Friday, 28 November 2014

Royal Mail to recognise Whitton Postcodes – A Hollow Victory from our Local MP

With great fanfare we learn that Vince Cable MP, the Secretary of State for Business, Twickenham MP and ultimate owner of the Royal Mail, has managed to persuade the company to reinstate Whitton as a postal identity. This is a small step forward in the campaign to have areas within Whitton with Hounslow postcodes redesignated as Whitton, and is a testament to the campaigning of the local residents. However, Vince Cable is selling these residents short. This announcement doesn’t change anything apart from allowing people to write Whitton onto their envelopes. Houses within TW3 and TW4 will still have Hounslow postcodes and will not come under the banner of the wider Whitton TW2 designation.  The Royal Mail allow people to write Middlesex on envelopes even though this particular historic county was officially abolished by the Local Government Act 1964. Is Whitton to become like Middlesex and an administrative curiosity?

It is a shame that this fudge has been achieved at a time when Vince Cable MP sits as the ultimate owner of the Royal Mail as Secretary of State for Business. In his 17 years as MP for Twickenham now is the time that he has the real power to force the Royal Mail to do what is requested by local residents and redesignate all Whitton homes under the TW2 postcode. Residents should not sit back and allow Vince Cable to present this as a victory when it is now that change could actually happen before he sells off the business or loses his seat.


Cllr Gareth Elliott, Whitton Ward Councillor said: “While I am delighted the Royal Mail has heard local residents and their campaign it concerns me that our local MP, Vince Cable, would herald this as a victory. As the Secretary of State and owner of Royal Mail I would have expected him to be able to ensure that residents were able to achieve what they have actually requested and a redesignation of their postcodes into the wider TW2 area. Local Conservatives will continue to push the Royal Mail to deliver the right solution and will not sit back and accept this administrative fudge.”

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Local communities survey on the provision of open space, sport and recreational facilities

This survey is part of a large scale study by Richmond Borough Council of Richmond borough’s open spaces, sports and recreational provision. The study will look at all existing facilities and assess requirements for the future. 
The Council would like to hear from as many people as possible who use or have an interest in the green spaces or recreation facilities around the borough - please fill in the survey below to give the Council your views by 2nd November 2014.
In addition to this survey the Council will be collecting feedback from national governing bodies, schools, sports clubs and local community groups between now and the end of 2014.
The results and conclusions of the study will be used to shape future Council plans and policies and will be published early in 2015.
If you would like a paper copy of the questionnaire or need any assistance responding to the survey please email Ldf@richmond.gov.uk or telephone 020 8891 1411 and ask for the Planning Policy team.
To respond online click here.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Council speaks out about Chelsea FC proposal

Richmond Council was surprised to hear Chelsea’s announcement regarding confirmation of its interest in temporarily relocating to Twickenham and expressed considerable concern.

Yesterday (Sunday 28 September), Chelsea confirmed its interest in temporarily relocating to Twickenham, should their own stadium be redeveloped. Whilst the RFU issued a statement confirming that an initial enquiry from the football club had been received, they acknowledged that the conversation is still very early days.

Cllr Gareth Elliott, Whitton Ward Councillor, said:

"Whitton is a town that lives in happy cohabitation with Twickenham Stadium and the sport of rugby. I am very worried at the prospect of Chelsea and football coming to Twickenham and how it would significantly alter this delicate balance."

"With the Rugby World Cup coming around the corner Whitton is already expecting to take on significant disruption. The prospect of a premiership football team coming to town is over and above what Whitton's residents would be happy put up with."

Cllr Geoffrey Samuel, Deputy Leader of Richmond Council, is alarmed about the proposition. He said:

“I am not happy about these proposals and I don’t believe our local residents will be either.

“Twickenham Stadium plays host to a large number of rugby games and other events each year. Hosting Chelsea on a regular basis would put a huge amount of pressure on the local area and would raise a number of very serious issues, both to those living directly around the stadium, and indeed the wider borough. 

