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What do entry doors and water sprinklers have in common?

Introduction

The reason for raising entry door systems and what they have in common with water sprinklers has been raised a few times in recent weeks. The reason could be that if the reason for retro fitting water sprinklers is for security concerns and therefore fire safety fits within this, then surely the installation of entry door systems fits this security concern? Well, it shall be shown that this does not necessarily mean that at, well, at least for the moment.

An example

One of the 99 blocks proposed to have water sprinklers retro fitted, in recent memory, has had two surveys to ask whether it should have an entry door system. There may have been other attempts though we shall refer to 2010 and 2014. On both occasions the result was against the installation of an entry door system.

The first attempt – 2010

Below is the original survey and the result.

The first attempt – 2014

Below is the original survey and the result.

What did you notice?

There is no mention of any safety concerns being addressed………….so at what point is an entry door system not assisting with security and retro fitting water sprinklers is assisting with security?

What do you think?

Please leave a comment on the blog with your thoughts.

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Borough Council Election election results 2010, 2014 – 2018?

Local Council elections are coming soon, so it was considered that a trip down memory lane might be warranted. Below are the results from the past two elections for the Roehampton & Putney Heath ward. Do you see any familiar names?

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Roehampton Parish Hall (Cornerstone) – planning application

Some of may be aware of the Roehampton Parish Hall (also referred to as Cornerstone) planning application (2017/6304) and then again maybe not. It is for “Alterations in connection with temporary change of use of ground floor and part basement/first floor levels from non residentail institutions (Class D1) to office (Class B1); associated landscaping and provision of two dedicated accessible parking spaces. Installation of vehicle barrier. Provision of refuse/cycle storage”.

Communication with potential interested parties was poorly done for at least two reasons.

Confusion regarding the notification within the Weekly Planning notices. The application notice of 20th January 2018 listed planning application 2018/0073 which has the Applicant as ‘Housing and Regeneration, Room 217, Town Hall, Wandsworth High Street London SW18 2PU’ within the ‘Roehampton and Putney Heath’ ward on page 21. Therefore, it would not be unreasonable to assume that this planning application, listed in the Weekly Planning notice of 10th February 2018 as ‘Wandsworth Borough Council, Alton Regeneration Team, The Town Hall, Wandsworth High Street, London SW18 2PU’ would follow the same logic. However, this is not so, as this appears on page 56 under the section ‘Council’s Own Applic’ rather than on page 29 which is the ‘Roehampton and Putney Heath’ ward. Those interested in this application could have missed this.

Within the ‘Neighbours Details’ it does not appear to  list any properties from the Alton Estate, which further exacerbates the problem of poor communication. Shawford Court and Hersham Close should have been included for consultation due to their proximity.

Concerns about what will happen after the temporary use

This building was considering by local residents as being important enough to have this put forth as a locally listed building which happened on 8th October 2015. However, there is a concern with what happens after the three years expires. According to Section 1.1 of BNP Paribas Real Estate’s ‘Roehampton Parish Hall, Alton Road, SW15 4LF, Purchase Report, May 2015’ it states that “We understand that the Council is considering purchasing the freehold interest to enable it to provide decant space for occupiers that will be displaced as a result of the nearby Alton Estate regeneration scheme”. For further information review the whatdotheyknow article ‘Information regarding Cornerstone purchase’ .

The building was supported to be a locally listed building as it is important to the community and has been used for community use, an example being a hustings for Councillor candidates at the 2014 local elections. This planning application cannot be agreed to unless residents are permitted to understand what the post-temporary use will be and it should be for community use.

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Temple in grounds of Mount Clare, Minstead Gardens

Off the back of the article ‘Wandsworth (Conservation Area) Advisory Committee (9 January 2018)’ there were a couple of requests to add a photo of the Temple to the blog. A generous photographer from the Alton West part of the estate provided a picture, which is provided below. This picture was taken roughly in November 2014, note that even then this Grade II* monument was boarded up. In the photo you can see in the background the DARA Focus Hall.

