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.

https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=8D90ED9EB7AF0CB1!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.

https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=8D90ED9EB7AF0CB1!117&authkey=!AHCR1tp_SUSF3No&ithint=file%2c.pdf

  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.

https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=8D90ED9EB7AF0CB1!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.

https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=8D90ED9EB7AF0CB1!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 roeregeneration@yahoo.com .

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