of Dance on its way in Battersea.

Published: 21/01/2017

An agreement between the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and property developers York Place Buildings has been reached to provide a brand new purpose built headquarters for this historic institution.
York Place Buildings has guaranteed a newly built state of the art home for the RAD in exchange for their current premises on Battersea Square.
The Battersea Square premises will be converted into 34 flats and 5 modern town houses designed by Assael Architects, and which has won Sunday Times British Homes Awards Housing Project of the Year.
The council has approved plans for the redevelopment of the Homebase warehouse and car park on York Road, making the RAD’s new home just a mile away from the original location. The project, designed by architects Patel Taylor, features seven studios, a flexible performance space with moveable seating, improved accessibility, modernised changing rooms and office space, two cafés and the opportunity to display the academy’s extensive archives in a new library.
There will also be more opportunity for the local community to hire space, watch or participate in dance activities and performances at the new building.  
Luke Rittner, Chief Executive of the RAD, said: "As a world leader in dance education and training, our new home needs to reflect that status in every way. I believe that this new building will be a world-class headquarters that will not only make our members, staff and partners proud, it will also help us to fulfil our mission in support of dance and dance education internationally."
Cllr Ravi Govindia, Leader of Wandsworth Council, said: “I am delighted that the Royal Academy of Dance will remain in Wandsworth. Their new headquarters will represent a major new attraction and we will be working closely with the Academy in the coming months to help more local people get involved with their work. https://goo.gl/JxZmTb
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Northern Line Extension Update.

Published: 21/01/2017

Council leader Ravi Govindia was in Nine Elms yesterday to inspect two recently delivered tunnelling boring machines which will soon start digging the Northern Line Extension.
Tunnelling begins in March this year and the Tube extension is expected to open for business in 2020.
According to tunnelling tradition, the machines cannot start work until given a name and, following a vote by local school children, the machines are being named Helen and Amy in honour of the first British astronaut, Helen Sharman, and British aviation pioneer Amy Johnson, who was the first female pilot to fly solo from Britain to Australia.
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The cost of a brick.

Published: 29/11/2016

This fascinating report by the Centre for Economics and Business Research Ltd (Cebr) for Barclays Bank analyses the nationwide variances in the cost of housing by breaking down the cost of each brick.  Its findings show that the average price of a brick has risen 33% over the last decade! http://www.newsroom.barclays.com/r/3405/not_just_another_brick_in_the_wall

Battersea Arts Centre Phoenix Fund

Published: 03/08/2016

The Battersea Arts Centre Phoenix Fund has raised £819,517 of their £1m target. You can add a donation at their website here .

CEO Sleepout raises £170,000!

Published: 06/11/2015

CEO Sleepout UK London achieved a whopping £170,000 setting a new record.  Wow!  Not least by one individual who raised just short of £65,000 on their own! 

 

The monies raised will be put to great use by the charities involved to help fight homelessness and poverty.   Why not sign up for next year?  Or keep up to date with the projects at www.ceosleepoutuk.com.

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who donated and your kind messages as well as your enthusiasm and encouragement.

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Bolingbroke Academy Sponsored Walk.

Published: 20/10/2015

On Saturdayday 17th October a group of over 100 pupils and parents of the Bolingbroke Academy took part in a 16 mile sponsored walk from Hampton Court to Putney, to raise funds for the schools new library and other projects.


Rochford Stokes are the main sponsor of the school and we would like to congratulate everyone that took part. We are very impressed!

CEO Sleep Out

Published: 14/10/2015

On  Monday 12th October Jason Carlon & Jason Galvin braved the elements, along with 100 other participants and participated in the CEO Sleepout event at The Kia Oval cricket ground. This was to raise money and awareness for charities working with Young Homeless people. Jason Galvin was nursing a chest infection for which he had been prescribed antibiotics so extra credit to him for not ducking out.

Rochford Stokes are very proud, with the generosity of their clients, employees, friends and family, to have raised over £2,000 for this very important cause.

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Rebuilding the Battersea Power Station chimneys.

Published: 11/10/2015

Wandsworth Council has now officially signed off the first crucial stage of rebuilding work to the south west chimney of Battersea Power Station – triggering the start of work on the other three chimneys.


The rebuilt south west chimney now rises over 25m above the brickwork washtower, more than halfway to its full exposed height of 40m. Successfully reaching this milestone means the Battersea Power Station Development Company (BPSDC) is now permitted to begin rebuilding the other three chimneys.

CEO Sleepout London

Published: 05/09/2015

Jason Carlon & Jason Galvin will be giving up the warm, cosy sanctuary of their homes on Monday 12th October to join other CEO's and Senior Managers at the Oval Cricket Ground for a night of sleeping out. This is to raise funds and awareness for charities working with homeless people in London. For more information please visit www.ceosleepoutuk.com/london.html and follow their progress on Twitter @rochfordstokes. If you would like to make a donation please visit www.justgiving.com/RochfordStokes .
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CEO Sleepout Video

Published: 05/09/2015

Check out this video of the event, held in Newcastle in 2013, for more information on what's involved.

SW Resident Magazine Article

Published: 03/08/2015

Jason Carlon was featured in the August edition of SW Resident Magazine. The article is entitled 'My Month'.

Happy Birthday Trigger!

Published: 03/08/2015

Trigger celebrated his 2nd birthday on 28th July. It only seems like yesterday he first joined us at the office as an 8 week old puppy!

Bolingbroke Academy Spring Fair

Published: 20/04/2015

Rochford Stokes has been chosen as the Bolingbroke Academy main Sponsors for 2015. On Saturday 18th April 2015 the school held its Spring Fair and 100 Rochford Stokes boards were erected in the local area to promote the event which was an amazing success and raised alot of money. Jason Galvin and Jason Carlon attended the event and despite sampling all the amazing food that was on offer they got stuck in and helped to run the Tombola stall which was very popular. The Rochford Stokes shopping bags were as popular as ever and  they completely ran out of them. The new Rochford Stokes pens also went down a storm.
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A Phone or a House?

Published: 07/03/2015

This is a picture of the worlds most expensive iPhone which is encased in 24 carat gold and diamonds. As crazy as it sounds it costs a whopping £1,700,000!!! We would rather buy a lovely house for that amount of money but if you do decide to get one for heavens sake don't drop it!

Stamp Duty, how much will I pay?

Published: 03/02/2015

You’ll pay:

Nothing on the first £125,000 of the property price
2% on the next £125,000
5% on the next £675,000
10% on the next £575,000
12% on the rest (above £1.5 million)

Example

If you buy a property for £275,000, you’ll pay £3,750 of SDLT. This is made up of:
Nothing on the first £125,000
£2,500 on the next £125,000
£1,250 on the remaining £25,000

Use the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) SDLT calculator http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/tools/sdlt/land-and-property.htm to work out how much you’ll pay.

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Battersea Power Station Chimneys

Published: 21/01/2015 By Jason Carlon

An amazing video about the work being undertaken to ensure that the iconic landmark lives on for future generations of Londoners. 

Taxi for Ravenstone Santa

Published: 08/12/2014

Ravenstone Primary School borrowed our Taxi for their Christmas Fair this weekend. It was the perfect place for their Santa to sit and meet all the children. The event was an overwhelming success and very enjoyable for all involved.

Rochford Stokes Taxi and the Fortune Teller

Published: 25/11/2014 By Elizabeth

Rochford Stokes were pleased to be associated with the recent Vitality Night at Ravenstone School.  Our taxi proved to be a huge hit for the amazing Fortune Teller, Madame Boyle and was extremely popular.  The night raised over £1,300 for the school.

Where's my bag???

Published: 25/11/2014 By Elizabeth

This has to be one of the most exotic destinations one of our Rochford Stokes bags has turned up.... in Kenya!

New Covent Garden Market Redevelopment

Published: 14/11/2014 By Wandsworth Council

Plans to completely redevelop and modernise the country’s biggest fresh produce market have been approved tonight by Wandsworth Council’s planning application committee.The project would see the 40 year old facilities at New Covent Garden Market in Nine Elms comprehensively upgraded with the aim of safeguarding its future.

The wholesale market is owned by the taxpayer and the modernisation would be paid for through a series of mixed use developments on parts of the site which are no longer needed for the market operation. 

Across every the entire scheme up to 3,019 homes would be built along with shops, cafes, bars and offices. 

Approximately 600 of the new homes (20 per cent) will be reserved for qualifying Wandsworth residents to buy or rent through affordable housing schemes. 

The scheme will also provide a contribution of £91m towards improving local infrastructure in this rapidly changing part of Battersea. The money will be spent on a series of local transport upgrades including the now approved Northern Line Extension. 

A new retail market would be built alongside a visitor centre and education space focused on the food industry. 

New cycle routes, footpaths and public spaces will also be created through various parts of the site including two sections of the Nine Elms 'linear park' which will sweep right through the district. 

The application also includes roof top football pitches, a gym and a doctor's surgery. 

Sarah McDermott, chairman of the council’s planning committee, said: 

“The market is the biggest single development site in Nine Elms and an incredibly valuable source of local jobs. Its revival is key to our vision for the area and the redevelopment of its perimeter sites will fuse together key sections of the new people-friendly environment we are creating here. 

“This project covers five distinct development plots, the largest being the new wholesale market itself which will be overhauled to provide a 21st Century trading space for the food and flower businesses. 

