Member Residents’ Associations

Alpha Road Residents’ Association (ARRA)

Chair: Aileen Hill-Smith

Alpha Road estate was built in the mid 1970s. It is in southern Kingston and consists of 588 properties in mainly four-storey blocks of flats, mostly tenanted. There are also some terraced houses, mostly freehold. There have been Residents Associations on the estate for many years. Security is a major issue due to the high percentage of sheltered housing and the large number of elderly residents. Alpha Road is the only large estate in the borough with no form of Community Centre. The local area is well served by independent shops, a library, child care and other services. The Surbiton Children’s Centre caters for children with disabilities and there are three local GP practices.

Cambridge Road Estate Residents’ Association (CRERA)

Chair: Harry Hall (email: hhall79@live.co.uk)

The Cambridge Road Estate (CRE) is the largest concentration of council housing in the Borough with a total of 922 homes. These are made up of:

  • 4 multi-storey blocks, each of 15 storeys with 60 homes in each block
  • 16 low-rise, deck access blocks of 4/5 storeys in height, containing 448 homes and 234 houses

The estate was built in the 1970s and is located close to the Town Centre and Norbiton train station.

There is a long history of resident associations in the area and the Cambridge Road Estate Residents’ Association (CRERA) was revived in 2007. The current RA has, thus far, concentrated on improving services and conditions for the residents of CRE. It has contributed to the setting up of a food growing project on the estate and will be hoping to establish other similar projects for the residents of CRE. CRERA has its own office on the ground floor of Childerley tower block.

Canbury Court Residents’ Association

Chair: BB Delaney

 

Chessington Court Residents’ Association

Chair: Ray Austin (email: rau4857552@aol.com)

Chessington Court is in the south of the borough and consists mainly of four roads named after famous Surrey beauty spots: Chessington, Frimley, Albury and Shere. There are also a couple of blocks of flats involved from Bridle Rd and Station Rd. The area is a very popular one partly because of the convenient location with excellent transport links. For example, there are trains to Waterloo every half hour and the journey only takes just over 30 minutes. There are both houses and flats in the area. The flats are split roughly 50-50 between leaseholders and tenants whereas about 80 per cent of houses are owned by leaseholders.

The RA aims to make a contribution to the housing service not only in connection with the local area but in Kingston upon Thames in general. We are essentially concerned with tenant empowerment, making sure that tenants are consulted on housing policies that affect them. The decent homes standard is an important issue for Chessington: when it comes to repairs we have been left far behind. For example, we were promised double glazing but it was not delivered, so many Chessington homes still have their original 1952 windows. (Ray Austin, Chair, April 2011).

Chessington Court RA celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011.

Cumberland House Residents’ Association

There is currently no Residents’ Association at Cumberland House.

FREDY Residents’ Association

FREDY Residents Association represents the residents of Florence House, Roupell House, Elm House, Dale Court and York House.

Chair: Alex Cannarsa (email: alessandro.cannarsa@yahoo.com)

FREDY is based in North Kingston. There are five blocks of flats on the estate, listed above. FREDY was formed in August 2010.

We want to work on improving the condition of the properties on the estate. Anti-social behaviour is an issue of concern as well – we want to improve community relations and generally make the area a better place to live. (Alex Cannarsa, March 2011).

Gooding Close

Chair: Raewyn Hammond (email: raeham@talktalk.net)

Malden Manor Residents’ Association

Chair: Kerry Williams (email: kerry0668@live.co.uk)

Kingsnympton Park Residents’ Association

Chair: Pattie Plank (email: pattieplank@blueyonder.co.uk)

Website: www.kpragroup.co.uk

School Lane Residents Association

Chair: Sue Harrison (email: slra.tolworth@gmail.com)

Website: www.e-voice.org.uk/schoollane

School Lane was built in 1964 on land that had previously been allotments. It is made up of 110 maisonettes and 20 sheltered flats. School Lane is the oldest RA in the borough still in existence, having been set up over 20 years ago.

SLRA have campaigned for improvements in areas such as double-glazing, central heating, a junior play-area and landscaping improvements. We have worked closely with the housing department on these issues. We raised funds for the multi use games area and in 2010 raised a further £60k for its refurbishment.

We have helped to improve the environment as some residents now have wall troughs and baskets which enable them to garden. Residents have also formed a community garden where residents grow and harvest their own food. This project has been funded mostly through various charitable grants. In 2007 SLRA started the “Every Leaf Counts” gardening awards and now every year half the residents take part in improving the local environment.

Our current priorities are: new kitchens and bathrooms, waterproofing the roofs, new double glazed doors and door entry security systems. These are issues on which we will continue to push for improvements over the next few years. (Sue Harrison, March 2010).

Glenbuck Court Residents’ Association

Chair: Matthew Page (email: matthewmichaelpage@gmail.com)