Archive | September 2016

Education and Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee – September 22nd

The following document might be worth a look, especially if you’re interested in the progress of the Alton Activity Centre.

The following documents can be found by clicking on this sentence.

Item 19: Alton Activity Centre (Paper No. 16-350)

“The Council has received a petition calling on the Council to re-open the Alton Activity Centre Ellisfield Drive Roehampton SW15, and its outside play area for at least six days per week.

The Council ceased to directly deliver after school services for children aged 5-11 years from the Centre at the end of March 2012. Since then it has been used as a venue from which to deliver targeted diversionary activity services for children aged 5–13 years.

Paper No. 15-437 presented to the Education and Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 19th November 2015 and the Executive on 30th November 2015 recommended that that option to re-let the targeted diversionary activity contract not be taken up. The service ceased to operate end April 2016”.

Documents/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 us to join the (almost) weekly newsletter which tries to highlight what’s been happening in Roehampton.

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

 For a different view of Roehampton, especially the Alton Estate

Alton Regeneration Watch website – http://www.altonwatch.org.uk/page5.html

Alton Regeneration Watch Twitter – https://twitter.com/altonwatch

Home Life – Issue 72, September 2016

If you haven’t seen the latest edition of Wandsworth Borough Council’s Home Life magazine please find below a link to the magazine;

http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/downloads/file/12058/september_2016

Some items of interest are;

  • Are you claiming the right benefits? (page 7)
  • Roehampton Feels Good (page 8)
  • Annual Report Issue (pages 11-19)
  • Tackling Anti-Social behaviour (pages 24-25)

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 us to join the (almost) weekly newsletter which tries to highlight what’s been happening in Roehampton.

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

 For a different view of Roehampton, especially the Alton Estate

Alton Regeneration Watch website – http://www.altonwatch.org.uk/page5.html

Alton Regeneration Watch Twitter – https://twitter.com/altonwatch

Weekly Council Planning applications and decisions – September 24th

Given there is so much happening in the ward at the moment, it might be worth residents keeping a watch on what is being planned for the Alton Estate. So, on a best endeavours basis, we’ll try to include this section.

The page numbers refer to the Wandsworth Council planning applications and decisions for the Roehampton & Putney Heath ward. Whilst every effort is made to highlight the page numbers and present the information below it is always best for the reader to have a read of the original Council documents just in case any errors have been made.

Comments about this week: there have been two applications (one for an advertising board Advertising board on boundary wall metal railings with zero neighbours consulted) and three applications approved (two for Roehampton University).

Applications have been made regarding the following properties (pages 26);

Application No: 2016/5405

  • TEAM: W
  • No of Neighbours Consulted: 0
  • Date Registered: 20 September 2016
  • Address: 20 Roehampton Gate, SW15 5JS
  • Proposal: Advertising board on boundary wall metal railings.
  • Conservation area (if applicable):
  • Applicant: Mr D Rich-Jones, 118 Priory Lane, London, SW15 5JL
  • Agent: Brookes Architects Ltd, Upstairs at The Grange, Bank Lane, London, SW15 5JT
  • Officer dealing with this application: Georgia Brown
  • On Telephone No: 020 8871 7373

 Application No: 2016/5428

  • TEAM: W
  • No of Neighbours Consulted: 6
  • Date Registered: 23 September 2016
  • Address: 103 A Roehampton Vale, SW15 3PG
  • Proposal: Alterations including erection of rear/side dormer (with French doors and safety railings).
  • Conservation area (if applicable):
  • Applicant: Mr Chris Jaimes, 103a Roehampton Vale, London, SW15 3PG
  • Agent: Martinelli Architecture & Design, Netil House, 1 Westgate Street, Hackney,
  • London, E8 3RL
  • Officer dealing with this application: Alexander Green
  • On Telephone No: 020 8871 8310

 Decisions have been made regarding the following properties (page 28);

