Suggested improvement to Medfield Street fountain?

Background

There is a drinking fountain located at the intersection of Medfield Street and Roehampton Lane. This fountain is Grade II listed and at times can look a bit underappreciated whether that be when covered in some litter or subject to having a broken lamp post not removed for quite some time.

There are other such drinking fountains which appear to be in a better condition from the perspective of being appreciated and the below highlight a couple of examples.

For further information about the fountain:

Cattle Fountain outside the Star and Garter Home, Richmond Hill

On the other side of Richmond Park, by Richmond Gate, there is a drinking fountain which has been decorated with flowers. This too is Grade II listed.

 

For further information about the fountain:

Thames Ditton fountain

In Thames Ditton there is a fountain which is also decorated with flowers.

 

 

For further information about the fountain:

What do you think?

This is one suggestion to possibly improve the Medfield Street fountain, though there may be a view that nothing is required, or others may have better ideas.

If you support such an improvement please contact the ward Councillors to understand how they may be able to assist.

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Weekly Council Planning applications and decisions (17 October 2020)

Given there is so much happening in the ward at the moment, it might be worth residents keeping a watch on what is being planned for the Alton Estate. So, on a best endeavours basis, we’ll try to include this section.

The page numbers refer to the Wandsworth Borough Council’s (WBC) planning applications and decisions for the Roehampton & Putney Heath ward. Whilst every effort is made to highlight the page numbers and present the information below it is always best for the reader to have a read of the original Council documents just in case any errors have been made.

Applications (page 15) –

https://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/media/7569/applications_week_ending_17_october_2020.pdf

Decisions (page 19) –

https://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/media/7568/decisions_week_ending_17_october_2020.pdf

For the most recent Weekly List of planning applications and decisions – http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/downloads/download/1326/full_list_of_weekly_planning_applications_and_decisions

If interested in searching for more information about a planning application

Go to the Wandsworth Borough Council’s ‘Searching planning applications’ webpage – http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/info/516/view_planning_application_by_address_or_map/364/searching_planning_applications

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Weekly Council Planning applications and decisions (10 October 2020)

Given there is so much happening in the ward at the moment, it might be worth residents keeping a watch on what is being planned for the Alton Estate. So, on a best endeavours basis, we’ll try to include this section.

 The page numbers refer to the Wandsworth Borough Council’s (WBC) planning applications and decisions for the Roehampton & Putney Heath ward. Whilst every effort is made to highlight the page numbers and present the information below it is always best for the reader to have a read of the original Council documents just in case any errors have been made.

 Applications  –

https://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/media/7518/planning-apps-received-10-oct-2020.pdf

Appears to be no applications for the ward this week.

Decisions (page 13) –

https://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/media/7517/planning-apps-decided-10-oct-2020.pdf

For the most recent Weekly List of planning applications and decisions – http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/downloads/download/1326/full_list_of_weekly_planning_applications_and_decisions

If interested in searching for more information about a planning application

Go to the Wandsworth Borough Council’s ‘Searching planning applications’ webpage – http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/info/516/view_planning_application_by_address_or_map/364/searching_planning_applications

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Weekly Council Planning applications and decisions (3 October 2020)

Given there is so much happening in the ward at the moment, it might be worth residents keeping a watch on what is being planned for the Alton Estate. So, on a best endeavours basis, we’ll try to include this section.

The page numbers refer to the Wandsworth Borough Council’s (WBC) planning applications and decisions for the Roehampton & Putney Heath ward. Whilst every effort is made to highlight the page numbers and present the information below it is always best for the reader to have a read of the original Council documents just in case any errors have been made.

Applications (page 22) –

https://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/media/7475/planning-apps-received-03-oct-2020.pdf

Decisions (page 20) –

https://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/media/7474/planning-apps-decisions-03-oct-2020.pdf

For the most recent Weekly List of planning applications and decisions – http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/downloads/download/1326/full_list_of_weekly_planning_applications_and_decisions

If interested in searching for more information about a planning application

Go to the Wandsworth Borough Council’s ‘Searching planning applications’ webpage – http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/info/516/view_planning_application_by_address_or_map/364/searching_planning_applications

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Weekly Council Planning applications and decisions (26 September 2020)

Given there is so much happening in the ward at the moment, it might be worth residents keeping a watch on what is being planned for the Alton Estate. So, on a best endeavours basis, we’ll try to include this section.

The page numbers refer to the Wandsworth Borough Council’s (WBC) planning applications and decisions for the Roehampton & Putney Heath ward. Whilst every effort is made to highlight the page numbers and present the information below it is always best for the reader to have a read of the original Council documents just in case any errors have been made.

