Archive | October 2014

Labour MP candidate wants to hear about the issues that matter to us

This week we were given a Vote Labour card regarding the Labour MP candidate Sheila Boswell wanting “to hear views on the issues that matter to you!”

On the back of the card it states that “Over the last twelve months, I’ve spoken with thousands of people across Putney. They’ve told me about their issues, both local and national – and now I want to hear from you”.

Well, this is your opportunity to let the Labour candidate know about your issues, though this would be a great time to raise any issues you have about the Alton regeneration plan.

[CLICK HERE TO READ THE VOTE LABOUR CARD AND FOR THE CONTACT DETAILS].

We will put our queries to the candidate and will let you know what the response is.

Maybe this time, Labour will acknowledge these concerns.

Contact

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

Another example of the Council not listening to residents?

In this week’s Wandsworth Guardian (23rd October 2014) there was another example of the Council possibly not listening to residents views. This was not with regards to the Alton Estate though rather another part of Wandsworth.

Have a read and see what you think.

[CLICK HERE FOR THE LETTER ‘COUNCIL SHOULD LISTEN TO RESIDENTS’ VIEWS]

We encourage Roehampton residents to write to the Wandsworth Guardian with any thoughts you may have regarding the Alton regeneration.

 Contact

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 to share your thoughts.

Queries regarding the University’s benefit to ‘local community’

Background

In the Wandsworth Guardian an article regarding the University’s expansion has been drawing attention and to date has produced three letters in response, two from Roehampton residents and one from the University. These are briefly outlined below.

Article Number Title and reference Brief overview
1 ‘University expansion wins approval’ – Wandsworth Guardian, 18th September 2014, page 5 This article refers to Roehampton University winning planning expansion for a new library and student accommodation, to which Councillor Ambache stated “The university is of considerable benefit to the local community……..”.The reference to “local community” then sparked a series of three letters that were published in the Wandsworth Guardian.
2 ‘University’s benefit to residents minimal’ – Wandsworth Guardian, 25th September 2014, page 8 In response, a Roehampton resident then challenged what this benefit to the “local community” is.
3 ‘Uni is a ‘a good neighbour’ that ‘listens to community’ – Wandsworth Guardian, 2nd October 2014, page 10 Roehampton University provided a response, which focused more on the Wandsworth Borough as opposed to the Alton estate (where the University is seeking to have student housing for 400 built in the Town Centre).
4 ‘How can new uni housing be built with little support?’ – Wandsworth Guardian, 9th October 2014, page 8 A view expressed by an Alton Estate resident which draws out the fact that “local”, i.e. the Alton Estate, feedback to student housing in the Town Centre is not popular and that the Roehampton bodies representing the area are ignoring these views along with the Putney Heath & Roehampton ward Councillors.

[CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLES IN FULL]

We encourage Roehampton residents to write to the Wandsworth Guardian with any thoughts you may have regarding the Alton regeneration.

Contact

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

Alton East – was there a consultation?

Background

This week we received a pamphlet from Team Roehampton which highlighted information about what was happening on Alton East as per of the Alton Masterplan.

[CLICK HERE TO READ THE PAMPHLET, AND REFER TO PAGE 2].

Has the actual plan been shared with the residents of Alton East?

That depends on how one defines the word ‘shared’. The plan itself was within the Preferred Masterplan Options presentation board which, as far as we are aware, was not distributed to Alton households.

[CLICK HERE FOR THE ALTON EAST MASTERPLAN].

It was not mentioned in either the Options or Preferred Options questionnaires.

[CLICK HERE FOR THE OPTIONS QUESTIONNAIRE]

[CLICK HERE FOR THE PREFERRED OPTIONS MASTERPLAN QUESTIONNAIRE]

Has this been queried?

Yes, twice by the Roehampton Trust.

The first time at the July 8th Roehampton Partnership – “……..added that despite living on the Alton East she was unaware of any information about the regeneration”.

 The second time at the Let’s Talk evening at the 29th September.

 Summary

We’re not convinced there was any real consultation with regards to the Alton East. If there was, how could this be queried by the Roehampton Trust, a member of the Roehampton Partnership?

This ‘consultation’ seems to be a like one we read about recently in The Independent.

 [CLICK HERE FOR THE ARTICLE – WE’VE WON THE BATTLE TO PREVENT OUR SCHOOL BECOMING AN ACADEMY]

 Contact

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 to share your thoughts.

Our comments regarding the Let’s Talk evening (29th September)

What was the event about?

