Twickenham Action Plan Update
We haven’t talked about the TWAP for a while. Just as well, some might think. But guess what, others might take the view that it’s time for a bit of an update, and so here we are…
What with temporary lights flashing away in red, amber and green, an influx of hi-viz clothing, plenty of repetitive noise and crash barriers to keep people from straying into dangerous areas you’d be forgiven for thinking Twickenham was at the heart of some kind of early rave scene revival. But before you dig out your whistle and do that silly round-and-round wavy thing with your hands we’d like to reassure you that that’s not what’s going on. All that stuff? It’s the Twickenham Area Action Plan In Action, obviously.
Some TWAP work going on
El Brute has responded to the current flood risk by creating a page on its website on all things flood related.
Some areas of the borough are at risk, namely riverside properties in Teddington, Hampton and Hampton Wick. Residents identified as most at risk will receive sandbags. The page gives additional details about sandbags, helplines and provides links to advice and information sources. And of course, with all that water in the Thames plus some high tides we can also expect to see plenty of the wet stuff sloshing around Twickenham Embankment and Riverside too.
So, we’ve seen Cameron, Clegg and Ed Minibrand all don waders for a photo opportunity. The question on everyone’s lips must surely be, “When will we see the Blue Baron doing the same?”. Watch this space. Meanwhile the Council’s flood risk strategy consultation is still open for comments.
* Richmond Council Flood Page
* Previously on twickerati: El Brute consulting on flood risk strategy
AND THERE’S MORE… HOW’S THIS FOR COMMUNITY SPIRIT?
Those friendly folks at Arthurs Restaurant on Twickenham Green are collecting food and drinks to take to people in Shepperton who have been flooded out. If you have something you’d like to donate then drop it off at Arthurs. They’ve already taken one van load down there and will be taking their second delivery on Saturday. Make sure you take any donations there by 3.00pm on Saturday 15th Feb, and ideally between 2.00pm and 3.00pm on that day. We’re guessing the flood victims won’t have much, or indeed any power, so bottled drinks and food that doesn’t need cooking might be best?
https://twitter.com/ArthursTwick or http://www.arthursonthegreen.co.uk/
Water. Bloody brilliant, isn’t it? You can drink it, give it to plants, take a shower in it and even heat it up to help make a Pot Noodle.
High tides in Twickenham
Apparently, some people use it in toilets in their homes rather than use their neighbour’s garden. Fascinating. H2O
, it really is a versatile element. It’s the perfect combination of oxygen and, err, helium. And with all that helium it’s no wonder that if you drink too much of it – in the form of beer – then you end up talking in a silly squeaky voice. Older readers may recall hydrogen being used as the preferred ingredient for water but, after the Hindenburg disaster in 1937, this was deemed too dangerous for public consumption. Despite its uses, water’s not so good when there’s absolutely loads of it – and mucky stuff at that – and it gets into your carpet or your parked car. We’ve seen it happen and when it does it’s called flooding and flooding can be right royal pain.
Flooding has many causes. It’s often caused by too much rain or by high tides or by leaving the bath running. Often it’s a combination of all three. And of course if you live in Henley it can be caused by David Silvester the local UKIP councillor writing to complain to David Cameron who’s just got a gay marriage… to a man. Continue reading
The Council has issued Richmond Cards to 60,000 residents in the Borough.
Or in many cases ‘re-issued’ the cards. The cards offer up to 30 minutes free parking (billed as something to help us all shop local), additional parking discounts as well as acting as a leisure and library card. If you had one of the parking cards previously then this new card will supersede the one you put in the car somewhere and then never saw again.
Having a single card instead of carrying multiple Council related cards seems like a sensible idea. The intention is to broaden the range of offers and discounts that can be obtained through the card and the accompanying blurb – signed by Lord True himself, no less – says that the Council is interested in hearing from businesses or retailers who might want to make offers available through that route.
If the card can develop to become the source of a wide range of benefits for residents then this all sounds like a good thing.
* El Brute – Richmond Card (includes FAQs)
El Brute has a pile of (your) dosh up for grabs to repair cracked pavements and fix pot holes in the streets of the 14 “villages” around the Borough.
A village street.
That’s right, if there are lanes in your village that can’t be fixed by chucking a bit of extra straw into them or which those damned farm carts keep churning up then you can apply to the Council to get them sorted out. Each village has a £35,000 pot hole to spend (did you see what we did there?) although how many cracks and holes that will repair isn’t stated.
If you want to get your hands on a slice of the loot you can either fill in a form or apply online. The deadline to nominate your favourite piece of sub-optimal street environment for the ol’ El Brute makeover is 13th December. Oh, and anyone who spots a crack in those shiny new York stone pavements in York Street will have the Blue Baron himself to deal with. And you can bet your bottom guinea that that won’t be pretty.
* Community Roads & Pavement Fund
If it came to a scrap between Michael Heseltine and Michael Gove, despite the age gap, you’d have to put your money on the Tory grandee rather than the Education Secretary.
If you’re not the betting type, be honest, you’d still want Hezza to win. And he bloody would too! Micky Gove might have all the fancy talk but Micky H’s is a man of action… a doer not a pontificator. It’s just a shame we’ll never get to see such a spectacle. In fact, it could be just the opposite. If things come to pass, rather than conflict we might actually witness a harmonious coming together of the Gove worldview and Hezza’s empire, Haymarket Media, currently based just down the road in Teddington.
As you very well know, the Richmond College site in Egerton Road Twickenham has been the subject of much debate. Could it accommodate a new secondary school? Could the Clarendon School for young people with special needs also move there from Hampton? Could Haymarket Media Group bring something to the party too?
The proposal now getting a more thorough airing courtesy of El Brute is for the site to be redeveloped to contain a new HQ for Haymarket Media, a new secondary school (and we’re talking a non-faith, non-selective community free school, of course) whilst still keeping the college to provide the post-16 education. It’s a bold idea and we suspect it’s exactly the sort of thing that The Govemeister-General would love – business and education coming together on one site to serve the community.