 

Perhaps what is a little surprising is how long it has taken to start placing this monument on the radar for some needed attention. At the Putney Society organised event ‘Roehampton University and how it relates to the local community’ on 24 September 2015 the Temple was asked about and there was a mention of the Temple being Heritage at risk and that there had been some vandalism to it.

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Let’s Talk event – September 2016 – have you read the Minutes?

The Roehampton & Putney Heath ward has it’s Let’s Talk event in September 2016 and there was a good turnout, it’s shame that these Minutes have not been widely highlighted as being published. Additionally, when speaking with individuals on the Alton Estate a question that is raised it “Why do Councillors only ever do this once every two years?”. That’s an interesting question…….

The topics discussed were:

  • Unneighbourly behaviour
  • Regeneration
  • Streets
  • Roehampton University
  • Social services
  • Cleaning on Alton Estate

We are aware of people whom attended and don’t necessarily agree with some of items in how they were Minuted.

The following is worth highlighting due to the ongoing nature of concerns, this being section 4.

  1. Roehampton University

“Question/Comment – A resident said that he had contacted the planning service, without response, about the portacabins that had been erected without planning permission in the car park at Roehampton University facing Kimpton House. He said that the portacabins had been in place over 4 years and reduced on-site parking provision at the University that had been pushed out onto already busy roads such as Holybourne Avenue and Fontley Way. He suggested a survey by the University about staff and student parking during term and nonterm time to determine the impact of the portacabins and said that residents were being forced into accepting a CPZ because of University demands. Concern also raised that the University is ‘getting away’ with not following due process and who is auditing the process? A resident raised the issue of excessive noise emanating from the University portacabins that affected Kimpton House and ‘terrified’ some residents.     Response –  It was noted that an earlier planning application had been withdrawn but a revised one was due to be submitted including a transport assessment. A planning enforcement notice was still valid in respect of the unauthorised structures. Councillor Carpenter said that the University claimed that the portacabins did not reduce parking as the car park had been repainted to provide the same number of spaces as previously. He again advised residents to come along to the councillors surgeries to speak about any problems and if possible to attend the Roehampton Forum and Roehampton Partnership meetings. Councillor Ambache told the meeting that breaches of planning control should be reported to the planning service at the Town Hall and that, as a member of the Planning Applications Committee that would consider any application, he would not be able to ‘take a position’ on the matter but was listening to the related dialogue. He also confirmed that he was available to be contacted on any of the issues raised and this could be done in a variety of ways.

Councillor McKinney said that she understood the portacabin area to be the psychology department.

With the consent of the meeting, Rev. McKinney then spoke as a governor of Whitelands College to inform the meeting that some concerns had been expressed at the Roehampton Forum. He said that he would raise the issue of the noise with the college and also that as far as he was aware the portacabins would be removed as the need for them had now reduced”. 

To read the Minutes of this meeting, click on this sentence.

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12th September – Let’s Talk event in Roehampton

The last time this event was held in the Roehampton & Putney Heath ward was September 2014. At the time, the Council leader, Ravi Govindia was to Chair the event though he didn’t end up attending.

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This is a great opportunity to ask questions such as;

  • What is happening regarding major works on a block that you live in?
  • What is happening with the planning application for the portable cabins in Whitelands College?
  • What is happening about the Alton Activity Centre?
  • Whom is the Roehampton Partnership?
  • What is happening with regards to the demolition of buildings on the Alton East?
  • Will the regeneration mean higher or lower service charges for leaseholders not having their homes demolished?

For the full poster click on this sentence.

Details of the last event in September 2014

To find out more about what can be discussed at these meetings have a read of roeregeneration’s summary article – https://roeregeneration.wordpress.com/2014/10/05/our-comments-regarding-the-lets-talk-evening-29th-september

Note that there was a mention of a lack of consultation regarding the Alton East, sound familiar?

