Thursday, 19 December 2013

Don't Forget to Have Your Say on YOUR Vision for Whitton - Deadline tomorrow (20 Dec)


London Borough of Richmond upon Thames (LBRuT) wants residents and businesses to help with improving the Whitton and Heathfield Village area. This will include helping to shape village planning guidance that the council will consider when deciding on planning applications, both for new development and changes to existing buildings.
This is the first stage of consultation when residents and businesses are being asked about their views on the character of their local area today and for the future. A new Village Plan will be written after Christmas based on your views and a formal consultation carried out in March/April 2014 before adoption.
Have you say
There will be a number of opportunties for you to have your say on the Whitton and Heathfield Village Plan including:
  • Completing the below online survey
  • Attend the public event: 7 December from 10am - 4pm in Whitton Youth Centre Hub, Britannia Lane, Whitton
  • Joning the Walkabout: 8 December from 1.30pm - 3.30pm Meeting outside the Whitton Youth Centre Hub, Britannia Lane, Whitton. To help gauge numbers on these tours, please RSVP online.
Below are the consultation boards that will be displayed at the Whitton and Heathfield public event, please read through these before completing the questionnaire. The questionnaire will close on 20th December.

Lord True's End of Year Review 2013

Friday, 13 December 2013

Don't forget to nominate your road for repair or renewal - deadline TODAY (13th Dec)

Is your road or pavement in need of repair. Now is the time to nominate your road or pavement to be included as part of the on-going highways maintenance across the Borough. As part of our drive to improve the environment of the Borough, and after listening to your priorities as part of the ‘All in One’ survey consultation, the Conservative run Council implemented an annual community road and pavement fund of £35,000 to allow resident to nominate their suggestions for the streets most in need within your village area.

The closing date for nominations is 13th December 2013.

Submit your suggestion for your village area online or fill in a paper copy, available at the Civic Centre or any local library.

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Whitton's New Youth Hub Opens

On Saturday 7th December Whitton Councillor, Gareth Elliott, and Conservative candidate for Whitton, Grant Healy, visited Whitton’s newest addition to the High Street, the Whitton Youth Hub.

The new youth zone provides children and young people with access to a gym, cinema, computers, and a youth café as well as vital one-to-one support and group work programmes for the borough’s most vulnerable youngsters.

The Conservatives in Whitton have delivered a top notch youth hub for our young people. Unlike the Liberal Democrats who had proposed shoe-horning a youth café into a small shop on the high street, which would not have been fit for purpose, the Conservative administration has provided a facility that is able to cater for a variety of our young people’s needs. Not only would the Liberal proposal have set up a tax payer funded café in the high street, competing against already struggling businesses, the building suggested was too small to be properly utilised. By converting the Britannia Lane site Whitton’s new youth hub can offer our young people a gym, cinema evenings and a café.

Cllr Gareth Elliott, Whitton’s Conservative Ward Councillor said: “Whitton’s Youth Hub is a fantastic facility for our young people and a great use of the Britannia Lane building. Unlike the Liberals we have thought about what our young people actually want and developed a facility to match those expectations. I can’t wait to see it in use.”

Grant Healy, said: "It's so important that we ensure that our young people are given a stake and a voice in the community, to show they are valued as much as anyone else - respect goes both ways"

Monday, 9 December 2013

Conservatives support Whitton businesses as part of Small Business Saturday

On a chilly Saturday Whitton’s Conservatives were supporting the small businesses of Whitton by promoting the shops and cafes up and down the high street as part of Small Business Saturday.

With business cards and leaflets from an array of shops Whitton’s Conservative Team spoke to shoppers about what was available and directed them to other opportunities that they might not have known about already. From cafes, nail bars, bread shops, bric a brac, fruit and veg, and motorbike and bicycles Whitton offers a wealth of shopping delights.

Cllr Gareth Elliott said: “It was great to see so many people out on what was a chilly November Saturday. Once again Whitton’s shopkeepers have proved their resilience with new shops popping up and old favourites still going strong. I was excited to hear from the many people how happy they were with the High Street’s upgrades and their confidence in the future, which can only be a good thing for Whitton’s small businesses, shops and cafés.”

