Councillor Gilbert water sprinkler update (20 May 2019)


The below is an email received from Councillor Claire Gilbert regarding water sprinklers received on 20 May 2019.



From: Claire Gilbert <>

Date: Mon, May 20, 2019 at 3:23 PM

Subject: Sprinklers – Update + Alton Regeneration Petition – If you agree, please share and please sign?

To: claire gilbert, Fleur Anderson

Dear all,

Sprinklers Update

I write to provide you with a brief update on Sprinklers, following the last public meeting which took place on 7th May.

The meeting was well attended, and again lots of residents asked questions about the Council’s policy and how it has developed since last summer when the Council started its legal case. Councillors White, Grimston and I spoke at the meeting. I provided an update on the current status of the case, and what the next steps will be from the Tribunal.

Thank you very much to all who attended and who sent questions and comments recently. It is clear that this issue remains high on the agenda for affected residents, and it went on to dominate a quite contentious “Let’s Talk”  meeting on 15th of May in Roehampton. (The Let’s Talk meetings are convened by the Council approximately every 2 years in each ward of the Borough, and are chaired by the Leader of the Council, Cllr Govindia. Cllr Govindia received a number of very clear complaints and critiques of the Council’s sprinkler policy last week in Roehampton, and I will be following up with him as to how he will respond to the points which were made). 

The key headline  in the Tribunal case is that the Council must respond to the Tribunal by 31st May setting out why it says that its case should not be Struck Out. Many residents have not seen the Strike Out Application which was submitted by HPLP (a law firm representing a small group of residents). It had not been noted by the Tribunal, the Council or HPLP that the application would not have reached residents – yet another example of the poor communication in this case. I have now had confirmation that my request for the Strike Out Application by HPLP to be put on the Council’s website has been granted, and that the Council must do this by 31st May. If you have any difficulty finding it, please let me know, as it is important that you are able to see the legal arguments which have been made so far.

As discussed on 7th May, I made a request on behalf of residents for the next hearing in this matter to be held in Wandsworth Town Hall so that they can attend and hear the arguments, but not have to travel to the other side of London. This request has now also been granted. The Strike Out hearing is likely to be held over two days in November or December 2019, with further directions being issued by the Tribunal in September.

However, if anything different arises coming out of Wandsworth’s reply at the end of this month, I will write to you again.

Please do continue to let me know if you have questions about this case, or do contact your ward councillors if you are not in Roehampton. It is also worth writing to Councillor Govindia to make your views known to him directly, if you have not already done so. Councillor Paul White is the opposition speaker on Housing issues, and both he and Councillor Grimston, would be grateful to be copied, as would I.

Affordable Housing and Alton Estate Regeneration

I hope that you will not mind my also contacting you regarding the proposed Regeneration of the Alton Estate in Roehampton, which is likely to go ahead later this year, leading to the demolition of much of the estate and the provision of new buildings and homes on Council-owned land. This is an issue affecting the whole Borough as over £100m of the Council’s reserves are to be used for this project, and therefore it is important that residents receive a good deal in return. 

If you would rather not be contacted about this issue, that is of course fine.

For those who are interested, a petition has been created by the Labour Housing Team seeking a better deal for Roehampton in the proposed Regeneration, including more genuinely affordable housing, better transport links, more and better youth facilities and a space for community groups. If you agree that a better deal should be sought, please click on the link below and sign the petition, which will be given to the Mayor in the coming weeks when the planning application is submitted.

If you have any questions about this issue, please let me know.

With kind regards,

Councillor Claire Gilbert



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  1. Pingback: Have you seen the application to strike out the water sprinklers? | roeregeneration

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