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Clapham put back in its rightful place by Googlemaps

Clapham has been put back in its rightful place by Googlemaps, following a six-year campaign by Battersea residents.

Wandsworth Guardian: Clapham put back in its rightful place by Googlemaps Clapham put back in its rightful place by Googlemaps

Google changed its data on Monday, after campaigners from Love Battersea complained to search engine chiefs of their mistake.

The search engine previously labelled Clapham Junction station as being in Clapham, when it is actually located in Battersea.

Philip Beddows, co-chairman of the Love Battersea campaign, has been battling for years to ensure Battersea is correctly recognised as a distinct neighbourhood.

The Lavender Hill resident and former councillor managed to persuade Google to correct their mistake, after writing to TomTom which provides the map data.

Mr Beddows was informed the correction would not go ahead until May, but was awarded with an early Christmas present when it was corrected six months earlier than promised.

He said: "We have been campaigning for a long time to get them to change their maps.

"It is a significant change for both Battersea and Clapham, it is a big change on the London map.

"It means Clapham are also on the map, and there is no confusion it is in the middle of Battersea."

Jane Ellison, local MP said: "“This is great news and well done to the SW11tch Back to Battersea Campaigners. Anything that can be done to clear up the ongoing confusion on this issue must be warmly welcomed.”

There will also be a sign going up in Clapham Junction station next year reading "Welcome to Battersea" to make sure visitors get the point.

Mr Beddows is continuing his campaign to encourage local businesses to realise they are in Battersea and not Clapham, including the Waterstone's in St John's Road which has a 'Clapham Recommends' section.

Waterstone's declined to comment.



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