Hundreds attend Wandsworth Citizens response to riots
Safer streets, more employment opportunities and affordable youth services are what people need to improve Wandsworth.
These were the demands put forward during a Wandsworth Citizens meeting on Tuesday, which was held in Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill.
About 400 people turned up at the meeting to debate the citizens response to the riots last August which was compiled from 3,000 conversations with residents.
The report also highlighted the need for affordable homes for families and the desire people have to take pride in their neighbourhood.
It was attended by community leaders, church and mosque members as well as Borough Commander, Chief Superintendent David Chinchen and leader of the council Councillor Ravi Govindia.
The research was done with trained researchers who were trying to find out what is putting pressure on young people and families in Wandsworth.
Wandsworth Citizens wants to turn Clapham Junction into a city safe zone on June 9, by encouraging people to join resident associations and to open community job centres.
Residents' Association Oscars were also handed out to people who made outstanding contributions, while 12 new residents associations were formed during the evening.
Pastor Des Figueiredo, co-chairman of Wandsworth Citizens, said: "Tonight's Wandsworth Citizen's assembly was an historic occasion. Never before in the history of our borough has such diverse people from every age, race, creed and social background gathered together, forming the most powerful alliance of civil society organisations in Wandsworth.
"We agreed on a common agenda, and pledged to work together to build a brighter future for the people of the brighter borough."
But people in the meeting said they were disappointed when the council leader refused to promise that he would visit the Winstanley Estate several times a year.
Jane Eades, a member of Wandsworth Against Cuts, said: "It was a disgrace. It was a very structured meeting in the way people were asking the questions, he could have said ok we will come down and have a discussion.
"He was treating us as if we were complete idiots. At the moment I feel this area is being particularly badly hit by cuts, I don't feel like Ravi is listening.
"Who are they going to blame when the kids riot again? People are feeling they are being neglected by the council and they are living in the middle of a potential powder keg."
Another source said: "He would not say yes or no, there were one or two boo's because he had been difficult with people."
But Coun Govindia said he visits the estate on a regular basis.
He said: "I do not need an invitation to visit the Winstanley and York Road estates because I am frequently there, meeting local residents, including in recent weeks.
“I welcome the support of South London Citizens in this work."