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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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Can Twitter help you get things done on the Alton Estate?

It has been mentioned at the recent meetings of both the Alton Regeneration Watch (ARW) meeting of 17 January 2018 and Alton Leaseholders meeting of 8 January 2018 how powerful the use of Twitter can be to assist with having things done. It is appreciated that not everyone has access to the internet or is on Twitter, though if people form groups then maybe one or more people can access Twitter to make the points. It is an extremely useful tool for having issues resolved.

Some examples are provided below.

The great water fall of Hersham Close 41-71. This took five months of effort  by the Hersham Close Residents Association (HCRA) to have something done and it kept dragging on. Once a video of the water fall was placed online with Councillor Sue McKinney copied into the Tweet as well as the Wandsworth Borough Council (WBC) this got resolved quite quickly. Now it might be the case that the Tweet and the sorting out of the situation are related though there was a step in attitude from WBC to get this resolved after the Tweet, perhaps it was a fluke? Have a look at the Tweet here –  https://mobile.twitter.com/AltonWatch/status/946741512842498049

A recent bust water tank on Kimpton House (surprisingly a resident of Stoughton Close mentioned this at the recent ARW meeting) perhaps this might have had a similar expediency if the water spillage was filmed and placed on Twitter?

Bessborough Road planning application (2017/6977) somehow, the application date was 12 January 2018 and the date for comments was by 5 January 2018? Clearly an error and was quickly looked into by the WBC and a response by Councillor Carpenter. Here are a couple of links which highlight this –

https://mobile.twitter.com/notwandbc/status/954003331889991681

https://mobile.twitter.com/AltonWatch/status/953976158902681600

There was a hole in Alton Road near Heathmere School. Despite ongoing mentions to WBC even during Stoughton Close/Greatham Walk Resident Association meetings it appeared that being proactive was a bit too much to ask? In the end by placing this on Twitter copying in Thames Water it was resolved very quickly – https://mobile.twitter.com/AltonWatch/status/918461886290628608

Very recent examples regarding fly tipping and a messy work site on Hyacinth Road on the Alton East show how quickly WBC responded –

https://mobile.twitter.com/AltonWatch/status/954272140504784896

https://mobile.twitter.com/AltonWatch/status/954271815060414465

Now imagine that every time there was an issue that was not being resolved quickly or being ignored. You take a picture, Tweet it and copy in the WBC and a Councillor and maybe other relevant groups. Other groups see this and then Tweet it. The situation might become harder to ignore and it might get resolved quicker?

An idea could be that each building or group of buildings on the Alton Estate have Twitter champions who make Tweets and maybe things might be done a bit quicker around here. Who knows?

It’s now up to you.

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Allbrook House and Roehampton Library in the news

If you haven’t been keeping with the Alton Regeneration Watch (ARW) Twitter feed you may have missed the various articles about Allbrook House and the Roehampton Library in the media. The articles are listed below and each can be read if click on them;

An article by Greg Pitcher, ‘Leading architects call on council to save post-war LCC housing block’ (10 January 2018), was within The Architects’ Journal.

An Article by Geraint Franklin, ‘Allbrook House and Roehampton Library, London’ (January 2018), was within the Twentieth Century Society.

An article by Barnabas Calder, ‘Britain’s most important 20th-century housing is under threat’ (December 2017), was within the Apollo Magazine.

A reminder of what the buildings look like are below.

Alton Conservation Area Appraisal & Management Strategy

Something which didn’t quite seem to make any sense was how the proposed demolition came about given the positive comments in the past of from the ‘Alton Conservation Area Appraisal & Management Strategy’ which stated the following comments;

“There are however some buildings that do have architectural interest outside the conservation area such as Allbrook House and Roehampton Library”. (page 8)

“3.14 The shopping parade in Danebury Avenue, completed in 1959-60 and the library, in 1961, are outside the conservation area. The library has architectural interest, distinguished in part by its curved walls and undulating roof form but also by the associated (though detached) Allbrook House which seems to float above – it too has an interesting form and details, including decorative block detailing to its balconies which unifies and softens the harshness of the structure. The library was one of the last buildings in the original development of Alton West. It was designed by John Partridge of the London County Council (LCC) Architect’s Department incorporating ideas from Wandsworth Council’s library service. It was opened in September 1961 by the children’s author Noel Streatfield. There was originally a mural by Bill Mitchell in resin and plastics”. (page 12)

“4.29 Some buildings outside the conservation area have an influence on the area’s character, particularly noticeable along Harbridge Avenue, just off Danebury Road, where there are shops, the library and Allbrook House (all of which fall outside the conservation area)”. (page 19)