“The current flower market site would make way for a series of new buildings including three towers which will form part of the Vauxhall tall building cluster. At ground floor level this site will open up to the public and provide part of the Nine Elms linear park. 

“A large part of the land currently used as the main vehicle entrance to the market from Nine Elms Lane will also be released for a mixed use development and another section of linear park. 

“At the east end of wholesale market there will be a new visitor’s centre showcasing the food industry and at the western boundary the long brick wall along Thessaly Road will be replaced with a new line of high quality homes. This will be a huge improvement to the look and feel of the Patmore neighborhood.” 

The application also includes: 

A £300,000 contribution to providing Barclays cycle hire docks and bikes. 

Ten annual contributions of £150,000 towards the council’s local employment scheme, a total of £1.5m. 

A roof top sports pitch and a ‘community use’ agreement to guarantee local access. 

The hybrid application was submitted by Vinci St Modwin which is Covent Garden Market Authority’s (CGMA) development partner. 

Find out more about Nine Elms online.
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Northern Line Extension

Published: 14/11/2014 By Wandsworth Council

 

The extension of the Northern line from Kennington to Battersea has been given the go-ahead today by the Secretary of State for Transport.  

 

The new underground spur will support the development of Nine Elms on the South Bank as a major extension to central London, supporting 25,000 new jobs and over 18,000 new homes. 

The Tube link will cut journey times to the West End and the City to just under 15 minutes.

Two new stations will be constructed – one at the Battersea Power Station development and another just off Wandsworth Road.

Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth Council, said: “This is fantastic news for the people of Battersea and the benefits will be felt right across London. This part of the capital is already coming to life with thousands of new homes and jobs and its two new Tube stations will turbo charge the process.

“This council has now set its sights on a second stage extension taking the Northern Line all the way to Clapham Junction where it could interchange with the proposed Crossrail 2 service. We will continue to lobby for the major investment our transport network needs.”

Following the Secretary of State for Transport’s approval of the project, construction will start as soon as spring next year. Over three miles of new tunnels will be constructed and brand new stations opened by 2020.  

The scheme is being funded by a levy on development in Nine Elms and through growth in business rates revenue. This is an innovative funding model which could be adopted in other regeneration areas.

ENDS

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Sparks Treasure Trail

Published: 08/10/2014

On Sunday 28th September 2014 the Rochford Stokes Team proudly sponsored the Sparks Childrens Health Charity  Treasure Trail event on Wandsworth Common ( www.sparks.org.uk )


It was an absolutely fantastic day which we all really enjoyed and the children participating all seemed to be having a really great time. The weather was amazing, considering it was late September it really felt like a summers day. We were handing out free Prosecco and soft drinks as well as sweets, chocolate and some really amazing cup cakes in our company colours/logo which were provided to us by the Dee Light Bakery in Balham www.deelightbakery.com - Many Thanks. We've never been so popular!


The team at Sparks worked really hard to organise, promote and stage the event and we were really proud to be a part of such a great community event and help raise money for such a worthwhile cause.

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Sparks Childrens Charity Treasure Trail Event.

Published: 12/09/2014 By Jason Carlon

Rochford Stokes are really proud and honoured to be sponsoring the Sparks Childrens Health Charity Treasure Trail Event on Sunday 28th September 2014 on Wandsworth Common. Please visit www.sparks.org.uk/treasuretrail for further details and to register. The event starts from 9:30am and it really will be a very fun day with plenty of activities to keep the children entertained. Please also check out the above video which explains the fantastic work that Sparks do.

Where's my bag???

Published: 05/09/2014

Apparently one of our bags has washed up on the banks of North Carolina now too....where next?!

Where's my bag???

Published: 02/09/2014

So it may not be quite such an impressive distance as some of the other "Where's my bag" entries, but close to home and close to many TV viewers hearts....you may or may not recognise the Vicar of Dibley's house and church!

The Best River View in London?

Published: 15/08/2014

Budget of £500,000 – a one bed flat in South West London or a 7 bed development opportunity at No.1 The Thames? Located in the middle of the Thames Estuary, accessed by boat or at low tide, you could be the new owner of an abandoned fort that has recently gone on sale. It could be transformed into a house, hotel, nightclub or casino. The building was part of Britain’s first line of defence when built in 1855 so rest assured it is bombproof…and at least no noisy neighbours but severe rising damp at high tide (every day!). 
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Where's my bag???

Published: 13/08/2014

We've seen the Rochford Stokes bag appear down under in Sydney and now here's one on top of the world at The Shard in London which is Western Europe's tallest building. Wow what a view!

Where's my bag???

Published: 11/08/2014

We've seen the Rochford Stokes bag used for carrying sun tan lotion, flight accessories and even presidential papers but now this fan has used hers to carry bottles of fine, single malt, Scotch Whiskey from the Glen Ord Distillery, situated in the Scottish Highlands. Where next for the versatile and indispensable Rochford Stokes bag?

Where's my bag???

Published: 04/08/2014

It appears that Washington D.C. is a very popular destination for our intrepid travellers and their Rochford Stokes bags. This one has turned up at the Capitol building which was opened on 17th November 1800 and is where the US Congress sits.

Sparks Charity Treasure Trail Event.

Published: 30/07/2014

Rochford Stokes are very proud to be sponsoring the Sparks Charity Treasure Trail event on Wandsworth Common on Sunday 28th September 2014. Sparks are a fantastic charity which fund childrens medical research.

 

Each year, less than £10 per child in the UK is spent on research into
child health. Every day 1 in 30 babies are born in the UK with a condition which may affect them for life. Sparks raise money to fund pioneering children’s medical research to get this to change and Rochford Stokes are very pleased to support their efforts.

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Where's my bag???

Published: 30/07/2014

This Jet Setter was spotted at Heathrow Terminal 5 this week sporting the internationally sought after travel accessory the Rochford Stokes bag. Ideal for carrying those in flight essentials and your passport and it fits well within the strictest hand baggage allowances! Where's your bag off to?

Where's my bag???

Published: 09/07/2014

Wow! What amazing pictures! 

This Rochford Stokes bag has travelled over 10,500 miles (16,900 km) all the way to Sydney Australia! This sets the record so far for distance.

Where's my bag???

Published: 07/07/2014

They say that selling or buying a property can be a real life roller coaster and now a Rochford Stokes bag has turned up at the home of amazing roller coasters, Thorpe Park. Where will be next? Can anyone get one on a roller coaster?

(Distance travelled: 44.7 km)

Where's my bag???

Published: 03/07/2014

These amazing pictures come all the way from Dubai which looks very, very hot. Not as hot as this seasons must have fashion accessory the Rochford Stokes shopping bag which is as useful for carrying groceries down at Clapham Junction as it is for carrying  the sun tan lotion whilst on holiday. If you don't have one pop into our office and then send us your pictures.

Where's my bag???

Published: 23/06/2014

Following on with the US Presidential theme this one has turned up at the JFK memorial in Dallas. Where on Earth will the next one get to?

(Distance travelled: 7637.4 km)

Where's my bag???

Published: 10/06/2014

Following a Rochford Stokes shopping bag turning up in the heart of the White House this one was spotted by the Arc du Triomphe in Paris. Will they now become the 'Must Have' fashion accessory out selling Louis Vuitton and Gucci? Where will yours get to? Send your picture to info@rochfordstokes.com. Need a bag? Call us on 020 7801 6789 whilst stocks last.

(Distance travelled: 456 km)

Rochford Stokes on TV!

Published: 30/05/2014 By Jason Carlon

We were very surprised when we turned on Good Morning Britain on Wednesday morning to see a news item featuring one of our Let By boards.

Where's my bag???

Published: 11/05/2014

This Rochford Stokes shopping bag has ended up in the middle of the White House gardens in Washington. You can just make out the podium in the background with the Presidential crest on it where Barack Obama is about to make a speech about the merits of using Rochford Stokes to sell or let a property!

Where will your bag end up?

Send us a picture.

(Distance travelled: 5898.5 km)

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home launches its biggest appeal in its 153 year history to replace ancient kennels

Published: 07/04/2014

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home is appealing to the public to help it build much-needed new kennels, to transform the lives of thousands of stray and unwanted dogs each year. The 153year-old animal rescue charity aims to raise £1.9 million to help it continue providing a home to more than 6,000 dogs every year. The appeal will enable the charity to retire its oldest Victorian kennels and replace them with purpose-built facilities designed to reduce the length of time each dog has to stay in its care.

Prices Announced for Battersea Power Station Development

Published: 07/04/2014

Prices have finally been announced for new homes at Battersea Power Station – but there’s no sign of any affordable housing.

There are 254 properties planned for the building itself, which developers say will be ‘as distinctive as the building that surrounds them’.

They will be housed in three locations: The Switch House East, The Switch House West and Boiler House Square, right at the top.

Some homes will sit within the original building’s exposed brickwork and industrial fittings, while others will be new, glazed additions on top of the Power Station, with views across the Thames. The ones that back on to Boiler House Square will surround a ‘garden in the sky’.

But iconic living doesn’t come cheap. Studios start at £800,000, one-bed apartments are priced from £1million, two-beds from £1.5million, three-beds from £2.7million and buyers must be prepared to stump up £4million for a four-bed home. Prices are yet to be released for the penthouse and a London-only sales launch takes place on May 1.

