Archive | March 2015

Council Committee meeting 4th March – regeneration update

One thing residents should consider is signing up the Council’s ‘subscribe to updates’ section as this is a useful way of keeping up with what is happening in the area. This week an email popped into the inbox to highlight that the Minutes of the ‘Council’ meeting of Wednesday 4th March were published.

Having a quick scan, Item 11, caught the attention. A few of the points could be expanded upon by roeregeneration though point (c) is a good starting point. It states the following;

(c)  this Council wholeheartedly supports the regeneration proposals outlined for the Alton, Winstanley and York Road Estates where it will transform the lives and hopes of some of the most deprived communities in the Borough, standing by its pledge that affected existing tenants and resident leaseholders will, if they wish, be re-housed as close as possible to their current homes and endeavouring to ensure no tenant moves more than once; 

Point (c) is interesting for two reasons. The first is that “the regeneration proposals outlined for the Alton, Winstanley and York Road Estates where it will transform the lives and hopes of some of the most deprived communities in the Borough”.

Question:  How is the regeneration going to transform the “hopes” of the Alton Estate?

The second, “endeavouring to ensure no tenant moves more than once”.

Question: It was thought that the moves would be a one move process, not an “endeavour” to meet a one move process? If anyone has more information about this, can you please let us know.

For more information, please click on each of the below links for more information:

Contact

Email us at – roeregeneration@yahoo.com – and let us know of any concerns/thoughts you may have or add a comment at the end of the blog entry in the ‘Leave a Reply’ section.

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

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Evening Standard – Pickles raps ‘poor doors’ for social tenants

This article from the Evening Standard was published this week and contains some interesting thoughts about entrances for social tenants, which may be of further interest due to the Alton regeneration.

The introduction states “Cabinet minister Eric Pickles today criticised housing developers who segregate poorer social tenants from wealthy owners by forcing them to use separate front entrances”.

Also, there is also an interesting article titles “Westminster Council Buys Houses in Essex for its homeless”

For the full article, please click on the following hyperlinked sentence.

‘Pickles raps ‘poor doors’ for social tenants’

Contact

Email us at – roeregeneration@yahoo.com – and let us know of any concerns/thoughts you may have or add a comment at the end of the blog entry in the ‘Leave a Reply’ section.

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

City AM – Applications rise for powers to acquire land

When do you think this might start to creep into other parts of the Alton?

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Contact

Email us at – roeregeneration@yahoo.com – and let us know of any concerns/thoughts you may have or add a comment at the end of the blog entry in the ‘Leave a Reply’ section.

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

Ibstock School Theatre – can the community use it?

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Background

At the Roehampton Forum on 6th March 2015 meeting, item number 10, had as an agenda item called “re Ibstock Theatre”. An Alton estate resident spoke about this theatre, which is currently being built, and whether this facility could be something that the community could utilise.

Another Alton estate resident raised the query about what car parking provisions have been made for when this theatre is in use. This is not the first time this resident has raised this question at the Forum.

A little bit about the theatre

The Council’s Planning Applications Committee 6th June 2013 document states;

“The building would comprise a main auditorium that could potentially provide 330 seats”

In Application Number: 2013/0803 (Date: 11 June 2013) it states that;

“The proposal has been granted planning permission for the following reasons: The development of a purpose-built Performaing Arts Centre (PAC) would result in the improvement of educational facilities at Ibstock Place School and create a facility that would be made available to other schools and community groups”.

Want to know more?

For more information, click on each of the below sentences:

Questions to consider

  1. Can the community use it?
  2. If so, for what purpose?
  3. Where will the cars park?

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Contact

Email us at – roeregeneration@yahoo.com – and let us know of any concerns/thoughts you may have or add a comment at the end of the blog entry in the ‘Leave a Reply’ section.

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

Are the Labour Councillors more interested in the merger with Richmond than the Alton regeneration?

Recently, there have been letters in the Wandsworth Guardian from the Roehampton & Putney Heath Councillors with a series of questions for the Tory Council regarding the merger with Richmond.

Click on the titles below to read the articles;

This is interesting, for when residents of the Alton estate ask questions of the Labour Councillors with regards to the regeneration, there is not much in the way of feedback.

Have a read of the following examples (by clicking on the titles) which highlights this.

Let’s see how what happens with the next stage of the Consultation in terms of feedback.

Contact

Email us at – roeregeneration@yahoo.com – and let us know of any concerns/thoughts you may have or add a comment at the end of the blog entry in the ‘Leave a Reply’ section.

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

March Brightside magazine is out

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Just in case, like a few of us, you haven’t received the March Brightside magazine (yet) then click the link below and this will take you to the Council’s webpage which has the magazine.

