Release Date: 24/01/2017
Residents in Twickenham and Strawberry Hill who missed the opportunity to attend the Leader’s Question times this month, can still have their say in the Village Planning process by attending a drop-in or walkabout next month.
Two events were held this month giving residents in both villages the opportunity to quiz the Leader of the Council and Cabinet Members on issues important to them. Topics ranged from the impact of the future St Mary’s University development, parking, Community Building and Riverside Development.
The events are part of the Village Planning process in Twickenham and Strawberry Hill. In 2013 the Council agreed to move forward with proposals to develop the innovative Village Plans by including guidance on local planning considerations. The process gives local people and businesses the lead role in developing local planning guidance. In addition, it provides a wider opportunity to ensure that the Council is working with the community to address a wide range of local issues.
Following the events, the Council will hold a series of drop-in sessions and walk-abouts in both areas. Residents will be asked to contribute to refreshing the existing Village Plans as well as think about the character of the areas. They will be asked what they would like to see maintained, what they would like to see improved, and how they would like to get involved in their local community. When complete, the new ‘guidance’ will be taken into account when making decisions on planning applications.
Cllr Pamela Fleming, Cabinet Member for the Environment, said:
“Both of the Question times were really useful. Residents were able to ask questions, tell us their thoughts on things we are doing well, but also areas that we need to improve. I was particularly impressed with a number of the local people who attended and suggested some great ideas for closer working between the Council and the community.
“This is what Village Planning is all about – partnership. Over the next few months, we will be looking to have even more conversations with residents and businesses about both Twickenham and Strawberry Hill, looking at other ways we can work together to improve both areas.
“In February and March we will be having a series of walkabouts and drop in sessions. This is where Strawberry Hill and Twickenham residents will be able to guide us around their vision and priorities for their local communities. I hope that many people use the opportunity to come along and have their say.”
A video of the Strawberry Hill Question time is available to watch.
A video of the Twickenham Question time is available to watch.
Details of the drop in sessions and walkabouts for Strawberry Hill and Twickenham are below:
The Walkabouts covering the Twickenham area will be on 5 and 19 March 2017.
For more information, see the Village Plan.
Updated: 24 January 2017