According to the Battersea Power Station Development Company, plans for affordable homes are soon to be released but they aren’t expected to be built until 2024.

A hundred different layouts are planned and BPSDC says properties will be around 40 per cent larger than London’s average new-build developments.

Describing the development’s launch as a ‘once-in-a-lifetime opportunity’, CEO Rob Tincknell said: ‘It’s a chance to own one of a small number of very special bespoke residences that have been meticulously designed to reflect the quality and detailing applied to Giles Gilbert Scott’s original masterpiece.’

The 40-acre mixed-use development will create 18 acres of new public space, including a six-acre public park, office space for 5,000 people, a conference centre, around 200 shops and restaurants plus cinema and leisure and recreation facilities.

There is also a boutique hotel, a multi-event pop-up space as well as a new civic public square and piazzas. Residents will live above the amenities and will have access to more than 1.5 acres of rooftop gardens.

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Congratulations Oxford!

Published: 07/04/2014

The 2014 Oxford v Cambridge Boat Race took place at 5.55pm on Sunday 6th April and Oxford powered to victory for another year in succession.


The Boat Race was broadcast live on BBC1 and on a number of other channels around the world. Thousands of people turned out and lined the sides of the river, in the wind and rain, to watch the 18 minute race.


10 Facts about the Boat Race
1. The first race took place on 10th June 1829 at Henley on Thames, Oxford won easily.
2. There were only 12 races between 1829-1854 but since 1856 they have been held annually only interrupted during the war years.
3. The course is 4 miles 374 yards (6.8Km) between Putney and Mortlake. The first race on this course was held in 1845 when Cambridge won in a time of 23mins 30sec.
4. Official times are taken at fixed points every year. These are: The Mile Post, Hammersmith Bridge, Chiswick Steps, Barnes Bridge and The Finish.
5. The current Course record is 16mins 19sec, set by Cambridge in 1998.
6. In 1981 Sue Brown (Oxford cox’) became the first woman to participate in the Boat Race. 1989 was the first year both Blue Boats were coxed by women.
7. Every member of The Boat Race crews trains for approximately two hours for every stroke in The Race, they train a period of 7 months for 3 hours per day, 6 days a week.
8. It takes about 600 strokes to complete the course.
9. The heaviest ever crew was the 2009 Oxford Crew with an average of 15 st 9 lb 13 oz or 99.7 kg, excluding the cox.
10. The lightest ever coxes were Francis Archer (Cambridge 1862) and Hart Massey (Oxford 1939) - both weighed in at 5 stone 2 lbs (32.66 kilos). There is now a 55kg weight limit for coxes in the Boat Race.

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RIVER TRAVEL IN WANDSWORTH

Published: 07/04/2014

Major improvements to Wandsworth’s riverbus services are attracting more and more local commuters onto the Thames. The Putney to Blackfriars route has now seen a 130% increase in passenger numbers since its re-launch in April 2013.

As demand has increased more services have been added to the timetable with some boats now travelling direct to Canary Wharf. Journey times from Putney to central London are now just over 40 minutes as Thames Clippers’ modern catamarans outpace their predecessors. 

Unlike other public transport options the boats have coffee shops on board, and free Wi-Fi. Services stop in the borough at Putney Pier and Wandsworth Riverside Quarter. The town hall is using its planning powers to secure new passenger piers at Plantation Wharf and Battersea Power Station.

Cllr Russell King, Wandsworth’s transport spokesman, said: ‘Our transport network is developing fast. We now have the Barclays Cycle Hire scheme in the north of the borough, a vastly improved riverbus service and longer trains are now coming to service on our railways’.

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What a Transformation!

Published: 07/04/2014

You may have seen a previous article introducing you to our new member of the team, Trigger!  

What a transformation over the last 8 months! From his first day in the office at 8 weeks, to now. He is now a vital member of the Rochford Stokes team.

Wandsworth Town Centre Re-development

Published: 01/04/2014

In July 2013 London Borough of Wandsworth’s planning committee resolved to grant consent for the redevelopment of the Ram Brewery site in Wandsworth. This decision was subsequently endorsed by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in September who confirmed that the application would not be called in. The outline planning application was submitted by Minerva in November 2012 and forms the centrepiece of Wandsworth town centre’s regeneration plans.

The development will deliver 661 new homes to the borough, and will include a 36 storey landmark residential tower designed by EPR architects, as well as over 9,500 sq m of space dedicated to new shops, cafes, bars and restaurants and 248 car parking spaces for the apartments.

The proposed development will preserve many of the site’s historic buildings which will be restored and refurbished, and a micro-brewery and a brewing museum will also be part of the completed scheme. If approved, the development would generate 500 new permanent jobs and 266 construction jobs. The River Wandle will be opened up and landscaped to provide public access along a new riverside walk.

The decision to grant outline planning permission follows improvements and refinements to the initial plans after a series of consultation meetings between the Council, English Heritage and the local community.
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Wandsworth Council Tax Frozen

Published: 01/04/2014

Council tax levels in Wandsworth have been frozen for the fifth time in six years after councillors voted to approve their budget package for the forthcoming 12 months. It means that residents will pay less from April when taking into account the fact that the Mayor of London has reduced his share of the bill by one per cent. Council leader Ravi Govindia said: “Residents of Wandsworth have always appreciated and understood that they receive really excellent value for money services from their town hall.

“Keeping council tax bills to the absolute minimum is hugely important for local people, especially those struggling on low incomes.

“The council’s budgets do of course remain under pressure and further action is required to make the necessary savings in the years ahead to ensure the financial burden on residents does not increase.

“That is why steps have already been taken, and these will continue, to slim down the council even further, by reducing senior staff numbers, reducing executive pay, cutting back-office costs, reducing the amounts spent on running and maintaining office buildings and seeking new efficiencies across all our services.

“The council is continuing to protect frontline services despite the savings it is required to make and has worked extremely hard to look after the most vulnerable residents. Wandsworth has some of London’s best parks and cleanest streets, and the council has maintained weekly refuse collections and kept all its libraries open.

“The priority is to make sure the council continues to play a full role in supporting people and helping them to make the most of their talents, ensuring our neighbourhoods continue to improve, and working to create new jobs, better transport links and extending educational choice and opportunity for all residents.”

Figures showing what most borough households will pay in 2014/15 are as follows. The figures in brackets show the charge payable by those affected by the additional WPCC levy:


Band A - £455  (£473)
Band B - £530 (£552)
Band C - £606 (£630)
Band D - £682 (£709)
Band E  - £833 (£867)
Band F - £985 (£1,024)
Band G - £1,136 (£1,182)
Band H - £1,364 (£1,418)

These figures show bills for homes in which two or more adults reside. Single people who live alone qualify for a 25 per cent discount.

Across Wandsworth there are 6,014 Band A properties; 12,314 Band B properties; 35,787 Band C properties: 31,581 Band D properties; 20,708 Band E properties; 14,005 Band F properties; 12,003 Band G properties and 2,468 Band H properties.

Residents recently expressed their support for the council’s work in managing its budget effectively and keeping council tax bills to a minimum.

Resident survey results published in the autumn revealed that 84 per cent of local people agreed that "keeping council tax low is essential for residents" up from 67 per cent a decade ago. Only six per cent disagreed

And 67 per cent of residents questioned agreed with the statement: "I don't care if it is the council or another organisation that carries out local services as long as they are of a good standard." Only 17 per cent disagreed.

In addition, 84 per cent of residents said they are satisfied with the council’s overall performance, compared to a London average of 75 per cent.

Research into council tax levels from the time the system was first introduced in 1993 reveals that people who had lived in a Wandsworth Band D property for all that time would be £10,000 better off than households in other parts of the city who pay the London average.

Over the same 22 year period residents living in an average sized Band D home in neighbouring Richmond have paid £13,907 extra in council tax, while in Kingston the amount now totals £13,702 and in Merton the figure is £11,506.

Wandsworth residents living in an average-sized Band D property will pay £682 in council tax next year. This compares with a £1,300 bill paid by the average Londoner. Some people living in the west of the borough will pay slightly more because they are subject to the statutory levy imposed by the Wimbledon and Putney Commons Conservators – giving a borough-wide average of £687.

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Nationwide- House prices rise 9.4% in last year.

Published: 01/03/2014 By Jason Carlon

Commenting on the figures, Robert Gardner, Nationwide's Chief Economist, said:

“House prices recorded their fourteenth successive monthly increase in February, rising by 0.6%. The price of a typical home was 9.4%higher than February 2013. Demand continues to be supported by record low interest rates, improved credit availability and rising consumer confidence thanks to the healthy gains in employment recorded in recent quarters. Price growth is being supported by the fact that the supply of housing remains constrained, with housing completions still well below their pre-crisis levels, which was already
insufficient to keep up with the pace of household formation. For example, in England around 109,500 new homes were built in 2013, this is 38% below the level recorded in 2007 and around half the projected number of households that are expected to form each year in t he years ahead."

Full report: www.nationwide.co.uk/~/media/nationwide.co.uk/pdf/hpi/February_2014.pdf

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Nationwide HPI

Published: 01/03/2014

Nationwide building society have reported that house prices have risen 9.4% in the last year.

