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Who are making the decisions about the Alton regeneration?

Who are making the decisions about the Alton regeneration?

This is a follow up of the article “Alton Masterplan Consultation – does anyone else have the feeling that there is something wrong with this process?”.

The question of which groups and which individuals make the decisions about the Alton regeneration have lingered for some time over this project. We are not sure whether anyone outside of the Council is actually fully aware of how this decision making process works. From conversations with residents it is clear to date that no one can explain they know overall structure and identify many of the key people whom they would like to speak with.

To try and answer these questions we have been digging around various web pages and articles to see who these various organisations and individuals are.

First, we had a look at the Minutes of the “Finance and Corporate Resources Overview and Scrutiny Committee”, which we directed to by the Economic Development Officer of the Economic Development Office at the Wandsworth Borough Council.

From there, there was one document which provided some background, this being 13-242 from the Wednesday 24th 2013 meeting.

Finally, we could start to try and understand who the key groups and people are (if this structure is approved and current). Pages 13 to 16 provide a “proposal” as to what this structure should be, with page 16 highlighting the structure of the decision making process as a diagram.

All of the groups interest us, though three especially jump out at us by virtue of them having the name “Roehampton” within the title. These being “Roehampton Forum”, “Roehampton Trust” and the “Roehampton Partnership”.

To this end we’ve been asking queries of the Council to try and explain who these people and groups are, though to date the response has been on the vague side. We have started asking the Council regarding this, and we haven’t finished this process, though thought it was worthwhile sharing the progress to date.

Unfortunately, there is little on the internet that a resident can locate to understand this process. This is bearing in mind that the Council has previously informed us that the Wandsworth Borough has such a high internet usage as per the following text received on the 7th April;

“In the 2013 Wandsworth residents survey the researcher’s report cites “only one in nine (11%) Wandsworth residents never access the Internet. By far the most common response among residents is that they access the internet daily (80%). ONS statistics suggest that internet use in Wandsworth is above the UK average of 73% daily use amongst the 16+ and 15% that never use it.”

Why do we need to know the structure?

The main reason is that the ‘Advisory’ group, that is the ‘Roehampton Partnership’, have input into the decision making process. Sadly, it looks as though this process is not working very well. Let us explain using the following timeline.

Saturday 1st March – Council’s Preferred Option Open Day

The Council held a Preferred Option Day regarding the preferred masterplan option.

Friday March 7th – Roehampton Forum meeting

At the May 15th Roehampton Forum the draft minutes of the March 7th meeting were shared. Interestingly, top of page 3 states “Jeremy Ambache reported that he had obtained a copy of the interim report on the consultation”.

We know that Councillor Carpenter was there too, as he was referred to as well within the same paragraph.

At the bottom of page 2, the Minutes state that that “the Chair seconded by the Secretary proposed that the Forum make a formal response to the consultation document. This was agreed overwhelmingly”.

Friday 4th April – Forum letter to the Council

The Forum sent a letter to the Council regarding its views on the preferred masterplan.

Questions that need to be considered

It has been shown previously in this blog that the audit trail from options, interim report to preferred option is lacking. Labour had two chances to highlight this at the Forum. The first at the Forum at March 7th, and then again before the Forum sent its April 4th letter to the Council.

With this being the case, that means either Labour did not thoroughly review the transition through the various stages, or, if it did so, then declined the opportunity to highlight this document to the Forum in any detail.

You would think that someone, somewhere in the process would highlight the Preferred Masterplan Option does not reflect the Interim Consultation very well. Yet, at the moment, it’s the residents that are reviewing these documents and asking the questions.

What to do if you have concerns about anything to do with the Consultation.

Email Labour at – , ,

This will be updated with Jeremy Ambache and Sue McKinney when their emails addresses become available.

Please do copy us in at as we’d love to see how this ‘consultation’ progresses and what concerns the residents of the estate. Or email us separately. We are going to share some of the feedback we’ve had soon.


2014 Roehampton and Putney Heath Ward results are in – what could this mean for the Alton regeneration consultation?

What happened in the 2014 Council elections?

Well, the May 2014 local Council results highlighted that the Conservatives were not flavour of the month in the Roehampton and Putney Heath Ward. Of the three Councillors for the ward, two were Conservatives and now they are all Labour. The two links below provide some information about what happened.

Labour win in Roehampton and gain six seats overall

Roehampton and Putney Heath Ward

What does this mean for the residents of Roehampton?

