Release Date: 06/07/2012
Residents are being invited to have their say on Richmond Council’s vision for the future of Twickenham.
The Council have published plans to transform roads, pavements and public areas, in a far reaching plan to benefit residents, businesses, motorists and visitors. A public consultation was launched today (Friday 6 July) on two significant town centre plans. The consultation combines the Twickenham Area Action Plan and a detailed scheme for Twickenham Street Scene and Highways Improvements.
Experts compiled the plans to improve key sites following a number of previous public consultations regarding the future of the area. The public consultation for the Twickenham Area Action Plan is the final representation stage before it is submitted to the Secretary of State for independent examination by a Planning Inspector. The plan will provide a framework for the regeneration of the town and any representations should be made on whether the scheme is compliant with legislative requirements.
Earlier consultations on Twickenham revealed residents wanted to reduce the dominance of traffic and improve the experience for pedestrians. Proposals include widening footways, improvements to public space and a 20mph speed limit in the town centre to help improve traffic flow and pedestrian movement. A new taxi rank in London Road, improvements to Garfield Road and park, and a public piazza at the Church St/Water Lane junction are also proposed along with relocating bus stops in the town centre.
Cllr Virginia Morris, Richmond Council’s Strategic Cabinet Member for Environment, Planning, Parks and Highways, said:
“This is a major step forward in our commitment to reinvigorating Twickenham. We have listened to our residents and businesses about their views on the future of the town. They told us Twickenham needed reinvigorating and I firmly believe we have developed a significant plan reflecting their wishes to provide a better town centre for everybody.
“Like many towns, roads in Twickenham experience periods of congestion and it is hoped the various measures proposed would help improve traffic flow and create more space on the pavements. The scheme, together with proposals in the Area Action Plan will combine to enhance the town centre, develop the local economy, and make Twickenham an even better place to live, work and visit.”
You can visit the plans and give us your views by visiting: www.richmond.gov.uk/twickenham_area_action_plan
An exhibition is also being held at the Civic Centre, 44 York Street, Twickenham. Responses for both consultations should be made by 5pm on Friday 31 August 2012.