Wandsworth aims for estate consultation

Wandsworth Council is ready to undertake a consultation exercise focused on three council estates in the Nine Elms regeneration area.

A report is being considered by councillors which would see Carey Gardens, Patmore and Savona estate residents asked how they want their homes and neighbourhoods improved and changed over the coming years.

The aim is to explore local views and ideas in light of the transformation going on around these estates on the basis that existing residents should benefit and be part of the improvements that are and will be delivered on sites such as Battersea Power Station and Covent Garden Market.

Council leader Ravi Govindia said: “We want to understand what improvements the residents want to see to their homes, environment and neighbourhoods.”

If agreed, the consultation would get under way from September of this year.

The council is already working closely with local residents to ensure that the regeneration of the area brings them direct benefits, especially through jobs and training.

All seven young people from the area who took part in a six week apprenticeship course through the council’s Work match programme have all been offered permanent jobs with Astins on the Power Station site.

And the council’s Queenstown Employment Support Team (QUEST) is helping young adults in the area aged 16 to 24 find work and training opportunities across Nine Elms.

And a Local charity, FAST, which is part of e:mergeuk, will soon have a new home at Marsh House, where a former laundry room is being converted into a new drop-in workshop and training space where sessions are being organised for local young people. The charity provides a range of outreach, mentoring, sport, employability and community events to inspire young people and help them reach their full potential.

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