Village Plan for the East Sheen area

Your East Sheen – Key Issues, Priorities and Opportunities

Community Ideas

Community Links Officers have been working alongside residents, community groups, Council teams and partner organisations since 2014 to help identify and deliver community priorities. Through village planning consultation, community members often raise ideas for the area the area they live in.

Many initiatives and projects are eligible for funding or part funding through the Civic Pride Fund, and the new Village Planning Fund.

Some ideas may not require funding but can be delivered through partnership working, sharing and collaborating in the community. If you have ideas or know of opportunities like these, please get in touch with your local Community Links Officer Lynette Lawson-Tyers:

Phone: 07943 555 676
Email: lynette.lawson-tyers@richmond.gov.uk

Ideas for East Sheen

  • Upgrade current playground facilities and develop new play areas/space for a mix of younger and older children.
  • Introduction of farmers markets and/or similar cultural events.
  • Provision of high quality street furniture.
  • Improve the Milestone Green area as a focal point.

Community Facilities

Activities and facilities East Sheen residents use for recreation and wellbeing:

Sheen Lane Specialist Day Centre is a Centre of Excellence for individuals aged 60 plus with a physical disability/frailty, and/or sensory loss or impairment. Sheen Lane offers a person-centred approach to all individuals who attend

Friends of Palewell Common: Palewell Common is approximately 12 hectares of open space and woodland, situated adjacent to Richmond Park, bounded one one side by Beverley Brook and contains a range of facilities, including a café, children’s play area, cricket square, football pitches, tennis courts and dog free picnic area.

Libraries

We are committed to keeping all borough libraries open. There are no plans to close any buildings and relocation of any library would only be considered if better facilities were secured.

East Sheen Library continues to be a popular place with the local community. As well as access to a wide range of books and information resources, library users can enjoy the benefits of free Wi-Fi and a modern network of free access public PCs, with internet, scanners, printers and a variety of software. There is a full programme of events at Castelnau Library.

Residents with a Richmond Card are also able to access e-Resources from home, including eBooks and eAudio. Our online catalogue and webpage acts as an access point to the Local Studies Archive and Image Gallery, eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines and our Online Reference Resources. All these electronic services can be accessed for free from home using the Richmond Card, giving library members a 24/7/365 service.

The number of book reservations placed online has increased year on year since 2013 - and continues to rise. During 2015/16 40,900 reservations were placed online by customers using computers, laptops or mobile phones. 78% of book requests are ready to collect within 7 days of request. This is the best service in London and is one of the areas where our service has improved the most in the past five years.

All our libraries offer assistance in basic IT skills and we deliver more advanced taster sessions through our Learning Team in the Information & Reference Library. For those who require assistance in seeking employment we also hold Work Club sessions.

Art and Culture

The Council’s Cultural Partnership strategy(pdf, 1400KB) sets out the vision for culture in the borough. The aim, by 2019, is for the borough to be even better known for its outstanding public spaces and river environment, world-class heritage and sport facilities, historic buildings and high quality cultural opportunities. It should be a place where all residents can benefit from participating in the borough’s cultural life.

We will continue to look at ways in which our programmes of activity, particularly outdoor arts and summer programming can tour to all villages in the borough, including East Sheen. East Sheen Library hosted the Arts Council England funded project Art in Libraries in autumn 2016 which involved students from Thomson House School working with a professional artist to create work in the library for the whole community, as well as a series of community workshops for community groups and library users led by the artist

All villages will take part in the borough's World War One Commemorations, the Music and Drama Festival and the Richmond Literature Festival. Schools from across the borough take part in the arts' service programme of activity including education workshops, annual dance showcase RichDance and Dramatic Edge workshops and performances.

Public Art - Sheen Lane Community Centre

A new piece of public art is being created for Sheen Lane Community Centre, which will include a memory installation about the local area.

Studio Space for local artists

Through programmes such as Art House, the annual open studios festival, regular artist coffee mornings and the annual Visual Arts Forum, we will continue to engage with visual artists and look at opportunities for studio space.

Sports and Leisure

The Sport, Open Space and Recreation Needs Assessment is a comprehensive audit and assessment of existing provision of all types of open spaces, sport and recreational facilities including the quality of supply and their condition. Future demand for facilities, specific needs and opportunities has also been assessed.

The Sport and Fitness Services Team manage four dual use sports centres and two swimming pools in the borough. The Sports Development Team supports sports clubs, schools, coaches and provides assistance for elite athletes and promotes and provides activity for both children and adults with disabilities through its RISE programme. Visit the Sports pages for more information.

The Richmond Card is available for residents. It combines parking card/discounts, library membership, and the opportunity to join local sports and fitness centres. If you use any of our facilities once a week or more it will be cost effective to add on a leisure subscription when applying for a Richmond Card.

Sports facilities

Shene Sports and Fitness Centre is based at Richmond Park Academy. Facilities are open to the public at evenings, weekends and in school holidays and include a sports hall, floodlit artificial turf pitch, fitness suite and exercise studio. The refurbishment is now complete. The new facility provides - a large Gym and two new Group Exercise Studios.

There is a pitch and putt course, boules and tennis courts in Palewell Common, as well as more extensive golf facilities in Richmond Park and 4 rugby and sports pitches by Sheen Gate in Richmond Park. There are also tennis courts and a bowling green in Sheen Common. There are a number of football, tennis and cricket clubs in Palewell Park and Sheen Common. The Council has installed outdoor fitness equipment including a mixture of static and moving items which are suitable for all users.

To find other local facilities including schools, libraries and sport facilities and much more search Find My Nearest.