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Whitton Rest Room Safe Under the Conservatives

At the Full Council meeting on Tuesday 26th November the Conservative administration confirmed that Whitton's rest room, so important to our town's senior citizens, is safe and will remain so under its library improvement scheme.

Following a spurious petition by local opposition groups suggesting Whitton Library was to be axed, a claim that was roundly rejected at the Council, Whitton's Conservative Councillor Gareth Elliott sought to allay fears regarding the rest stop by a asking question about its future. 

Cllr Pamela Fleming, Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning, replied that she recognised the important function this service provides to Whitton's senior citizens and that it would continue to form a central part of Whitton's library plans going forward.

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Conservative Cllr and Candidates run for Whitton's Christmas Lights

Left to Right - Grant Healy, Marc Hope
 & Cllr Gareth Elliott
Whitton's Conservative Councillor, Gareth Elliott, and two candidates for next year's local election, Grant Healy and Marc Hope, got into the spirit of Christmas to help raise money for Whitton's seasonal lights by entering the Christmas Lights Up Fun Run. While Marc admittedly did the actual running Gareth and Grant entered the slightly less energetic walk.

All three had a great day out and after the run enjoyed meeting with local people, businesses and even caught sight of Santa. Later on, after a glass of mulled wine, Gareth, Grant and Marc finished the day by watching the turning on of Whitton's Christmas lights.

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Community Road and Pavements Fund – You Decide

Is your road or pavement in need of repair. Now is the time to nominate your road or pavement to be included as part of the on-going highways maintenance across the Borough. As part of our drive to improve the environment of the Borough, and after listening to your priorities as part of the ‘All in One’ survey consultation, the Conservative run Council implemented an annual community road and pavement fund of £35,000 to allow resident to nominate their suggestions for the streets most in need within your village area.

The closing date for nominations is 13th December 2013.

Cllr Gareth Elliott, Whitton Ward Councillor, said: “Highways maintenance continues throughout the Borough but we recognise that the schedule can run over many years. The Conservatives recognise that roads and pavements are a clear priority for our residents so we have created this £35,000 community annual fund to allow residents the chance to nominate a road or pavement to jump up the queue. If you have a road or pavement that you think is in particular need please submit your suggestion using the link below.”

Submit your suggestion for your village area online or fill in a paper copy, available at the Civic Centre or any local library.

Thursday, 31 October 2013

New Homes for Whitton

In partnership with RHP the Conservative Council has provided, not just affordable housing, but new homes with bill busting, environmentally friendly, solar panelling  The development was made possible with funding from the Council’s housing capital program and the Greater London Authority.

The new homes, situated off Hanworth Road, are a mix of three and four bedroom houses. But the story doesn't stop there, after the proven success of the project the Council will continue to work with RHP to provide families with modern homes at reasonable prices.

Whitton Conservative Councillor Candidate, Grant Healy said: "Other parties may talk about affordable housing and claim they are champions of green issues. But the Conservatives act. And in doing so provide common sense solutions that cost families less not more".  

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Cllr Elliott gets on his bike in aid of Charity

On Friday 27th September Whitton Councillor, Gareth Elliott, literally got on his bike to help local cycling store Action Bikes raise money for the Bikes for Africa Charity. The event, an outdoor cinema club where the film is actually powered from bikes hooked up to the screen proved a great success. 

Located at St Philip and St James' Church on Hounslow Road local people flocked to see an outdoor screening of the classic, the Blues Brothers. Luckily, audience members were able to watch the show uninterrupted as Cllr Elliott and members of the audience kept the energy flowing as they cycled their way through the show.

Cllr Elliott said: “Action Bike’s is doing great work for charity in a way that is social and gets people active. While I must admit that it is not quite the most relaxing way to watch a movie it was great fun and a great use of the open space at the local church. Let’s hope the event raised lots of money for Bikes for Africa.”

