Friday, 28 October 2016

Whitton Conservatives Christmas Party

It's Christmas time and what better way to celebrate than with your local Conservatives.

If you've been naughty or nice please don't think twice and come and join us.

This year we are pulling out all the stops with a raffle and a buffet with a complimentary glass of red or white wine and beer. 

Tickets are £25 per person. (Please pay via EventBrite using the register button by clicking here.)

We look forward to seeing you in Merry Spirits

Cllrs Gareth Elliott & Grant Healy

Helping Neighbourhood Watch groups protect communities from Autumn crime

Local members of Neighbourhood Watch groups are invited to attend events offering practical advice around tackling crime and making their community safer this Autumn.

Next month, Richmond Police and the Safer Neighbourhood Board are hosting autumn ‘Knowledge Night’ events for members of Neighbourhood Watch groups across the borough. 

Neighbourhood Watch is a way for communities to help themselves to stay safe. Groups of local volunteers work in partnership with the police and their local council to distribute safety advice, help make sure elderly and vulnerable residents aren't targets for criminals, gather information to help police tackle local problems and alert residents when there’s a particular crime problem in an area.

There are currently two hundred Neighbourhood Watch groups across the borough with hundreds of participants.

On the 3rd and 17th November, two ‘Knowledge Night’ events will be held to give attendees both practical advice around tackling crime and making communities and Neighbourhood Watch areas safer, but also to give an update on what the local police are doing this Autumn and Winter.

Topics covered at each event include:

1.    Moped Enabled Crime – the problem and the police response
2.    Autumn Nights (a crime-free run-up to Christmas)
3.    A Scam Demonstration
4.    Fly-tipping: what you can do

Cllr Stephen Speak, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said:

“Neighbourhood Watch plays a vital role in many parts of the borough with hard working coordinators making a great effort to reach deep into our communities. Together with the Council and the local police, we all work closely to help prevent crime and reassure and advise residents.

“Members keep an eye on their local area and can let elderly people know what is going on and pass on important advice about crime prevention from police or even about road works and events taking place.  It’s good for the community but importantly the intelligence that groups feed back to the police does help to reduce crime and catch offenders.

“As the darker Autumn evenings creep in we do typically see a spike in crime across the borough. Therefore, these two information evenings aim to provide local Neighbourhood Watch members with information on some ‘top issues’. It is also an opportunity to ask the Police any questions about local concerns.

“I would encourage as many neighbourhood watch members as possible to attend, but the events are open to anyone.”

T/Chief Inspector Karen Duckworth, from Richmond Police, added:

“These events follow on from the successful events held in April. It is an opportunity to invite Neighbourhood Watch members to engage with police by not only having a better understanding of the challenges facing us all in keeping Richmond’s communities safe, but also to be part of the solution through greater insight and engagement”.

The events are between 7pm – 9pm on:

Thursday 3rd November  – The Salon Room, York House, Twickenham
Thursday 17th November  – Barnes Methodist Church, Station Road, SW13 ONH

To RSVP to attend, please email:

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Twenty three pavements to benefit from half a million pounds of improvements

Twenty three pavements across the borough will benefit from an additional half a million pounds of improvements, thanks to Richmond Council.


Earlier this year 1,300 people nominated a local pavement for repair as part of the Council’s Community Pavement Repair Fund.


The Community Fund generally focuses on smaller ‘fixes’, rather than large full pavement repairs. Fixes could include replacing damaged paving slabs, replacing blacktop infills or eliminating standing water. Funding is being directed to those eligible pavements that have the strongest level of support through the nomination process.


This fund is in addition to the £ 3.9m the Council invests in improving pavements every year. Following a review of all the nominations, twenty three pavements have been selected for repair. Works are due to start in a phased programme from November 2016.


Cllr Peter Buckwell, Cabinet Member Highways and Streetscene for Richmond Council, said:


"The Community Pavement Repair Fund gives residents that all important say in determining spending priorities. We have set £500,000 aside for this programme, separate from the £3.9m the Council has allocated for planned road and pavement repairs in 2016/17.

"We know that residents want to see more done to repair pavements that are used day-in, day-out, and so that is what we are doing. The Council has already made a very significant increase in the annual budget for road and footway works.


It is impossible for us to repair everything single cracked paving stone. So, we are focusing our resources on those high footfall areas that you feel are a greater priority.


“This is another demonstration of our commitment to listen to our residents and direct resources to areas of greatest concern.”


Whitton Roads to Benefit: 

Below is a list of Whitton pavements that have been selected for repair under the 2016 Community Pavement Fund.

The Ridge, Whitton

Willowdene Close, Whitton