Battersea’s Doddington and Rollo Estate gets £300,000 makeover to improve residents’ lives

Published: Monday, August 10, 2020

Work on a new-look Garden Square is underway at Battersea’s Doddington and Rollo Estate to enhance the existing space and create an area where people can be proud to live and work.

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Wandsworth Council has moved contractors onto Doddington Square as part of a £300,000 programme.

Cllr Kim Caddy, Wandsworth’s cabinet member for housing, said: “This new Garden Square demonstrates that improving people’s lives is about more than just building new houses. We are building leisure centres, swimming pools, and libraries in Wandsworth.

“Here at the Doddington and Rollo Estate we are improving Doddington Square. I’m delighted work is underway.”

Changes will include installing new paving, seating, better lighting, shrubs, flowers and power points for community events.

Cllr Caddy added: “Doddington Square has always been at the heart of the community, and that will continue with these improvements. Thank you to the hundreds of residents who took part in the Doddington Square consultation and helped to shape these plans.”

Wandsworth Council made funding available after the Community group Doddington Together applied for £250,000 from the Wandsworth Local Fund.

More than 280 people then responded to the council consultation and surveys on how the square could be improved.

Work is expected to take 12 weeks and will include a place for occasional markets or exhibitions.
The square is situated between the Doddington & Rollo Community Centre, Cromwell House and Palmerston House.

The Wandsworth Local Fund (WLF) is a charge the council makes on developers which is then used to benefit the local area, such as improvements to roads and parks. Projects are nominated by local people, with support from ward councillors.

Previous WLF projects include Christmas lights in the town centres, new LED street lights, a major road and pavement resurfacing programme, improvements to Lavender Hill, repainting and pigeon-proofing Earlsfield Station railway bridge, refurbishing Putney Vale Cemetery and improvements to several playgrounds.