Scrub up for streets

Release Date: 14 September 2017

High streets in Whitton, Twickenham and Richmond will be cleaned next week, in response to resident feedback.

As part of a wider Uplift improvement scheme, in 2011 Richmond Council invested £2m improving Whitton High Street. Similar investment was seen in 2015 when £5m was invested on King Street in Twickenham and prior to 2010 millions of pounds was also spent improving George Street in Richmond.

In recent months there have been a number of complaints by residents regarding the staining on the pavements caused by pollution, general wear and tear and chewing gum. 

York Stone is a well-used material used for pavements. It is long lasting. But it does take a number of years to settle. Any surface dirt will naturally wash away in periods of rain but the Council is conscious that there have been greater and extended periods of drier weather this year.  In response to residents’ requests, next week Richmond Council will commence with a ‘clean and wash’ in an attempt to try and tackle some of the grime.

Cllr Pamela Fleming, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Environment, Business and Community said, 

"We have invested millions of pounds improving roads and pavements across the borough through our Uplift and redevelopment programmes and initiatives such as the Community Pavement Fund.

"People are proud of their high streets and I fully understand their concerns regarding the staining on the new pavement stones. We have listened and have organised that next week we will carry out a clean of the three main high streets in Twickenham, Whitton and Richmond."

Notes for editors

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Reference: P423/17

Updated: 2 October 2017