HOMEBASE, MANOR ROAD
The Richmond Society and The Kew Society submitted a joint statement objecting most strongly to the latest proposal to develop the Homebase site. The submission was in advance of a Greater London Authority hearing scheduled for Thursday 1 October. The GLA report is now published with a recommendation (as expected) that the Mayor of London give his consent. The report is here. The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government has confirmed he will intervene if the Mayor approves the application.
STAG BREWERY, MORTLAKE
The Richmond Society has objected to planning applications for the site of Stag Brewery because of the cumulative impact on Richmond residents of this and the Homebase proposal. We have told the Mayor of London we are alarmed that the repercussions of such a large development extend far beyond Mortlake and will bring incremental harm to the local social and physical infrastructure and the amenity of Richmond’s residents.
A petition by five councillors for the immediate provision of portaloos in Richmond town centre and on Twickenham Green was defeated at a special meeting of the Council on Tuesday 22 September. Council Leader Gareth Roberts said the Council is looking at providing permanent toilet facilities. The official webcast of the meeting can be viewed here.
RICHMOND RIVERSIDE PARKING
Parking on Richmond Riverside is now restricted following a Council consultation in response to pedestrians’ complaints about hazardous parked vehicles. Loading and unloading to support businesses and residences is permitted between 7:00 am and 10:00 am. Details here.
RICHMOND PARK PARKING CHARGES
The Royal Parks propose to introduce charges in all the public car parks in Richmond and Bushy Parks. The fees would be £1.40 per hour to a maximum stay of 6 hours Monday to Saturday and £2 per hour to a maximum of 6 hours on Sunday. Blue Badge holders and motorcyclists would be exempt, but subject to the maximum stay limit. A consultation opened on Monday 7 September and closes on Sunday 1 November. Details here. You can make a submission on the proposal here or you can write to email@example.com.
RICHMOND PARK DEER RUT
The number of people walking their dogs in Richmond Park has increased considerably. Deer can feel threatened by dogs even over long distances and even when the dog is not behaving in a provocative manner. This is particularly so during rutting (September - October) and birthing (May - July) seasons. The Friends of Richmond Park recommend walking your dog outside the Park at these times. If you choose, at your own risk, to walk your dog in the Park, it is advisable to keep it on a lead and consider an alternative route, such as following the wall line of the Park, close to exit gates. Details here.
TERRACE WALK TREES
Two diseased trees on Terrace Walk, Richmond Hill are to be removed by the Council. One is a red oak (Quercus rubra) that has been colonised by the decay pathogen Ganoderma australe which causes a white rot. It is in an advanced state of decay. The other is a red horse chestnut which is affected by decay within its branch framework. It is affected by the bacterium Pseudomonas syringae pv. Aesculi, the causal agent of bleeding canker of horse chestnut and other aesculus species. The Council says it will plant replacement trees because of what it terms the negative environmental impact of the diseased trees’ removal.
RIVER THAMES DRAW-OFF
The annual draw-off, when essential maintenance work is carried out at Richmond lock, weirs and sluices, will begin at about 9:45 am on Monday 9 November and end at about 2:50 pm on Friday 27 November. The river between Richmond Lock and Teddington Lock will be allowed to drain down at low water on each tide. The riverbed is expected to be exposed at low water.
Cultural life in Richmond has been hit hard by responses to the pandemic as it has elsewhere. At the same time, Richmond has suffered just as much from the demise of High Street UK. How can the Arts help to revitalise Richmond? To discuss this, local author Anne Sebba will chair a Richmond Society Forum on Thursday 15 October. Panellists are Dr Hilary Dodman, Chair, Arts Richmond; Cllr John Coombs, Richmond Council spokesperson on the Arts; and Paul Miller, Artistic Director, Orange Tree Theatre. Details here. If you are not a member of the Society and would like to attend, you can join here.
Richmond Literature Festival takes place from Friday 6 to Friday 27 November. The full programme was released on Monday 28 September. The box office opens on Monday 6 October. Details here.
RICHMOND IN AUTUMN
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