Archive | October 2015

Councillors united behind Roehampton revival

Wow, the Council has been on the charm offensive this week regarding the Alton Estate regeneration. They have published two articles. If you click on the links below you can read each of them.

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

ARW speaks up for the residents at a Council meeting

On the 20th October, the draft Minutes of the Community Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee Tuesday, 22nd September, 2015 7.30 p.m. were published. Hooray!

Refer to section 6 of the Council’s meeting to read the latest Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) for the Alton Estate as well as the notes regarding Alton Regeneration Watch speaking up for residents by providing representations.

It’s important to note that the potential listing of Allbrook House and the Library Building were mentioned at the meeting though seem to have escaped being mentioned within the draft Minutes?

Also, note that a Putney Heath and Roehampton ward Labour Councillor provided a representation in favour of the regeneration.

Click on the following links to take you to the meeting and the relevant section;

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

Allbrook House – ‘object of beauty’ or ‘act of sabotage’ the Council discusses

Intro

To read the answer read Item 7 of the following link –

 Questions to the Leader of the Council

Some thoughts which need to be highlighted with regards to this question and answer are as follows. It would be good to have some feedback from residents regarding this

1.Mention of the Library building?

Councillor Sweet seems to have forgotten to mention the Alton Estate Library building, which was also part of the listing.

2.Putney Society, previously opposed a listing? Think again….

Unfortunately, what Councillor Ravi Govinidia seems to be unaware of is that the Putney Society supported the listing of Allbrook House and the Library building. Not only did the Putney Society support the listing but so too did the Roehampton Forum Management Committee and the Alton Regeneration Watch.

The Putney Society has been in favour of listing the building for some time, perhaps the Councillors need to do some homework and have a read of past comments.

“a) Allbrook House, the library and the open space should be included in the Conservation Area. They are also candidates for local listing” (Source: Wandsworth Borough Council Paper 10-876 Appendix 2)

“If the five slab blocks adjoining Clarence Lane are worthy of being listed Grade II*, then the similarly detailed Allbrook House should be considered for listing by English Heritage. It is equally distinguished” (Source: Putney Society response regarding regeneration 19 September 2012)

“The Society played its part in the review, three years ago, of the Alton Estate conservation area. One conclusion of that review was that the boundary of the conservation area should be extended to take in Roehampton Library and Allbrook House above it, together with the green space and established trees between these buildings and Roehampton Lane. We believe that this view is shared by many in Roehampton. These buildings are, we consider, worthy of being added to the council’s local list of buildings of architectural and historic interest: they are a distinctive composition enhancing the entrance to the Alton Estate at this point. If the five slab blocks adjoining Clarence Lane are worthy of being listed Grade II*, then the similarly detailed Allbrook House should be considered for listing by English Heritage. It is equally distinguished”. (Source: Putney Society response regarding regeneration 19 September 2012)

3. ‘Object of beauty’ where did that come from?

The Councillors seem to be unaware of what the criteria is for listing. The criteria is;

  1. Special value within certain types, either for architectural or planning reasons or as illustrating social and economic history (for instance, industrial buildings, railway stations, schools, hospitals, prisons, theatres).
  2. Technological innovation or virtuosity (for instance cast iron, prefabrication, or the early use of concrete).
  3. Group value, especially as examples of town planning (for instance, squares, terraces or model estates).
  4. Association with well-known characters or events

(Source: Wandsworth Borough Council website , Accessed 18th August 2015]

Where does the ‘object of beauty’ fit in?

4.“Councillor Ellis and I have made representations to the Secretary of State that Allbrook House does not meet Historic England’s listing criteria”

Unbelievable, Councillor Ellis is the Chair, yes, the Chair, of the Roehampton Partnership and a member of the Council Executive and yet he never mentioned this in the Roehampton Partnership meetings. The most recent meeting was 23rd September 2015 and comments for listing deadline was 31st August 2015. Seriously, this was not worth a mention? Or even sharing with the other members of the Roehampton Partnership whom responsibility it is to have “openness” and “leadership”. Given the impact on the regeneration, this is must be discussed, yet hasn’t, as the regeneration is plastered all over point 1 of the constitution “aims and objectives”. (Source: Terms of Reference).

