Monthly Archives: November 2017

Questions to Wandsworth Borough Council about water sprinklers

On 24 September 2017 many questions were put to Wandsworth Borough Council regarding retrofitting water sprinklers. These questions were;

“In Council Paper 17-269 it states –“Wandsworth  Council  has  99  blocks  of  ten  storeys  or  more  containing  6,401  residential  flats  and  maisonettes  –  4,043  tenanted,  1,315 resident  leaseholders  and  1,043  away  leaseholders”.

Please provide the following information per 99 blocks (and am happy to receive this an Excel attachment);

  1. The name of the block.
  2. The ward where the block is located.
  3. The number of tenants.
  4. The number of resident leaseholders.
  5. The number of away leaseholders.
  6. Per block, what is the estimated savings through buildings insurance through the introduction of water sprinklers, both to the Council and the individual leaseholders?
  7. Since 2007, on a per annum basis what are the number of fires and deaths which have occurred per block.
  8. The last date a Fire Risk Assessment was completed.

In Council Paper 17-266 it states the following: “Ms Kingham  was concerned  that  although  meetings would  be  held  with  relevant organisations including  the  London  Fire  Brigade  and  the  relevant  trade  association as stated  in  paragraph  15  of  the  report, little  consultation  had  taken  place  with  residents. The  Director of  Housing  and  Regeneration  advised  that  all  the  AHPs  had  received  a presentation  on  the  „Fire  Safety  in  Tower Blocks‟ at  the  last  cycle  of  AHP  meetings  as well  as this report being  presented,  prior to  consideration  by  HROSC, to  the  BRF.”

  1. Does the Council believe that the response from the Director of Housing and Regeneration answers Ms Kingham’s query that there has been “little consultation” with residents?
  2. If the Council believes that this is the case, please explain how this consultation has been fulfilled.

At the Housing and Regeneration Overview and Scrutiny Committee of Thursday 14th September Mrs M Price from the Eastern Area Housing Panel spoke.

  1. Is this normal practice at these meetings to have a Borough Residents Forum (BRF) member speak at these meetings?
  2. Where any other members of the BRF invited to discuss water sprinklers?
  3. If yes, which BRF members?

When the Section 20 consultations begin,

  1. If residents in a block are against the installation of water sprinklers will the water sprinklers still be installed?
  2. If yes, please explain the reason(s)?

Hammersmith & Fulham Council are not charging leaseholders for the installation of water sprinklers –https://www.lbhf.gov.uk/sites/default/files/section_attachments/hf-fire-safety-plus-web.pdf

  1. Did WBC consider the option of leaseholders not paying for water sprinkler installation?
  2. If it did, then what was the reason for not charging leaseholders?
  3. If WBC did not consider charging leaseholders then what is the reason for this?

Wandsworth Legal has opined that leaseholders are liable for the costs of water sprinklers being installed within blocks,

  1. Please provide the documents which was provided to Legal which requested the advice.
  2. Please provide a copy of Legal’s confirmation that leaseholders are liable along with the supporting explanation.

Ongoing maintenance.

  1. On a per annum basis, what does WBC estimate will be the ongoing maintenance cost (subject to caveats that WBC may wish to include)?
  2. On a per annum basis, what does WBC estimate will be the ongoing maintenance per annum maintenance costs to leaseholders (subject to caveats that WBC may wish to include)?

Fire Risk Assessments (FRAs) are commented on as “FRAs were completed for all our blocks in 2016 by an independent expert and are reviewed annually”.   [Accessed 24 September 2017]. Having seen four FRAs for the Alton Estate after recent requests by residents they were all conducted in May 2016;

  1. Should another FRA have been conducted by May 2017?”

The answers should have been answered by now. If interested in the answers it might be worth asking the Freedom of Information team at foi@wandsworth.gov.uk with the reference 2017/15626.

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Hersham Close foot path needing some improvement?

