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.”