“Should this proposal move forward, the Council would want urgent discussions both with the RFU and local Police, regarding crowd control, traffic management, community safety and transport, and of course what measures would be put in place to mitigate the impact on the area. We will of course expect the RFU to consult with our local residents.”

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Twickenham Parliamentary Candidate Speaks Up for Whitton at Conference

At Conservative Party Conference Cllr Tania Mathias, our Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Twickenham, stood up and spoke out about Whitton and the transformation of its Town Centre under the Conservatives.

Speaking about the London Mayor's visit to our village she told conference that "Whitton High Street, in case you don't know Whitton, is one of the best high streets in Twickenham. And Twickenham is the best place to live in London."

Tania's full speech at conference can be viewed below:


Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Lights Out for World War One

Public buildings and homes will be plunged into darkness when the lights go out inRichmond to commemorate the Centenary and outbreak of World War One. 

Everyone in the UK is invited to take part in the Lights Out campaign by turning off their lights from 10pm to 11pm on Monday, August 4. Those who take part are invited to leave a single light or candle for a shared moment of reflection on the 100 year anniversary of the First World War.

Lights Out was created by the Government’s Department of Culture. It marks the start of Richmond Council’s own official commemorations that will take place over the next four years – to mark the length of World War One.

Richmond Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Cllr Bond, said: 

“Lights Out is a major national event that will honour and remember those who gave their lives during the First World War. In Richmond the Council has developed a detailed programme of remembrance for the next four years. Lights Out is a perfect way in which to mark the beginning of our own commemorations in Richmond.” 

Friday, 25 July 2014

Conservative Council committed to keeping Council Tax levels down

Prudent financial management has enabled the Council to deliver an extensive capital programme, including sixth forms and increased school places across all phases of education, plus the transformation of Whitton Town Centre. The continuing focus on efficiency will help to keep council tax levels down, after Richmond Council pledged to use savings to minimise any possible future increases.

 

The Council is already committed to freezing Council Tax in 2015. To keep increases as low as possible in future years, the Council will use the first £1m (plus 25% of anything above that level) of any savings it makes during a financial year, to help keep the following year’s Council Tax down.

 

Richmond Council Cabinet Member, Cllr Fleming, said:

 

“Richmond Council is completely committed to keeping Council Tax levels down. This latest pledge is another clear example of how the Council aims to achieve this for its residents in future years. Whether through reducing the Council’s expenditure – or by other means, delivering outstanding services at the lowest possible cost which represent best value for money for our residents is at the heart of what we do.”

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

In their footsteps: Richmond’s World War One legacy explored

The borough’s First World War heritage will be explored in detail as part of an exhibition created by young people to mark the start of Richmond’s four-year commemoration of the centenary of World War One.

 

‘In their Footsteps: Richmond’s First World War’ unravels the stories and history of the people, places, and impact the war had upon Richmond. Children and young people from across the borough worked with photographer, Othello De Souza Hartley, and designer, Jasleen Kaur, as part of the exhibition, organised by Richmond Council’s Orleans House Gallery.

 

Highlights include pictures and stories of the developments that took place at the Pelabon Works munitions factory, which employed nearly 2000 Belgian refugees. Comic strips which show daily life to sculptures of the many shops that opened to serve the Belgian community are included. Touching accounts of the borough’s very own ‘canary girls’, who were munitions factory workers whose skin tuned yellow due to the chemicals, have also been gathered. The children researched the lives of local soldiers such as Denis Conran who fought in the trenches and Frank Edwards who triumphantly dribbled a football during theBattle of the Loos.

 

Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Culture, Cllr Bond, said:

 

“These stories have been brought to life through objects, artwork, creative writing, photographic recreations, and narrative events. Young people explored the changes the First World War brought to the borough and captured these changes through an engaging exhibition. I would urge as many people as possible to view the exhibition and learn aboutRichmond’s First World War legacy.”