Commenting on the figures, Robert Gardner, Nationwide's Chief Economist, said:
“House prices recorded their fourteenth successive monthly
increase in February, rising by 0.6%. The price of a typical
home was 9.4% higher than February 2013. Demand
continues to be supported by record low interest rates,
improved credit availability and rising consumer confidence
thanks to the healthy gains in employment recorded in
recent quarters. Price growth is being supported by the fact that the supply of housing remains constrained, with housing completions
still well below their pre-crisis levels, which was already
insufficient to keep up with the pace of household formation.
For example, in England around 109,500 new homes were
built in 2013, this is 38% below the level recorded in 2007
and around half the projected number of households that are
expected to form each year in the years ahead.

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That's one way to view a house!

Published: 25/02/2014 By Jason Carlon

If you are short of time then this is one way to whizz around!

Confused about the Help to Buy Scheme?

Published: 20/02/2014 By Rightmove

If you have any questions about the new Government Help to Buy scheme this short video might be very helpful in answering some of your questions.

Supporting First Touch Charity Event

Published: 19/02/2014 By Elizabeth Pleasance

Rochford Stokes was out in force on Friday 7th Feb: the entire staff and directors attended a fundraising band night at The Bedford Arms, Balham, featuring the excellent Bodkin Lane Band. Ticket sales raised over £1,800 for First Touch, the charity of St George’s Hospital neonatal unit.


As keen supporters of First Touch and the work of the neonatal unit, Rochford Stokes is supporting The SW12 Raffle, also in aid of First Touch, by selling raffle tickets at our office at 153 Lavender Hill. Tickets cost £1 each with a chance to win one of a huge range of brilliant prizes all donated by local businesses, shops, football and rugby clubs, and loads more. Full list at www.SW12raffle.com Draw on Monday 10th March, all proceeds to First Touch.

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Football Team Sponsorship

Published: 16/02/2014 By Jason Carlon

Rochford Stokes are proud to be the sponsors of the Providence House Youth Club Under 10s Football Team. Providence House Youth Club is situated on Falcon Road and does fantastic work with local children and we are very pleased to be associated with them and give something back to the local community. Our contribution has enabled the team to invest in a smart kit and other essential equipment. Unfortunately due to poor weather conditions and water logged pitches they have been unable to play recently but we look forward to cheering them on to great success soon.
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£2,169 per square foot!

Published: 13/02/2014 By Jason Carlon

If you think properties are expensive in Battersea & Clapham you might want to check out this 461 square foot one bedroom flat in Mayfair which has an asking price of a cool £1,000,000! Yes you read it right One Million Pounds and on top of that it apparently has a service charge of £3,000 per annum. Those of you with a more modest budget and looking for more bang for your buck should call us today.

Rain, rain and more rain!

Published: 13/02/2014 By Jason Carlon

Hooray! We have now taken delivery of our stock of new Rochford Stokes umbrellas which with the current weather conditions have been an absolute life saver for us and some of our clients who have been caught short without a brolly.

Battersea Power Station- The Future?

Published: 12/02/2014 By Jason Carlon

A short video showing what the future of this iconic landmark might look like.

Battersea Power Station- The Past

Published: 12/02/2014 By Jason Carlon

A short video showing the history of this iconic landmark.

UK house prices rise at fastest pace in three months

Published: 12/02/2014 By Reuters

(Reuters) - British house prices showed their biggest rise in three months in January and one measure of affordability deteriorated to its weakest since the financial crisis, mortgage lender Halifax reported on Thursday, fuelling concerns of a property bubble.

Halifax, part of Lloyds Banking Group (LLOY.L), said the supply of homes coming on to the market was not keeping up with higher demand buoyed by a positive economic outlook, and warned that weak wage growth may limit future price rises.

"Continuing pressures on household finances, as earnings fail to keep pace with consumer price inflation, are expected to remain a constraint," Halifax economist Martin Ellis said.

The Bank of England is concerned the housing market could overheat, though it has not yet said this is happening. In November it said it would remove mortgage lending incentives from the Funding for Lending Scheme which it launched in August 2012 to encourage banks to lend to households and businesses.

The ratio of house prices to average earnings rose in January to its highest since October 2008 at 4.74 - though this measure of affordability does not reflect the fact that mortgage interest rates are now lower.

House prices rose 1.1 percent in January after dropping by 0.5 percent the month before, roughly in line with economists' forecasts and the biggest rise since October.

House prices in the three months to January were 7.3 percent higher than a year earlier, a slightly slower rate of increase than December's 7.5 percent but still close to November's six-year high of 7.7 percent.

"The strong Halifax data will fuel concern that a house price bubble is developing," said Howard Archer, chief UK economist at IHS Global Insight.

"While concern over the strength of house price rises has been primarily focused on London, it is evident from a number of recent surveys ... that the strength in house prices is becoming more widespread," he added.

Halifax said October's expansion of the government's Help to Buy scheme - which aids buyers who cannot afford large downpayments - was one thing boosting demand, though lower unemployment and a better economic outlook were the main factors.

"Demand has increased against a background of low interest rates and higher consumer confidence underpinned by signs that the economy is recovering and unemployment falling faster than expected," Ellis said.
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New member of the team

Published: 12/02/2014 By Jason Carlon

We are please to say that our new recruit Trigger who joined us in September is doing really well. Trigger is a 7 month old Weimaraner.

Tiny London

Published: 11/02/2014 By Jason Carlon

We spotted this video and thought it shows what an amazing city we live in. Enjoy.

Where's my bag???

This summer the Rochford Stokes bag is a seasoned traveller, this time appearing in the Portuguese sunshine! As schools start back, holidays end and the cold returns, we all wish we were by a beach in Portugal, in the sunshine!

Wix School Sponsorship 2018

Published: 10/06/2018

We are very proud to continue our long standing association with Wix Primary School by sponsoring their 'Summearth Fair' which is taking place on Sunday 24th June 2018 between 11:30am and 4:00pm at the school in Wix's Lane SW11.

This years theme is about how important it is to look after our planet which combines a really important message with loads of fun. Come along on the day and enjoy some Candy Floss, Crepes, BBQ, meet some Friendly Animals, have a go at The Assault Course or The Bouncy Castle. Previous years have been great fun and have highlighted what a great community we live and work in.

We would like to thank all the families who have agreed to display one of our signs to promote the event and we look forward to seeing you all on the day.

Ecole de Wix

Belleville Wix Academy
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Wandsworth Council Seeks Views On Bellevue Road Improvements

Published: 25/05/2018

People are being reminded to take part in a public consultation into plans for a series of streetscape improvements on Wandsworth Common’s popular Bellevue Road.
The consultation is asking local people if they support a package of measures designed to enhance this busy parade of shops, bars and restaurants.
The proposals were drawn up following a community engagement project in September when residents, shoppers, visitors and businesses were asked about which improvements they would like to see.
This prompted the current plans which include new high quality York stone pavements, new street trees, more cycle parking, better street lighting, additional pedestrian safety measures, improved anti-theft security for motorcycles  and the removal of redundant street furniture.
If approved, these improvements would apply to the stretch of Bellevue Road between Trinity Road and St James’s Drive. 
Transport spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said: “Now that these plans are out for consultation we’re keen to make sure we hear the views of local residents and businesses.
“The proposals were drawn up following the feedback we received in the autumn. Now that we’ve come up with some specific ideas we need the local community to tell us what they think.”
Residents and businesses in the area can find out more and take part in the consultation by visiting https://haveyoursay.citizenspace.com/wandsworthecs/bellevue-road-18. The consultation concludes on June 15.

Source: ​Wandsworth Council​​​
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One of the most distinctive buildings in Wandsworth has won a major design award.

Published: 25/05/2018

Lombard Wharf in Lombard Road has a unique teardrop shape and due to subtle changes in the tower’s balconies it appears to twist upwards.

The 28 storey building, which opened last year, was built by Barratt London and designed by Patel Taylor. It features 134 apartments, 27 of which are shared ownership.
It has now been announced that the building has won the ‘home or development of outstanding architectural merit’ category in the Evening Standard’s New Homes Awards.  
Praising Barratt London for its design, judges concluded:  “This plectrum-shaped tower adds grace and rhythm to the waterfront. Wraparound balconies rotate by two degrees, enhancing an optical illusion of movement. Wandsworth planners wanted a landmark building at this twist of the Thames, next to listed Cremorne railway bridge and where a new pedestrian bridge and riverside plaza is earmarked. Unlike most riverside developments, it does not have a discernible front or back; it looks elegant from every aspect - and does not turn its back on the city. Its intriguing design softens its impact from a distance, before its boldness reveals itself as you get closer.”

Source: ​Wandsworth Council​​​

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Council team called in to save two homes from collapse

Published: 21/05/2018

Council building experts were called in to save two family homes in Balham that were in danger of collapsing.

Work being carried out in a basement at a terraced property in Cathles Road disturbed the foundations and prompted fears that both it and a neighbouring property could partially collapse.
Firefighters who’d been called to the scene by the builders immediately summoned staff in the council’s building control service who pumped tonnes of concrete into the basement and then erected scaffolding to stabilise the two stricken buildings.

The council’s building control team is on call 24 hours a day to respond to any situation in Wandsworth which may involve a dangerous building or structure.  
Wandsworth’s head of building control David Batsford said: “We got a call from the emergency services on Thursday morning telling us that there was a serious problem with these two properties and that they were in imminent danger of collapse.

“We were able to quickly get there with some equipment, which was fortunate because the buildings were in a precarious state.
“We had to then work in quite dangerous conditions to pour concrete into the basement  to stabilise the building. This was made slightly more difficult as the local authority were unfamiliar with the building because the construction works were being overseen by a privately-approved inspector.”

