Archive | June 2015

When is a foot path not a foot path (part 2)

Well, part 1 was published on the roeregeneration blog on 6th June and given there had been no change, the Council was emailed on the 21st June, with a Councillor copied in.

It was interesting reading the correspondence, as one of the emails commented that “he has copied in Councillors”, so, it is presumed that the “he” mentioned is the resident that emailed the Council.

Copying in a Councillor seems to have done the trick though for on the 22nd June, the Hyacinth Road overhand was cut back, as per the photo below.

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The next day on the 23rd June the Shawford Court tree was cut back, though not by a little, it was stripped naked. Have a look at the picture below and compare with the photo in part 1.

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Links of interest (click the sentence below for the article)

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

£1.3m facelift for Putney Vale estate

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Well done to Putney Vale on having this £1.3m facelift and this is testimony to what can be done with an active Residents Association. It’s been mentioned to me that the number of properties in this Residents Association is about 300.

If that is the case, then that would be the equivalent of six tower blocks on the Alton Estate. The Manresa neighbourhood has six towers – Crondall House, Kimpton House, Chilcombe House, Somborne House, Farnborough House, Rushmere House – each with 48 flats, which makes 288 altogether. The Alton Estate has something like 3,300 properties yet there is a lack of such a strong Residents Association, or one as large as the one on Putney Vale.

Come folks, let’s see some RAs get off the ground and make things happen.

Other comments regarding this issue of Homelife

Another read of this magazine might be in order. There’s a lot of gloating about the Council’s housing progress, yet there didn’t seem to be any mention of any property sale values. If anyone did see any sale figures, please let us know.

Page 13 gives the Alton a plug in the bottom right hand corner, regarding residents taking part in a bag printing workshop.

Related document or documents of interest

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

Greatham Walk gets a pavement refurbishment

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For something different, here’s some positive news about what’s happening on the Alton. It was pleasantly surprising to see that a portion of the pavement had been refurbished to be slightly extended.

This is very good as this bit of pavement was a bit of nuisance on wet and muddy days when you had zig and zag through the barriers and try to avoid the mud.

On the grapevine there may be some more activity on forming a new Resident Association around this area and this was going to be mentioned to it as a potential prospect for area improvement, though it looks like roeregeneration was beaten to it.

You can see the pavement refurbishment with the eight tiles to the right of the photo.

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

Demolish council estate high-rise blocks, says housing minister

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Watch out Alton Estate high rises………………….click the sentence below for the article.

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 Voice Issue 21

Well, the regeneration is definitely a hot topic at the moment, and the latest edition of the Roehampton Voice has a few entries about it. Let’s take a a quick run through…

A Cautionary Tale – page 4

A interesting example of what could happen in terms of the feared “rat run” that could be caused by opening the Danebury Avenue, or maybe even Highcliffe Drive, barriers.

Roehampton Social Audit- 5 Years On – page 6

This article refers to the Social Audit which was done back in 2010 and focuses heavily on the dwindling of community services that will continue as part of the regeneration. Let’s be clear about this, it is a concern especially as it has taken so long for this topic to rear its head? What have our community leaders been doing about protecting this?

At the Roehampton Partnership, this has been mentioned though not much more than that even as far back as the December 3rd meeting. Have a read of the Minutes to see the concern expressed by Hollis Blake.

The report is worth a read for others aspects which are relevant.

Links of interest (click the sentence below for the article)

> Roehampton Partnership minutes 3rd December 2014

> Roehampton Social Audit 2010

Interestingly, this Audit was commissioned by the Holy Trinity Church and the Roehampton Forum, both of whom have roles on the Roehampton Partnership……..

Regeneration News and Views – page 7

There are four articles on this page.

  1. ARW commenting on its meeting of 29th May
  2. A message from one of the Voice’s editing team on the regeneration
  3. An oral historian gawking for thoughts from locals
  4. A high level timeline of the regeneration

More Regeneration News – page 8

Reverend McKinney provides his 10 reasons for why the regeneration is required. This is taken from his letter published in the Wandsworth Guardian letter section dated 23 April 2015.

