Archive | September 2014

Alton regeneration – student housing progress

Have you followed the progress of the student housing in the Alton regeneration?

Don’t worry if you haven’t as we will give you a step by step account of how this has progressed throughout the phases. We will ask you to consider two things;

  1. Has the Council listened to resident’s views?
  2. Are our Labour Councillors defending our views?

Before we begin we list the times the Council and Councillors have mentioned the importance of listening to residents during this consultation.

[CLICK HERE TO READ THE MENTIONS].

Phase 1 – Options Consultation

The options consultation provided various suggestions for moving student housing from Mount Clare to the Town Centre. The questionnaire, though, provided an option for feedback as to whether this student housing could be in either Portswood Place or Danebury Avenue Town Centre.

[CLICK HERE FOR SLIDES SHOWING THE OPTIONS AND THE QUESTIONNAIRE FEEDBACK]

Phase 2 – February Consultation feedback

This document was not publicised as being published on the internet and we were not aware of its existence until Jonny Moore, the Regeneration Project Manager, shared that knowledge with us at the Saturday March 1st Preferred Option Open Day. We made this point to Councillor Carpenter at one of his surgeries that this was a poor piece of communication as residents were not aware of this document, and made this point again at the May 8th Hustings to both Councillor Carpenter and Councillor Sutters.

When the feedback is read, maybe there was an underlying reason for not publicising this document.

[CLICK HERE FOR THE SUMMARY OF THE STUDENT HOUSING FEEDBACK]

Phase 3 – Preferred Options Masterplan

With no explanation, Portswood Place has dropped off as an option (even though it was mentioned within the Phase 1 questionnaire as an option). Also, given the lack of residents support, somehow the scope of student housing increased within Danebury Avenue Town Centre (from one building to two). Also, within the presentation board (which was not delivered to residents) it highlighted a roof terrace.

[CLICK HERE FOR SLIDES OF THE PREFERRED OPTION BOOKLET AND PRESENTATION BOARD]

Please note that we approached our Labour Councillors regarding this and they were reluctant to respond on this query.

Phase 4 – July Consultation feedback

Despite being published online on the 21st July (when the Team Roehampton’s entry in the June Roehampton Voice had an entry stating a June release), and again, it did not showing overwhelming support for having student housing in the Town Centre.

[CLICK HERE FOR A SUMMARY OF THE FEEDBACK].

Phase 5 – September submission to the Housing and Regeneration Overview and Scrutiny Committee

The persistence of having student housing in the town centre is finally revealed in Council Paper No. 14-447, conveniently when just about to be presented to the Council. There are, we believe, a few challenges that can be made to the information that was provided and agreed by the Council. We did email the Councillors on the Committee before the meeting was held though we did not receive a reply.

[CLICK HERE FOR A SUMMARY OF STUDENT HOUSING MENTION AND OUR COMMENTS].

We would like to draw your attention to point Appendix 1 (point 23) in particular.

Contact

So please, make your voices heard, email your Councillors and copy us in. Together we can make a difference.

Email your Roehampton and Putney Heath Councillors at;

Peter Carpenter – pcarpenter@wandsworth.gov.uk

Jeremy Ambache – JAmbache@wandsworth.gov.uk

Sue McKinney – SMcKinney@wandsworth.gov.uk

And the Wandsworth Council team managing the ‘regeneration’

Team Roehampton – Roehampton@wandsworth.gov.uk

Our email address – roeregeneration@yahoo.com – if you would like share your thoughts.

 

Roehampton Forum……is this the Roehampton Labour Party?

What is the Roehampton Forum (RF)?

The RF is one of the groups that Wandsworth Borough Council uses to justify the progress of the Masterplan. RF’s mission statement is that it is “Aiming to enable local people and organisations to work together to improve the quality of life in Roehampton.”

[CLICK HERE FOR A SLIDE TO SEE WHERE THIS RP FITS WITHIN THE REGENERATION STRUCTURE]

Labour connections….

There is a Labour Party edge to this group.

  • The Chairman, at the July 8th Roehampton Partnership meeting admitted that he reviewed the Labour Party local council election campaign material.
  • The Secretary signed off on the Labour Party response to the Alton Masterplan Preferred Option. The Secretary, even ran for Labour at the Roehampton and Putney Heath ward in 2006 and 2010.
  • Jeremy Ambache was (is?) on the Committee and is now a Labour Councillor for the ward.
  • It is typically attended by both Councillor Carpenter and Councillor Sue McKinney (even before becoming a Councillor).
  • There is at least one past Labour Councillor that frequently attends too.
  • The Management Committee even used its discretion to allow membership to Sheila Boswell, who is running for Labour Party for the Putney seat at the 2015 general election ( http://www.sheilaboswell.co.uk/ ).

