Labour – Sprinkler Installation and Application to FTT by Wandsworth Council (27 August 2018)

The below is an update from Councillor Claire Gilbert which was was received on 27 August 2018 with regards to the proposed retro-fitting of water sprinklers in 10+ storey blocks in the Wandsworth Borough Council ward.

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From: Claire Gilbert

To: claire gilbert

Sent: ‎Monday‎, ‎August‎ ‎27‎, ‎2018‎ ‎09‎:‎45‎:‎58‎ ‎AM‎ ‎BST

Subject: Sprinkler Installation and Application to FTT

Dear all,

I am contacting you further to my email below of 22nd August 2018, with further information regarding Wandsworth Council’s application to the First Tier Tribunal (FTT) regarding the issue of charging Leaseholders in high-rise blocks for installation of sprinklers. As you will know, the Council’s application applies only to Leaseholders in the 99 blocks which have been identified by the Council (the majority of which are 10 or more storeys). Therefore it is that group which is the focus of this email and the attached documents.

Support for Council Tenants

Some of you will be speaking to residents in your area who are council tenants, and therefore not part of the FTT case. I would strongly encourage all Council Tenants in affected blocks, who are also very much affected by Wandsworth Council’s policy on sprinklers, to contact their ward councillors with their views about sprinkler installation. I am also very happy to receive such comments from all wards, as a member of the Housing Committee.

Support for Leaseholders

I attach to this email two documents. The first is a letter from ward councillors in Roehampton & Putney Heath to Leasehold residents in affected blocks about the Council’s application to the FTT, and the policy position taken by Labour locally. We will be endeavouring to deliver the letter in hardcopy to all affected residents in the ward over the coming week.

 

 

 

As you will see in the letter, we are holding an open meeting on Sunday 2nd September from 7pm at the Alma Pub, 499 Old York Road, Wandsworth SW18 1TF. I very much hope that you will come. The meeting will be conducted by Councillor Paul White, leader on Housing issues for Labour locally, with ward councillors for Roehampton, West Hill, Queenstown, St Mary’s Park and others attending. We very much look forward to hearing your views about this issue and the Council’s approach.

(You will also be aware from my last email about the meeting at which sprinklers will be discussed by the Council’s Housing & Regeneration Oversight & Scrutiny Committee on 13th September at 7:30pm).

The second document attached to this email is a template letter which residents may find helpful if they wish to request more time from the FTT to provide their response to the correspondence that has been sent out to date. I have prepared this template in light of the number of people who contacted me with concerns about the deadlines set out in the FTT’s correspondence. I’m afraid that I cannot say one way or the other whether the FTT would offer more time upon such a request – that is something wholly within its discretion under the Tribunal rules. However, those who feel under pressure may wish to use this template to ensure that their voice is heard on this point.

 

** Although I am a lawyer by profession, I am not an expert on the FTT or matters of property law. I’m afraid that I cannot provide any resident or RA with legal advice on this matter (or indeed any other matter) as it would not be permitted within my professional conduct rules. I therefore cannot recommend or advise any particular step to be taken by residents. However, I am very keen to support residents with having their views heard and with suggestions as to how they might wish to ensure that they participate in the FTT process.

Finally, I would urge you please to sign our petition to have your say and keep up to date with what’s going on. The petition can be accessed online at Battersea.laboursites.org/sprinklers where you will also find updates on this issue as it progresses. Labour Councillors will be out speaking to residents with hardcopies of the petition at various events over the coming weeks.

I hope that you will contact myself, Sue and Jeremy if you have further questions or comments regarding Roehampton & Putney Heath. For other wards, I am also very happy to receive comments and provide support as far as possible.

We very much look forward to seeing you at the Roehampton Festival on 1st September (2-7pm), at the open meeting about sprinklers on 2nd September (7pm), and/or at the Housing & Regeneration OSC on 13th September 2018 (7:30pm).

With kind regards,

Councillor Claire Gilbert

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