Developments and improvements to the Whitton area, as part of the Uplift programme.
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 Whitton, 1,135 people took part and over three quarters of people (77%) were satisfied overall with their area as a place to live, highlighting parks and open spaces and shopping the most important things in making Whitton a good place to live.
However 46% felt that shopping in the local high street could be improve, 35% the condition of pavements, 23% traffic, 22% condition of roads and 22% support for local businesses.
A programme was then put in place to address each area of concern.
In 2011/12 Whitton High Street received £376k from the Mayor of Londons’ Outer London Fund and the Council’s Uplift programme towards a series of regeneration improvements.
When the work concluded, this booklet(pdf, 1283KB) was distributed to every household in the area, to highlight what had been done.
The £390k refurbishment of the property in Britannia Lane officially opened in September 2013, providing a new local Youth Centre for young people in Whitton and Heathfield. It includes: multimedia studios, gym ICT, Treatment room and social gathering space with this also available for day and evening letting in support of the core evening youth club use. The club also has a secure provision for alternative education for up to 6 individuals’ ages 11-16 with one teaching class room and a one to one meeting room.
In response to residents' comments from the Council’s All in One survey a £2m improvement programme has been completed in Whitton High Street.
These improvements included:
£50k funding provided an upgrade to the exterior of Whitton Library to make it more welcoming and attractive. In addition, seating has been provided for residents along Nelson Road. The funding was also used to create a ‘Green Wall’ to screen the Telephone Exchange from Lidl Car Park.
The Lidl car park hedging is now complete. In addition, new hard surfacing/bench/planter and planting are also all complete near to the Library. It is expected that pin oak trees will be planted early March with the final stage of the Heritage Gravel being laid later in the spring.
Uplift provided £55k funding for landscaping and public realm works including a new play area for the pocket park.
Uplift is just one Council or community project currently in place to improve Whitton. 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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