Application No: 2016/4967 W

  • Decided on: 19/09/2016
  • Date Registered: 23/08/2016
  • Legal Agreement: N
  • Address: Digby Stuart College, Roehampton Lane, SW15 5PH
  • Proposal: Non-material amendment to planning permission dated 13/10/2014 ref 2014/3330 (Construction of a part 4, part 5 storey building to provide student accommodation, conference suite, academic and support space; construction of a part 4, part 5 storey library building to the west of Digby Stuart lawns; associated landscaping and tree works, closure of existing main vehicular access onto Roehampton Lane, alterations to existing southern pedestrian and vehicular access including boundary walls; formation of new pedestrian and vehicular access onto Roehampton Lane; relocation of car parking; alterations and extension to internal road layout and new pedestrian footpath.) to allow amendments to be made to the eastern facade of the library building to incorporate a cast aluminium metal screen to the first floor slab level instead of previously approved glazed screen and fenestration alterations.
  • Conservation area (if applicable):
  • Applicant: C/O Agent, UK House, Boyer Planning, 82 Heath Road, Twickenham, TW1 4BW
  • Agent: Boyer Planning, UK House, 82 Heath Road, Twickenham, TW1 4BW
  • Decision: Approve No Conditions
  • Decision Taker : Delegated Standard

Application No: 2016/4368 W

  • Decided on: 21/09/2016
  • Date Registered: 05/08/2016
  • Legal Agreement: N
  • Address : Digby Stuart and Southlands Colleges, University of Roehampton, Roehampton Lane, SW15 5PU
  • Proposal: Display of non-illuminated signage on east elevation of building.
  • Conservation area (if applicable):
  • Applicant: University of Roehampton, C/O agent
  • Agent: Boyer Planning, UK House, 82 Heath Road, Twickenham, TW1 4BW
  • Decision: Approve with Conditions
  • Decision Taker: Delegated Standard

Application No: 2016/4288 W

  • Decided on: 23/09/2016
  • Date Registered: 03/08/2016
  • Legal Agreement: N
  • Address: 22 Roehampton Vale, SW15 3RY
  • Proposal: Erection of hip to gable side roof extension, rear dormer roof extension and installation of 3 no roof lights on the front roof slope.
  • Conservation area (if applicable):
  • Applicant: Mrs Golnar Kanani, 22 Roehampton Vale, London SW15 3RY
  • Agent: Mr Kashif Syed, 2 Kingswood Avenue, Thornton Heath, CR7 7HR
  • Decision: Approve No Conditions
  • Decision Taker : Delegated Standard

Click on this sentence to take you to the Weekly List of planning applications and decisions.

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 us to join the (almost) weekly newsletter which tries to highlight what’s been happening in Roehampton.

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

 For a different view of Roehampton, especially the Alton Estate

Alton Regeneration Watch website – http://www.altonwatch.org.uk/page5.html

Alton Regeneration Watch Twitter – https://twitter.com/altonwatch

 

Weekly Council Planning applications and decisions – September 17th

Given there is so much happening in the ward at the moment, it might be worth residents keeping a watch on what is being planned for the Alton Estate. So, on a best endeavours basis, we’ll try to include this section.

The page numbers refer to the Wandsworth Council planning applications and decisions for the Roehampton & Putney Heath ward. Whilst every effort is made to highlight the page numbers and present the information below it is always best for the reader to have a read of the original Council documents just in case any errors have been made.

Comments about this week: not much seemed to have happened during this planning week for the ward.

Applications don’t appear to have been made.

Decisions have been made regarding the following properties (page 23);

Application No: 2016/4283 W

  • Decided on: 13/09/2016
  • Date Registered: 28/07/2016
  • Legal Agreement: N
  • Address: 22 Roehampton Vale, SW15 3RY
  • Proposal: Erection of a single storey side and rear extension and infilling of balcony at rear first floor level.
  • Conservation area (if applicable):
  • Applicant Mrs Golnar Kanani, 22 Roehampton Vale, LONDON , SW15 3RY
  • Agent: Mr Kashif Syed, 2 Kingswood Avenue, Thornton Heath, CR7 7HR
  • Decision: Approve with Conditions
  • Decision Taker : Delegated Standard

Application No: 2016/4270 W

  • Decided on: 13/09/2016
  • Date Registered: 02/08/2016
  • Legal Agreement: N
  • Address: 25 Roedean Crescent, SW15 5JX
  • Proposal: Installation of four air conditioning units within a timber accoustic enclosure behind front boundary wall.
  • Conservation area (if applicable):
  • Applicant: Mr Brooke Mackay, c/o DGW Planning Welland House, 1 The Green, Weston by Welland, Market Harborough, LE16 8HS
  • Agent: DGW Planning, Welland House, 1 The Green, Weston by Welland, Market Harborough, LE16 8HS
  • Decision: Approve with Conditions
  • Decision Taker: Delegated Standard