 Applications (page 18) –

https://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/media/7436/planning-apps-received-26-sep-2020.pdf

Decisions (pages 17) –

https://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/media/7437/planning-apps-decisions-26-sep-2020.pdf

For the most recent Weekly List of planning applications and decisions – http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/downloads/download/1326/full_list_of_weekly_planning_applications_and_decisions

If interested in searching for more information about a planning application

Go to the Wandsworth Borough Council’s ‘Searching planning applications’ webpage – http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/info/516/view_planning_application_by_address_or_map/364/searching_planning_applications

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How much service charge is too much?

Background

If you are a leaseholder did you know that there was a time when “In certain circumstances, the council may be able to reduce the amount you have to pay for major works, but only if your total service charges for works in the past five years comes to more than £10,000”?

The full text is outlined in the below paragraph:

This is from the ‘Leaseholders’ Guide’ of 2012.]#

 

If you review the more recent version of the document try to locate it? –

https://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/media/2951/leaseholders_guide.pdf

Applying this to recent Alton Estate experience?

There are those leaseholders which have experienced some major works costings which has gone beyond the £10,000 limit within a five period. The following is one example from the Alton Estate which could have potentially been higher if the retro-fitting of water sprinklers was given the green light.

What happened to this assistance?

For more information about this and whether it still exists in some form or another there are two sets of questions and answers related to this on the What Do They Know? Website:

Related leaseholder/service charge articles

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Kimpton House garages – major works joke?

Background

The six tall buildings within the Manresa neighbourhood of the Alton Estate had major works completed in 2017. As part of these major works Kimpton House garages were to have ‘repairs’ and ‘redecorations’ which were ‘non-chargeable to leaseholders’.

Well, these ‘repairs’ and ‘redecorations’ did not happen and to date the Council has not provided any formal communication regarding this situation to those that received the letters informing them of the below (referring to point 8).

However, in the meantime, whilst the ‘repairs’ and ‘redecorations’ have not happened there have been price rises in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Where are the garages located?

They are located at – https://www.google.com/maps/place/51%C2%B026’52.4%22N+0%C2%B014’40.6%22W/@51.447895,-0.245348,280m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m14!1m7!3m6!1s0x48760edc9481217b:0xcaf7275928e0968e!2sLondon+SW15+4ND!3b1!8m2!3d51.4480944!4d-0.2452693!3m5!1s0x0:0x0!7e2!8m2!3d51.4478949!4d-0.244607

The story so far……

The following table highlights what has happened and does not include the emails on the topic between the Kimpton House/Rushmere House Residents’ Association and the Council in trying to have this promised work fulfilled.

The insult of it all?

A leaseholder noticed that the works for the garages were charged and the response from the Council was as follows:

“as previously advised the cost of the garages was omitted from the contract and works to the garages is a non-chargeable element however, this was incorrectly charged in October 2016.  I apologise that this was not identified in my previous response dated 23rd December 2019 and I can confirm that the cost will be reduced accordingly. The Finance Department would normal action credits within 28 days but due to the current pandemic they have limited access to the system and this process will unfortunately take longer than usual”.

Therefore works which were promised were not delivered and then paid for?

Photos of the garages

Refer to the following link – https://www.facebook.com/pg/Roeregeneration-101220377926037/photos/?tab=album&album_id=156428379071903&ref=page_internal

Links to relevant documents:

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Service Charge – it’s that time of the year again……

Background

Each October Alton Estate leaseholders receive the estimated service charge invoice for the following year and it will contain adjustments for the actual charges for the previous year if any are required. Using this year as an example the payment is for the 2020/21 year and the adjustment would be for the 2019/20 year.

The charge is divided into estate costs, block costs, Building Insurance and Management Expenses.

An idea might be to examine the charges in the following manner?

  • One version could be to compare the actual cost versus the estimated charge for the year.
  • Another could be to compare the actual cost of the year just gone with the estimated cost of the upcoming year.

Please note that the figures in the following examples relate to one flat and these figures may vary between flats. These figures have been provided on a best efforts basis and readers should validate any figures themselves.

Compare actual cost versus the estimated charge for the year

In the following example it can be seen that the actual costs were less than the estimated costs though there are some points which may be worth noting such as:

For the Block costs:

  • Why is the ‘Electricity’ charge almost 11% more than it was estimated?
  • What is the reason for the ‘Contribution to Fund’ being almost 16% more than estimated?

 For the Buildings insurance

  • Whilst it is only £2.15 it is almost a 20% increase on the estimate. What is the reason for such an increase?
  • The ‘sum insured’ is 51% over the estimated charge. What is the reason for this?

