Monday, 28 March 2011

Whitton Library Consultation - Council seeking your views

Residents in the Whitton and Heathfield area are being asked how they think the Whitton Library building could be improved.  

The Council wants to hear from local residents where improvements would make most difference to their use of the library.  This could be better disabled access, improved lighting or new public toilet facilities. 

Following the closure of Heathfield Library and the opening of the Library Access Point at Whitton Community Centre, the larger Whitton Library is due to have some renovation.

Cllr Pamela Fleming, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Communities, said:

“Now that Heathfield Library has closed we want to ensure that the nearby Whitton library provides services in a building that users enjoy using and utilise frequently.

“We would like to hear what people would like to see improved. For example, do they want to improve the layout inside, different furniture or signage.

“Like all other boroughs, Richmond upon Thames is facing a challenging financial situation and we can’t promise to do everything that people suggest. However, it is important that the library complements the local Heathfield Library Access Point and offers an alternative venue for residents to borrow books, have access to local information, internet access and regular events such as story time, book readings and workshops.”

If you would like to submit your views, by going to http://www.richmond.gov.uk/home/council_government_and_democracy/council/civic-offices/departments/communications/press_office/press_releases/march_2011_press_releases/residents_views_on_how_to_improve_whitton_library.htm or by using the comments board inside the library. The consultation begins on the 4th April until the 21st April. 

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Local Rugby Event Alert: Red Cross Earthquake appeal Crusaders v Sharks Sunday 27th March 2011

RFU Local Rugby Event Alert

INVESTEC SUPER RUGBY

Supporting the Red Cross Earthquake appeal in New Zealand
Crusaders v Sharks
Sunday 27th March 2011, Twickenham Stadium, Kick off 4pm

New Zealand's Crusaders Investec Super Rugby match against the Sharks from South Africa has been confirmed at Twickenham Stadium on Sunday 27 March at 4pm.
We regret the short notice of this match which is an extremely unusual occurrence for a Twickenham event. Maximum attendance will be 55,000 which is almost 30,000 less than the capacity of a major match.

The RFU agreed to host the match following consultations with the police, transport authorities and the local authority. Local parking controls will be in operation around the stadium from 12 noon to 8pm.

The game will raise funds for the Red Cross Earthquake appeal in New Zealand as well as helping out the Crusaders, as their home stadium in Christchurch is currently out of action following the earthquake. £5 from each ticket sold will go to the earthquake appeal.
For further information: www.rfu.com/TwickenhamStadium 

Local Rugby Event Alert: Red Cross Earthquake appeal Crusaders v Sharks Sunday 27th March 2011

RFU Local Rugby Event Alert

INVESTEC SUPER RUGBY

Supporting the Red Cross Earthquake appeal in New Zealand
Crusaders v Sharks
Sunday 27th March 2011, Twickenham Stadium, Kick off 4pm

New Zealand's Crusaders Investec Super Rugby match against the Sharks from South Africa has been confirmed at Twickenham Stadium on Sunday 27 March at 4pm.
We regret the short notice of this match which is an extremely unusual occurrence for a Twickenham event. Maximum attendance will be 55,000 which is almost 30,000 less than the capacity of a major match.

The RFU agreed to host the match following consultations with the police, transport authorities and the local authority. Local parking controls will be in operation around the stadium from 12 noon to 8pm.

The game will raise funds for the Red Cross Earthquake appeal in New Zealand as well as helping out the Crusaders, as their home stadium in Christchurch is currently out of action following the earthquake. £5 from each ticket sold will go to the earthquake appeal.
For further information: www.rfu.com/TwickenhamStadium 

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

5-A-DAY boost for Whitton

Children from Nelson Primary School will officially open the borough’s first ‘Change4Life’ shop next week in Whitton.
The Change4Life Convenience Store campaign is run by the Department of Health (DoH) in partnership with local Councils to make it easier for all parts of the community to eat healthily.
Costcutter in Whitton was the first store in the borough to sign up. They have agreed to sell a wider range of fruit and vegetables and prominently display the produce. In return, the DoH has provided funding to buy food chillers and stands, as well as providing advice about maximising profits, minimising waste and promoting the produce to the local community.
To mark the opening, children from nearby Nelson Primary School, visited the shop on its opening day to learn more about the importance of eating fresh fruit and vegetables.
Cllr Nicola Urquhart, Cabinet Member for Adult Services, Health and Housing, said:
“We all know that eating healthily is a good thing, but we also need to make it easier for people to actually buy fruit and vegetables near where they live. These stores are all about making quality, healthy food more accessible and affordable and the NHS-Council partnership is working hard to make this happen.
“We hope that once Whitton residents know that they can buy quality fresh fruit and vegetables locally they will find it that little bit easier to cook healthy meals for themselves and their families"
CostCutter Manager, Vijay, said:
"I'm really proud to be the manager of Whitton’s own Change 4 Life convenience store. We will be working hard to encourage people in the community to pick up some healthy food when they’re doing their shopping".

Monday, 7 March 2011

Budget Update: Whitton prioritised in forward looking uplift programme

On Tuesday 1st March at the Council’s Budget meeting it was announced that Whitton, along with Hampton North, was to be prioritised in the Borough’s regeneration and uplift schemes. Announced by Cllr Virgina Morris, cabinet member for Environment, the programme represents significant investment in Whitton as part of the long term aim to regenerate the town.
As part of my election push and subsequent pledge as I took office I have made it my priority to ensure that Whitton is heard at Council and its unique needs recognised. I am proud to say that this Conservative Council, in stark contrast to the previous Liberal administration, is now listening and through this investment acting on the calls of Whitton residents.
I will be working with Cllr Morris and Council officials over the coming months to ensure that this investment programme delivers on the needs of Whitton residents. Importantly I will be making sure that the views raised in the All in One survey will feed into the strategy.
Extracts from the Budget announcement - Cllr Morris said:
“What strikes me about Whitton is that it has one of the best high streets in the borough, well defined and with a pub at one end and a station at the other. It has wide footpaths, parking, and an array of shops. It is surrounded by predominately 1930s developments, some of which have large gardens, room to extend the house and off-street parking, and situated close to the station, and to top it off a fast train link into London. Where is this dream place, Whitton, a place that needs investment and promotion as one of our key up and coming family areas.”
 Link to cabinet paper describing the uplift strategy: