CPZ consultation – have your say

NewsThe issue of parking in central Teddington has led to Richmond Council to open a consultation on parking in the area.

Residents living within and outside of the current Community Parking Zone (CPZ) have until the end of the month to make their views heard. Feedback that triggered the consultation included requests for different hours and an expansion of the current restricted zone.

Generally speaking there needs to be 50% or more support for changing or amending an existing parking zone so if you are affected by parking issues, make your voice heard. Highways Councillor Stephen Speak: “Your views are vital to the Council and it is important that as many people as possible have their say on parking measures in Teddington.”

The current parking zones and consultation boundary (click for larger version).

Many will have received letters containing this information, but you respond online using one of these two surveys:
teddingtoncpz-wzt for those inside zone T (green)
teddingtoncpz-ozt for those outside of zone T. (Ferry Road also is included in the CPZ (Z2) but is not included in this review)

Parking controls need to address the delicate balance between providing enough spaces for residents, commuters and shoppers alike..considering how some roads serve all three of these local needs. Some feel that over-protection of roads around the station simply pushes the problem further afield, leading to an ever-increasing controlled parking zone.

Before meters were introduced on high streets, many spaces used to be taken up by all-day parking commuters or shop staff, areas like Teddington have grown as a shopping destination since spaces were freed up. Now nearby CPZ’s also allow shoppers to park nearby after peak commuting times (after 10:30am Mon-Fri) to shop so increasing the restricted hours may benefit residents but negatively affect trade.

Remember you can register for a FREE Richmond Card which gives 30 minutes free parking, discounted parking, library membership and also some special offers in some local businesses.

Planning Update

PlanningThe temporary home of the newly-created Turing House School will be located at Livingston House, just a stones thrown from where Alan Turing worked at the NPL after WW2. With 2,212 square metres of space there will be adequate room for the school on the corner of Queens Road and Broad Street from September 2015, currently the plan is to be at this site for 2-3 years.

The school is one of several establishments and clubs bidding for shared use of Udney Park Road playing fields at the other end of Teddington. The move will bring much-needed school places to an increasingly crowded area, more detailed plans and news can be found on the Turing House School website.

The Teddington Society have applied for permission to install a poppy sculpture in the gardens outside Elmfield House. If given the green-light, the tall Flanders Poppy installation (3 giant metal poppies) will sit in the centre of the gardens and would form a tribute to the people of Teddington who gave their lives during the great war. The plans are online here if you wish to comment.

Before work has begun on the Teddington Studios campus, the 4.5 acre site has been sold to an overseas developer for £80m, making it at over £1,000 per square foot, higher than any nearby area. A starting date for the development of 219 residential homes and public riverside gardens with promenade is still to be decided and is dependent on Haymarket Group finding a new home

The gold rush to convert retail and industrial space continues with several developments finished or nearing completion. Construction at Waldegrave Road’s London square luxury development is still underway, in the meantime a sales office has opened and you can pick-up an apartment from £545k or a four-bed townhouse from £1.3m.

Scaffolding has gone up around Cote Brasserie but they are open for business as usual, work has begun to convert the top floor of this building into three new flats. If you have been wondering what the extravagant doors are that have appeared on The Causeway, they are the entrance to ‘Pasmore House’ which is a collection of six 1-3 bedroom apartments which were all reserved on launch day.

Pasmore House entrance (c) Hello Photo.

Victoria House on Queens Road was previously used for offices/storage at the LGC site is currently undergoing a ‘labour of love’ restoration back to being accommodation as originally intended. Two of the four luxury 2-bed apartments that will have park views will be priced between £700-£750k and the other two being over two floors will be £825-£850k.

A petition has been created by the Shacklegate Lane Allotment Association to reverse the decision to close the last remaining allotment site in Teddington in order to use the area for burial space. The Shacklegate Lane allotment site was created from designated cemetery land over 120 years ago, and is the last remaining site in Teddington as others have been taken over for building development – leading to waiting lists of several lists for allotments across the borough. The petition points out that although this action would free up some much-needed burial land, a longer-term solution is needed. You can sign the petition online here if you support the cause.

Planning for the new Sainsbury’s Local at the Landmark Arts Centre end of the High Street continue, plans have been submitted for various advertising on the building and a totem-pole stand on the pavement – all of which are raising concerns with locals due to being inside the Conservation Zone. If you wish to comment on the proposals, they are online here.

