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Roehampton Partnership (21 November 2017) – comments from the gallery

This meeting of the Roehampton Partnership (RP) was rather underwhelming according to one attendee’s view. The following comments relate to that attendee’s view and obviously others that attended may have a different view of the following contents.

  1. Apologies for absence

There were many attendees that were absent, including the Chair and Vice Chair, and Councillor Mrs Steffi Sutters was the Chair for this evening. There were at least nine absences plus two roles which have not yet been filled.

Interesting, the representatives from University of Roehampton and University of Roehampton Student Union did not attend. This non-attendance was noticed and will be commented on later in this article though bear the following meeting dates in mind when considering this;

  • 21 September 2016 – University of Roehampton attended
  • 23 November 2016 – University of Roehampton Student Union attended
  • 15 March 2017 – University of Roehampton Student Union attended
  • 14 June 2017 – was cancelled.
  • 26 September 2017 – neither attended.
  • 21 November 2017 – neither attended.
  • 14 March 2018 – date of next meeting

In other words, if the University of Roehampton attends the meeting of 14 March 2018 that would be almost one and a half years between attending meetings, and one year for the University of Roehampton Student Union.

  1. Declarations of Interest

There was none.

  1. Minutes – 26th September 2017

Hersham Close Residents Association (HCRA) mentioned the following regarding;

  • Matters Arising – the follow up to be provided by Ibstock School was not given though the HCRA asked for this after the meeting.
  • Alton Area Regeneration – it was their suggestion to have Paper 17-268 included within the meeting which was taken up by the Chair.
  • Future Agenda Items – there was no mention of the request to include the retro-fitting of water sprinklers within tall buildings and that this was declined by the Chair.
  1. Alton Area Regeneration

There was quite a bit mentioned under this section.

The Redrow PR team, Communications Potential, apologised that Redrow could not attend due to some reason or other. Interestingly, Redrow did not appear at the Western Area Housing Panel (WAHP) of the 4 December 2017 either due to conflicting schedules. Given Redrow are about to begin work on a major regeneration in the area one might think more effort by Redrow to appear at such meetings may not too much to ask. The PR team provided some information regarding how many people attended the recent exhibitions and the feedback from them.

HCRA raised the issue that not all residents were aware that the Bessborough Road Consultation was held on 15 November 2017. It turns out that Councillors Peter Carpenter and Jeremy Ambache were not aware either of the event though Councillor Sur McKinney commented she was aware. HCRA asked whether this consultation would be presented at the RP and the silence appeared to indicate this was not going to happen.

HCRA also mentioned that various related regeneration items should be raised at the RP and were currently not, these being the Bessborough Road Consultation, Council Papers such as 17-268, and the Environmental Impact Assessment. A Council representative highlighted that we could comment on the planning application, which seemed to defeat the purpose of this advisory group and might be a bit late in terms of providing any feedback?

Councillor Ambache suggested that all regeneration documents should come to the RP first before going to the various Council Committees though this did not garner much support, even from Councillors Carpenter and McKinney. One might argue that this makes sense given the RP’s role?

  1. Public Health Regeneration

There was a short presentation though it seems as though there has not really been any substantial move forward on this topic or ‘social regeneration’.

The HCRA suggested that it might be worthwhile reaching out to Wandsworth Voluntary Sector Co-oridnation Project Manager who provides regular useful updates on grants and health initiatives. To which the presenter commented that she was to meet with this team the following week. The HCRA also suggested that it might be worthwhile having a Roehampton based such distribution, accepting that not all residents on the Alton estate have internet access, though this might be useful.

  1. Transport for London (TfL)

TfL did not attend.

  1. Future Agenda Items

None were mentioned.

  1. Future Meeting Dates

HCRA asked if there was a reason for five meetings dates next year when there are usually four. A person from the Council mentioned that one could always be removed. HCRA followed up with an ask about whether these dates linked in with events next year as this may have been the case for the extra date. The answer from the Council person was that there was likely an error in producing the dates.

The Roehampton Forum member asked if any of these meetings could be held at the University of Roehampton as then it might attend a meeting.

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Lease newsletter – June 2017

There are a lot of leasehold properties on the Alton Estate. If you are not aware of LEASE, then maybe you should have a read of their newsletters.

The latest newsletter has the following articles;

  • Service charges – be careful when agreeing to pay
  • Pet owners: have you read and understood your lease?
  • Recovering the costs of improvements
  • Service charge disputes during lease extension and collective enfranchisement claims
  • New Minister of State for Housing and Planning
  • LEASE new Board members
  • The million-dollar service charge reduction: The latest round of Phillips v Francis
  • Dealing with high ground rents
  • Government publishes estimate of number of leasehold dwellings in England in 2014-15
  • Law Commission Final Report on Event Fees
  • New advisers at LEASE

For past newsletters:

Click this sentence to learn more about LEASE.

Related articles:

Contact

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Or email us to join the (almost) weekly newsletter which tries to highlight what’s been happening in Roehampton.

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 your local Member of Parliament at;

  • Justine Greening – greeningj@parliament.uk

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Roehampton Partnership – 21st September

This Wednesday sees Roehampton Partnership in action, well of sorts. It is anticipated that the proposed constitution (i.e. the Terms of Reference) will be accepted with minimum fuss and provide a greater linkage into the Council (which might mean more control, read the Alton Regeneration Watch article referred to below titled ‘RIP the Partnership in ‘Roehampton Partnership’?’

