I'm not sure how widely this has been advertised but if you're interested in how LBH is planning Chiswick as a town centre, this consultation is open until 11 December. https://haveyoursay.hounslow.gov.uk/bids-and-funding/reimagining-our-town-centres-chiswick-visio/The document which underpins it is here:https://democraticservices.hounslow.gov.uk/documents/s172372/CEX588%20Reimagining%20our%20town%20centres%20-%20Appendix%201%20Town%20Centre%20Vision%20Documents.pdfThe Vision for Chiswick starts at page 45 (of 57) - there are also Visions for Hounslow, Feltham and Brentford. Enjoy!
Marie Power ● 78d4 Comments
Let's be honest, they (Hounslow) will do whatever they decide to do.Consultations are not referenda, as they say.
Maggie Dodge ● 78d
What bothers me is that this is the sort of "consultation" that down the line gets used as evidence in support of whatever the council has in mind. I received the email because I have previously responded to similar invitations. I have no idea how many others will know about it hence my posting. I agree it's a nebulous thing and flawed from the outset in that you are asked to rank the proposals in order of preference and there is no option among those choices to say "no thanks". As I said in my original post, the first question is where is the money coming from - not only for implementing these ideas but paying for dubious surveys like this one. If, as seems likely, Hounslow exercises its new finance-raising powers and ups Council Tax by 5% then it would be nice to think that not a penny of it will be wasted.
Bruce Hammal ● 78d
Sorry Bruce didn't notice that earlier post. As an exercise it is rather long on aspiration and short on detail. I'm not sure what it's meant to achieve.
Marie Power ● 78d
I think people are interested - it is just at this stage there is very little actual detail of what is being planned. I didn't attend the recent exhibition but everyone who did says they learnt very little.The only thing to have come out of the process is confirmation that the Post Office will be redeveloped. The council actually has relatively little power to force the owner to do anything they chose not to.I may be unduly optimistic but the rhetoric suggests a recognition that local retail and hospitality is having a really hard time and policies that make things worse should be avoided.
Francis Rowe ● 78d