Release Date: 02/07/2012
Village plans outlining local priorities and how people can get involved in improving their community have been launched this week.
In 2010 the Council sent the All in One questionnaire to every home in the borough to ask residents about local services, find out the issues that mattered most and in particular which ones needed improving.
Over 13,500 people – 17 per cent of borough households – responded to the Council’s All in One Survey, giving the Council a better picture than ever before of what local people wanted for their areas. Using the information from the All in One survey, as well as other information from consultations, a plan for each village area in the borough has been produced.
Each plan describes the character and vision of each area, including the planning policies and information on planned development and special projects. They also include information on community facilities and services with useful information that will enable residents to get things done in your area.
Cllr Pamela Fleming, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Community, Business and Culture, said:
“The All in One is the core of this Council’s mission to change the relationship between Council and residents in the borough.
“We had a fantastic response to the survey and the subsequent community meetings, which gave us a rich picture of what people think about their local areas and what areas or villages people identify with most strongly.
“Over the past few months we have been bringing together all the results from the All in One, and other consultations, and drawn up Village Plans for each area identified in the survey. These plans cover issues such as housing, shopping, parks, schools, traffic, parking and community safety. We have looked at each Village and presented what we are currently doing to improve the areas, or what we are planning on doing.
“In the survey over 6,000 people across the borough also told us that they want to be kept informed and play a part in shaping the future of our borough. To enable this, the plans clearly outline where residents and businesses in the borough can play a more active role. There are many ways people can get involved, and we are supporting them to do so through the Civic Pride Fund and our Community Links officers who will act as enablers for communication, capacity building within communities to help people get more involved, and signposting to support facilities available.
“At the beginning of this process we committed to really listening to local people. We believe that these plans demonstrate that not only are we listening, but we are delivering change.”
The Village Plans have now been published, this is just the start and as they are delivered there will be plenty of opportunities for people to get involved in the borough and help improve their local areas. The plans are available online or in hard copy upon request.
The plans will also be displayed in local libraries around the borough from the below dates:
Tuesday 3nd July - Twickenham Library
Monday 9th July - Ham Library and Hampton Wick Library
Tuesday 10th July - Barnes Library, Kew Library, Richmond Library,East Sheen Library
Monday 16th July - Hampton Library, Hampton Hill Library,Teddington Library and Whitton Library