The Richmond Society has urged Richmond Council to provide public loos before this year’s visitor season begins. We are working with South Richmond Ward councillors and other local bodies to press strongly for new permanent facilities that operate into the evening, plus temporary facilities where necessary.
The Society welcomes the Council’s review of public lavatories and hopes it will lead to quick action to prevent a repeat of the anti-social and public health, hygiene and common decency problems witnessed last year on the Green, the Riverside, the Hill and elsewhere.
In a letter to Council Leader Gareth Roberts, the Society’s Chairman Barry May said that with prospects of lockdown being relaxed and more pleasant weather ahead provision of proper facilities is a matter of urgency. Full report here.
Richmond Council should take immediate, short-term steps to support the Borough’s cultural community, The Richmond Society said in a representation on a Borough-wide review of cultural services including the arts, parks, sports and libraries. The Society supports the Council’s initiative in setting a ten-year vision for the culture sector but believes the need is pressing and action is needed now. The Society’s submission can be viewed here.
The Richmond Society has objected to an application to place a 17.5 m telecoms mast at Old Deer Park. The Council last September rejected a proposal for a 24 m mast which would have been taller than surrounding trees, most of which are 11.5 m. The new mast would be out of keeping with its surroundings in the Park, which is included as Grade I in Historic England’s Register of Historic Parks and Gardens, is designated a Conservation Area and forms part of the buffer zone to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, which is a World Heritage Site.
CHANGES AT PIZZA EXPRESS?
We have objected to an application to change of use to the ground floor of Lion House, Red Lion Street (currently occupied by Pizza Express). The change of use proposed is from a restaurant (Class E) to dual use for either a restaurant (Class E) or a public house, wine bar or drinking establishment (sui generis). There is no proposed change of licensee as yet and we think that change of use should only be considered in the context of a particular licensee.
The next Richmond Society talk will be by Sir Peter Hendy, who heads Network Rail as well as London Legacy Development Corporation. His topic is Richmond Hill to Richmond Hill: fifty years in public transport. It will be on Zoom at 7:30 pm on Thursday 18 March. Details on Eventbrite. All our lectures are free to members. Guests are welcome for a donation of £5 - or you can join the Society for £10 per year (details below) and attend all talks without charge.
We need help to produce our quarterly Newsletter (latest issue here). If you can write, edit and are familiar with desktop publishing, we would like to hear from you.
A neighbouring charity, Kew Community Trust, is looking for a Chief Executive to become its public face. It will be a salaried role requiring a likely time commitment of 100-120 days per year. KCT is an independent secular charity based in St Luke’s church in The Avenue, Kew, and providing classes, activities and facilities for 500 members. Candidates will be asked to demonstrate a record of effective leadership, people management, financial awareness and outstanding communication skills. Full details and how to apply will appear on www.kewcommunitytrust.org.uk.