The All New Twickenham General Election Spectacular…

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Our Election Result item will appear HERE.

PREVIOUSLY…
Deja vu all over again? You betcha! The previous thread got rather overloaded so we’ve re-launched our election item to allow for three more weeks of heated debate…

May 7th is looming and you’re asking yourself the very straightforward question, “What is the twickerati position on who to vote for in the election?”. It’s a great question. Let us make our position absolutely clear. We regard elections as the very bedrock of our democracy. In fact, over the last ten years we have seen year on year increases in the number of references to democracy across the internet. Furthermore, we’ve shown our support for the use of the internet and social media by opening accounts on Twitter and Facebook and regard good communication as vital for hard working British families. So let’s celebrate the creativity and diversity we have in our midst, right here in Twickenham. To the people at home we say, ‘We hope that clearly answers your question’. Next!

Oh dear. Here at twickerati HQ we’re not very good at politics because we find it so difficult to give a straight answer to a straight question. And that is why we asked five local candidates to write 500 words each setting out their stall for the 2015 election. We said we’d include a link to their website and their profile picture too. They agreed. This is what they have to say to you… Continue reading

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Pic of the Week: Fooled?

When we ran our April fool item about Richmond Council selling naming rights to the proposed Twickenham Town Square we didn’t really expect many people to take it seriously. In fact, we didn’t expect anybody to take it seriously. Imagine our delight when we discovered that someone had written to the Richmond and Twickenham Times to complain that the idea ‘lacks class’. Quite right too! Whether they really fell for it or just wanted to build on the joke we’re not entirely sure, but either way we appreciate that they took the time to write to their local paper about it. Respect, and indeed thanks, are due to Mr or Mrs “Name and address supplied”. Sir / Madam, we salute you!

Who's fooling who?

Who’s fooling who?

LINK:
* The original item
(complete with a couple of very minor edits made after midday on 1st April)

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Turing House Finds a Home. But…

ice-cream-van-twickenham-twickeratiGood news for fans of Turing House School, the long awaited local free school. After much searching and a few setbacks along the way it has now found a site from which to launch in September 2015. It has secured Livingston House in Queen’s Road, Teddington. No, we don’t know it either but it’s actually next to Teddington Memorial Hospital. Refurbishment work will now take place make it ready to open its doors to Year 7 pupils later this year. The site is expected to be used for the first three years of the school’s life while the search for a suitable permanent home gets resolved.

Turing House has also consulted on its admissions policy and its ‘admissions point’ – the geographical point used to determine distance from the school. That location looks set to move for 2016 admissions from its current point near Waldegrave School in Twickenham to a new location in the Teddington / Fulwell area. There is also a proposal that 80% of places would be determined on the basis of the admissions policy and the admissions point, but that 20% of places will be allocated according to proximity to the eventual permanent site itself.

And speaking of permanent sites, Turing House says it’s looking at two options on the Middlesex side of the Borough. But guess what? Not everyone is happy with the ideas being put forward. The expansive Imperial College playing fields in Udney Park Road, Teddington is one option but it has met with local opposition. However a second option, just off Hospital Bridge Road in Whitton, has caused significant consternation Whitt-side. Locals there are concerned that Turing House, with a ‘centre of gravity’ for admissions close to Teddington, could end up as a Whitton-based school but one which Whitton children have very little chance of actually attending. Furthermore, there’s additional agitation associated with this proposal because the site is classed as Metropolitan Open Land and so has a certain degree of green space protection. It is currently owned by Hounslow Council. Opponents of the Whitton idea have set up a Facebook page and a petition.

LINKS:
* Turing House Site
* Turing House Admissions Point
* Whitton Against Turing House – Facebook

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El Brute in Sandys Flowers Flap – UPDATED

UPDATE 17/04/15: The Council and Sandys have now reached a solution to this issue. The flowers will stay! According to an El Brute press release: “In response to the Council’s request for action Sandys reduced their A-boards to one and pulled back their plants from along the pavements’ edge. There was some continuing uncertainty over the size of the planters that the Council had suggested could be retained, but losing Sandys’ flower display was not the aim. The Council and Sandys have now agreed that the existing tiered planters will stay”.  We hear that part of the original ‘misunderstanding’ revolved around differing interpretations between Councillors and Council officials of  how strict the enforcement of the regulations should be. Either way, we’re pleased the floral displays will stay. Or as they might say in Sandys, “brill”.
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The Defunct Great Twickenham General Election Spectacular

polling station sign in lbrutAFTER 145 COMMENTS THIS ITEM IS NOW CLOSED TO NEW ONES. THERE IS A NEW (NEAR IDENTICAL) ELECTION, : CLICK HERE TO GO THERE. AND HERE’S THE ELECTION RESULTS ITEM.

May 7th is looming and you’re asking yourself the very straightforward question, “What is the twickerati position on who to vote for in the election?”. It’s a great question. Let us make our position absolutely clear. We regard elections as the very bedrock of our democracy. In fact, over the last ten years we have seen year on year increases in the number of references to democracy across the internet. Furthermore, we’ve shown our support for the use of the internet and social media by opening accounts on Twitter and Facebook and regard good communication as vital for hard working British families. So let’s celebrate the creativity and diversity we have in our midst, right here in Twickenham. We hope that clearly answers your question. Next! Continue reading

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Town Square Name For Sale

Town square site, Water Lane

Town square site, Water Lane

The saga of the Twickenham Action Plan aka the TWAP has taken yet another twist. Regular readers will be aware of the Council’s purchase of the Santander site in Water Lane with the intention of opening up the space down to the river and creating a new town square. So far, so good, you might think. But now it seems that financial pressures caused by the lengthy road and pavement work have led LBRuT to seek new solutions for completing the project and managing the costs. In a press release from York House, Richmond Council have announced that corporate sponsorship may be used to shore up the scheme and generate a stream of much needed revenue. The document quotes El Brute’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance, Geoffrey Samuel (from Central Casting) as saying, “We have been looking at options to keep costs down for hard pressed Council Tax payers and have agreed to sell naming rights to the new Twickenham Square in much the same way that football stadia and concert venues do. We believe this innovative approach will be welcomed by the residents of Twickenham. Furthermore, we have already agreed a naming deal with the FM Conway the contractors who have been working tirelessly to improve Twickenham’s roads and pavements for many, many months. We believe that when complete, Twickenham’s newly named “FM Conway Square” will be a real asset to the town”.