Compare the actual cost of the year just gone with the estimated cost of the upcoming year

This comparison produces a very different story with an overall increase of 17% which is driven by a 10% increase in estate costs and a 26% increase in block costs.

There are a lot of questions which could potentially be asked as there are large variations across the service charges such as:

  • Estate costs – repairs – up 49%
  • Block costs – repairs – up 46%
  • Block costs – lift repairs – up 87%

What can you do?

You may wish to review the charges in which case your Estate Manager may be able to assist you.

Related regeneration articles

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What happens now – Roehampton Parish Hall (aka Cornerstone)?

Background

Readers you may be aware that Redrow has withdrawn from the Alton Estate regeneration with the planning application (2019/2516) in what be a state of limbo(?).  So the questions start regarding what happens now?

A question regarding the fate of the Roehampton Parish Hall (aka the Cornerstone) might be one of those questions which might be worth raising? The move of the Western Area Housing Office into this building was on a “temporary” basis yet this current position of the regeneration raises the question of how “temporary” is “temporary”.

Where is the building located?

It’s located at Roehampton Parish Hall, Alton Road, SW15 4LG – https://www.google.com/maps/place/Roehampton+Parish+Hall/@51.4487403,-0.238712,147m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m8!1m2!2m1!1sRoehampton+Parish+Hall,+Alton+Road,+SW15+4LG!3m4!1s0x0:0x1cb1a6f7e0e51bc4!8m2!3d51.4489078!4d-0.2387756

Possible future fate?

It might be worth regarding the following three documents which were created as part of the Council’s purchase of the building. They were acquired under a Freedom of Information (FOI) request “Information regarding Cornerstone purchase 2016/13382 – (24 July 2016)”.

The three documents which are located at the end of the FOI are:

  • Roehampton Parish hall Survey Report.pdf
  • BNP Paribas Purchase Report 1.pdf
  • BNP Paribas Purchase Report Redacted 2.pdf

Asset of Community Value

Did you know that the Roehampton Forum had the property added to the Asset of Community Value list? In terms of such an asset and the Council having purchased for its own “temporary” decant site can the building be truly deemed such an “asset”?

Photos which might be of interest?

There is an album on Facebook which contains various photos regarding the Cornerstone from the past few years. Hopefully it is of some interest.

Related Cornerstone articles

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What happens now – Danebury Avenue 3, 5-9, 11-29 odd?

Background

Readers you may be aware that Redrow has withdrawn from the Alton Estate regeneration with the planning application (2019/2516) in what be a state of limbo(?).  So the questions start regarding what happens now?

Now an initial part of the demolition area was (is) Danebury Avenue 3, 5 and 11-29.

A question should be considered when reviewing the following and that is should the business and residential moves have taken place before the planning application has been approved? At the January 22nd 2020 Housing and Regeneration Overview Scrutiny Committee (HROSC) meeting it was suggested that “It is proposed that some advanced works are undertaken if the Planning Applications Committee decision approves the planning application” (Paper 20-07 paragraph 52) yet at the time of this blog one business has been relocated (#3) and one is in the process of relocating (#5-9) and by the looks of it six out of 10 of the residential  properties appear emptied. Is this a good use of funds to keep these buildings empty before the planning application has even been agreed?

Even Redrow wanted a safety net just in case as the following states “54. Redrow are prepared to fund and organise the demolition works but have asked that the Council indemnify them against these costs in the event of the development not proceeding (e.g. in the event of the GLA refusing the application and the contract subsequently being terminated).” (Paper 20-07 paragraph 54).

Link to Paper 20-07.

When one considers the basketball court in front of Hersham Close 73-95, the Alton Practice and the former Western Area Housing Panel office along with this building it can be seen that there are challenges for the building of Block A to overcome?

Where is the building located?

It’s located at – https://www.google.com/maps/place/Co-op+Food+-+Roehampton/@51.4487286,-0.2398378,278m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x48760eddd1496fb7:0x3a652f7e87b3f34f!8m2!3d51.4494667!4d-0.2410092

3 Danebury Avenue, SW15 4DG

The Wells Pharmacy which was at this location has now moved to 31a Danebury Avenue, SW15 4DG. The Post Office that was at 31a Danebury Avenue has now moved to 53-57 Danebury Avenue, SW15 4DQ.

5 Danebury Avenue, SW15 4DG

The Co-Operative market is now moving to 39-41 Danebury Avenue. Unfortunately both of these premises have been empty for circa two years.

11-29 Danebury Avenue, SW15 4DG

Of the 10 flats above the businesses it seems that six are empty and there are two leasehold properties which have yet been purchased.

Photos

The following photo albums provide some additional background to what has been happening with this area.

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