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Title Date Closed Housing Service Standards 2014 6 Apr 2014 Private renting in Camden - does it work for you? 31 Mar 2014 Kentish Town Area Wide Improvements 28 Mar 2014 Consultation on new sites for HS2 replacement housing 27 Mar 2014 Uri lift consultation 13 Mar 2014
We Asked, You Said, We Did
Below are some of the issues we have recently consulted on and their outcomes.
- We asked:
- We asked for residents, businesses and market traders' views on 9 proposals, which amongst others include: Convert existing trader only parking bay (3 car spaces) at Gilden Crescent into permit holders’ only parking bay (Mon-Fri 9am-11am); Convert existing shared use traders/permit holders’ only parking bay (2 car spaces) on Queen’s Crescent, outside 186 Grafton Road into single yellow line.
- You said:
- Approximately 726 leaflets were distributed and a total of 44 responses were received, which represented a return rate of 6.06%. The responses indicate that all proposals have received majority support; however in the case of Proposal 4, the number of responses in favour is 17 compared to 16 opposed, and therefore the response is more balanced. Most of the comments have been provided are by those who have not supported the proposals. In most cases, these are from residents who have stated that their objections stem from the fact that the trader parking bays are not well used and they remain unoccupied on most days. They have suggested that the Council consider reducing the actual numbers of traders’ parking spaces by converting some of them into resident parking bays. They added that the proposal to convert these to shared use bays, which allow only traders to park for a few hours on market days would really cause inconvenience for the residents as they would have to move their parked cars during the restricted hours. Some businesses have requested for more pay and display parking bays as it will help bring customers to the markets.
- We did:
- Officers therefore consider that all proposals as consulted upon should be implemented as collectively they will help improve parking conditions for residents without having any detrimental effects on market traders.
- We asked:
- Royal Mail asked Camden and Islington residents, local people and stakeholders for their views on the proposals to regenerate Mount Pleasant.
- You said:
- Residents welcomed the principle of a mixed-use redevelopment of the site, the new open spaces provided, and the inclusion of affordable housing. There was some concern over the height of some of the taller elements, but this tended to be localised rather than a comment on the whole site. Broader concerns were raised about the provision of education in the south of Camden, with some attendees asking for a school to be provided on the site. Members of the team explained that contributions generated from this scheme would go to both Camden and Islington Councils who would be responsible for delivering any necessary improvements to the local infrastructure. It was also made clear that the results of the SPD did not point to education use for the site.
- We did:
- Following a series of consultation events, including those undertaken by Royal Mail in October 2012 and March 2013, and the Development Management Forum chaired by Camden & Islington Councils in November 2012, planning applications for the redevelopment of the land surrounding the Mount Pleasant Sorting Office were submitted in May & June this year. The applications are currently being assessed and will be determined by the London Boroughs of Camden and Islington in autumn 2013.
- We asked:
- During the first half of 2013 we asked residents and partners what they thought about some of the changes we could make. More than 450 people and organisations responded. We asked: - Should we restrict who can apply for social housing? - Should we apply sanctions to applicants who fail to bid or fail to show for viewings? - Who should be given priority for housing above and beyond the groups defined by law? - Should we adopt a banding scheme?
- You said:
- 1. You support us restricting access to the housing register for some groups of people. For example, people in rent arrears, or those on a high income, or with savings. But individual circumstances should always be taken into account. 2. You support us doing our best to encourage people to bid and turn up for viewings but before imposing sanctions we should improve the way we advertise properties and arrange viewings. 3. You want us to prioritise people who have lived in Camden and been on the register for a long time. You also want us to prioritise carers for the elderly, disabled or seriously ill people and over-crowded households with children, foster carers and under-occupiers. 4.You don’t really mind whether we have a points or a banding scheme as long as the system is clear, fair and transparent. We should improve the information we give to applicants to help them understand their chances of securing housing better.
- We did:
- The changes we will make aim to: bring the scheme into line with recent legislative changes; make aspects of our scheme clearer, fairer and more robust; improve the way we administer our scheme. In particular, we are taking steps to tackle under-occupation; going to restrict access to our register for small numbers of people; helping foster families and prospective adoptive parents and care leavers helping people move on from supported accommodation; and helping older people. We will also people who need to move due to development work; improve the applications process; and improve the lettings process. We will be continuing our review of the housing allocations process throughout the first half of 2014. If you wish to be kept informed of progress, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the housing strategy unit on 020 7974 5519.
During the consultation process, we ask for your feedback, you tell us and then we make positive changes. Public participation is key to our work. See what happens with We Asked, You Said, We Did.