Archive | January 2015

Useful sources of information regarding the area

Whilst we do our best to keep you in the loop regarding what’s happening with the regeneration, there is quite a bit going on all the time in the Wandsworth, Putney and Roehampton area. So, if you feel like keeping up with all the latest events, here’s a few suggestions.

To be directed to the information, click on the name in the source column. Happy reading….

Source Brief descriptions
Alton Regeneration Watch For views on the regeneration which have nought to do with outside influences such as the Council and the Labour Party, check out this website.
Vote Roehampton Twitter fed This contains lots of information related closer to home, that is, the Alton Estate. Worth reading just to see pictures of one of our Labour Councillors as they were when a member of the……..Liberal Democrats…….
Putneysw15 Contains a lot of goings on in the Putney area. Much of it created by people from the Putney area and is in the Forum section. You can also subscribe to weekly alerts.
Wandsworth Guardian This is worth being kept in the loop with. There is the weekly E-Newsletter which comes out Thursdays and comes to your inbox, and there are daily alerts as well. Many people in Roehampton are not aware that Roehampton residents are having their letters published in the weekly publication.
Wandsworth@6 Do you want the latest news from Wandsworth Council in your inbox at 6pm, Monday to Friday?
Alton Masterplan Newsletter To receive the Masterplan newsletter from Team Roehampton. However, a few people have complained it does not work very well, that is, you don’t receive any emails.
Roehampton Downloads This contains various documents relating to the regeneration. Roeregeneration had to push the Council to publish the Minutes of the Partnership online and finally did so in August 2014 (despite being revamped in March 2013). Just don’t expect the latest Minutes to be updated quickly.
Brightside magazine As the website states – “Brightside is the magazine of Wandsworth Council. It contains a range of information about services and events”. You can see the latest edition and past editions.
Homelife magazine A Wandsworth Council magazine which provides various updates regarding what’s happening in the various communities within Wandsworth.
Councillor meetings This is where all the various Minutes of the different Council meetings are held. If you want to know what’s happening regarding the regeneration, this is where to look.

 Contact

Email us at – roeregeneration@yahoo.com – and please let us know if this has been useful or whether there are other sources of information that should be added here.

 

 

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Plight of Wandsworth’s vulnerable households

Recently, the Wandsworth Guardian has published articles on the plight of Wandsworth’s vulnerable households. Have a read and see what you think…..

Homeless Wandsworth families to be housed as far away as Birmingham

[CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE]

Elderly off to the seaside as Wandsworth announces 18,000 new homes

[CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE]

How does this relate the Alton regeneration? Of the 800 new homes proposed by the Council regarding the Alton regeneration, how many will be affordable or for social housing? At this stage, as far we know, there have been no figures to highlight this.

Contact

Email us at – roeregeneration@yahoo.com – and let us know of any concerns you may have.

Or 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

Or email the Wandsworth Council team managing the ‘regeneration’

Team Roehampton – Roehampton@wandsworth.gov.uk

Council sets out far-reaching housing strategy

Wow, just when you thought it was safe……..

Wandsworth Council has announced plans that it is aiming to increase the amount of new homes from 11,000 to 18,000.

[CLICK THIS SENTENCE FOR THE FULL ARTICLE]

In the back of your minds, keep the thought that the maisonettes on the Alton Estate could be next. Remember, the Council believes that the maisonettes are of a poor quality, so poor that they should be demolished.

[CLICK THIS SENTENCE FOR THE ARTICLE – ‘Alton’s maisonettes under threat’]

Can you hear that…………..sounds like the bulldozer heading down Hersham Close.

Contact

Email us at – roeregeneration@yahoo.com – and let us know of any concerns you may have.

Or 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

Or email the Wandsworth Council team managing the ‘regeneration’

Team Roehampton – Roehampton@wandsworth.gov.uk

How much will the new flats cost?

This is a question that has been raised many times. Obviously, any suggestion of a price right now will be a few years before the flats are built though let’s have a look and see what the new builds in the area are going for.

Having a quick look on the Rightmove website there is a 2 bedroom property for sale in Roebuck House, 89 Roehampton Lane, SW15 5FN for the sum of £520,000.