Monday, 9 September 2013

Consultation - Proposed Play Space off Whitton High Street

Richmond Council and Richmond Churches Trust are proposing a joint project to provide a toddler's play space with seating in an area off Whitton High Street towards Cyprus Avenue. The space, associated with Palgrave House and Fourways House, is under the management of Richmond Churches Trust.
It is accessed through an archway under Fourways House at the north end of the High Street on the east side. The footway connects the High Street to Cypress Avenue.
Richmond Churches Trust have been keen for a number of years to revert the location back to a play space after it fell into disrepair but due to lack of funding were unable to get the project off the ground. With match funding from the Councils Uplift Programme a new toddler play area is now a possibility if supported during consultation.
There is currently no play space in Whitton Town Centre with nearest spaces, Murray Park and Heathfield Recreation Park, a substantial walk away so this would provide a new local facility for children, residents and visitors to the area.
The proposed play space would include:
  • Roundabout compliant with Disability Discrimination Act requirements
  • Double toddler swing
  • 2 Rockers
  • Low side platform with slide suitable for children aged 1 and above
  • Higher slide for children aged 3 and above
  • Trim Trial – stepping logs to hop along
  • Wooden finger maze
  • Wetpour graphics – hopscotch/snakes and ladders
  • Hard and soft landscaping improvements to the alley way and grass area

The upgrading would greatly enhance and transform this under used space and compliment the Whitton Public Realm and High Street improvements currently underway.
If the proposal is supported the Council and Richmond Churches Trust would go out to tender for the play equipment to ensure value for money, with the aim to install the toddler play area over winter.
We are keen to hear your views and invite you to take part in this consultation by completing the questionnaire at the link below by 27th September @ 5pm when the consultation closes. If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact us on or 0845 6122660.
Start date: 6 September 2013
End date: 29 September 2013

Monday, 5 August 2013

Your local community needs you

A project which empowers residents to take action on the issues which they care most about within their local communities has been funded by Richmond Council.
The Richmond Community Action Project will provide opportunities and support for local residents to take action on issues within their local communities that are closest to their hearts such as improving green spaces, supporting mothers returning to work, starting apprenticeship schemes for youth and organising social clubs for older residents.
Funded by Richmond Council and delivered by Groundwork London and the Castelnau Centre Project, The Richmond Community Action Project will deliver community events and skills building training sessions in six village areas over the next two years. The first sessions will be held in Kew, Whitton, and Richmond in the first year. The learning, resources and training opportunities will be accessible across the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, and will enable residents throughout the borough to benefit from the project and take action on issues they care about.
Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Business, Community, and Culture, Cllr Pamela Fleming, said:
“The Richmond Action Project is a wonderful way for residents to get more involved in their local communities and help shape the way in which Council services are delivered. It is a wonderful opportunity for local residents to work hand-in-hand with one another and the Council and I hope as many people as possible take this opportunity to get more involved.”
For more information on how to take part in this project or to learn more about the training available, please contact Simon Sadinsky, Community Project Officer at Groundwork London on 020 7922 1230.

Monday, 15 July 2013

Whitton High Street will be ‘bloomin’ marvellous

Whitton High Street is set to embrace a new ‘boulevard’ feel when 20 new trees are planted along the highway.

Over the past few months, work has begun on a £1.5m highways scheme which is seeing improvements to pavements and forecourts, resurfacing of the carriageway, new, and reduced numbers, of street furniture and signage.

As part of this work, the Council has reviewed the current trees on the high street and found that a number of them are unsuitable in this location. Over the next weeks and months the trees will be removed and replaced with new trees that are more appropriate for a high street location. The new trees will have an ornamental flowering pear with white flowers in the spring, turning an orange/red and yellow colour in the autumn.

The work is part of the Council’s ongoing Uplift project, which aims to rejuvenate the Whitton, Hampton North, Barnes, Mortlake and Ham area of the boroughs.

Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Virginia Morris, said:

“We are spending a large amount of money bringing life back into Whitton High Street. The pavements have now been prepared for the York Stone, 16 shops have received façade improvements, and we are reviewing the street furniture.

“Added to all this, is the work which was carried out last year, including additional shop front improvements and new lamp columns. These new trees will be the icing on the cake. Many people like the idea of strolling down a tree lined promenade, surrounded by busy shops and cafes. This is our vision for Whitton.

“As well as improving the town centre's appearance, these new trees will also play a role in our ongoing efforts to tackle pollution and bring cleaner air to the high street.

