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  1. Silkhance Fabrics Shop to Close after 40 Years in Business on Tooting High Street

    The long running fabric and haberdashery shop at 4 Tooting High Street, opposite TK Maxx, is about to close after more than 40 years being run by the same family. The shop was opened by Mr and Mrs Haria in 1973, initially trading under the Bahvneeta Novelties name until 1993 and after this as Silkhance Fabrics. This shop is due to close by the end of March 2015. Read more & comment. - Sat 27th Dec 2014, 05:06 PM

  2. Approval of New Coffee Shop Plans on Wiseton Road, SW17

    The planning application for Flotsam & Jetsam a new coffee shop on Wiseton Road just off Bellevue Road got the go-ahead at a recent planning committee meeting held at Wandsworth Council. Read more & comment. - Tue 23rd Dec 2014, 11:09 PM

  3. Police Decide Not to Act against Sadiq Khan following Allegations of Mobile Phone use in Car

    The police have decided to take no action against Tooting MP, Sadiq Khan, due to insufficient evidence following allegations that he had been looking at his phone whilst driving. Conservative MP for North Swindon had reported the matter to the police following the publication of a slightly blurry photo on the Guido Fawkes’ blog which allegedly showed Sadiq Khan looking at his phone whist driving. Read more & comment. - Tue 23rd Dec 2014, 10:29 AM

  4. Tangia, a new Moroccan Restaurant on Mitcham Road in Tooting

    A new Moroccan restaurant called Tangia opened opposite Morleys department store on Mitcham Road in Tooting today, Fri 19 Dec 2014. It is located where the Yip Wong restaurant used to be and it is run by an experienced chef who has been a Tooting resident for over 22 years. Read more & comment. - Fri 19th Dec 2014, 03:20 PM

  5. Health Service Regulator Defers St George's Application to become a Foundation Trust

    Monitor, the regulator for health services in England, has announced that they are deferring the decision on whether St George's Healthcare NHS Trust should become a Foundation Trust to 31 March 2015. Monitor said that they decided on this action as they felt the Trust didn't yet meet all the financial standards expected by them. Read more & comment. - Thu 18th Dec 2014, 07:53 PM

  6. Springfield Hospital Site Redevelopment Plans Progress

    Three new planning application have been submitted by South West London & St George's Mental Health NHS Trust (SWLSTG) and Bellway Homes (South East) Ltd, regarding the large development planned to take place at the Springfield Hospital and Central London Golf Centre site. These are for finalising some details as a follow up to the planning application, submitted in 2010, that was granted approval by the Government Planning Inspectorate in June 2012 following an appeal. The development project includes the creation of 839 new homes, a school and a 32 acre park and more. The first phase of the work is expected to commence in 2015. Read more & comment. - Tue 16th Dec 2014, 11:05 PM

  7. AFC Wimbledon Submits Plans for the Redevelopment of the Wimbledon Grey Hound Stadium

    AFC Wimbledon, Galliard Homes and Greyhound Racing Association Acquisitions Ltd have submitted a planning application for the redevelopment of Wimbledon Stadium, Plough Lane, Tooting SW17 0BL, to Merton Council. The plans include the demolition of the existing buildings in order to replace them with a 20,000 seat football stadium, 602 new homes in 9 storey tall blocks of flats, a retail unit and a squash/fitness club. Comments about these plans can be submitted to Merton Council’s planning department until 19 January 2015. Read more & comment. - Mon 15th Dec 2014, 04:37 PM

  8. Fish Universe, a new Fishmonger's on Mitcham Road in Tooting

    A new fishmonger's called Fish Universe has opened on Mitcham Road in Tooting, near Tooting Library, on Thursday 11 December 2014. Read more & comment. - Sat 13th Dec 2014, 06:44 PM

  9. Little Taperia restaurant to replace Bonnie Pets & Flowers on Tooting High Street

    The Little Taperia restaurant is being planned to replace Bonnie Pets and Flowers at 143 Tooting High Street, one along from Soho House's Chicken Shop. A planning application for change of use of the site from a shop to a restaurant has been submitted for this purpose. This business will be run by three directors all of whom are existing local business owners in Tooting. The outgoing business, Bonnie Pets and Flowers, has been in Tooting for many years. Read more & comment. - Fri 12th Dec 2014, 11:45 PM

