Battersea Sports Centre is great. The Tories are wrong to close it

Will Martindale and users of Battersea Sports Centre campaign to save it from closure

Speech by councillor Wendy Speck to Wandsworth Council, Wednesday March 4, 2015 

Battersea Sports Centre is a well-used and well-loved place. It is used by a whole variety of people of all ages and abilities.

The council’s own equalities impact assessment shows that those most affected by its closure will be the disabled, ethnic minority groups and those under 19.

It is in the ward with the most deprivation, the worst health statistics and the most obesity.

The Battersea Sports Centre also is used by several schools and one local primary uses it for all its KS2 PE. The logistics of asking a school to take its pupils elsewhere has implications on timetabling, missing of other lessons and cost. The Governors wrote to councillors with their concerns.

We are told now that the Sports Centre needs to close to provide a site for housing to decant residents from the Winstanley and York Road estates, as part of the regeneration there. Continue reading

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Let’s Talk: A chance to have your say tomorrow at York Gardens

Latchmere councillors Tony Belton, Wendy Speck and Simon Hogg with Harriet Harman MP and Senia Dedic in York Gardens Library

Latchmere councillors Tony Belton, Wendy Speck and Simon Hogg with Harriet Harman MP and Senia Dedic in York Gardens Library

Tomorrow evening you have the chance to deliver your verdict on a wide range of local services and highlight areas of concern.

The leader of the council and senior Town Hall managers will join your local Labour councillors – Tony Belton, Wendy Speck and me – to answer your questions at York Gardens Library from 7.30pm. (People who are unable to attend on Thursday, July 19 can email questions in advance to www.wandsworth.gov.uk/letstalk.)

Hopefully you heard about the event from all the posters that are up, and the Latchmere leafets that have gone through every door in the neighbourhood!

Topics that crop up regularly at these meetings include street cleaning, recycling, parking, public transport and the NHS. Tony, Wendy and I will be speaking about three areas we think are a priority – these are: Continue reading