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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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Quiz the Councillor candidates this week (18 April 2018)

The Putney Society is putting on the Hustings for local Council Elections. Roehampton & Putney Heath ward Hustings is this week;

“with candidates for the Roehampton and West Putney wards, will be held at 19:30 on Wednesday April 18th, 2018 in St Joseph Catholic Church, 215 Roehampton Lane, Roehampton SW15 4LD”.

The candidate’s details have been released and can be found by clicking on this sentence. Note that there seem to be a few local candidates.

This is an opportunity to ask some questions of the candidates such as their views on the regeneration, retro-fitting of water sprinklers, and to test their knowledge of local issues.

You may note that one of the three existing Roehampton & Putney Heath ward Councillors, Councillor Peter Carpenter, is not running for this ward, though is now running in West Hill. The timing of this could be its own question given that the building phase of the regeneration has started its way through the planning application process, this being the Bessborough Road/Petersfield Rise application (2017/6977) with more applications to come.

A local name that many will be familiar with is Reverend Jim McKinney who is running in West Putney.

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What’s impacting car parking on the Alton East?

With the Bessborough Road/Petersfield Rise planning application (2017/6977) now out for comments, this might be a time to remind readers what impacts car parking on the Alton East on the Alton Estate. Whilst the application itself may not interest the reader, it might be worthwhile reviewing this in context of the following which either do impact car parking on the Alton Estate or could do – (1) the current situation, (2) what has happened and (3) what is or might be coming.

  1. Current situation

Roehampton University does not provide car parking spaces for its students

Given the growth of Roehampton University within the ward is it not unreasonable for it to provide car parking spaces for its students. Let’s remember that Roehampton University code to place its campus within the Alton Estate and as such a question is whether it should be held responsible for some of the car parking issues on the Alton Estate, particularly in the Ibsley Gardens neighbourhood. It might even be viewed as slightly insulting to local residents that Roehampton University prefers to have portacabins in Whitelands College for teaching located on car parking spaces rather than used for cars.

This was a potential problem highlighted as far back as 2002 by The Putney Society, yet 16 years later this appears to be a problem that Councillors have yet to openly tackle?

Manresa neighbourhood

This is the area of the Alton Estate which covers the following areas on the Alton Estate closest to where these portacabins are. Presently, on a regular basis cars are parked on the grass and the area, at times, looks as though it has become a 4 Wheel Drive experience with the amount of grass turned into mud. Very recently the Estate Manager for the area has highlighted that bollards may be put in place by Farnborough House and this would add to the other recent bollard additions.

Local business has used free parking as part of its promotion

At least one business highlights free parking as a selling feature for its services. Do any other businesses do the same?

Parking occurs in front of drop kerbs on a regular basis

This has been frequently seen throughout the estate and parking tickets have been given. In fact, even Council cars have parked in front of drop kerbs.

Car parking is required for major works

An example was the major works for double glazing.

Heathmere School Keepers House, SW15 4LJ, planning application 2016/7179

This is being built right now on Alton Road. This is for 3 x two bedroom apartments and 3 x 1 bedroom apartments with no allocation for car parking.

  1. What has happened

66 Alton Road, SW15 4NJ, planning application 2017/3082

Almost directly opposite the Heathmere School Keepers House planning application was this recent planning application. This involved 24 new apartments and 12 car parking spaces to be provided. The planning application was withdrawn though this does not mean it is finished as the Roehampton University portacabin application was approved after three attempts.

Alton Youth Club, Dilton Gardens, SW15 4AT, planning application 2015/4004

There was an attempt to change the use of this building from a youth club to a nursery and it was withdrawn. A main objection was that the plan seemed to be inefficient with regards to how car parking would be handled.

  1. What’s coming, actual or possibly?

66 Alton Road, SW15 4NJ

It was mentioned earlier that the planning application was withdrawn though it may be attempted again.

Alton Youth Club, Dilton Gardens, SW15 4AT

At the Housing and Regeneration Overview and Scrutiny Committee, 14 September 2018, in Paper 17-268 about the Alton Estate Regeneration Project it states in Section 13 – “The Roehampton Youth Club will be relocated to an upgraded facility on the site of Dilton Gardens. The previous use of this facility was as a youth club but it has been unused for a number of years and is currently occupied by guardians. The Council’s Design Service is preparing a brief for the Dilton Gardens upgrade and officers from the Regeneration Team are having on-going discussions with the Youth Service”. The question is, what car parking will be needed to support this?

Pocklington Court, 74 Alton Court, SW15 4NN

A pre-application consultation was conducted recently (though not a lot of people are aware of it). This entails the following as per the Roehampton Voice Facebook page – “The plan is to build “42 Extra Care one bedroom apartments for rent and 55 one, two and three bedroom apartments for shared ownership or rent to buy”.