Link to property – http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-47929774.html

A little closer to the Alton Estate is Egleton House, which is not completed yet though is being advertised.

Link to property – http://www.rightmove.co.uk/new-homes-for-sale/property-47099485.html?premiumA=true

Notice that one of the key selling features is that;

“Located close to Richmond Park and Putney Heath”

We will try to keep an eye on pricing developments.

Contact

Email us at – roeregeneration@yahoo.com – and let us know of any concerns you may have.

Or 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

Or email the Wandsworth Council team managing the ‘regeneration’

Team Roehampton – Roehampton@wandsworth.gov.uk

Fact or fiction – Conservative leaflet about keeping barriers closed

If anyone has the leaflet referred to below, can you please share?

Background……

Recently, it was spotted on MP Greening’s website that;

“If you would like to share your views with me on the Roehampton Regeneration project (or receive updates from my meetings with residents and Wandsworth Council’s Regeneration Team), please email me at greeningj@parliament.uk “. 

Source: http://www.justinegreening.co.uk/campaigns/roehampton-regeneration

As a resident that attended a meeting with MP Greening regarding concerns about the regeneration. It was asked of MP Greening’s office to be kept in the loop regarding these ‘updates’.

Interestingly, the feedback was that the email address is on file and that notification will be received when the next meeting is to be held.

It had to be highlighted to MP Greening’s that even though there may be a notification list there was no notification regarding the good news concerning Danebury Avenue and Highcliffe Drive barriers, other than being notified via the putneysw15 website via the article –

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

The response back from the office was that a leaflet was distributed on the Alton Estate regarding the good news.

A copy of the leaflet was requested, and then a few emails back and forth along the lines thgat not all properties received it as it was not possible to deliver to all blocks.

Having asked around, no one seems to have seen a copy of this leaflet, and MP Greening’s office has not been able to provide an electronic copy of the document. MP Greening’s office further highlighted that it was on her website;

http://www.justinegreening.co.uk/news/justine-greening-welcomes-councils-commitment-keep-barriers-closed-preferred-option-document

So, it is possible to being a resident on the list for notification of the next meeting, though there is no direct notification of any actions from MP Greening’s office as a result of these meetings.

Other than being confused as to what counts and does not count as being notified, if anyone has  a copy of this leaflet can you please share, for at this stage, I’m not sure whether this is fact or fiction?

Contact

Email us at – roeregeneration@yahoo.com – and let us know of any concerns you may have.

Or 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

Or email the Wandsworth Council team managing the ‘regeneration’

Team Roehampton – Roehampton@wandsworth.gov.uk

2015 blog entries

TO READ THE ARTICLE PLEASE CLICK ON THE TITLE.

January 2015

Date Title Description
4th No Team Roehampton newsletter in Roehampton Voice Issue 19 Team Roehampton has been providing their newsletters in the Roehampton Voice publication, so why not in Issue 19? Is this going to continue?
4th Alton Estate Leaseholders – interesting in working together There are quite a few leaseholders on the Alton Estate. Perhaps they should work together?
4th Staying Put An Anti Gentrification Handbook for Council Estates in London This handbook provides a lot of food for thought when it comes to ‘regeneration’ projects.
11th Will developers have too strong a say in the regeneration This Evening Standard makes you think about how the developers may have too much influence and could alter the Masterplan.
11th Residents Associations – time for a change The restriction on who can be a Chair, Secretary and Treasurer look as though they may be lifted.
16th ‘No social housing’ in our luxury tower block boasts developer in advert for Greenwich flats One developer makes lack of ‘social’ housing a key selling feature.
16th Next stage of the Masterplan is being discussed next week…….hasn’t anyone told you The meeting of the Housing and Regeneration Overview and Scrutiny Committee on Wednesday, 21st January, 2015 at 7.30 p.m. reviews the next stage of the regeneration. Those directly impacted by demolition may be interested in the Council documents.
25th Fact or fiction – Conservative leaflet about keeping barriers closed Read about how hard it is to find a Conservative leaflet which highlights good news about Danebury Avenue barrier.
25th How much will the new flats be worth Not quite a crystal ball though let’s have a look at other newish builds in the area.
27th Council sets out far-reaching housing strategy 18,000 new homes, up from 11,000. More homes on the Alton at risk?
30th Plight of Wandsworth’s vulnerable households A couple of Wandsworth Guardian articles regarding the housing situation in Wandsworth.
31st Useful subscriptions to keep you in the loop regarding the area Some suggestions to keep you in the loop regarding the regeneration and the local area.