This means that Labour should now be in a better position to protect the interests of the Roehampton residents. In their previous messages that came out just before the election, they mentioned the following;

That the Tories have already decided on the “preferred option”. Have a read –!135&authkey=!AH-YKSJz7DwIsgk&ithint=file%2c.pdf

That the consultation has been a ‘farce’. Have a read –!133&authkey=!AJazMeuwZ2vouxk&ithint=file%2c.pdf

Now that Roehampton has an all Labour ward this should make it easy to challenge the current ‘consultation’. Now the question is, “What will they do?”

Labour has yet to highlight what they will do. They’ve highlighted what the Conservatives have done wrong, now it’s their turn to tell us what they will do?

What to do if you have concerns about anything to do with the Consultation.

Email Labour at – , ,

This will be updated with Jeremy Ambache and Sue McKinney when their emails addresses become available.

Please do copy us in at as we’d love to see how this ‘consultation’ progresses and what concerns the residents of the estate. Or email us separately. We are going to share some of the feedback we’ve had soon.

One Councillor candidate lives on the Alton Estate and is against the over development of Roehampton – who is it?

This Council candidate was attended the May 8th Hustings was from UKIP. This was covered previously in the entry ‘What happened at the May 8th Councillor candidate evening? – please read this before voting on 22nd May’, this being at the following link;

This candidate, from we can tell is the only one that lives on Alton Estate. This information being from the Council’s ‘Statement of Persons Nominated’, the information provided below.!126&authkey=!ALmha42zc6Tx1-w&ithint=file%2c.pdf

Today, we have received a leaflet from the UKIP which highlights Edwina’s comments on the regeneration.

“I am against over development of Roehampton, which has put pressure on local services and transport………….Developments to date have been aimed at the professional class, with little regard to social housing”.

The full text is at the below link;!127&authkey=!AJ5TqJJFBuT1AcE&ithint=file%2c.pdf

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Roehampton – another Woodberry Down estate? Read the Guardian article about a regeneration project in North East London.

On Sunday 18th May, The Guardian published a very interesting article about an estate in North East London which is being ‘regenerated’.

Have a read and see what you think. We’d love to hear your thoughts.

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Roehampton Forum and the Alton Masterplan

The Roehampton Forum

From discussions we’ve had over the past few weeks there seems to be a lack of knowledge about the various community groups within the Roehampton area. One such community group is the Roehampton Form, which is one of the groups mentioned on page 5 of the Alton Area Masterplan’s Interim Consultation Report (dated February 2014). The link to the report is below;

We attended the Thursday 15 May evening session.

This forum is a terrific opportunity for local people to learn more about the community and how they can participate. It was especially good that this was held in the evening as this allowed those that work during the day to be able to attend. Fingers crossed that in the future, more such meetings could be held in the evening.

Additionally, it was good to see Council representation as Peter Carpenter (Labour) was there as well as the Labour Councillor candidate, Sue McKinney.

Feedback on the Alton Masterplan

The feedback from the Roehampton Forum regarding the Masterplan is highlighted at the below link;!120&authkey=!AIh3kIQCa85AoXY&ithint=file%2c.pdf

One aspect of the feedback, as well as other feedback that is being produced, is that the barrier focus is on Danebury Avenue. There is another barrier, the one at Highcliffe Drive, which is included within the Masterplan which seems to have received a low profile.

A few attendees commented that there are residents that do not wish to have the Highcliffe Drive barrier opened. There was a counter view that there was an opportunity to highlight this barrier situation though this Masterplan has now moved on. On this topic, time will tell when the petition feedback is completed.

Please do have a look at the materials that Labour and the Conservatives are distributing in the lead up to the Council elections. Both are focusing on the Danebury Avenue barrier without a mention of the Highcliffe Drive barrier.!124&authkey=!ADaqBvzp_nxtzcY&ithint=file%2c.pdf

Does that mean that both parties support the opening of the Highlcliffe Drive barrier?

Overall, if more people were aware of the inconsistencies between the various documents of the Masterplan, there may have been the possibility that the content of this letter to the Councilo regarding the Masterplan could have been different.

Additionally, we mentioned the following;

  • Lack of awareness of the Interim Consultation being placed online, and
  • That this report was very clear in saying ‘no’ to having student housing in the Town Centre.

Other items of interest……….lack of internet access

One of the areas of concern that have been expressed previously in this blog is how the Council has indicated, using ONS figures, that as “Wandsworth is above the UK average of 73% daily use amongst the 16+ and 15% that never use it” that is seems acceptable to rely solely on this distribution channel to deliver some messages.

