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MORE POLICE

Police have secured extra resources following weekend violence in Richmond in which at least three young men were injured. Fighting on Hill Street late on Saturday night was followed a short while later by a disturbance and anti-social behaviour by upwards of 500 people gathered on Richmond Green. They were dispersed by midnight.

Chief Superintendent Sally Benatar, whose command includes the Boroughs of Richmond-upon-Thames, Kingston, Merton and Wandsworth, issued a statement in which she said: “Today (Sunday) we have secured additional policing resources for South West London and we are working on a policing plan for the week ahead and the weekend, when the weather is expected to get hotter.”

Report crime or anti-social behaviour by calling 101, on the Metropolitan Police website or Direct Message @MetCC on Twitter. Call 999 if there is an emergency or a crime taking place.
 

LOOS NEWS

Richmond businesses say they are working on long term solutions to the dearth of public lavatories in the town. Loos are available at Richmond Station and Whole Foods, says Be Richmond, the Business Improvement District (BID). Local people have complained about  anti-social behaviour including urination and defecation in public places – the Green, the Riverside and neighbouring streets and alleys.

The Government has urged councils to reopen public lavatories with stricter cleaning procedures. Richmond has updated its Community Toilet Scheme web page showing where facilities are available to the public. The Council is offering a £350 incentive for the next 3 months to places that sign up to the scheme. It says pubs and cafés should open their toilets if they are serving takeaway food and drink. The Council is not installing temporary portaloos but keeping them under review.
 

DEEP CLEAN

Richmond businesses are deep cleaning surfaces in the town with an anti-COVID-19 disinfectant spray. An estimated 10,000 square metres of surface area are being cleaned twice weekly with disinfectant approved by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. It kills the pathogens in seconds, creates a barrier against future infection for up to 72 hours and is said to be harmless to passers-by and the environment. The cleaning is organised by Be Richmond which represents more than 300 businesses.
 

SMART BINS

Two solar-powered “smart” waste bins have been installed in Cholmondeley Walk and the towpath in Richmond in a 12-month pilot project. They are fitted with a sensor that alerts the Council’s waste team when each bin is full. The bins make use of technology used to connect everyday objects to the Internet and help provide better and more efficient public services.
 

NEW BRIDGE

Richmond Council has bid for £20 million of Government money to build a new cycling and walking bridge between Twickenham & Ham. The location and specification are yet to be determined. The Richmond Society’s response to the Council’s 2019 consultation is here.
 

CYCLING IN RICHMOND PARK
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Cycling for all in Richmond Park, suspended at the end of March to support social distancing guidelines, maintain public safety and prevent congestion at park gates, resumed yesterday with a few restrictions.

Time restrictions: Significant restrictions apply at the weekend:

  • Weekdays: On weekdays, all cyclists are now permitted during opening hours on designated routes.
  • Weekends: At weekends, cycling is only permitted for key workers and children under 12 accompanied by their family or responsible adults.

Route restrictions: Cycling is restricted to designated routes:

  • The designated routes include the roads from Richmond Gate to Sheen Gate and Roehampton Gate, from Richmond Gate to Kingston Gate, and to and from the Penn Ponds Carpark.
  • They exclude the road along the eastern and southern side of the park from Kingston Gate via Robin Hood Gate to Roehampton Gate. Children under 12 may ride on this but all adults accompanying them must be on foot.

Full details can be found on the Royal Parks website.

 

TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT

Our Richmond traffic management survey is now closed and we are assessing responses. Thanks to all who submitted their opinions and suggestions.
 

FOODBANK APPEAL

Demand for emergency food packs is rising and at the same time main sources of donations have declined. To help the five Vineyard foodbanks in Richmond-upon-Thames meet increased demand triggered by COVID-19 the Rotary Club of Kew Gardens has launched a fund-raising campaign. The aim is to help 80 families, with Rotary matching the first £3,600 by 4 July. Details here.
 

COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

Richmond Council is trialling a “virtual community conversation” with local residents and businesses. The first one is for the Ham, Petersham and Richmond Riverside Ward by video conference on Wednesday 8 July at 6:30 pm. The Council Leader and Ward councillors will be on hand to hear what people have to say about community issues, how the pandemic has affected them and what needs to be done to help recovery. Register here to take part.
 

JANET LOCKE

Janet Locke, who made a major contribution to The Richmond Society’s key role in protecting and enhancing the character and amenity of Richmond between 1986 and 2008, died on 24 May, one week after her 92nd birthday. She served on the Executive Committee from 1986 until the end of 2002 - including several years as the Society’s Vice-Chairman - and on the Conservation, Development and Planning Sub-Committee from 1986 to 2008.
 

LOCKDOWN

Contributions to our appeal for anecdotes about how Richmond people cope with life under lockdown can be seen at Life under Lockdown.

USEFUL LINKS

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames coronavirus information

Metropolitan Police South Richmond Safer Neighbourhood Team

Be Richmond (The Richmond Business Improvement District)
 

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Membership fees, unchanged for 20 years, will be £10 for a single person or £16 for two or more people in the same household from the start of our new membership year on Thursday 1 October.
 

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