So, done the All in One yet have you? Did you steel yourself, inhale deeply then let fly with a rant against lickspittles and toadies that would make even George Galloway blush? Or did you create a love letter to Richmond Council, a paean to the people who make things tick in this lil’ old town, this Greenest of London Boroughs, this perfect patch of ENGLAND? Or, as is most likely, did your response fall somewhere between the two. You’ve got a few more weeks in which to get your All in One off to the Council either on paper or online. As they say it’s “your borough, your say” and unlike the Barefoot Consultation and the Twickenham Conference it’s borough wide initiative as opposed to something just for the twickerati of TW1 and TW2. So what’s it all about?
There’s no point going back over the earlier Twickenham consultations here as both the Barefoot Consultation and the Twickenham Conference have already been covered on here. However, one thing this consultation does do is highlight just how difficult it is to get the balance of priorities right when running a local authority spanning half a dozen London suburbs. What’s most important to you? Local parks or affordable housing? Support for older people or cycling? What most needs improving? Provision of parking or recycling? Activities for children or support for local businesses? Are you in Barnes or Hampton? Fortunately there is a bit of space to explain what you mean by your choices so if you think parking enforcement needs to be improved you can explain that yes, you really do mean made more flexible rather than even more draconian (is that actually possible?).
And then of course there’s the killer “Are you prepared to get involved” question which is one of the big themes of current Tory administration in York House. The Council will be hoping for some success on this front especially as the findings from the Barefoot Consultation showed that although 75% of those attending agreed that the process enabled them to get their views across, only 26% of respondents thought the Council would act on the recommendations. LBRuT is now saying, “You want action? You can do your bit too”. After all, we’re all in this together as David Cameron is inclined to remind us. A lot. “All In One, and One For All” perhaps. Nope? Okayyy…
For Twickenham residents, the All in One forms the third part of a trilogy: Barefoot Consultation, Twickenham Conference, All in One. OK, so it might not quite match Lord of the Rings for drama but it has been good for Twickenham in raising awareness even if all the actions are still pending. For other parts of the Borough this is the first time they get to have their say. Will they follow in Twickenham’s barefootsteps?
So, if you’ve completed your form, or even if you haven’t, feel free to share your thoughts on your All in One on here. Don’t be shy, we’re all adults. Meanwhile the link to LBRuT’s All in One is here but you will need your reference number to from the form to complete it online.