Application No: 2016/4267 W

  • Decided on: 14/09/2016
  • Date Registered: 03/08/2016
  • Legal Agreement: N
  • Address: 12 Heathview Gardens, SW15 3SZ
  • Proposal: Amendments to approved planning permission 2015/2971 dated 29/07/2015 [Excavation to enlarge basement including formation of rear lightwell and erection of two-storey side extension (east side)], planning permission 2015/2968 dated 25/08/2015 [Alterations including erection of part single, part two-storey rear/side extension and rear dormer to main roof] and 2015/7299 [alterations to the single-storey rear/side extension, rear facing dormer window and fenestration at ground and first floor levels] to include external staircase from the rear garden to the basement extension
  • Conservation area (if applicable): Putney Heath Conservation Area
  • Applicant: Mr David Ghosh, 12 Heathview Gardens, LONDON, SW15 3SZ
  • Agent: Create Design Ltd, Wigglesworth House, 69 Southwark Bridge Road, London
  • SE1 9HH
  • Decision: Approve with Conditions CIL Liable
  • Decision Taker: Delegated Standard

Click on this sentence to take you to the Weekly List of planning applications and decisions.

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 us to join the (almost) weekly newsletter which tries to highlight what’s been happening in Roehampton.

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

 For a different view of Roehampton, especially the Alton Estate

Alton Regeneration Watch website – http://www.altonwatch.org.uk/page5.html

Alton Regeneration Watch Twitter – https://twitter.com/altonwatch

Western Area Housing Panel – 19th September

The Western Area Housing Panel meets this coming Monday and for those of you that aren’t aware this involves the following Resident Associations;

  • Ashburton Sheltered Housing Residents’ Association
  • Cadnam Point Residents’ Association
  • Crown Court Residents’ Association
  • Finchdean House Residents’ Association
  • Glenthorpe Residents’ Association
  • Hayward Gardens Residents’ Association
  • Hersham Close Residents’ Association
  • Innes Gardens Residents’ Association
  • Lennox Sheltered Residents’ Association
  • Manresa and Minstead Sheltered Housing Residents’ Association
  • Putney Vale Residents’ Association
  • St Margaret’s Court Residents’ Association
  • Stockhurst Close Residents’ Association
  • Stoughton Close and Greatham Walk Residents’ Association

The Agenda for this meeting, in brief, is as follows;

  1. Apologies
  2. Minutes – 11th July 2016
  3. Financial Inclusions Team
  4. Update on Alton Regeneration
  5. Election of Representatives for Roehampton Partnership
  6. Borough Residents’ Forum Report
  7. Performance Monitoring
  8. Small Improvement Budget
  9. Urgent Items
  10. Future Meetings

For the meeting pack containing the above please click on this sentence.

Regarding section 5 the voting seems to have taken quite the interesting spin. The Council representatives are able to vote on a representative for the Roehampton Partnership and this is conducted by secret ballot. It’s all cloak and dagger. Maybe something to do with page 3 of the June Roehampton Partnership draft Minutes – https://1drv.ms/b/s!ArEMr7ee7ZCNiCwB2REjQ2Fpskto .

The text is below;

“To receive a brief presentation from Gary Cox, Economic Development Office, and to elect three representatives for the Roehampton Partnership for a term of three years. The election will be conducted by Committee Services using a secret ballot.

 All Western Area Housing Panel members, including members of the Council, are eligible to vote in this election and each elector has three votes.

 For information, if an elected representative is unable to attend a meeting of the Roehampton Partnership, a substitute may attend on behalf of the permanent member, but should be of a sufficiently senior level in the partner organisation to have the same authority to act on the organisation’s behalf and make decisions that may affect that organisation”.

 This raises the following questions;

  1. Does the Council inform the other organisations how they should select their members? For instance, can the Council direct the Roehampton Forum to choose its representative onto the Council?
  2. Was this voting process put in motion when the current representatives were selected?
  3. This was not the process at the 11th July 2016 meeting when the voting process was aborted?
  4. Resident Associations may not last three years, then what happens?
  5. Voting for attendance to the Borough Residents Forum is annually, why should the Roehampton Partnership be any different?

