Please see Nicola Grant's email (3rd Feb '23) in response to my concerns about the now long standing poor state of the old M&S planters & the the abandoned Lacy Road parklet. I suggest that any further concerns should be directed to Nicola Grant at Positively Putney.As you know I agree the planters are beyond their life - but I can not spend significant money on them until we know when (or not) the unit will be occupied. I am hopeful we will know one way or another in the next week or so. I understand your point reference street people versus tatty planters but if they did attract a street population people would complain far more. Trying to see if we can block the space in another aesthetic pleasing useful way.I love the excitement and interest of the volunteers - but also getting quotes for other external contractors. Reference Lacy Road parklet - it was due to be repaired as Meristem quoted £200, but then came back to me with a revised repair quote of £1800. As the unit was £5000 initially that seemed very expensive, especially if it was to be moved in the near future. I am well aware that Sporting Feet would rather it was a loading bay, they sit on our board of directors - they were very supportive of it as a café space but like us all do not like us seeing it unused. Interestingly, in the what's app many people really like/d the parklets and do not want them to go (the Montserrat or the Lacy road). I am currently looking at options to half the size of it - and installing permanent seating. This seems a compromise but may please all parties.We are busy working on the Putney heritage vinyls, and the utility box art project so certainly enhancing the look of Putney once they come to fruition. Will be back in touch once we know more,
Miles Thompson ● 6h1 Comments ● 40m
The UK government gave Conservative peer (House of Lords) Baroness Michelle Mone OBE’s PPE 'firm' £203,000,000 - a company that was days old, had no employees, no premises and just £100 in the bank. She snaffled £27M offshore and bought a yacht. But they've found the yacht: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmohU8A0cBw
Roy Robart ● 2d3 Comments ● 56m
So far this year, a 4 year old child killed by a dog, and a dog walker killed by the dogs she was looking after, is it time for the dog laws to be updated?
Martine Guy ● 4d52 Comments ● 2h
ILLEGAL TRANSFER FROM ENERGY PROVIDER SSE TO OVO.A response given on Trustpilot on 26-1-23 by energy provider SSE regarding my illegal transfer from energy company SSE to energy company OVO which are part of the same company."Hi, Thank you for your recent email, I apologise for the delay in my response.We appreciate you contacting us. When I check your account, it has already been transferred to OVO Energy. As a result, your account has been closed and we no longer have access to it. I suggest you to get in touch with OVO Energy because they are the team that can assist you.Thank you for contacting SSE."John from OVO has informed me that I was tricked by SSE to sign up to OVO with a false promise of a £50 energy credit.And the response given on Trustpilot by OVO. Thanks for getting back to me, Neil.I've checked over your account and I can see you've managed to reach the team. I am sorry that the letter has caused such confusion, but the install would have had to have been with SSE.Thanks,Dave.Both SSE and OVO are continuing to argue that the other party are to blame for the illegal transfer. I have to wait about 7 weeks for SSE and OVO to sort the mess out before the Energy Ombudsman will intervene. Anyone wishing to change energy providers would be wise to check on Trustpilot the company they are thinking of using before deciding. SSE and OVO are having shocking reviews. See part of Which magazine review of OVO below. "Ovo Energy came near the bottom of the table in 13th place out of 16 energy companies rated by 10,197 members of the public in the annual Which? customer survey. This is a big drop from last year, when it came joint second. It had poor two-star ratings for almost all of the aspects of service we looked at, managing an average three stars for just one - the accuracy of its payments."One dissatisfied customer said: 'It’s impossible to contact them. Online options don’t make it easy to solve problems.'
Neil Milkins ● 3d1 Comments ● 4h
Chinese spy, or "spy", balloons?! Why not some sort of U-2?"Satellites – and drones – were intended to replace it. But the 65-year-old Lockheed U-2 is still at the top of its game, flying missions in an environment no other aircraft can operate in."https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20201210-lockheed-u-2-spyplaneIndeed, in 2023 U-2s are still flying.