 February 2015

Date Title Description
17th A resident challenges Labour MP candidate An Alton Estate resident questions where the regeneration fits within the Labour MP’s priorities. This exchange took place in the Wandsworth Guardian.
20th Evening Standard – pricing London’s poor out its centre is a recipe Thought provoking article about gentrification.
21st A3 Roehampton Vale & A306 Roehampton Lane Carriageway Resurfacing Information regarding road works in Roehampton.
21st 20mph consultation for Roehampton area A ‘consultation’ for Roehampton which has little background information as to how this came about.
21s Don’t forget to vote for Conservators election by Feb 25th Election time for the Conservators, and no, this is not for the Conservatives.
21st Feb 2015 The Neighbourhood Policing Newsletter Putney February 2015 newsletter from the Neighbourhood Putney police.
21st Films4u 24th Feb – Sorrows and Smiles Details about Films4u’s next showing.

March

Date Title Description
3rd Roehampton Vale petition – reduce 40mph to 30mph Details about this petition and associated documents.
3rd Alton regeneration Paper 15-68 Details of the next stages of the regeneration consultation. April and May means residents have a say.
3rd End of university student cap helps Unite fill more rooms – CityAM Lifting of the student cap increases one corporate’s profits. Roehampton services two universities, makes you think what may could be ahead.
6th London Assembly paper – Knock it Down or Do it Up Recently, February 2015, the London Assembly Housing Committee produced a document titled ‘Knock it Down or Do it Up? : The challenge of estate regeneration’.
6th Questions for Team Roehampton regarding the February newsletter and the next meeting of the Roehampton Partnership The February newsletter is out and not everyone has seen this, and the Roehampton Partnership takes place on the 25th March. So we’ve asked a few questions about both of these.
6th Roehampton Partnership – how were the current 18 members chosen? We ask Team Roehampton how the original 18 members were chosen.
7th Boris Johnson provides 20k for ‘cultural quarter’ in Roehampton Mayor’s office providing funds for various London projects and Roehampton is one lucky recipient.
7th Housebuilders ‘putting up rubbish’ Something to think about regarding the quality of new builds.
8th ARW meets MP Green Party candidate at Cafe Joy ARW asks residents about the regeneration.
21st March Brightside magazine is out March Brightside is out and it has not, as of yet, been distributed to all residents on the Alton Estate.
21st Are the Labour Councillors more interested in the merger with Richmond than the Alton regeneration? The ward’s Labour Councillors ask many questions about the merger with Richmond, though what about the Alton regeneration?
22nd Ibstock School Theatre – can the community use it? Can the Alton Estate benefit from using this theatre? Where will the cars park?
28th City AM – Applications rise for powers to acquire land Compulsory Purchase Orders are on the rise.
28th Evening Standard – Pickles raps ‘poor doors’ for social tenants An article about whether ‘social tenants’ should be able to share entrances with non-social tenants.
29th Council Committee meeting 4th March – regeneration update A brief update on the regeneration from the Council Committee meeting of 4th March 2015

April

Date Title Description
6th Alton regeneration – Supplementary Planning Documentation released The next phase of the Alton regeneration has begun.
27th The Cornerstone for sale or let Another piece of Roehampton might be sold off.
30th General Election Hustings at Roehampton Unversity………………did you know about it? This seemed to escape the Roehampton Partnership and the Roehampton Forum, and thanks to MP Green candidate Chris Poole a few of us managed to attend. Have a read of what was, and was not, discussed.

