Wednesday, 14 August 2013

The Self-Littering Eyesore

Edna Rowland and Alan Plant from the Chapra Residents' Association
A local North Cheam residents' association has expressed concern about Victoria House and the peeling ‘art work’ that is starting to fall off and litter the area around the building. Alan Plant, chair of the CHAPRA Residents’ Association who regularly tend the area around Victoria House, has written to the chair of Sutton’s Outer London Fund project board and the Project Manager, to warn them about the “disaster just about to happen which will rubbish and blight the area far more than it is already”, and ask what can be done about it.

Alan Plant earlier this year
Stonegate Homes, the company which bought Victoria House last year were given planning permission by Sutton Council to demolish it and build a new development incorporating numerous residential flats, several retail units and a police office. However Stonegate homes have since put the building back on the market prompting question about whether they actually intended to do the work in the first place or else whether the Council made too many demands to make it worth their while proceeding.

The artistic wallpaper, which cost several thousand pounds and was paid for out of London Mayor, Boris Johnson’s Outer London Fund, was only ever supposed to be a temporary job. According to Alan Plant:

“The grass is littered with small pieces of paper and wrappers that possibly needs a blower to dislodge and sweep up, but that is minor problem compared with the litter already coming down from the walls of Victoria House as the artwork has now exceeded its intended life.”