Monday, 26 September 2011

Yellow line amnesty – nominate your yellow lines for removal

Conservatives in Richmond and Whitton are delivering on their promise to ensure ethical car parking policies and continue in our  efforts to attract growth to the borough. After requests from residents and businesses the Council will be removing double yellow lines where complaints have been raised about difficulties to park and shop.

Recently, 50 yards of yellow lines were removed in the popular shopping area of Crown Road, St Margarets, creating 12 new parking spaces.

Now we shall continue with this initiative to get rid of even more yellow lines in order to create further parking spaces and Whitton Town Centre is next on our list.

Businesses, trader’s associations and residents can use this opportunity to nominate which yellow lines cause the most angst and the Council will then consider their removal. Successful nominations will have to ensure that they do not impede safety or traffic flow.

Councillor Chris Harrison, Cabinet Member for Transport said:

“We’re going to do our utmost to support local shops to thrive and one of the best ways is by making it easier for their customers to get in”

“It’s a simple idea but until now no one has taken the initiative and got on with it. By the time we’re finished, I want our shopping streets looking busier and tills ringing even more frequently.”

If you would like to nominate double yellow lines for removal please send an email to

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Whitton's First Tweet Up - Record of the Meeting

A historical day for Whitton… it’s first Tweet-up (a meeting set up through Twitter), led by Councillor Gareth Elliott.
It was great to see how passionate people are about their hometown, and with the ‘Uplift Programme’, made possible through mayoral and council funding, enthusiasm to develop the high street was in abundance. Residents are evidently already pleased with relatively new businesses such as Eye-Smile, giving a ‘personal, professional and friendly service’, and the chique new beauty parlour that has opened next to the new dentist!
With all these local services emerging, Whitton residents were keen to put their views to their local councillor and help build a happy and prosperous town. Part of the uplift programme will be to enhance the village atmosphere of Whitton, by stressing it’s uniqueness and revelling in our history. The place has been around since medieval times. However, looking to the more recent past, the idea is to give the high street a face-lift and a 30s vibe. To aid the creation of a character, rather than uniformity, the idea was put forward to make Whitton High Street a Conservation Area, thereby laying down guidelines in place for shop fronts, signage and so on. A contentious issue at the moment was Lidl’s proposals to erect a 7m tall flag pole with a signpost with it’s logo on, just in front of the library. Residents raised the current appeal with the Planning Inspectorate which is open for comment.

In keeping with the quest to re-establish Whitton’s identity, residents expressed their dismay in the political district being different to that of the post-office, whereby residents with TW3 postcodes are apparently being classed as Hounslow residents, when they are paying taxes to the Richmond Borough. Considering we’re the fourth largest village in the borough, our identity is so important. This brought the group on to the very topical debate about the Boundary Commissions latest proposals. As MPs are being reduced in number to 600 and each constituency only needs 75,000 voters, plans have been put forward to abolish the Twickenham constituency that Whitton comes under. Richmond would then join with Twickenham under new boundary guidelines, leaving Whitton with the prospect of coming under the heading of Teddington and Hanworth. This would encompass Heathfield, Teddington, the two Hanworths, three Hamptons and Whitton. The plans were met with real concern by the participants who indicated they want to ensure their voices are loudly heard as part of the ongoing consultation and public debate.

To conclude, today’s discussion was about identity, identity, identity! To move forward we definitely not only need to preserve what Whitton already has to offer, but look to develop in a positive, structured way.

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Twitter First: Cllr Elliott to meet with Whitton tweeters on High Street improvements

Following on from a straw poll conducted through the social networking site Twitter, Cllr Elliott has agreed to meet with Whitton’s residents to discuss the High Street Improvement scheme.

In what appears to be a first for a local Whitton Councillor Cllr Elliott put out a request to residents on Twitter asking for their nominations for possible shop frontage improvements. Due to the hugely positive response and the fact that respondents can only reply in 140 characters Cllr Elliott proposed a physical meeting.

The meeting will be held at the Admiral Nelson on Monday 19th September at 7pm. All welcome.