David Ainsworth ● 10h2 Comments ● 7h
I really do not know why people spend so much on Christmas trees just so they can throw them away so many days later. Why not buy an artificial tree. Saves the mess on the floor and all the hassle getting rid of them. Thought we were meant to save the trees.
Barbara Stevens ● 18d17 Comments ● 8h
Empty goods train on the Overground, Dalston Kingsland https://flic.kr/p/2nDWZR5
Michael Ixer ● 18h0 Comments ● 18h
Our atmosphere is seriously polluted above safe levels and we are facing an existential threat in climate change caused by our excessive use of fossil fuels - and a large part of that comes from road transport; our problems are exacerbated by growing obesity, partly resulting from too great a reliance on cars. So one solution at least is to move away from this reliance to more sustainable transport. Does anyone seriously disagree with this?Yet any small moves to deal with it (ULEZ, LTNs, for example) produce opposition from people who don't want to change their habits. So all right, let's turn it around and ask the critics, what would YOU suggest to deal with these threats? Where are your positive ideas, and what would you accept?I await your response.
Richard Carter ● 11d20 Comments ● 22h
This article I saw in PutneySW15 today annoyed me. They're just doing a Khan - addressing a shortfall by extracting more cash from the public. Why should a fine by inflation-linked?
Roy Robart ● 2d5 Comments ● 1d
On Wednesday Febuary 22 I am giving a talk on Edward Gibbon the author of The Decline a fall of the Roman Empire. A book many consider the finest history ever written. The talk will emphasise Gibbon’s Putney roots-his grandfather owned Lime Grove the biggest house, his father and mother met in Putney and the author was born here. The talk will also mention the Gibbon family’s connection with the South Sea Bubble,the birth of Methodism and the personality and reputation of the man. The talk will be at the Putney Library, Disraeli Road, 6.30 pm,Wednesday 22 February
Hugh Thompson ● 2d1 Comments ● 1d
Floral Street, Covent Garden; looking very Italian? https://flic.kr/p/zpFE9i
Michael Ixer ● 1d1 Comments ● 1d
I can’t remember the last time we had a t.v. thread, but Happy Valley must be one of the best things on t.v. in ages. We were late with this drama but after seeing the rave reviews in the paper, we started watching from Series 1. Surely this can’t be same Raquel from Coronation Street? Sarah Lancashire is an amazing actress. Can’t wait for the final episode on Sunday when I hope the murdering psychopath will get killed.
Martine Guy ● 3d16 Comments ● 2d
On the day in which Paperchase has placed large signs on it's windows announcing yet another shop soon to close on Putney High Street, does anyone know if the recent Save Putney High Street meeting crystallised any plan of action? Perhaps a clean up programme for the always filthy pavements, removal of the glaringly disgraceful displays outside the M&S building, something to encourage those who come to shop in Putney (whoever they may be) or even a nice surprise for jaded residents used to the unchanging state of the main thoroughfare when they once more leave their homes to go shopping?
Miles Thompson ● 2d6 Comments ● 2d
Not written on here in ages, let us know if you're ok Sue!
I've included a pic of our cat in an attempt to tease you out of the wood work :)
Matt Palmer ● 2d6 Comments ● 2d
One more of the nice shops leaving Putney
Marc Blanchard ● 2d0 Comments ● 2d
noticed a few dead rats around lately on pavements. anyone else seen this?
Maxine Campbell ● 4d9 Comments ● 2d
Historic Crisp Packets, Fulham Palace Museum; from archeological dig, 2018 https://flic.kr/p/2nTG6h6
Michael Ixer ● 2d0 Comments ● 2d
From the WBC website:-"If you have a front garden or drivewayPut any sacks/dustbins for collection in your front garden or driveway and close to the entrance from the street. We do not collect from back gardens, back/side alleys or landings. Placing dustbins or waste sacks on the public pavement can result in a fine of up to £2,500."And yet it looks like pretty well everybody on my street puts their sacks out on the public pavement against their front wall on collection day.Is this generally the done thing now?
David Ainsworth ● 3d4 Comments ● 3d