Archive | February 2016

Housing Moves & Mobility Open Evening – Thursday 3rd March 2016 4.30-7pm – Boyd Court

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The following text was received this week and maybe this is of interest to some readers.

“Dear all,

 Please find attached a flyer for the downsizing mobility event which will be held on 3rd March in Roehampton.  This event is tailored for downsizing council tenants and for those council tenants whose Housing Benefit has been reduced due to having a spare bedroom. The address of the clubroom is: Boyd Court Clubroom, 101-103 Carslake Road, London SW15 3DD.

 Please print the flyers attached to the email and display on your noticeboards/ clubrooms/ offices as necessary. if you know anyone who might be interest, please forward or pass on the details so they can contact the team direct. The council would really appreciate any assistance you can give in promoting this event over the next week or so.

 Kind regards

 Ellie Johnstone

Housing Moves and Mobility Manager

Rehousing, Procurement & Adaptations 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

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Gov.uk – Implementation of planning changes, technical consultation

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The “Implementation of planning changes, technical consultation” is a consultation that was recently launched by the Government which has the description of;

“This consultation is seeking views on the proposed approach to implementation of measures in the Housing and Planning Bill, and some other planning measures.

Responses to the consultation will inform the detail of the secondary legislation which will be prepared once the Bill gains Royal Assent”.

It’s worth a read as it has some interesting comments with regards to what the future might hold for the Alton Estate, or Council estates in general. For instance, Chapter 3 which states;

“Chapter 3: Brownfield register

3.1 Brownfield land has an important role to play in meeting the country’s need for new homes. We are supporting the regeneration of brownfield land for housing through a range of measures, including the creation of a £2 billion Long Term Housing Development Fund to unlock housing development and providing £1.2 billion to unlock at least 30,000 Starter Homes on brownfield land.

3.2 The National Planning Policy Framework sets out that planning policies and decisions should encourage the effective use of land by reusing brownfield sites, provided they are not of high environmental value, and that local planning authorities may set locally appropriate targets for the use of brownfield land. Planning Practice Guidance also stresses the importance of bringing brownfield land back into use.

3.3 We want to go further to maximise the number of new homes built on suitable brownfield land. We have set out our commitment to introduce a statutory brownfield register, and ensure that 90% of suitable brownfield sites have planning permission for housing by 2020. Through brownfield registers, a standard set of information will be kept up-to date and made publicly available to help provide certainty for developers and communities and encourage investment in local areas”.

The consultation closes 15 April 2016 11:45pm

You can find the consultation at – https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/implementation-of-planning-changes-technical-consultation

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

Clean for the queen community event

This arrived in the inbox this week. Maybe you’re interested?

“Dear all,

 There is a nationwide community initiative to mark the Queen’s birthday called ‘Clean for the Queen.’ People are being encouraged to organise community events focused on cleaning up/litter picking on 4, 5 and 6 March. Further info can be found at http://www.cleanforthequeen.co.uk

 Our waste services team also have a supply of special edition rubbish sacks for people who want to participate in or organise community clean up events. Please email HCSdirectorate@wandsworth.gov.uk to request these.

 http://www.cleanforthequeen.co.uk/free-rubbish-sack-packs-from-participating-local-authorities/2626/2/15/2361/159

If any of groups decide to register please let BBrennan@wandsworth.gov.uk know. As he can forward images for publication in Homelife to highlight your efforts.

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

Save Our Centre public meeting, Monday 21 March, 6pm, Alton Estate

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The picture says it all though there is also a meeting before then. Details are below;

“TO ALL SUPPORTERS OF SAVE ALTON ACTIVITY CENTRE

On Monday 7th March at 1 o’clock we will meet in Cafe Joy on Danebury Avenue to leaflet door to door on the estate. Please join us if you are free – the more the merrier!”

Contact details are in the picture.

Articles 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

Standard article – Wandsworth Council planners get a specific mention

This Evening Standard is worth a read, even if just for the amount the towers being built in Wandsworth!!

When the works get underway in the Alton Estate regeneration, how many towers do you think might there be?

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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

2016 blog entries

Housing Moves & Mobility Open Evening – Thursday 3rd March 2016 4.30-7pm – Boyd Court

“This event is tailored for downsizing council tenants and for those council tenants whose Housing Benefit has been reduced due to having a spare bedroom”. 

Gov.uk – Implementation of planning changes, technical consultation

“This consultation is seeking views on the proposed approach to implementation of measures in the Housing and Planning Bill, and some other planning measures”. Also, worth a read as this consultation refers to brownfield sites.

Clean for the queen community event

Community clean up event.

Save Our Centre public meeting, Monday 21 March, 6pm, Alton Estate

Read about the next meeting being held regarding the Alton Activity Centre.