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The mention of the regeneration of Roehampton is tucked away on page 12, bottom right hand corner.

Contact

Email us at – roeregeneration@yahoo.com – and let us know of any concerns/thoughts you may have or add a comment at the end of the blog entry in the ‘Leave a Reply’ section.

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

Alton Regeneration Watch meets MP Green Party candidate at Cafe Joy

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Yesterday members of the Alton Regeneration Watch (ARW) were outside of Cafe Joy asking residents of Roehampton what they thought about the regeneration.

Thankfully the sun was shining and the weather was good.

ARW listened to the concerns of the residents, and there seems to be a few. A huge thanks goes out to those residents that took the time to stop and have chat.

A thank you also goes out to Green Party MP candidate, Chris Poole, whom came along to chat through the concerns.

Have a look at the ARW article for more details – http://www.altonwatch.org.uk/page5.html

Contact

Email us at – roeregeneration@yahoo.com – and let us know of any concerns/thoughts you may have or add a comment at the end of the blog entry in the ‘Leave a comment’ section.

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

Housebuilders ‘putting up rubbish’

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Sorry, yes, the title mentions rubbish and there’s a photo of rubbish. It was a pun, of sorts……

An Alton Estate resident has shared an article with roeregeneration regarding the ‘poor quality’ of new housing that is being built. The basis for this article is that there is a lack of competition.

So, for those of you that will be moving into new homes under the regeneration, you may wish to ask questions about the quality of the new build. A poor build might mean there is a need for additional maintenance and that may mean more cost.

Have a read and see what you think.

http://www.building.co.uk/5074221.article?origin=bldgecobuildnewsletter&bid=6158195&cid=84312&seg=&lid=88210

Contact

Email us at – roeregeneration@yahoo.com – and let us know of any concerns/thoughts you may have or add a comment at the end of the blog entry in the ‘Leave a Reply’ section.

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

Boris Johnson provides £20k for ‘cultural quarter’ in Roehampton………..

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A bit of background………………….

“On Tuesday 03 March, the Mayor announced recipients of up to £9 million through his High Street Fund. It is the first time the Mayor of a major European city has used a civic crowdfunding website to directly pledge money for community projects. 83 groups submitted ideas and the Mayor will be pledging up to £20,000 each to 17 of these projects.”

For more information:  https://www.london.gov.uk/priorities/regeneration/news

How this will be spent in Roehampton?

“Roehampton

Borough: Wandsworth

Recipient: Wandsworth

Award: £20,000

A series of curated outdoor events around Roehampton high street will help local businesses connect with the wider community. The creation of a vibrant, characterful sense of place will attract more visitors and encourage them to linger. The proposal includes cultural events and five new creative commissions by artists in collaboration with local businesses”.

For more information:

https://www.london.gov.uk/priorities/regeneration/high-streets/funding-programmes/high-street-fund

Wow, so does that mean we’ll soon be sipping lattes in front of Bargain Booze on Roehampton High Street?

Probably not, though wouldn’t it make more sense to use these funds for a targeted and focused drive to bring business to Roehampton High Street?

The timing of this could not be better. Have a read of the Alton Regeneration Watch article “Lost Retail Opportunities” which is about the poor state of the High Street.

The article can be found at the following link – http://www.altonwatch.org.uk/lost-retail-opportunities-roehampton.html

Maybe, this fund could be used to fully, or part fund, the Roehampton Festival?

For those of you that remember, there used to be a Roehampton Festival on the Bull Green on the Alton Estate, though that seems to have withered away into little more than a conversation piece at the Roehampton Partnership. Why not have the Roehampton Festival on Roehampton High Street, you know, two birds, one stone………………………..just an idea.

Might suggest this to the Roehampton Forum and/or the Roehampton Partnership…

Contact

Email us at – roeregeneration@yahoo.com – and let us know of any concerns/thoughts you may have or add a comment at the end of the blog entry in the ‘Leave a Reply’ section.

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

 

Roehampton Partnership – how were the current 18 members chosen?

As one member of the Roehampton Forum highlighted in today’s meeting the Roehampton Partnership is a bit like the Freemason’s, they exist though people know very little about them. In order to understand how the current 18 members have been chosen Team Roehampton were asked.

Click on the following link to see the questions and answers.

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Are you convinced regarding how the 18 members were chosen?

Don’t forget, this group is, according to one of our Councillors, “the key consultative body for the Roehampton Regeneration”.

Contact

Email us at – roeregeneration@yahoo.com – and let us know of any concerns/thoughts you may have or add a comment at the end of the blog entry in the ‘Leave a Reply’ section.

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