 

The work displayed has been produced by children and young people aged six to 21. The youngest groups explored children’s contributions to the war effort such as the National Egg Collection scheme and also the animal mascots of the South African Army - ‘Jackie’ the baboon and ‘Nancy’ the springbok.

 

The exhibition is funded through Heritage Lottery Fund and Richmond Council. It will be held at Orleans House Gallery, Riverside, Twickenham from 2nd August until 16thNovember.

 

The exhibition is free. The gallery opens Tuesday to Saturday, 1.00pm to 5.30pm, and on Sunday from 2pm to 5.30pm. For more information call 020 8831 6000 or visitwww.richmond.gov.uk/arts

Monday, 21 July 2014

Whitton Station Update - £3m Proposal to be Discussed

As the borough continues to gear up for the Rugby World Cup, proposals to spend close to £3m on Whitton Train Station, the second main station which serves Twickenham Stadium, are set to be agreed by Richmond Council’s Cabinet on Monday 21st July.

The proposals submitted by Network Rail and South West Trains include an improved station entrance which is more prominent and welcoming, a larger booking hall, improvements to the platform levels by removing old redundant buildings, and the addition of new platform canopies. The value of the work will be approximately £1.35m.

It is proposed that the cost of the work is split three ways between Richmond Council, Network Rail/South West Trains, and the Rugby Football Union. The Council has agreed to contribute £450k from its Uplift improvement programme - providing the train companies and RFU match this funding.

In addition to the basic package of improvement proposals, Network Rail and South West Trains have submitted additional plans to improve access to the station. These proposals include a new footbridge and two lifts at a cost of £1.4m to £1.6m. The train companies will apply to the Big Lottery Fund’s ‘Access For All’ grant for this funding.

Whitton Cllr Gareth Elliott said:
"These proposals outline the Conservative Council's Commitment to find a solution to Whitton Station. It is important that they provide a station fit for the people of Whitton and ready our town for the World Cup."

Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Environment Cllr Fleming, said:
“The Council has already made a big investment in transforming Whitton High Street and residents have been calling for improvements to Whitton Station for a long time. It is an important railway station in its own right for commuters, matches, and events at Twickenham Stadium. It is critical that the borough is completely prepared for next year’s Rugby World Cup and these proposals will certainly make a big difference.”


Friday, 18 July 2014

Road and pavement repairs budget bigger than ever

More pothole repairs will be carried out in Richmond than ever before after the Department for Transport awarded the Council an additional £250,615.

The money is on top of the £250k Richmond Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance, Cllr Samuel, intends to make available.

The additional funding follows a further £465k and £233k awarded by Government. The total amount the Council has to spend on roads and  pavements repairs now stands at £4.3m

The Council aims to repair potholes in more than 50 additional roads using the latest Government cash injection. The Council is already in the middle of repairing 33 roads and pavements across the borough’s 14 villages through its hugely popular Roads and Pavements Fund. Under the scheme, residents nominate the highway defects they would like to see repaired, with each village this year having approximately £52k allocated.

Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Highways, Cllr Stephen Speak, said:

“The Council welcomes this additional Government funding which will bolster our hugely successful Roads and Pavements programme and our own maintenance programme.”

Whitton roads to be repaired

  • Kneller Road
  • Nelson Road
  • Jubilee Avenue
  • Lyndhurst Avenue
  • Powder Mill Lane
  • Tranmere Road


Councillor Surgery Dates Announced


Cllr Gareth Elliott and Cllr Grant Healy are pleased to announce that they will be holding surgeries for residents. 

Surgery Dates

Saturday 22nd November 2014
Saturday 17th January 2015
Saturday 25th April 2015
Saturday 25th July 2015
Saturday 17th October 2015

All surgeries will be held at the Church Hall at St Philip and St James on Hounslow Road, Whitton, TW2 7DY.

