Friends of Tooting Common
News & Events
                 
   
Forthcoming events

On Friday 15 January we will be holding another of our litter picks. Picking sticks and gloves will be provided. But bring your own equipment if you can. Please make any enquiries about the pick to fotcinformation@gmail.com. We are also arranging a litter pick on Sunday 31 January (2.30pm). We will be arranging the starting point for these picks soon, and details will be on this site.

Everyone is very welcome at these event. There is no charge, but a donation to the work of Friends of Tooting Common will be invited.

We also have a number of other events under preparation: more details will be available on this website.

   
Recent events

On 25 October we held our annual Pumpkin Parade. This was a very successful event, with around 200-250 people attending. There were a large number of very imaginative carved pumpkins brought by children and adults, and we awarded rosettes for the best pumpkins in three categories (funniest, scariest and most artistic), and for the best home-made fancy dress

On 1 November we held our Annual General Meeting. The Chair's report for the AGM on the work of FOTC over the last year is here. At the meeting we also had a very interesting talk by Richard Glassborow, Chair of the Tooting Common Management Advisory Committee, about the work of the MAC and issues relating to the Common.

We held litter picks on 20 November, 6 December, 16 and 27 December in different parts of the Common. At both of these we collected about 5-6 full bags of litter, about half of it recyclable. More litter picks are planned over the next month or so - see above.

On 28 November we carried out a bramble pull in a gladed area in Bedford Woods to clear the area of brambles to try to encourage the growth of wildflowers.

On Sunday 20 December we held an event to mark the winter solstice (shortest day). The event was well attended and, despite a rather heavy rain shower, we had an enjoyable event including making willow stars, poetry, singing, the making of a star compass and hot drinks.

On New Year's Day we organised a short walk round the Common. This was an enjoyable event, and we will be arranging similar walks in future.

       
Bluebell Walk
  Birchwood Road hybrids Edge of Furzedown Road Native English bluebells
       
 
       
Ecology Ponds
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Click here for more pictures of the ecology ponds
 
 
 
Photo Gallery
Please send us photos you have of the Common. We will aim to get some on the website. Please send your photos of the Common to us at lois_adams21@hotmail.com
Consultations and other involvement in issues relating to the Common
   

Tooting Common Heritage Project

Friends of Tooting Common have been involved during 2015 with Wandsworth Council on the Council's Tooting Common Heritage Project. A number of FOTC members have volunteered for work on the various strands of the Project, including historical research and the biodiversity surveys.

One specific proposal under the Heritage Project, on which the Council consulted, was the closure of Dr Johnson Avenue to road traffic.

Our response to the consultation on Dr Johnson Avenue is here.

 

 

   
Desegregation of cyclists and pedestrians on shared paths

Since April 2015, the white line segregating cyclists and pedestrians on paths allowed to cyclists have been removed, although priority should still be given to pedestrians.

FOTC made comments to Wandsworth Council on the arrangements for removal of the white line, and the need for arrangements to manage the transition to the new arrangements.

At an earlier stage in consideration of the removal of the white line, FOTC submitted comments to the public enquiry on the proposals in September 2014, taking into account an earlier survey of members, in 2013, on this subject.

 



FOTC's comments in April 2015 on arrangements for removal of the white line are here.

 


FOTC's comments to the public enquiry in September 2014 are here.

The results of FOTC's 2013 survey of members are here.

Proposals for "Quietway" cycle route
We have been in contact with Wandsworth Council on the proposals by Transport for London for a "Quietway" cycle route which will run for the Common. We have informed members on these proposals and asked for views on this, and the related issue of the surfacing of paths. We have raised with the Council the need for measures to ensure that it is clear that pedestrians have priority on the Quietway route. Wandsworth Council will be consulting on the Quietway proposals, and we will provide comments on them reflecting FOTC members' views.
 
Responses to Council proposals for the cafe
We were consulted in 2014 on the Council's proposals for a lease for the cafe on the Common.

Our response in Sept 2014 to the proposals is here.

We have subsequently supported, in November 2015, Wandsworth Council's application for permission for an extension to the cafe, since this will include a publicly accessible toilet, which, while not fully meeting concerns about the lack of toilet facilities on the Common, is a step in the right direction.

 
Responses to consultations in 2014 on events policy; policing; and on lease for the Triangle field.

We were also consulted in 2014 by the Council on draft proposals for:

- their draft policy events on parks and commons;

- their proposals for policing of parks and commons;

- the lease for the Triangle field (youth centre and redgra pitch)

Our responses to these consultations are here:

- on the draft events policy

- on policing

- on the lease on the Triangle field