Archive | November 2014

Roehampton Voice Issue 19

If you haven’t seen the Winter 2014 Issue 19 edition of the Roehampton Voice it’s worth a read and we have a few thoughts regarding this issue.

Back page – ‘What’s On’.

We think it is great that this recently added feature appears though find it a shame that the Roehampton Partnership is not mentioned. We have mentioned this ‘outside body’ a few times and our Councillors have this recognised on their Council profiles, yet it is never publicised. Why?

[CLICK HERE FOR THE ARTICLE ‘ROEHAMPTON PARTNERSHIP-WHAT A FARCE……’]

The next meeting is Wednesday 3rd December at 7.30pm at the Roehampton Club, The Fountain Room, Roehampton Lane SW15 5LR. For further information please contact Ms Ozu Okere, 020 8871 6035, ookere@wandsworth.gov.uk .

Page 2 – Will Roehampton Library survive?

This is a question that we too are interested in and have asked the Council regarding this. We, the residents of Roehampton, need to be vigilant in keeping an eye on this ‘vital community asset’.

Page 3 – A Resident Writes

We too find the proposals to build on more dwellings in Bessborough Road quite shocking, especially as there has been no ‘consultation’ regarding this. There has been no ‘questionnaire’ regarding this, which was the case for the Alton West. How can such an under the radar approach be considered acceptable?

Ironically, on the same page, there is a mention of the ‘Roehampton Trust News’ and the Roehampton Trust has mentioned on a couple of occasions, one being the July 8th Roehampton Partnership, that no such ‘consultation’ was provided on this.

Page 7  – We live here – on the Alton Estate

An oral historian would like you to get in touch with him to provide your thoughts regarding the regeneration.

Page 11 – Why protect buildings, which are not worth listed status?

There are many on the estate that would disagree with this article, especially with regards to the comment ‘today hardly anyone would choose to live on the Alton Estate of they had a choice’. We are aware of people that have moved to the Alton, who did and still do have a choice.

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.

Highcliffe Drive – traffic being counted?

What’s happening?

Page 132 of the Alton Area Masterplan states the following with regards to the extending of the K3 bus service;

“The preferred approach is to extend the existing K3 service – this service currently runs from Esher via Kingston and Surbiton and terminates at Putney Vale. The proposal is to provide direct connections to key destinations to the north, but would also link Alton to Kingston Hospital and Kingston town centre to the south west”.

[CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK TO THE DOCUMENT]

 What residents said

From the survey we conducted earlier in the year the feedback we had from Roehampton residents was that they did not want the barrier removed. The below table highlights the results;

Date Yes to open Highcliffe No to open Highcliffe  Other 
15/05/2014 2 127 7
21/05/2014 1 65 0
25/05/2014 0 13 3
Door to Door 1 60 1
Total (#s) 4 265 11
Total (%) 1.43% 94.64% 3.93%

Please note that we have shared this result with the Roehampton Partnership twice, both at the July 8th and September 9th meetings and has been ignored.

[CLICK HERE FOR DOCUMENT WHICH WAS SUBMITTED TO THE ROEHAMPTON PARTNERSHIP]

Is the opening of the Highcliffe barrier edging closer?

A resident of the Alton has kindly shared with us photos regarding traffic being counted on Danebury Avenue near Highcliffe Drive.

[CLICK HERE FOR THE PHOTOS]

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.

Danebury Avenue – Masterplan suggests opening barriers might still be on the agenda?

Back in August we wrote about how MP Greening assisted with removing Danebury Avenue from the final preferred Roehampton Masterplan. [To refer to this previous article, ‘Update on Danebury Avenue and Highcliffe Drive barriers’ for more details, please click on this sentence].

However, when reading through the Alton Masterplan Report, on page 31 there was a mention of referring to the opening of Danebury Avenue. To find out what is actually happening with the Danebury Avenue barrier, we have emailed Team Roehampton and the email is copied below;

From:  <roeregeneration@yahoo.com>
To: Roehampton <roehampton@wandsworth.gov.uk>
Sent: Thursday, November 20, 2014 9:24 PM
Subject: Danebury Avenue barrier – still under review to be opened?
Dear Team Roehampton,some residents are concerned that Danebury Avenue is again under consideration to be opened to traffic.Within the Alton Area Masterplan on page 31 it mentions the following;

“6. Establishing High Quality Connections

Over time the Alton estate has become more physically isolated. These real and imagined barriers to movement could potentially be removed, creating a more open and integrated neighbourhood. This involves addressing Danebury Avenue as a through route – the main thoroughfare upgraded connections to Priory Lane, more pedestrian and cycle friendly crossings of surrounding roads – especially Roehampton have and better connection into Richmond Park. A seamless green connection between Richmond Park and Roehampton Lane could be established through the Alton area, inviting pedestrians and cyclists on a journey through the heart of the area, benefiting a revitalised Portswood Place in particular”.