“So whilst some residents might be alarmed when they see the trees being removed, do not fear – they will be replaced. When complete and the trees are in bloom, I am sure that residents will agree that these trees are really beautiful and will help make Whitton a destination of choice for residents all over the borough.”

Monday, 8 July 2013

Whitton Regeneration In Full Swing

Major progress on a £1.7m spruce-up of Whitton High Street was marked by a visit to the local area by Richmond Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning.
Cllr Virginia Morris spoke to shopkeepers and residents to gauge their views on the improvement work that has so far been carried out in Whitton High Street since work began in April. The regeneration project is part of Richmond Council’s ‘Uplift’ programme which will see 15 shops in Whitton receive a ‘facelift’ by Autumn.
Uplift is the Council’s programme to rejuvenate the Whitton, Hampton North, Barnes, Mortlake and Ham areas of the Borough, which local people say are in need of improvement. The aim is to make every village within Richmond upon Thames a place which its residents can be proud to live in and which has a lively high street with thriving business.
The Uplift programme for each area is based on the results of the Council’s All in One survey which took place in December 2010. More than 13,700 residents from across Richmond upon Thames told the Council what they thought about where they lived. The work undertaken in Whitton includes new lighting, signage, and work to architectural features.
Cllr Morris said:
“Local Businesses are the lifeblood of this borough and we will do what we can to ensure they continue to go from strength-to-strength during these times of financial instability and recession. Whitton is a beautiful High Street and we are investing in this area to restore its former glory and secure its future.
“Residents once described Whitton as the forgotten part of the borough and I hope the community now realises that this is simply not the case and this work will put the village back on the map and attract shoppers from the local area and beyond.
“From the conversations I’ve had today with local shopkeepers and the community, it is clear that these improvement works are going down well and once it is finished I’m certain the results will speak for themselves.”
Cllr Gareth Elliott, Whitton's Conservative Councillor, said:
"The Conservatives promised in 2010 to reverse years of Liberal neglect if they were elected. I am proud that we are able to say that 3 years on we are delivering on that promise. Whitton is thriving and we have welcomed new shops such as Costa and Greggs, and will be looking forward to the opening of an artisan baker and a new Sainsbury's Local. While other high streets are struggling Whitton is attracting invetment and shoppers and is once again a place the residents of Whitton can be proud of."
Pano Constantinedes has worked in Whitton High Street for 30 years. The father-of-two worked his way up as a junior Hairdresser to Senior Hairdresser, Assistant Manager, Manager, then purchased the freehold of Pano Hair Design at 97 Whitton High Street in 1999.
Pano feels Richmond Council’s Uplift project has had an ‘amazing impact on the High Street’ which was in danger of becoming a ‘ghost town’ before the Council intervened. Pano, who lives in Hampton Road East, was one of the first businesses to benefit from new lighting and signage to his shop front.
“This programme has certainly uplifted the area, it’s given local residents and business people confidence in the High Street, it’s not derelict, it’s on the rise. Since the Council put in place the Uplift programme, footfall as in shopper visits, has noticeably risen, and more businesses have come to the area – before then vacant shop fronts were painfully noticeable,” he said.
“Richmond Council has made an amazing impact on the High Street, and we are very lucky to have a local authority which listens to the needs of the local community and responds in a positive way. I love this little town, adore it. Whitton residents are incredible people and they deserve a village which is safe and secure and Richmond Council has done exactly that!”
The majority of projects within the Uplift programme have been funded through the Council’s capital budget. However, some of the Uplift projects have also been possible through other funds, such as the Mayor of London’s Outer London Fund.

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Brand New Youth Centre to Open in Whitton

A brand new youth centre to be opened in Whitton will provide children and young people with access to a gym, cinema evenings, computers, and a youth café as well as vital one-to-one support and group work programmes for the borough’s most vulnerable youngsters.
Richmond Council is delighted to unveil its exciting plans that will see up to 60 children pass through the doors of the £365,563 Whitton Youth Hub in Britannia Lane, behind Barclays Bank. The building, previously used to deliver adults’ services, will be transformed when work begins next month and will open in time for the new school year in September.
Highlights of the Whitton Youth Hub include:
  • Café
  • Gym
  • Cinema
  • Hall/social area
  • Personal development training rooms
Cllr Gareth Elliott, Conservative Councillor for Whitton, said:
"The Liberal Democrats made many promises to the youth of Whitton yet failed to deliver. With this new youth centre we are delivering and what a centre it is. Spacious, open and packed with facilities this centre is a fantastic hub for Whitton's young people."
Cllr Christine Percival, Cabinet Member for Health and Children’s Services, said:
“Our children and young people are the future of this borough and they deserve as much support as we can give them. I am delighted that we are in a position to open a brand new youth centre in Whitton and so too are the young people, their families, and the local community.”

