Councillor’s Update

CPZ Results

The Council has now published the results from the the Spring consultation.  Roads or new parts of roads voting to adopt controlled parking included:-

1. Church Road and side roads including Church Lane, Walpole Road, Sutherland Grove, Latimer Road and Luther Road

2. Roads south of Broad Street including North Lane, Middle Lane, Park Lane, St Mary’s Avenue and Coleshill Road

3. Cambridge Road plus The Grove and Elmfield Avenue

4. Park Road plus Avenue Gardens

5. Waldegrave Road plus Linden Grove

6. Gomer Gardens

Parking officers will now be working up detailed proposals.

Bushy Park 6 Month Trial of Closure to Through Traffic

Although Bushy Park has been closed to motor traffic since the start of lockdown (with access to the car parks re-opened recently)  the official 6 month trial period for the exclusion of through traffic has now started. The final decision following  this rests with Royal Parks but the Council will be commenting after monitoring the effects on the roads surrounding the Park and more widely.

Barclays Bank Closing

Barclays will be closing their Teddington branch on 6 November citing reduced customer visits and growth of online banking. This will restrict counter banking facilities in Teddington to the Halifax and the Post Office. 

The building itself is a locally listed  Building of Townscape Merit and now also enjoys the protection of the new Broad Street Conservation Area.

As described below the changes to the Use Classes Order taking effect on 1st September considerably  widens possible new uses for the building under permitted development.

New Planning Rules

The Government’s White Paper on Planning being  consulted on  until 1 October proposes legislation drastically altering the planning system, reducing public input to the early stages only.

I plan to write more about this next month. But more immediately, from 1 September, the Government has created a new Use Class E “Commercial, business and service” for Town Centres so that premises can change between shops,  financial and professional services, restaurants and cafés, offices, gyms, nurseries and health centres without needing planning permission.

However there  is a new “Community” Use Class F2 which protects small “corner” shops. Finally pubs and hot food takeaways become distinct separate uses which both protects pubs and prevents unsuitable conversion to takeaways.

The Garden Last Month

Wisterias often flower twice. The big blowsy flowers of late Spring come from buds on short spurs produced by pruning.

By August these are followed by hanging green beans, fast-growing long new stems and some more strongly coloured flowers.

The whippy new stems sould be shortened as they appear. Then in October everything should be further cut back with a final check in February.

You will be rewarded by big flowering buds and the whole cycle starts again.