Saturday, 14 July 2012

Vibrant Whitton - New Shops

This week saw the opening of Gregg's Bakers in Whitton. Along with other recent additions such as Gears for Gears and Station Barbers Whitton is bucking the economic downturn and shows fantastic vitality. 

Credit for this turnaround must got to the traders and the Council for their tough resilience. The Uplift Strategy and the Mayor's Outer London Fund have provided much needed investment that has not only put Whitton back on the map and returned its village atmosphere but have created a town people want to invest in. Over the next few years the Conservatives in Whitton will continue to invest and promote Whitton to ensure it remains a town we can be proud of.

Parking during the Olympics

Residents are urged to consider where they park their car during the local Olympic events this summer as access will be severely affected by the Games.
From the 24 July – 1 August there will be six Olympic events in the borough, including the Olympic torch relay, the men’s and women’s road cycle races and subsequent cycle time trials.
During the cycle events and for a period of time before and after, parking will be suspended along the whole route and for ten metres into each side road. Additional parking suspensions will be required away from the race route to accommodate emergency and other event related vehicles.
Due to the number of roads affected it is likely that hundreds of cars will be displaced, therefore drivers should consider where they will park well in advance. In addition, residents are reminded that Community Parking Zones throughout the borough will still be enforced and vehicles parked in contravention of the restrictions will be issued with a PCN.
Cllr Geoffrey Samuel, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources and Chairman of the Council’s Strategic Olympics Programme Board, said:
“We are aware that the Olympics will cause widespread disruption in the borough and we want residents to be aware of the changes to parking restrictions well in advance so that they can make preparations to park elsewhere. We don’t want to have to issue any parking tickets or remove any vehicles that are parked incorrectly but for the health and safety of both the athletes and the large number of spectators expected to attend, we do need the routes to be clear.
"If you live on the race route and have a driveway to park on but would like to use your car during event days then it is worth moving it to a nearby location without any parking restrictions as you will not be permitted to drive on the actual race route. I advise all residents to look at the details of the different Olympic events and the parking restrictions on the Council’s website and take action to move your car if necessary.
“Over the next few weeks over 1,000 signs will be placed on lamp columns around the borough, highlighting where parking restrictions will be in place – I urge residents to take note and start making any necessary arrangements.”
Parking during the torch relay will be suspended along the route of the torch on 24 July from 8am until midday.
Parking will be suspended along the cycle race route from 6.30pm on the 27 July until 8pm on the 29 July. All parking will be suspended for the Cycle Time Trial route from 6.30pm on the 30 July until 8pm on the 1 August.
Due to the large numbers of displaced vehicles, it is not possible to provide alternative parking and any vehicle left within suspended areas is likely to be towed away.
Information about the exact locations for parking suspensions can be found on the Olympics page.

Team Richmond triumph at the London Youth Games

Young athletes from Richmond upon Thames have scooped 10 team medals as well as numerous individual medals at this year’s London Youth Games.
With less than a month to go until the Olympic Games more than 50,000 youngsters from London’s 33 boroughs got into the Olympic spirit as they competed in over 50 events.
Team Richmond won gold medals in Cross Country, Rowing, Cycling and Girls Tag Rugby after seeing off tough competition throughout the competition. The finals at Crystal Palace last weekend also saw our groups of youngsters bring home silver medals for Aquathlon and Archery. Team Bronze medals were awarded in Tennis, Swimming, Netball and the girl’s Judo.
Cllr Gareth Elliott, Whitton Ward Councillor, said:
"Once again Richmond's Youth have proved that they are among the best in London. As the Olympics gets ever closer how wonderful is it to know that we are producing future Olympians here in the Borough of Richmond Upo Thames."
Cllr Pamela Fleming, Strategic Cabinet Member for Community, Business and Culture on Richmond Council, said:
“I am so proud of these young athletes for representing our borough so well, there was tough competition and showed great sportsmanship. Everyone who took part really enjoyed the experience and I’m so pleased they won so many medals, to come fourth out of 33 is a fantastic achievement.
“With all the excitement of the Olympics this summer, it is heartening to know it is having such a positive impact on so many youngsters.”
Over 400 young people aged 18 and under who live or go to school in the borough represented Team Richmond this year.
There was also success for the Mini-Games which are for primary age children. On 28 June at the finals at Crystal Palace they won a team gold medal in swimming and a bronze in the mixed football.