Naughty car parking

As part of the ongoing concerns about car parking, it was thought this blast from the past might be worth highlighting.

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Dover House Estate Conservation area tries for CPZ

  1. Introduction

At the Community Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee (CSOSC) of 21st June 2018 a Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) in the Dover House Estate Conservation area was discussed.

  1. What was this CPZ all about?

Summary taken from Paper 18-212:

“Petitions were received in July 2016 from some residents of Crestway and Huntingfield Road, SW15 (West Putney) reporting parking problems caused by an influx of non-resident drivers and requesting the introduction of parking controls to address parking difficulties.

Authority was obtained to carry out a consultation with residents in Crestway, Huntingfield Road, The Footpath, Vanneck Square, Dover House Road (between Crestway and Upper Richmond Road), Torwood Road, Greenstead Gardens, Henty Walk, Parkstead Road, Sunnymead Road, Laneway, Hobbes Walk, Putney Park Lane, Pleasance Road, Hawkesbury Road, The Pleasance, Newnes Path, Marrick Close, Swinburne Road, Gibbon Walk, Lysons Walk to ask for their views on the present parking conditions and on whether they would like a CPZ to be introduced in these roads.

The outcome of the consultation showed that the majority of respondents did not support the proposal and the report recommends that CPZ controls are not introduced”.

From paragraph 4, this provides some background which many on the Alton Estate are only too aware of.

“This scheme was considered following the receipt of requests from residents to address the parking problems said to be caused by hospital staff and visitors associated with nearby Queen Mary’s University Hospital as well as students at Roehampton University.  Since parking on the highway in the Dover House Estate area remains free and unrestricted, it is likely that many of the parking problems currently being experienced by residents are caused by the same groups of drivers who have spilled over into the next available uncontrolled area”.

  1. What was the feedback?
  • Only 391 out of 1,411 responded, which is 28%.
  • Yes = 47%, No = 46%, No opinion = 6%
  1. Recommendation

From paragraph 24 of Paper 18-212;

“Having considered all matters that are relevant as outlined in this Paper, including the outcome of the consultation, and the assessment against the obligations imposed by the RTRA 1984, it is recommended not to progress the petitioners’ request to introduce a CPZ in the highway sections of the Dover House Estate Area”.

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Homelife magazine (June 2018)

Hopefully you’ve received the Homelife June 2018 (Issue 79) magazine this past week as there are a few articles which might be of interest.

  1. Council welcomes PM’s pledge on funding for cladding replacement (page 3)

Now that £16 million can be saved by the Council then hopefully it can use the money towards major works and improvements, such as improving council tenant’s residences and roads, perhaps?

  1. Council remains committed to improving fire safety on Grenfell anniversary (page 4)

It states that “measures which were unanimously supported by both Labour and Conservative members”. It would be interesting to have Councillor Paul White’s take on this article as this it is understood (rightly or wrongly) that Labour supports a block by block approach, that it, if the block wants retro-fitted water sprinklers, then that block should have it.

Interesting comment about “Several councils have already committed to retro-fit sprinklers, Birmingham City Council (BCC) which has 213 tower blocks, the highest in the country”.

This did not go so smoothly in BCC, as a Councillor even challenged whether this was an economic use of the Council’s funds. Have a read of the following articles:

  1. Hersham Close grass instalment (page 13)

The effort and persistence of the Hersham Close Residents Association (HCRA) regarding improving a piece of land at the intersection of Hersham Close 73-95 and Hersham Close 41-71 is highlighted.

  1. Alton Estate regeneration

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Too much noise from neighbours?

Recently, there have been a few queries from Alton Estate residents with regards to noise issues and what can done about this.

One suggestion

A resident has suggested that you call the Wandsworth Emergency Control team on 020 8871 7490. What tends to happen is that someone from the WEC will attend your property to listen for any noise that is being made and will then visit the offending neighbour.

After the event, you can then request a copy of the incident from the Estate Manager for your records. It might be useful to ask for a copy should the noise be repeated and also to check whether the report has been recorded accurately.

An example of the warning letters sent

The Council’s website states that “We can deal with persistent and unreasonable noise such as barking dogs, DIY, loud music and TVs. There are a number actions we can take to try to resolve noise including” and one of the examples is “Warning letters”. An example of such a letter is below.

Other information

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Oxford City Council tried to charge leaseholders for retro-fitting water sprinklers

What’s this all about?

Leaseholders of 54 flats, the Oxford Tower Block Leaseholder Association (OTLA), challenged Oxford City Council (OCC) with regards to service charges, one of the aspects challenged was to with paying for retro-fitting water sprinklers.

This challenge went to the First Tier Property Tribunal (FTPT), case reference CAM/38UC/LSC/2o16/oo64. Click on this paragraph to review the case.

