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Allison

Lives in Upper Tooting address verified

Joined: 12 March 2014

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Secret Benefactor.........

Marianne I
in Wandsworth
A very big THANK YOU! to a secret (local neighbour?) benefactor, on Tuesday..... I had to, urgently, have a key cut, so I set off to SDS, in Northcote Road, (who amongst, many, other facilities offer an outstanding and extremely well priced, ... [ more ]
Allison
thanks for sharing. I I love things like that. Gives such a good feeling about the human race, doesn't it, to counteract the terrible things!

Boohoo, last day! Bye peeps!!!

Allison
in Balham
Thank you Streetlife and Streetlifers, otherwise I would probably have never met some excellent new people (Sarah B, Sylvia, Tracey and many other top-notch locals), ¬†nor benefited from local trade recommendations, nor been tipped off about things I ... [ more ]

Share happy and fond memories of Steeetlife guys!

The P in Upper Tooting
How about we share the good, bad and funny stories of this site which will lay to rest soon. All the rubbish we managed to shift and the characters that enlightened us

Electrician

Maureen T
in Streatham
I actually did a trawl of past messages and found a few contacts. I'm really going to miss SL with its helpful community ūüėĘ
Allison
Hi - me too. Could you please PM me your list of electricians and I'll PM you my list of plumbers? Typically, we had a plumbing emergency on the weekend and thank goodness SL was still live and I was able to get the problem sorted later that day. If ... [ more ]

Looking for Sylvia the seamstress

To give away...

Julia
in Tooting Graveney
A couple of items... Old bell. Needs fixing into a wall. Loud but a lovely sound Old sewing machine cover Collection from Tooting Broadway. Send me a private message if you are interested Cheers Julia

Drivers adhering to 20 mph speed limit being subjected to 'harassment' from other drivers

Mel M in Furzedown
During the course of my employment, I drive between Wandsworth, Lambeth and Lewisham on a daily basis. I have done this for many years, but am now finding it very stressful due to the 'harassment' I receive from other drivers when I adhere to the 20 ... [ more ]
Allison
My road in sw17 has recently got a 20mph sign and my jury is still out as to whether it has made any difference. The people who drive carefully will observe the limit and the fuc.. sorry, other people who don't will continue to ignore limits. What can ... [ more ]

Moving to Nextdoor... Question.

LG in Balham
I'd like more info, and others opinions on moving to Nextdoor... I'm concerned about sharing my address without knowing who runs it, where is it based, who gets access to my information and so on. Where is the data stored and who protects it? I'll ... [ more ]
Allison
You can take your house number out of the address on Nextdoor and just display your street name, but it's pretty pointless because the map shows exactly what house number you are ... I don't feel comfortable with this, as on Streetlife I wouldn't give ... [ more ]

Taking unwanted bras to Africa again, to help women in need

Tracey R
in Upper Tooting
Last year the Streetlife community were incredibly generous, both in donating bras for me to take out to help orphanages & womens shelters in South Africa and shelters/refugees around the UK, and in raising funds to pay for excess baggage and the ... [ more ]

Italian pumpkin seeds anyone ?

Minestra S
in Streatham Vale
We love pumpkins and we grow them at our Tamworth Farm allotment in Figges Marsh. We make soups and ravioli, we also make savoury pies, jams and chutney with this vegetable that has the colour of the sun. There are many different type of squashes ... [ more ]
Allison
I'm not a big pumpkin fan, but just wanted to say how fantastic that allotment is. I had to drop something off to one of the allotmenteers once and was so impressed with the range of food and people there and everyone helping out and sharing knowledge ... [ more ]

Save the date! - March 25th Cadogan Hall - 200 voices of Wimbledon Choral

Jeremy C
in Cottenham Park
Save the date! Wimbledon Choral is at Cadogan Hall on March 25th, 7.30pm performing Monteverdi Vespers. This music is 600 years old and is rich, powerful and atmospheric and will engulf Cadogan Hall when sung by the near 200 voices of the Wimbledon ... [ more ]

