Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Letter from the PM: Let’s make a success of Brexit

Today we formally begin the process of leaving the European Union. This is a moment for our country to come together and to forge a new partnership with Europe and with the rest of the world.


When I sit around the negotiating table in the months ahead, I will represent every person in the whole United Kingdom – young and old, rich and poor, city, town, country and all the villages and hamlets in between. And yes, those EU nationals who have made this country their home.

It is my fierce determination to get the right deal for every single person in this country.
For, as we face the opportunities ahead of us on this momentous journey, our shared values, interests and ambitions can – and must – bring us together.

We all want to see a Britain that is stronger than it is today. We all want a country that is fairer so that everyone has the chance to succeed. We all want a nation that is safe and secure for our children and grandchildren. We all want to live in a truly Global Britain that gets out and builds relationships with old friends and new allies around the world.
These are the ambitions of this Government’s Plan for Britain. Ambitions that unite us, so that we are no longer defined by the vote we cast, but by our determination to make a success of the result.

We are one great union of people and nations with a proud history and a bright future.
And, now that the decision has been made to leave the EU, it is time to come together.


Thank you.

 

Theresa MayPrime Minister and Leader of the Conservative Party

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Twickenham School – Already Turning The Corner

We owe it to our young people to provide them with excellent schools, and Twickenham School has always been an important part of our community.

It cannot be denied, the local Liberal Democrats made a poor decision in 2009/10 to give both Twickenham Academy and Hampton Academy to Kunskapskollen. They were unproven in the UK, and local families were left with no choice.

The current Conservative administration’s support of free schools enabled two new secondary schools locally. We could have concluded that was all we could do.

But we are as committed to Twickenham School becoming outstanding as we are to any other of our local schools. So, our administration enabled the transition of the school to the new Richmond Schools West Trust, led by Waldegrave and Teddington (Waldegrave was recently named the UK’s comprehensive school of the year). Improvement starts with excellent leadership.

It is important to set expectations. Getting to outstanding cannot happen overnight. But already, the Department for Education has formally recognised fundamental improvements following a monitoring visit. This is fantastic news, and is an endorsement of the new leadership.

Cllr Grant Healy welcomed the news, “With strong new foundations, and with the expertise and experience of the other schools it is now partnered with, as well as the continued support of the Conservative Council, Twickenham academy has all the ingredients needed to achieve its full potential and that of its pupils."

Whitton Conservatives will continue to support the school and the new leadership on its path to outstanding.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Don’t get caught out by Council Tax scam

Residents are being warned to be on their guard against a new scam that promises people a refund on their council tax bills.

Richmond Council has had reports that representatives from a company called ‘Unity’ are calling residents claiming that they are working with the Council to help residents claim a Council Tax refund.

This is a SCAM.

The con is designed to capture sensitive financial information from victims. Armed with personal and banking details the fraudsters can harvest people’s bank accounts.  People who are approached by this company should not provide any information because the Council handles refunds of council tax itself.

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

“Richmond residents are often targeted by scammers and we, together with the police, try to keep people aware of the wide range of scams. However, the details of scams often change and we cannot cover every eventuality but these types of phone calls or emails are a con. So, if you are contacted by anyone purporting to be from Unity on behalf of the Council, about your Council Tax, you should smell a rat.

“Indeed, any email or phone call making any unsolicited offer of money or help should be treated with skepticism. 

“If you are on the receiving end of any scam, please report it.”

Anyone affected by this, or any other scam, should report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.

Monday, 6 March 2017

Save The Date: Whitton St George's Day 22nd April 2017

Make sure you pencil 22nd April 2017 into your diaries for Whitton's very own St George's Day. 

This is always a fantastic spectacle with street stalls, activities for the kids and all the family and music throughout the day.

For further information go to http://whittontowncentre.co.uk/wba-st-georges-day-parade-2017




Whitton Community Association - Future Secured

Whitton Community Association's future has been secures after the Conservative led Council agreed an extension of its lease.

Over the past few months, Richmond Council has been working with Whitton Community Association, a voluntary sector group based in Whitton, which operates from a Council owned building on Percy Road.

The Association run a range of different activities, including workshops, coffee mornings, over 50’s activities, English and Maths classes for adults and children, health and fitness classes for all ages and much more.  They also have a function room and other private facilities that are available for community hire.

Over the past few months the Council has been supporting the group to renovate and re-launch the services that are on offer at the building. As part of this work, the Council agreed at its Cabinet meeting last Thursday that the lease for the site will be extended for 15 years. Additionally, the Council will be commissioning the Association to run a range of community based activities for Whitton. This includes:  Nordic walking classes, Tai Chi, children’s ballet classes and a disco for people with learning disabilities.

Moving forward, the Council is working with Whitton Community Association on their wider plans to rejuvenate the building. Over the next few months, they will be looking at what practical improvements can be made.

Cllr Susan Chappell, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for the Community and Voluntary Sector, said:

“This is a perfect example of how Richmond Council is helping the voluntary sector. The Council is committed to working with the partners to commission and deliver local services which reflect the needs of their local community.

“Whitton Community Association has been really keen to set strong foundations for their future. They are committed to engaging with the local community to provide local services that people want and need.

“This is also our ambition. I am thrilled that we have been able to work so constructively with the Association to develop a plan that will help them secure their future and thank them for all their hard work and commitment.”

Bron Ashby, from Whitton Community Association, added:

“We are now working with the Council closer than ever before.  This has brought the much-needed benefits now materialising.  Secure in our tenure with the new lease we’re excited to be putting the changes in place to make our Centre a more modern and welcoming place for the whole community.

“We look forward to increasing our membership and expanding the services and activities we provide to the local area.”

Cllr Gareth Elliott, Whitton Ward Councillor said:

"Whitton Community Association is a fantastic village resource and i am very happy that its future has been provided additional certainty with the extension of its lease. We continue to support community assets and I urge people to make use of this excellent facility."

Friday, 3 March 2017

Whitton Pavements in Need of Repair - Nominate for the Community Repair Fund

It's that time again when the Conservative led Council has made an additional £500k (£35k per Village) available in 2017/18 specifically to pay for community nominated improvements.

Whitton has already benefited from this scheme but that doesn't mean we can't nominate additional pavements in this new round. If you feel a pavement is need of a repair nominate that road using the links below and ensure that you get your neighbours to do as well. The more people in a road that nominate the stronger the nomination.

This round of funding is now open for residents to nominate pavements they feel are in need of extra work, in the area where they live.

Funding will be directed to pavements that receive the most nominations and fulfil the greatest community need.
The Ridge, Whitton

In the last round of nomination in 2016 over 1,300 people took part and many neighbours joined forces to suggest repairs in their local area. This funding is additional to the annual pavement repair fund delivered by the Council.

If you know a pavement that needs to be repaired, complete the nomination form now at: www.richmond.gov.uk/fund or pick up a form at Whitton Library or the Civic Centre.

Deadline for nominations is 31st March 2017.

Whitton Roads that were successful in 2016

  • The Ridge
  • Willowdene Close
Whitton Roads that were successful in 2015
  • Bridge Way
  • Hall Farm Drive