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

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 to notify us if you will be attending and which session.