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.”
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/ ).
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”.
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”.
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
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
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 – email@example.com – if you would like share your thoughts.