[CLICK HERE FOR LOCAL COUNCIL RESULTS YEARS 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014]

Competition from the Roehampton Trust?

Maybe not now, though one could speculate that the Roehampton Trust was created in response to the formation of the RF. The Wandsworth Borough Council paper 11-118 states in section 14 – “It is anticipated that the RT (Roehampton Trust) could create one voice for Roehampton. In turn, this may lead to the winding down of the Roehampton Partnership and possibly the Roehampton Forum, although the latter is not serviced by the Council”.

[CLICK HERE FOR COUNCIL PAPER 11-118]

Does the RF achieve its aim?

At this stage, there are at least four reasons that can be offered as to why this is not the case.

1 It missed it aim with regards to representing ‘workers’. It states in its constitution the following;“Act as a voice for Roehampton representing the views of residents and workers within the area, to the Roehampton Partnership, Wandsworth Borough Council, Wandsworth Primary Care Trust and any other organisations whose activities have an impact on Roehampton”.For the 11th July 2014 meeting, my wife and I took time off work to attend as it had a segment where Team Roehampton spoke at the audience with regards to the Alton Masterplan.Too many meetings are held during working hours limiting ‘workers’ access to it.
2 Just like the Roehampton Partnership (and this group only JUST recently placed information on the internet thanks to residents queries), there is no presence on the internet. If so representative, stop being so by ‘word of mouth’.The RF has been given funds by the Roehampton Community First Charity to assist with setting up a website, as the following comments (at the start of 2013) highlight.“Roehampton Forum – They have already been on one governance training course and in the process of looking at additional courses and setting up the website.Roehampton Forum – £850 – Application previously recieved but clarification needed. To build up and improve the running of the Forum and make it more accessible to the wider inhabitants of Roehampton”.

Source: http://roehamptoncommunityfirst.co.uk/round-2.html

If the RF is not going to set up a website, then what has done with the funds?

3 With such a Labour focus, will Roehampton residents have their views considered if they challenge their three Labour Councillors?
4 Five of the nine RF Committee Officers and Members sit on the Roehampton Partnership (and there are 18 seats on the Partnership). Yet so far, only one is speaking up for the residents of Roehampton. So why is there is so little information provided back to the RF members regarding the regeneration from these members?

For more information on the RF

[CLICK HERE FOR DOCUMENTS RELATED TO THE RF SUCH AS MINUTES AND CONSTITUTION]

Contact

So please, make your voices heard, email your Councillors and copy us in. Together we can make a difference.

Email your Roehampton and Putney Heath Councillors at;

Peter Carpenter – pcarpenter@wandsworth.gov.uk

Jeremy Ambache – JAmbache@wandsworth.gov.uk

Sue McKinney – SMcKinney@wandsworth.gov.uk

And the Wandsworth Council team managing the ‘regeneration’

Team Roehampton – Roehampton@wandsworth.gov.uk

Our email address – roeregeneration@yahoo.com – if you would like share your thoughts.

Roehampton Forum – documents of interest

To view the document click on the Document hyperlink. For instance, where it mentions ‘Minutes’ click on this word.

Minutes

The Meetings of the Executive

Other

Wandsworth Borough Council documents

  • Appendix 3 – September 2014 – Alton Masterplan mention of “”Presentations to the Roehampton Forum and the Roehampton Partnership at each stage of the process
  • Paper No, 13-242 – April 2013 = Mentioned in sections 10, 11, 12, Appendix 1
  • Paper No. 11-118 – January 2011 = Mentions how the creation of the Roehampton Trust may have led to the winding down of the Roehampton Partnership and possibly the Roehampton Forum.

Roehampton Partnership – what a farce………

What is the Roehampton Partnership (RP)?

As a reminder, the Roehampton Partnership is the main advisory body for Roehampton with regards to the regeneration and consists of various people and organisations that apparently have a link to Roehampton.

[CLICK HERE FOR A SLIDE TO SEE WHERE THIS RP FITS WITHIN THE REGENERATION STRUCTURE]

This slide being taken from Wandsworth Borough Council Paper No. 13-242.

The meeting of 9th September

We attended the special meeting of the 9th September which was not advertised to the public, again…..and there was a presentation on the September status of the Alton Area Masterplan. It was interesting to note that given documents had been published on the Wandsworth Borough Council website as part of the agenda for the Housing and Regeneration Overview and Scrutiny Committee for Tuesday, 16th September, 2014 7.30 p.m. though these documents were not distributed before or at the meeting.