Please email info@whittonconservatives.co.uk to notify us if you will be attending and which session.

Friday, 16 May 2014

Outright Lies From Richmond Liberals On School Places - Now For The Truth

Twickenham and Richmond LibDems have put out a leaflet claiming hundreds of children in the borough have been left without a secondary school place this September.
Cllr Paul Hodgins, Cabinet Member for Schools, responded, “Firstly, let me deal with the facts. No one has been left without a secondary school place for September. In fact, there are still spare places. The Liberal Democrat leadership knows this.
The LibDems have said the Council has made no plans for any new secondary schools. Yet the LibDems themselves have spoken in Council supporting our project with Richmond College to rebuild the College and create a new secondary school for 2017.
Unlike the LibDems, we support free schools. In other words, we support the concept of local parents starting a new school because that is the option they want for their children. Any responsible Council has to account for free schools in their planning.
I know that Turing House supporters are disappointed the school is not opening in 2014. That was a Government decision after their negotiations on a site fell through at a late stage, and they made a mistake in advising the group to send out offers knowing that could happen. Turing House have asked us to work with them on finding a site to enable the school to open in September 2015. We have committed to do so. The LibDems know this, because we have put it in our manifesto.
We have kept our word on all our school promises during this term, including sixth forms, primary places, and supporting a new Catholic school. People may have had differing views on aspects of our plan, and I understand that, but we kept the promises we made. Residents now have our word on this. If they vote for their local Conservative candidates, we will help make Turing House happen, and we will help deliver a new school with the College.
Secondly, let me deal with the lack of integrity behind the LibDem claim. Their claim is not true. The LibDems made it up. They have knowingly lied to residents. They have twisted a disappointing situation for many supporters of Turing House, whom LibDem leader Stephen Knight ridiculed as being fantasists, and they are willing to cause undue worry to parents in a selfish bid to save at least some of their seats. 
Twickenham and Richmond’s LibDems are demoralised and worried about this election. They are at odds with their colleagues in Kingston, and with their MPs in the coalition government. That is absolutely no excuse. Lying in desperation to save your seats is akin to a fraud on the electorate. Every LibDem candidate and every LibDem activist who delivered that leaflet should be ashamed to have been part of it. So should Vince Cable, and so should the Richmond Park candidate. I call on Stephen Knight to apologise to residents.
This is Richmond. There must be integrity in our politics.
Our local Conservative group has run the Council well for the last four years. We have made our promises for the next four. More primary and secondary school places. Freezing Council Tax for at least another two years. Supporting the vulnerable. An even greener, cleaner borough. Better and safer transport for all. We will keep those promises. If you largely agree with them, please vote for us. If not, we respect your differing views. But in this election, this LibDem group does not deserve your vote.”

Local Conservatives - Supporting Our High Streets And Small Businesses

10 ACTIONS WE HAVE TAKEN TO SUPPORT HIGH STREETS AND BUSINESS
  1. Established a Town Centre Opportunities with funding for every High Street Business & Retail Association and contributions for Christmas lights and events.
  2. Established a Business & Retail Alliance where representatives from all the shopping areas meet bi-monthly and exchange ideas and appointed a Business & Retail Champion
  3. 30 minutes free parking and opportunities for businesses to offer discounts through the Richmond Card
  4. Set up a Social Enterprise Partnership and Introduced Richmond’s Den to promote Social Enterprise
  5. Introduced grants for Pop up Shops & Shop Fronts
  6. Provided Energy assessments to reduce costs
  7. Developed the Borough’s first Business Improvement District in Twickenham
  8. Formed a partnership with Haymarket & Harlequins RFC for a new Enterprise & Education campus to create jobs and train young people in skills of the future
  9. Extended the Visit Richmond Partnership to boost tourism
  10. Established a Key Employers’ Group
TEN PROMISES OF MORE
  1. Make High Streets more inviting for older people and the less mobile
  2. Work with local Business Associations and residents on forming Town Teams to shape a vision for their high streets
  3. Protect employment space and use all means possible to stop betting shops and estate agents taking over our high streets
  4. Review the scope for extending the 30 minutes free parking
  5. Support a  Business Improvement District in Richmond
  6. Encourage and support more businesses to grow and expand through exporting
  7. Help young people to start work for themselves, support the self-employed and start ups
  8. Cut  bureaucracy and aid procurement for those with micro-business ideas
  9. Sustain a Partnership for Business and work to attract more high tech businesses
  10. Launch and champion a “Take One Apprenticeship” scheme with employers across the borough