Also, the Minutes of the past meeting can be found by clicking on this sentence.

The newsletter from 2014 can be found by clicking on this sentence.

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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.

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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

Roehampton Forum Tuesday 12th May meeting

The following is a high level overview of some of the discussions that took place at the Roehampton Forum on the 12th May 2015. Hopefully you’ll find it of interest.

Revision to the Minutes of 6th March 2015

Comments had been received which needed reviewing though the Chair had not been able to review the comments for this evening’s meeting. Instead this will be set aside for the next meeting which is the 9th June 2015.

Roehampton Festival update

This is apparently going ahead on the 22nd and 23rd August this year. Hopefully we will hear more about this in due course……

Ibstock school theatre

This topic rumbles on. Apparently a “statement of community involvement” needs to be agreed with Wandsworth Council before the theatre is in use. The theatre should be finished in August or September.

A member of the Forum asked whether the Ibstock school wanted to be part of the community.

This could be one to keep an eye on to see how this develops………

Team Roehampton and the Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

The following are various aspects of what was discussed regarding the SPD. For any of the following information regarding the “Alton Estate” regeneration please refer to Team Roehampton for confirmation or their interpretation of what was discussed.

  1. Consultations

It was interesting that the slides produced by Team Roehampton mentioned three consultations. A “Baseline/Pre-consultation”, “Options Consultation” and the “Preferred Options Consultation”.

Why is this interesting? As apparently there was a consultation in October/November which was not mentioned in the presentation, and it is wondered how many of you on the Estate, or even locally, were aware of this presentation?

The following text is from the Council (though if you weren’t aware how do you comment?).

“The SPD boundary is set out in the Area Spatial Strategy for Roehampton in the Council’s Site Specific Allocations Document (SSAD).  As stated previously, this document was subject to consultation as part of the Local Plan Review in October/November 2014 and was submitted to the Secretary of State for Examination on 12 March 2015.  No one who made a representation on the SSAD commented on the boundary of the area which was drawn to reflect the area of study of the Alton Area Masterplan”.

  1. Wandsworth Guardian

Team Roehampton mentioned that an advert regarding the SPD was in the Wandsworth Guardian. This is the third Forum meeting in a row, not including the constitution meeting, that has mentioned the Wandsworth Guardian and yet it has not been mentioned in the Minutes of the first two meetings mentioned. When will this paper make its way to the Alton Estate…um, no, sorry, Roehampton?

  1. Freeholders, again missing

Interesting to note that for the resident’s offer, the presentation mentioned ‘resident leaseholders’ and ‘non-resident leaseholders’. So, the poor folks of Kingsclere Close are once again forgotten. To be fair, ‘freeholders’ were mentioned verbally by Team Roehampton……though why not in the presentation?

Please see the text below that was sent to the Chair of the Roehampton Partnership after the meeting of the 25th March 2015 which was along the same lines;

“5. Council as the landowner

Team Roehampton also mentioned that the choice of SPD was because the Council as ‘landowner’ has ‘more say’. Whilst Kingsclere Close was mentioned during the Roehampton Partnership, though for different purposes, how many at the Partnership would have picked up that there are freehold properties being demolished that are not owned by the Council. No Partnership member corrected this, and it is doubtful that many around table are aware of the freehold situation at all. Of the 28 properties, 23 are sold freeholds. This represents circa 7% of the properties that are to be demolished, which is not insignificant”

  1. Community facilities and infrastructure

One member of the Forum asked when will the community have a say on community facilities and infrastructure. It appears that this will not happen, and sliding panels between community groups in the new building was highlighted as not being good enough.

The Forum voted on writing to the Council regarding this topic.

  1. What makes the community so ‘unmixed’ and ‘unbalanced!?

A member of the Forum asked about SPD comments regarding for the need to make the ‘community’ ‘mixed’ and ‘balanced’ by asking what makes the current community so ‘unmixed’ and ‘unbalanced’? The question went largely unanswered.