[CLICK HERE FOR FURTHER BACKGROUND TO THE SEPTEMBER MASTERPLAN REPORT]

The RP…….fit for purpose?

We suggest that this advisory body is not fit-for-purpose for various reasons. A high level overview is that they;

  1. Don’t advertise their meetings,
  2. Do not do much in the way of advising on the Alton regeneration,
  3. Do not like to be challenged on its failure to adhere to its Constitution,
  4. Some members have a poor attendance record (which is unfortunate given it was restructured in March 2013),
  5. Has only started to place information on the Team Roehampton website under scrutiny from Alton residents, and
  6. Does not resolve conflicts, such as the mention at the July 8th meeting by one member that Consultation questionnaires were designed to provide the Council with the responses it required.

In fact, with regards to points 1 and 3 we stated at the end of the meeting that the Constitution is flaunted and that this body needs a public face. Let’s see whether this will be mentioned in its Minutes. This had to be mentioned as they refused to place on the agenda at either the 8th July meeting (where it was distributed though not discussed) or 9th September meeting, the document we produced asking questions of them.

[CLICK HERE FOR THE DOCUMENT – Roehampton Partnership – Roehampton residents require more visibility v1.1]

To highlight why the RP is not fit-for-purpose a document has been put together to highlight how these body does not fulfil its Constitution.

[CLICK HERE FOR THE DOCUMENT – Roehampton Partnership – Not fit for purpose v1.0]

Highcliffe Drive

If of interest, one ‘Roehampton Resident’ that is on the RP has asked for a representative of Transport for London to attend the next meeting. This resident had previously stated their preference of having the K3 come through the Alton.

As it stands

This advisory body has some way to go before it fulfils the reason for its existence and we ask that residents assist us in not only keeping an eye on this body though making it accountable to Roehampton residents which is currently not the case.

For more information on the RP

[CLICK HERE FOR DOCUMENTS RELATED TO THE RP SUCH AS MINUTES AND PRESENTATIONS]

Contact

So please, make your voices heard, email your Councillors and copy us in. Together we can make a difference.

Email your Roehampton and Putney Heath Councillors at;

Peter Carpenter – pcarpenter@wandsworth.gov.uk

Jeremy Ambache – JAmbache@wandsworth.gov.uk

Sue McKinney – SMcKinney@wandsworth.gov.uk

And the Wandsworth Council team managing the ‘regeneration’

Team Roehampton – Roehampton@wandsworth.gov.uk

Our email address – roeregeneration@yahoo.com – if you would like share your thoughts.

Alton Masterplan September update

Background

For those of you whom are not aware, on Tuesday September 16th the latest development of the Masterplan are to be presented to the Housing and Regeneration Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

[CLICK HERE FOR THE AGENDA TO THIS MEETING.]

If it assists, the two documents are below, please click on each on to read what they are about.

Key points

For us, there are four points jump out, though there could be more;

1 The first time student housing numbers have been provided, this is 400. With the Whitelands College, that would effectively make it 600 student homes in the ‘Town Centre’. This seeming to be on request from the University of Roehampton.
2 The view of the 20th Century Society has been provided as a preference for refurbishment of the area rather than development. This Society was not mentioned in either the February or July Consultation Reports.
3 The opening of Danebury Avenue has been removed.
4 The opening of Highcliffe Drive, whilst not included at this stage, it is clear that this will be explored with Transport for London.

 

Other thoughts

[CLICK HERE FOR OUR VIEWS ON PAPER NO. 14-447]

What to do if you have any thoughts about the Roehampton regeneration.

Email your Roehampton and Putney Heath Councillors at;

Peter Carpenter – pcarpenter@wandsworth.gov.uk

Jeremy Ambache – JAmbache@wandsworth.gov.uk

Sue McKinney – SMcKinney@wandsworth.gov.uk

And the Wandsworth Council team managing the ‘regeneration’

Team Roehampton – Roehampton@wandsworth.gov.uk

Please do copy us in at roeregeneration@yahoo.com as we’d love to see how this progresses and what concerns the residents of the estate. Or email us separately.

 

Roehampton Partnership – documents of interest

To view the document click on the Document hyperlink. For instance, where it mentions ‘Minutes’ click on this word.

Minutes and Agendas

Constitution

Members

Wandsworth Borough Council documents

  • Paper No, 13-242 – April 2013 = about the restructuring of the Roehampton Partnership so that it could be the advisory group for the Roehampton Regeneration

Other documents