Conclusion

These may not be all of the items that have happened, could happen, or will happen, though it might peak reader’s interest in the current Bessborough Road/Petersfield Rise planning application consultation.

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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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Car parking and use of Section 106 – Alton East, of interest?

The Alton East is going through a growth and maintenance phase which some of you may or may not be aware of.

A planning application for 66 Alton Road has been put in which will turn it into 24 apartments (2017/3082) and you may wish to make a comment regarding this application.

This is hot on the heels of the planning application for Heathmere Primary School Keeper’s house (2016/7179) is to converted to six apartments with no car parking allowed for it (though the Council has assessed that up to six cars may need parking as the result of this application and where will they park?).

Other local events which might impacts on car parking or local infrastructure are;

What’s coming (actual and potentially);

What can be done?

Whilst not a definite, one Residents Association has been informed that it should consider a Controlled Parking Zone to solve its issues. If tried locally, then it would be anticipated that as the cars were pushed into other areas of the estate that a snow ball of CPZs would occur?

In some cases this might work, in that it would work towards mitigating non-resident student’s car parking on the estate if they are attending classes. The same would apply to anyone else who may decide to park on a temporary basis on the estate.

What it may not solve is the situation of car parking required for new buildings. For example, let’s say a development of flats needs 12 car parking spaces. When the CPZ is introduced then these 12 car parking spaces could be obtained. Though what if this could be future proofed?

One development in the ward restricts the residents of the block from applying for permits if there is a CPZ which is introduced. This could mean that by applying this restriction this could assist with protecting car parking spaces in future for those residents that live on the estate now.

What does this restriction look like?

On a best endeavours basis the clauses from the Section 106 (page 31) which was signed in conjunction with planning application 2012/1713 has been replicated below (apologies in advance for typing errors, though you can request a copy from the Council’s Planning team to double check the text for accuracy and in fact this is encouraged);

“Exclusion from Controlled Parking Zone

  1. The Owner covenants with the Council –

1.1   not to Occupy or permit any person to Occupy a Residential Unit unless and until such person has been given advance notice in writing of the provisions in paragraph 1.2 hereof either by way of a written letter or notice or by specific reference being made in a contract for sale and purchase and/or the associated title or marketing pack of information;

1.2   to ensure that all Occupiers are notified in writing that (unless they are holders of a Disabled Persons Badge) they are prohibited from applying for a residents parking permit to park a vehicle pursuant to the traffic management order operating in the vicinity of the Site;

1.3   to  ensure that all materials which they publish and any agreements entered into by the them or agents or for the purpose of selling or letting properties in the Development notify potential purchasers or tenants of the restrictions set out in paragraph 1.2 above; and

1.4   they and their successors in title to the Residential Units hereby waive all rights and entitlement on the part of the Developer and its successors in title to a residents permit to park in the vicinity of the Site (unless the Occupier concerned becomes entitled to a Disabled Person’s Badge).

An equivalent is also in place for Roehampton University’s residential students who live on campus (as per planning application 2016/5377).

At least if a CPZ comes into being this introduction of such a section could reduce some of the pressures of future competition for car parking on the Alton Estate.

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  • 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

Ibstock School planning application not approved though in use?

One thing is for sure, planning applications in the Roehampton & Putney Heath ward are not boring. First there was Roehampton University’s portacabin planning application (2016/5912) which was approved to the dismay of many local residents, though now there is the Ibstock School’s planning application 2015/5074 which might join the list of planning applications that goes within the “what is going on?” list.

Background

For a refresher of what this planning application was about the background is;

Background to the application is “The Performing Arts Centre (PAC) was due for completion at the end of August 2015. However, it is likely that the final fitting-out of the PAC will continue through to October. The School hopes to have its first production in the PAC in December 2015. The purpose of this submission is to quantify the increase in traffic likely to be caused by the opening of the PAC and its use by the local community and other organisations, and to describe the mitigation measures being put in place”.

Bear in mind that point 13 of the “Permission for Development” dated 11 June 2013 stated “Prior to commencement of the use of the Performance Arts Centre (PAC), details of proposals for the provision of access to the PAC’s facilities for the benefit of the local community, including local schools and clubs, shall have been submitted in writing to the Council for approval”.

What’s the current position?

The theatre is in use and this is seen via the school’s live events webpage. If you have a look at the moment there are tickets for £12 or £15 to see, amongst other events, either Peter Pan or Angels in America: Part One, Millennium Approaches.

However, according to the Council’s planning application website, this has not yet been approved bearing in mind this planning application was submitted in 2015.

Where is the theatre located?

In the Ibstock School by Danebury Avenue.

What’s been done?

A query was sent to the Planning application team on June 11th 2017 stating;

“according to the Council’s website planning application 2015-5074 has not yet been approved.

Can it be confirmed please that it has been approved”.

