Monthly Archives: April 2015

General Election Hustings at Roehampton Unversity………………did you know about it?

Did you know about the recent Hustings at Roehampton University?

We’ve been hearing from the University that it does its bit for the local community, and many locals are sceptical about this, as has been highlighted not long ago in the Wandsworth Guardian. Well, let us know what you think of this community example from the University.

How did we hear about the Hustings?

Well, a few of us attended the General Election Hustings at St Mary’s Church on the 23rd April which was organised by The Putney Society. It was commented then that there was a Hustings to be held at the University on the 30th April.

Was this highlighted to Roehampton residents?

No it wasn’t. The Roehampton Voice didn’t have it listed in its ‘What’s On’ section in the April 2015 Issue 20. It wasn’t mentioned at the Roehampton Partnership meeting of 23rd March 2015. Remember, the University and the Student Union have seats on this Partnership. Also, the Forum member of the Partnership was not aware of this meeting. This was not mentioned at either the Roehampton Forum meeting of the 6th March 2015 or the 14th April 2015. Added to this, a Labour Councillor whom works at the University attends the Forum and the Partnership, again, this information was not shared. If part of the Roehampton community, surely Roehampton residents should have been invited?

How did we find out more details?

First, we contacted a staff member at the University with the following email;

“Last night at the Putney MP candidate Hustings it was mentioned that there is to be a Roehampton Hustings at the university.Something such as this should have been mentioned at the most recent Roehampton Partnership, however, as it hasn’t is it possible to please understand whether members of the public, especially those of Roehampton, are able to attend?

Thank you in advance for your reply”.

Did we receive a reply? No, though the Green MP candidate kindly shared the details with us.

There were empty seats which could have been filled by local residents.

Questions that were raised though not put to the candidates

One had to write the questions and submit them. The following questions were offered but not to put the MP candidates;

“In the 2008 Labour survey ‘what Roehampton wants’ it states that ‘there is a legitimate debate to be had as to whether the Alton Estate – already the most densely populated part of the constituency – should be the focus of hundreds new homes’. This was when there was 291 homes, now it’s 800 plus student housing. What do each of our MP candidates have to say about this comment?”

“Given the regeneration is in the Alton Estate in Roehampton, do you think local residents have missed an opportunity to have their views heard by not widely advertising this terrific event?”

Questions that may be of interest

There were a couple of questions which may be of interest and more detail is available at the below link;

[Click this link to read the questions that may be of interest]


Email us at – – 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 –

Jeremy Ambache –

Sue McKinney –

Or email the Wandsworth Council team managing the ‘regeneration’

Team Roehampton –

The Cornerstone for sale or let


The Alton Regeneration Watch first raised this on March 6th 2015. Have a look at the article titled ‘Cornerstone’ –

Walking past the Cornerstone (Roehampton Parish Great Hall Alton Road London SW15 4LG‎) today, the ‘sale’ or ‘let’ sign was up. It could have been there already  though it has just been noticed.

What’s next for the Roehampton fire sale?


Also, don’t forget it’s available for hire.

Alton regeneration – Supplementary Planning Documentation released


For those of you that haven’t seen it yet, the next stage of the Alton regeneration is under way. An email was received from the Council this week which outlined the following;

“Re: Draft Roehampton Supplementary Planning Document The consultation period for the Roehampton Supplementary Planning document begins on Tuesday 7th April 2015.The Roehampton SPD reflects and builds on relevant policies in the Wandsworth Local Plan to provide additional guidance on how those policies should be implemented. In particular it builds upon the provisions of Core Strategy Policy PL15 and the area spatial strategy for Roehampton, as well as the relevant Site Specific Allocations and other general development management policies.


In accordance with the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012, the SPD is subject to public consultation. This consultation begins on 7th April 2015 and will run until the end of the 24th May 2015.

Copies of Documents

Copies of the draft SPD are available for inspection on the Council’s website  (,  at Balham, Battersea, Putney, Roehampton, Tooting and Wandsworth libraries (for opening hours see and at:

Western Area Office (Opening House: 9:00am to 4.30pm Monday – Friday)

38 Holybourne Avenue
London, SW15 4JE 


Customer Services Centre

Town Hall Extension

Wandsworth High Street

London, SW18 2PU (Opening House: 9:00am to 5.00pm Monday – Friday)


Representations can be made during the consultation dates set out above either online at, by email to, or in writing to:

Planning Policy:

Housing and Community Services

Wandsworth Council

The Town Hall

Wandsworth High Street


SW18 2PU

Responses will be made public and a summary of the consultation findings will be made available on the website.

For further information, email, or telephone 020 8871 6207 or 020 8871 6449”.

Please do have a read of this document and have your views heard. Having had a quick read of the SPD there are comments which do need further querying. Such examples are;

From the SPD What does this mean?
1.26 – As illustrated by Figure 1.6, housing is the prevailing land use across the area, with a total of 1,883 homes distributed across the following five neighbourhoods: ……Ibsley (222 homes)” There are six blocks from the Ibsley neighbourhood highlighted and they do not add up to 222 homes. Why are these blocks in the SPD?These blocks seem to be;

> Bordon Walk 1-23 odd

> Hersham Close 41-71 odd

> Hersham Close 73-95 odd

> Hersham Close 1-39 odd

> Bordon Walk 2-24 even

> Holybourne Avenue 2-24 even


3.6 – “The area will become a safe, attractive, high quality and mixed neighbourhood”. This is news to many on the estate in that we apparently live in an unsafe area?
4.9 – “The provision of a new route passing through the heart of the area – this may be achieved through the extension of the existing K3 service”. Does this mean that Highcliffe Drive barrier is still being considered for being opened?

Vote Roehampton has been quick off the mark to provide some thoughts about the SPD and it would be worthwhile having a read to see what you think, and hopefully encourage you to have a read of the SPD.

For further information please click on each of the below sentences;


Email us at – – 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 –

Jeremy Ambache –

Sue McKinney –

Or email the Wandsworth Council team managing the ‘regeneration’

Team Roehampton –