There is a super little show that currently airs live for an hour on Wandsworth Radio every Sunday evening. It is hosted by a local broadcaster Dom Dalston, who goes for a walk locally, talks to people who live and work in the area, then recreates it as a show which is later preserved as a podcast for those who missed the live broadcast.

Given how much we appreciate our local stretch of the River Wandle, and how well used it is by walkers, runners and cyclists, we thought it was about time Haydons Road North got the Dom Dalston treatment. Luckily, he agreed, and our site administrator Nicola (and her dog) took Dom for a wander up the Wandle Trail from Garfield Park to Earlsfield during last week’s snow.

Walking Wandsworth podcast promo
Walking Wandsworth podcast promo

It was also a good chance to spread the message about the threat from pollution that we face locally while the concrete batching plans for Waterside Way are still live. Incidentally, during our walk, Waterside Way was as quiet as ever despite the claims of Express Concrete/Cappagh consultants.

We also noted filthy vegetation on the stretch of the Trail that runs past the Reston Waste/Cappagh recycling plants that sit opposite each other on the River Wandle just north of Plough Lane. Dust control measures at that location are not doing their job.

We were lucky that the sun was out and snow was fresh on the ground, and we spotted birds including greater spotted woodpeckers and bramblings as well as the usual parakeets, magpies, robins and blackbirds.

In addition, we bumped into a couple of Colliers Wood residents who run a local walking group that meets outside Colliers Wood Tube Station every Sunday at 10am to encourage neighbours to get to know each other, enjoy the local environment, get some fresh air and exercise. Well done them.

You can listen to our episode of the Walking Wandsworth show in podcast form here, plus read Dom’s blog about it. Check out the photos we took during the walk here.

Remember too, that concrete batching plans for the Cappagh site in Waterside Way are still live and under consideration by Merton’s planning team. Information here if you want to submit any further comments on the proposals which will turn a quiet lorry parking lot into a busy, polluting concrete plant serviced by close to 100 HGVs a day just a breath of wind from our local children’s playground, residents’ allotments, Havelock Road back gardens and Garfield Primary School.