Monday, 24 October 2011

Cllr Elliott attends launch of Whitton's first and newest rugby club

From Left left, Middlesex RFU President, Paul Astbury,
Cllr Gareth Elliott, Aidan Potts,
Honorary Secretary Middlesex RFU, Steve Rac 
On Sunday 23rd September October Whitton awoke in the early morning to the news of its newest and only Rugby Club, the Whitton Lions RFC. Launched on the day of the World Cup Final and attended by the President and Honourary Secretary of the Middlesex RFU the fundraising event was an unmitigated success.

"As a town with Rugby at its heart I am extremely proud that Whitton now has its very own rugby team, and even more so that I have been able to be a part of its creation."

"Whitton Lions is a new club created for the community and I hope over the coming months we can see many more people from Whitton and beyond come down to the Old Latymerians Sports Ground to play and support our new club."

Notes to editor
Whitton Lions RFC was set up by local Whitton Councillor Gareth Elliott and local resident Aidan Potts. It plays at the Old Latymerians Sports Ground in Whitton and was recently affiliated to the Middlesex RFU in October.

Open to all players over the age of 18 and of all abilities the club is particularly keen to introduce non players to rugby and to reintroduce those that have not played for a while to the game.


Thursday, 20 October 2011

Artist required to help animate Whitton Town Centre

Richmond Council is searching for an artist to come and transform an empty shop unit on Whitton High Street into a art community project.
As part of the Council’s Uplift Programme, which aims to revitalise and rejuvenate parts of Whitton, the artist in residence will work with the local community over a one month period to create work that is inspired by local memories, hopes and aspirations.
The artist will be required to design and deliver a variety of drop–in or facilitated workshops and activities to encourage local people of all ages to come in and take part.
Thanks to funding from the Mayor’s Outer London fund, the artist will be offered a £5,000 fee with additional funding available for materials.
The project is being carried out in conjunction with the Town Centre Manager and Whitton Business Association and is due to commence towards the end of November.
Cllr Pamela Fleming, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Community, Business and Culture, said:
“In the All in One survey, residents in Whitton expressed the view that they wanted an opportunity to explore, celebrate and express the identity of their local area. They also voiced concerns about the high number of empty shops along the High Street.
“This is an exciting opportunity that will not only use art and culture to animate the town centre, but it will give local people a platform to be creative and be inspired by the place in which they live.
“We are looking for an artist who will be able to channel all this creativity and work with local people to capture and promote an identity for the future of Whitton.”
To apply to be the Whitton Artist in Residence, send a brief proposal (max 2 sides A4) explaining your interest and your ideas for its delivery, along with your CV, artist’s statement, 3 images of your work.
Applications can be made by email to or by post to Miranda Stearn, Arts & Heritage Development Coordinator, Orleans House Gallery and Arts Service, Riverside, Twickenham TW1 3DJ.
Deadline for submissions is 31 October 2011. For more information call 020 8831 6000
For more media information, please contact Elinor Ridgeway on 020 8487 5159

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Boundary Commission - Change the Name to Hampton Court Petition

The Boundary Commission has proposed that London should have the amount of parliamentary constituencies reduced from 73 to 68 to reduce the amount of politicians at Westminster and to equalise parliamentary constituencies.

Whitton is going to be affected as it will move from the current Twickenham constituency to a new Teddington and Hanworth constituency.

I am personally not in favour of this move because it will remove our historic link with Twickenham. It also goes against the work that I and the people of Whitton have strived to achieve in raising our voice within Richmond.

However, while i will make my voice heard with the Boundary Commission via the consultation (click here) I believe we have a real chance to ensure that the new constituency has a name that is aspirational and befitting our town. It is for this reason that I am supporting local lady Ann Pannet in her bid to change the name of the new constituency to Hampton Court. I urge others to do the same!

Please sign Anne's petion here:

Your Whitton and Heathfield, Your Say

Nearly 200 people attended the first All in One area planning meeting in Whitton and Heathfield on Saturday 14 May in Murray Park Hall.
For those who were unable to attend the event, there is still an opportunity to have your say at the new online community – ‘My Richmond Villages’ online, a series of forums, polls and blogs – giving you the chance to continue the debate. The new Whitton and Heathfield community was launched on Tuesday 17 May at To be able to have your say users will need to register. There are forums and a blog regarding Whitton and Heathfield.
The area planning event follows on from the All in One survey, sent to every home in the borough last autumn, asking residents about local services and finding out the issues that mattered most, and in particular which ones needed improving.
At the event in Murray Park Hall on Saturday, residents were invited to review the results from Whitton and Heathfield, talk to others who are interested as well as local councillors, officers and representatives of other local organisations, including the Police and local Business Association. Visitors were also able to put forward their ideas and suggestions about what can be done to address any issues together.
Residents were also invited to sign up to the community resource bank and volunteer their time, skills or facilities to help address issues in their local area. Do you want to volunteer or request more information, if so complete this form:
In the All in One survey, 1,135 people responded from Whitton and Heathfield and told us:
77% of you were satisfied with your area as a place to live. You also said:
The things that were most important in making it a good place to live included:
·         Local parks and open spaces – 49%
·         Shopping in your local high street – 47%
·         Level of crime and anti-social behaviour – 40%
·         Public Transport – 28%
·         Library services – 26%
The things you identified that most needed improving in your area, included:
·         Shopping in your local high street – 46%
·         Condition of pavements – 35%
·         Traffic and/or levels of congestion – 23%
·         Condition of roads – 22%
·         Support for local businesses – 22%
To see a copy of the report for Whitton and Heathfield(pdf, 2232KB).
The feedback from the event is now being analysed and will be form the basis for a local area action plan that will be put together with local people.