In May 2011 Richmond Council carried out the All in One Survey, asking residents around the borough what they like about the area in which they live, and what they would like to see improved.
In Hampton, 1,391 people took part and over 90% were satisfied overall with their area as a place to live, highlighting parks and open spaces and the level of crime and anti-social behaviour the most important things in making Hampton a good place to live. However 26% felt that shopping in the local high street could be improved, 33% the condition of pavements, 30% traffic and 25% condition of roads. A programme was then put in place to address each area of concern.
One of the ways that the Council has sought to address these issues, is to look to improve the area via Uplift with the main project being the creation of a new Town Square. A total of £800k has been spent on this work and has created a large public open space with a garden area, water feature and play facilities. The site will is dominated by a large oval lawn centred in the square, surrounded by high quality York stone paving and small clusters of planting and trees. A water feature along with new play equipment, bins, benches and cycle stands also features.
The purpose of the development is to provide a vibrant community space with links to the local shops, youth and community facilities and create a space that can host a range of activities including markets, and musical, dance and entertainment performances.
Residents in Hampton braved the wind and rain on 13 October 2013 to attend the opening of their new local Square and catch a glimpse of James Bond star – Samantha Bond, who carried out the official ribbon cutting.
Despite the weather, the new local Hampton Market was at the opening, with stalls and items for sale; a bandstand with music from The White House Big Band and the internationally renowned Groove Academy; a dance performance by Kristi’s Dance Academy; sports and rock climbing at Hampton Youth; and an exhibition of paintings by local artists.
Work has begun in September and aims to improve the street scene, create a more vibrant area for local businesses and the remove street clutter. Improvements consist of soft landscaping, a shared surface, removal of railings, street lighting, new paving, upgrading traffic calming measures and new street furniture.
Earlier in 2013 a project to continue and extend the wall mural on the upper part of the building at the front of the Hampton Youth Centre was funded by Uplift.
Work is complete on the extension of the footpath network in Hampton Common in order to improve accessibility for all park users through installing a new path from the play area to Oak Avenue entrance. The creation of a green link or corridor to the Oak Avenue Nature Reserve and beyond to Hatherop Park has also been completed with carved way markers installed along the route.
Following the redevelopment, the Council are now asking residents what further improvements they would like to see in Hampton Square and the surrounding area.
Have your say on how you would like to see Hampton regenerated
Alternatively, pick up a questionnaire from the Family Centre in Hampton or Hampton Library. Residents can also come along to Hampton Square on Sunday 9 March, from 10am to 4pm to discuss their ideas with Council officers.
Uplift is just one Council or community project currently in place to improve Hampton. To find out what improvements and developments are planned, refer to the Village Plan.
The Village Plan describes a vision for the village area and identifies what the Council will do and what local people can do to achieve the vision together. It sets out the key issues and priorities and provides background information on the village area.
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