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Education Secretary urged to rethink SEND funding

Cllr Robin Brown has written to the Secretary of State for Education to call for further funding towards the education of children in the borough with special educational needs (SEND).

While there will be a welcome additional £371,000 to support local schools accommodate new SEND places, Cllr Brown makes it clear that more support is needed.

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New Cycling and Walking Champion announced

First-term Cllr Gareth Richards for the Ham, Petersham and Richmond Riverside Ward has been announced as the borough's new Cycling and Walking Champion.

Cllr Richards will be responsible for promoting interests of cycling and walking across all aspects of our work, making it easier and safer across the borough, and helping to bring forward essential infrastructure, promotion and training.

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Test drive the latest electric vehicles

In support of Clean Air Day this Thursday, a member from The Octopus Electric Vehicles team will be at Richmond Town Centre to answer questions about electric cars.

There will also be an opportunity to test drive the latest electric car models (Tesla, Nissan, BMW, Renault) this Saturday 23 June at the Richmond Athletic Grounds on Twickenham Road.

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Show your support for Community Fund projects

Residents across the borough can review proposals and express support for up to two local projects in the next round of the Community Fund, until Friday 13 July.

The Community Infrastructure Levy, a tax collected by us and paid by developers, allows us to raise funds from developers undertaking new building projects in the borough to support and fund new physical and social infrastructure. In Richmond, a portion of the total tax collected in an area will be spent on local priorities.

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Help to improve air quality

Clean Air Day will be taking place on Thursday 21 June. This is a chance to learn more about air pollution, share information and help to make the air cleaner and healthier for everyone. 

People can make a difference to overall air quality by making small changes to everyday travel. Bicycles can be hired across the borough making it easier to travel to and from work.

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Go along to the guide dogs garden party

Richmond Guide Dogs group have arranged an open garden party at the beautiful Trumpeters’ House in Richmond on Saturday 23 June from 1 to 4pm. 

Enjoy tea and cakes while you meet local Guide Dog heroes. There is a £5 entry fee to the garden. All money raised on the day goes directly to Guide Dogs.

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Cllr Frost visits HomeStart to discuss family support

This week Councillor Frost visited HomeStart Richmond, Kingston and Hounslow to meet with Director Karen McLean. They discussed ways of ensuring children in the borough are ready for school in September as well as how to support families.


York House goes green for Grenfell

York House in Twickenham was illuminated green last night to mark the first anniversary of the fire at Grenfell Tower.

The Grenfell United Group has requested that buildings from London boroughs across the capital turn green in an act of solidarity for those who tragically lost their lives on 14 June 2017.

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Conference aims to tackle child exploitation

The Local Safeguarding Children Boards for Richmond and Kingston organised a conference about tackling child exploitation. Local hoteliers and safeguarding organisations attended and heard from the police about what child exploitation is and how to spot it.

There was also an interactive session and an online safety advisor gave information about child safeguarding online.

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Church Street goes green this weekend!

Church Street will transform into a green oasis for the annual garden event taking place on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 June as part of Twickenham Festival.

There will be many stalls including crafts, plants and horticulture stalls, as well as street food and entertainment.

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GoodGym helps ETNA Community Centre

This week, GoodGym Richmond had a team of 15 runners join them for a 4.5km run, finishing at ETNA Community Centre where they were tasked with watering the flowerbeds, weeding and digging up overgrown plants.

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Stop plastic polluting our river

Get involved with Be Richmond on Thursday 21 June and take part in the stand up paddle board event which aims to tackle the issue of pollution along the river.

An estimated 90 paddleboarders will complete a plastic litter collection journey, passing through iconic sites including Kew Gardens, Old Deer Park and Richmond Riverside.

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Showing support for Carers Week

Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight challenges carers face, and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities. 

To mark Carers Week, Richmond Carers Centre hosted an event at York House for local carers with workshops ranging from art, yoga and meditation to financial wellbeing and overall wellness.

Carers were also able to have a health check and meet a wide range of local professionals.

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Third runway at Heathrow Airport

The Department for Transport (DfT) forecasts show that while a third runway would create a net gain of 45 destinations at Heathrow, only three of these would be long haul routes.

The figures also show that without a third runway, effectively all UK long haul and domestic business passenger demand are met until at least 2050.

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The Armistice and Armed Forces Communities Programme

The Armistice and Armed Forces Communities Programme has launched giving awards to community groups, places of worship, charities and schools, to support events in their local area.

The programme is for organisations who would like to apply for an award to bring their local community together. Applications close on Saturday 30 June 2018.

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Dog show at Diamond Jubilee Gardens

The Twickenham Festival Dog Show at the Diamond Jubilee Gardens will be held on Saturday 23 June. All proceeds from registration fees will be donated to the RNLI.

Dog training will be available on-site along with a mini agility course and there will be a BBQ hosted by the Borough's Best Banger competition winners.

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Help end elder abuse

The plight of older people who suffer abuse in silence will be highlighted on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day this week.

Elders fall victim to being harmed, exploited, neglected and discriminated against. Those most at risk include people with disabilities, mental health problems, dementia or those who are physically frail.

Anyone who is being abused, or who knows someone they suspect to be the victim of abuse, can report online or call 020 8891 7971. In an emergency, always dial 999.

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Hampton Hill Summer Fair this Saturday

Hampton Hill Summer Fair is taking place from 12 noon on Saturday 16 June. The fair will be held on Hampton Hill High Street and Bushy Park.

There will be entertainment including a dog show, petting zoo and pony rides, as well as a craft fair, live music and more.

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Hammersmith Bridge repairs

Hammersmith Bridge will be undergoing emergency repairs from 10am to 4pm on Thursday 14 June 2018.

Traffic will be controlled by stop and go boards which will manage vehicles in both directions.

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Twickenham School praised for improvement

Twickenham School, under the leadership of the Richmond West Schools Multi-Academy Trust (RWST), has been praised by the Department for Education for their work towards improvement.

The RWST was set up to help support Twickenham School and Hampton High, so they share best practice, joint systems and approaches.

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Updated: 21 Sep 2017