Alton’s maisonettes under threat?
The Masterplan makes some comments with regards to buildings on the Alton Estate which poses some serious questions about what possible direction the Council will take with regards to the Alton’s maisonettes.
Let’s consider that at this stage, 171 maisonettes are due for demolition under the regeneration. These maisonettes highlighted by the below table.
|Danebury Avenue 117 – 211 Odd||48|
|Danebury Avenue 213 – 243 Odd||16|
|Portswood Place 1 – 14 Cons||7|
|Harbridge Avenue 1 – 31 Odd||16|
|Harbridge Avenue 2 – 32 Even||16|
|Harbridge Avenue 33 – 83 Odd||26|
|Harbridge Avenue 34 – 84 Odd||26|
|Harbridge Avenue 85 – 115 Odd||16|
Comments used by Team Roehampton to justify the demolition have been;
|“A combination of physical factors, including fundamental design flaws in the development layout, along with poorly sited and constructed residential buildings are contributing to the area’s problems and need to be addressed. Design flaws include poor quality entrances to blocks, spaces not overlooked and residential units overlooking refuse and service areas. Furthermore the design standards fall considerably short of today’s expectations and indeed the standards set in the London Housing Design Guide”.|
|“The external and internal design of Harbridge Avenue’s housing has negative effects on residents and family living standards. Housing units do not meet contemporary standards in terms of services and layout. Issues such as unattractive and deteriorating stairwells, external walkways exposing residents to the elements, worn exteriors, front doors facing away from the street and back gardens fronting on to Danebury Avenue do not only negatively impact the lives of residents living in the area, but also shape the perception of those who visit the area”.|
Reading these comments could possibly lead one to view that this content could be applied to any of the Alton’s maisonettes.
Does that mean, any, or all, of the following maisonettes are at risk as part of future regeneration progress?
|Ibsley Gardens 33- 55 Odd||12|
|Ibsley Gardens 57 – 79 Odd||12|
|Ibsley Gardens 81 – 103 Odd||12|
|Ibsley Gardens 105 – 127 Odd||12|
|Ibsley Gardens 110 – 148 Even||20|
|Ibsley Gardens 54 – 108 Even||28|
|Ibsley Gardens 2 – 52 Even||26|
|Ibsley Gardens 1 – 31 Odd||16|
|Holyborne Avenue 1 – 31 odd||16|
|Holyborne Avenue 2 – 24 even||12|
|Borden Walk 1 – 23 Odd||12|
|Borden Walk 2 -24 Even||12|
|Hersham Close 1 – 39 Odd||20|
|Hersham Close 41 – 71 Odd||16|
|Hersham Close 73 – 95 Odd||12|
|Eastleigh Walk 1 – 29 Odd||15|
|Eastleigh Walk 2 – 20 Even||10|
|Shawford Court 1 – 10 Cons||10|
|Shawford Court 11 – 32 Cons||22|
|Alton Road 28 – 58 Even||16|
|Fontley Way 1 – 20 cons||20|
|Sherfield Gardens 1 – 119 Odd||60|
|Sherfield Gardens 2 – 120 Even||60|
Overall, 171 of 622 (27%) maisonettes are to be demolished as Team Roehampton appear to view these buildings as being unfit for modern day living.
The question is, does this mean that all the remaining maisonettes are in line to be demolished as part of future regeneration stages (should they occur)?
We are not the only ones to question this. The Putney Society, in a letter dated 9th April 2014, to the Council stated;
|3. Residential redevelopment areaThe “outdated” maisonette blocks in this area (proposed for demolition in the POP), are also found in other parts of Alton West and East. Are these other areas of similar blocks likely to be recommended for demolition by the council, in due course? With proper maintenance (which has so obviously been lacking for too long), these blocks could provide quite sound residential accommodation.|
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