  10. The Tooting Italian, a new Restaurant on Tooting High Street

    A new Italian restaurant called "The Tooting Italian" opens in place of Mango Palace on Tooting High Street tomorrow, Friday 19 December 2014, and we went to take a look around. Read more & comment. - Thu 11th Dec 2014, 07:52 PM

  11. Thomas White of White Fisheries in Broadway Market, 1947-2014

    Tommy White who had run White Fisheries in Broadway Market on Tooting High Street for many decades has sadly passed away. He was working at his stall on Saturday 6 December 2014 when he collapsed and was taken to St George’s hospital where he passed away the same day. He was a popular member of the market and many customer left tributes and flowers at the stall where he worked. His son Sean White will continue to run the family business, with the help of his co-workers, at this site. Read more & comment. - Tue 9th Dec 2014, 08:42 PM

  12. Formosa, the Taiwanese eatery in Broadway Market on Tooting High Street has Closed

    Formosa, the Taiwanese eatery, which opened at Broadway Market in Tooting just six months ago has now closed down. Read more & comment. - Tue 9th Dec 2014, 07:06 PM

  13. Redevelopment Plans for the Tooting Constitutional Club Site on Tooting High Street

    The new owners of the Tooting Constitutional Club site have decided to demolish the existing buildings at the site to replace them with a new development of over 40 residential flats extending to at least 6 storeys. They have submitted two alternative planning applications to Wandsworth Council. One application is for a 7 storey development with 46 residential units and another application is for a 6 storey development with 43 residential units. It is likely that the application for the 6 storey development is a contingency plan should the 7 storey development be rejected. The developers had also previously said that they would provide retail space (2 shops) on the ground floor facing Tooting High Street, however they have changed their minds and will not be providing any retail space at all. They have instead opted to provide some community space (D1/D2 use) at the site. Read more & comment. - Sat 6th Dec 2014, 11:15 PM

  14. Go-Ahead for Aldi's Plans for a New Tooting High Street Shop

    Supermarket Aldi's planning application for fitting out a new shop, in place of both the Poundworld and Superdrug, on Tooting High Street was approved on 3 December 2014. Superdrug and Poundworld will first need to vacate the premises and work will be done to combine the two shops in two one larger shop space restoring it to how it had once been in the past. As a result Superdrug is planning move a few doors down to the Defoe Chapel building (where Shoe Zone and Shoefare were once located) next door to TK Maxx. However, the fate of Poundworld is not known at present. Read more & comment. - Sat 6th Dec 2014, 09:48 PM

  15. Homeless Mother who Buried Baby Alive on Tooting Commons Tried at Old Bailey

    The case of Elita Amantova, a mentally-ill homeless Latvian lady who is thought to have buried her new baby alive somewhere within of one of the two Tooting Commons was heard at the Old Bailey today, Friday 5 December 2014. The court heard the lady who was suffering from a Schizophrenia-type mental-illness had come to work in the UK in 2008 but having lost her job she ended up in the company of criminals in Norfolk who forced her to work as a prostitute. However she managed escape to London and by August 2012 she was known to have been heavily pregnant and living rough at Streatham Cemetery on Garratt Lane in Tooting surviving on foraged berries and bread that locals in Tooting had thrown out for birds. She gave birth alone and buried the baby shortly afterwards, thought to be somewhere on one of the Tooting Commons. Parts of the legs of the baby were then dug up by foxes and carried to a tractor yard just off Dr Johnson's Avenue in the Tooting Commons area where they were discovered by a council worker on 10 September 2012 and a criminal investigation was begun. A week later the lady was arrested outside a supermarket in Garratt Lane and subsequently went on to admit that she had buried the baby whilst it was still alive. Elita Amantova, aged 39, pleaded guilty to infanticide and admitted causing the death of her child by burying the newborn baby alive while she was mentally disturbed but she denied a charge of murder. The court accepted her not guilty plea due to her mental state. Infanticide, which she admitted to, covers killings where mothers' minds are disturbed having not fully recovered from giving birth. Judge Paul Worsley QC sentenced her to an indefinite term in hospital care as he felt that imprisonment was not appropriate in this case. Read more & comment. - Fri 5th Dec 2014, 05:07 PM

  16. Flavin's Tea Room on Trinity Road has Closed

    Flavin's tea room which was opened on Trinity Road within the back of The Sweet life sweet shop, by local residents, Helen and Miriam has closed. The entire retail premises including the sweet shop has now been listed for sale at a local estate agents. Read more & comment. - Wed 3rd Dec 2014, 08:31 PM