Conway: Proud sponsors?

Conway: Proud sponsor?

The Council have also indicated that the naming rights would be re-tendered every five years and that there has already been significant interest in the proposal from a range of parties including various telecoms companies, Heathrow Airport and even the retailer Poundland. Naming rights to Water Lane may also be included as part of the arrangement which will almost certainly upset some vocal locals. It’s rumoured that Thames Water Plc may be considering this as an option.

So, are you looking forward to picnicking and partying in FM Conway Square? Or is it time to break out the banners and rock up to York House to campaign to get the name “Twickenham Square” placed firmly on the map? 

If you want to complain to LBRuT you have until midday on 1st April in which to do so.

 
LINKS:
* Full LBRuT Press Release
* April Fools Day – Wikipedia

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It’s Your News… Don’t You Forget It

Ice Cream VanPerhaps you’ve forgotten our “Your Twickenham News” page. Perhaps you haven’t. Perhaps you never knew it existed in the first place. We haven’t given it a plug for a while but we’ve decided that it’s time to give it another push, not because there’s nothing on it but because there is. It’s the place where anyone can post news, questions or information as long as it’s totally Twickocentric and not overly dull or overtly political.

On Your News at the moment we have the following:

A request for information from Rick Wilson about shops in Twickenham and St Margarets – especially Edmund, F.C. Yates and Slater & Francis – in the period 1947-51 and about the Reverend Hugo Charles of All Hallows Church. The reason? It’s background research for a novel set locally. Can you help?

Information about a film being produced by local outfit Stormhouse Pictures. Anders Hammer of Stormhouse gives the lowdown on the movie, Comedy Festival for the Deaf, and is looking for crowd sourced funding.

Details about live music from the legendary John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett hosted by Drumfire Live at Patchworks at The Cabbage Patch pub. It’s on 24th April.

An unusual event at Twickfolk where tales of cuckolded molecatchers, a lone oak tree that grows at Gallipoli, medieval pilgrims and more will be presented by folk experimentalists, story tellers and multi-instrumentalists Harp and a Monkey. It’s at Twickfolk at The Cabbage Patch on 19th April.

There’s also regular information about Orleans House Gallery, Richmond Film Society and Arthurs’ Film Nights. There’s a link to a new Facebook page for events in Twickenham. One poster even poses the question everyone finds utterly baffling… why do some dog owners bother to pick up dog crap in a poo bag but then leave the bag on the ground. Truly, that is one of the great mysteries of life. We’ll leave that one with you.

Got something to say? Say it there.

LINK:
* YOUR NEWS on Twickerati

You can also get there from the main menu bar at the top of the page.

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Pic of the Week: Follow the Yellow Brick Road

First we had the short-lived Church Street Canal, now it seems El Brute have opted to bring more of a Wizard of Oz feel to Twickenham. The paving stones seem to be going in at a rate of about one a day, so whether we’ll ever get to the Emerald City is debatable. And as for who might play the Wizard, the Cowardly Lion, the heartless Tin Man, the brainless Scarecrow or the Wicked Witch of the East, we can only speculate. Or perhaps you should.

We're off to see the Wizard...

We’re off to see the Wizard…

Just click your heels together and repeat, “There’s no place like Twickenhome”.

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On Yer Bike! Well, Are You?

Village bike

A village bike

Did you see last week’s Ricky Twicky Times? Well did you? Cor blimey! That front page all about that bloody cyclist clocking 41mph in Richmond Park. Dangerous eh? And breaking the 20mph speed limit too. The article elicited plenty of comment online. Ban ’em! Leave ’em be! What about the motorists, they’re even worse. And as for those deer, wandering around, eating bark and chestnuts like they own the bloody park: twig-headed idiots. There were no winners.

It got us thinking about cycling. Unlike that chap in the park, not everyone wants to race around wearing lycra that provides onlookers with way too much information about what goes wrong when you hit middle age. But not everyone wants to ride at a sedate pace waving at vicars whether that be on a bike or on a deer. It’s about balance isn’t it? And there are always valid arguments both for and against that.

Lycra louts

Lycra louts on Cross Deep

How about some tolerance and respect and understanding? Why, just the other day, your humble correspondent got called a “two wheeled terrorist” for having the audacity to try to cycle through a green light whilst a group of rugby fans were attempting to cross the road despite the ‘red man’ facing them. Thanks guys. The very next day we witnessed a car braking hard when making a left turn into a side road, not because the driver had made an error when overtaking a bike but because a cyclist had been bombing along the pavement and had crossed the junction without so much as a sideways glance. Pavement cycling by small children is one thing (namely, illegal, a bit irritating but understandable), but there seems to be a small but determined group (usually men in their twenties, often in hi-viz work vests, en route to some place or other) who think a pavement equates to a cycle lane. Dudes, it doesn’t. Continue reading

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