People can report a dangerous building or structure to the council at any time of the day or night. During office hours people can call (020) 8871 7620 or (020) 8871 6000 at all other times.

Source: Wandsworth Council
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Nationwide Building Society TV advert.

Published: 18/05/2018

By Jason Carlon

I couldn't believe my eyes last night when I was watching TV and the latest Nationwide Building Society advert appeared. It features details of the FIRST ever mortgage they granted in 1884. It was on 29 Morrison Street, Battersea, London SW11 which forms part of the Shaftesbury Estate!! Would you believe it?? 1884 that's about when Jason Galvin and I started working as Estate Agents around here!!
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The TRUE spirit of Christmas!

Published: 26/01/2018

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:

http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/news/article/14339/kind_hearted_shopkeepers_made_christmas_in_battersea_less_lonely_for_some?utm_source=Wandsworth%20Borough%20Council&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=9103090_January%2026&dm_i=XWH,5F3ZM,G70I7D,KZ6LQ,1

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Wandsworth Council Leader Welcomes Embassy Staff

Published: 20/01/2018

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.

Credit Source: Wandsworth Council:  www.wandsworth.gov.uk/ 

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Don't Follow The Herd

Published: 20/01/2018

By Jason Carlon

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.

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The Greener Borough

Published: 20/01/2018

By Jason Carlon

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.

Credit Source: Wandsworth Council: http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/news/article/14328/good_progress_in_the_greener_borough_s_street_tree_planting_programme?utm_source=Wandsworth%20Borough%20Council&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=9078834_Jan%2019&dm_i=XWH,5EL9U,G70I7D,KWZ5X,1
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A Very Civilised Commute

Published: 03/11/2017

Credit Source: Wandsworth Council- http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/news/article/14211/riverbus_passengers_can_take_to_the_waves_at_battersea_power_station?utm_source=Wandsworth%20Borough%20Council&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=8821339_nov%203&dm_i=XWH,592L7,G70I7D,K8CMB,1


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 www.thamesclippers.com

 

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Battersea Park Fireworks

Published: 16/10/2017

Battersea Park Fireworks 2017 – Ignite the Night

Saturday 4 November, Battersea Park, SW11 4NJ

Gates open at 6pm, pre-show entertainment, food stalls and bars from 6pm, bonfire lit at 7.30pm, fireworks 8pm. No entry after 8pm.

To purchase tickets, please visit: https://goo.gl/k44XSr
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Bolingbroke Academy Spring Fair

Published: 04/05/2017

We are sponsoring the Bolingbroke Academy Spring Fair again this year and are looking forward to another fun day with great food and activities. We will have a stall at the fair serving complimentary drinks and members of our team will be on hand to answer any property related questions. We have also invited Christopher Young and Keith Martin of Gibson Young Solicitors and James Muncaster of Capricorn Financial Mortgage Brokers to join us to provide a broad scope of expertise in an informal setting. We look forward to seeing you on the day. Bolingbroke Academy, Bolingbroke Grove SW11 (entrance in Wakehurst Road) 12:00-3:00pm Entrance: £1.00 for adults and free for children.
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Go electric in 2017?

Published: 21/01/2017

Wandsworth Council is preparing to install up to 125 new electric car charging points, allowing more residents can now consider making the switch to zero-emission electric motoring. The installation programme will see 20 to 25 ‘charging stations’ created across the borough, each containing two to five individual charging points. Currently there are only a handful of public charging points in Wandsworth so this roll-out will bring electric motoring within reach for many more local households. The first 17 stations will be installed in the first quarter of 2017, providing around 50 charging points. The remainder will be installed later in the year. The new charging points will be part of the Source London network, which allows members to recharge their vehicles at hundreds of locations around the city.
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New home for Royal Academy of Dance on its way in Battersea.

Published: 21/01/2017

An agreement between the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and property developers York Place Buildings has been reached to provide a brand new purpose built headquarters for this historic institution.
York Place Buildings has guaranteed a newly built state of the art home for the RAD in exchange for their current premises on Battersea Square.
The Battersea Square premises will be converted into 34 flats and 5 modern town houses designed by Assael Architects, and which has won Sunday Times British Homes Awards Housing Project of the Year.
The council has approved plans for the redevelopment of the Homebase warehouse and car park on York Road, making the RAD’s new home just a mile away from the original location. The project, designed by architects Patel Taylor, features seven studios, a flexible performance space with moveable seating, improved accessibility, modernised changing rooms and office space, two cafés and the opportunity to display the academy’s extensive archives in a new library.
There will also be more opportunity for the local community to hire space, watch or participate in dance activities and performances at the new building.  
Luke Rittner, Chief Executive of the RAD, said: "As a world leader in dance education and training, our new home needs to reflect that status in every way. I believe that this new building will be a world-class headquarters that will not only make our members, staff and partners proud, it will also help us to fulfil our mission in support of dance and dance education internationally."
Cllr Ravi Govindia, Leader of Wandsworth Council, said: “I am delighted that the Royal Academy of Dance will remain in Wandsworth. Their new headquarters will represent a major new attraction and we will be working closely with the Academy in the coming months to help more local people get involved with their work. https://goo.gl/JxZmTb
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Northern Line Extension Update.

Published: 21/01/2017

Council leader Ravi Govindia was in Nine Elms yesterday to inspect two recently delivered tunnelling boring machines which will soon start digging the Northern Line Extension.
Tunnelling begins in March this year and the Tube extension is expected to open for business in 2020.
According to tunnelling tradition, the machines cannot start work until given a name and, following a vote by local school children, the machines are being named Helen and Amy in honour of the first British astronaut, Helen Sharman, and British aviation pioneer Amy Johnson, who was the first female pilot to fly solo from Britain to Australia.
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The cost of a brick.

Published: 29/11/2016

This fascinating report by the Centre for Economics and Business Research Ltd (Cebr) for Barclays Bank analyses the nationwide variances in the cost of housing by breaking down the cost of each brick.  Its findings show that the average price of a brick has risen 33% over the last decade! http://www.newsroom.barclays.com/r/3405/not_just_another_brick_in_the_wall

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Battersea Arts Centre Phoenix Fund

Published: 03/08/2016

The Battersea Arts Centre Phoenix Fund has raised £819,517 of their £1m target. You can add a donation at their website here .
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CEO Sleepout raises £170,000!

Published: 06/11/2015

CEO Sleepout UK London achieved a whopping £170,000 setting a new record.  Wow!  Not least by one individual who raised just short of £65,000 on their own! 

 

The monies raised will be put to great use by the charities involved to help fight homelessness and poverty.   Why not sign up for next year?  Or keep up to date with the projects at www.ceosleepoutuk.com.

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who donated and your kind messages as well as your enthusiasm and encouragement.

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Bolingbroke Academy Sponsored Walk.

Published: 20/10/2015

On Saturdayday 17th October a group of over 100 pupils and parents of the Bolingbroke Academy took part in a 16 mile sponsored walk from Hampton Court to Putney, to raise funds for the schools new library and other projects.


Rochford Stokes are the main sponsor of the school and we would like to congratulate everyone that took part. We are very impressed!

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CEO Sleep Out

Published: 14/10/2015

On  Monday 12th October Jason Carlon & Jason Galvin braved the elements, along with 100 other participants and participated in the CEO Sleepout event at The Kia Oval cricket ground. This was to raise money and awareness for charities working with Young Homeless people. Jason Galvin was nursing a chest infection for which he had been prescribed antibiotics so extra credit to him for not ducking out.

Rochford Stokes are very proud, with the generosity of their clients, employees, friends and family, to have raised over £2,000 for this very important cause.

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Rebuilding the Battersea Power Station chimneys.

Published: 11/10/2015

Wandsworth Council has now officially signed off the first crucial stage of rebuilding work to the south west chimney of Battersea Power Station – triggering the start of work on the other three chimneys.


The rebuilt south west chimney now rises over 25m above the brickwork washtower, more than halfway to its full exposed height of 40m. Successfully reaching this milestone means the Battersea Power Station Development Company (BPSDC) is now permitted to begin rebuilding the other three chimneys.

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CEO Sleepout London

Published: 05/09/2015

Jason Carlon & Jason Galvin will be giving up the warm, cosy sanctuary of their homes on Monday 12th October to join other CEO's and Senior Managers at the Oval Cricket Ground for a night of sleeping out. This is to raise funds and awareness for charities working with homeless people in London. For more information please visit www.ceosleepoutuk.com/london.html and follow their progress on Twitter @rochfordstokes. If you would like to make a donation please visit www.justgiving.com/RochfordStokes .
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CEO Sleepout Video

Published: 05/09/2015

Check out this video of the event, held in Newcastle in 2013, for more information on what's involved.

SW Resident Magazine Article

Published: 03/08/2015

Jason Carlon was featured in the August edition of SW Resident Magazine. The article is entitled 'My Month'.
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Happy Birthday Trigger!

Published: 03/08/2015

Trigger celebrated his 2nd birthday on 28th July. It only seems like yesterday he first joined us at the office as an 8 week old puppy!

