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. 

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

We Want to Be Whitton Petition

For too long some residents living on the borders of Whitton and paying Richmond Council rates have been designated by Royal Mail as living in Hounslow. This can have several knock on effects such as impacting house prices and insurance.

Most companies and individuals automatically determine values and costs based on a postcode, and those living within areas incorrectly determined by Royal Mail as Hounslow when they are in fact Whitton residents paying Richmond Council Tax are adversely impacted.

Whitton Conservatives fully support the local campaign by by residents and all political parties to force Royal Mail to re designate Whitton properties with a Whitton postcode.

Please show you support by signing our petition below:

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Open Letter to Baroness Kramer to Sort Out Whitton Station and Provide Accessibility for All

Dear Minister of State for Transport,

We read with interest your recent comments at the Institute of Economic Affairs’ conference on the future of rail, stating that accessibility on our railways is high on your list of priorities as Minister of State for Transport. This is encouraging news and we fully support you in this goal.

As you will be aware as a former local MP, Richmond Borough is well served by rail, yet certain stations have been left in a time warp and are deficient – particularly in accessibility. One station in particular is Whitton Station. This is not an insignificant backwater; it sees over 1.2 million travellers a year – more passengers than Walsall or Gloucester! Yet, if you are a parent with a buggy, an elderly person with mobility difficulties or disabled, it is not fit for purpose. It has very steep stairs and a single exit on either side of the platform. This is unacceptable for a busy town centre station.

We invite you to visit the station as Minister of State for Transport to see for yourself the sub-par facilities available and hope that you will agree with us, that this vital transport connection must be high on your list for modernisation and accessibility funding. With the recent regeneration of our High Street, the opening up of a new local supermarket and many small independent shops; as well as its close proximity to Twickenham Rugby Stadium and the Stoop Memorial Ground, it is more important than ever that Whitton Station is opened up to ALL residents, and visitors who will play a vital role in the town’s continued economic growth.

We look forward to your response.

Yours sincerely,

Cllr Gareth Elliott, Grant Healy & Marc Hope