Roehampton is going to see a significant amount of change as the Alton Estate regeneration get underway. I have worked with residents on the Council’s regeneration proposals since they were first consulted on in 2013, and have worked with the Council to ensure that the proposals reflect the needs of the local community. I think it’s great that Roehampton is going to receive some much-needed investment to bring better facilities including health services and childcare provision, new housing and new jobs for local people. I will continue to work on this project with local residents and the Council to ensure that the regeneration project is a positive lasting legacy for our local community.
At the moment I am also working with residents at Pocklington Court who are facing some big changes too. Pocklington Court is a residential housing development for people with sight-loss. Recently, Thomas Pocklington Trust who run the home, have decided that they will be closing their facility in Roehampton as they could not afford to continue its operation. Understandably, this has been very difficult for residents who thought that this would be their forever home. As the local MP, I have met with the Trust, and held meetings with residents, to discuss their concerns and to ensure that residents have the support they need to get them through this difficult transition. I also held MP surgeries at Pocklington Court to give 1-1 help to residents who need it. I am now working with Wandsworth Council to see if any additional support can be provided, and I will continue to update residents throughout this process.