Does everyone know about the Leaders Question Time - see below? Hope to see you there. Questions should be submitted by 21 Jan.

 

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Thank you for posting on this forum - where has it be advertised as I haven't seen any posters around Hampton Village and I'm sure I'm not the only one interested in our village planning.

Hi Ginny

 

I understand that every household in Hampton has had this leaflet through their door. It is on our facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/groups/HamptonVillagePlan/ , facebook event http://ow.ly/WU620 and there have been posters on the noticeboards in the village. Also press releases and various tweets. We're doing our best. Spread the word! Bill

 
Ginny Hattersley said:

Thank you for posting on this forum - where has it be advertised as I haven't seen any posters around Hampton Village and I'm sure I'm not the only one interested in our village planning.

Hi Bill

We definitely did not receive a leaflet through the door and I haven't seen it displayed in the Village Green noticeboard on Station Road nor in any of the shops on Station Road who would normally display village event posters - so I was especially pleased to print off a couple from your earlier post.

Well of course this isn't Bill's fault but the lack of awareness of the event is, at least in part, down to the current administration's decision to scrap the Area Consultation Meetings when they came to power in 2010. When there was a regular meeting at least people were aware it was coming up - since 2010 there hasn't been a single council organised meeting in either Hampton or Hampton Hill.

Yes, it could be argued that the ACMs weren't the most widely attended meetings across the borough but we used to do quite well here in Hampton - in fact the ACM which dealt with the proposals to the traffic management around Hampton Triangle was standing room only.

However when the ACMs were scrapped we were told that there would be replacements. There was a manifesto commitment that there would be meetings of the cabinet away from York House (not happened), there would be leader's question times such as this (we haven't seen one in six years and those towns which have had one haven't had one since) and there would be alternative meetings arranged in local areas so specific issues could be discussed and there hasn't been a single one of those arranged here in Hampton other than ones arranged by ward councillors or the Hampton Society.

And of course the Area Consultation Meetings used to have representation from those councillors who are here to represent you, the electorate of Hampton and Hampton North. They were also attended by the local police and council officers were on hand to address technical points. This meeting won't have any cross party representation; of the 9 councillors who represent Hampton, Hampton North and Fulwell and Hampton Hill only one (Cllr Samuel) will be eligible to sit on the panel, the rest of us are deliberately excluded, the police don't usually take part and I don't imagine any officers will be on hand.

So from a system when you could attend at least twice a year every year, ask whatever questions you wanted of your local councillors in an open and public forum and quiz the police and council officers, you now have the opportunity for the first time in six years to ask questions of a group of councillors from a single party, the majority of whom rarely set foot in Hampton....... that's if you've spotted whether the meeting is happening at all!

Still that's progress I suppose


 
Ginny Hattersley said:

Hi Bill

We definitely did not receive a leaflet through the door and I haven't seen it displayed in the Village Green noticeboard on Station Road nor in any of the shops on Station Road who would normally display village event posters - so I was especially pleased to print off a couple from your earlier post.

Gareth, it would appear that this meeting will be totally different to those held in previous years - I'm not sure that I wish to attend a meeting with councillors who rarely set foot in Hampton to discuss planning issues in our village, especially since it would appear not to have been widely advertised in the first place. It makes me question why a majority of the councillors who represent our ward are being excluded.

 

I received a leaflet through the door, and saw a poster on the railings next to Linden Hall

I got it from my neighbour who is on Hampton Society  this one is at The White House  Thursday 28th January between 6 -8.30 pm

said message

From: All In One

Sent: Thursday, December 17, 2015 11:10 AM

To: William Reed

Subject: Upcoming Village Planning events, Hampton and Hampton Hill

 

 

Dear Resident,

 

I am writing to you to advise you of future consultations around Village Planning in Hampton and Hampton Hill and to invite your participation in these events

 

Village Planning for Hampton and Hampton Hill

 

The Council will be working with residents, communities and businesses to refresh Village Plans for Hampton, Hampton Hill, from January to March 2016. Officers will be present at local community groups, Children and Family Centres, church meetings, coffee mornings, activities and local venues, and there will be a number of opportunities for you to give your views. An online survey will open on 5th February 2016 and will close on 21st March 2016

 

In the meantime I am writing to give you advance notice of a number of formal events which you are very welcome to attend.

 

Leaders Question Time for Hampton and Hampton Hill will be held on the evening of Thursday 28 January, starting at 6.30 pm, at the YMCA White House, The Avenue, Hampton.