Spring InTouch



Monday, 12 May 2014

Lib Dems Expose True Colours About Whitton

The Liberal Democrat Joint Deputy Leader, Cllr David Williams, has stated loud and clear his and his party's disregard for Whitton and its fate should they regain control of the Council on May 22nd. Attacking the regeneration investment in the town under the Conservatives in a recent Richmond and Twickenham Times article he states that the money could have been better spent on wonky railings in Richmond.

Pre 2010 Whitton, administered under the Liberal Democrats, was considered the forgotten town of the borough with empty shops, derelict buildings and a glut of charity shops. And yet here we are before the local elections in May 2014 with Cllr Williams stating that the investment that has transformed Whitton shouldn't have been spent here at all. 

Where the Conservatives aspire to create an environment to attract investment and create a desirable shopping area for all residents in Whitton, using materials such as York Stone paving that are commonplace in Richmond, the Liberal Democrats believe we are simply not good enough for this kind of quality. 

This is simply a shocking way to treat Whitton and its residents. 

Whilst the Liberal Democrats were in power they termed Whitton and Heathfield as areas of deprivation. Nobody would suggest Whitton is a deprived area and on getting into power Cllr Gareth Elliott and the Conservatives sought immediately to overturn this negativity that the Liberal Democrats so freely piled onto Whitton. 

Today we have a thriving town with a distinct village community feel and atmosphere. We believe in a town of aspiration that sits alongside the likes of Twickenham and Richmond – in complete contrast to the Liberal Democrats who seem to revel in beating Whitton back down.

The choice is clear – stick with the Conservatives who transformed and regenerated Whitton or hand it back to the Liberals who will run it down in favour of other areas of the Borough.

You can read Cllr Williams' comments in the Richmond and Twickenham Times here.

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Breaking News: Whitton Station awarded Access for All Funding

Today 29th April the Minister for Transport, Stephen Hammond MP, announced that Whitton Station is to be awarded a share of an additional  £100m in Access for All funding to provide better access facilities for the station.

This funding announcement follows local Cllr Gareth Elliott's invitation to the Minister to Whitton to see for himself the dismal state of Whitton Station's facilities and discuss the issues with residentsIt is welcome news for residents who have been cut off from the station due to its steep step access.

Cllr Gareth Elliott said: "This is fantastic news for Whitton's residents currently cut off from the station. For the elderly, those with children and the disabled this will act as a lifeline. I am happy that the Minister has acted following his visit and proud that this is another record of action for Whitton's Conservatives who continue to deliver for Whitton.

This is not the end however and I will continue to push the RFU and Network Rail to build in this announcement to deliver a station fit for purpose and ready for the future.

To read the Written Ministerial Statement from the Conservative Minister of State for Transport, Stephen Hammond MP, click here

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Whitton Station Summit - Inadequate Station Discussed


Cllr Gareth Elliott chairing the Summit
Transport Minister Stephen Hammond today attended a public meeting hosted by Councillor Gareth Elliott to discuss the poor state of Whitton railway station.  Nearly 100 local residents attended the meeting to express their concern and find out what action was being taken to improve matters.

Minister for Transport, Stephen
Hammond MP, addressing
Whitton residents
Councillor Elliott said, “The station is well overdue for refurbishment and it’s especially regrettable that no work has been done to ensure that there is safe access to trains for all those who need to travel.  Whitton is an important town in the borough and should be served by a modern railway station.”

