Roehampton Partnership meeting – 3rd December 2014

This past week had a meeting of the Roehampton Partnership (RP). As readers of this blog are aware, this is a group that apparently is a main ‘consultative’ body for the area though as been poor at promoting itself to residents of Roehampton. Click on the below headings for links to previous articles;

The following topics that were discussed may be of interest.

  1. Peculinary interests

This is something that has been taken very lightly by the RP. This has been queried as far back as July with the RP and has been ignored. One such area being that one of the ward’s Councillors works for Roehampton University and the University is to benefit from student housing as part of the regeneration. This is the first meeting where such peculinary interest has been declared.

  1. Service charges

The Roehampton Forum asked about the service charge comment from the latest Labour flyer which stated –  “At Roehampton’s recent Let’s Talk meeting, residents vented their anger about the poor standard of cleaning and grounds management they get on the Alton Estate, despite paying one of the highest service charges in the country”. This was taken from the recently delivered Labour November/December Bulletin.

[CLICK HERE FOR THE BULLETIN]

There was some scepticism expressed by members of the RP at this comment and this wasn’t tackled in any detail, and as such we have followed this up with our Labour Councillors for a response. Asking the following questions;

“1. Provide an explanation of what is meant by this sentence, as others, like I did, have read this as the ‘Alton Estate’ is ‘paying one of the highest service charges in the country’.

  1. Provide a link to the information where this was sourced from”.
  1. The traffic counter on Danebury Avenue

Last week there was a blog entry regarding the traffic counter on Danebury Avenue.

[CLICK HERE FOR THE ARTICLE ‘Highcliffe Drive – traffic being counted’]

The Roehampton Forum asked the RP whether anyone could explain what traffic counter related to, and no one could. This seems hard to believe that no one stakeholder at the RP knew about this.

  1. The Twentieth Century Society

Team Roehampton provided background as to the next steps of the regeneration, referring to English Heritage being a ‘statutory’ group that needed to be referred to, whilst the The Twentieth Century Society was referred to as an ‘amenity’ group. Team Roehampton was not very keen to discuss what the The Twentieth Century Society was up to with regards to listing buildings nor mentioning that suggestion that Alton estate had been neglected.

When the Roehampton Forum offered to share what The Twentieth Century Society had been up to with a member of the RP, the RP declined member declined.

This seems unbelievable that this meeting that at the RP they did not mention, at all, that The Twentieth Century Society, was seeking to list Allbrook House and the library.

[CLICK HERE FOR THE ARTICLE – Protecting the Alton’s history]

  1. Bus routes

There was discussion around bus connections to Roehampton and it was mentioned that the bus routes are quite long as is and that it would be more likely that new routes would have to be created. For instance, the 72 stopping at Barnes station.

In short, there does not seem to be any certainty over future of bus routes.

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.

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