What is interesting is that some of these comments contradict the findings of the Social Audit which was referred to earlier, for instance, point 9, states “Environmental improvements will ensure that the Bull Green will become a real recreational facility, rather than a deserted field with a few tracks across it”. The report of 2010, page 20,  says leave it alone with 74.8% agreeing to “Green Surroundings- including : open spaces; Trees; landscaping of estate” and the Labour Party report, question 7, which states “Q7. How concerned are you about retaining the green space and trees?” has a 65.1% result which is “Entirely concerned”.

Do not forget that the Reverend was the Chair of the Forum (a commissioner of the Social Audit report) at this time. Makes you think, “why bother responding when it doesn’t appear to count”.

Also, point 1 states “lt is not social cleansing because all freeholders, council tenants and resident I leaseholders, affected will be guaranteed new properties and no financial loss”. Well, at the Alton Regeneration Watch meeting of 2nd June, a couple of leaseholders (one directly impacted by the regeneration) called attention to this comment. Perhaps, the Reverend would like to provide some background as to how this will work, along with expected service charges and Council Taxes?

Information of interest

> Roehampton Social Audit 2010

> Labour survey results 2008 “What Roehampton Wants” : this is where the Question 7 comes from

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

When is a foot path not a foot path?

Answer

One answer is when you have to walk around it.

Examples

Have a look at the following example near the Shawford Court bus stop.

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The following example is from Hyacinth Road.

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How can residents improve the maintenance of their area or their block?

Well, there are a few ways of doing this.

  1. One way is to start a Residents Association.
  2. Another way is to approach your Councillors and ask them to do something about it. They seem to be keen to hear about the challenges of “trouble spots”.
  3. Email your Estate Manager.

If going through with options 2 and 3, it might be worth copying in a few residents, or the Alton Regeneration Watch or roeregeneration.

Links of interest (click the sentence below for the article)

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

‘Redeveloping Danebury Avenue, What Roehampton Wants’ – Labour’s 2008 survey results

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Background

This is a follow up to a previous article which contained the survey  that Labour conducted with residents in 2008 when the previous regeneration was held. This article highlights the results.

What’s of interest?

Well, take your pick……….

Have a read about was mentioned for the following;

  • Allbrook House
  • The green space of the Bull Green
  • The library
  • The heights of buildings
  • The closing of the Alton Club

At the moment, almost the opposite of what was mentioned in the results is happening to each of the items mentioned above.

What are our Labour Councillors doing about this?

It’s interesting to think, that for the current, larger, regeneration that this survey did not seem to see the light of day, nor was another survey conducted.

Anyway………….have a read and see what you think………………………

Links of interest (click the sentence below for the article)

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

Ibsley Gardens/Fontley Way maintenance – footpath used as a road

Maintenance, maintenance, maintenance…..

Well, whilst not quite maintenance in the sense that the rubbish may be overflowing from a bin and not removed without a gentle nudge, this is a slightly different type of maintenance. Simply, this is one whereby folks on the Alton Estate can enjoy their surroundings.

The photo below refers to a green strip of grass within a footpath next to Fontley Way 1-20 and just look at the state of it. Now, this photo was taken on the 17th January 2015.

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The below photo, was taken on the 28th February 2015.  Can you believe that this was over a month later and yet the state of it was still pretty poor.

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A few emails to the Council later, copying in a few residents, then hey presto, something was done about it. Bollards were installed.

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How can residents improve the maintenance of their area or their block?

Well, there are a few ways of doing this.

  1. One way is to start a Residents Association.
  2. Another way, is to approach your Councillors and ask them to do something about it. They seem to be keen to hear about the challenges of “trouble spots”.
  3. Email your Estate Manager.

If going through with options 2 and 3, it might be worth copying in a few residents, or the Alton Regeneration Watch or roeregeneration.

Links of interest (click the sentence below for the article)

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