One resident remarked  that to his knowledge no remedial work had been conducted since the early 1960s.  All those at the meeting agreed that the station needed to be updated at the earliest opportunity for the safety of passengers and to enhance the town centre.  It was disgraceful that SW Trains had let Whitton residents down by not ensuring that the station met all the modern requirements expected by the travelling public.

Cllr Gareth Elliott and Whitton
Candidate Grant Healy with
the Minister
Stephen Hammond reassured residents and said, “It is important to highlight that Richmond Council  is aware of the problems at the station and wishes to contribute towards the refurbishment.  The financial involvement with SW Trains should mean that there is no excuse for work to be unduly delayed.”
                                                             
He continued, “There are plans to move to ten carriage trains which will help reduce overcrowding and make use of the Eurostar platforms at Waterloo to increase service frequency.”

Cllr Gareth Elliott speaking with
 residents
Dr Tania Mathias, prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Twickenham said, “After so many years of  inaction I would like to see the station upgraded  in time for the Rugby World Cup.”

A further financial contribution might be possible from the Rugby Football Union  when they meet to discuss community projects at the end of April.




Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Construction begins on £1m Whitton Homelink Day Centre for people with dementia

Thanks to funding from the Council, Department of Health and Homelink, the Homelink Day Centre in Whitton is being totally rebuilt to provide a state-of the-art, dementia-friendly centre for people with dementia and their carers.

Homelink is a nurse-led centre for adults who have physical and mental health needs. Based in St Augustines Vicarage, Hospital Bridge Road, Twickenham, Homelink provides day respite care for local residents to give their carers a well deserved break. Homelink Day Respite Care Centre complements the existing dementia care at Woodville Centre in Ham which is already provided by the Council.

Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Adults’ Services, Cllr David Marlow, said:

“Richmond upon Thames will soon have one of the best care environments for people with dementia in the country. The Council greatly values the support the Homelink Day Centre has given to people with dementia over the years and they thoroughly deserve this investment. Supporting our most vulnerable residents is a priority for the Council and we will always do what we can to help organisations such as Homelink.”

Chief Operations Officer at Homelink Day Respite Centre, Sue Hodder, added:

“We are particularly looking forward to having additional space and rooms in which treatments and activities that both clients and their carers can utilise. The design will incorporate specialist lighting, colour schemes, equipment and acoustics that research has proven will enhance the wellbeing of all our clients and in particular those with dementia. The sensory garden will also provide an additional space for clients and their carers to enjoy and from which they will benefit.”

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Baroness Kramer – Whitton Station – Still No Response

It was very interesting and encouraging to see Baroness Kramer taking her role as Minister of State for Transport with special responsibility for stations seriously as she visited Waterloo Station. Announcing £300m of investment at Waterloo to transform the passenger experience will undoubtedly benefit many Whitton residents who regularly use Waterloo daily. It was also interesting to hear that there are also plans to bring Waterloo International Terminal back into full use, nearly seven years after the last Eurostar trains transferred to St Pancras.


The problem for Whitton is that we have yet to receive a response to our open letter to the Minster about any proposals for Whitton Station. This critical transport hub is vital to Whitton residents who rely on it to get to work and for general travel yet in its present form it is completely inaccessible to residents who are elderly, with young children or disabled. With the World Cup coming to Twickenham in 2015 and Twickenham Station being updated it is the perfect opportunity to look at Whitton Station and how it might be upgraded. We hope that Baroness Kramer will take our letter seriously and, as Minister with responsibility for stations, respond with concrete proposals to enhance the passenger experience at Whitton while opening it up to ALL Whitton residents.

To read the announcement regarding investment at Waterloo click here.

To read our open letter to Baroness Kramer regarding Whitton Station click here.

