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 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: