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Is it time Roehampton University provided car parking for its students?

Introduction

The situation regarding car parking on the Alton Estate is well documented and increasing pressures continue through new developments, though there has been one aspect which continues without any real action, and that is whether Roehampton University should provide car parking spaces for its students?

History has shown that the situation regarding Roehampton University students parking their vehicles on the estate is an issue (though to be clear is not the only issue with regards to car parking pressures).

The following provides some history of the concerns raised by residents;

2002 – Whitelands College student accommodation being built

The article ‘Student car parking pressures on the Alton Estate, acknowledged in 2002?!’ highlighted that even back in 2002 that car parking pressure might be created through student car parking in the area.

2005 – Yellow lines introduced in the area referred to above

In the article ‘History of the yellow lines on Holybourne Avenue…’ it is highlighted that yellow lines were introduced due to student car parking pressures in that area.

2015 – Putney Society event at Roehampton University

In the article ‘Roehampton University and how it relates to the local community 24th September – some comments’ there was mention of such car parking pressure.

2016 – Roehampton University acknowledges car parking pressures

In the article ‘Roehampton University planning application 2016/5377’ the University itself acknowledges that in Roehampton there is car parking pressure.

2018 – Controlled Parking Zone being attempted in Roehampton

In the article ‘Dover House Estate Conservation area tries for CPZ’ it can be seen that one of the reasons offered for the ask of a CPZ is students parking in the area.

Summary

It can be seen that this issue has been a concern to residents in Roehampton and it might seem that the ostrich firmly has its head in the sand in terms of dealing with this?

Caveats

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History of the yellow lines on Holybourne Avenue…

Introduction

Have you ever noticed the yellow lines on Holybourne Avenue? The intersection of Bordon Walk and Whitelands College has them as well as along the Avenue. The following four photos highlight the yellow lines.

Have they always been there?

No, these lines have not always been there. In fact, this history of these yellow lines were highlighted in a correspondence with the Council’s Traffic and Engineering team back in 2017. The following is an extract from that correspondence;

“I can however advise that the waiting restrictions at the junction of Bordon Walk and Holybourne Avenue were introduced in late 2005, following complaints from local residents about obstructive parking in Holybourne Avenue by students attending Roehampton University.

Several surveys were undertaken during 2005 which confirmed that some vehicles were parking in inappropriate locations in Holybourne Avenue, including at its junctions with Bordon Walk and Laverstoke Gardens, close to the main vehicular entrance to the Roehampton University site and at the entrance to the Holybourne Day Centre / Huntercombe Roehampton Hospital, thereby causing safety, traffic flow and vehicular access issues, particularly for emergency services vehicles.  The then Director of Technical Services felt that some sections of yellow line Waiting Restriction were necessary at these locations to prevent this obstructive parking, which not only reduced road safety, but also potentially prevented emergency services vehicles accessing these large off road sites”.

Was this not highlighted as possible concern?

Yeap, seems to have been highlighted as a concern back in 2002 by The Putney Society (TPS) which is covered off in the blog article ‘Student car parking pressures on the Alton Estate, acknowledged in 2002?!”.

Isn’t there a regeneration starting soon?

Sure is, and it will be interesting to see what happens with the traffic. A very recent example on the ARW Twitter account highlighted the virtual standstill on the Avenue.

Summary

The parking problem on the Alton Estate seems to a slow build up of issues which seems that no one wishes to tackle or possibly goes in the ‘too difficult’ pile?

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Naughty car parking

As part of the ongoing concerns about car parking, it was thought this blast from the past might be worth highlighting.

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Dover House Estate Conservation area tries for CPZ

  1. Introduction

At the Community Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee (CSOSC) of 21st June 2018 a Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) in the Dover House Estate Conservation area was discussed.

  1. What was this CPZ all about?

Summary taken from Paper 18-212:

“Petitions were received in July 2016 from some residents of Crestway and Huntingfield Road, SW15 (West Putney) reporting parking problems caused by an influx of non-resident drivers and requesting the introduction of parking controls to address parking difficulties.

Authority was obtained to carry out a consultation with residents in Crestway, Huntingfield Road, The Footpath, Vanneck Square, Dover House Road (between Crestway and Upper Richmond Road), Torwood Road, Greenstead Gardens, Henty Walk, Parkstead Road, Sunnymead Road, Laneway, Hobbes Walk, Putney Park Lane, Pleasance Road, Hawkesbury Road, The Pleasance, Newnes Path, Marrick Close, Swinburne Road, Gibbon Walk, Lysons Walk to ask for their views on the present parking conditions and on whether they would like a CPZ to be introduced in these roads.

The outcome of the consultation showed that the majority of respondents did not support the proposal and the report recommends that CPZ controls are not introduced”.

From paragraph 4, this provides some background which many on the Alton Estate are only too aware of.

“This scheme was considered following the receipt of requests from residents to address the parking problems said to be caused by hospital staff and visitors associated with nearby Queen Mary’s University Hospital as well as students at Roehampton University.  Since parking on the highway in the Dover House Estate area remains free and unrestricted, it is likely that many of the parking problems currently being experienced by residents are caused by the same groups of drivers who have spilled over into the next available uncontrolled area”.

  1. What was the feedback?
  • Only 391 out of 1,411 responded, which is 28%.
  • Yes = 47%, No = 46%, No opinion = 6%
  1. Recommendation

From paragraph 24 of Paper 18-212;

“Having considered all matters that are relevant as outlined in this Paper, including the outcome of the consultation, and the assessment against the obligations imposed by the RTRA 1984, it is recommended not to progress the petitioners’ request to introduce a CPZ in the highway sections of the Dover House Estate Area”.

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Roehampton High Street – provide your feedback regarding CPZ extension

If you haven’t seen it, please get your comments in regarding the proposed Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) extension for Roehampton High Street.

Comments must be received by Monday 18 June.

Please have a think about how this might impact the Alton Estate for if a CPZ is agreed there, will cars then park on the Alton Estate?

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Labour, don’t you think the latest campaign material is off the mark?

Have you read the latest campaign material from the Labour Council candidates?

The question should be asked whether they are in touch with the ward?

Let’s start with the first page….

Who is Claire Gilbert?

Has anyone else noticed that one of the ward Labour Councillors has silently disappeared from the Roehampton radar and popped up to campaign in West Hill ward for a seat? Check out the Twitter link which proves this – https://twitter.com/angelamireland/status/985479887111753728 . There’s been no farewell, no thanks for the memories, no “Thank you Roehampton & Putney Heath for having elected me in 2010 and 2014 and it has been a pleasure serving the community for eight years”.

Then the potential replacement, Scott Couldridge, came and went, with no explanation. Bye Scott, it was a pleasure knowing you……..sorry, who were you again?

Now, we have Claire Gilbert, who attended The Putney Society Hustings on 18 April 2018 and did not contribute much to the discussed topics. Hmmmm……”Claire has immersed herself into the community and the issues our residents face”. Really, this leaflet is the first many residents have heard of Claire……..

House price and rent comment

Let’s take the comment, “In Roehampton the average rent for a 3 bedroom house is £1924 per month and the average price for a 3 bedroom house is over £609,000”. Okay, what’s the reason for using these figures (and where did they come from). A three bed maisonette on the Alton Estate does not go for these figures….

The following is an example of a 3 bedroom maisonette on the Alton Estate which is £1,600 per month.

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Source: Zoopla 28 April 2018

The following is an example of a 3 bedroom maisonette on the Alton Estate which is for sale at £385,000.

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Source: Zoopla 28 April 2018

Now for the second page………..

If elected, the Labour Party commits to the following;

  1. Low Council Tax with the right values,
  2. Build more genuinely affordable homes,
  3. Cleaner air, greener and safer neighbourhoods,
  4. Guarantees bin collections and improvements to recycling, and
  5. High quality schools.

Hmmm…..no mention of (for example)………..the following local concerns…………………;

  1. Retro-fitting water sprinklers,
  2. Alton Estate regeneration,
  3. Make sure the Roehampton University portacabins are removed in just under two years,
  4. Work with those dissatisfied residents whom had double glazing installed,
  5. How they will assist those residents who have been hit by large service charge bills (notably through installation of double glazing) and will be further pressured by retro-fitting water sprinklers,
  6. The constant fly tipping on the Alton Estate, and
  7. Actually doing something about car parking pressures.

Let’s see what the 3rd May Local Borough Council elections hold for us.

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Did you see the new(ish) car parks in Hersham Close?

For those of you on the Alton East, hopefully you’ve seen the much improved area by the electricity sub-station located by Hersham Close 73-95 & 41-71. It has taken a lot of time and effort by the Hersham Close Residents Association (HCRA) working with both of the Council’s Estate Manager and the Resident Participation Officer to make the unloved area around the sub-station look presentable and contribute to the local community through two new car parking spaces. All of this was achieved through the Small Improvement Budget (SIB).

How it was…..

The following pictures highlight an area which was unloved and allowed to grow wild. It was also used by some people as an area for fly tipping.

Then the car parks….

Early in 2017 two car parks were created.

Then the new grass….

At the start of 2018 new grass was laid down. It’s a wonderful example of what can happen when local residents work with the Council.

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