The Dame is quite un-partisan and welcomes opposing views...
"A mediocrity designed by a nobody for a client with no taste and nothing but disdain for those they are here to serve."Dear Dame,There are a few people on the Sutton Estate who have believed Affinity Sutton's promise of a wonderful new home for themselves and have chosen to side with the company, even though they are aware that the community as a whole will be robbed of social housing.I cannot condemn them for putting self interest and the welfare of their families before their support of the community, but it surprises me that they now put their trust in the very people who have treated them so disdainfully and left their homes to degenerate for so long.I ask those who have put their trust in Affinity Sutton to look at what they are being offered. The current Affinity Sutton design as shown at the public consultations, is nothing but a mediocrity designed by a nobody for a client with no taste and nothing but disdain for those they are here to serve.The luxury gated apartments to be sold privately, over 40% of the development plan, have all the best southerly facing views over St. Lukes park with separate entrances and private walled gardens to keep the social tenants out. The social housing tenants are to be sent over to the north facing blocks losing their views of the park, trees and sunshine.At present their are over 65 parking spaces on the estate for which Affinity Sutton will only give out 22 permits. Wonder why? It's so that they can claim that everyone who has a parking space will get one in the new building. So from 65+ car parking spaces the amount available to social housing residents will be reduced to 25.Recently the gardens and walkways throughout the estate had been reopened for residents and their children to walk through and enjoy away from the surrounding streets. Obviously this was giving too much pleasure to the residents of the estate as an employee of Affinity Sutton who they found a property for on the estate, overlooking the gardens, has now arranged for all the gates to be locked again.Residents have been told that they will have to pay no more for their new properties, but Affinity Sutton employees were well aware while making these promises that council tax will be significantly higher for the new flats and that rents may well increase.So I ask the people who have put their trust in Affinity Sutton, just consider whether thet have ever treated you honestly, behaved with integrity, respectfully, and delivered a level of service to the estate which would be considered acceptable.They haven't delivered up to now, what makes you think they are going to change.