May

Date Title Description
2nd Alton Estate Residents Associations What a great way to be a part of the community. Here’s some background how to start one up. Also, Hersham Close seems to be on its way to creating one.
3rd Labour’s 2008 Roehampton redevelopment consultation – what’s changed? A comparison of what Labour said in 2008 about the regeneration then, and what is happening now. Quite the difference…..
7th Alton Regeneration Watch meeting 6th May 2015 A good turn out by Alton Estate residents to discuss the regeneration.
7th Cornerstone – no longer a polling station The Cornerstone seems to have stopped acting as a polling station.
10th Allbrook House and the library – why demolish them What others have said about demolishing the library and Allbrook House
10th Labour February-March newsletter Should our Councillors be spending time on what the Council should be doing?
22nd SPD Paragraph 2.9 Community safety A review of the crime figures the Council is using in the Supplementary Planning Document.
31st Roehampton Forum meeting 12th May 2015 Team Roehampton provided a presentation on the Supplementary Planning Document and there was an update on the sale of the Cornerstone.

June

Date Title Description
6th Ibsley Gardens maintenance – footpath used as a road Maintenance of the estate is a hot topic. Do you think the Council is doing a good job?
6th When is foot path not a foot path Some more maintenance issues…….overgrown trees on footpaths
7th ‘Redeveloping Danebury Avenue, What Roehampton Wants’ – Labour’s 2008 survey results The results to Labour’s survey of 2006 for the previous regeneration. My how a parties views can change…..
11th Roehampton Voice Issue 21 Lots of articles regarding the regeneration within  the latest edition of the Roehampton Voice.
11th Demolish council estate high-rise blocks, says housing minister Alton Estate concrete towers…watch out?
27th Greatham Walk gets a pavement refurbishment For something different, the little things also matter.
28th £1.3m facelift for Putney Vale estate This is about a Residents Association can do for the local community.
29th When is a foot path not a foot path (part 2) A follow up the article of the 6th June.

July

Date Title Description
1st Studentification of Roehampton…sign of what’s to come Will there be more of this in the years to come?
6th Labour’s Roehampton Newsletter June-July 2015 The latest propaganda from the ward’s Councillors.
14th Clapdown on wind tunnels – Alton Estate watch this space Interesting how wind tunnels have popped up….it was mentioned some years back….
19th Roehampton Forum meeting Wednesday 7th July Some comments regarding the Forum’s latest meeting.
26th 20mph for the Alton Estate is not a goer The results of the 20mph are……..well, have a read.
26th More fly tipping at Hyacinth Rd Fly tipping continues at Hyacinth Road

August

Date Title Description
9th Oh, more fly tipping on Hyacinth Road This is a follow on article of the blog article of the 26th July. How many times can fly tipping in one spot be permitted to go on?
10th 100,000 students flood to the UK – does the Alton Estate need to keep an eye on this The more students a university can take on then the need for more student housing might be needed, Alton Estate is in between both Roehampton University and Kingston University.
11th Hyacinth Rd – more fly tipping (4 times in 1 month) Really, more fly tipping!
15th Roehampton Festival – 23rd August 2015 Hooray, it’s back!
20th ARW meeting 19th August Comments regarding what happened at the ARW meeting – songs, logos, presentations – it’s all happening!
23rd Cornerstone follow up – have you seen the Council notice? What does the future hold for the Cornerstone?
30th Roehampton Festival – check out this picture It was great to have the Roehampton Festival back, and one child’s picture really hits home…
30th Roehampton’s new Creative Community Hub a socially sustainable model More non-Alton estate folks telling the Alton what is needs…

September

Date Title Description
1st Roehampton University and how it relates to the local community meeting 24th September This should be interesting given the previous dialogue regarding this topic.
7th The Alton estate featured in a movie…..which one If you haven’t heard of “Fahrenheit 451”, you will of now.
20th Freeholder and Leaseholder buyback process started? Valuations for properties in the demolition zone have begun (see a copy of a letter) and for food for thought have a look at the service charges for the newly Egleton House Apartments.
20th Channel 4 documentary about most desirable Council home? Wow, fancy being in a documentary about “desirable council propoerties£? See the sign I saw on a high rise block on the Alton Estate.
20th Roehampton Partnership – read here for information about it Details about the Roehampton Partnership are now being published at this webpage. It includes the Constitution, Membership details, Attendance record (and some are not very good) and Minutes. Plus some correspondence with the Council and our Councillors.
27th Crime figures – have a look and see what you think A best endeavours effort to maintain ongoing crime figures for the area, notice and widely the figures can change per month.
27th Safer Neighbourhood Board meeting October 6th Might be an opportunity to go along and ask about crime and anti-social concerns that are bothering you