Community bid for sports grounds

PlanningAfter Imperial College ceased sporting activities at their sports fields on Udney Park Road, rumours have been rife about the future of the 13 acre site in the heart of Teddington. The process is now open for bidders to make themselves known but the desperate need for local sports facilities, green spaces and protection against over-development has led to the formation of a concerned group Space to Play.

Space to Play is a community consortium of local sports clubs, schools, businesses and residents that are coming together to ensure that the Imperial College playing fields remain an open space and a dedicated sports facility that can be opened up to the whole community. Local sports clubs and some schools are in need of extra playing fields in order to meet the demand from local families – many have long waiting lists to join clubs.

The key to the success of a community bid is Richmond Council’s commitment to keeping the playing fields as green open space. The group believes there are historical, practical and legal reasons why they should remain so:

  • The land was originally gifted on the basis that its use would be restricted to amateur sport.
  • The Council is currently carrying out a survey into the availability of open playing fields across the Borough, suggesting that this is an area of concern.
  • This site has been designated ‘Other Open Land of Townscape Importance’, and should therefore be protected from development under current planning regulations.
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    Space To Play is assuming that the Planning Department’s position holds a ‘presumption against commercial development‘ despite the site being marketed with potential for this – the sale info emphasises ‘Potential for a number of alternative uses including D1, C2 & C3 subject to the necessary consents.’ D1 is non-residential (e.g. schools) C2 is residential institutions (e.g. nursing homes) and C3 is housing.

    The group needs support of local residents to ensure that this ‘presumption’ becomes a ‘conviction’. Interested parties must put forward proposals in the next few weeks and a community bid would almost certainly be the best way of safeguarding as much of the land as possible. Visit their website for more info and to add your signature to their petition if you are also concerned about the future of the site.

    Crime Update

    You may have noticed an increased police presence at the corner of Broad Street and Stanley Road recently and wondered if they were attending an accident or crime. They are actually posted here on each approaching road as part of a major Metropolitan Police road safety operation.

    Operation Safeway is a joint Police and TFL initiative to make all road users safer by enforcing the law and educating them about dangers. Key junctions such as this one will be policed across London during some rush hours, where they will hand out advice/leaflets and also issue fixed penalty notices to drivers, motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians who commit traffic offences such as using mobile phones, not wearing seat belts and jumping red lights.

    Fighting and preventing burglaries and shoplifting remain a high priority concern for the area. According to a MoneySupermarket study, Teddington has the 7th highest number of burglaries in the country, but this is based on insurance claims rather than crime statistics and is probably boosted by the high numbers of bicycles stolen in the area from sheds.

    Teddington SNT has been working closely with the Neighbourhood Watch groups and residents to prevent these incidents, patrols happen frequently where anyone seen loitering or delivering door to door are asked to account for their presence in the area. If you are concerned with anyone acting suspiciously in your area, call the police non-emergency number 101.

    Shoplifting from Teddington branches of Tesco, Morrison’s and Boots have increased lately and advice was given on security visibility and using the town link radio system.

    An online consultation has been launched to ask residents which crime priorities should be set for the borough – the closing date for this is the 15th of March 2015.

    New legislation will soon come in to place in the borough that will allow Richmond Council to fine or convict owners of illegally-moored boats on the Thames. The new bylaw means it will be a criminal offence to moor without permission on council-owned or managed land. Owners of boats in these areas have been given notice and will be re-visited if they haven’t moved after the new law comes into effect on March 13th.

    One group of 10 long-standing boaters by Teddington Lock, some of whom have been there for 9 years feel that the Council haven’t offered them a compromise, have nowhere else to go and that complaints against them are unwarranted and some locals have been verbally abusing them.

    Police budget cuts have affected local police budgets and there are even more savings on the horizon. A recent newsletter to Richmond Borough residents also included an appeal (now fulfilled) for an unwanted laptop so that the Police can help victims of crime to identify suspects.

    The Teddington Safer Neighbourhood Team host regular drop-in sessions if you want to discuss any matters – the next one is at Costa Coffee on Thursday 12th March 12-3pm.

    The office space conversion gold rush continues

    PlanningLast year government legislation was introduced that was designed to boost local economies and help with the housing shortage by making use of underused and empty office space – since then many planning applications have been made for both empty and occupied buildings by landlords.