The response on June 20th 2017 was;

 “Discussions between the school and Council are ongoing and there is hope that the full programme for use of the facilities will soon be agreed. I have contacted the Council’s arts and culture team for further comment on the matter. If you contact me again in a week or so, hopefully I will have a more conclusive response”.

The following have also been informed;

  • The Roehampton Forum Management Committee
  • The Putney Society
  • Putneysw15
  • Roehampton & Putney Heath Councillors (one of which is on the Planning Application Committee)

Conclusion

It would be interesting to get reader’s thoughts which could be added to this article.

 Related articles of interest

Contact

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  • Peter Carpenter – pcarpenter@wandsworth.gov.uk
  • Jeremy Ambache – JAmbache@wandsworth.gov.uk
  • Sue McKinney – SMcKinney@wandsworth.gov.uk

Student car parking pressures on the Alton Estate, acknowledged in 2002?!

The recent fiasco with regards to the Roehampton University (planning application (2016/5912) to do with the portacabins resulted in a search of what was mentioned when the current student accommodation by Whitelands College was first being planned for. From planning applications 2002/3673 & 2002/3676 there are some interesting comments which hold true today, some 15 years later. Let’s have a look at some of the comments.

The Putney Society must have had a crystal ball as the comments about car parking seem to apply very much to the present.

The Green Travel Plan (page 49 of the Committee report)

How much of the following do you think is still current?

“The Green Travel Plan (GTP) includes a survey of the current travel modes by staff/students at the West Hill campus and the main Roehampton Lane campus. The GTP proposes the continuation of the University shuttle bus between the two campus sites but with increased frequency; display of bus information within the campus: interest free loans for staff to purchase public transport season tickets; negotiate discounts for staff/students with local bus operators; organise ‘ride home’ for staff; provision of a bus shelter with seating at Barnes Station; preparation of public transport leaflets; encourage cycling; install pedestrian signage; introduce a car share scheme for staff; promote home working and flexitime policy and, appoint a travel co-ordinator.”

Objection comment (pages 50-51 of the Committee report)

“Responses to scheme as originally submitted:

2 objections: increase in population creating more competition for already inadequate services. Loss of tress. Anti-social behavior from students. Loss of open space would further the Alton Estate decline. New blocks should be reduced in height by one storey. Provision of facilities for a ‘privileged group’ should be mirrored by similar facilities for the young people of Roehampton generally.”

The Putney Society (page 53 of the Committee report)

“Concerned that the proposed development will generate considerable demand for parking which will have a damaging impact on surrounding streets. A ‘Green Travel Plan’ is required.

 Applicants transport assessment is riddled with inaccuracies. No parking is provided for students. The assessment is very superficial and fails to note the extensive free parking space bays on the Red Route Roehampton Lane outside the main university campus (filled by students), the lack of such bays on the stretch of Roehampton Lane near Parkstead and the parking pressures which have arisen in the residential areas to the east of Roehampton Lane (no doubt caused by students) opposite the main campus site. There is real concern that the roads around the Parkstead site, on the Alton Estate, will be subject to serious parking pressures – and these roads are already heavily parked. The transport assessment fails to address this issue properly.”

The Putney Society (page 56 of the Committee report)

“The Putney Society – the society’s previous objections to the proposed destruction of the woodland area to the east of Parkstead House, much appreciated from outside the site, and its replacement by blocks of student accommodation, still stands. These blocks would cause environmental loss to the area adjoining the application site because of their scale and appearance. The blocks need to be reduced to three storeys. Concern at the likely demand for student parking on the streets surrounding the site still stands. The applicants have not addressed this issue seriously.”

Engineering services (page 57 of the Committee report)

“The number of staff at the site would be 184 and the number of students attending the site would 836 and based on this the level of parking in accordance with the Council’s Revised UDP would be 102 spaces for both staff and students. The development would provide accommodation for 317 students and 121 off street parking sspaces which will be restricted to staff use. This level of parking provision exceeds the Council’s standards but as the site is in a location with medium accessibility to public transport is probably acceptable. It is likely that some students will own cars and as they will not be permitted to park them within the development they will park on streets nearby. The applicant has been requested to supply an estimate of the number of cars generated by the development which would be parked on the streets around the development at various times of the day”.

Council’s comment (page 60 of the Committee report)

“At present, there is no operational residents parking scheme in the area and there is understandable concern that the proposed development could result in an overspill of parking into the surrounding area, particularly as the area is not particularly well served by public transport.

While a relatively intensive form of development, the level of on-site parking is limited given the site’s medium accessibility location. In this respect, the university, as with the main campus, continues to discourage the use of private cars by both students and staff. While the application includes a Green Travel Plan, there may inevitably be some additional pressure on parking in neighbouring roads”.

Roeregeneration conclusion

This was 14/15 years ago, and the car parking issues persist. What have the ward Councillors been doing about this problem during this time?

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