Whilst there are foot path improvements currently happening on the Alton East on Alton Road, it should be noted that there are still lots of foot paths which need some looking after. One such example is where a foot path opposite 1 Hersham Close had quite deep cracks. It was identified by the Hersham Close Residents Association (HCRA) and took repeated efforts to have this repaired. If one has a look at the photos in the article ‘New motorbike parking bays in Hersham Close’ it can be seen that the footpath around that area might need some repairing.

Eventually, this was repaired as the following before and after pictures highlight. If you have foot paths which need improving the contact the Council and let it know.

Before

After

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New motorbike parking bays in Hersham Close

Well, new(ish) might be more appropriate. This is another example of what a Residents Association can do to make local improvements utilising the Small Improvement Budget (SIB).

The Hersham Close Residents Association (HCRA) identified two concreted squares where recycling bins used to be located that could be used for parking motorbikes and mopeds. This has the benefit of moving these vehicles off the roads of Hersham Close and Bordon Walk freeing up valuable car parking spaces.

The following are before and after photos of the two areas.

Before

After

Before

After

 

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Bessborough Road Consultation – did you receive this leaflet?

How many Alton Estate residents were aware of the Bessborough Road Consultation (BRC) that took place on 15 November 2017? This BRC being a part of the Alton Estate regeneration.

At the Alton Regeneration Watch (ARW) meeting, of the same night there were attendees which were not aware of the BRC taking place that evening, and one attendee did know though chose to attend the ARW meeting. It is wondered whether there was any reason for having the BRC the same night as the ARW meeting?

Did you receive one a copy of the flyer highlighted below? This was obtained from the Roehampton Sports and Fitness Centre, by chance, today.

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Weekly Council Planning applications and decisions – 18 November 2017

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 Borough Council’s (WBC) 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.

Applications (pages 27)

 Application No: 2017/6228

  • Address: 29 Roedean Crescent, SW15 5JX
  • Proposal: Non-material amendment to planning permission dated 10/05/2017 ref 2017/1540 (Erection of single-storey outbuilding in rear garden.) to allow the erection of shed/plant room next to the annex.

Application No: 2017/6294

  • Address: 42 Roedean Crescent, SW15 5JU,
  • Proposal: Erection of single-storey rear extension to extend beyond the rear wall of the existing dwelling house by 7.156m

Decisions (page 21)

Application No: 2017/5201

  • Address: 7 Frensham Drive, SW15 3EB,
  • Proposal: Alterations including the demolition of the existing single-storey side extension and the erection of a two-storey side extension with pitched roof; installation of timber gate within the existing side boundary wall.

Application No: 2017/4686

  • Address: UKD House, Norstead Place, SW15 3SA,
  • Proposal: Change of Use from B1(a) Offices to D1 Church and Daytime Nursery to operate between 0730 and 1830 hours, Monday to Friday and 0800 to 1800 at weekends and Bank Holidays.

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

If interested in searching for more information about a planning application, go to the Wandsworth Borough Council’s ‘Searching planning applications’ webpage.

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Possible improvement in Hersham Close area – more bicycle stands?

One aspect which might benefit many areas on the Alton Estate is having bicycle stands as there seems to a shortage. Part of the regeneration focus is to improve bicycle access through the estate though what about for residents being able to store their bicycles?

The following photos are of a bicycle locked to railings near 73-95 Hersham Close. There seems to be space at this location for a few bicycle stands. What do readers think?

Maybe one for the Hersham Close Residents Association (HCRA) to request through the Small Improvement Budget (SIB)?

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Council Stands By Plans To Lease Roehampton Playing Fields (24 November 2017)

Wandsworth Borough Council (WBC) provides its view on the fate of the Roehampton Playing fields in the putneysw15 article ‘Council Stands By Plans To Lease Roehampton Playing Fields’. Councillor Jonathan Cook provides comments.

In the article there does not seem to be any mention of how this joins up with the Alton Estate regeneration as mentioned in the Roehampton Partnership.

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