Some sky (where planes go)
If you love big aeroplanes flying low overhead then Heathrow’s expansion plans are just the ticket for you. Despite the intention to kick any official decision on a third, or even fourth, Heathrow runway into the post-2015 election long grass, there’s still plenty of lobbying and debate going on. The airport wants to hear the views of local residents and businesses (apparently) and there’s an opportunity to provide feedback up until 16th March. It’s focused on their shortlisted proposal of a third runway to the north west of the airport. The main point seems to be about gauging people’s priorities in terms of their concerns. In other words, it’s very much about how to address the issues “when planning a new runway” rather than the question of whether or not there should be one in the first place. Obviously the airport’s view on this is a resounding ‘yes’.
There’s also a series of “local consultation events” where folks like you (yes, you) can turn up, see the plans in more detail and ask questions. Several dates have been and gone but remaining fixtures include sessions in Richmond (5th March, Duke St Church, 12.00-8.00pm), Hounslow (6th March) and Brentford (8th March).
So, if you want to find out more, tell Heathrow what you think of their plans, or simply need somewhere to dodge the latest downpour, then these could be for you.
* Heathrow Airport Local Consultation Events
* Heathrow Airport Consultation Page (Deadline 16th March)
* Richmond Heathrow Campaign
* El Brute Heathrow Page
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
Police van outside the Prince Blucher
Police and ambulances were called to The Prince Blucher on the evening of Friday 20th February after an altercation in the newly refurbished pub. Sources on Twitter and by email told twickerati that a person was injured after some kind of dispute that seemed to blow up quickly in the back of the pub at around 6.30-7.00pm. Initial reports suggested some form stab wound and, according to the Richmond & Twickenham Times, the police said on Sunday that a man had been taken to hospital with ‘puncture wounds’. However, the injuries have subsequently been described by the police as ‘very minor lacerations’.
Info received at twickerati HQ was that the alleged perpetrator had disappeared from the scene pronto although we later heard that the police had caught up with him. The two men are believed to have been known to each other.
The restaurant area was cordoned off but the pub remained open. Your humble correspondent arrived later to find it still open for business with plenty of punters in the bar area. Later in the evening the pub tweeted: “Hello tweeters. We want to say thanks for all concerned and luckily it’s not as bad as it seems. Police have left happy & all back to normal.”
So, perhaps just another Friday night in ‘Nam but not great for The Prince Blucher after its brand new makeover which, we’re pleased to report, actually looks rather good. We’ll bring you more news as and when we get it.
You’re bored with pictures of high tides and flooded cars, aren’t you? Of course you are. Well here are a few pics that don’t show that kind of thing. Well, not quite exactly that kind of thing.
Some blue skies at last over the River Thames by Richmond Bridge. More please.
But the recent rain & strong currents have all proved a bit too much for this boat, poor little fella.
A fallen tree along the towpath. Or a woolly mammoth emerging from the swamp? Now that’s more like it.
Marble Hill House and its temporary lake. A prototype for next year’s winter ice rink perhaps?
Marble Hill House (& lake)
[courtesy of Garth Tucker]
Kids, eh? Where would we be without them? Probably enjoying more evenings out and much better holidays, but that’s beside the point. Isn’t it?? Half term is upon us and when the weather’s as crap as it’s been recently, the prospect of having to entertain young children FOR A WHOLE WEEK can be quite scary. As you know, we don’t do listings on this site for reasons mostly connected with sheer laziness; however, the nice ladies at award winning local website For Sanity’s Sake aren’t lazy. Far from it. In fact, they’ve only gone and produced a handy list of ideas for children’s half term fun, haven’t they? Bad luck! Now you’ve absolutely no excuse for sticking the kids in front of the TV while you while away the hours in front of Facebook. Here it is. Right here…
Have you got activities planned for the children in half term, or still looking for some inspiration? We’ve looked around the local area and further afield to bring you a few ideas….
1. Feast on Chocolate
Chocoholics will love the Chocolate Kitchen at Hampton Court, the only surviving royal chocolate kitchen in the country, where you can take part in live chocolate demonstrations in the actual spaces where drinking chocolate was prepared for George I and II. Or join the Chocolate Tour of London, tasting seven different chocolates around Mayfair – including a visit to Fortnum and Mason’s. This runs until the end of the year.
2. Children’s Theatre
In case the weather is atrocious and you need indoor entertainment, try the local theatres. Polka Theatre, Wimbledon is hosting Ugly Duckling from Wednesday 19th – Saturday 22nd in a show that combines puppetry, music and storytelling to give a new flavour to a well-known tale. From Thursday 2oth, the Olivier award-winning writer Mike Kenny’s brand new adaptation of Red Riding Hood comes to Polka, with original songs. Continue reading
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/