What a joke………………………………………

Added to this, why has the Alton Regeneration Watch’s representations not yet been added to the Minutes of the Community Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting Tuesday, 22nd September, 2015, Item 4 when all other items appear to have been added to the website? The listing was mentioned then, yet the first mention in a Council document is within this question 7?

5.“The ward councillors also support the need to implement the programme in this way”.

Hmmm……the Putney Labour Party has expressed support for these buildings in the past so one has to ask how such a u-turn take place?

“The whole council plan rests on the demolition of Allbrook House, the “landmark” block above Roehampton Library. This is the one question where there was no majority opposition to the council plan, but a clear plurality – 45% – don’t want the block demolished. Barely a third – 34% – supported demolition and a sizeable number – 21% – didn’t feel able to give a view. We had 21 surveys back from the parts of Danebury Avenue, including Allbrook House, under threat of demolition. Of these, 4 supported demolition and 14 opposed it.

 It’s a great shame that the Council never even considered improving Allbrook House, which contains some large properties within it with spectacular views of Roehampton. Recladding or even more radical remodelling of Allbrook House could transform this block – the gateway to the Alton estate”. (Source: Putney Labour Party “What Roehampton Wants” 2008)

Note the word “landmark”…….

Then more recently, in 2010;

“Comment from Councillor Carpenter:

  1. Recommends redrawing the boundary of the CA to include Harbidge Ave, Allbrook House, Roehampton Library and the green in Alton West; and the Cornerstone and low odd numbered buildings on Alton Road in Alton East for their architectural interest. ” (Source: Wandsworth Borough Council Paper 10-876 Appendix 2)

The ward’s Councillors are hardly supporting the local community’s wishes for as mentioned local community groups have supported this listing.

6.Past comments made by the Council.

Councillor Govindia stated in his answer that “it is clear that the building can hardly be described as an object of beauty or, in listing parlance, an object of national historic or architectural significance”. Much like the ward’s Councillors past comments do not share this view.

In 2006 –

”Allbrook House and Roehampton Library form a notable element of the Alton Estate at the main entrance to the estate, close to Danebury Avenue’s junction with Roehampton Lane. Although arguably of architectural interest, neither building is listed nor in the Alton Conservation Area. There is no statutory protection therefore, but there is a general UDP objective to retain and rehabilitate buildings which contribute to the character of the Borough, and English Heritage and others may be lobbied to support their retention, and may do so”. (Source: Wandsworth Borough Council Paper 06-773)

In 2010 –

 “is a bespoke design with an unusual roof shape and innovative natural lighting (designed by LCC architect John Partridge, who later became significant in private practice)”. (Source: Wandsworth Borough Council Paper 10-876)

The following comments are from the Alton Conservation Area Appraisal & Management Strategy which had much to say about the positive contribution to the estate these buildings provided both from their relationship to the estate and as buildings in their own right[ii];

“The shopping parade in Danebury Avenue, completed in 1959-60 and the library, in 1961, are outside the conservation area. The library has architectural interest, distinguished in part by its curved walls and undulating roof form but also by the associated (though detached) Allbrook House which seems to float above – it too has an interesting form and details, including decorative block detailing to its balconies which unifies and softens the harshness of the structure. The library was one of the last buildings in the original development of Alton West. It was designed by John Partridge of the London County Council (LCC) Architect’s Department incorporating ideas from Wandsworth Council’s library service. It was opened in September 1961 by the children’s author Noel Streatfield. There was originally a mural by Bill Mitchell in resin and plastics”.