The July 11th meeting had the following agenda and is covered in the draft Minutes;

  1. Apologies
  2. Minutes – 22nd February 2016
  3. Housing Review Standards Review
  4. Election of Representatives to the Borough Residents’ Forum
  5. Performance Monitoring
  6. Small Improvement Budget
  7. Issues raised by Hersham Close Residents’ Association
  8. Urgent items
  9. Future Meetings

Fine below the following documents related to the above;

Related 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 us to join the (almost) weekly newsletter which tries to highlight what’s been happening in Roehampton.

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

For a different view of Roehampton, especially the Alton Estate

Alton Regeneration Watch website – http://www.altonwatch.org.uk/page5.html

Alton Regeneration Watch Twitter – https://twitter.com/altonwatch

 

Roehampton Partnership – 21st September

This Wednesday sees Roehampton Partnership in action, well of sorts. It is anticipated that the proposed constitution (i.e. the Terms of Reference) will be accepted with minimum fuss and provide a greater linkage into the Council (which might mean more control, read the Alton Regeneration Watch article referred to below titled ‘RIP the Partnership in ‘Roehampton Partnership’?’

The Agenda, in brief, is as follows;

  1. Apologies for absence
  2. Declarations of interest
  3. Notes of the meeting held on 28th June 2016
  4. Matters arising
  5. Roehampton Citizens Advice Bureau
  6. Roehampton Outdoor Arts Movement
  7. Alton Area Regeneration
  8. Review of the Roehampton Partnership Constitution/Rules for Conducting Business
  9. Future Agenda Items
  10. Dates for Future Meetings
  11. Date of next meeting

For your interest please find below the following;

The Agenda of the 28th June meeting, in brief, highlighted the following;

  1. Apologies for absence
  2. Declarations of interests
  3. Notes of previous meeting
  4. Matters arising (covered topics such as Publication of Partnership Papers, Crossing at ASDA, Roehampton Festival, Ibstock Place School, The Cornerstone, Alton Activity Centre)
  5. Review of the Roehampton Partnership Constitution
  6. Social regeneration in Roehampton
  7. Alton Area Regeneration
  8. Any Other Business
  9. Future Agenda Items
  10. Date of Next Meeting

A series of questions have been asked of the Council regarding the proposed amendments to the Terms of Reference and the response to date has been underwhelming. They are both Freedom of Information asks and can found within the section ‘Related documents/articles of interest’.

Related documents/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 us to join the (almost) weekly newsletter which tries to highlight what’s been happening in Roehampton.

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

For a different view of Roehampton, especially the Alton Estate

Alton Regeneration Watch website – http://www.altonwatch.org.uk/page5.html

Alton Regeneration Watch Twitter – https://twitter.com/altonwatch

Council Brightside paper September 2016 (Issue 17)

If you haven’t received your copy of the Brightside magazine you can find it here –

http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/downloads/file/11974/brightside_september_2016

Shame the Roehampton Festival was only such a small article in the bottom right corner of page 18.

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 us to join the (almost) weekly newsletter which tries to highlight what’s been happening in Roehampton.

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

For a different view of Roehampton, especially the Alton Estate

Alton Regeneration Watch website – http://www.altonwatch.org.uk/page5.html

Alton Regeneration Watch Twitter – https://twitter.com/altonwatch

Roehampton July crime figures

Roehampton July crime figures recently came out. Have a look and see what’s happening around you.

You can find it here – https://www.police.uk/metropolitan/E05000621/crime/+kUuVfy/

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 us to join the (almost) weekly newsletter which tries to highlight what’s been happening in Roehampton.

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

For a different view of Roehampton, especially the Alton Estate

Alton Regeneration Watch website – http://www.altonwatch.org.uk/page5.html

Alton Regeneration Watch Twitter – https://twitter.com/altonwatch

Roehampton University Travel Plan 2014-2019

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If you are not aware Roehampton University has provided a Travel Plan as part of its planning application (2016/4091). This document is interesting more what is does not refer to, that being student car parking in the local area and links in with the recent application for the planning application of the portable cabins (2016/1385).

