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.”