Friday, 28 March 2014

Sir David Attenborough Awarded Freedom of the Borough

At a special Council last night Sir David Attenborough was awarded the Freedom of the Borough of Richmond Upon Thames in recognition of his achievements as a broadcaster, writer and naturalist, as a resident of the Borough, and in particular, his efforts and contributions in seven decades as an innovative and inspirational advocate for natural history and a campaigner for the protection and conservation of the environment.

Cllr Gareth Elliott said: "I was honoured to be part of the ceremony to bestow the Freedom of our Borough on Sir David Attenborough. He has worked tirelessly over his seven decade bringing natural history to the masses. It was even more exceptional to hear that over and above all his travels around the world he still feels Richmond is the best place on earth. There really is no place like home."

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Boris Backs Whitton Conservative's Station Campaign

The campaign we are leading to get Whitton station uplifted is bearing fruit. Following his visit to Whitton (using the station), the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said, in answer to question put to him by Cllr Tony Arbour during Mayor’s Question Time, “I want to get Whitton Station done. I think it will be done.”

“Its heartening that our campaign is gaining momentum,” says Grant Healy, “and that fellow Conservatives, including London’s Mayor and our local GLA representative, are backing us pro actively to bring much needed improvements to Whitton Station.”

Cllr Gareth Elliott said: "It is fantastic that the Mayor supports our campaign to improve Whitton Station. Hopefully we can now use this endorsement to encourage Network Rail and South West Trains to bring forward any considerations for updating the station."

To see the Mayor speaking out for Whitton click here to see the webcast. Fast forward to 2 hours 43 mins.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Whitton Question Time - Cabinet Comes to Whitton

On Thursday 13th March Richmond Council's Conservative Cabinet came to Whitton to meet the residents and to outline the plans for Whitton and Heathfield. In particular, the event was designed to inform people how they could get involved with shaping their local area, raise their concerns and input into the Village Planning Process. 

Find more information at www.richmond.gov.uk/whitton_question_tim­e 

Cllr Gareth Elliott and Whitton candidate Grant Healy were in attendance in the crowd and along with Whitton's residents ensured that the Leader and his Cabinet members heard the hot topics of Whitton. 

Cllr Gareth Elliott said: "Whitton Question Time is a great initiative allowing our residents a unique forum to engage directly with the Council's Cabinet. Whitton's residents were not shy in coming forward with their views and concerns but that is exactly the point."

Friday, 14 March 2014

Enjoying a Cup of Tea at Whitton Rest Room

Cllr Gareth Elliott and Whitton candidate Grant Healy enjoyed a cup of tea with some of Whitton's senior residents today at the Whitton Rest Room.

Following Cllr Elliott's question at Council that ensured that this vital facility is safe in Conservative hands Gareth and Grant popped in to spread the news. Both enjoyed themselves as they shared stories of Whitton now and then and answered questions about the future of the high street and the library.

Cllr Elliott said of his visit: "Whitton Rest Room is run for the elderly completely voluntarily and enjoyed immensely by its customers. I am happy to say that this vital facility is here to stay and I will ensure that it stays that way. It was wonderful to pop in and I look forward to my next visit."

Whitton in the News Again - Boris Visit

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, visits Whitton

Boris Johnson with Cllr Gareth Elliott speaking
 to Whitton residents.
On Wednesday 12th March Whitton welcomed the Conservative London Mayor, Boris Johnson. Visiting to inspect the progress of the Uplift Programme, part funded through the Mayor's own Outer London Fund, he expressed his satisfaction with the regenerative works which have transformed the High Street.

The Mayor was met with large crowds of Whitton residents keen to speak to him and in his own indomitable style he sought to converse with everyone. He also took time out to meet with shop owners including Nix Flower Shop, Action Bikes and Ultralux.

Before leaving Whitton Councillor Gareth Elliott and candidate Grant Healy took the opportunity to highlight the state of Whitton station to the Mayor and sought his support in furthering its renewal and refurbishment.








