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Community voices

The following people have provided their views on the Winstanley and York Road Estates regeneration project.

Andrew Griffin, York Road Estate resident 

I've lived on the York Road Estate since 1999. The communal areas are better than they were then, but largely it's the same as when I moved in.

I'm moving to a one-bedroom flat from a studio, so it should be a lot bigger. I'll be able to have guests visit so it's going to be so much better for me.

I've heard there are going to be many more leisure facilities too. I'm not so worried about me but there has to be something for the youngsters to do.

Mariana Paulo, former Winstanley Estate resident

I lived in a third floor maisonette on the Winstanley Estate for five and a half years with my two young children. There was no lift, which was a nightmare when I had lots of shopping and my little one was scared of heights. There were sometimes groups of teenagers hanging around my building, which was a little intimidating for me especially when it got darker.

The support from the Regeneration Project Team has been amazing. They discussed my options with me and offered me an early move to an area which is more familiar to me. We now live on the first floor in a new build property, and we have a lift! In this way, the regeneration has helped us a lot and my children love their new home.

I hope that the new plans for the estate provide community clubs or something to keep the young people active.

Robert Musgrave MBE, Director of youth and community work at Providence House

I first came to Battersea in 1973. I was fresh out of college and came to gain experience in youth work at Providence House. Forty three years later I am still here.

In those days the estates of York Road had only been open a few years, and now they are scheduled for redevelopment. The work of Providence House began in an old chapel pulled down in 1969 to make way for new housing; and now change has come full circle - it is all coming down again.

Change is never far away. People come and go. Housing and buildings change. There is one thing that does not change - the importance of community, and the importance of faith in the community. Providence House has witnessed all these changes as the generations have passed through, but we are still here - providing an essential service to the community.

We are open every day for young people or families, for educational or sporting groups, for opportunities to think and reflect. We are a stone's throw from the regeneration area, on Falcon Road. Come in and see what we do.

Richard Hangoway, former York Road Estate resident

I have lived in a one-bedroom flat on the York Road Estate for the past three years. The main reason I opted for an early move was to move away from the area, as I did not wish to be in such a central part of London. Although my new flat isn't as spacious as my former flat on the York Road Estate, it is still very reasonable and in a location that I am very happy with.

The early move process is good, you do need to be patient with waiting for offers but if you know which area you like, the allocations team will try their best to match your request. I was extremely grateful when my first offer was a one-bedroom flat in Wimbledon - this was my first choice area. On the day of my move, the regeneration project team organised for a removals company to assist me with transferring my belongings, I found this to be very supportive.

Don't be afraid to decline the first offer if it is not what you want. If your reason is valid you will get further opportunities and if you decide not to move early you will still have a place on the regeneration scheme for a new build property. Additionally, it would be very useful to put some financial savings to one side - just enough to set you up in the first few weeks of your move whilst you are waiting for the Home Loss compensation payment to come through. The regeneration team will support you with reimbursements of reasonable costs to get your flat to as it was before. These have to be agreed, but this is why the team did the pre-move check at my old flat.

Marlene Price BEM, York Road Estate resident and community figure

A resident of the York Road Estate for nearly 35 years, I have been actively involved in the Residents' Associations in York Road for almost all of this time. Two of my significant anniversaries this year are completing 30 years representing Battersea residents at the Borough Residents' Forum; and as their Vice Chair for the last 15 years.

I have chaired several working groups, including the re-writing of the Tenants and Lease Conditions and the Residents Participation Strategy. One of our greatest achievements was improving the way in which we consult with residents; this has changed to a position now where residents are actively shaping the way forward.

My greatest passion is to help others which has led me to hold positions on many community projects, some of which are: Trustee and Member of the Battersea Crime Prevention Panel; representing Housing at Wandsworth's Safer Neighbourhood Board; member of the Partnership Executive of Big Local SW11; Chair of the Latchmere Ward Safer Neighbourhood Ward Panel, and Appropriate Adult representing Battersea residents coming into contact with the Police.

I feel honoured to have been recognised for my contribution to the Wandsworth community over the past 30 years. In 2013 I was awarded a Civic Award; but my proudest achievement was to receive the British Empire Medal in the 2014 Queen's Birthday honours. 

I feel that I have played a key role in discussions which led to proposals to refurbish the York Road Estate. This was the precursor to the Winstanley and York Road regeneration, as our refurbishment plans were put on hold in favour of wider regeneration. I fully understand the scepticism of residents as so much has been promised in the past and the negativity and poor treatment of residents in schemes run by other local authorities has been well publicised. Our regeneration is long overdue and the residents would like to see this started as soon as possible. I feel that priority should be placed on getting homes built first so that the community can be kept together.