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Whitton shops to benefit from Uplift

Sixteen shops in Whitton are set to receive improvements or ‘facelifts’ as part of the Council’s Uplift programme.
Further works on the High Street will begin next week to improve the shop facades. This will include new lighting, signage and work to restore architectural features.
The work is part of the Council’s Uplift programme, which aims to rejuvenate the Whitton, Hampton North, Barnes, Mortlake and Ham areas of the borough.
Whitton has already benefited from the programme, seeing over £325, 000 being spent on upgrading shop fronts, replacing all lamp columns in the High Street with 1930s style columns, installing new high quality signage to replace damaged signs to direct people around the town centre and into car parks.
As part of the next stage, a further £1.5m is being spent on regeneration activities for the area. Improvements include: more shop fronts improvements, resurfacing the carriageway, new pavements, the amount of street furniture and signs will be reduced and new trees will be planted.
Cllr Gareth Elliott, Whitton Ward Councillor, said:
"This Conservative administration continues to demonstrate its prioritisation of our Village within its development plans. Based on the requests of residents we are spending a further £1.5m to build on the works already undertaken. Once finished Whitton will be the place to be!"
Cllr Virginia Morris, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Environment, said:
“Since the All in One survey, where residents told us they wanted to see improvements to Whitton High Street, we have worked hard to restore the character of the local area and make it a place people enjoy shopping in.
“Whitton has a beautiful High Street, with many independent traders. With our help we hope to support them in this difficult economic climate by making it a real destination for people living here and in surrounding areas.
“A few years ago residents told us that Whitton was the forgotten part of the borough. No longer. Once again we have already made a huge investment in the High Street, with a number of the shops already benefiting. But we always said that this was just the start and that we had a programme of activity to improve life for businesses and residents alike.
“Already Whitton High Street has been transformed and I hope that when the work has been completed, the businesses and residents will really notice the difference.”

Monday, 15 April 2013

Budding Social Entrepreneurs - Take the next step to £10,000

Budding local social entrepreneurs are being reminded to enter a competition with a £10,000 prize pot for the winner. There is still one month left to take part in the easy-to-enter Richmond’s Den.
Building on last year’s successful programme, Richmond’s Den 2013 will provide entrants with direct support, training and advice - and potentially a cash injection to kick-start the business. ‘The Den’ is a joint venture from Richmond Council, Richmond Social Enterprise Partnership and commercial sponsors,
Initial entry takes only 500 words to outline your business opportunity. Judging criteria include business viability, sustainability and social purpose. Entrants that are shortlisted will be supported to develop their ideas further and will have the opportunity to present their ideas to a supportive expert panel. All entrants will be offered advice and support through workshops later this year.
Cllr Pamela Fleming, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Communities, Business and Culture, said:
“This is an exciting competition and a truly golden opportunity for our entrepreneurial residents to make their mark on the local economy. If entrants get no further than taking the ideas they have and turning them into 500 words, then they are still taking that critical first step towards enterprise.
“We have received a number of innovative proposals already but hope many more people enter to really give us something to think about. The winners will receive a fantastic package of assistance to help them get started and fulfil their potential.”
Confirmed sponsors so far are St Mary’s University, BAA Heathrow, Rugby Football Union, The Best of Richmond, Veolia Environmental Services, Richmond Housing Partnership. Delivery partners include Richmond Council of Voluntary Services, Richmond Adult Community College, Richmond Chamber of Commerce, Social Enterprise Richmond and ROCBaSE – a new business support organisation in the borough.
Deadline for entries is 9a.m. on 7th May 2012. For more information go to: or follow us at
Potential entrants can also come to discuss their entry at the upcoming Richmond Business Expo on 26 April at Twickenham Stadium. Find out more at stand 27 - Richmond Council.
To enter contestants need to outline their idea in just 500 words and the successful entries will be invited to pitch their proposal to a panel of top business and industry judges.

