Release Date: 16/01/2017
Parking and the future of St Mary’s University were the ‘hot topics’ at last week’s Question Time event – which now moves to Twickenham in the evening on Wednesday 18 January.
Over 150 people attended the Strawberry Hill event, to quiz a panel of councillors including: Lord True; Cllr Pamela Fleming (Cabinet Member for Environment); Cllr Paul Hodgins (Cabinet Member for Schools) and Cllr Susan Chappell (Cabinet Member for Communities, Planning and the Voluntary Sector) . The event was chaired by Philippa Nunn, Headteacher of Waldegrave School.
The event kick started the Village Planning process in 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 Question Time, the Council will hold a series of drop-in sessions and walk-abouts. Residents will be asked to contribute to refreshing the existing Village Plan for Strawberry Hill as well as think about the character of the area. 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.
The next Question Time is for residents in the Twickenham area. It is on Wednesday 18 January at the Member’s Club House, The Stoop Rugby Ground from 6.30 to 8.30pm.
Cllr Pamela Fleming, Cabinet Member for the Environment, said:
“Residents in Strawberry Hill really showed us how passionate they are about the area. There are clearly some big issues that we need to look into, particularly around parking and St Mary’s University. We have taken note of this and we will liaise with Council officers and relevant partners on next steps. Moving forward, we will try to use the Village Planning process to really engage with the community on these big issues.
“In February and March we will be having a series of walkabouts and drop in sessions, where Strawberry Hill and Twickenham residents will be able to guide us around their vision and priorities for the community.
“Question time now stops at Twickenham next week, and 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.
Details of the drop in sessions and walkabouts for Strawberry Hill and Twickenham are below:
Strawberry Hill Drop in:
Saturday 25 February 10am to 4pm at Emmanuel Centre (Radnor Road Entrance) Popes Grove, Church of St James.
Strawberry Hill Walkabout:
Sunday 26 February at 10.30am to 12.30pm meeting outside the Emmanuel Centre.
Twickenham Drop in:
The Walkabouts covering the Twickenham area will be on Saturday 5 March and Saturday 19 March 2017.
For more information, please see the village plan page.
Updated: 17 January 2017