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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?

Caveats

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Norstead Place cattle trough – the end of the story

For those of you that remember there was a cattle trough at the intersection of Roehampton Lane an Norstead Place which The Putney Society (TPS) was trying to have locally listed. Sadly, during this process it disappeared. Well, it has recently been highlighted in a National Trust article kindly title ‘New water feature for humans and their four legged friends at Leith Hill Tower’.

The Roehampton mention is within the following text “The Drinking Fountain Association identified a fountain and trough suitable for use by both people and animals and arranged for it to be restored and transported from its previous location in Roehampton”.

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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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