Bolingbroke Academy Spring Fair

Published: 20/04/2015

Rochford Stokes has been chosen as the Bolingbroke Academy main Sponsors for 2015. On Saturday 18th April 2015 the school held its Spring Fair and 100 Rochford Stokes boards were erected in the local area to promote the event which was an amazing success and raised alot of money. Jason Galvin and Jason Carlon attended the event and despite sampling all the amazing food that was on offer they got stuck in and helped to run the Tombola stall which was very popular. The Rochford Stokes shopping bags were as popular as ever and  they completely ran out of them. The new Rochford Stokes pens also went down a storm.
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A Phone or a House?

Published: 07/03/2015

This is a picture of the worlds most expensive iPhone which is encased in 24 carat gold and diamonds. As crazy as it sounds it costs a whopping £1,700,000!!! We would rather buy a lovely house for that amount of money but if you do decide to get one for heavens sake don't drop it!
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Stamp Duty, how much will I pay?

Published: 03/02/2015

You’ll pay:

Nothing on the first £125,000 of the property price
2% on the next £125,000
5% on the next £675,000
10% on the next £575,000
12% on the rest (above £1.5 million)

Example

If you buy a property for £275,000, you’ll pay £3,750 of SDLT. This is made up of:
Nothing on the first £125,000
£2,500 on the next £125,000
£1,250 on the remaining £25,000

Use the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) SDLT calculator http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/tools/sdlt/land-and-property.htm to work out how much you’ll pay.

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Battersea Power Station Chimneys

Published: 21/01/2015

By Jason Carlon

An amazing video about the work being undertaken to ensure that the iconic landmark lives on for future generations of Londoners. 

Taxi for Ravenstone Santa

Published: 08/12/2014

Ravenstone Primary School borrowed our Taxi for their Christmas Fair this weekend. It was the perfect place for their Santa to sit and meet all the children. The event was an overwhelming success and very enjoyable for all involved.
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Rochford Stokes Taxi and the Fortune Teller

Published: 25/11/2014

By Elizabeth

Rochford Stokes were pleased to be associated with the recent Vitality Night at Ravenstone School.  Our taxi proved to be a huge hit for the amazing Fortune Teller, Madame Boyle and was extremely popular.  The night raised over £1,300 for the school.
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Where's my bag???

Published: 25/11/2014

By Elizabeth

This has to be one of the most exotic destinations one of our Rochford Stokes bags has turned up.... in Kenya!

New Covent Garden Market Redevelopment

Published: 14/11/2014

By Wandsworth Council

Plans to completely redevelop and modernise the country’s biggest fresh produce market have been approved tonight by Wandsworth Council’s planning application committee.The project would see the 40 year old facilities at New Covent Garden Market in Nine Elms comprehensively upgraded with the aim of safeguarding its future.

The wholesale market is owned by the taxpayer and the modernisation would be paid for through a series of mixed use developments on parts of the site which are no longer needed for the market operation. 

Across every the entire scheme up to 3,019 homes would be built along with shops, cafes, bars and offices. 

Approximately 600 of the new homes (20 per cent) will be reserved for qualifying Wandsworth residents to buy or rent through affordable housing schemes. 

The scheme will also provide a contribution of £91m towards improving local infrastructure in this rapidly changing part of Battersea. The money will be spent on a series of local transport upgrades including the now approved Northern Line Extension. 

A new retail market would be built alongside a visitor centre and education space focused on the food industry. 

New cycle routes, footpaths and public spaces will also be created through various parts of the site including two sections of the Nine Elms 'linear park' which will sweep right through the district. 

The application also includes roof top football pitches, a gym and a doctor's surgery. 

Sarah McDermott, chairman of the council’s planning committee, said: 

“The market is the biggest single development site in Nine Elms and an incredibly valuable source of local jobs. Its revival is key to our vision for the area and the redevelopment of its perimeter sites will fuse together key sections of the new people-friendly environment we are creating here. 

“This project covers five distinct development plots, the largest being the new wholesale market itself which will be overhauled to provide a 21st Century trading space for the food and flower businesses. 

“The current flower market site would make way for a series of new buildings including three towers which will form part of the Vauxhall tall building cluster. At ground floor level this site will open up to the public and provide part of the Nine Elms linear park. 

“A large part of the land currently used as the main vehicle entrance to the market from Nine Elms Lane will also be released for a mixed use development and another section of linear park. 

“At the east end of wholesale market there will be a new visitor’s centre showcasing the food industry and at the western boundary the long brick wall along Thessaly Road will be replaced with a new line of high quality homes. This will be a huge improvement to the look and feel of the Patmore neighborhood.” 

The application also includes: 

A £300,000 contribution to providing Barclays cycle hire docks and bikes. 

Ten annual contributions of £150,000 towards the council’s local employment scheme, a total of £1.5m. 

A roof top sports pitch and a ‘community use’ agreement to guarantee local access. 

The hybrid application was submitted by Vinci St Modwin which is Covent Garden Market Authority’s (CGMA) development partner. 

Find out more about Nine Elms online.
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Northern Line Extension

Published: 14/11/2014

By Wandsworth Council

 

The extension of the Northern line from Kennington to Battersea has been given the go-ahead today by the Secretary of State for Transport.  

 

The new underground spur will support the development of Nine Elms on the South Bank as a major extension to central London, supporting 25,000 new jobs and over 18,000 new homes. 

The Tube link will cut journey times to the West End and the City to just under 15 minutes.

Two new stations will be constructed – one at the Battersea Power Station development and another just off Wandsworth Road.

Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth Council, said: “This is fantastic news for the people of Battersea and the benefits will be felt right across London. This part of the capital is already coming to life with thousands of new homes and jobs and its two new Tube stations will turbo charge the process.

“This council has now set its sights on a second stage extension taking the Northern Line all the way to Clapham Junction where it could interchange with the proposed Crossrail 2 service. We will continue to lobby for the major investment our transport network needs.”

Following the Secretary of State for Transport’s approval of the project, construction will start as soon as spring next year. Over three miles of new tunnels will be constructed and brand new stations opened by 2020.  

The scheme is being funded by a levy on development in Nine Elms and through growth in business rates revenue. This is an innovative funding model which could be adopted in other regeneration areas.

ENDS

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Sparks Treasure Trail

Published: 08/10/2014

On Sunday 28th September 2014 the Rochford Stokes Team proudly sponsored the Sparks Childrens Health Charity  Treasure Trail event on Wandsworth Common ( www.sparks.org.uk )


It was an absolutely fantastic day which we all really enjoyed and the children participating all seemed to be having a really great time. The weather was amazing, considering it was late September it really felt like a summers day. We were handing out free Prosecco and soft drinks as well as sweets, chocolate and some really amazing cup cakes in our company colours/logo which were provided to us by the Dee Light Bakery in Balham www.deelightbakery.com - Many Thanks. We've never been so popular!


The team at Sparks worked really hard to organise, promote and stage the event and we were really proud to be a part of such a great community event and help raise money for such a worthwhile cause.

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Sparks Childrens Charity Treasure Trail Event.

Published: 12/09/2014

By Jason Carlon

Rochford Stokes are really proud and honoured to be sponsoring the Sparks Childrens Health Charity Treasure Trail Event on Sunday 28th September 2014 on Wandsworth Common. Please visit www.sparks.org.uk/treasuretrail for further details and to register. The event starts from 9:30am and it really will be a very fun day with plenty of activities to keep the children entertained. Please also check out the above video which explains the fantastic work that Sparks do.
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Where's my bag???

Published: 05/09/2014

Apparently one of our bags has washed up on the banks of North Carolina now too....where next?!

Where's my bag???

Published: 02/09/2014

So it may not be quite such an impressive distance as some of the other "Where's my bag" entries, but close to home and close to many TV viewers hearts....you may or may not recognise the Vicar of Dibley's house and church!
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The Best River View in London?

Published: 15/08/2014

Budget of £500,000 – a one bed flat in South West London or a 7 bed development opportunity at No.1 The Thames? Located in the middle of the Thames Estuary, accessed by boat or at low tide, you could be the new owner of an abandoned fort that has recently gone on sale. It could be transformed into a house, hotel, nightclub or casino. The building was part of Britain’s first line of defence when built in 1855 so rest assured it is bombproof…and at least no noisy neighbours but severe rising damp at high tide (every day!). 
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Where's my bag???

Published: 13/08/2014

We've seen the Rochford Stokes bag appear down under in Sydney and now here's one on top of the world at The Shard in London which is Western Europe's tallest building. Wow what a view!
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Where's my bag???

Published: 11/08/2014

We've seen the Rochford Stokes bag used for carrying sun tan lotion, flight accessories and even presidential papers but now this fan has used hers to carry bottles of fine, single malt, Scotch Whiskey from the Glen Ord Distillery, situated in the Scottish Highlands. Where next for the versatile and indispensable Rochford Stokes bag?
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Where's my bag???

Published: 04/08/2014

It appears that Washington D.C. is a very popular destination for our intrepid travellers and their Rochford Stokes bags. This one has turned up at the Capitol building which was opened on 17th November 1800 and is where the US Congress sits.
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Sparks Charity Treasure Trail Event.

Published: 30/07/2014

Rochford Stokes are very proud to be sponsoring the Sparks Charity Treasure Trail event on Wandsworth Common on Sunday 28th September 2014. Sparks are a fantastic charity which fund childrens medical research.