“Some buildings outside the conservation area have an influence on the area’s character, particularly noticeable along Harbridge Avenue, just off Danebury Road, where there are shops, the library and Allbrook House (all of which fall outside the conservation area)”

“Generally, those buildings that fall outside the conservation area do not have the same architectural rigour or quality of those that are within. There are however, buildings in the vicinity of this character area – Allbrook House and Roehampton Library – that are of interest in terms of their architectural presence and relationship to the Alton Estate. The presence and connection of these buildings to the north-eastern edge of the estate makes them difficult to go unnoticed – though outside the conservation area, their impact is complementary due to their applied architectural treatment and form, directly linked to the modernist principles established for Alton West, namely monumentality and originality”

“As part of the appraisal process, the boundaries of the Alton Estate Conservation Area were reviewed and considered to be acceptable. However, during the public consultation people strongly urged the Council to extend the conservation area to include areas including Allbrook House and its green space, Roehampton Library and buildings along Danebury Avenue. At its Strategic Planning and Transportation Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting on 18 November 2010, the Council undertook to consider further research on this matter”.

“Examples of other impressive but unlisted individual buildings are: Ibstock Place School, Maryfield Convent, Cedars Cottages and Hartfield House. Generally, those areas that fall outside the conservation area simply do not have the same consideration, in terms of architectural or historic interest and care of detailing and landscaping that are strong and consistent with those that fall within the conservation area. There are however some buildings that do have architectural interest outside the conservation area such as Allbrook House and Roehampton Library”.

Councillor Govindia, would you like to reconsider your view (and this time include a mention of the Library Building)?

7.Comments from the Twentieth Century Society

Roeregeneration will leave you with the following comments from Twentieth Century Society which highlight that there are bodies that are non-local which support protecting these buildings, and this is one example;

“Allbrook House and Danebury (Roehampton) Library and their immediate setting, ie the car park, open land adjacent to the two buildings and 1-115 Danebury Avenue, should be added to the conservation area.

These serve as a strong link between Alton East and Alton West. Allbrook House was built as a later phase of Alton West, but is very closely reminiscent of the vocabulary used in the Grade II* listed blocks on Highcliffe Drive.

The library and retail units in Danebury Ave demonstrated an aspect of the LCC’s approach that is not ‘documented’ elsewhere on the estate. The library is of interest in its own right having a distinguishing roof form and was designed by John Partridge, Roy Stout and Tom Kay who became significant architects in private practice.

The Twentieth Century Society has objected to two successive applications for redevelopment of these buildings in 2009 as it believes the loss of this part of the Alton Estate would be deeply regrettable”. (Source: Wandsworth Borough Council Paper 10-876 Appendix 2)

 Related documents/articles

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 and Putney Heath Councillors – where have they been parachuted in from?

There has been a lot of feedback from the ward’s residents, especially on from the Alton Estate, regarding the apathy of the Roehampton and Putney Heath ward Councillors with regards to various issues ranging from fly tipping, to how they have handled the regeneration (campaigning on it being a “farce” and this word seeming to disappear from their vocabulary once voted in), and how they have back tracked on various topics such as the favourable opinions of Allbrook House.

This had lead to a query as to where past Councillors have come from. Well, the below sentence highlights takes you to a folder which has the ‘statement of nominated persons’ for past Council elections. It is interesting to note how many nominations do not come from the ward. It is hoped that for the 2018 Local Council elections that residents from the ward step and challenge those whom are using the ward for whatever purpose they have in mind.

Statement of persons nominated

Roehampton and Putney Heath Ward map

Questions that came to mind when giving a read of these ‘statement of nominated persons’ were;

  • How many of these names listed have gone on to assist the ward?
  • What happened to these individuals when they did not get elected? Did they hang around and try to assist the community? Have a think, let’s take a look at the 2014 election, where are the likes of Mr Anthony, Mr Fenwick, Ms Petros?
  • Of our current crop of ward Councillors, one lives in the ward. What will happen if they do not run for 2018 office, or do run and get voted out, will they still be around supporting the ward?

Ward residents, please start having a think about the future because many of us will still live here when elected and non-elected Councillors come and go.

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;Th

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

 

MP Greening Summer-Autumn Newsletter

2015 Summer-Autumn

Has everyone received their copy of the MP Greening Summer-Autumn Newsletter?

Now matter if you didn’t, click the below sentence.

2015 Summer-Autumn

We did on the last Sunday of September and it wasn’t even delivered, rather it was left on top of where the rubbish bags are collected…..someone had better have a talk with the distributors of leaflets……

Anyway, moving on.