Standard article – Wandsworth Council planners get a specific mention

This mentions how many towers are going up in Wandsworth and makes one think what will happen with the Alton Estate.

Alton Activity Centre – what the heck is going on?

So much activity has been going on with regards to the Alton Activity Centre and this blog attempts to aggregate the various actions and views that have been circulating.

Films4U – West Side Story 13th February

Hopefully you were able to attend.

Is your block one of the ones having the ‘Window renewal external & communal decoration’ major works?

This article provides some background experience of what happened in the Ibsley neighbourhood with regards to major works which involved windows being upgraded from single glazed to double glazed. It includes suggestions as to what leaseholders may be interested in knowing.

Regeneration documents of interest

On a best endeavours basis, efforts will be made to have this section updated with various documents to do with the regeneration, such as the Alton Area Regeneration News.

Roehampton December 2015 crime figures and learn where you can get them from

Much has been made of crime figures in Roehampton and this article provides an opportunity to explain where you can obtain these figures from and how to sign up to receive these figures in your inbox.

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 Activity Centre – what the heck is going on?

‘Social regeneration’ is something which the Roehampton and Putney Heath ward Councillors have been raising since the 2014 December Roehampton Partnership meeting. Well, how can residents put their faith in them if they appear to have let the closure of the Alton Activity Centre slip through through net?

For background reading the following may be of interest;

Alton Regeneration Watch article provides background as to what this is all about.

The folks challenging this have a facebook page with further information.

The Alton Regeneration Watch also has an online petition with a video by London Live which has residents speaking about why the Alton Activity Centre is so important and this was on London Live.

Though the timeline of what has happened makes for an interesting read. The story, if possible, will be updated as more information comes to hand. This timeline is by no means exhaustive of what has happened though does provide some background as to what has been happening.

This was a huge own goal for the Alton estate and residents have to ask, what are our representatives doing????

Date Description
1st April Wandsworth Guardian website publishes – ‘Alton Activity Centre: children enjoy “leaving party” as Spurgeon’s contract comes to an end’
31st March Alton Activity Centre farewell Easter Party
31st March Wandsworth Guardian letter by Robin Bishop, Alton Estate resident, highlights the reduced services being offered by the Council and asks the Council to reveal what their true plans are.
24th March Wandsworth Guardian letter by Zahra Ali, Alton Estate resident, highlights that impacted families have had no consultation about the kind of provision that is required by parents and children
21st March A well attended local event held at the DARA in support of the Alton Activity Centre. In the main organised by Wandsworth Against Cuts and supported by local Roehampton groups the ARW and the Roehampton Forum.

This was also commented on in the Wandsworth Guardian.

The poster for the meeting.

15th March The Roehampton Partnership had Zahra Ali and another parent impacted by the plight of the closure of the Alton Activity Centre speak at this meeting. Rather unusually this was asked to go to a vote by the Roehampton Forum member and the vote was in support of the Alton Activity Centre. Only two voted against, these being Councillors Sutters and Ellis, both members of the Council Executive and members of the party that are in favour of closing the current facilities.

Additionally, this was the first time the ‘flyer’ referred at the ‘Council’ meeting of 9th March.

10th March Wandsworth Guardian article by Roehampton Labour Councillor about the ‘half baked’ proposals for the Alton Activity Centre.
9th March At the Wandsworth ‘Council’ meeting there is a mention of a ‘flyer is currently being produced to keep the local community up to date with what is happening to the Centre and this will be made available to the local community by the end of next week’, making this the 18th March, then how is it possible that some impacted families stated at the DARA meeting of 21st March that they hadn’t seen this ‘flyer’?
2nd March Putneysw15 website publishes ‘Save Alton Centre’ Campaign Produce Music Video’ which contains “A local campaign group has produced a music video featuring local children as part of their protest at planned changes at the Alton Activity Centre. The video features children from the Alton Activity All Stars doing their version of a Queen classic”.
13th February putneysw15  publishes an article titled – Campaigners Believe Plans For Alton Centre ‘Questionable & Vague’ – which refers to what is happening regarding the situation.
12th February Wandsworth Council website publishes an article – “Agreement nears on deal to continue family services at Alton activity centre”.
11th February Wandsworth Council Committee meeting – Education and Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee – Item number 14 “Alton Activity Centre (Paper No.16-44)” was voted down 3 versus 7. Parents impacted by the Alton Activity Centre reduction in services spoke at this meeting.
11th February Wandsworth Guardian letter by Brian Cairns, Save Our Alton Activity Centre, questions whether the Council’s revised services will meet the needs to families.
11th February Putney Labour Party Roehampton News  has an article regarding this in “Save Our Centre from Tory Cuts”.
3rd February VoteRoehampton spots that Labour voted for closing the Alton Activity Centre and then changes its mind. 
25th January London Live makes a video highlighting the Alton Activity Centre situation
25th January Wandsworth Guardian website publishes – “Kids not cuts”: Campaigners take to the streets of Roehampton to keep Spurgeon’s contract in Alton Activity Centre
13th January Wandsworth Guardian website publishes  – “Roehampton parents say children will miss out if Alton Activity Centre is closed”
23rd December Wandsworth Guardian website publishes – “ Roehampton activity centre to close in Spring ending years of after school and holiday care ”.