    Richmond Council recently wrote about these planning system changes that has led to 50,000 square feet of office space being lost to new homes in the borough. These plans initially only required ‘prior approval application’ meaning only the impact in relation to highways and transport, flooding and contamination is considered, not the greater effect on employment space and other local amenities such as school places. Plans now have the usual planning requirements but many have already been agreed – the temporary rule will end in mid-2016 but the effects will stay with us for much longer.

    Being an area with particularly buoyant property prices, Teddington is seeing many applications to turn office space into residences. As well as plans for Livingstone House (14 flats), owners of the Goodrich House in central Teddington at 1 Waldegrave Road wish to convert office space into 15 two bedroom flats.

    There are also approved plans for the offices above Dexters estate agents to turn into 4 flats and 8 flats in office space above the ex-Bottoms Up unit on The Causweay.

    These are in addition to large new developments including 18 new houses and 8 flats at London Square on Waldegrave Road, 58 new homes under construction replacing the partly-occupied offices in Somerset House and the 219 new flats that will replace Teddington Studios and Haymarket Offices.

    There is also pressure on other areas such as car parks – an application to build three town houses in Cairngorm Close car park has attracted many objections from nearby residents who feel that losing 24 of the 48 spaces will lead to (even more) parking issues in the area.

    Dancing in Libraries comes to Teddington

    EventsFrom this Friday 14th until Sunday 17th November 2014, you may experience something of the unusual and sublime if you visit Teddington Library. Artists Dog Kennel Hill Project will be dancing in live performances through these three days amongst regular library users and guests!

    The work is a collaboration between local libraries and nationally recognised dance artists, who have produced work directly in response to the site which is child friendly, innovative and inspiring. There will be opportunities for children to come and read stories to a resident bear, dancing inspired by Noel Coward and a Victorian contraption built especially for the library called a harmonograph.

    The Fictitious Truths of Teddington is a “collection of performance curiosities celebrates a sense of wonder at human evolution, from the hunter gatherers in the primordial forest to the finger tapping media communicators of now.” A nod is given to the Victorian thirst for knowledge and sharing for the benefit of all that led to the creation of Teddington Library.

    Dance in Libraries is part of the Richmond Upon Thames Literature Festival and a 2-year project which seeks to research and reframe library spaces through creative dialogue between dance artists and library users. You can find highlights from last year’s Dance in Library performances here.

    Sport Update

    NewsJoe Morgan, Team GB digital media manager and goalkeeper for Teddington Hockey Club, fed-up with his football-loving friends calling him a “hockey boy” decided to help show how skilful, intense and action-packed hockey is by filming a recent match with a mounted camera – with the added bonus of raising interest in the sport.

    The match between Teddington 2nd and East Grinstead which ended in a 3-3 draw was recorded and has been enjoyed by many online viewers as it was shared and featured by news sites including the Telegraph, so the world’s oldest hockey club is now one of the most high tech!

    Richmond Council have launched a consultation to determine whether Broom Road Recreation Ground tennis and netball courts should be converted into a beach volleyball area. If given the go-ahead, the site which is in need of renovation, would be transformed by spring 2014 into three beach volleyball courts and residents would be able to play new sports including volleyball, beach tennis and more.

    Teddington Athletic Under 12 girls football team are unbeaten in 10 games, have scored 96 goals and need to win just two more matches to bag the league! Their shiny new kits, sponsored by Moiduls and Physio and Therapy will only help them even further!

    This year’s Bushy Park Santa Fun Run in aid of Princess Alice Hospice will take place on 1st December and is always a sight to behold – a Santa suit is included in the £10 entry fee).

    Young teams are doing Teddington proud: Collis Girls are Richmond Borough football champions and Teddington School has enjoyed an amazing clean sweep in boy’s football in the borough, making champions of years 7 right through to 11!

    Physio and Therapy are offering a free 12 day programme to prepare marathon runners during December for next year’s race – this includes everything from physio assessment, nutritional advice, training plans and post-race recovery.

    Teddington-based distance runner and St Mary’s graduate Andy Vernon is on the cover this week’s Athletics Weekly and is interviewed about his plans to win in Europe.

    Teddington Swimming Club have stormed ahead of most of the field and finished a close second in the National Arena Swimming League meeting earlier this month. They now quality for the London Premier division ‘A’ final on 14th December at Basildon Sporting Village. Teddington Junior Girls School swimming team are also in the National School Finals this weekend at Crystal Palace.

    Also on the water, Surbiton High School Boat Club have moved into the Aerial Sailing Club, the area is home to many successful water-born clubs and has produced many famous sporting names.