Twickenham station hearing set for December

Campaign: Trag has opposed Solum's plans

Campaign: Trag has opposed Solum's plans

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The judicial review into the decision made over Twickenham station will be heard in December.

The battle between Richmond Council and Twickenham Residents Action Group (Trag), who have brought the case against the authority, will continue at the High Court on December 13 and 14.

Trag was granted the judicial review after claiming the council had not properly considered all the options for the station, gone against its own planning policy and ignored public opinion.

A Trag spokesman said: “An empathetic council would immediately recognise its error by responding to the overwhelming desire of its constituency members by remedying the democratic deficit and giving them the station they clearly want.

“Not so the Richmond Council; forget democracy, they are just hoping that they have done nothing illegal.”

Facing legal costs of £35,000, the group is asking the public for donations to raise the cash in a month.

A Trag spokesman said: “Not surprisingly, the local Twickenham community is very angry at having to dig even deeper into its communal pocket to force the council to take note and respond.”

Leader of the council, Lord True, said previously: “The council has full confidence in the correctness of its planning procedures.”

Trag will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, November 20, at 8pm in St Mary’s Parish Church Hall.

The group’s solicitor will be there to explain the judicial review process and to answer questions.

For information on how to donate, visit trag-sos.co.uk.

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7:17pm Sat 17 Nov 12

PhillipTaylor says...

The ruling on the Catholic school does not bode well for the Trag case in December!

Phillip Taylor
The ruling on the Catholic school does not bode well for the Trag case in December! Phillip Taylor PhillipTaylor
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11:20pm Sat 17 Nov 12

ruggabugga says...

Phillip,
Is that because the Council are wasting yet more tax payer money on unpopular decisions?
Phillip, Is that because the Council are wasting yet more tax payer money on unpopular decisions? ruggabugga
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11:43pm Sat 17 Nov 12

PhillipTaylor says...

I don't know, ruggabugga, although I can say that the Catholic school for Richmond issue was a very important matter for many in the 2010 election.

I had always understood the Liberals to be in favour of the school until Cllr knight did a u turn for party political advantage.

I would have thought the waste of money on the Catholic school was down to Mr Rodell and his fellow objectors and not the council tax payers of Richmond.

The station is in a different category but I just wonder how strong their case really is although I have not expressed a view about Twickenham station publicly and will not do so now.

Phillip Taylor
I don't know, ruggabugga, although I can say that the Catholic school for Richmond issue was a very important matter for many in the 2010 election. I had always understood the Liberals to be in favour of the school until Cllr knight did a u turn for party political advantage. I would have thought the waste of money on the Catholic school was down to Mr Rodell and his fellow objectors and not the council tax payers of Richmond. The station is in a different category but I just wonder how strong their case really is although I have not expressed a view about Twickenham station publicly and will not do so now. Phillip Taylor PhillipTaylor
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8:02pm Wed 21 Nov 12

Twickenham resident says...

VERY interesting TRAG public meeting in Twickenham last night.

The grounds for a JR are arguable in Court. Very positive news but TRAG still needs to raise enough funds in order for their case to be presented.

Seems it is CERTAINLY worth residents lobbying Lord True, MP Vince Cable and their local councillors to ask the council to pull out of the judicial review and NOT to risk a considerable amount of council payers money on legal fees .

This is ENTIRELY different to the Cahtolic school debate. The fact a Court has accepted the JR proves it.

If you care about Twickenham and want a railway station that is

a) fit for purpose (plan B)
b) not just one given a makeover for the Rugby world cup
c) three tower blocks stuck on top with no parking for residents and cramming more and more people into an already overcrowded area,
d) more strain on school places
e) damaging the protected view from Richmond Hill (WHERE ARE YOU RICHMOND SOCIETY??? )
f) the opportunity of again utilising the fourth track lost forever
e) the chance of opening up the passage UNDER the road to safely route fans on rugby match days thus the road would not be closed and traffic will flow freely

Then get emailing and writing NOW !!!
VERY interesting TRAG public meeting in Twickenham last night. The grounds for a JR are arguable in Court. Very positive news but TRAG still needs to raise enough funds in order for their case to be presented. Seems it is CERTAINLY worth residents lobbying Lord True, MP Vince Cable and their local councillors to ask the council to pull out of the judicial review and NOT to risk a considerable amount of council payers money on legal fees . This is ENTIRELY different to the Cahtolic school debate. The fact a Court has accepted the JR proves it. If you care about Twickenham and want a railway station that is a) fit for purpose (plan B) b) not just one given a makeover for the Rugby world cup c) three tower blocks stuck on top with no parking for residents and cramming more and more people into an already overcrowded area, d) more strain on school places e) damaging the protected view from Richmond Hill (WHERE ARE YOU RICHMOND SOCIETY??? ) f) the opportunity of again utilising the fourth track lost forever e) the chance of opening up the passage UNDER the road to safely route fans on rugby match days thus the road would not be closed and traffic will flow freely Then get emailing and writing NOW !!! Twickenham resident
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10:08pm Wed 21 Nov 12

Twickenham Bob says...

In Richmond, approximately 250 households are living in temporary accommodation, with 150 placed outside the borough. *

Lets hope for the sake with these 250 families who are homeless and in Bed and Breakfast style accommodation, that the court rules against the council.

Its outrageous and morally wrong for there to be no element of social housing in the scheme.

Source: * http://www.insidehou
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In Richmond, approximately 250 households are living in temporary accommodation, with 150 placed outside the borough. * Lets hope for the sake with these 250 families who are homeless and in Bed and Breakfast style accommodation, that the court rules against the council. Its outrageous and morally wrong for there to be no element of social housing in the scheme. Source: * http://www.insidehou sing.co.uk/tenancies /london-councils-see k-150-homes-outside- london/6522668.artic le Twickenham Bob
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