Next step for estates regeneration
Published: Friday 21st December 12
Residents in and around two Battersea estates are to be called upon to help create a masterplan for their area, which will set out a detailed, long-term vision for future improvement work.
The process of creating a masterplan, which forms part of Wandsworth Council's regeneration project for the Winstanley and York Road estates, is expected to start in spring next year.
It follows a consultation this summer in which residents in the area were asked what they like, dislike and want to see change on their estate.
This consultation marked the first step in considering what needs to be done to improve the estates and local area for the benefit of residents, businesses and visitors over the next several years.
The council arranged public meetings and telephone and postal surveys of all local residents in order to gather as many opinions as possible about what changes people considered would improve the area.
Across both estates many people said their area has improved over the past year, but concern over issues such as crime and anti-social behaviour and the physical environment remain - and will therefore count among the topics the council is committed to looking at going forward.
A large majority of residents stated that they like their homes, but suggested the blocks themselves could be improved and more could be done to increase security and enhance the communal areas.
Strong support was shown for more opportunities for community activities and events, while 70 per cent of residents expressed a desire to be involved in future decisions about the local area.
Councillor Jonathan Cook, deputy leader of Wandsworth Council, said: "We have taken the first step in an exciting project for residents and businesses in and around these two estates.
"It is clear from the feedback we have received that local people here care about the area they live in and want to help steer future plans for the estates - and we both encourage and rely on this level of involvement to help develop improvement plans.
"Along with potential changes to buildings and the environment; we are also aiming to help local people make the most of their talents by assisting them into employment, training and educational opportunities as part of the regeneration project.
"This is all part of the council's vision to work with local people to build an even stronger borough."
Early next year the council intends to appoint a firm to produce a masterplan for the two estates. The masterplan will be developed with the help of local people.
The council wants to establish a local steering group formed of estate residents' association representatives, elected politicians and representatives from other local interest groups, including businesses, in order to produce the plan. Details of this will be announced in the coming weeks.
Cllr Cook added: "Residents have given us a clear message that they want to see improvements made to the neighbourhood in which they live.
"We want the process of creating a masterplan to be a collaborative effort involving local residents, with the local steering group being established to help inform the development of plans.
"Views expressed so far - including all consultation survey answers and comments - will also help shape the masterplan."