  17. Tooting Bakery Rebrands to Daily Fresh Naan

    The "Tooting Bakery" signboard has been replaced by a new one which says "Daily Fresh Naan" at the Iraqi style naan shop at 176 Upper Tooting Road. Read more & comment. - Wed 3rd Dec 2014, 07:45 PM

  18. McDonald's Restaurant in Tooting Re-opens following Refurbishment

    The McDonald's restaurant on Mitcham Road in Tooting reopened its doors to customers a few days later than planned, on 1 December 2014, following a face lift and refurbishment of the site. As a part of the refit shape of the shopfront was changed so that it no longer had an outside porch area at the corner of the shop. Read more & comment. - Mon 1st Dec 2014, 05:11 PM

  19. Bellevue Road Christmas Fair 2014

    The Bellevue Road Christmas Fair took place on Sunday 30 November 2014. The fair was organised by the Bellevue Road Association, consisting of traders on Bellevue Road and some on nearby Trinity Road, in SW17. There were many visiting streets stalls, a Santa’s grotto, carol singing by the choir from the nearby Trinity Road Baptist Chapel and Phil Spencer from the "Location, Location, Location" TV programme switched on the Christmas lights on Bellevue Road. Read more & comment. - Sun 30th Nov 2014, 11:26 PM

  20. Award Winning Musical Producer, Stephen Sondheim, visits Tooting to see Sweeney Todd

    Stephen Sondheim, the award winning musical producer/composer, came to Tooting on Saturday 29 November 2014 to see Tooting Art Club's last performance of Sweeney Todd. The show was staged at Harringtons pie and mash shop on Selkirk Road. Read more & comment. - Sun 30th Nov 2014, 01:12 PM

  21. Investigation Launched at St Georges after Swabs left in Patients

    A serious incident investigation and a wider review of swabs retained in patients has been launched at St George's Hospital in Tooting after an incident involving a swab being left in a new mother in September 2014. Another similar incident involving a new mother had occurred in July 2014 and prior to this a swab had also been left in a patient's throat in April. Such incidents are termed “Never Events” by the NHS as they are considered to be events which should never occur and which put patients at risk of harm. St George’s NHS Trust recently applied for Foundation Trust, which is normally only given to places whose healthcare meets the highest standards of quality, and they are currently waiting to hear the outcome. Read more & comment. - Sat 29th Nov 2014, 03:29 PM

  22. Private Operator to be sought for Tooting Bec Athletics Track

    It was decided that a private operator should be sought to run Tooting Bec Athletics Track at a committee meeting held at Wandsworth Council last night, Thursday 27 November 2014. Wandsworth council stated that a new private operator model like the one currently in place for the borough's libraries could be used. Community services spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said, "as we have seen with our libraries you can involve outside expertise to run services very successfully indeed, providing the same or an even better level of service at much better value for money for local taxpayers". However many locals would disagree having seen services at Tooting library deteriorate with the withdrawal of the Library from the London Libraries Consortium and introduction of fees for book reservations even for books that are in stock. Read more & comment. - Fri 28th Nov 2014, 10:04 PM

  23. Dawat Restaurant to Relocate to Opposite Oxfam on Upper Tooting Road

    Dawat restaurant is relocating to a larger site opposite the Oxfam shop on Upper Tooting Road, due to their current site being earmarked for demolishment for the RACS parade redevelopment plans. Read more & comment. - Thu 27th Nov 2014, 10:19 PM

  24. New French Eatery, a Creperie, Planned for Mitcham Road, Tooting

    A new planning application has been submitted to Wandsworth Council regarding a new French eatery, a Creperie, to open at the corner of Mitcham and Mellison roads. The application asks for a change of use for the site, which was previously used as the Cheque Centre, from Financial and Professional Services (A2) to Restaurant (A3). Read more & comment. - Thu 27th Nov 2014, 09:27 PM

  25. Plans for a Bigger Retail Unit at Geyfords Development Site Approved

    A planning application which had been submitted to Wandsworth Council requesting to combine two of the six new retail units planned for the former Geyfords site on Tooting High Street into one bigger one has been approved for a business looking to open at the site. The business concerned had requested this as they stated that they could not find any other existing space in Tooting that was large enough for them to occupy. Read more & comment. - Mon 24th Nov 2014, 06:55 PM

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