October

Date Title Description
4th Ibstock School – community use follow up The transport plan and the community use plan have been released by Ibstock school and are available to comment on regarding the planning application.
11th Notes about Roehampton University meeting 24th September Some comments regarding the University’s evening event as first mentioned on the 1st September.
18th MP Greening Summer-Autumn Newsletter Have you seen it? It’s worth a read.
18th Roehampton and Putney Heath Councillors – where have they been parachuted in from Residents, don’t you think it’s time to have locals standing up and representing you?
18th Allbrook House – ‘object of beauty’ or ‘act of sabotage’ the Council discusses The Council discusses the listing of Allbrook House (though not the Library building?).

Next stage of the Masterplan is being discussed next week…….hasn’t anyone told you?

The meeting of the Housing and Regeneration Overview and Scrutiny Committee tales place next Wednesday, 21st January, 2015 at 7.30 p.m. and this represents the next stage of the regeneration. This covers a few topics such as the purchasing of freeholds and leaseholds, as well as how social renters might be impacted.

At this stage the items on the Council Committee’s website are Agenda items.

To see each of the documents, click on the following bullet points;

@ Agenda Items

@ Alton Area Masterplan Update, SW15 (Roehampton and Putney Heath) (Paper No. 15-7)

@ Appendix 1 – The objectives identified for the Alton area regeneration

@ Appendix 2 – Delivery Approach Assessment

@ Appendix 3 – properties were identified as part of the Masterplan consultation

process as being proposed to be replaced with new homes

@ Appendix 4 – Leaseholder and Freeholder Information Booklet

If it assists, we’ve selected some paragraphs which may, or may not, be of interest. Note the concerns mentioned by those impacted. For instance, if you were offered the choice to move from your home into a shiny new apartment with no idea of the likely costs, wouldn’t you be a bit hesitant in taking up the offer?

Alton Area Masterplan Update, SW15 (Roehampton and Putney Heath) (Paper No. 15-7)

Paragraph Comment
5 The decisions included will signal real intent from the Council to proceed with the programme and this message should be signalled publicly following the decisions.
9 The Council approved the Alton area Masterplan in October 2014 (Paper No. 14-447). This represented the culmination of an 18 month Masterplanning process that Alton area masterplan update included two periods of extensive consultation with the local community and other stakeholders, resulting in a vision for how the Alton area may change and develop over the coming years.
35 Further to this, since the proposals are now moving closer to implementation, it is considered reasonable that in these circumstances the Council should now offer to purchase these properties on the terms outlined in the resident commitments as if the Council were effectively moving to designate areas for development.
47 Particular issues raised by residents include: whether there will be an impact on rent levels for tenants, service charge levels for resident Alton area Masterplan owners who buy back into the scheme and impact on Council tax for resident owners who buy back into the scheme.
48 Certainly in relation to rents the commitment is a clear one and that is that social renters will be rehoused on the social rents that they are being charged at the time of rehousing depending of course on a similar size of property being offered etc.
62 There are a number of interests in properties within the Alton regeneration area that need to be acquired before the scheme can progress. These will be purchased firstly through voluntary buy backs but may require the use of CPO powers. Based on the estimate of likely purchases concluded through voluntary buy backs it is now proposed to establish significant HRA capital budgets of £6.5 million per annum in both 2015/16 and 2016/17 in relation to this scheme for which positive budget variations are recommended for approval with any future budget requirements approved as part of the annual HRA capital bids process reported in January each year.