  1. How can student housing be in the Town Centre when there is no support from residents at all?

This was a question posed to Team Roehampton and encouraged some debate.

Team Roehampton mentioned that it is difficult to reach the landlord when repairs are required. One has to go through the agent to the landlord. Well, this could happen with any property, whether or not it is rented by students. Also, my understanding is that the University rents many properties for its students from two landlords in the area, so I can’t imagine how difficult it is to raise this directly with them. Also, I wonder what these landlords think of the University’s lack of a challenge to this point by Team Roehampton?

One Forum attendee said that student housing will not prevent pepper potting of students on the estate. How will this be prevented? The Council has used this pepper potting comment a few times now, though there is no guarantee of pepper potting being stopped, how can this be enforced? Also, what is going to happen when the student cap is lifted?

There was some nervousness expressed by a University member when this went to the vote as to whether the Forum would write to the Council regarding this. There was a keenness not to have this go to a vote, supported by a comment along the lines of “success of the university will be a success for Roehampton”. So, not a success for the “Alton Estate”? Have a read of the Alton Regeneration Watch articles ‘A Distrust of Alton Questionnaires’ and ‘The Studentification of Roehampton’ which are within the ‘links of interest section’.

The university commented that 1,500 beds were required. So that means, the local community has to bear the brunt of this? Why not build more housing on its own land?

We may as well put up the Alton Estate “for sale” sign now……..

  1. What’s in it for the community and the people?

This question was raised at the Forum by a Labour Councillor, though a good question, this is being asked with little movement forward. This was raised at the December 3rd 2015 Roehampton Partnership and some six months later, this is still being discussed.

The basis of this is regarding the health, strength and education of the community and the need for an organisation which will represent this. One attendee mentioned that the Roehampton Partnership would be the place for this to happen, which is pie in the sky as this group barely advises on anything, rather it seems to be a good event for tea and biscuits and as one member of the public once referred to it as “a middle class back slapping exercise”.

  1. Barriers – in or out of the regeneration?

Well, Team Roehampton indicated that Danebury Avenue barrier seems to be left alone (well, at least for the time being) and that Highcliffe Drive barrier was still being looked into. So, folks in the Highcliffe Drive area, what do you think about that?

  1. Overall comment on the SPD

Whilst the presentation given by Team Roehampton was about the SPD and the core principles it consumed much of the allotted time and as a result did not leave much time for discussion about the content, and could have lead to more issues being voted on rather than two. This was an opportunity for the Forum to make a more valuable contribution regarding the SPD than what had been achieved.

Cornerstone discussion

Well, this was something……..and what a way to end the evening.

The topic of the Cornerstone was discussed and involved a discussion around its contribution to the community. Background was provided as to the sale or lease of it. Some background was that apparently it costs £7,000 a year in insurance, there was a nursery which walked away with six months of rent owing, and there was a look at sharing the space with Roehampton University.

Offers have been received for all three options which are (1) sell conditionally, (2) sell unconditionally and (3) lease. What needs to be considered is what Charity law describes as “best asset value”.

Now, the kicker, it was raised in the Forum that this building be a “locally listed building”. That seemed to come as a bit of a shock to the folk trying to sell or lease the Cornerstone, and then led to a discussion. At one point, one of the attendees was labelled as “rabble rousing”, which did not seem not justified, rather the views that were being expressed were representative of many in attendance and if that individual was “rabble rousing” then this would apply to all others that agreed with the listing???

There was little bit of to and fro with regards to the timings of whom informed whom of what and when, as there was a time lag in between when the Cornerstone was first raised as potentially being sold compared to when residents were finding out about this sale or lease.

So, we will see how this progresses over time though one thing to consider, when was the last time you saw an advert for the Cornerstone offering its services?

Links of interest (click the sentence below for the article)

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 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