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
What topics were discussed?
Well, there were a few, though we will highlight six.
- 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.
- 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].
- 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.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.
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 to share your thoughts.