Cllr Rachael Robathan responded to the story about empty properties on the Ebury Bridge estate in the Westminster Extra newspaper to provide clarification on a number of points.
“There are currently 87 empty flats across the estate. Residents have been moving out since June 2014. Historically as flats became vacant they were used for temporary accommodation. Since last summer we have stopped putting new households in temporary accommodation on Ebury Bridge following concerns expressed by residents."
"The use of properties for temporary accommodation plays no part in reducing the housing waiting list, as it does not provide vital long term accommodation. The council's aspirations for any new scheme for Ebury Bridge include that this would provide more homes for social and intermediate rent – that is homes for people on lower and middle incomes than are on the estate now. We have no intention of reducing the percentage of affordable housing, but will aim to increase it to alleviate over-crowding and provide more homes for those in need. This is the best way to address housing need."
**Update following July Cabinet Meeting**
On Monday 10 July 2017, the council's Cabinet authorised officers to work up in detail an entirely new scheme requiring resident engagement on all development options.
The council is acutely aware that the regeneration process has been very frustrating for everyone and we apologise that it has taken so long. We would like to reassure residents that we remain fully committed to the regeneration of Ebury Bridge and to making this a success.
This decision now means that our community engagement team will now start to make contact with each household on the estate to personally introduce themselves and commence the initial listening stage.
Following this initial conversation a range of drop-in sessions and one-to-one meetings will be arranged to make sure the views of the whole estate can be accurately captured.
The Ebury Bridge redevelopment is part of Westminster City Council's ambitious regeneration plans. The idea is to deliver much of the aspiration of the original scheme such as genuinely affordable homes.
The renewal plans for Ebury Bridge will provide high quality new homes and significant improvements to existing homes, along with vastly improved public spaces, which will enhance the character and value of the area.
The council are committed to providing residents with detailed feedback on the key themes of the conversation that were had with residents and this feedback will be used to inform the next steps for the community.
Details of the next community meeting will be distributed soon.
If you have any questions or comments, please drop in and speak to our community engagement officers who are available on site, from Monday to Friday, 10am and 4pm, at 1 Wainwright House or alternatively, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The council undertook statutory consultation regarding the rehousing of secure tenants living in homes on renewal estates. The draft policy sets out the rehousing options for secure tenants where there were proposals or plans to redevelop their home. It applies to areas and estates identified for regeneration in the 2010 Housing Renewal Strategy. The consultation ran until 30 June 2013.
For further information on the policy or to comment please contact Rebecca Ireland on 020 7641 2578 or email email@example.com.