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8th March 2017
The Sutton Estate is close to my heart, for reasons set out in the attachment (Letter below). If the proprietors will let me scatter Aunty Una's ashes there, I would be happy for any residents past or present or their survivors to join me in a miniature act of remembrance for all of them.
MISS UNA CAITLIN MADIGAN, deceased
I am writing on behalf of my late aunt, Una Madigan, and myself, both of us former residents of the Sutton Dwellings in Cale Street. The Dwellings are a sacred ground to her because it was where her parents, John (Jack) and Josephine Madigan, lived out their exemplary lives, in 4 D Block ( subsequently Delmerend House). They are to me too because her parents were parents to me, although I lived with my mother, Maureen Brigid Dorling, when she was single, in 30 P Block. Una died recently aged 82 and it was her last wish that her ashes be scattered as close as possible outside the site of the Madigan flat. I very much hope that you feel be able to agree to my doing that in the near future.
Essentially, that’s it. The rest is about why I feel this matters, and it need not detain the hard-pressed. The warm reddish-pink brickwork, the daft ivory pediments over the block entrances, the unforgiving tarmac of the yards, on which kids nonetheless bounced, of Sutton Dwellings seem to live when they do not. But they remain, when all the curious generations for whose lives they provided a stage, a reference and a structure have passed. Of course the fabric has changed and looks set to change again, but it remains crucially important to our humanity to honour and respect those who dwelt within it. That is why I hope that room can be found within all the aspirational business plans to keep at least one of the blocks close to the way it once was.
Do you know when Una, and then I, were growing up the rooms were still lit by popping gas mantles and heated by cast iron ranges as black as your hat?
Is it right to regenerate down?
The proposals for the Sutton Estate considered
A personal view by Flora Neville
Slotted neatly between the King's Road and the Fulham Road sits the Sutton Estate; uniform blocks of social housing, so structurally sound that even the blitz couldn't bring them down. In its heyday, this estate was exemplary of how social housing should be run. The red brick buildings with terra cotta details, and classical cornices match the Norman Shaw-built and inspired buildings of Kensington and Chelsea. 'The poor' were therefore not segregated to a ghetto, despite protestations from the rich, instead they made their homes in attractive buildings that overlooked St Luke's church, where Charles Dickens was married.
We would like to apologise to Keith Exford. Many of our supporters continuously point out that Mr Exford is paid almost £300,000 a year by the charity organisation Affinity Sutton. In the interest of fairness, listed below are all seven executive charity workers who split more than £1.25 million a year between themselves. (2013/14)
Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing, Fellow of the RSA, Independent housing consultant, and former housing association chief executive Colin Wiles investigates the situation facing the Sutton Estate, Chelsea.
I live on an estate in Chelsea London which was specifically built for Social housing by William Richard Sutton his last will and testament was to build these estates for the working class and to remain that way.
I have Lived on this estate since 1971 and feel privileged to had the opportunity to have grown up in this part of London.
The estate has been part of the community since 1912 and has blended with the surrounding classes of people in the area in harmony.
Our estate is under threat of a major redevelopment by the current managers of the estate Affinity Sutton who have purposely run the estate into a managed decline and their solution is to sell off half the estate to private investors.
I would like to invite you to come and have a look at our estate and I promise you will see some of the best built buildings you will ever see in social housing.
Affinity Sutton have not taken on any more assured tenancy's instead they have said that 7 Blocks have been deemed unfit to live in yet 70 family's live in these blocks some for as long as 11 years which are on short term lets current rents are between £500- £700 for these properties which are leased by the council.
Affinity Sutton promote themselves as a charity but that is one of many companies they are associated with, their plan is to knock down the estate and rebuild with with the modern day prefabricated flats that are being thrown up all over London which I predict would have a forty year life before they require major refurbishment.
This estate was well managed by the trust for 80 years with in house maintenance staff.
Affinity Sutton started their campaign to bring the estate into decline and have tried to bulldoze their way to ruin this community for nothing more than profit they claim to have spent three million pound on the estate the last financial year
They have mortgaged the other properties they manage but not this estate, why do you ask, the average price for a two bedroom flat in Chelsea is two million pounds and they claim they will make a mere 20 million profit which will be taken out of the estate and used elsewhere?????????
This is a flawed plan and is for the prime land which belongs to the people it was meant for the estate should not be exploited there are another 5 estate's in the area and if this is passed it would be a social cleanse of the area these estates are full of teachers nurses postal workers and many other core workers.
Why should we be removed for the properties to be sold to oversea investors.
Chelsea is currently under 50% occupancy due to foreign investment it does not make economical sense just to gain a quick Buck without regard of the consequences.
The Chelsea Society has recently made a statement on their position in regards to the historically significant Sutton Estate, Chelsea:
"the Society will carefully examine any planning application that Affinity Sutton may make for its estate in Chelsea"
Chairman of The Chelsea Society Planning Committee,
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Campaigners of Save Our Sutton / Save the Sutton Estate recently received a letter from a resident who has lived many years on the Sutton Estate Chelsea.
Unfortunately due to the overly enthusiastic ( some would say intimidatory ) conduct of Affinity Sutton we have had to protect the writer of the letter who will remain anonymous.
To make it easier to read on computers and various devices the letter has been transcribed.
I would just like to say thank you for trying to save our flats in Chelsea. I went to see the new homes which are an example of what Suttons are going to try and get planning permission to do on our estate.
Firstly they state they are better homes for all of us. Well I totally disagree with what I saw of the new homes, they did not impress me at all.
The London Assembly Housing Committee released a report in February 2015 titled:
'Knock it Down or Do it Up? The challenge of Estate regeneration'
A highlight of the report is Appendix 3
George Clarke’s Empty Homes Review Recommendations
Save The Sutton Estate supporters
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