Monthly Archives: January 2019

Weekly Council Planning applications decisions (19 January 2019)

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 (page 33 & 51)

http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/downloads/file/13960/applications_week_ending_19_january_2019

Application Number: 2018/5791,

Application Number: 2019/0054,

Application Number: 2018/5012,

Decisions (page 20) – http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/downloads/file/13959/decisions_week_ending_19_january_2019

Application Number: 2018/5456,

For the most recent Weekly List of planning applications and decisions – http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/downloads/download/1326/full_list_of_weekly_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 – http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/info/516/view_planning_application_by_address_or_map/364/searching_planning_applications

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Seen the Alton Leaseholders sprinkler news?

Background

The Alton Leaseholders Association (ALA) has produced this newsletter. Have you seen it?

If you wish to contribute to the fund to challenge the Council’s move towards installing water sprinklers then please email the Association at – altonleaseholders@yahoo.com

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New trees for Hyacinth neighbourhood

Background

It had been noticed for sometime by the Stoughton Close/Greatham Walk/Ryefield Path Residents Association (SCGWRPRA) that there appeared to be areas where there used to be trees though they did not appear to have been replaced.

On the 23rd January 2018 three of those areas had trees planted.

Tree #1

This is located on Alton Road at – https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/51°26’47.6%22N+0°14’27.3%22W/@51.4465521,-0.2416682,188m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m14!1m7!3m6!1s0x48760edbdf531b71:0xe996a89ac85bdabb!2sGreatham+Walk,+London+SW15+4LP!3b1!8m2!3d51.4449043!4d-0.2405557!3m5!1s0x0:0x0!7e2!8m2!3d51.4465512!4d-0.2409278

Tree #2

This is located on Hyacinth Road at –

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/51°26’46.7%22N+0°14’27.3%22W/@51.4463067,-0.2416575,188m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m14!1m7!3m6!1s0x48760edbdf531b71:0xe996a89ac85bdabb!2sGreatham+Walk,+London+SW15+4LP!3b1!8m2!3d51.4449043!4d-0.2405557!3m5!1s0x0:0x0!7e2!8m2!3d51.4463073!4d-0.2409079

Tree #3

This is located on Hyacinth Road at –

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/51°26’46.1%22N+0°14’26.4%22W/@51.4461401,-0.2414118,188m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m14!1m7!3m6!1s0x48760edbdf531b71:0xe996a89ac85bdabb!2sGreatham+Walk,+London+SW15+4LP!3b1!8m2!3d51.4449043!4d-0.2405557!3m5!1s0x0:0x0!7e2!8m2!3d51.446139!4d-0.240671

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Alton Leaseholders meeting summary (7 January 2019)

Background

The Alton Leaseholders Association (ALA) was started late 2017 when leaseholders concerned by Wandsworth Borough Council’s approach to the handling of imposing the retro-fitting of water sprinklers was being handled. However, this was not the only concern expressed by leaseholders, for instance the handling of service charges has been another.

Please note that the following does not represent the official Minutes of the meeting, rather they are written from the aspect as an observer at the meeting.

Meeting and agenda

The meeting held on 7 January 2019 had the following Agenda items;

  1. Draft Minutes of the meeting 19th November 2018
  2. A review of the Council’s statement of case
  3. Progress of membership and how to grow
  4. Next steps
  5. Any Other Business

At this meeting there was good turnout of about 30-35 attendees and this was not only attended by concerned leaseholders, there were a council tenants who attended that are also concerned by the imposition of water sprinklers within their homes and, like the leaseholders, also do not wish to have the water sprinklers imposed on them.

1.Draft Minutes of the meeting 19th November 2018

This was agreed without comment.

2.A review of the Council’s statement of case

This was not well received by attendees. Some of thoughts on this were that this document was quite light on real reasons for the Council’s legal case. There was a letter from an MP dated December 2018 which was to support the Council’s case which seems to indicate that the Council is desperate in seeking information to support its case. There was only one deputation that was mentioned in the statement of case and the ALA has given two and there have been others which provided deputations. The Council has, it seems, not fulfilled the Tribunal’s directions, for instance, the category and type has not been fulfilled as rather than Type 2A and 2B being mentioned it only states Type 2.

Lawyers that have been previously approached are to be approached again to understand whether they would be willing to take the case, provide costs, and confirm how they would be willing to work with the ALA (as working with groups requires some negotiation with lawyers which is not new information and has been highlighted a few times at these meetings and with various groups that the ALA has been in dialogue with).

There were attendees that come to these meetings who have not been before that have not followed this situation in any detail, or they have only selected small slivers of the situation to peak their interest. It highlighted just how difficult it is for concerned leaseholders to work together as everyone seems to be at various understandings of the situation.