Please refer to the blog entry “Alton Masterplan Consultation – does anyone else have the feeling that there is something wrong with this process?” mentioned at the following link;!116&authkey=!AAfEvoEdr2hOHWQ&ithint=file%2c.pdf

Interestingly, one other person mentioned that there was a lack of web access for many Roehampton residents.

Future meetings

As mentioned earlier, this is a forum which many people have little or no knowledge of yet have cover a wide range of issues concerning the area.

If of interest, the details of the next Forum meetings are highlighted below;

Location: the Kairos Centre, Mount Angelus Rd, London SW15 4JA

Remaining 2014 meetings:

  • Friday 11 July 10:30 am to 12:30
  • Thursday 25 September 5:30pm to 8pm
  • Friday 7 November 10.30am to 12.30

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Your May 22nd Council votes do count, and may be worth more than you think!

The below table shows the results from the 2010 Council elections. You can see that on a candidate basis, not one individual has a clear mandate to represent Roehampton, with 14% being the highest percentage of the vote captured for one person!

You can see that the top three were elected though between the top five it was very close. The top three being the Councillors elected.

Please do vote and please do have a think about who has been supporting Roehampton and whether any of the candidates (or parties) have done enough to protect your interests.


Notice of results for Roehampton and Putney Heath
Name of Candidate  Description  No. of Votes  Difference Percentage of the overall vote
Adrian Carey KNOWLES The Conservative Party Candidate 2,297 14%
Jennifer Sarah NICKELS The Conservative Party Candidate 2,192 105 14%
Peter Jon CARPENTER The Labour Party Candidate 2,136 56 13%
Sean LAWLESS The Labour Party Candidate 2,093 43 13%
Andrew Richard Linzee PENFOLD The Conservative Party Candidate 2,082 11 13%
Donald James ROY The Labour Party Candidate 1,913 169 12%
Elizabeth DALY Liberal Democrats 1,053 860 7%
Hugh Palmer BROWN Liberal Democrats 899 154 6%
Valerie SHELMERDINE Liberal Democrats 853 46 5%
Graham Peter HUMPHREYS Green Party 418 435 3%
Total 15,936

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Alton Masterplan Consultation – does anyone else have the feeling that there is something wrong with this process?

As residents of the estate we have an interest in how the Alton regeneration consultation takes shape. Reviewing the documents that have been published there are a lot questions about the audit process. By that, what this means is that there is no explanation of how this consultation moves between stages. Using four examples we try to explain how there is no clear understanding for residents of what is happening.

  1. Interim Consultation report
  • After the first options consultation there was a report published in February which was called the Interim Consultation Report.
  • Within this report there is information that may have had an impact on your answers for the questionnaire for the ‘preferred options consultation’.
  • This was only published because someone asked for such information through a Freedom of Information request.
  • In none of the Council publications was there a mention of this. The Brightside and Homelife magazines both not letting residents know.
  • The Council believed that as Wandsworth has a high usage of the internet that you should have accessed this information.
  • In other words, it was your responsibility to know this report existed even though you weren’t actually informed it existed.

The following link shows how this part of the consultation has developed.!116&authkey=!AAfEvoEdr2hOHWQ&ithint=file%2c.pdf

  1. Student accommodation in the town centre
  • In the original options consultation there was a suggestion to have students within one building in option 2 and 3.
  • The interim consultation was very clear that there was no support for this.
  • Yet, in the preferred options the accommodation went from one building to two.

The following link shows how this part of the consultation has developed.

Click to access redir

  1. Danebury Avenue barriers
  • In the original options consultation there were four options mentioned regarding the Danebury Avenue barrier options.
  • The interim consultation, which detailed the feedback from various people and sources, highlighted that there was little support for opening the barriers.
  • However, the ‘preferred options masterplan’ had the barriers open, though limited to certain times and days.

The following link shows how this part of the consultation has developed.!114&authkey=!AOdxcKJbfH1LU5I&ithint=file%2c.pdf

  1. Highcliffe Drive barrier
  • Like the Danebury Avenue there was not much support for the opening of this barrier.
  • The interim consultation highlights this.
  • Yet, the Council has persisted with it.

The following link shows how this part of the consultation has developed.!113&authkey=!ALXIpbWJnsXAaSI&ithint=file%2c.pdf

Can we be contacted?

If you have been contacting the Council regarding this masterplan we’d love to hear from you.

Or have any concerns about the masterplan please do let us know.

Please email us at .