Diary of a Sutton Councillor

Wednesday 19th May 2010

9.30am Shotfield Health Centre Meeting

Cllr. Colin Hall & I met with the developer and architect to be updated on progress with the Shotfield health centre rebuild. Amendments had been made to the original plans to improve the main reception area and the natural light coming into the consulting rooms. This meant that a revised application would have to be submitted for planning permission.

1pm Sutton Housing Partnership Decent Homes Tour

A minibus tour had been arranged to take key staff on a tour of the borough’s social housing managed by the Sutton Housing Partnership to view some of the improvements being made using the Decent Homes Funding. I was lucky enough to be offered a place.

The tour permitted me to view windows and doors being installed in Shanklin Village, balcony & walkway improvements to Radcliffe Gardens, general maintenance of Alcester Court and a completed full Decent Homes project which installed new kitchens and bathrooms and improved windows & communal decorations at Denmark Gardens. We then had the opportunity to enter a St Helier resident’s home to view a newly installed box bathroom renewal.

As an example of the challenges the borough faces in meeting the Decent Homes requirements we visited Chaucer Gardens – a tower block in Sutton North. I was quite shocked to see a building in Sutton in such a poor state of repair. Work had already been done on the interior of the building but a major refresh was still needed for the external area.

We passed through the Collingwood Estate which was the site of a major gas main renewal. Finally we stopped at the Benhill Estate where we were able to directly compare buildings on the estate that had benefitted from Decent Homes funding with those still awaiting work. Funding had yet to be obtained to enable the completion of the work here.

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May 27, 2010 - Posted by | Meeting

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