PRIVATE SECURITY CONTRACTORS
Richmond Council and police have told residents not to use private security contractors for any public work. In a joint letter to people living around Richmond Green, Council Leader Gareth Roberts and Police Chief Superintendent Sally Benetar said private security contractors must remain on private property and are not permitted to patrol in public areas. They must not impersonate police or claim they are acting on behalf of the council.
“Only the police have the power of arrest and the police and council emphatically do not endorse any other self-appointed individuals or group who claim to do so,” they wrote. “Neither the council nor the police can condone individuals or private companies operating within the margins of the law to act as 'security' in Richmond particularly when those actions fall outside of what is legally permitted and are crimes.”
You may have seen this sign in Richmond shop windows. It aims to support retailers by reassuring shoppers that the town is a safe place to visit, shop and explore.
The initiative has been launched by Be Richmond, the Business Improvement District, which says recent research studies suggest that between 36% and 44% of people have serious concerns about leaving lockdown and coming out to shop. Without them, retail is not viable.
S.P.A.C.E. stands for
Sanitiser available at key areas in shops
Protective equipment to be worn/used where necessary
Area carefully managed to ensure social distancing at all times
Cleansing of all surfaces on a regular basis
Environment that is safe and hygienic
Be Richmond businesses are funding twice-weekly spraying of people-facing touch points throughout the town with a long-lasting anti-COVID-19 spray that kills pathogens and prevents reinfection for up to 72 hours. It is also working with the Council and the police to promote social distancing and safe queuing.
An online booking system for residents who use the Council’s recycling centre in Townmead Road, Kew went into operation on Monday 20 July. The purpose is to enable people to book their slot in advance and avoid queueing up to 2 hours. Visitors arriving without a booking will be turned away and not be allowed entry. Details here.
RICHMOND PARK TRAFFIC
The Royal Parks, aiming to reduce the volume of through-traffic, have launched a Movement Strategy for Richmond Park and all of its other spaces. The park has been temporarily fully closed or partially closed to motorised vehicles since the end of March.
Richmond Council has requested Royal Parks support for detailed monitoring of the impact of a six-month trial of measures designed to provide continued access to motorised vehicles to car parks while curtailing the use of the park as a cut through. The measures are due to be launched later this year.
The Council is seeking immediate reassurances regarding the monitoring of traffic volumes and air quality impacts associated with the changes. When the trials launch, the Council will be studying their effects closely to ensure residents are not adversely impacted by any changes.
If the trials result in poor air quality, a decline in road safety or additional congestion in nearby communities where residents live and work, then they may need amendment or could even prove unsustainable, the Council said.
The Richmond Society’s response to the Royal Parks consultation in March tended to support the aims and outcomes of the Movement Strategy subject to maintaining a capability for vehicles to traverse Richmond Park if required under exceptional circumstances. The Society does not oppose reducing commuter traffic using Richmond Park but the serious repercussions of that traffic being displaced to the very congested alternative roads through Petersham and Sheen in particular must be recognised. We noted that the Park provides key through routes for Richmond’s residents to both Kingston and Roehampton Hospitals. When used by the emergency services the Park roads can offer very significant time savings relative to the alternative routes and this could be life changing for a Richmond resident.
Details of the strategy are here. The Council’s response is here.
Boat operators are back in business. Local operators are Colliers Launches and Turk Launches.
RICHMOND ON TV
Richmond is the star of a new television comedy series. Titled Ted Lasso, the plot is about a small-time US college football coach from Kansas who is hired to help AFC Richmond, a struggling professional soccer team in England, despite having no experience of the Premier League. Release on Apple TV+ is due on Friday 14 August. View the trailer here.