This document might be of interest to the entire ward and below is what one resident has written about concerning the Travel Plan.

START OF LETTER

Introduction

The Roehampton University Travel Plan is a glossy document lacking in any substantive information that is meaningful. It is devoid of any mention of the impact on the local community and the environment and in short is a document which needs to be rewritten to provide something more meaningful for the ward in which it resides. Additionally, given the lack of detail it would appear that there is no holistic strategy for car parking in the Roehampton & Putney Heath ward.

The following comments and questions regarding the document are based on the sections of the document.

Forward (Page 4)

The 2014-2019 Strategic Plan highlighting seven points. None of which addresses the need for suitable parking capacity on the University premises. The point which most closely resembles any reference to this is point 2, “Utilise the campus teaching and research space as effectively as possible”.

Comment: This needs to be updated to reflect the need to provide suitable car parking capacity for staff and students, especially for those students whom live on campus and have cars.

Policy and Best Practice (page 5)

With regards to the comment “student residence with 356 bed spaces (C2 Use Class)” there is no comment of how many of these students will have cars.

Question: How many of these 356 bed spaces how many students will be estimated to have cars?

Question: Added to this question, for the other campuses which are being used, how many students are estimated to have cars?

Question: For the “200 delegates with 30 bed spaces for overnight guests”, it is assumed they will be parking on campus?

Question: “The new development will effectively be car free with the only vehicular trips relating to deliveries and disabled students and visitors”. Given the library is supposedly to be open to the public to use (http://www.wandsworthguardian.co.uk/news/14382268.Work_begins_on___34m_library_project_in_University_of_Roehampton/?ref=mac ), if driving to the premises where will the car park?

Benefits of Developing a Travel Plan (page 6)

“Reduces the demand for parking spaces” is a questionable comment. By not having car parking spaces on premises for students this is not reducing demand, rather this is shifting the problem to the residents of the Roehampton & Putney Heath ward as the parked cars will be scattered about the ward, especially in areas such as Dover House Road area, the Alton Estate, and Roehampton Village.

“Helps to reduce congestion on local roads” is a farcical comment. The university does not permit students to park on campus, see below;

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Source: http://www.roehampton.ac.uk/Campus/Security-Service/Parking-and-Transport/Parking-on-Campus/

Given this, it was part of the reason for the 250 plus objections to the University’s planning application (2016/1385), and was referred to at the Putney Society event (September 2015) titled “Roehampton University and how it relates to the local community” at the University by Dover House Road area residents which commented on students parking their cars there and walking to the university (https://roeregeneration.wordpress.com/2015/10/11/roehampton-university-and-how-it-relates-to-the-local-community-24th-september-some-comments/), and could be part of the explanation for a Medfield Street resident commenting at the recent Let’s Talk event in Roehampton on September 12th that there was a severe shortage of car parking spaces in the area. There are those on the Alton Estate that believe that this is causing problems for locals parking and is resulting in fines being issued to them for parking in spaces where they should not. This comment “Helps to reduce congestion on local roads” is whimsical at best and does not address “the environment and the local community”.

Site in context (page 7)

The comment “daily users expects on site each day include approximately 2,000 staff, 8000 students and 100 visitors and deliveries”. This comment is very important as it relates to comments later in the document.

Public Transport (page 10)

“Barnes is the nearest station which is located in Travel Zone 3”. It should be worth mentioning that if coming from to Roehampton via Putney, it might be tempting to use Putney Station, East Putney or Putney Bridge and take the buses from there. The reason being that these stations are zone 2 and that this would be cheaper. This is also important and will be referred to later.

Travel patterns (page 13)

The below table raises many questions that need to be addressed.

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There are Student figures for 2014 which do not provide any substance as it does not have any comparative data.

Based on the table data, this implies that on any given day there is a need for student parking of 816 cars a day! This is worked out by car share 1.4% + drive alone 8.8% = 10.2%. And 10.2% of “daily users expects on site each day include approximately …….8000 students” (page 7) is huge amount of parking requirement, especially bearing in mind that student car parking is not on the university premises.

Question: Where do the students park? This needs to be included within the Travel Plan and addressed, especially with regards to how this impacts the “”the environment and the local community” (page 6).

Please note this data may not include the parking requirements of those students living on the various campuses whom have cars.

