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

Twickenham Town Centre

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!

You can see the pre-publication document online (it clocks in at nearly 100 pages!) or, if you’re super keen and want to get a close up view of plan (please note how we resisted the temptation to use the word TWAP again there) then you can do it this very weekend at the Civic Centre. There will even be council types and consultants on hand to answer your questions. Now, you may well shudder on hearing the word consultant but then again you may also shudder at the idea of the a Council going it alone on a 15 year plan without some outside help. It’s a tough call.

If you need a reminder of what it’s all about, well, in headline terms we’re talking about a strategy for the development of the town through to 2027 which focuses on land use of key sites such as the King Street shopping area, Twickenham Riverside and the “northern gateway”. It’s not just about the types of development the Council – and, hopefully, we – would like to see, it also looks at options for dealing with transport and parking in the town. After all, if we want more shoppers and workers then they’ve got to get around somehow. Boris Bikes for all?? Could be. Or how about a legacy from our very own Dear Leader… True Trikes? There are plenty of good ideas in the plan but as we all know, planning is one thing, making it happen is something else. We’ve covered this issue before on twickerati but obviously there’s a load more on the Richmond Council website including links to the grand document itself. Hey, wait a minute, those consultants aren’t being paid by the word are they?? Surely not! Joke. It was a bloody joke alright!

So, you can see the pre-publication TWAP and ask lots of questions at the Civic Centre, York Street, Twickenham on:
* Friday 27th Jan. 6pm to 8pm
* Saturday 28th Jan. 10am to 2pm

In addition to these sessions and the online info you can see more TWAPPY stuff at the Civic Centre or at Twickenham library. This “pre-publication consultation” ends on 10th February.

LINKS:
* LBRuT Pre-publication Consultation (ends 10 Feb)
* The Document Itself!!

8 Comments

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8 responses to “TWAP: Have Your Say on What You Said (DEADLINE: 10th Feb)

  1. Cedric Smith

    I presume the Twickenham Action Team didn’t want to name it after themselves for obvious reasons.

    • ruggabugga

      likewise the:
      Twickenham Area Regeneration Team
      Twickenham Implementation Team
      Twickenham Urban Regeneration Design team

  2. Simon H

    If the council were actually able to implement all they envisage, that would be great. But an awful lot of the document’s proposals are no more than vague wishes. Money! Where’s the money coming from? That doesn’t really seem to be addressed.

    • Gareth Roberts

      It would be at least something if they could get their backsides into gear and publish their ‘Village Plans’ (what’s wrong with Area Plans?). They conducted a flawed study with limited professional input and it has taken over a year to come up with the detailed findings and proposals. Any private sector company that had managed to mess up a project so comprehensively would find themselves out on their ear as no clients would stand for it.

      All I can say is that these reports had better be damned good otherwise there will be hell to pay – we’re already clocking up over £300,000 of tax payers money to pay for this

  3. twickerman

    Cedric, I can think of a few variants of TWAP, some more pleasant than others! Not wishing to Mock The Weak, I will keep them to myself.

    Has anyone heard what happened to the simarly named TAP (True’s Advisory People)? Lord True made a big fuss about the set up of this panel last year but apart from promoting Solum’s scheme back in July they appear to be redundant.

    If they are still active I guess their next move will be to set up a public meeting to promote the multi-storey car park.

  4. Cedric Smith

    Sounds from Twickerman’s posting that my suspicions were correct.

  5. twickerman

    I find the TWAP or TAAP or Twickenham AAP or whatever it is called pretty vague and generic.

    Here is an example from the pre-publication dcument:
    “Northern Approach: -the creation of an attractive entrance into the town centre with a new station, enhanced public realm and comprehensive mixed use development of key opportunity sites”

    If the Council’s idea of an attractive entrance into the town is:
    *lumpy, bumpy, badly lit Travelodge
    *8 and 9 storey Station tower blocks rising from the pavement’s edge
    *similar high-rise development on the sorting office site
    *a multi-storey car park in front of the historic Albany pub
    then the Twickenham regeneration has failed before it has even started.

    How many people will be eager to contribute to the Consultation when the Council has:
    *ignored residents contributions to previous consultations
    *ignored the objections of thousands of residents to the station application *ignored its own planning policies regarding height of development

    The Council will simply use the consultation feedback to try to justify their pre-determined plans for Twickenham.

    I’d be interested to know how many residents said they wanted a multi-storey car park plonked in front of the Albany and homes on Station Yard?
    Presumably, this is back door provision of parking for Travelodge and Solum station residents because parking wasn’t allowed in these two developments.

  6. Cedric Smith

    It’s funny but TWAP really reminds me of a word for something that is not very good. I will not however let this coincidence stand in my way and will be taking the family to the exhibition this weekend.