Sadly, there seems to be those that think that appearing once at a meeting, asking for information and not making a financial contribution is their only contribution. Too many times new faces appear at these meetings and seem to think that the ALA Management Committee (ALAMC) is in place to handle everything for the ALA and that they can delegate any and all actions to the ALAMC.

There was more that was said though for the rest you’ll need to approach the ALA and most likely attend its meetings.

3.Progress of membership and how to grow

Active members are, sadly, too few for an estate of this size. Very few seem to realise that if they do not wish to have water sprinklers imposed on them they will have to engage with leaseholders, at least with those in their block. More members = more funding.

The funding request is now to go beyond leaseholders and will extend to tenants. This will be supported with a letter drop to impacted blocks. There was an ask for volunteers to assist with this letter drop as well as with any language translations that might be required.

Sadly, it seems clear that despite the posters, the asks for speak to other leaseholders or residents about this, the articles in Roehampton Voice or the roeregeneration blog that there seems to be a real lack of understanding of what the situation is about and what it entails by far too many impacted leaseholders and council tenants.

4.Next steps

Political campaign was suggested and it was highlighted that Labour and Councillor Malcolm Grimston are seeking to have as many petitions as possible from the 100 impacted blocks. It was questioned to what degree this would benefit as, it was suggested that, many of the blocks are in Labour wards.

A suggestion was a uniform refusal to allow the Council’s contractors to enter the premises when the time comes, if it comes.

Door knocking of all 42 blocks in the ward is something the ALAMC are keen on though this volunteers and if it helps this could be done in pairs.

Conclusion

What seemed clear was that there are too many concerned leaseholders or tenants that are not prepared to assist the few that are prepared to spend time and effort on promoting the aim of the ALA in challenging the retro fitting of water sprinklers. Without more volunteers the Council seems to be on the path to victory unless others in the borough come up with their own effective game plan.

The ALA has a fighting fund which it is seeking to grow and it has a bank account where contributions can be paid into. Should you be interested in assisting please contact the ALA for details of the bank account – altonleaseholders@yahoo.com

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Live roof for recycling bins in Manresa area

Have you seen the live roof enclosure in the Manresa neighbourhood?

This area has had a history of being an area that was concreted and then not used for quite some time, then the recycling bins were moved with no prior notice to residents – https://roeregeneration.wordpress.com/2018/03/03/manresa-neighbourhoods-mysterious-moving-recycling-bins/

To make the area look a bit nicer the Kimpton House Residents Association (KHRA) suggested a live roof for the recycling bins. For some background the idea is along the following – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_roof .

The KHRA took this forward via the Small Improvement Budget (SIBs).

Before photos

This was the area in August/September 2018.

After photos

This is the area from January 2019.

What is SIB?

Rather than explain it in this blog have a read on the Council’s website – http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/info/200561/resident_involvement/1645/small_improvement_grants_for_housing_estates

When was this agreed?

It was agreed at the Western Area Housing Panel (WAHP) meeting of 17th July 2018 .

Where is this located?

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/51%C2%B026’50.4%22N+0%C2%B014’33.8%22W/@51.447337,-0.2434493,186m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m14!1m7!3m6!1s0x48760edbdf531b71:0xe996a89ac85bdabb!2sGreatham+Walk,+London+SW15+4LP!3b1!8m2!3d51.4449043!4d-0.2405557!3m5!1s0x0:0x0!7e2!8m2!3d51.4473366!4d-0.2427221

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Kimpton House Residents Association has its information board

It looks good and is being used by the Kimpton House Residents Association (KHRA). These boards are very useful for sharing information with residents of a building or neighbouring areas. This article is a little late though it’s understood it was installed late September 2018.

The KHRA took this forward via the Small Improvement Budget (SIBs).

What is SIB?

Rather than explain it in this blog have a read on the Council’s website – http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/info/200561/resident_involvement/1645/small_improvement_grants_for_housing_estates

When was this agreed?

It was agreed at the Western Area Housing Panel (WAHP) meeting of 17th July 2018 .

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Residents Association asks questions of the Council about sprinklers (part 2)

One Residents Association recently asked the Council some questions with regards to retro-fitting water sprinklers – https://roeregeneration.wordpress.com/2018/12/10/residents-association-asks-questions-of-the-council-regarding-water-sprinklers/

The follow up query with the Council and its answer are below.

However, with regards to Item #2 it is not clear how the Council proposes to work with leaseholders to accommodate the annual gas safety inspections?

Answer: Thank you. You will understand that it is too early in the process for the Council to have evolved a schedule of annual inspections for the fire sprinkler equipment. You may however be assured that we will aim to work as flexibly as possible with residents to ensure that the appointment is convenient. To avoid the need for multiple visits, it should be possible to arrange for this to coincide with any existing arrangement the leaseholder has in place for their own installations.

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