Question: Where do these students park their cars? This needs to be included within the Travel Plan and addressed, especially with regards to how this impacts the “the environment and the local community” (page 6).

It is assumed that the number of students with cars would likely be higher for if the table highlighted an aggregation of how the journey to the University is completed this would  increase the numbers of “car share” and “drive alone”. For instance, if the question was how many students traveled by one or more of “walk, cycle, underground, train, bus” the volume of students as a percentage would be less than what is indicated in the table. Between these forms of transport they add up to 68.6% which does not represent the volume of students as a student whom took a train to Barnes then walked or took a bus to the university has used two forms of transport. The number of car users might be higher than what has been approximated earlier.

Question: of the 42.0% of students whom walk to university, how many live within student accommodation? It is assumed that these figures are included and should be treated separately.

Question: This provides no detail regarding which stations are subject to increased student traffic flow and what is the reason for this lack of information. For instance, “train” features across both students (16.3%) and staff (17.9%) highly, and which station is used more frequently, Barnes or Putney, and how does this fit with the TFL transport strategy for the area, for instance, does this cause bottlenecks for the are at a given time, such as the 72 or 265 being capacity constrained during certain hours of the day. A resident remembers going to Kingston University to study and during the morning rush it would be difficult to catch the 85 bus from in and around Medfield Street to university and would have to miss one or two buses as it was filled with students going to Kingston University.

Analysis (page 14)

It is worrying that there is an increase in staff using cars to get to work at the University as stated within the Analysis section.

This raises the prospect that there might insufficient parking needs for the University staff, if not now perhaps at a later point. There is a possibility that staff could also be parking in and around the Roehampton & Putney Heath ward contributing to additional car parking pressures on locals.

Question: Given staff are allowed to park on University grounds, I would expect to see this survey include numbers on how many car parking places there are versus the number of cars it needs to cater for. Can it be explained as to the reason(s) this information is not included within the survey?

Objectives and Targets (page 15)

Both the Staff Target and Student Target tables are almost meaningless without volume numbers next to the percentages. For instance, using the (likely conservative) 10.2% referred to earlier, this equals a requirement to cater for 816 student cars during on any given day. Reducing this to 9.5% is 760 on the assumption of no increase in student numbers. Now, if the student number of 8000 increases say to 8200 that is 779. Meaning, rather than 56 car parking reduction this becomes 37.

Comment: These tables should have volume figures against the percentage figures along with volume differences, e.g. The 56 and 37 numbers mentioned.

Management and Monitoring (page 17)

It is interesting to think that the only survey years mentioned are 2010 and 2014, and students figures are not available for 2010. The 2014 figure is based on 31st January to 7th March which is two and a half years old.

Given the amount of new properties being built in and around the area and the supposed interest in encouraging the reduction of cars coming to the area it is surprising to think that data this old is being provided.

Question: “November” is mentioned as the next date for such a survey though there is no comment as to when the results will be published by and this should be included within the document.

Other considerations

A need for more exacting numbers should be considered as the lifting of the student cap could impact the car parking numbers directly or confuse the understanding of what they mean, especially in terms of any significance.

The Roehampton regeneration is yet to happen and there could be student housing contained within it and of course this would raise the prospect of yet more car parking capacity constraints.

The portacabins at Whitelands College, planning application (2016/1385), which was withdrawn and not yet resubmitted at the time of writing this, have temporary teaching facilities on top of 78 car parking spaces. Putting that into perspective that would cater for about 10% of the 800 students which is estimated to need car parking throughout any term day.

Neighbours consulted

It is not accurate that no neighbours should be consulted. Given that there is clearly a gap in matching University student numbers and where they park, all residents within the Roehampton & Putney Heath ward should be considered as neighbours, especially if there is a linkage between local residents now being fined as the result of a lack of overall understanding of the ward’s car parking requirements.

Conclusion 

This document is glossy and is insufficient in detail to obtain any meaningful information from it, especially from the perspective of a local resident. There needs to be a comprehensive strategy which links in with the University as a whole and not this piecemeal approach. There needs to be a ward strategy in place for car parking. If the University wishes to expand it needs to cater for its students parking requirements, and provide comfort to locals that public transport will not be adversely impacted, rather than leave the issue with the residents surrounding it.

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