Cllr Louise Calland: Our Road To Recovery

Living in Wandsworth I know that the past few months have been really difficult for our community.

We have all made huge sacrifices to protect our NHS and protect our loved ones from this horrific virus. 

Now that restrictions are being eased, our way of life is beginning to return to a sense of normality.

Nationally, we have seen the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announce the Plan for Jobs which will

  • Support people to find the jobs that are out there. 
  • Create new jobs through investing in our infrastructure and housing. 
  • Protect jobs by revitalising the hard-hit sectors upon which many jobs depend. 

Locally Wandsworth Council have also put together a plan for how we can a ensure smart, sustained and green recovery which will

  • Deliver our commitment to be the greenest inner London Borough.
  • Deliver the best start in life for our young people.
  • Promote aspiration through regeneration, affordable development and house building.
  • Support our businesses and ensure our town centres are vibrant places to visit.
  • Enable people to get on via innovative social mobility schemes.

I have been thinking about the ways in which I, as your London Assembly candidate, will support these initiatives.

And make my own contributions to making Wandsworth a great place to live, work and grow a business. I therefore pledge to

  • Back local businesses, especially those who have supported our community during the Pandemic.  
  • Support affordable housing, so the next generation can get their foot on the property ladder. 
  • Build better and more sustainable local transport connections, so we spend less time commuting and more time with our families and friends. 
  • Grow a cleaner greener borough, so we do our bit to protect the environment and can enjoy the green spaces our borough has on offer.  
  • Invest in our public services, so we have the quality services we need in times of uncertainty.   

Hopefully, we can all look forward to a more certain post Coronavirus world after a time of such difficulty, and make sure Wandsworth achieves its great potential.

Together, let’s change our thinking about how we can make Wandsworth a better place to live, work and grow a business. 

Wishing you the best at this difficult time. 

Louise 

P.S. The past few months have been really difficult for our business community in Merton & Wandsworth. You can help support local businesses by joining our #ShopLocal Facebook Group and share your experiences of shopping locally.