Mosque open day

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Tooting Islamic Centre, 145 Upper Tooting Road, London SW17 7TJ
Hannah C in Mitcham
Hello everyone, VisitMyMosque is a national initiative whereby mosques throughout the UK are opening their doors to local communities to show them around, offer them refreshments and answer any questions about Islam in the UK today. Tooting Islamic ... [ more ]
Allison
I might go along. It's definitely a good idea. Not sure I'll learn anything about Islamic extremism which is what disturbs me so much these days, but I pass Balham Mosque all the time so would be curious to see what it's like inside.¬† If the belief ... [ more ]
Allison
The¬†¬†P¬†,¬†I've read the history of Islam, the youngest baby of the trio of religions that began with Judaism, and I admire it for achievements in algebra etc, but its only reasonable to have questions for the imams and the mosques about extremism, ... [ more ]
Allison
I didn't make it in the end, but would love to go if it's on again¬†Shahid¬†Rafiq.¬† Previous comments by The P blaming the West ("Blair and Bush") and excusing Muslim terrorists were very unwelcome and at the root of the problem. If we can't discuss the ... [ more ]

Planning permission

Alan P
inactive
in Furzedown
I  that there is a planning permission application been made for a very small plot of land at 122 Trinity Road. This seems ridiculous that anybody can build on such a small plot of land. They are planning a 1 storey building and digging out a basement.
Allison
oh just realised I was looking at planning app for 121, not 122, der-brain. Can't find anything for 122. Alan P, could you check the address and let us know the planning app number and/link?
Allison
Thanks for the link¬†Maria¬†S.¬†Seems an ok design to me too. High quality, sustainable, not overly big for the site, not an eyesore (though I generally don't like that much glass) and and designed to be suitable for a lifetime. Also, the plot is perfect ... [ more ]
Allison
Yes, you are right now I think about it Maria - light is important for environmental and mental welbeing and new houses should be designed to maximise it. My favourite architectural period is Georgian with the massive windows to let in the light, but ... [ more ]

Tree felling

Alan P
inactive
in Furzedown
Walking along Trinity Road yesterday, I saw a lot of tree parts, 6 men dragging logs across the road, these were at least 20" diameter. I thought there was a ban on cutting mature trees down. 146 and 148 was the location.
Allison
Being naturally curious (nosey), I can recommend the Council's planning search website to check what's going on. 146 has an application (2016/6274) in for a car turntable (!) in the drive and states in question 7 that no trees need to be removed. ... [ more ]
Allison
I've spoken to tree dept officer at Wandworth and they are looking into it with planning officer whose doing building application. I'll post back when I hear from them.
Allison
yes it's pretty sad to lose an old tree that only needed a prune to get the decay out. The report says it would have lasted at least another 20 years. Personally, I'd rather have a mature hornbeam in my front garden rather than a car turntable and so ... [ more ]
Allison
they shouldn't be unless they have had their application approved, because its the conservation area. Are you going to do anything about it Alan P?
Allison
Yes, thanks for the response¬† Alex¬†K. I live close by and it will be great to see the property revived and habitable, as it is in such a sad state but so much potential. I couldn't find any permission granted by the Council to fell any trees though - ... [ more ]
Allison
thanks  Alex K . It's a pity about losing the T2 oak but as you've gone through the proper channels I suppose there's not much else to say. Good luck with the work. Best, Allison

Local recommended bodywork garage/mechanic needed

Julia B
in Balham
Unfortunately, I slightly grazed the bumper of a car whilst parking. Left apology and message Owner and I are now getting quotes for repair work. Very minor, no¬† dents. Just the graze and few little scratches.¬† Can anyone help/advise?¬† It was dark so ... [ more ]
Allison
good recent recommendations here: https://www.streetlife.com/conversation/mabfsakm6e03/

When will the Council pick up Christmas trees?

Alan L
in Merton Park
I see that several  people have put their old Christmas trees, out in the street with their rubbish today (4th Jan). Are they collecting the trees already?
Allison
Yep, I agree!! In the majority of cases it is the resident who couldn't care less or be bothered to find out the rules that causes the issue, not the Councils. By the way, I was impressed that in Wandsworth our tree was picked up the morning after ... [ more ]

Window Cleaner

Camile Thai Street Food

caroline w
in Tooting Graveney
The restaurant at Tooting Bec, next to Halfords, which used to be a nice Japanese Sushi place and then sold up and became a not-so-nice Japanese Sushi place and then sold up and became a doomed Chinese place is being refurbished .. It's got a sign up ... [ more ]
Allison
That's good info to know Jill C, because there are some other local restaurants/take-aways that I wouldn't touch with a barge pole because of the state of their back door lane that I walk down to get to my GP.

Wandsworth Sash windows

Simon L in Earlsfield
Hi All, a word of warning, we replaced all our windows through wandworth sash windows 2 years ago and have had lots of problems since installation. Some are rotting, a few are cracking, we have cold air coming through some as they don't now seal. The ... [ more ]
Allison
Yes I read that post on nappy valley too and would avoid like the plague! Glad you got them fixed in the end. Who was the carpenter you used who fixed them? It's always good to have a local carpenter up ones sleeve!
Allison
Seems incredible they are still in business with all this bad feedback! Thanks for your carpenter's details Simon L.