Friday, 21 February 2014

Whitton and Heathfield Question Time - 13th March

Since late 2013, Richmond Council has been working to draw up Village Plans for two pilot areas in the borough; Kew and Whitton and Heathfield. These will provide residents and businesses with a straightforward and unbureacratic way of developing planning policy in their area. In planning terms, this type of document is called a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), and it can be taken into account in making planning decisions.
In order to have these plans accurately reflect the desires and thoughts of local residents, we will be consulting our proposed SPDs throughout May 2014. We will be asking you what you think of the plans and if there is anything more you would like to include or remove.
To help you understand this process, we will be holding a Question Time-style event where you will have the opportunity to ask Lord True and members of his Cabinet any question you have on the Village Planning process or wider issues on the Whitton and Heathfield area in general.

Event details

Thursday 13 March 2014, 7pm – 9pm
Twickenham Academy, Percy Rd, Whitton, TW2 6JW
The first hour will consist of pre-submitted questions, the second hour will be opened to the floor. Pre-submitted questions will be chosen on a first-come, first-serve basis.
To submit a question to the Whitton and Heathfield Question Time or for more information, please email:events@richmond.gov.uk.
Find out more information about the Village Planning Process.

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Whitton Postcode Campaign in the News


To read the full Evening Standard article click here.

Cllr Gareth Elliott said:

"The incorrect designation by Royal Mail has several knock-on effects that people living in these areas experience every day. Services other residents take for granted can often be confused across boundaries.

"I have been contacted by one resident who was told her child could not attend a Richmond Borough School because she was wrongly considered a Hounslow Resident due to her postcode. For those that live in Whitton and pay Council Tax to Richmond Council it should not be too difficult for Royal Mail to bring them into line with their fellow residents."

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Murray Park and Chase Green Review 2014: Have your say

As part of the Conservative Council’s ongoing commitment to improve the borough’s parks and open spaces, Richmond Council is asking residents how they would like to see two open spaces in Whitton improved.

To ensure all Council parks and open spaces are of the highest quality and suitable for as many people as possible, over the next few weeks residents who live in the area, and visitors, are invited to have their say on how they think Murray Park in Kneller Road and Chase Green between Redway Drive and Godfrey Avenue can be improved. 

Richmond Council knows how important parks are to our residents - a fact that is proven in the latest Parks Customer Satisfaction Survey. This shows 89 per cent of respondents feel the Council’s management of parks is ‘excellent’, ‘good’, or ‘satisfactory’. Significantly, 91% said they felt safe in Council managed parks. 

Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Pamela Fleming, said:

“Richmond Council is a listening Council and we know how important parks are to our residents. Through extensive consultations such as the All in One Survey, residents stated that parks and green spaces were their top priority and this is precisely why we continue to invest millions of pounds into our parks and open spaces through the Parks Improvement Programme.

“The Council would like as many people as possible to let us know how they would like to see Murray Park and Chase Green improved. The more responses we receive the better placed we will be to ensure these areas continue to meet local needs. Richmond is the most beautiful borough in the capital and we will make sure this proud tradition continues for years to come.”

Whitton Conservative Councillor, Gareth Elliott, said:

"Murray Park is a gem within Whitton yet it needs some TLC. Now is the time to get your views across to Richmond Council to ensure that Murray Park becomes the open space we can be proud of."

There are a number of ways you can provide comments for both areas:

MURRAY PARK

·        You can speak to representatives from the Children’s Play Advisory Service who are experts in helping the Council with place space development and improvement. They will be in Murray Park on Saturday, February 1, from 11am to Midday. Children will have the opportunity to be consulted by being interviewed if accompanied by a parent or carer. 


CHASE GREEN

·        On the same the Advisory Service will later be in Chase Green from 1pm to 2pm for local residents and children to discuss improvements to the green.


The deadline for both consultations closes on February 23.