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CRIME

A “gang culture” is trying to move its way into Richmond, Police reported after another stabbing in Richmond. It occurred during a fight on Richmond Green involving a group of 15 to 20 males at about 10 pm on Friday 15 November. The victim was a 17-year-old youth who sustained a chest wound initially classified as life threatening but whose condition has improved. Police said it did not appear to be a robbery, and there was no wider risk to the public.

Personal and business robberies in South Richmond ward for the three months from August to October were lower year-on-year at 20 compared with 28 in 2018. Most take place between 3 pm and 11 pm and nearly half of the victims are aged 11 to 18. Burglaries in South Richmond were significantly lower at 39 (62 in the same 2018 period).

Improved lighting (new LED lamps in the existing street lights and a further two street lights) is due to be installed before the end of the year on Vineyard Passage where there have been reports of rough sleeping and evidence of drug taking.

Thefts of catalytic converters have been reported in Richmond. Park Lane, Richmond Green and the Old Deer Park Car Park are identified as hot spots and hybrid cars are a prime target. Catalytic converters are located in a box fitted to vehicle exhaust systems to cleanse harmful gases before they are emitted. They contain precious metals like palladium and rhodium. Thieves using cutting tools can steal them in minutes.

Safety advice from the most senior Police officer in our area, Chief Superintendent Sally Benatar, Metropolitan Police South West London Command Unit: “Whilst Richmond is one of the safest boroughs in London, we know that as the nights draw in, more people take the opportunity to commit crime.” Read her guidance here.

 

AIR POLLUTION

Richmond Council is to ask residents about a new strategy aimed at putting cycling, walking and public transport at the heart of how people move around the Borough. It is part of the Council’s pledge to improve residents’ health as well as the air they breathe.

Earlier this year the Council declared a climate emergency and committed to reducing transport-related carbon emissions to help the Borough become carbon neutral.

One initiative is an Active Travel Strategy intended to make it safer and easier to walk and cycle, reducing car use, significantly cut transport-related carbon emissions, improve air quality by reducing polluting traffic and make Richmond’s streets and neighbourhoods more enjoyable and welcoming places.

The area opposite Richmond Station is the Borough’s worst air pollution hot spot. The Council says this is probably a result of the new road layout, which moved the taxi rank across the road.

All buses serving the area are due to be hybrid or upgraded to cleaner vehicles by October 2020.

 

DIY WASTE

After pressure from residents, Richmond Council is having second thoughts about its proposal to charge a minimum £41 to dump DIY construction and demolition waste at its recycling centre in Kew. As reported in the previous News Bulletin, the Council planned to levy the fee at the Household Waste and Recycling Centre in Townmead Road from Monday 2 December. That is now on hold pending review. Richmond’s Director of Environment and Community Services, Paul Chadwick, said the concerns of local people had been heard and the charge would not be introduced whilst the scheme is being reviewed. The Council expects to announce a revised scheme in the early part of 2020. Read the Council’s notice here.

 

RICHMOND STATION

Four new shops at Richmond Station are opening as part of a £100,000 investment by South Western Railway. They are Cards Galore, Digby's Patisserie, G.R.E.A.T. Flowers and Puccino’s Café. The Station has thirteen million passenger movements each year.

 

GENERAL ELECTION

If you missed the well-attended general election hustings organised by The Richmond Society and The Kew Society on Thursday 28 November you can watch the video recording produced by the Duke Street Church media team here

 

EVENTS

Turner and the Thames: Five Paintings is the first exhibition of paintings by JMW Turner to be held at Turner’s House (Sandycombe Lodge), 40 Sandycoombe Road, Twickenham. On view will be some rarely seen oil sketches of the Thames, painted by Turner while he was renting Syon Ferry House at Isleworth. The exhibition opens on Friday 10 January and will run until Sunday 29 March. It will be a timely companion to our own event on Thursday 19 March when Tom Chesshyre will speak on Liquid History: A wander along England’s longest river.

Our first event of the New Year will be a talk on Eel Pie Island: Boatyards & Bands, Artists & Inventors by Celia Holman, an Eel Pie Islander on Thursday 16 January. As usual, doors to the Theatre at Richmond & Hillcroft Adult Community College, Parkshot will open at 7:00 pm and the meeting will start at 7:30 pm.

USEFUL LINKS

Be Richmond (The Richmond Business Improvement District)

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames

Metropolitan Police South Richmond Safer Neighbourhood Team

 

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