Appendix 1

The Council wishes to fund all social housing from its HRA, to own this housing, and to have it delivered in discrete, manageable blocks.
The Council wishes to own and manage all replacement leaseholder and intermediate housing stock. There needs to be further discussion as to whether these are in discrete blocks or provided within social rent blocks.
The Council intends to ensure that management of public realm and the neighbourhood in general is tenure neutral with no clear designation between private owned and Council owned property and a high standard maintained throughout. Options must be able to accommodate realistic solutions to funding long term upkeep of public realm, including the re-modelled Alton Park and village green, that do not result in unsustainable charges to affordable housing residents
The Council aspire to higher levels of private/intermediate housing from a housing needs/place-making perspective. This may impact on the form of housing provided in particular localities in the regeneration area. The Council would wish to explore options in some parts of the regeneration area to provide family friendly housing and environments for low and middle income households.
The Council wish to move from a freehold sale approach to a leasehold approach with a ground rent income and commercial rents to the General Fund
The regeneration would need to make provision for the replacement of a significant number of lost community assets including a doctor’s surgery, library, youth club, housing office etc.). Replacement would be on the basis of existing users (e.g. Methodist Church long leaseholder) agreeing terms in respect to the sale of their land
The masterplan currently includes the provision of 400 student bedrooms in the Danebury Centre and it is intended that the Roehampton University or a private student housing company will manage these units.
The masterplan area predominantly comprises land owned by the Council but land ownership complications concerning the Mount Clare site, currently owned by the Southlands Trust and managed by the local Methodists, will need consideration. Proposals for Mount Clare have been proposed and a memorandum of understanding has been drafted between the Council, the Southlands Trust and Roehampton University
Private Rented Sector properties on the Alton Area are of a different nature to PRS on the Winstanley and York Road. This is due to the high rental yield levels and the growing Roehampton University student population. The Council is considering the social and legal ramifications of covenanting the affordable housing bought by resident leaseholders currently living in the Alton area that will be developed through the regeneration programme, as well as possibly the private sale accommodation. This is intended to ensure that the homes cannot be used, either by the initial owner or future owners, as a buy to let investment.

Remember

Our Councillor Sue McKinney sits on this Committee, so please ask her your questions……quickly!

Contact

Email us at – roeregeneration@yahoo.com – and let us know of any concerns you may have.

Or 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

Or email the Wandsworth Council team managing the ‘regeneration’

Team Roehampton – Roehampton@wandsworth.gov.uk

‘No social housing’ in our luxury tower block boasts developer in advert for Greenwich flats

This Evening Standard Comment article from the 14th January had an article regarding one developer advertising the sale of flats in Abbey Wood. A key selling feature of these apartments was;

An extract from the article is below;

“Fully private block with no social housing”.

Is the following, from the Council paper 15-7, Appendix 1, another way of saying something similar?

“The Council aspire to higher levels of private/intermediate housing from a housing needs/place-making perspective. This may impact on the form of housing provided in particular localities in the regeneration area. The Council would wish to explore options in some parts of the regeneration area to provide family friendly housing and environments for low and middle income households”.

[Click here for the Evening Standard article ‘‘No social housing’ in our luxury tower block boasts developer in advert for Greenwich flats”]

Contact

Email us at – roeregeneration@yahoo.com – and let us know of any concerns you may have.

Or 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

Or email the Wandsworth Council team managing the ‘regeneration’

Team Roehampton – Roehampton@wandsworth.gov.uk

Residents Associations – time for change?

Why have a Residents Association?

The Council summed this up in the leaflet which was distributed amongst a block in the Manresa neighbourhood when trying to establish a Residents Association and is detailed below;

“The Council is keen to involve residents in the management and upkeep of their blocks and estates.  To achieve this they would like to see as many  estates as possible represented by Residents Associations made up of tenants and leaseholders.  Setting up a Resident’s Association has many  advantages including allowing residents an opportunity to work with the council, other agencies and each other to resolve any issues of concern in their community. It also helps keep residents up to date with information and news about their homes, community and local housing services.  Having a residents’ group helps build a stronger sense of community and gives residents the opportunity to organise activities and events within their block, estate and community”.

Did you know?

That Residents Associations in the Wandsworth Borough limit the officer roles of Chair, Treasurer or Secretary to those residents which are either Leaseholders or Council tenants.

We didn’t until we tried to get one off the ground in the one of the blocks in the Manresa neighbourhood on the Alton Estate.

Questions raised by this

This rule raises some interesting questions, such as;

@ There are many freeholders on the Alton Estate yet they can’t take an officer role?