Page 2 has an article regarding the Alton Estate Danebury Avenue ‘Main’ Post Office upgrade. A few people have been asking why bother when it’s about to be demolished, isn’t it a waste of money? Leave a comment and let us know your thoughts.

Page 3 has an article on Roehampton Lane Traffic Improvements and a picture of MP Greening with Councillor Jane Cooper. Read the article, it seems to imply that our local ward Councillors weren’t doing anything to resolve the congestion. Leave a comment and let us know your thoughts.

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 University and how it relates to the local community 24th September – some comments

This is a quick run through of some of the topics mentioned at Roehampton University’s evening about how it relates to the local community.

One aspect which was disappointing was the amount of people whom turned up, about 25-30, with none of the ward’s Councillors appeared. Many people on the Alton Estate have been complaining not just about the proposed student housing to be placed in the centre of the estate though also about various issues regarding anti-social behaviour, yet this would have been a good opportunity to come along and raise such concerns. It was such a shame that residents did not take this opportunity, moving on……

This blog entry won’t spend too much time on the content of the evening and if interested you may be able to obtain a copy of the presentation by emailing the University.

One aspect that was most telling was the lack of much mention of the neighbours, that is the Alton Estate. This seemed to be mentioned more so with regards to the question time at the end.

A question was raised regarding the Heritage at risk buildings of Mount Clare and the Temple. The Temple was the first real mention of the Alton Estate whereby “kids from the estate damaged the Temple”. What a lovely introduction to the neighbours……..

With regards to student housing in the Alton Estate Town Centre, they are “very supportive of that” and “very short of money”, which may go some way towards the University justifying its reach into the estate. Apparently the centre of the estate suits as it is noisy and busy and the students can slot in. Separately to this, as stated before, if student housing was really such an issue, then why this overlooked at the last regeneration attempt?

During the presentation it was mentioned that there are nearly 1,900 student bedrooms on and off campus. That would mean that with the new student housing as part of the “regeneration” this would increase to 2,300 and the university suggested (when asked about further “invasion” of the estate by an Alton Estate) it could build 900 more student bedrooms on its own grounds. It’s wondered how the local community feels about this potential future prospect.

Apparently, Boris bikes are being looked into for the area.

There was a mention regarding car parking issues on the Dover House Estate with students parking their cars there. This being a comment that has been mentioned around the estate blocks near Whitelands College.

It’s a very interesting situation in Roehampton, with regards to the University’s connections.

Let’s have a look.

As we know, Councillor McKinney works at the University.

Reverend McKinney apparently has at least three positions within the University;

Now, the Roehampton Partnership has, as part of its membership, the following;

That would mean six of 18 Roehampton Partnership members having a connection to the University. How representative is that of the ‘local community’?

Isn’t time that the community leaders had a register of interests so that all the various linkages between organisations can be known so the “local community” can be aware of this and be better informed when challenging or querying views on various local topics.

Related documents/articles

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 – community use follow up

This is a follow up blog article “Ibstock school theatre can the community use it?” which was about the potential for community use of the school’s new theatre.

We’re not planning application experts though having a new application number (2015/5074) seems a bit strange rather than following on from the original application (2013/0803).

Background to the application is “The Performing Arts Centre (PAC) was due for completion at the end of August 2015. However, it is likely that the final fitting-out of the PAC will continue through to October. The School hopes to have its first production in the PAC in December 2015. The purpose of this submission is to quantify the increase in traffic likely to be caused by the opening of the PAC and its use by the local community and other organisations, and to describe the mitigation measures being put in place”.

Bear in mind that point 13 of the “Permission for Development” dated 11 June 2013 stated “Prior to commencement of the use of the Performance Arts Centre (PAC), details of proposals for the provision of access to the PAC’s facilities for the benefit of the local community, including local schools and clubs, shall have been submitted in writing to the Council for approval”.

Anyway, if of interest the following links may be of interest.

Case File – this has information regarding the PAC Transport statement, the 2016 calendar PAC use, PAC Community Access Proposal.

Comment on the application either via

Further information 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