Thursday, 28 September 2017

UPDATE: Whitton Street Cleaning

Commenting on the ongoing street cleaning in Whitton High Street Cllrs Gareth Elliott and Grant Healy would like to update residents with the following:

"We are both very happy that the Council has undertaken to give our High Street a deep clean following calls from residents that the new York Stone paving has lost some of its shine.

This request was accepted and announced following a question from Cllr Healy at the last full Council meeting in September. 

The process is now ongoing but following a close inspection by both Cllrs Elliott and Healy, it was clear that the machines and processes being used were not adequate to the job. As a result, both requested the clean to be re-done and to look at new equipment that would be better able to finish the deep clean as expected.

Cllr's Elliott and Healy are happy to say that this request was accepted and agreed and new equipment will be brought over from Wandsworth to finalise and complete the deep clean in Whitton.

As this is the first cleaning of the new York Stone it was a new process for Richmond Council and lessons have been learned for which will make future cleaning easier and more effective.

Cllrs Elliott and Healy are proud that Whitton has one of the best high streets in Richmond and we want to keep it that way."

Bin It Your Way - chewing gum campaign launches

Today marks the start of a campaign to encourage people to throw their chewing gum away rather than dropping it on the street.
As part of the campaign, the Council will be setting up a photo cut out in the Civic Centre. We will also be taking the photo cut out to prominent places around the borough. So you can come on down and show how you bin it your way to support keeping our streets free of gum.
Cllr Pamela Fleming, Cabinet Member for Environment, Business and Community said:
“Dropping chewing gum is not only anti-social but it ruins the beautiful environment we are lucky to enjoy in the Richmond upon Thames.
“People may not know it costs Richmond Council £1.50 to clean up a 30p piece of gum. 
“I’m sure everyone would agree that money is much better spent on other services which enable residents to maximise their enjoyment of our outdoor spaces.” 
As part of efforts to clean up Richmond’s streets, people who drop gum could be subject to a fine of up to £80.
Pledge on now to show others that dropping gum is not acceptable.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Whitton's High Street Deep Clean

High streets in Whitton, Twickenham and Richmond will be cleaned next week, in response to resident feedback.

As part of a wider Uplift improvement scheme, in 2011 Richmond Council invested £2m improving Whitton High Street. Similar investment was seen in 2015 when £5m was invested on King Street in Twickenham and prior to 2010 millions of pounds was also spent improving George Street in Richmond.

In recent months there have been a number of complaints by residents regarding the staining on the pavement caused by pollution, general wear and tear and chewing gum. 

York Stone is a well-used material used for pavements. It is long lasting. But it does take a number of years to settle. Any surface dirt will naturally wash away in periods of rain but the Council is conscious that there have been greater and extended periods of drier weather this year.  In response to residents’ requests, next week Richmond Council will commence with a ‘clean and wash’ in an attempt to try and tackle some of the grime.

Cllr Pamela Fleming, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Environment, Business and Community said,

"We have invested millions of pounds improving roads and pavements across the borough through our Uplift and redevelopment programmes and initiatives such as the Community Pavement Fund.

"People are proud of their high streets and I fully understand their concerns regarding the staining on the new pavement stones. We have listened and have organised that next week we will carry out a clean of the three main high streets in Twickenham, Whitton and Richmond."

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

iTea & Biscuits: help sessions take place next week

Free IT Taster Sessions are being held next week to help Richmond upon Thames residents who want to know more about what’s available online.
The Council’s Library Services are encouraging people to come along to the IT taster sessions at the Information & Reference Library in Whittaker Avenue, Richmond where friendly, knowledgeable staff can help residents discover how to get the most from the world online.
Whether it’s setting up Facebook, Twitter or Skype accounts, learning the basics of eBay shopping or digital photography, or even how to get online TV, radio and eMagazines, our staff will be on hand to help you, and to ensure you stay web safe.
These free sessions are designed to help residents discover a little of the huge range of services available online and offer a gentle introduction for those new to what the internet can provide.
It’s just one part of our commitment to being a truly digital borough.
Booking is essential for all except the Tablets Made Easy drop-in session:
They will be held:
Monday 11 September
5.00pm – 6.00pm
eBay for Beginners
Tuesday 12 September
10.30am – 11.30am
Facebook Basics
Tuesday 12 September
2.30pm – 3.30pm
Introduction to Skype
Wednesday 13 September
2.30pm – 3.30pm
TV & Radio Online
Wednesday 13 September
5.00pm – 6.00pm
Thursday 14 September
10.30am – 11.30am
Thursday 14 September
2.30pm – 3.30pm
Tablets Made Easy
Friday 15 September
10.30am – 11.30am
Digital Photos Basics
Friday 15 September
2.30pm – 3.30pm
Online Safety
Saturday 16 September
10.30am – 11.30am
Twitter for Beginners
Saturday 16 September
2.30pm – 3.30pm
Family History
Cllr Gareth Elliott, Cabinet Member for Digital and Technology, said:
“People are increasingly seeking out information and services online so it is only right we, as a council, keep pace with the digital world.
“The Council is increasingly focused on providing easy access to information and services online. These sessions are a great opportunity for residents to learn more about the range of services available to them.
“Whether you’re a beginner or just need a refresher, I hope you will take advantage of these sessions to improve your skills and boost your confidence with using technology.”

Friday, 1 September 2017

Have your say on 20mph zones - Grasmere Ave, Whitton Manor Drive and Old Manor Drive

Residents in Grasmere Avenue, Wills Crescent, Old Manor Drive and Whitton Manor Drive are being asked for their views on introducing 20mph speed limits and zones in their area.
The changes are being considered following a decision by Hounslow Council to introduce a borough-wide 20 mph rule.
Cllr Peter Buckwell, Cabinet Member for Highways and Street Scene said:

“These cul-de-sacs will be affected by Hounslow Council’s decision to alter speed limits as they join directly onto Hounslow Roads where the speed limits are being changed.
If residents support the change, we will work with Hounslow to advertise the traffic order – the legal document required to change speed limits – and implement the scheme.
There will be minimal disruption as the change only requires 20mph signs to be painted onto the road surface at various locations and no additional signage would be required.”
The deadline for feedback is 29 September 2017.