What was the outcome?

Referring to page 34 Item 37 it states the following;

Description (Column B)

S63 – Sprinklers; supply and install new sprinkler system to protect flats; new sprinkler feed taken from roof top water storage tank, install prionty valve on all tanks, single residential sprinkler pump in each tank room; sprinkler main shall drop to serve all floors with an isolation valve, flow switch and test valve on each floor

Reason for doing the work (Column C)

Following recent tragedies in housing tower blocks and the latest fire safety guidance and advice, the Council wish to enhance the safety of all residents for future years. The Council are not prepared to ignore this advice and put the lives of their residents at risk.

(Column D)

Sch 5, 3rd item

(Column E)

Repair

OTLA response (Column F)

No. The Council has not covenanted to provide, maintain or repair a fire prevention system. Irrecoverable due to statutory restrictions on RTB leases.

Leaseholder response (Column G)

“The Council wish to enhance the safety…” – this can only be an improvement, not a repair. There is no existing sprinkler system. During consultation the City council claimed this improvement in fire safety is required to avoid press criticism, There is no legal requirement to retrofit sprinklers, even in high rise buildings

Council response (Column H)

This repair is part of guidance issued by OFRS due to the level of repairs to existing situations in the blocks. Please see above.

FTT response (Column I)

It is clear that this is an improvement and the cost is not recoverable

Did Wandsworth Borough Council know about this case?

19th June 2018 – After the meeting of the Roehampton Partnership a resident from the Alton Estate gave extracts of this report to Councillor Claire Gilbert and Councillor Kim Caddy.

20th June 2018 – Housing and Regeneration Overview and Scrutiny Committee (HROSC) Councillor Claire Gilbert presented the information to Council employees. It was noted during the meeting by the Director of Housing that they were aware of this case though believed it was a different situation. As far as we can tell this has not been Minuted nor is there any ask by Councillors regarding this information not being shared previously if known?

Did the timings have anything to do with WBC’s approach to take this to the FTPT?

Have a look at the case and it states the following;

“Date and Venue of Hearing: 12th, 13th and 14th September 2017 at Cambridge County Ct., 197 East Road, Cambridge CB1 1BA” 

The Council paper (17-269) which stated that service charges could be charged to leaseholders (refer to sections 19 and 20) was discussed at the HROSC of 14th September 2017. Which happens to be day 3 of the Tribunal?

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FAQs about water sprinklers by Croydon Council

Many questions have been raised off the back of Wandsworth Borough Council’s (WBC) decision to retro-fit water sprinklers and many of these have yet to be answered.

Perhaps the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) put together by Croydon Council might provide a steer for what might be coming. Please note that this is a different Council and the answers may not be the same though it might provide some food for thought with regards to this.

Such questions being;

  • How long will the work take in my flat? Will I have to move out during these works?
  • Which rooms will have sprinklers? Are they sealed?
  • How will the works affect my flat? Will the contractor take care with my belongings and keep them clean? Will you need to re-decorate?
  • Will I have to be at home whilst the works are taking place?
  • Will I need extra home contents insurance? Will the council be paying for this?
  • Do the sprinklers need any regular maintenance, if so, what, how often and by whom?

Then ask yourself, based on experience of major works, whether you think this would be acceptable or whether this could be delivered as suggested.

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Weekly Council Planning applications decisions (16 June 2018)

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 (pages 30-31)

Application Number: 2018/2298,

  • Address: 142 Priory Lane, SW15 5JP,
  • Proposal: Demolition of existing house and erection of three-storey 6-bedroom dwelling with associated landscaping, cycle and refuse storage and parking with vehicular access from Roehampton Gate.

Application Number: 2018/2673,

  • Address: Flat 2, 11 Umbria Street, SW15 5DP,
  • Proposal: Installation of replacement double glazed timber windows to front and side at first floor elevations.

 Application Number: 2018/2773,

  • Address: University of Roehampton, Roehampton Lane, SW15 5PU,
  • Proposal: Retention of various advertisement signs.

Application Number: 2018/2872,

  • Address: Telecommunication Mast 037094 on Footpath East of Allbrook House, Street Furniture, Roehampton Lane, SW15 4HB,
  • Proposal: Alterations to internal window to form opening door.

Application Number: 2018/2880,

  • Address: The Roehampton Priory, Hospital Priory Lane, SW15 5JJ,
  • Proposal: Alterations including external changes to north elevation fenestration and provision of an internal fire escape staircase between ground and basement levels. In conjunction with Listed Building Application ref. 2018/2912.

Decisions

Appears to be no planning applications which have had a decision for this week.

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If interested in searching for more information about a planning application, go to the Wandsworth Borough Council’s ‘Searching planning applications’ webpage.

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