Thursday, 31 August 2017

UPDATE: Further Progress on the Duke of Northumberland River Walk

Cllr Elliott with the RFU's
Chris Donnelly
The Duke of Northumberland River is a wonderful hive of activity with all kinds of wildlife and flora and fauna. It is also a fantastic riverside walk but unfortunately, it can be a bit of a challenge to all but the most intrepid.

However, Richmond Council has been installing a new walkway which up to now has only got so far as the Harlequins’ Twickenham Stoop and Warren Road. Once the walk reaches Chase Bridge School and along Twickenham Rugby Stadium it reverts to a wild walkway. This has partly been because of ongoing negotiations between the Council and the RFU and fence lines and nature protection concerns.
RFU fenceline to be moved back

Cllr Elliott has been negotiating with the RFU to ask for their fence line to be moved back to install the new walkway and after sustained pressure, it is now on the table. Cllr Elliott met with the RFU’s Community Relations Manager, Chris Donnelly, who has agreed that the rugby union will indeed move the fence back and also work with the Council to enhance the area. Additionally, the RFU has also agreed to create a new nature garden at Chase Bridge School for the children.

Cllr Gareth Elliott said:

“It is great news that the RFU has agreed to work with the Council to open up this fantastic river walk to the people of Whitton. With the amazing wildlife and flora and fauna, this is a hidden gem in Whitton that I hope people, once the walkway is finished, enjoy and utilise. I look forward to when the works are finished.”

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Students in Richmond upon Thames school sixth forms are once again celebrating as they receive their A Level results.

Yesterday’s results show that the 429 pupils in school sixth forms achieved A Level results above those seen nationally. The proportion of all entries graded as an A* to C was 85%, an increase of 7% points since last year. This compares with the national average of 77%. 


The proportions achieving A* to B were similarly above national averages, whilst those achieving the top grades were in line, with 27% of all entries grades A* or A. 


The overall was pass rate was 99%. 


Cllr Susan Chappell, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Schools, said:


“This is a fantastic set of results. This is only the third year since our secondary schools opened their sixth forms, giving parents and children greater local choices. 


“Over 400 students selected their school sixth form as a preferred local option and 99% of them passed! Plus, with 85% getting A* to C – our sixth forms are already performing way above the national average. Seeing improvements since 2016 is particularly impressive given the changes to the A-Levels.


“My congratulations go to the pupils, teaching staff and governors for their achievements and the amazing work that they do.”

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Two weeks left to apply for funding for new local projects

Residents only have two weeks left to submit their proposals for new community projects as part of a new fund in Richmond upon Thames.


The Village Planning Fund comes from the Community Infrastructure Levy, a tax collected by Richmond upon Thames Council and paid by developers. A portion of the total tax collected will fund local priority projects which address the impact development has on an area.


This money might be used for a variety of projects, including; green space improvements, resources and equipment for community use or community centre renovations. 


Any local resident, business or community group, living or operating within the borough can bring forward a proposal for the Village Planning Fund. The deadline for applications is the 14 August 2017.


All proposals should be for more than £5,000 and must meet certain criteria. Any groups or individuals who have ideas for projects can find out more information online and see if their project is eligible. 


Following the application process, viable applications will be subject to a public ‘vote’ to determine support for the projects.


Cllr Pamela Fleming, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning, said:


“We have already had a number of applications for this new fund. But, we know that there are many more groups and organisations who have ideas about how their local area can be improved. 


“Whilst there are strict criteria for the applications – ideas could include improvements to the local environment, including landscaping or open space. It could be new play equipment or improvements to community buildings. We also accept nominations for suggested improvements to our local social infrastructure. For example ideas about improvements to community facilities, a new vehicle to help transport older people to a local service or a mobile art venue..


Village Planning has given everyone a chance to identify priorities for their area and we have seen how passionate people are about where they live and workThey have a strong vision for the future of their community. This fund will help make some of the community ideas and initiatives a reality.


“Anyone with an idea….submit it now before the 14th August 2017”.


For more details on how to apply and the criteria contact your local Community Links Officer: and visit the website: