New Vision Homes under the spotlight
Sheerwater residents delivered a petition to Woking Borough Council on June 19th demanding that New Vision Homes carry out more consultation before the Sheerwater Regeneration Scheme is finalised.
The petition asked the Council to postpone decisions on the scheme until the Sheerwater Residents' Forum is recognised under the Communities Act. Once this is in place, NVH will have to take residents' views into account. The petition also asks for public meetings for residents to put their views.
Sheerwater residents in Jubilee Square on June 19th with a petition for Ray Morgan, Woking Council CEO.
The petition was presented to Council on July 10th by the Chair of the SRF, with help from our member Vicki Kirby answering questions from councillors. The galleries were packed and so many turned up that a room upstairs had to be set up with a video link.
Our newly-elected councillor M. Ilyas Raja rose to his first challenge to point out the upset and confusion caused by the inadequate consultation by NVH Housing Association at a cost of £1.4 million, and was applauded for his contribution. Worst examples were given as:
- Home owners are promised 10% on top of their house value before demolition, but even 25% would not be enough to replace like-for-like in terms of property price rises, carpets etc.
- Although a promise was given by the Council that rents will not go up on moving to a new tenancy, many residents with back gardens and small children want an assurance that they will have a garden for their children's safety.
- The elderly and disabled want the option of staying in Sheerwater where they have the security of friends and family living nearby.
- The multi-faith group is alarmed that with 58% Christians and 42% other faiths, a single facility will prove to be unmanageable. St Michael's church will be demolished and Hindus and Muslims cannot use the same replacement facility as is being implied.
- The football club should not have to move outside Sheerwater.