Category: Tooting Bec and Balham

  • Community Roadwatch events in 2021

    Community Roadwatch is where the police use a mobile speed gun to measure the speed of vehicles on a road and issue warnings where vehicles exceed the speed limit. In Bedford ward the following three events will be held this year: Montana Road on 28 May 2021 from 0900hrs to 1000hrs. Ritherdon Road on 25 […]

  • Parkrun’s return to Tooting Common

    Like many hundreds of you, we are all looking forward to the safe return of Parkrun to Tooting Common. We asked the council what the status of this was and this was their response: The Council and its partners on the Safety Advisory Group are working to ensure the safe return of Parkrun to the […]

  • Toilet provision and rats on Tooting Common

    We’ve been contacted a lot recently about the condition of Tooting Common, and more specifically about the area around the lake and the problem with rats. We raised with this council officers as we believe one way this could be tackled is more toilet provision on the Common so that the bushes are not used […]

  • Survey on mental health

    South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust (SWLSTG) have launched a new community survey as part of South London Listens to help find the solutions to the impact Covid-19 has had on the mental health of our communities. Share your feedback via the survey here.  4,700 people from across South London have […]

  • Tooting Common flooding and wear and tear – what the council is doing

    The recent flooding on Tooting Common is the worst its been in many years. The council has told us that this is due to “rainwater run-off from the railway, poorly draining soil, and blocking drains in surrounding roads”. The council intends to adopt a plan of “increasing drain capacity by replacing the current drains with […]

  • Interesting fact about the water fountains at the southern end of Dr Johnson Avenue

    Your definition of “interesting” may be different to mine, but this explains why it seems like the fountains are regularly “broken”. As the person responsible for the fountains within the overall Tooting Common Heritage project recently explained to us: “…the push buttons have to be pressed 2 or more times to allow the water to […]

  • Tree felling in Bedford ward – January 2021

    We often get enquiries about why certain trees are removed from our streets. The council has a duty to cut down dangerous/diseased trees. A few are due to go in Bedford ward over the next few weeks: Plot # Species Road Reason for removal 7239 Prunus Serrula Mantilla Road Basal decay, fungal body, trunk decay, […]

  • Further temporary road closures in Bedford ward – Jan, Feb and Mar 2021

    Avoca Road will be closed from the junction with Topsham Road to the junction with Tooting Bec Road for SGN utility works from 18/01/2021 to 29/03/2021. Contact: SGN 01372 737 416. Balham Station Road will be closed outside Balham Station for Network Rail works, overnight only from the evening of 18/01/2021 to the morning of […]

  • Winter gritting in Wandsworth

    It’s shaping up to be a cold winter so gritting of roads and pavements may be necessary. The council’s webpages on gritting are here: You can request for your street to be gritted, or if your street should have been gritted and it has not been, by emailing There is also a map […]

  • Road closures in Bedford ward in January 2021

    Dafforne Road is closed from the junction with Upper Tooting Road to the junction with Romberg Road for SGN utility works, with an estimated date of completion of 31/01/2021. If you need to contact SGN, dial 01372 737 416. Hillbury Road will be closed from the junction with Bedford Hill for carriageway works commencing 06/01/2021 […]