  • Ask questions of the Leader of the Council and the Cabinet
  • Meet local organisations who will be part of a ‘market place’ (commencing at 6.00 pm)

 

Hampton Hill Association Launch event. The Hampton Hill Association are hosting a ‘launch event’ for the Village Plan in their area, at which residents will have the chance to discuss issues with Councillor Pamela Fleming (Strategic Cabinet Member for Environment, Business and Community) and Councillor Stephen Speak (Cabinet Member for Highways and Streetscene). This event will take place on Saturday 30th January, from 10.30 to 11.30 am at the Hampton Hill Theatre

 

Hampton based events will be held as follows:

  • Drop in Exhibition: Saturday 6 February, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm at Tangley Park Children’s Centre, 1 Bramble Lane, Hampton, TW12 3XB
  • Walkabout: Sunday 7 February meeting place and time to be notified,
  • Drop in Exhibition: Saturday 27 February, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm, Hampton Infants School, Ripley Road, Hampton, TW12 2JH
  • Walkabout: Sunday 28 February, meeting place and time to be notified.

 

Hampton Hill based events will be held as follows:

  • Saturday 5 March, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm, Hampton Hill Junior School, St James’s Avenue, Hampton Hill,  TW12 1HW
  • Sunday 6 March, meeting place and time to be notified.

 

Drop in Exhibition – where we invite your comments on the physical and community characteristics of the village. Council officers, planning consultants will be present to take your comments.

 

Walk abouts – where we invite you to meet us as we walk around the area enabling you to draw attention to issues on the way.

 

If you wish to attend the Leaders Question Time or the Walk abouts, and would like more information about Village Planning, please respond to allinone@richmond.gov.uk

 

 

Best wishes

 

Bill Reed

Community Links Officer

Hope this helps

My feedback, which I also gave to Elizabeth Foster is that it would have been helpful if the panel actually did some homework before having these meetings.  Two things really stood out, one of the panel hadn't heard of the trouble with the boat yard and the other didn't know the trains went to Shepperton, after he said to wherever they go, he then added Kempton. Even the email questions weren't properly answered and they had a week to get all the facts before them.  The pavement issue went badly as well as they didn't know which pavements we were talking about.  The group I went with came away saying exactly the same as me - what a waste of time.

Hello Janice

At the risk of incurring wrath for descending into politics on this page I have to say I agree with your comments

People to whom I've spoken have said that what was lacking was local knowledge on the panel. It wasn't for lack of local councillors - every single one from Hampton, Fulwell & Hampton Hill and Hampton North was present in the hall and it would have shown a degree of humility on behalf of the panel to simply say 'Look. Hands up, we don't know but perhaps we could ask the local councillors for an update'

As it was we got rather generic answers which could have been given at Kew, Whitton, Barnes or anywhere else  "Yes isn't parking a problem", "Yes aren't our parks lovely", "Yes couldn't train services be better" and "No we can't promise to do anything but do let us know what your priorities are and we'll take them on board".

As for the Cabinet Member for Planning being wholly unaware of the only planning issue in the entire borough which has, within the last couple of years, been subject to a full planning enquiry, the findings of which were then appealed at the Royal Courts of Justice and then refused leave to appeal further and NOW is the subject of yet another public enquiry......well it doesn't inspire confidence that the Cabinet Member is fully across their brief. Of course they can't have their finger on the pulse of every application, every appeal and every enforcement notice but this case is surely something out of the ordinary.


 
Janice Merritt said:

My feedback, which I also gave to Elizabeth Foster is that it would have been helpful if the panel actually did some homework before having these meetings.  Two things really stood out, one of the panel hadn't heard of the trouble with the boat yard and the other didn't know the trains went to Shepperton, after he said to wherever they go, he then added Kempton. Even the email questions weren't properly answered and they had a week to get all the facts before them.  The pavement issue went badly as well as they didn't know which pavements we were talking about.  The group I went with came away saying exactly the same as me - what a waste of time.

Unfortunately, I too was unable to attend the meeting due to another commitment but it would appear that I didn't miss too much.  I'm aware that the time and meeting place for the "Walkabout" has yet to be made known but who will actually be conducting the "Walkabout"?  Are there any councillors invited to this who have our interests to heart and who actually know our village and the concerns that some of the residents have?  There are a number of concerns from this forum that immediately spring to mind and which need consideration at council level.

Hello Ginny

 

To answer your broader point of will there be councillors there - yes.

 

To answer the specific as to when and where these walks will take place

 

Sunday 7th February 11am to 1pm meeting outside the small Sainsburys at Hampton Square

Sunday 7th February 2pm to 4pm meeting outside the small Sainsburys at Hampton Square

 

Sunday 28th February 11am to 1pm meeting outside the Waitrose, Oldfield Road

Sunday 28th February 2pm to 4pm meeting outside St Mary's Community Hall, Church Street

 

 

 



Ginny Hattersley said:

Unfortunately, I too was unable to attend the meeting due to another commitment but it would appear that I didn't miss too much.  I'm aware that the time and meeting place for the "Walkabout" has yet to be made known but who will actually be conducting the "Walkabout"?  Are there any councillors invited to this who have our interests to heart and who actually know our village and the concerns that some of the residents have?  There are a number of concerns from this forum that immediately spring to mind and which need consideration at council level.

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