There are new plans to invest £100m to regenerate local housing estates
Most of this money will go to estates here in Latchmere – and we need your help to decide what changes are made
This news is a huge victory for all residents who have been calling on the council to give more support to Latchmere.
Tony, Wendy and I stood for election on a promise to improve our estates, and now we want to make sure these exciting plans are shaped by local residents – not property developers.
Consultation will not be easy – to take one estate as an example: on the Winstanley there are no residents associations, no community room and half of the residents don’t have computers or internet at home.
But I know there are many Winstanley residents with ideas about how to build up the local community at the same time as re-building the estate:
- Gianpietro wants to launch a cookery class to keep his teenage son and his friends off the streets.
- Sheila wants to create a mentoring scheme to get local children into professional workplaces – and then make a video of their experience to help inspire other children.
- James would like a Residents Association to improve Arthur Newton House.
- Neset, appalled by how few local children go to university, wants to organise after-school tutoring in maths and culture.
I’m sure you have ideas of your own about how you would like your neighbourhood to develop. Please email email@example.com with your thoughts or questions, or come and see me at Battersea Library between 10am and 11.30am this Saturday (March 17).
- I don’t normally recommend that people read council reports, but the paper that proposes the Latchmere funding is well worth a look.)
- I have addressed four different Wandsworth Council committees on the need for investment in Latchmere’s estates, most recently to make the case to the Housing Committee that the land next to Sendall Court should be retained and used for a community ‘gateway’ building for the Winstanley Estate. In January, I spoke in full council about the need to invest in Latchmere’s estates. See the video here
I responded to the £100m investment plans in March’s council meeting: