The Supreme Court upheld a Heathrow Airport appeal and concluded the Transport Secretary was entitled in 2018 to ignore UK climate change commitments under the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The decision to progress the airport’s expansion to the planning stage is lawful, the Court ruled on Wednesday 16 December.

The world is much changed since 2018, not least because of COVID-19. The pandemic has highlighted Heathrow’s lack of financial resilience and the improbability of raising finance for a very expensive expansion in the face of growth constrained by climate risk. Residents now know how much better life can be without aircraft noise.

Richmond Heathrow Campaign said it will continue to ensure Heathrow expansion remains a pipe dream. RHC is a coalition of The Richmond Society, The Kew Society, and Friends of Richmond Green totalling more than 2,000 people who are adversely affected by noise from flight paths, particularly at night. RHC’s statement is here.



A talk by Chief Superintendent Elisabeth Chapple, the Met’s South West London Commander, and Inspector Rebecca Robinson has been arranged. Join us at 7:30 pm on Thursday 14 January on Zoom. Admission is free to members of The Richmond Society. Guests are welcome for a donation of £5 - or you can join the Society for £10 per year (details below) and attend all talks for free. Email for instructions on how to join the Zoom meeting.



Richmond-upon-Thames is the happiest place to live in London, according to a survey. Rightmove, the property website, asked residents how they felt about such things as sense of community spirit, of belonging, friendly and polite people, sports, recreational artistic and cultural activities, nature and green spaces, and essential local services. It was the sixth time in a row that Richmond topped the ranking for London. It finished tenth in the country-wide Happy at Home Index. St Ives topped the UK chart.



This book, RRP £29.95, is offered to Richmond Society members for £25 + £5 UK shipping. If you already have it subsequent copies as gifts are offered at a discount of 33% off the RRP, i.e. £20 + shipping. This limited offer lasts until Christmas Eve. Email More information about the book here.



Nine palaces linked by the Thames celebrate their landscapes, histories and luminaries via a series of short virtual lectures from Wednesday 27 January to Friday 12 February. The gardens of Hogarth’s House, Turner’s House, Pope’s villa, Chiswick House, Marble Hill House, Strawberry Hill, Boston Manor, Orleans House and Ham House will be explored. Details here.



The Richmond Society needs more volunteers to help keep Richmond special. If you are interested, contact us here.



The Richmond Society’s Executive Committee of Trustees wishes readers of this Bulletin a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


ARTS - Arts Richmond

BUSINESS - Be Richmond (The Richmond Business Improvement District)

CORONAVIRUS - Richmond Council Coronavirus information

COUNCIL - London Borough of Richmond upon Thames

POLICE - Metropolitan Police South Richmond Safer Neighbourhood Team
Emergencies - call 999
Police non-emergencies - call 101
Report a crime -
Call Crime Stoppers at 0800 555 111

If you witness a crime take photos and record number plates. CCTV coverage can help the police to build a case against suspects.


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