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Congratulations to St Edmund's Children who raised money for CAFOD

A big congratulations goes to two St Edmunds students, Maggy, 10 and Maya 9, who have raised money for CAFOD. Inspired by stories from CAFOD who work to make a difference to people around the world living in poverty the two girls conducted a raffle. At 20p a ticket with six prizes Maggy and Maya raised £20 for all the people in need. Well done.

Maggy and Maya said: “We’ve raised £20 for all the people in need, by doing a raffle for the people in our class and all the teachers we had six prizes and the cost of one ticket was 20 pence. We made sixty all by hand and with our own design. We hope this money can make a difference to people in need.”

“The girls’ commitment is inspiring,” said Susie Steyn, of CAFOD’s fundraising team. “It really does make a huge difference: £20 is enough to buy soap, buckets and water purification tablets for 4 families in Zimbabwe – vital supplies that can improve their health and change their lives hugely. We love our young fundraisers; they do so much for CAFOD.

Read the story here:

No peace this year – Heathrow’s new night flight arrangements

Some residents of Richmond upon Thames and surrounding boroughs are threatened with a year of even more unacceptable disruption as Heathrow has announced a break in the current night flight alternation scheme.
Due to works to resurface the southern runway, all night flights will be landing on the northern runway – with their flight paths bringing them in directly over Kew and Barnes – for most of the summer. This means that instead of the current night flight alternation patterns, where Heathrow tries to land night time arrivals on one runway one week and the other the next, many residents will now get almost no let-up from the noise of aircraft landings at night. Those under the southern flight path will gain some rest, but should not be fooled into thinking that the night noise menace has gone away.
Lord True, Leader of Richmond Council, said:
“There are currently an average of 16 flights each night between the hours of 11:30pm and 6:00am, and even more coming in 6:00 to 7:00am, interrupting residents sleep and severely effecting people’s quality of life.
“As bad as this is, at least residents are meant to gain periods of valuable respite, when the planes land on the other runway.
“Yet now, Heathrow wants to end this arrangement and take away, for some of our residents, the brief periods of peace and quiet at night that are so valuable to the residents of this borough. Whilst I understand the need to resurface the runways to maintain safety, Heathrow should not put so many people through the ordeal of weeks or months of broken sleep, with 4:30am wake-up calls and insufferable noise. When works are under way, there should be a no more night flights rule on any flight path – and if that means some services will have to be stopped or rescheduled during resurfacing, then that would be the least we should expect of Heathrow’s arrogant management.
“People in west London will not be ‘softened up’ to accept more night flights. Quite the reverse - it will harden our resolve. Any one disturbed by a night flight should protest. The government should put a stop to all night flights at Heathrow, be they on the south runway or the north. 17.5 hours of ceaseless bombardment from this airport is quite enough, without the night time as well.”
On May 16 this year, Richmond Council will be running a referendum-style ballot to give the people of this borough their chance to have a say on the future of Heathrow and to show the Government and the airport how they feel. The ballot will consist of two questions; one asking about residents’ views on the expansion of Heathrow and the other their views on allowing more flights.
“No-one should miss their opportunity to say no to Big Heathrow in that ballot,” added Cllr. True.
For more information on Heathrow and Richmond Council’s stance and campaign, please visit
Be sure to register any noise complaints with BAA by emailing remembering to copy in so we can also keep a record.

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Nominate Whitton roads and footpaths in need of repair

As part of our borough wide consultation, the All in One, residents prioritised roads and footpaths for repair. As a result the Council set aside an annual fund of £490,000 to pay specifically for community-nominated improvements, in addition to normal regular maintenance.

The first tranche of funding received nominations from over 400 residents and roads were improved as a result. The Deputy Leader, Conservative Councillor Geoffrey Samuel, subsequently announced an additional £400,00 extra funding to boost the scheme bringing the total amount for the first round work to £890,000.

