Hamptons and Teddington news

Mechanical fault affecting Bring Sites across the borough

We are currently experiencing some difficulties emptying recycling sites (Bring Sites) across the borough as the equipment that is used to lift the pods as part of the emptying process has failed. Whilst this equipment is under repair our contractor has arranged for vehicles and crews to clear the sites manually.

We understand that a number of sites have now been cleared. However, in some instances this is proving to be a fairly difficult task and additional crews are now being introduced to undertake evening clearance works.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and we will update this information when we have a clearer indication of when our contractor can get the lifting vehicle back into operation.

Richmond Park Academy - Call for new Governors

The Richmond Park Academy Governing Board are recruiting new community governors. They would be very interested in talking to people with a background or in-depth knowledge of: the secondary education sector, professional experience in working with young people or a track record in Human Resource Management.

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Mystery of Spitfire Fuselage

Scouts are appealing for information on a Spitfire fuselage that has supposedly been buried in Douglas House Meadow.

It could really boost their new hut building fund now standing at £350,000, total cost £756,000.

They are hoping to make up the shortfall with the help of supporters and well-wishers giving them grants, donations or interest free loans.

Silk River is to be part of the UK-India Year of Culture

The Queen is to launch a UK-India Year of Culture at Buckingham Palace on 27 February to strengthen the cultural partnership between the countries.

Silk River is a project exploring the relationship between communities in London and Kolkata along the Thames Estuary and India’s Hooghly River.

Kinetika has brought partners in the UK and India together to deliver this project.

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Prolific flytipper receives suspended prison sentence and community service

Ryan Smith collected waste for payment and dodged disposal costs by flytipping rubbish he collected from commercial businesses in Twickenham, Staines and Redbridge in 2015.

He will have to carry out community service following enforcement action by Richmond Council.

This was made possible from the dedicated work of Richmond Council’s enforcement team working with officers from Spelthorne Council.

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Have your say on future of local health services

Richmond residents are invited to a Health and Care Forum to have their say on the future of local health services.

All parts of the local NHS have worked together with the Council on a plan that aims to make services sustainable for the long term.

The forum is on Thursday 2 March from 6 to 9pm at Clarendon Hall.

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Leaky defence leads to prosecution

A building contractor who dug a trench through a public pavement so he could hack into a water pipe to increase the water pressure has been prosecuted by Richmond Council.

The filled-in trench led straight to his customer’s front door in Buckingham Road, Hampton and was spotted by a Richmond Council enforcement officer during a routine inspection in August last year.

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Heathrow expansion: help challenge Government on reduced noise respite

A proposal to halve the length of aircraft noise respite periods for more than a million homes under Heathrow’s flight paths.

This is among the key concerns councillors have raised with the Government’s third runway plan.

A consultation on the airport’s expansion was announced last week.

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Mayor of London accused of hiding real increase in Council Tax precept

The Mayor of London has been accused of hiding the real increase in his Council Tax precept - costing Richmond residents around £700k.

Lord True, Leader of Richmond Council, demands Sadiq Khan ‘come clean’.

Lord True urges Mr Khan to admit the proposed 1.46% increase in the Greater London Authority Council Tax contribution is in fact a rise of 4.3%.

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Thumbs up for improvement work at two local schools

Twickenham Academy and Hampton High schools, under the leadership of a local Trust have been praised by the Department for Education.

According to separate reports from the Regional School’s Commissioners Office, both made huge strides since joining the Richmond West School Trust.

Last September, Waldegrave and Teddington schools established a local Multi-Academy Trust to assist these schools that required improvement.

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Free tickets to Music and Drama Festival opening event

Join us at the Music and Drama Festival 2017 launch event which will showcase performances curated especially for the festival.

It will feature:

  • Richmond's Chamber Choir Cantanti Camerati
  • A musical extract from Philip Glass & Robert Moran's opera The Juniper Tree
  • A finale performance from the internationally renowned London Conchord Ensemble

Tickets are free but must be booked in advance.

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Tuesday 28 February 2017
The Pete Postlethwaite Picture House (Room G5) St Mary's University, Waldegrave Road, Twickenham TW1 4SX
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Wednesday 8 March 2017
268 Waldegrave Road, Twickenham TW1 4ST
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Thursday 9 March 2017
The Hammond Theatre, Hampton School, Hanworth Road, Hampton, TW12 3HD
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Saturday 11 March 2017
Grey Court School, Ham, Sandy Lane entrance TW10 7HN
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Sunday 12 March 2017
Hampton Hill Theatre, 90 High Street, Hampton Hill, TW12 1NZ
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Have your say on the future look and feel of Twickenham and Strawberry Hill

Have your say on the future look and feel of Twickenham and Strawberry Hill by taking part in the next stage of Richmond Council’s innovative Village Plans project.

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At a loss for moss! Can you beLEAF it!

Goodgym have welcomed a new face to their ever growing group. Adam has joined them from the American university in Richmond. 

They were faced with the mammoth task of clearing the leaves on the tennis court at Pools at the Park. Eight bursting bags later, they accomplished it and did a spontaneous circuit on the outdoor gym.

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Councils help residents understand true impact of airport expansion

Councils and community groups from across the south east are working together to expose the true impact of expanding Heathrow Airport.

This is amid claims the Government’s on-going consultation is designed to mislead millions of people.

To ensure residents have a more balanced picture, the councils are sending out information to residents across their boroughs over the next few weeks.

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Businesses asked to help inform residents on home fire rules

In a bid to combat local air pollution levels, local businesses are reminding their customers that the Borough is in a Smoke Control Area.

Over the past few months, air pollution in London has peaked.

One of the main contributors is the extra cold weather, combined with traffic pollution and air pollution from wood burning.

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Report a pothole - don't ignore

This year, Richmond Council has put aside more than £3.7m to repair roads and pavements in the Borough.

Whilst a lot of this funding will go towards scheduled maintenance and repair work, some of the funding is used to deal with urgent issues when they are reported.

Residents can report potholes online.

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February Fools Celebrity Cricket Match

David Adams Leukaemia Appeal Fund invite you to February Fools Celebrity Cricket Match on Sunday 26 February.

This free event takes place at Teddington Cricket Club on Cobblers Walk, Bushy Park, Teddington TW11 0EA from 12 noon.

There will be a grand raffle, bottle hoopla, book stall, tasty cupcakes and a licensed bar and all proceeds from the Grand Raffle and from the day go to The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.

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RichDance 2017 – get your tickets now!

The box office is now open for the annual and explosive RichDance events, which never fails to entertain. It’s packed with prodigious talent and choreography.

It’s back and bigger than ever with this year’s programme filled with young talent, dance companies, movers, shakers and dance tips and tricks from those who know best. 

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A whole litter loving in Richmond

A litter bit of loving goes a long way, especially the night before Valentine’s.

This week, GoodGym has been charging around the Green collecting litter. Along the river front, down the A316, over the footbridge and ending in the Old Deer car park.

A performance that even the Wombles would be happy with.

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NHS in Richmond is calling for your views on IVF and ICSI services

NHS Richmond has launched a public consultation on proposed changes to In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) and Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI).

The consultation will run until Tuesday 4 April.

A public meeting to discuss these proposals will be held on Monday 27 February from 7.15 to 9pm in York House, Twickenham, TW1 3AA.

Please register for the event by emailing ccginvolve@richmond.gov.uk.

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Updated: 21 November 2014