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Planning Guidance for the future of Old Deer Park to be adopted

Planning guidance for Old Deer Park will shortly be adopted by us, ensuring that future redevelopment proposals in the area conserve and enhance the character of the Park.

We have been working with residents, businesses, community groups and organisations over several years to help create a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) for the Old Deer Park.

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Councils, MPs and Peers call on Government to reveal hidden costs of airport expansion

As the Government gear up for a full parliamentary vote on the future of Heathrow Airport, a lot of questions still remain unanswered.

In a letter coordinated by the Leader of Richmond Council and published by the Guardian newspaper this week, Council Leaders, MPs and peers highlight the impact that a Heathrow expansion would have on the rest of the country.

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Self-driving robots to hit the streets of Richmond

Starship Technologies will be piloting their latest innovation, a self-driving delivery robot, on the borough’s highway network.

The six-wheeled intelligent robots are 55cm (22in) tall and 70cm (28in) long. They can travel up to 4mph. Each one has nine on-board cameras, two-way audio and movement sensors and will be driven autonomously making everyday local deliveries for consumers.

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Enter the Barnes Film Festival

The Barnes Film Festival is now inviting entries from first time film makers.

There are great prizes available and winners will see their films featured on the festival programme and the big screen.

For more information email

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Failure in new railway timetable needs to be addressed

South Western Railway has been urged to rethink their proposals following a December 2017 timetable consultation.

The Council has acknowledged SWR’s aim for a more uniform approach to the timetable, stopping patterns and journey times, but has raised concerns about the inconvenience the changes will cause to some of the borough’s residents.

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Stand up paddle board event with Richmond BID

Get on board with Richmond BID on Thursday 21 June, and take part in their inaugural stand up paddle board event event from Kew Bridge to Richmond.

The event aims to highlight the problem of plastic pollution along the river. Places are available on a first-come-first-served basis. To register your interest, email


Make a difference on World Water Day

World Water Day falls on Thursday 22 March. Richmond-based charity Just a Drop is asking everyone who lives and works in the borough to show their solidarity by reducing water consumption on the day, while also supporting 400 children at the Kithangaini Primary School in Kenya.

For example, turning off the tap when you are brushing your teeth can save 6 litres of water per minute. 

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Join us in preserving the environment by passing on plastic

Residents and businesses are being encouraged to pass on using plastics to help preserve the borough’s beautiful environment.

Every year in London we use 2.3 tonnes of plastic packaging, 13 billion plastic bottles, and 2.5 billion coffee cups. Meanwhile, a staggering 1 million plastic straws are used every day.

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Richmond’s parks continue to impress

Richmond’s parks and open spaces continue to be highly valued by our communities according to the latest Parks Satisfaction Survey.

The bi-annual survey shows 96 per cent of respondents thought the borough’s parks and green spaces were either excellent, good or satisfactory.

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Join Barnes Community Choir

Do you love to sing but can’t read music? Join the Community Choir to sing a wide range of Pop, Gospel, Blues and Zulu music. Open to adults of all ages.

Come and join in the noise on Thursdays 7.30 to 9pm at Lowther Primary School, Stillingfleet Road!

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Not the end of the line for local red phone boxes

We want to protect our borough's iconic red phone boxes so would like to hear from local community groups if they have ideas on how they could be used.

One K6 phone box on Church Road, near Barnes Green has already been adopted and is being transformed into a community defibrillator.

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Vote for Richmond Park film in Charity Film Awards

Conservation film Richmond Park – National Nature Reserve, presented by David Attenborough, has been selected as a finalist in the 2018 Charity Film Awards.

In the film, Richmond Park is brought to life by renowned natural history film makers who have worked on TV documentaries including Planet Earth and the recent Blue Planet 2.

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EV charging posts to be trialled in more locations

18 further lamp column charging points are being installed as part of a trial to promote the use of electric vehicles across the borough.

This is phase two of the trial, in partnership with Ubitricity, which will bring the total number of charging points to 28. The residents who are participating already own an electric vehicle and do not have off street parking. 

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Easter holiday workshops at Orleans House Gallery

Join Orleans House Gallery over the Easter holidays for a range of exciting workshops! Looking at natural and man made world wonders, you can create artwork using sculpture, textiles, painting and more.

Full and half day workshops are available for ages 0-17 with professional artists specialising in a variety of techniques and materials.

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Refurbishment on track for Whitton Library

The library has been closed since January to enable much needed work to be undertaken on the interior layout and environment.

Improvements include roof repairs, ceiling replacement, the installation of new lighting, and a much needed fully accessible entrance door. If the works remain on schedule, the library will re-open on Tuesday 4 April.

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Start your quitting journey on No Smoking Day

Today is National No Smoking Day, the perfect time to kick your smoking habit.

In Richmond free local support is available through the council’s Stop Smoking Service. Specialist advisers can give you products to use, such as patches and inhalator, and can offer you regular support and information.

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Garages to be demolished for new affordable homes

The Council has agreed that PA Housing Group can demolish rundown garages on Craig Road and provide four new self-contained affordable homes.

The homes will be designed specifically to meet the needs of people with learning and physical disabilities. The Council will also invest £250k towards the development.

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Jo launches in Richmond this week

Jo, the first digital assistant for local businesses launches this week in Richmond upon Thames.

Jo has been in development for 6 months with support from us alongside local high street champions, 100s of independent shopkeepers and dozens of industry experts.

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Minister challenged to spell out Heathrow noise impacts

Council leaders have called on the Transport Secretary to say how many years of extra noise he expects local communities to suffer if a third Heathrow runway is built.

The Government has so far refused to release updated noise assessments for the four years following the new runway’s expected opening in 2026. 

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Justice served on antisocial resident

A fly-tipper who illegally deposited their household waste on Teddington High Street has been issued with a £400 fixed penalty notice.

The Council would like to remind residents that they must keep their waste within their property, only placing it on the pavement at the front of their address after 8pm the evening prior to collection and before 6am the following morning.

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Updated: 21 Sep 2017