Link to document – https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=8D90ED9EB7AF0CB1!367&authkey=!APjKVpR6v87JKX0&ithint=file%2cpdf

It was not long ago that MP Greening had an article on the Putneysw15 website which stated the following regarding keeping Danebury Avenue closed.

“Justine Greening, MP for Putney, Roehampton and Southfields, today welcomed confirmation that the opening of the Danebury Avenue and Highcliffe Drive barriers will not be included in Wandsworth Council’s final preferred Roehampton Regeneration masterplan for the Alton Estate”.

Link to article – http://www.putneysw15.com/default.asp?section=info&page=congreening096.htm

For the purpose of clarity, can it please be confirmed whether there are plans still underway which consider the opening of Danebury Avenue barriers to traffic, whether it all traffic or even in a limited capacity such as restricted to buses?”

We do believe that to constant back and forth over this barrier is confusing and frustrating. Perhaps, the Council should refer its Paper 09-562, dated July 2009, which was decided against opening the barrier during the last time the barrier was the target for removal. Section 37 is quite enlightening.

Section 37: Conclusion. It is clear that by opening the road traffic barrier in Danebury Avenue there would be significant increases in traffic flows along this road. This is as a result of traffic generation associated with the proposed development and reassigned traffic that would take advantage of this route to bypass the congestion on the A306 Roehampton Lane. With these increases, the potential for road traffic accident casualties particularly involving vulnerable users such as pedestrians and cyclists would increase and, as a result, the Council would need to consider mitigation measures. Link to the document – http://ww3.wandsworth.gov.uk/moderngov/mgConvert2PDF.aspx?ID=7985

Let’s also bear in mind that this document was off the back of Stuart King’s (who was running Labour MP at the time) petition which stated; 

“Stuart King’s Danebury Avenue traffic consultation. I oppose the Danebury Avenuetraffic barrier being removed for any vehicles.”

 Is anyone aware of what our three Labour Putney Heath & Roehampton Councillors and current Labour MP candidate are doing to make sure the Danebury Avenue barriers are not removed?

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.

Listing bid on cards to stop Alton Estate demolition

Background

Recently, it was announced that the Twentieth Century Society were seeking to list two buildings which are currently due for demolition within the current Alton Masterplan. These two buildings are Allbrook House and the library, both of which have a prominent position within Danebury Avenue Town Centre.

The Twentieth Century Society has commented that “the majority of the estate’s problems were due to neglect rather than its buildings: ‘We think that a sensitive refurbishment that carefully conserves the heritage of the buildings on site should be enough to achieve what Wandsworth wants’ “.

[CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL ARTICLE]

What others have said about refurbishment rather than demolition?

Vote Roehampton suggested a refurbishment suggesting that buildings ‘In most cases it’s just run-down, faded and tired”.

[CLICK HERE FOR THE ARTICLE AND REFER TO PAGE 3].

The February Consultation document suggested that;

“However some people would prefer to refurbish existing housing stock rather replace it, as this will be less hassle and more cost-effective” (Page 8).

“Some respondents have suggested only refurbishment of existing housing is needed rather than demolishing existing buildings. There are concerns that new housing will create overdevelopment and will require additional infrastructure in the area”. (Page 10)

[CLICK HERE FOR THE FEBRUARY CONSULTATION]

In December 2009 the topic of neglect with regards to Allbrook House was written about by the Labour MP candidate of the time Stuart King. So, little seems to change on the Alton estate when it comes to maintenance.

[CLICK HERE FOR STUART’S ARTICLE].

As an aside, does anyone else find it interesting that Labour took such interest in the building and now they are onboard with knocking it down?

Council document 14-447

Council document 14-447 went before the following Committees to sign off the progress of the Masterplan and this came out one week before the Housing and Regeneration Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

> 16th September – Housing and Regeneration Overview and Scrutiny Committee

> 2nd October – General Purposes Committee

> 6th October – Executive

It mentioned the following regarding 20th Century Society input;

“The 20th Century Society were also consulted at each stage of the process, who would favour a refurbishment approach to development rather than redevelopment in the Danebury and Harbridge areas. However, proposals regarding the parkland, upgrading of public realm, development at Portswood Place with retention of bungalows were supported”.

[CLICK HERE FOR DOCUMENT 14-447]

This leads to the query of why the 20th Century Society was not mentioned in either the February Consultation (this being mentioned earlier) and the July Consultation.

