Friday, 26 January 2018

Community Pavement Fund is Back!

Does your road have a pavement in need of minor repairs? Well, now’s the time to do something about it with nominations for the Community Pavements Repair Fund now open.
The Council has set aside £500,000 in 2017/18 to fund community nominated improvements after residents told us, through the Annual Residents Survey, that the condition of pavements was one of their top priorities. You can get involved now by nominating a pavement you feel is in need of extra work, nominations will stay open until 31 March 2018.
Each of the fourteen villages across the borough will receive £35,000. Funding is provided on top of £500,000 directed towards highway improvements each year. The scheme looks at ‘small fix’ repairs which are normally minor improvements. Work may include replacing damaged paving slabs, blacktop infills or eliminating standing water.
After nominations close on March 31, Council Highway Engineers will visit nominated areas to review the suggested repairs. Council Officers along with Richmond Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Streetscene, Cllr Peter Buckwell, will select the winning pavements. The results will be announced in June. 
Cllr Buckwell said:
“We know how popular the Community Pavement Repair Fund is to our residents, underlying the importance they place in the borough’s environment. We’re delighted to once again be encouraging interest in the fund for people to nominate the ‘small fix’ they think is needed for their pavement.”
If you have a pavement in need of repair you can nominate it online or by picking up a nomination form in libraries or the Civic Centre. 

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Royal Wedding - Street Party Time

Cllr Gareth getting into the spirit of the
Royal Wedding last time with his
neighbours in Derwent Road
Who doesn't like any old excuse to have a street party and use the opportunity to re-engage with neighbours and friends? With the Royal Wedding coming around this Spring Richmond Council is once again encouraging residents to get out the bunting and dust off those baking books.

For the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Council has agreed to wave the cost of closing roads on 19 and 20 May and the bank holiday weekend of 26, 27 and 28 May. This includes the cost of the statutory adverts required to make drivers aware. Neighbours and resident groups will only have to find the cost of hiring ‘road closed’ signage.

The deadline for applications is Monday 30 April 2018.

Cllr Gareth Elliott, Whitton Ward Councillor said:

"My neighbours and I had a great time at the last wedding and it was wonderful to see everyone out enjoying the occasion. I will certainly be getting together with my neighbours in Whitton to encourage a party on Derwent Road. I encourage others who wish to do so to get your neighbours together and plan for it well in advance."

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

“We saw a great outpouring of goodwill across our borough for Prince William’s wedding, and I would love to see the same for his younger brother.

“We have already had a number of requests for street parties, but we want to encourage even more people to come together, show some community spirit and celebrate this joyful day.

“We will again do our bit for local people this year by covering the costs of closing roads, helping people mark this national occasion together.”

Advice from Richmond Council is to prepare well in advance, including talking to neighbours and applying in good time to have roads closed.

Visit the street parties page for more information and to apply.

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Whitton Library to Undergo Refurbishment

Whitton Library is to close from Saturday 13th January 2018 to Monday 2nd April 2018 as it undergoes refurbishment.
The works will include roof repairs, ceiling replacement, the installation of new lighting and a much needed fully accessible entrance door.  The interior will be revitalised with new shelving, display units, a study area with computers, comfortable seating and space for activities and events. The children’s area will also be given a complete makeover, including a new StoryWall and a cheery woodland theme.
Cllr David Linnette, Cabinet member for Culture, Sport and the Voluntary Sector said:
“This is an exciting time for Whitton residents. Their improved library will provide a well-equipped flexible space which will be suitable for leisure and study purposes as well as a meeting place for the local community.
“Whilst the library will be closed for a few months in the new year, residents will still be able to use any of the other libraries in the borough and access any of the library’s online services. Twickenham library is the nearest and I know they look forward to welcoming Whitton’s readers whilst the library undergoes its refurbishment.”
The nearest library is Twickenham Library, Garfield Road, Twickenham TW1 3JT. Bus 281 is a 14 minute journey, buses run every 8 minutes. Bus H22 is a 19 minute journey, buses run every 12 minutes. Bus 110 is a 27 minute journey, buses run every 20 minutes.
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