Wandsworth release improvement funds

Wandsworth Council has released another wave of funding for neighbourhood improvement schemes from the Wandworth Local Fund.

New schemes including improvements to parks and play areas, roads and streets and to Earlsfield railway bridge will receive money from the fund, which is produced by S106 payments.

In the last two years the council has deployed around £8m in this way and several projects have gone ahead as a result, including resurfacing roads and pavements in Putney Vale, redesigning Godley Gardens and improving and floodlighting the tennis courts in King George’s Park.

The Wandsworth Local Fund is the neighbourhood element of the Community Infrastructure Levy (Neighbourhood CIL). CIL is mostly spent on borough-wide, ‘strategic’ projects, but 15 per cent is earmarked for projects which take into account the views of people living in the neighbourhood where new development has been built.

Among the schemes funded in this wave are improvements to Falcon Park, money for Battersea Arts Centre, improvements to Leader’s Gardens in Putney, money for the Wandle Valley Park, and cleaning, painting and repairing Earlsfield railway bridge.

The council’s finance spokesman Cllr Guy Senior said: “We believe the local people, working alongside their elected local ward councillors, know best what their neighbourhood needs. The WLF means these projects are more likely to get funding, and that some of the millions of pounds being invested in Wandsworth result in real tangible improvements to the people that live in our borough.”

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