 

Each year, less than £10 per child in the UK is spent on research into
child health. Every day 1 in 30 babies are born in the UK with a condition which may affect them for life. Sparks raise money to fund pioneering children’s medical research to get this to change and Rochford Stokes are very pleased to support their efforts.

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Where's my bag???

Published: 30/07/2014

This Jet Setter was spotted at Heathrow Terminal 5 this week sporting the internationally sought after travel accessory the Rochford Stokes bag. Ideal for carrying those in flight essentials and your passport and it fits well within the strictest hand baggage allowances! Where's your bag off to?
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Where's my bag???

Published: 09/07/2014

Wow! What amazing pictures! 

This Rochford Stokes bag has travelled over 10,500 miles (16,900 km) all the way to Sydney Australia! This sets the record so far for distance.

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Where's my bag???

Published: 07/07/2014

They say that selling or buying a property can be a real life roller coaster and now a Rochford Stokes bag has turned up at the home of amazing roller coasters, Thorpe Park. Where will be next? Can anyone get one on a roller coaster?

(Distance travelled: 44.7 km)

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Where's my bag???

Published: 03/07/2014

These amazing pictures come all the way from Dubai which looks very, very hot. Not as hot as this seasons must have fashion accessory the Rochford Stokes shopping bag which is as useful for carrying groceries down at Clapham Junction as it is for carrying  the sun tan lotion whilst on holiday. If you don't have one pop into our office and then send us your pictures.
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Where's my bag???

Published: 23/06/2014

Following on with the US Presidential theme this one has turned up at the JFK memorial in Dallas. Where on Earth will the next one get to?

(Distance travelled: 7637.4 km)

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Where's my bag???

Published: 10/06/2014

Following a Rochford Stokes shopping bag turning up in the heart of the White House this one was spotted by the Arc du Triomphe in Paris. Will they now become the 'Must Have' fashion accessory out selling Louis Vuitton and Gucci? Where will yours get to? Send your picture to info@rochfordstokes.com. Need a bag? Call us on 020 7801 6789 whilst stocks last.

(Distance travelled: 456 km)

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Rochford Stokes on TV!

Published: 30/05/2014

By Jason Carlon

We were very surprised when we turned on Good Morning Britain on Wednesday morning to see a news item featuring one of our Let By boards.

Where's my bag???

Published: 11/05/2014

This Rochford Stokes shopping bag has ended up in the middle of the White House gardens in Washington. You can just make out the podium in the background with the Presidential crest on it where Barack Obama is about to make a speech about the merits of using Rochford Stokes to sell or let a property!

Where will your bag end up?

Send us a picture.

(Distance travelled: 5898.5 km)

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Battersea Dogs & Cats Home launches its biggest appeal in its 153 year history to replace ancient kennels

Published: 07/04/2014

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home is appealing to the public to help it build much-needed new kennels, to transform the lives of thousands of stray and unwanted dogs each year. The 153year-old animal rescue charity aims to raise £1.9 million to help it continue providing a home to more than 6,000 dogs every year. The appeal will enable the charity to retire its oldest Victorian kennels and replace them with purpose-built facilities designed to reduce the length of time each dog has to stay in its care.
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Prices Announced for Battersea Power Station Development

Published: 07/04/2014

Prices have finally been announced for new homes at Battersea Power Station – but there’s no sign of any affordable housing.

There are 254 properties planned for the building itself, which developers say will be ‘as distinctive as the building that surrounds them’.

They will be housed in three locations: The Switch House East, The Switch House West and Boiler House Square, right at the top.

Some homes will sit within the original building’s exposed brickwork and industrial fittings, while others will be new, glazed additions on top of the Power Station, with views across the Thames. The ones that back on to Boiler House Square will surround a ‘garden in the sky’.

But iconic living doesn’t come cheap. Studios start at £800,000, one-bed apartments are priced from £1million, two-beds from £1.5million, three-beds from £2.7million and buyers must be prepared to stump up £4million for a four-bed home. Prices are yet to be released for the penthouse and a London-only sales launch takes place on May 1.

According to the Battersea Power Station Development Company, plans for affordable homes are soon to be released but they aren’t expected to be built until 2024.

A hundred different layouts are planned and BPSDC says properties will be around 40 per cent larger than London’s average new-build developments.

Describing the development’s launch as a ‘once-in-a-lifetime opportunity’, CEO Rob Tincknell said: ‘It’s a chance to own one of a small number of very special bespoke residences that have been meticulously designed to reflect the quality and detailing applied to Giles Gilbert Scott’s original masterpiece.’

The 40-acre mixed-use development will create 18 acres of new public space, including a six-acre public park, office space for 5,000 people, a conference centre, around 200 shops and restaurants plus cinema and leisure and recreation facilities.

There is also a boutique hotel, a multi-event pop-up space as well as a new civic public square and piazzas. Residents will live above the amenities and will have access to more than 1.5 acres of rooftop gardens.

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Congratulations Oxford!

Published: 07/04/2014

The 2014 Oxford v Cambridge Boat Race took place at 5.55pm on Sunday 6th April and Oxford powered to victory for another year in succession.


The Boat Race was broadcast live on BBC1 and on a number of other channels around the world. Thousands of people turned out and lined the sides of the river, in the wind and rain, to watch the 18 minute race.


10 Facts about the Boat Race
1. The first race took place on 10th June 1829 at Henley on Thames, Oxford won easily.
2. There were only 12 races between 1829-1854 but since 1856 they have been held annually only interrupted during the war years.
3. The course is 4 miles 374 yards (6.8Km) between Putney and Mortlake. The first race on this course was held in 1845 when Cambridge won in a time of 23mins 30sec.
4. Official times are taken at fixed points every year. These are: The Mile Post, Hammersmith Bridge, Chiswick Steps, Barnes Bridge and The Finish.
5. The current Course record is 16mins 19sec, set by Cambridge in 1998.
6. In 1981 Sue Brown (Oxford cox’) became the first woman to participate in the Boat Race. 1989 was the first year both Blue Boats were coxed by women.
7. Every member of The Boat Race crews trains for approximately two hours for every stroke in The Race, they train a period of 7 months for 3 hours per day, 6 days a week.
8. It takes about 600 strokes to complete the course.
9. The heaviest ever crew was the 2009 Oxford Crew with an average of 15 st 9 lb 13 oz or 99.7 kg, excluding the cox.
10. The lightest ever coxes were Francis Archer (Cambridge 1862) and Hart Massey (Oxford 1939) - both weighed in at 5 stone 2 lbs (32.66 kilos). There is now a 55kg weight limit for coxes in the Boat Race.

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RIVER TRAVEL IN WANDSWORTH

Published: 07/04/2014

Major improvements to Wandsworth’s riverbus services are attracting more and more local commuters onto the Thames. The Putney to Blackfriars route has now seen a 130% increase in passenger numbers since its re-launch in April 2013.

As demand has increased more services have been added to the timetable with some boats now travelling direct to Canary Wharf. Journey times from Putney to central London are now just over 40 minutes as Thames Clippers’ modern catamarans outpace their predecessors. 

Unlike other public transport options the boats have coffee shops on board, and free Wi-Fi. Services stop in the borough at Putney Pier and Wandsworth Riverside Quarter. The town hall is using its planning powers to secure new passenger piers at Plantation Wharf and Battersea Power Station.

Cllr Russell King, Wandsworth’s transport spokesman, said: ‘Our transport network is developing fast. We now have the Barclays Cycle Hire scheme in the north of the borough, a vastly improved riverbus service and longer trains are now coming to service on our railways’.

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What a Transformation!

Published: 07/04/2014

You may have seen a previous article introducing you to our new member of the team, Trigger!  

What a transformation over the last 8 months! From his first day in the office at 8 weeks, to now. He is now a vital member of the Rochford Stokes team.

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Wandsworth Town Centre Re-development

Published: 01/04/2014

In July 2013 London Borough of Wandsworth’s planning committee resolved to grant consent for the redevelopment of the Ram Brewery site in Wandsworth. This decision was subsequently endorsed by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in September who confirmed that the application would not be called in. The outline planning application was submitted by Minerva in November 2012 and forms the centrepiece of Wandsworth town centre’s regeneration plans.

The development will deliver 661 new homes to the borough, and will include a 36 storey landmark residential tower designed by EPR architects, as well as over 9,500 sq m of space dedicated to new shops, cafes, bars and restaurants and 248 car parking spaces for the apartments.

The proposed development will preserve many of the site’s historic buildings which will be restored and refurbished, and a micro-brewery and a brewing museum will also be part of the completed scheme. If approved, the development would generate 500 new permanent jobs and 266 construction jobs. The River Wandle will be opened up and landscaped to provide public access along a new riverside walk.

The decision to grant outline planning permission follows improvements and refinements to the initial plans after a series of consultation meetings between the Council, English Heritage and the local community.
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Wandsworth Council Tax Frozen

Published: 01/04/2014

Council tax levels in Wandsworth have been frozen for the fifth time in six years after councillors voted to approve their budget package for the forthcoming 12 months. It means that residents will pay less from April when taking into account the fact that the Mayor of London has reduced his share of the bill by one per cent. Council leader Ravi Govindia said: “Residents of Wandsworth have always appreciated and understood that they receive really excellent value for money services from their town hall.

“Keeping council tax bills to the absolute minimum is hugely important for local people, especially those struggling on low incomes.

“The council’s budgets do of course remain under pressure and further action is required to make the necessary savings in the years ahead to ensure the financial burden on residents does not increase.