“6.9 Generally, those buildings that fall outside the conservation area do not have the same architectural rigour or quality of those that are within. There are however, buildings in the vicinity of this character area – Allbrook House and Roehampton Library – that are of interest in terms of their architectural presence and relationship to the Alton Estate. The presence and connection of these buildings to the north-eastern edge of the estate makes them difficult to go unnoticed – though outside the conservation area, their impact is complementary due to their applied architectural treatment and form, directly linked to the modernist principles established for Alton West, namely monumentality and originality”. (page 28)

“Boundary Review

1.3 As part of the appraisal process, the boundaries of the Alton Estate Conservation Area were reviewed and considered to be acceptable. However, during the public consultation people strongly urged the Council to extend the conservation area to include areas including Allbrook House and its green space, Roehampton Library and buildings along Danebury Avenue. At its Strategic Planning and Transportation Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting on 18 November 2010, the Council undertook to consider further research on this matter”. (page 44)

Redeveloping Danebury Avenue What Roehampton Wants….Labour Survey regarding previous regeneration attempt

With regards to the previous regeneration attempt on the Alton Estate, the Labour Party conducted a survey of residents on the Alton Estate and the results were published in the document ‘Redeveloping Danebury Avenue, What Roehampton Wants’. Interestingly, the Labour Party did not conduct any such survey this time around and it is wandered what the reason(s) are for not doing so, especially given that presently the ward has three Labour Party Councillors since 2014 these being Councillor Peter Carpenter, Councillor Jeremy Ambache and Councillor Sue McKinney. The feedback contained within the report stated;

“The whole council plan rests on the demolition of Allbrook House, the “landmark” block above Roehampton Library.  This is the one question where there was no majority opposition to the council plan, but a clear plurality – 45% – don’t want the block demolished. Barely a third – 34% – supported demolition and a sizeable number – 21% – didn’t feel able to give a view.  We had 21 surveys back from the parts of Danebury Avenue, including Allbrook House, under threat of demolition.  Of these, 4 supported demolition and 14 opposed it”.  (page 3)

“It’s a great shame that the Council never even considered improving Allbrook House, which contains some large properties within it with spectacular views of Roehampton.  Recladding or even more radical remodelling of Allbrook House could transform this block – the gateway to the Alton estate”. (page 3)

To highlight the “landmark” comment in pictures, have a look at the following photos.

This is taken from Roehampton High Street.

Conservation review 2010

Earlier in this article within the Alton Conservation Area Appraisal & Management Strategy there was a mention of this review within the Boundary Review comment. At the Strategic Planning and Transportation Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting (18 November 2010) the following was discussed “Background. The Council has a 5 year programme for updating appraisals of the Borough’s 45 conservation areas. In the fifth year, the conservation areas were divided into two groups. The first five appraisals were reported in February 2010 (Paper No. 10- 211) and the second and final four appraisals are being reported to this Committee”. (Paper 10-876).

What is very interesting about this is that in 2010 one of the current ward Councillors was supportive in trying to extend the Alton conservation Area to protect these buildings, as the following comments highlight (Appendix 2 to Paper No. 10-876, Consultation comments);

“Comment from Councillor Carpenter:

a) Recommends redrawing the boundary of the CA to include Harbidge Ave, Allbrook House, Roehampton Library and the green in Alton West; and the Cornerstone and low odd numbered buildings on Alton Road in Alton East for their architectural interest.

b) The Council could produce a leaflet on conservation areas and listed buildings so people understand them better.

c ) It was clear from the meeting that there is general opposition to plans for demolition of the eastern end of Danebury Ave. It should be remembered that there were earlier plans for a more sensitive refurbishment of the area which had greater support from residents”.

Allbrook House and Roehampton Listing attempt

In 2015 there was an attempt to list these buildings through Historic England. MP Greening wrote in favour of not supporting the listing though there was no such comments, supportive or not, from the three Labour ward Councillors and the question is, “why not?”.

Where are we now?

The buildings (Harbidge Ave, Allbrook House, Roehampton Library) mentioned in Councillor Carpenter’s comments in point (a) above are all proposed for demolition as part of this current regeneration scheme. With the 2018 Local Council elections coming up, one has to ask whether voting for Labour or the Conservatives will make any difference?

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Putney Labour Party materials on the Alton Estate

When discussing what the various parties offer the Alton Estate, one aspect that pops up is that not everyone is informed about what they are doing other than the infrequent letter distributions on the estate and not everyone appears to receive them. So this might be of interest.

If any are missing, please do let us know.

2015 distributions

2010

Articles that may be of interest

Twitter accounts

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