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Diamond Jubilee Gardens Opened

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The next step in the long awaited regeneration of Twickenham riverside took place this weekend with the opening of the Jubilee gardens on the old pool site. On Saturday an invited audience of Twickenham worthies, Borough bigwigs, people who’d helped make it all happen and Princess Alexandra out of the Royal Family did the official business of opening the gardens, while on Sunday it was time for the rest Twickenham (i.e. the unwashed masses of the twickerati) to take a look. After three decades of neglect, it’s great to see the space being used once more. Plans are now being considered for the development of the buildings on the remainder of the site. This is likely to see some strong views getting aired but let’s hope the various parties can avoid arguing themselves to a standstill (again).
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June 24, 2012 · 12:24 pm

Twickenham Jubilee Gardens to Open

If you thought that Twickenham’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations were over, you can think again. The big one has yet to come! Well, if not the biggest or most timely, then it’s certainly the most Twickenham-centric. 32 years after Twickenham Baths closed its doors to the public (and yes, locals insist it was called Twickenham Baths and not Twickenham Swimming Pool or Lido) the transition of a large chunk of the site from wasteland to spanking new green space is almost, nearly, just about ready. You already know that the fate of the site has been source of debate, argument and large amounts of inaction for years. The redevelopment plans favoured by the previous Lib Dem El Brute administration were controversial and, it’s probably fair to say, played a part in Serge Lourie & Co getting the heave ho from York House in the May 2010 election.

The new Brutes, led by Lord True, the Blue Baron, made a commitment to do something with the site and although the current plan might not be the most innovative and exciting in terms of maximising the regeneration opportunities for the whole riverside, it’s a damn sight better than more years of bickering and inactivity. Credit is also due to Twickenham Riverside Terrace Group and others for helping to move it forward.
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Twickenham Festival is Underway

Friday 1st June and Twickenham Festival gets underway with a Tug of War competition in front of The Barmy Arms on Twickenham Embankment. Actually let’s get things straight, this is not just any Twickenham Festival, this is the 2012 Twickenham Riverside Jubilee Festival. A bit too long for you? Well if you like to tweet we’ll also going hashtag crazy and calling it #twickfest. We’ll be adding comments & photos over the fortnight. Why not add yours? Well?!

UPDATE: Our main (i.e. bigger) gallery of Twickfest pictures is now here.

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Pic of the Week: down memory lane

This sign was ‘rescued’ from the derelict Twickenham Swimming Baths site in the mid-80s. Nice one. Good to see people thinking ahead. You can’t imagine the health and safety police letting anyone get away with script like that these days. Next stop? A gothic script “No running, no bombing, no petting” sign.

Twickenham Pool Sign

Thanks a lot to Nina for this photo. You might also want to read Kate Monro’s piece for twickerati on her Memories of Twickenham Baths.

So, do you have any other Twickenham memorabilia you’d like to share on here?

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TWAP: Have Your Say on What You Said (DEADLINE: 10th Feb)

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El Brute’s TWickenham Area Action Plan (aka TWAP, aaka TAAP) is doing the rounds of consultation at the moment. You might think that you’ve already done your bit for the cause by contributing to LBRuT’s All-in-One, its Barefoot Consultation and the Naked Thinkathon. Okay, so that last one was not an actual event but it could yet be. We’ll let you decide what that nightmare scenario might actually involve and which Councillors might chair it. Meanwhile, if you want to see the real proposals for the next steps in the regeneration of Twickenham then you’ve got just a couple of weeks left to have any input. Try not to let consultation fatigue get the better of you. It’s your town too!
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Pix of the Week

The new Twickenham Travelodge is open for business and now armed with a 24-hour-party-people booze licence. And it’s great to see that it’s a handy stopping point for cyclists who can make use of its state of the art bike park facilities. Perhaps Travelodge might want to use this “warm welcome” photo in their publicity shots? In return for a modest fee of course. Lookin’ gooood.

Travelodge offers a warm welcome to cyclists

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Pic of the Week: Winter returns

Our arts reporter snapped this one. Good innit? A bright, frosty January morning by the Thames at Twickenham. Over the water is Richmond Hill. That’s a proper bit of winter for you. Aye!

January morning

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January 13, 2012 · 3:30 pm

Low Tide in Twickenham

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A whole lot of December going on in the late afternoon on the embankment at Twickenham.

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December 3, 2011 · 5:42 pm

TWAP & pool move forward. A bit.

The diving board

The redevelopment of the Twickenham pool site continues to move forward, increment by increment. Yes folks, we might get to see the rest of the derelict site open to public access by next summer. Could this be the secret garden part deux? Let’s hope so. It all forms part of El Brute’s TWAP, or as we should call it (but won’t), Richmond Council’s Twickenham Area Action Plan. So then, the TWAP? Where we at with that? As you know the whole thing has come about from the various All-in-Ones and consultations run by El Brute, together with a bit of input from the mysterious Twickenham Panel. We’ve covered the plan before and so we’re not going over it again, but the gist of it is that Twickenham can become an even better place to live and work with a healthy dose of regeneration around the riverside, the station area and King Street. What’s not to like? It’s bloody true, it is. Whether this can actually all come together given the fragile state of the economy is a different matter entirely but it’s good to have a long term vision for the town.

So what’s happening now then? Well, the next iteration of the TWAP will be available for public scrutiny sometime in December. We look forward to seeing it. Perhaps El Brute could do a little TWAP advent calendar featuring a site in need of redevelopment behind each window. We can but dream. But there’s no need to dream about the pool because there is action underway to open up the rest of the site in time for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in June 2012. Or as we’d prefer to think, in time for the London Olympics. At this stage it will just be more open space a la “secret garden” but there will be a second phase which looks at the longer term use. It’s good news that progress is being made on this site at last, perhaps we could even try to get HRH down to cut the ribbon when the time comes next summer. It’s got to be worth a shot.

LINK:
Richmond Council Press Release

P.S. In case you missed it in the summer, you can read Kate Monro’s piece for twickerati on her memories of Twickenham baths right here. It’s definitely worth a read coz she’s like a proper writer an’ everything.

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