[CLICK HERE FOR THE JULY CONSULTATION]

So we asked Team Roehampton, more than once, to confirm what happened and they stated;

“No, there was no agreement to exclude the 20th Century Society from the Consultation Reports. This was an unintended omission. As previously stated however we did meet with the 20th Century Society on two occasions, they were referenced in the September Committee Reports and the Final Masterplan, and comments were received from the 20th Society as part of this process. The feedback received from the 20th century Society in meetings and in writing fed into the Final Masterplan”.

It is interesting that an organisation which preferred refurbishment over demolition just happened to be omitted from the documents…………..until a week before being submitted to the Council for Masterplan approvals.

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

Comments regarding the Forum meeting of 7th November

Agenda

The following sections relate to parts of the agenda and do not cover all topics.

For the Agenda of the meeting – CLICK THIS SENTENCE.

Item 1: Welcome and introductions

It was interesting to note that MP Greening attended for part of this meeting.

Item 3: Minutes of Meeting held on Friday 11th   July

[CLICK THIS SENTENCE FOR A COPY OF THE DRAFT MINUTES]

Item 5: Pharmacy Needs Assessment

There was a presentation about the Pharmacy Needs Assessment which is covered in more detail within the presentation. There were questions raised about pharmacy needs in Roehampton given the Alton regeneration. For instance;

  • Will there be a pharmacy in the Alton East?
  • What car parking facilities will be provided?

Other aspects raised were whether;

  • Repeat prescriptions could be provided by post?
  • It may be the case that Portswood Place may have a pharmacy through the regeneration.

[CLICK THIS SENTENCE FOR THE PRESENTATION].

Item 6: Older Persons’ Matter

There were two scams that were highlighted that Older People need to be aware of. The first is that con artists are trying to sell fish from a van to older people and the second is that con artists are attempting to obtain card details over the phone by posing as various organisations.

Item 9: Adoption of Code of Conduct

This was a hot topic. There was much discussion about the merits of adopting such a code. Some members viewed this as unnecessary whilst others believed that it would be useful to have guidelines. There was also the suggestion that this could be used to silence those that are more outspoken. End result, not officially taken up though it’s been noted.

[CLICK HERE THIS SENTENCE FOR THE CODE OF CONDUCT].

Item 10: Roehampton Regeneration (including report from Roehampton Partnership)

Regarding the Partnership it was good that some background was provided regarding this group as well as highlighting who sits on it. It is shame that this did not happen earlier as the content of the July 8th meeting would have been well worth providing an update on this meeting due to a couple of contentious topics concerning the regeneration.

With regards to the proposed Special Meeting of 19th November for a discussion about the Regeneration there were mixed views as to whether to hold this meeting at all, or whether it should be held at a later stage (such as during the planning stage). In the end, Team Roehampton’s suggestion of having this during the planning stage was taken onboard.

One aspect that came up which was quite surprising was that a member of the Forum seemed to be more aware of the K3 status than Team Roehampton. Apparently, TfL have not supported this part of the regeneration (which has been notified to MP Greening then onto the Forum member).

The potential population growth of the regeneration was stated;

  • 5% for the ward,
  • 10% for the Alton (I think, hopefully someone will confirm/amend this figure), and
  • 20% for Alton West.

A final note on this agenda item was that this ward’s Labour Councillor view was that MP Greening had nothing to do with this regeneration whatsoever. Shame that this was mentioned after MP Greening had left the meeting…………………………………..

Item 12: Future meetings

In what was a very welcome move by the Management Committee, in 2015 not all meetings will be held during working hours. This has been a bit of a bugbear for some people. Also, in another welcome move the morning meetings have been moved to the earlier start time of 10am, when previously this was 10:30am. This allows people whom work more flexibility with regards to working half days.

The meetings for next year are as follows;

Date Time Location
Friday 16th January 10:00 am Kairos Centre
Friday 6th March 10:00am Kairos Centre
Tuesday 14th April 7:00pm Roehampton Methodist Church, this a special meeting regarding the consitution
Tuesday 15th May 7:00pm Roehampton Methodist Church
Tuesday 7th July 7:00pm Roehampton Methodist Church
Tuesday 22nd September 7:00pm Roehampton Methodist Church, Annual General Meeting
Friday 6th November 10:00am Kairos Centre

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 Area Final Masterplan

Background

At the start of October you may have received a hand delivered leaflet from Team Roehampton with regards to the Alton Area Final Masterplan.

[CLICK HERE TO READ THE PAMPHLET]

Alton Area Final Masterplan

What we overlooked until recently, thanks to a local resident that highlighted this, was linked to this leaflet is a 140 odd page document with details about the regeneration.

[CLICK HERE FOR THE MASTERPLAN DOCUMENT].

Time permitting, we shall aim to go through this and provide comments in due course.

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