Residents have been attending a new “barefoot consultation” on the future of Twickenham which features presentations from 16 different organisations.

The new Conservative administration at Richmond Council announced the new consultation to gather views about the controversial Twickenham Riverside site and other key parts of the town, including the station.

The three-day event - dubbed a barefoot consultation last week by Councillor Nick True, the council leader - kicked off at the Civic Centre, in York Street, Twickenham, and in the Clarendon Room in neighbouring York House this morning and groups including the Twickenham Society, Richmond United Group and the Friends of Twickenham Riverside have been sharing their ideas for the town.

Councillor Pamela Fleming, Richmond Council cabinet member for communities, said: “This administration has promised to listen to local people and consider what they want before we make major decisions.

“There are a number of very important decisions to be made in Twickenham in the coming years not least what we do about the riverside and we are determined to make these decisions with local people.

“This barefoot consultation is very important for shaping the future of Twickenham, we really need as many people as possible to come along and tell us what they think.”

The consultation event will run until 10pm tonight and from 10am until 10pm tomorrow as well as from 10am until 5pm on Saturday.

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