The Richmond Society and The Kew Society together will hold a General Election hustings with candidates for the Richmond Park & North Kingston parliamentary constituency at 7:30 pm on Thursday 28 November at Duke Street Church, Duke Street, Richmond. Doors open at 7:00 pm. The meeting will be open to the general public. Questions for the candidates should be submitted no later than Thursday 21 November to email@example.com.
Fear of crime in Richmond is increasing due to the lack of police presence, according to the Safer Neighbourhood Board. The lack of a police station in Richmond is a major factor in the increase in fear and crime itself. Organised gangs came into Richmond in the summer and these have been dealt with, the police say.
Robberies remain the main crime concern and focus in the Borough in general and in South Richmond in particular. Drugs are believed to be a major contributor to crime, the Police Safer Neighbourhood Team reports. They say that with the inclement weather coming this will bring in a larger number of homeless people looking to use the Glass Door facility where seven local churches open their doors for one night a week to provide shelter. Police say with this will come a larger volume of drug users and crime.
A stabbing at McDonald’s in the Quadrant, Richmond on Wednesday 23 October resulted in a non-life threatening injury. No arrests have been reported. The police ask anyone who has information about the incident to call 101 and quote CAD reference 2518/23OCT19.
A few hours later, a fight at Richmond Station involving ten to twenty males armed with weapons resulted in arrests. Police say there appears to be no cause for concern to the wider public. If you have information call 101 and quote CAD reference 8093/23OCT19.
HEALTH & CARE
A Health and Care Plan has been launched throughout the Borough. The two-year plan is a partnership by the NHS, Richmond Council, the voluntary sector and Healthwatch to meet the health and care needs of people in Richmond upon Thames. It aims to help patients get better care and support and to avoid having to re-tell their story every time they encounter a new health or social care service. It will also ensure that different parts of the system share appropriate information to help improve the care local people receive. You can read about the Plan here.
The Richmond Society responded to Richmond Council’s consultation on its Climate Change Strategy and Air Quality Action Plan. We think the aims of the Plan are laudable, but that the Council should focus on issues within its control or where it can make a difference. Although climate change and air quality should be a significant priority it cannot take precedence over education, social care or community safety or other statutory obligations. We support planting more trees in streets (and replacing ones previously removed) provided they are appropriate to the location and the likely climate conditions for the life of the tree, and the Council is prepared to maintain them. People should be encouraged to throw away less and walk, cycle or use public transport more. The consultation closed on Thursday 24 October.
Residents disposing of DIY construction and demolition waste at the Council’s Household Waste and Recycling Centre in Townmead Road, Kew will be charged at least £41 from Monday 2 December. That is the minimum for even the smallest quantity - the full fee will be £205 per tonne. Richmond Council defines DIY waste as “anything once fixed to a property or outside space”. This could include construction and demolition materials such as stone, rubble, clay, concrete, bricks, blocks, sand, tiles, paving slabs, and ceramic bathroom suites. Currently residents are able to dispose of up to six 80-litre refuse sacks of DIY waste every month at the Centre without charge. Richmond is a member authority of West London Waste Authority, as is Brent Council which charges a minimum £16, and Ealing, which charges a minimum £23. Wandsworth, which shares many Council services with Richmond, uses a different waste disposal authority and has a minimum charge of £7 for a 25 kg sack of DIY waste or £17 for a bulky item. The Council’s announcement is here.
RIVER THAMES DRAW-OFF
The River Thames is at its lowest tidal level of the year for the annual draw-off when the Port of London Authority opens the weirs at Richmond Lock so that essential maintenance work can be carried out. During this time the river returns to its natural levels leaving large areas of the foreshore between Richmond and Teddington exposed at low tide. The weirs will remain open until approximately 7:25 am on Sunday 17 November. Details.
Work has begun on conversion of disused lavatories in the riverside Buccleuch Gardens into a café with two lavatories available for public use. The Council expects disruption to be kept to a minimum as the majority of the works are inside the building. It is hoped this new facility will be open in early Spring.
Every two years Richmond Council’s parks team consults local people to assess customer satisfaction with the borough’s parks and open spaces. Council staff attend a number of parks to carry out on the ground questionnaires. The questionnaire is also on the Council’s consultation portal as well as within some parks, where Richmond Society members are helping with data collection. The consultation is scheduled to run until Monday 11 November. You can have your say here.
Draft recommendations for changes to ward boundaries in Richmond upon Thames following an electoral review have been published by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England. No change is proposed for the number of councillors in the Borough - 54 - or the number of wards - 18. In our area, small changes are proposed for the South Richmond, North Richmond, and Ham, Petersham & Richmond Riverside wards. The Commission’s report on its first review in this Borough for ten years can be read here. The new arrangements will be implemented at elections in Richmond upon Thames in 2022. You can have your say on the recommendations in a consultation which began on Tuesday 29 October and ends on Monday 13 January 2020 here. Alternatively, you can make a submission by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by writing to: Review Officer (Richmond upon Thames), The Local Government Boundary Commission for England, 1st Floor, Windsor House, 50 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0TL.
Richmond Literature Festival, an annual celebration of books and words, tales, talks and ideas taking place across the borough, began on Friday 1 November and runs until Sunday 24 November. Details of daily events and booking here.
Kew Gardens Annual Community Meeting when you can hear about its plans for the year ahead takes place in the Lady Lisa Sainsbury Lecture Theatre, Jodrell Building, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew on Tuesday 12 November from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Entry is via Jodrell Gate. Questions should be submitted to email@example.com before Friday 8 November.
Gordon Elsden, a local history detective, speaks on Ham at our next event on Thursday 14 November. As usual, doors at Richmond & Hillcroft Adult Community College, Parkshot open at 7:00 pm, programme starts at 7:30 pm.
The Richmond Society AGM and Christmas Party is on Thursday 5 December at our usual venue, Richmond & Hillcroft Adult Community College, Parkshot. Immediately after the AGM and before the party Regina Gössel, soprano, will perform a short programme of Christmas songs. Doors open at 7:00 pm, meeting starts at 7:30 pm. Tickets for the party, at £14, can be booked on Eventbrite.