The area shown in red has been selected by Circle Housing to be demolished. Their proposals include a doubling of the housing density and selling off of some of the land. This has already meant that some long term residents have left the Grove and that others face losing their homes and life styles. People are being uprooted from their area despite the PR exercise that says otherwise.
Today (24/03/2014), Circle Housing wrote a letter to say which areas of Ravensbury Grove would be demolished under their scheme. this image illustrates their intentions.
Residents of Ravensbury Grove received a letter from Circle Housing today, describing how Circle Housing want to demolish most of the houses in the grove.
Up until now, this was mere hearsay, mentioned by the officers of Merton Priory Homes (as most of us know the company) at one of the last marquee meetings last year (2013).
Keeping people in the lurch rather than in the loop has been typical of this housing association.
Here’s the text of the letter:
Regeneration Plans for Ravensbury
During the past week we have been consulting with Ravensbury residents on the plans to regenerate the area. In response to residents’ queries, we can confirm the following:
• Properties in Hengelo Gardens and houses numbered 1, 3,5,7,9, & 11 Ravensbury Grove are not included in any plans to refurbish or rebuild homes.
• Properties to the right hand side of Ravensbury Grove ( even numbers 2-70) are included in plans to rebuild homes
• Rutter Gardens, Hatfield Close and Morden Road are included in plans to rebuild homes
• Ravensbury Court is still identified for refurbishment (but not rebuilding)
However if the planned regeneration project goes ahead it will change the way Ravensbury looks and is laid out, and so could affect everyone living in the area. So we would encourage you to play a full role in the design work which the recently appointed architects will begin in the Spring and which will continue through the rest of 2104, whether your home will be directly involved or not.
We will, of course, ensure you are kept fully up to date with any progress but in the meantime if you would like any further information please do not hesitate to contact the Ravensbury Consultation Officers Penny Rowland Hill or Winston Phillips on 020 3441 8518 or email Ravensbury@circle.org.uk
Director of Regeneration
Circle Housing Group
In case you’re wondering, Paul Quinn seems to dislike a possible vote by the residents on the future redevelopment of their homes. Bad PR, I guess?!
All the buildings you can see in this photo are supposed to be demolished in the new development by Merton Property Homes – Circle Housing. Despite opposition by many people, the staff at Circle Housing have pushed the demolition and don’t want a democratic vote. This is far from the unbiased response many residents were wanting. In fact, most residents have very little trust in those at Circle Housing. Older residents are being told they cannot remain in the Grove also, thereby disolving our community by the back door. You couldn’t want a worse management team!
You have to see Ravensbury Grove and the surroundings to believe it.
Nestled between two parks, the atmosphere is usually tranquil and relaxing – a bit like being in the countryside in many respects. It’s part of the Wandle Valley Conservation Area according to Merton Council’s publications.
I guess that as council tenants or ex tenants, we were always very grateful for such a nice place to live.
However this summer, Merton Priory Homes (aka Circle Anglia) chose to wreck all that by inviting us to small workshops under a marquee in August (how twee) to tell us how they’d like to level the whole area and start again. It’s just that they’d like our opinion first – probably because otherwise they’d be taken to court for insufficient consultation.
This pathetic attempt at consultation provoked a lot of anger, especially when they let it slip that regeneration requires a doubling of the housing density and the selling off of some of the land.
They also omitted to mention that the council had voted most of this through earlier in the year! See this for more information: MERTON-REGENERATION-2013-07-09