The Agenda, in brief, is as follows;

  1. Apologies for absence
  2. Declarations of interest
  3. Notes of the meeting held on 28th June 2016
  4. Matters arising
  5. Roehampton Citizens Advice Bureau
  6. Roehampton Outdoor Arts Movement
  7. Alton Area Regeneration
  8. Review of the Roehampton Partnership Constitution/Rules for Conducting Business
  9. Future Agenda Items
  10. Dates for Future Meetings
  11. Date of next meeting

For your interest please find below the following;

The Agenda of the 28th June meeting, in brief, highlighted the following;

  1. Apologies for absence
  2. Declarations of interests
  3. Notes of previous meeting
  4. Matters arising (covered topics such as Publication of Partnership Papers, Crossing at ASDA, Roehampton Festival, Ibstock Place School, The Cornerstone, Alton Activity Centre)
  5. Review of the Roehampton Partnership Constitution
  6. Social regeneration in Roehampton
  7. Alton Area Regeneration
  8. Any Other Business
  9. Future Agenda Items
  10. Date of Next Meeting

A series of questions have been asked of the Council regarding the proposed amendments to the Terms of Reference and the response to date has been underwhelming. They are both Freedom of Information asks and can found within the section ‘Related documents/articles of interest’.

Related documents/articles of interest

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 us to join the (almost) weekly newsletter which tries to highlight what’s been happening in Roehampton.

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

For a different view of Roehampton, especially the Alton Estate

Alton Regeneration Watch website – http://www.altonwatch.org.uk/page5.html

Alton Regeneration Watch Twitter – https://twitter.com/altonwatch

Putney Labour – Roehampton News (June-July 2016 edition)

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Some comments…..

June/July edition

True, the author of this article received this edition some point from 29th July to 14th August.

Alton Activity Centre Closed

Great to see the petition still going, though how many signatures are signed up and what’s next? Roehampton & Putney Heath ward Councillors raised this at the Roehampton Partnership, had the motion passed, then what?

Sue supports Roehampton community groups

Whilst this is important, there is no mention of what is happening with the community group in the Alton East whose community centre is to be demolished as part of the “Alton West” regeneration. Has this community group been engaged to understand whether they are fine with what is being proposed?

Alton East developments

This is gaining traction and there is no mention of it. Disappointing.

Related documents/articles of interest:

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 us to join the (almost) weekly newsletter which tries to highlight what’s been happening in Roehampton.

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 Partnership – 28 June 2016

  • Roehampton Partnership meeting
  • When Tuesday 28th June
  • Time: 7pm
  • Where: Whitelands College (Ruskin Room), University of Roehampton, Holybourne Avenue, Roehampton SW15 4JD.

For the Agenda go to folder – 20160628 (28 June 2016)

For the draft Minutes of the meeting 15 March 2016 go to folder – 20160315 (15 March 2016)

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 us to join the (almost) weekly newsletter which tries to highlight what’s been happening in Roehampton.

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

Labour’s Roehampton Newsletter June-July 2015

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Hopefully you have received the June-July Labour Councillor newsletter. This newsletter seems to have a lot of context which this blog has been referring to as well.

Crime rates are going down……..overall…..

Yes, this blog highlighted this recently in a May article about the use of crime figures in the Council’s Supplementary Planning Document.

Have a read of “SPD Paragraph 2.9 Community safety”.

Labour promotes Residents Association……since when?

Hang about, in just a year of going to both the Roehampton Forum and the Roehampton Partnership, our Labour Councillors have not promoted the benefits of a Residents Association. Only at the Let’s Talk event last year did they seem to take some interest, and that was as the result of a member of the public commenting on the restrictive membership policy. If promoting them, then the success rate is low.

Hmm……this blog has been promoting Residents Associations.

Click on the below sentences to read more.

Student housing to go somewhere other Danebury Avenue Town Centre?

The newsletter states – “Consideration of locations other than the Danebury Avenue town” centre for additional student Accommodation”.

Hmmm…….have a read of this……..”Alton regeneration – student housing progress” as it highlights that it was not a popular choice in the first place, so why did it take so long for our Councillors to speak up on this??

Health care provision…

Labour states that “Incorporation of the requirements for additional educational and health-care provision into the plans. A clear indication of the phasing of the development and the timescale over which it will be carried out”. Hmmm….this too has been referred to in this blog, “What health benefits will the Alton regeneration bring”.

Highcliffe Drive barrier

Okay, Danebury Avenue barrier is still in favour of being closed, though those of you interested in Highcliffe Drive barrier, make your voices heard.

Conclusion

Maybe our Councillors are starting to listen…..Also, maybe it’s time for some new photos, as I think they’ve used some of these before……time to check the past leaflets…

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

£1.3m facelift for Putney Vale estate

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Well done to Putney Vale on having this £1.3m facelift and this is testimony to what can be done with an active Residents Association. It’s been mentioned to me that the number of properties in this Residents Association is about 300.

If that is the case, then that would be the equivalent of six tower blocks on the Alton Estate. The Manresa neighbourhood has six towers – Crondall House, Kimpton House, Chilcombe House, Somborne House, Farnborough House, Rushmere House – each with 48 flats, which makes 288 altogether. The Alton Estate has something like 3,300 properties yet there is a lack of such a strong Residents Association, or one as large as the one on Putney Vale.

Come folks, let’s see some RAs get off the ground and make things happen.

Other comments regarding this issue of Homelife

Another read of this magazine might be in order. There’s a lot of gloating about the Council’s housing progress, yet there didn’t seem to be any mention of any property sale values. If anyone did see any sale figures, please let us know.

Page 13 gives the Alton a plug in the bottom right hand corner, regarding residents taking part in a bag printing workshop.

Related document or documents of interest

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