Teddington Police Station for Sale
Teddington Police Station has long been on the Mayor of London’s disposal list. Now marketing is imminent although it is unclear whether the Safer Neighbourhood Team will be based at the refurbished Twickenham Police Station or have a more local base. If the Met seek the best price for the site this could be at odds with providing affordable housing and/or new premises for the Park Road surgery. Selling to a developer with unrealistic ideas about planning potential could lead to a prolonged stalemate. The Council will advise the Mayor that planning policies require another community/social use, a design compatible with the Conservation Area, and protection for the trees, the old perimeter wall and the green triangle at the apex.
Article 4 Direction
The recent Community Conversation concentrated on our high streets and how to ensure their future post-Covid. Planning deregulation has reduced the ability to resist shops becoming housing but the Council has made an “Article 4 Direction” effective next year to restore planning control. This is presently out for consultation.
After extensive community engagement the Council has now submitted a planning application for a new Elleray Hall on the North Lane East depot and car park site (top photo) and low rise affordable housing on the present site of Elleray Hall (second photo). The Elleray Community Association enthusiastically supports the scheme. You can comment at: richmond.gov.uk/lbrplanning
A310 Improved cycle facilities
The consultation has now closed. This shows general support for improving cycle facilities along Twickenham Road and Manor Road plus the need to improve pedestrian crossing facilities.
South West Trains are consulting on the December 2022 timetable – by which time the lifts at Teddington Station should be installed. The extra rush hour trains were suspended with Covid and it is proposed not to reinstate them.
The garden last month
Fuchsia microphylla, as its name suggests, has very small leaves and flowers. It forms a small shrub and flowers for most of the year. No pruning required.
Cllr Martin Elengorn
Martin Elengorn is a long term local resident and Councillor for Teddington Ward.