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Invitation to view proposals to develop land at Bessborough Road on the Alton Estate

Wandsworth Council invites you to view proposals to developland at Bessborough Road on the Alton Estate, as part of the Homes for Wandsworth programme. 

Our proposals present a unique opportunity to provide eight much-needed specialist homes for people with learning disabilities within a high-quality sustainable scheme, which will help to meet the needs of our residents now and for generations to come. Our proposals will also deliver high-quality new landscaping, enhanced play space, and improvements for wheelchair/pushchair access. 

As you may be aware, we held our first stage of consultation in November 2022, to share our initial ideas to develop land at Bessborough Road. The feedback received has helped inform and shape our proposals, which we are keen to share with the local community and stakeholders to obtain feedback to help finalise our plans. 

We are holding the following consultation events and hope you will be able to join us to find out more about our proposals. 

Public Exhibition
Thursday 25 May 2023 from 3pm to 7pm
Manresa Clubroom, Fontley Way, Roehampton, SW15 4LY

Live Online Public Webinar
Friday 26 May 2023 at 6pm
Click here to visit our website and register for the webinar

Click here to find a copy of our consultation invitation flyer, which contains more details including a site location plan. The flyer will be hand-delivered to the local community tomorrow and please feel free to share a copy with anyone you think may be interested in finding out more or getting involved. Additionally, if you have access to a public noticeboard and would like to display a copy, please do get in touch and we can arrange to send you a printed version. 

More information can be found on our consultation website: 

If you have any queries, please contact us via email or call 0207 446 6812. 

With best wishes 

Bessborough Road and Farnborough House Community Engagement Team

Return of This Girl Can programme

University of Roehampton is providing free fitness activities for the ladies of Roehampton, classes start from 25th April (except Pilates which is back on Tuesday 3rd May).

See below for the new timetable

25th April till 30th June 2022

**We have removed Netball as no one was attending, and we have created a new offer, but are also now offering a women-only boxing fitness virtual class on a Monday 7 -7.45pm in the Gym (no need for gym membership), and a beginners boxing class from 8-9pm In Monte Hall**
Please note that the 8pm boxing class has a male instructor. Apologies for this, but we could not find a local woman to take this class. 

To book, email

Self-love programme

Do you need some time for yourself?

Do you want to find your creativeness?

Do you want to be inspired?

Are you a female?

Then this programme is for you … Enrol now to explore your inner creativity through a variety of topics such as metamorphosis, meditation and self-belief.

Every Monday at 10am – 12pm for four weeks. Starting on the 25th April.

Contact: 07404610589 or

Recruitment is now open for Young Ambassadors!!!

We continue to grow our team of young ambassadors to support in the delivery of the Unlocked holiday programmes and other WBC projects. Easter Unlocked is fast approaching, 5th April – 14th April 2022.

If you know a young person who would love to be a part of something exciting, please share this information with them or even better help them fill out the attached young ambassador recruitment form.

Please share with your teams and relevant contacts.

We are specifically trying to recruit young people between the ages of 16-18yrs old but all 13-18yrs old welcome.

What will a young person get from this?

•             It’s a lot of fun!

•             The opportunity to have your voice heard

•             Represent others in your community

•             A chance to find out more about your local community

•             Impact positive change

•             A reference for school/ college/ university/ employment

•             LOADS of Skills development – youth work training, project planning, Duke of Edinburgh and Accreditations – just to name a few

•             Working with senior decision-makers

•             Getting to deliver and take part in the activities on offer for free during all holiday programmes

•             New experiences

•             Meeting new people!

•             £50 Vouchers of your choice as a THANK YOU!

•             Free fun activity at the end of Summer to celebrate

Forms to be returned via email to myself at by 18th March 2022

Please support the People’s Plan for the Alton Estate

Over the last year, the People’s Plan for the Alton Estate was co-designed with estate residents and stakeholders, supported by planning experts at University College London and Alton Action volunteers (the majority of whom are also local residents). The plan is based on the principles of sustainable development and community participation.

Our survey (UCL/Alton Action 2021) showed that residents do want a regeneration of the area and that their priorities are:

  • Modernisation of homes affected by leaks, damp, mould, lack of ventilation and poor heating/insulation
  • Refurbishment of facades and entrances
  • Protection and better use of green spaces
  • Building of more Council homes, especially family-sizes ones
  • Making buildings more secure and fire-safe 

The People’s Plan was therefore created around these priorities. It is fully costed and financially viable. You can see full details of the Plan here:

We believe that the People’s Plan is better for the people who already live on the Alton. And local residents agree. When asked what type of regeneration they would prefer, 64% of respondents preferred refurbishment of the existing buildings to the mass demolition in the Council Plan (UCL/Alton Action survey, 2021).

If you also prefer the People’s Plan, please sign our petition:

“We call on Wandsworth Council to adopt the proposals within the People’s Plan and use them as the basis for a revised plan to improve the Alton Estate”

You can sign the petition online here:

You can contact the Alton Action Team on

Roehampton Partnership