The scheme is now open again. Councillor Gareth Elliott, Whitton Ward Councillor, said: “Now is the time to nominate those roads and footpaths that need repair. Let’s ensure that Whitton is at the top of the queue so please log on to the website or fill in the form from the council and nominate your roads and footpaths.”

The deadline is 1st March 2013 so get in quick!

Monday, 11 February 2013

Whitton gets further investment from Council as further improvement works begin

Whitton is due the next stage of its make-over when additional improvement works to the High Street begin next week as part of a £1.5m Council project to regenerate the area.
As part of the Council’s Uplift Programme, environmental improvements will be undertaken on Whitton High Street from 4 February after residents had their say on the plans back in November.
The high street previously had its street lighting upgraded and some new shop fronts installed, and is now due further improvements including resurfacing the carriageway along the High Street, reducing the amount of street furniture and signs, planting new trees, and replacing the pavements on both sides of Whitton High Street between the Admiral Nelson Pub and the junction at Jubilee Avenue and Montrose Avenue.
The works will be undertaken in two phases, with the first consisting of the realignment of the kerbs to define the on-street parking and is expected to be completed within 16 weeks.
Residents are being urged to consider some temporary parking restrictions in the road and are asked to not park in ‘No Waiting’ coned areas to avoid delaying the works and causing additional costs to the Council.
Cllr Gareth Elliott, Whitton Ward Councillor said: "Building on my election pledge to improve Whitton's high street this next stage of works will culminate in a fantastic shopping experience and village centre for residents."
Cllr Virginia Morris, Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning said: “We took note of what residents said in the All in One survey which was to further improve the look of Whitton High Street and are now able to complement the work already carried out to shop fronts and street lighting. We are delighted to start these important works to improve the appearance and accessibility of the High Street and make it the best it can possibly be for residents, businesses and visitors.
Cllr Chris Harrison, Cabinet Member for Highways and Street Scene said: “We will make every effort to complete the planned works while keeping inconvenience to businesses and residents to a minimum. While some delays can occur due to adverse weather or other emergencies, we ask that people cooperate with the works and observe the signage in order for us to deliver the planned works and finish the project in the scheduled time.”

Sunday, 6 January 2013

Join in and celebrate Whitton's culture - 24th Jan

Residents in Whitton are being invited to participate in a pilot initiative which aims to celebrate and preserve everyday heritage elements in the borough.

The Environment Trust for Richmond upon Thames with part funding by Richmond Council will this month launch the ‘Then and Now’ project which aims to draft in local volunteers in order highlight and celebrate historic buildings, streetscapes, street furniture and signposting.

The project, which came about in response to the Village Plans, will lead to the Environment Trust creating a database relating to information on Buildings of Townscape Merit and other aspects of the historic built environment.

The information evening which takes place later this month will explain the purpose of the project and engage residents in getting involved. Local people can then highlight areas of the built environment that they feel help contribute to the value and character of where they live.

Cllr Gareth Elliott, Whitton Ward Councillor, said: "Whitton is full of heritage and history once you peel back the veneer. This initiative will celebrate this and I look forward to the amazing and wonderful things that will crop up."

Cllr Pamela Fleming, Cabinet Member for Business, Community and Culture said: “This is a very exciting volunteer-led project which will engage residents in celebrating the everyday heritage resources where they live. These could include anything from a vintage sign from a shop long since closed, an ornate bench, a street lamp to an actual building.
“Living in such modern times makes it easy for us to take for granted the incredible history which surrounds us all and our unique and individual village character. A project like this will ensure people are more aware of the heritage around them and will encourage the preservation of such wonderful historical sites and objects.”

The ‘Then and Now’ information event takes place on Thursday 24 January 6:30pm-8pm at Whitton Community Centre, Percy Road. The Environment Trust will also be launching the borough-wide project at an event at Twickenham Library on 31 January.

Note to editors:
‘Then and Now’ aims to raise awareness of the historic built environment through participation and volunteering, to provide informal heritage education opportunities and to build a publicly accessible database of photographs and information about the sites. To participate in Then & Now residents can volunteer to; survey heritage sites, research the development or social history of heritage sites, or photograph or sketch heritage sites.

People can simply turn up, or email or phone 020 8831 6332 for further information on the event