Does anyone know a timber merchant with quality wood around Tooting?

Dmitriy
in Balham
Finding timber for building construction is easy because it doesn't have to look good. Seems to be a lot more difficult to find a local supplier with timber that is sound aesthetically and not only structurally. There are few with mail order ... [ more ]
Allison
I have found Fulham Timber (based in Balham/Tooting Bec rather than Fulham!) expensive, so if it's a large amount you are after you should check out Metro Timber on Weir Road, SW19. Free delivery and owner-run. I've bought loads of stuff from there ... [ more ]

Loft conversion - working after 1pm

Kevin H
in Tooting Graveney
My upstairs neighbours are having a loft conversion done. The builders are here during the week when I'm out at work. But they also come on Saturdays, not for the whole day. But often they work later than 1pm. Like today for example, they are still ... [ more ]
Allison
I know that in Wandsworth it is no noisy building work after 1pm on Saturdays and nothing on Sundays - quiet stuff like painting is ok - but best check with Merton first in case the rules change depending on the Council. It's probably happening ... [ more ]
Allison
Good for you Kevin¬†H. Keep on the case and make sure you have the relevant numbers to phone if they do it next Saturday (they will probably try it on). If they are falling behind, that's their problem - that's not an excuse to break the rules. I feel ... [ more ]
Allison
I also live in Wandsworth near the Common and had a party wall agreement with hours specified - nothing on the weekend, not even Saturday mornings. Great we thought, but nobody bothered to tell the builders so they worked all weekends, incl Sundays. I ... [ more ]
Allison
Like Sylvia, I also found your remark a bit narky Luke S. Plus giving yourself the thumbs up is a no-no. Thankfully, there is still something of a neighbourhood around where I live, thanks in part to Streetlife!
Allison
Well said Sylvia. Luke S you are not doing  Scriveners Carpentry any favours acting like a twit on here (emoji strong arm back to you).
Allison
Kevin is only asking what is reasonable - that they neighbours stick to the rules. He is not saying they can't make any noise at any time of any day. Glad to hear that they are being reasonable. Make sure you keep them updated of any breaches though. ... [ more ]

PLEASE HELP! Very urgent appeal for lost cat

John
in Furzedown
We have lost our much loved 11 year old cat. He is a large, friendly black cat with white on his paws, chest, underside and face ‚Äď please see picture below. He is a bit clumsy and has a habit of getting stuck. Please could we ask that you kindly ... [ more ]
Allison
That's a good poster. Nothing beats going door to door asking neighbours to check sheds etc because many don't read lost cat posters. Fingers crossed that he will be one of the majority of Streetlife cats that do get back home.

Backing up old CD's containing precious photos

Allison
in Balham
Hi, I've got some CDs from 2005-2009 that I want to save to my new laptop and back-up. ¬†My laptop is rejecting them! They contain old photos of my children when they were babies and toddlers so are very precious to me. Can anyone on Streetlife ... [ more ]
Allison
Hi, thanks all for the excellent advice! The laptop/CD drive is only 1 month old, but the CDs are 10 years old. When I put them in the laptop displays the title of the CD but says nothing is on it or that is incompatable. While the CDs are old they ... [ more ]
Allison
Hi, I'm not far from Beechcroft so will pm you my number and address and we can go from there. The laptop works because I just tested a Spongebob squarepants  cd and it worked!

Parking ticket from LIDL streatham

Karen G
in Streatham Hill
Can anyone advise how to deal with this, it is a private parking company. Their website suggested speaking to the manager, the manager said it's a private company and to deal with them, but I am loath to make contact, not sure about the latest rules ... [ more ]
Allison
I got one from Parking Eye when I parked to go to Jamie Oliver's restaurant in Cornwall. The machine kept spitting out my last 10p to pay the full amount and I just had to give up. I ignored all the many threats and after a while I stopped hearing ... [ more ]

HELP.....Missing Cat from Woodbourne Avenue SW16

Allison
Woohoo! so glad Frank isn't lost any more. ¬†Fede¬†M, have you posted on here and put out flyers and notes in neighbours doors?¬† Cats are smart as no doubt you will know and most do find their way home despite making us inconsolable in their absence. ... [ more ]
Allison
Another thought  Fede M - in this cold weather and cats being curious - he might have gone into the back of an open builder van and been shut in when they went home. Have any of your neighbours been getting building work done?