@ Long term sub-tenants can’t take on an officer role?

@ Without Residents Associations whom looks after residents interests? The Roehampton Forum? The Roehampton Partnership?

Has anyone else noticed this?

The answers is “yes”. It was noticed at the Let’s Talk event of 29th September 2014 and the comments from this meeting are below;

“A number of residents expressed frustration at the Council’s rule prohibiting anyone, but actual tenants and leaseholders from being involved in running a formal residents association. This had had the effect of ruling out a number of enthusiastic local residents with both the time and motivation to establish and run the organisations effectively, to the benefit of the estates and the Council. A resident voiced the suspicion that the rule had been introduced three years before to deal with a specific problem in a particular area, but its effect overall was negative. Danny Edwards and Janine Newton advised that the rule related to the requirement for a financial relationship to exist between the officer of the residents association and the Council. The new guidance, which was implemented two years ago, allows for all residents to be members of residents associations whereas officers have to be council tenants or leaseholders. Non accredited residents’ associations can also be set up by residents who cannot be officers in Council accredited groups. Councillors Maddan and Osborn considered that a way should be found to resolve this problem given the benefits which could flow from a more flexible approach”. Source: Section 5 of the Let’s Talk 29th September 2014 Minutes

What’s the progress?

Two representatives from each Area Housing Panel, that is, two Resident Association representatives from each area team, will join a working party to examine the constitution and eligibility criteria of the officers. Nominations are due from the Southern Area team with the intention to meet late January/early February.

Assuming this takes one meeting, a proposal will go to the Area Housing Panel in March 2015 and the Borough Residents’ Forum in June 2015. A report will then be produced for the Housing Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting of 9th June 2015.

This is our understanding though for the most up to date details please contact the Resident Participation Officer, contact details are in the next section.

Where can you get information regarding Residents Associations?

Bernie Brennan, the Resident Participation Officer at the Western Area Team on 020 8871 5505 or email at bbrennan@wandsworth.gov.uk .

Contact

Email us at – roeregeneration@yahoo.com – and let us know of any concerns you may have.

Or 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

Or email the Wandsworth Council team managing the ‘regeneration’

Team Roehampton – Roehampton@wandsworth.gov.uk

Will developers have too strong a say in the regeneration?

This week in the Evening Standard on the 9th January there was article titled ‘Gentrification and towers are a price we have to pay’ which is about ‘Developers are being asked to fund things like affordable housing which, bluntly, taxpayers will not pay for’.  The full article is available at the following link.

[Click this link to read: ‘Gentrification and towers are a price we have to pay’]

The developers will no doubt have a say in what is to be done with regards to the regeneration, though how much of a say may be the concern, especially if they are going to fund something like affordable housing (figures we haven’t been given with regards to the Alton Estate regeneration).

The other concern is how much leeway shall the Council give the developers given that apparently Wandsworth Council’s budget ‘shortfall stands at £23m for the 2015-16 financial year and £46.6m for 2016-17’ (source: Wandsworth Guardian 8th January 2015 page 3).

It might be very tempting for the Council to tap into expanding the scope of the October Masterplan. If the likes of the Homes & Property, which is a magazine within Wednesday’s edition of the Evening Standard, recognises the advantages of the area, then a developer certainly can.

Have a read of a couple of the Homes & Property comments and let us know what you think.

‘The Alton Estate in Roehampton was an award-winning 1960s estate close to Richmond Park; there are good views from the tower blocks, where one-bedroom flats sell from around £130,000’.Link to article – http://www.homesandproperty.co.uk/area-guides/greater-london/spotlight-putney-taste-country-life-capital

 

‘People priced out of Putney gravitate towards Roehampton, which has desirable ex-council properties – the listed Alton Estate, built in the Fifties and Sixties, overlooks Richmond Park – and smart private housing’.Link to article – http://www.homesandproperty.co.uk/property-news/new-homes/putneys-polling-power

 

Contact

Email us at – roeregeneration@yahoo.com – and let us know of any concerns you may have.

Or 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

Or email the Wandsworth Council team managing the ‘regeneration’

Team Roehampton – Roehampton@wandsworth.gov.uk