In the Council’s own words this was a meeting about “The council wants to know what you think about life in Roehampton and Putney Heath ward”. This took place on the 29th September and more details, such as which Councillors attended, can be found at the link below

[CLICK HERE TO READ THE PAMPHLET].

What topics were discussed?

Well, there were a few, though we will highlight six.

  1. Double glazing (third point in the ‘Councillor report’)

A leaseholder from Kimpon House highlighted the situation whereby if he had installed double glazing of his own  merit, he would still have had to pay his share of the works should double glazing be completed in the future for the block. We experienced this situation ourselves when we wished to have double glazing in Ibsley Gardens, so we didn’t bother.

On the topic of double glazing, we mentioned the current works that have taken place at Ibsley Gardens and that we are dissatisfied with the work that has been done. At the moment, we could almost be the Project Managers given the back and forth between the Council and the Contractors. On two occasions were have caught out the Council relying on the Contractors word as to what jobs remained outstanding, and we have had to press the Council to find out what is wrong with the extractor fans. Plus the fact that at the start of the process the suppliers of the double glazing had to be replaced as they hit financial difficulties. Well……Fontley Way and Highcliffe Drive, we wish you all the best.

  1. Service charges

Related to this, the issue of service charges was raised. It was suggested by the same individual that for major works, leaseholders should be given an indication of at least three years in advance of the potential cost, which we supported. This makes sense as it allows leaseholders to prepare for the large spend.

Such advance knowledge, after a Kimpton House resident highlighted this to us, allowed us to factor that in when the Council was seeking views about a one off spend that we would have originally agreed to. [Thanks again to that resident for letting us know this].

  1. General maintenance

Residents of Shawford Court raised the issue of maintenance and highlighted some examples. I think many of us have experienced this and we have shared a couple of examples with the Council after this meeting and might be worth you doing the same and copying us into any emails so we can see what concerns you on this front.

It was added by a resident that if the Council can’t get it right now, then what about the regeneration? This is a question we have asked Team Roehampton in the past. What comfort do the residents of the Alton have that the Council will be able to handle the maintenance of the Alton when the regeneration is completed.

  1. The Alton East regeneration

This old chestnut appeared again. A member of the Roehampton Partnership (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS GROUP) raised the issue of a lack of consultation regarding the regeneration for this part of the Alton. This is the same member that raised the issue at the Roehampton Partnership at the meeting of July 8th. Team Roehampton suggested that consultation occurred. So the question is, will the Roehampton Partnership do something about this? Under its constitution, section 23, this needs to be resolved as under ‘dispute resolution’, though maybe the Roehampton Partnership will take a ‘pragmatic’ view (as mentioned to us when they responded concerning poor attendances at the Partnership) and just ignore it, as appears to be the case with its constitutional failings.

How many have heard about the Alton East regeneration? How many of you believe that you have been consulted with?

  1. Roehampton library

This is an interesting one. A Tory Councillor quit the Conservatives on the basis that libraries will be closed under a proposed plan by the Council. The Council denies this though this has brought into question whether Roehampton library will be closed.

When asked about the Roehampton library, Councillor Maddan stated that the library will be open for at least the next four years based on a contract.

Hmmmm……..let’s have a think about this. Recently Roehampton University had expansion plans approved by the Council and it was mentioned that “the library will provide state of the art facilities and will be available for public use”. Now, we read that as the Roehampton library may be under risk.

What do you think? Let us know.

[CLICK HERE FOR THE PUTNEYSW15 ARTICLE ABOUT LIBRARY CLOSURES, AND MENTION OF ROEHAMPTON’S LIBRARY]

[CLICK HERE FOR THE WANDSWORTH GUARDIAN ARTICLE ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY]

[CLICK HERE FOR THE WANDSWORTH GUARDIAN ARTICLE ABOUT AN ANONYMOUS COUNCILLOR CONFIRMING POTENTIAL LIBRARY CLOSURES]

  1. Residents Associations (RAs)

The topic of RAs caused some discussion. There was a mention of the failure to establish a RA in Fontley Way recently. A main reason for this being mentioned that tenants which are not leaseholders or council tenants could not take on a position on the Committee. The new chair of the Forum mentioned this rule being inadequate. Councillor Maddan thought that this rule was ‘clap trap’, so hopefully we can see a change of this rule.

This rule may have contributed to our recent failed attempt at Kimpton House to create a Residents Association within the last couple few months.

Contact

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 to share your thoughts.