This is an interesting comment: “Alton Activity Centre, in the Roehampton regeneration area, has been run by a charity called Spurgeon’s, but the contract will end in March 2016, after Wandsworth Council made the decision to end it in November 2011”.

WHY DID IT TAKE FOUR YEARS TO CHALLENGE THIS?

1st December Roehampton Partnership (missed opportunity?):

It has to be asked why the Alton Activity Centre was not discussed at this meeting? There were the three ward Labour Councillors and the Reverend McKinney. This was the second missed opportunity to raise this issue in a meaningful manner and have other Roehampton bodies possibly support the Alton Activity Centre.

19th November Wandsworth Council Committee meeting – “Education and Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee” – The Alton Activity Centre is not directly referred to though is mentioned within item 112, “Early Years Review (Paper. No. 15-437). At this Committee meeting this item was passed “unanimously”!!! Wow, so Labour Councillors even agreed with this motion. The Reverend McKinney did not attend the committee, and there may have been good reason for not attending, though it does not neglect mentioning to the ward Councillors or to the Labour council meeting attendees that this was a potential pitfall. 

‘Social regeneration’ should start, at least, with an interest in the Council items that could put a dent in the provision of community facilities. In terms of a pass or fail, this seems to be a ‘fail’.

Anyone else, any thoughts?

Films4U – West Side Story Saturday 13th February

Folks,

please see the below for the latest Films4U evening.

“Dear All,

It’s valentine’s weekend. What better than a film of love and romance, especially when it’s set against the world of gang warfare on the streets of New York. Yes, it’s    

WEST SIDE STORY

When Maria falls in love with Tony and Tony wants Maria to be his valentine you could be forgiven for thinking that this was the start of a beautiful romance.

But this young man and woman are caught on opposite sides of a gang war being fought in the streets of Manhattan, New York in 1960’s. Maria is the sister of Bernardo, leader of the Sharks, and Tony is the best friend of Riff, leader of the Jets.

The two gangs are sworn enemies, and nothing Maria or Tony can say will dissuade them from the violence which leads to the film’s heartbreaking finale.

Be moved by the magic of this musical.

Winner of ten Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Score.

A film for Valentine’s weekend

The cost of love

Remember to bring the tissues!

Saturday 13th February 7.30pm

Roehampton Methodist Church”

Is your block one of the ones having the ‘Window renewal external & communal decoration’ major works?

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Source: Millions more invested in improvements to housing estates

If you are one of the folks that are having these works done, you may wish to be aware of one individual’s experience of having these works completed in the Ibsley neighbourhood only recently. Please note any of the information that follows are only suggestions and relate to experiences that have been shared. You should query any of the below, or anything else regarding the works directly with the Council for further information.

If you are a leaseholder and you want to have a more detailed understanding of the costs, you might be able to ask the Council for a breakdown of the costs, such as the example below. You might even be able to ask for a full list of works that goes with these costs.

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The Ibsley neighbourhood experience was a bit of let down as the window supplier went bust and the residents received the letter below.

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Some of the detail was lacking, such as contractors not supplying keys for the window locks and needing to be asked for them, and some jobs were not completed. If you can, it might be worth asking for a detailed list of what should be done so you can review the progress of the works, after all, this will be a large spend (one estimate seen is £8,891.91) and you want to get your money worth.

It might be worth asking for details of the guarantees as well, so you have an idea of how long the works will last with the cover provided. An example from the Ibsley neighbourhood is below;

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Finally, if you get stuck and think some assistance is required, you always have your Councillors. The Labour Party was quite keen some years ago on the Ibsley neighbourhood having the window upgrade as the letter below shows.

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Based on some old figures, it is estimated that of the 308 properties, 110 (36%) are leasehold. So if it is assumed that all leaseholders are paying something like £8,891.91 that makes the total leasehold spend of £978,110. Shame there isn’t an Alton Estate leaseholder association which could overview this to see whether you get your money’s worth.

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

Regeneration documents of interest

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Source: January 2016 Alton Area Regeneration News

On a best endeavours basis this webpage will be used to add documents which relate to the Alton estate regeneration which relates to the Council.

Alton Area Regeneration News

Other items that may be 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