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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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 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;

Or email your local Member of Parliament at;

For a different view of Roehampton, especially the Alton Estate

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2016 blog entries

Housing Moves & Mobility Open Evening – Thursday 3rd March 2016 4.30-7pm – Boyd Court

“This event is tailored for downsizing council tenants and for those council tenants whose Housing Benefit has been reduced due to having a spare bedroom”. 

Gov.uk – Implementation of planning changes, technical consultation

“This consultation is seeking views on the proposed approach to implementation of measures in the Housing and Planning Bill, and some other planning measures”. Also, worth a read as this consultation refers to brownfield sites.

Clean for the queen community event

Community clean up event.

Save Our Centre public meeting, Monday 21 March, 6pm, Alton Estate

Read about the next meeting being held regarding the Alton Activity Centre.

Standard article – Wandsworth Council planners get a specific mention

This mentions how many towers are going up in Wandsworth and makes one think what will happen with the Alton Estate.

Alton Activity Centre – what the heck is going on?

So much activity has been going on with regards to the Alton Activity Centre and this blog attempts to aggregate the various actions and views that have been circulating.

Films4U – West Side Story 13th February

Hopefully you were able to attend.

Is your block one of the ones having the ‘Window renewal external & communal decoration’ major works?

This article provides some background experience of what happened in the Ibsley neighbourhood with regards to major works which involved windows being upgraded from single glazed to double glazed. It includes suggestions as to what leaseholders may be interested in knowing.

Regeneration documents of interest

On a best endeavours basis, efforts will be made to have this section updated with various documents to do with the regeneration, such as the Alton Area Regeneration News.

Roehampton December 2015 crime figures and learn where you can get them from

Much has been made of crime figures in Roehampton and this article provides an opportunity to explain where you can obtain these figures from and how to sign up to receive these figures in your inbox.

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

End of university student cap helps Unite fill more rooms – CityAM

Linking in with a previous roeregeneration  article titled ‘Alton regeneration – student housing progress’ and the Alton Regeneration Watch article ‘The Studentification Of Roehampton’ is a recent article within CityAM titled ‘End of university student cap helps Unite fill more rooms’.

In short, the article highlights that student housing is big business and will benefit from the lifting of the university student cap.  Makes you think what’s going to happen to the Alton area given it services both Roehampton University and Kingston University…………

The article is outlined below;

“Britain’s largest student digs provider Unite saw profits jump by 44 per cent last year after government measures to remove the cap on the number of students universities can admit helped boost room reservations.The FTSE 250-listed company, which has 43,000 beds across the UK, said net asset value per share rose 13.6 per cent to 434p last year, thanks in part to a 3.3 per cent increase in rents on a like-for-like basis.

A record 512,000 students were awarded university places in September, up four per cent on the previous year, after changes set out in 2013’s Aut­umn Statement meant universities were able to admit an extra 30,000 students per year.

The cap will be removed altogether this year, which is expected to fuel further growth in student numbers seeking admission and boost demand for rooms, Unite chief executive Mark Allan said.

Room reservations for September are already three per cent ahead of last year at 65 per cent capacity.

Unite plans to deliver an extra 4,400 bed spaces over the next three years to meet demand, with 32,000 being built across the sector as a whole”.

 

Source: http://www.cityam.com/210102/end-student-cap-helps-unite-fill-more-rooms

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