Councillor’s Update

Teddington Police Station for sale

With the community teams having moved to Twickenham, Teddington police station is now for sale. Our MP, Council Leader and Council planners have met MOPAC (Mayor’s Office for Police and Crime) and explained the planning constraints on the site. They pointed out the conflict between the Mayor of London’s own planning policies for social infrastructure and affordable housing, and the advice he has received to sell to the highest bidder, whatever the latter’s intentions for the site. A local housing association has drawn up a scheme for the site including a GP surgery, police office and affordable housing and hope to meet MOPAC.

We do not want a repeat of the Udney Park Playing Fields debacle where the highest bidder had unrealistic expectations. Market housing is not a preferred option and many would like to see Park Road Surgery move across the road to a new building on the site with affordable housing above. We would also like our community police to have a base in Teddington.

Kelly’s Dance Studio 

Hampton Wick’s former Assembly Rooms last use was as a dance studio. It was recently proposed to convert the building into four flats while making no external change. The government has made it easier to change an existing building from a number of other uses to residential under the fast route of permitted development. However, a dance studio is not one of these uses so the permitted development application has been refused.

School Streets

The Transport Committee has decided to make permanent the part-time School Streets traffic restrictions outside Stanley Primary and St John the Baptist, Hampton Wick, though the latter will be kept under review. This lessens the impact of traffic near the schools when children are arriving and leaving.

The garden last month

The Japanese anemones in the Elmfield House Gardens were flowering well into October. These herbaceous perennials have white flowers (or various shades of pink) on stems up to 3ft tall and can tolerate shade. Cut down the previous year’s flowering stems in the spring.

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