“That is why steps have already been taken, and these will continue, to slim down the council even further, by reducing senior staff numbers, reducing executive pay, cutting back-office costs, reducing the amounts spent on running and maintaining office buildings and seeking new efficiencies across all our services.

“The council is continuing to protect frontline services despite the savings it is required to make and has worked extremely hard to look after the most vulnerable residents. Wandsworth has some of London’s best parks and cleanest streets, and the council has maintained weekly refuse collections and kept all its libraries open.

“The priority is to make sure the council continues to play a full role in supporting people and helping them to make the most of their talents, ensuring our neighbourhoods continue to improve, and working to create new jobs, better transport links and extending educational choice and opportunity for all residents.”

Figures showing what most borough households will pay in 2014/15 are as follows. The figures in brackets show the charge payable by those affected by the additional WPCC levy:


Band A - £455  (£473)
Band B - £530 (£552)
Band C - £606 (£630)
Band D - £682 (£709)
Band E  - £833 (£867)
Band F - £985 (£1,024)
Band G - £1,136 (£1,182)
Band H - £1,364 (£1,418)

These figures show bills for homes in which two or more adults reside. Single people who live alone qualify for a 25 per cent discount.

Across Wandsworth there are 6,014 Band A properties; 12,314 Band B properties; 35,787 Band C properties: 31,581 Band D properties; 20,708 Band E properties; 14,005 Band F properties; 12,003 Band G properties and 2,468 Band H properties.

Residents recently expressed their support for the council’s work in managing its budget effectively and keeping council tax bills to a minimum.

Resident survey results published in the autumn revealed that 84 per cent of local people agreed that "keeping council tax low is essential for residents" up from 67 per cent a decade ago. Only six per cent disagreed

And 67 per cent of residents questioned agreed with the statement: "I don't care if it is the council or another organisation that carries out local services as long as they are of a good standard." Only 17 per cent disagreed.

In addition, 84 per cent of residents said they are satisfied with the council’s overall performance, compared to a London average of 75 per cent.

Research into council tax levels from the time the system was first introduced in 1993 reveals that people who had lived in a Wandsworth Band D property for all that time would be £10,000 better off than households in other parts of the city who pay the London average.

Over the same 22 year period residents living in an average sized Band D home in neighbouring Richmond have paid £13,907 extra in council tax, while in Kingston the amount now totals £13,702 and in Merton the figure is £11,506.

Wandsworth residents living in an average-sized Band D property will pay £682 in council tax next year. This compares with a £1,300 bill paid by the average Londoner. Some people living in the west of the borough will pay slightly more because they are subject to the statutory levy imposed by the Wimbledon and Putney Commons Conservators – giving a borough-wide average of £687.

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Nationwide- House prices rise 9.4% in last year.

Published: 01/03/2014

By Jason Carlon

Commenting on the figures, Robert Gardner, Nationwide's Chief Economist, said:

“House prices recorded their fourteenth successive monthly increase in February, rising by 0.6%. The price of a typical home was 9.4%higher than February 2013. Demand continues to be supported by record low interest rates, improved credit availability and rising consumer confidence thanks to the healthy gains in employment recorded in recent quarters. Price growth is being supported by the fact that the supply of housing remains constrained, with housing completions still well below their pre-crisis levels, which was already
insufficient to keep up with the pace of household formation. For example, in England around 109,500 new homes were built in 2013, this is 38% below the level recorded in 2007 and around half the projected number of households that are expected to form each year in t he years ahead."

Full report: www.nationwide.co.uk/~/media/nationwide.co.uk/pdf/hpi/February_2014.pdf

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Nationwide HPI

Published: 01/03/2014

Nationwide building society have reported that house prices have risen 9.4% in the last year.

Commenting on the figures, Robert Gardner, Nationwide's Chief Economist, said:
“House prices recorded their fourteenth successive monthly
increase in February, rising by 0.6%. The price of a typical
home was 9.4% higher than February 2013. Demand
continues to be supported by record low interest rates,
improved credit availability and rising consumer confidence
thanks to the healthy gains in employment recorded in
recent quarters. Price growth is being supported by the fact that the supply of housing remains constrained, with housing completions
still well below their pre-crisis levels, which was already
insufficient to keep up with the pace of household formation.
For example, in England around 109,500 new homes were
built in 2013, this is 38% below the level recorded in 2007
and around half the projected number of households that are
expected to form each year in the years ahead.

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That's one way to view a house!

Published: 25/02/2014

By Jason Carlon

If you are short of time then this is one way to whizz around!

Confused about the Help to Buy Scheme?

Published: 20/02/2014

By Rightmove

If you have any questions about the new Government Help to Buy scheme this short video might be very helpful in answering some of your questions.

Supporting First Touch Charity Event

Published: 19/02/2014

By Elizabeth Pleasance

Rochford Stokes was out in force on Friday 7th Feb: the entire staff and directors attended a fundraising band night at The Bedford Arms, Balham, featuring the excellent Bodkin Lane Band. Ticket sales raised over £1,800 for First Touch, the charity of St George’s Hospital neonatal unit.


As keen supporters of First Touch and the work of the neonatal unit, Rochford Stokes is supporting The SW12 Raffle, also in aid of First Touch, by selling raffle tickets at our office at 153 Lavender Hill. Tickets cost £1 each with a chance to win one of a huge range of brilliant prizes all donated by local businesses, shops, football and rugby clubs, and loads more. Full list at www.SW12raffle.com Draw on Monday 10th March, all proceeds to First Touch.

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Football Team Sponsorship

Published: 16/02/2014

By Jason Carlon

Rochford Stokes are proud to be the sponsors of the Providence House Youth Club Under 10s Football Team. Providence House Youth Club is situated on Falcon Road and does fantastic work with local children and we are very pleased to be associated with them and give something back to the local community. Our contribution has enabled the team to invest in a smart kit and other essential equipment. Unfortunately due to poor weather conditions and water logged pitches they have been unable to play recently but we look forward to cheering them on to great success soon.
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£2,169 per square foot!

Published: 13/02/2014

By Jason Carlon

If you think properties are expensive in Battersea & Clapham you might want to check out this 461 square foot one bedroom flat in Mayfair which has an asking price of a cool £1,000,000! Yes you read it right One Million Pounds and on top of that it apparently has a service charge of £3,000 per annum. Those of you with a more modest budget and looking for more bang for your buck should call us today.
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Rain, rain and more rain!

Published: 13/02/2014

By Jason Carlon

Hooray! We have now taken delivery of our stock of new Rochford Stokes umbrellas which with the current weather conditions have been an absolute life saver for us and some of our clients who have been caught short without a brolly.
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Battersea Power Station- The Future?

Published: 12/02/2014

By Jason Carlon

A short video showing what the future of this iconic landmark might look like.

Battersea Power Station- The Past

Published: 12/02/2014

By Jason Carlon

A short video showing the history of this iconic landmark.

UK house prices rise at fastest pace in three months

Published: 12/02/2014

By Reuters

(Reuters) - British house prices showed their biggest rise in three months in January and one measure of affordability deteriorated to its weakest since the financial crisis, mortgage lender Halifax reported on Thursday, fuelling concerns of a property bubble.

Halifax, part of Lloyds Banking Group (LLOY.L), said the supply of homes coming on to the market was not keeping up with higher demand buoyed by a positive economic outlook, and warned that weak wage growth may limit future price rises.

"Continuing pressures on household finances, as earnings fail to keep pace with consumer price inflation, are expected to remain a constraint," Halifax economist Martin Ellis said.

The Bank of England is concerned the housing market could overheat, though it has not yet said this is happening. In November it said it would remove mortgage lending incentives from the Funding for Lending Scheme which it launched in August 2012 to encourage banks to lend to households and businesses.

The ratio of house prices to average earnings rose in January to its highest since October 2008 at 4.74 - though this measure of affordability does not reflect the fact that mortgage interest rates are now lower.

House prices rose 1.1 percent in January after dropping by 0.5 percent the month before, roughly in line with economists' forecasts and the biggest rise since October.

House prices in the three months to January were 7.3 percent higher than a year earlier, a slightly slower rate of increase than December's 7.5 percent but still close to November's six-year high of 7.7 percent.

"The strong Halifax data will fuel concern that a house price bubble is developing," said Howard Archer, chief UK economist at IHS Global Insight.

"While concern over the strength of house price rises has been primarily focused on London, it is evident from a number of recent surveys ... that the strength in house prices is becoming more widespread," he added.

Halifax said October's expansion of the government's Help to Buy scheme - which aids buyers who cannot afford large downpayments - was one thing boosting demand, though lower unemployment and a better economic outlook were the main factors.

"Demand has increased against a background of low interest rates and higher consumer confidence underpinned by signs that the economy is recovering and unemployment falling faster than expected," Ellis said.
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New member of the team

Published: 12/02/2014

By Jason Carlon

We are please to say that our new recruit Trigger who joined us in September is doing really well. Trigger is a 7 month old Weimaraner.

Tiny London

Published: 11/02/2014

By Jason Carlon

We spotted this video and thought it shows what an amazing city we live in. Enjoy.

Where's my bag???

This summer the Rochford Stokes bag is a seasoned traveller, this time appearing in the Portuguese sunshine! As schools start back, holidays end and the cold returns, we all wish we were by a beach in Portugal, in the sunshine!
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