The aim of London Sport is to make London the most physically active sporting city in the world. It can support organisations in a range of different ways.

Children and Young People

The Council’s Children and Young People’s Plan and Needs Assessment(pdf, 923KB) sets out the direction and goals for the Council and its strategic partners, covering all services for children and young people up to the age of 19, and those available for care leavers and young people with learning disabilities up to the age of 25.

Achieving for Children is a community interest company, wholly owned by Kingston and Richmond Councils, set up to deliver their children’s services. Achieving for Children’s Local Offer is a website providing information on local services and support available for families including children and young people aged between 0 - 25 years with special educational needs or disabilities.

All services related to children and young people based in Richmond, can be found on the Children's services page. The Leisure and Youth Richmond Card gives young people access to our sports and fitness centres. It also entitles the cardholder to discounts on sports, fitness and other youth activities.

Powerstation Youth Club provides a range of youth activities for young people aged 11+. Activities can include music production, band practice, health and exercise, information, advice and guidance, trips away, holiday activities and accreditations.

Health

We are committed to working in partnership with GP Practices, other health services and the voluntary sector to develop joined up services for local residents.  

Making Richmond a Dementia Friendly borough

We are leading Richmond Dementia Action Alliance (RDAA) - a network of 79 organisations based in, working in, or providing a service for residents in the Richmond borough, the purpose of which is to help local businesses and organisations to contribute towards a more dementia friendly borough. Look out for the nationally recognised dementia friendly logo in local business, shops, organisations and community groups.

For more information contact DementiaActionAlliance@richmond.gov.uk.

Alzheimer’s Society Richmond has Dementia Advisers and Dementia Support Workers to provide individualised information, guidance and support to people with dementia and their carers. Other services include peer support groups, dementia cafés and general information support.

Shaping joined up primary care services

The NHS, Richmond CCG and Richmond Council have also developed a Joint Primary Care Strategy that sets the direction for services in Richmond. The purpose of the strategy is to ensure that primary care is providing accessible, pro-active and co-ordinated care for residents closer to home.

The strategy will improve access to GPs overall through GP 'hubs' providing extra GP clinics from 8am - 8pm. The initiative is linked to pharmacies and the voluntary sector to provide support within communities. The Council has worked closely with all partners to support this project. GP appointments can also be made online. An appointment is guaranteed on the same day for children aged five or under.

Council and health service staff are receiving training – called ‘Making Every Contact Count’ – to ensure that they have the knowledge and skills they need to give good advice and information to residents. These courses are designed to enable staff and volunteers to develop the essential skills needed to identify people who could benefit from additional support, raise the issue with them and refer that person to the appropriate services.

The training does not take extra time or skill; it is about providing access to what is on offer in Richmond. The topics addressed are:

  • Addressing loneliness and isolation
  • Accessing new technologies
  • Introducing active travel
  • Promoting winter warmth

Voluntary sector and community groups can sign up online.

Services for senior residents

We run a Full of Life Fair every year, to celebrate older residents and the contribution they make in the borough, in conjunction with Older Peoples Day. This year's fair will be held on Friday 6 October 2017.

Age UK Richmond provides a wide range of activities and services and cover the whole of the area of Richmond upon Thames. These include the handyperson service, housekeeping, welfare benefits advice, moving home service, day centres, outings and community activities which include cooking and exercise courses. Get in touch by calling 020 8878 3073.

Parks, Open Spaces and Rivers

We have the largest area of public open space per head of population of any London borough. We have developed a number of plans to ensure the quality of our parks remains high. To see these plans, and for an update on all parks improvement works that are being carried out in the borough, see our latest update.

Parks in East Sheen include Palewell Common & Fields, Palewell Common Woods, Sheen Common and Sheen Common Woods.

View information about local parks.

New allotment strategy

A new allotment strategy will be developed by the end of summer 2017.

Trees

We have adopted a Tree Management Policy, the purpose of which is to safeguard trees both within public and private property. Where trees have to be removed for safety reasons we aim to plant a replacement in the same location.

Residents are able to make requests online for new trees to be planted. Any requests will be added to a list of sites that are surveyed in order to establish whether tree planting is suitable.

The borough is characterised by trees, and especially its long avenues of mature plane, lime and horse chestnut trees.  Large trees are considered to be the most valuable in supporting ecosystems, which is recognised within the recently published London iTree study and is also reflected within the London Plan (Policy 7.21).  The loss of larger trees results in a net loss of canopy cover and therefore a decrease in the benefits that are provided – an outcome which would contravene the aims of the London Plan and the Council’s adopted tree management policy.

The tree management policy adheres to the principle of planting the right tree in the right place, and seeks to complement existing property and infrastructure. It also considers the context of the established environment, such as existing species and historic avenues.

The ward works programme where larger trees are pruned as part of a cyclic regime is partly complete and the remainder is due to take place during the summer and autumn 2017. Lime basal and epicormic removal programme will be taking place during June 2017.  Tree planting has taken place in 10 locations and a summer survey to identify replacement and new planting locations will be taking place in July and August 2017. Tthis will include sites where trees have been requested through the village planning process and any areas that have been identified as lacking in trees within the Local Plan.

High Street and Commercial Centres

East Sheen is a major district centre as classified by the London Plan, with around 215 town centre shop units, a good range of independent shops and well known stores including Waitrose. The retail offer includes a level of convenience shopping that is broadly in line with the national average and a level of comparison goods provision (such as books, gifts, hardware) that is above the borough average. Overall the town has a slightly higher proportion of retail shops and less services such as estate agents and betting shops ('A2 use') than most other parts of the borough, and also a lower proportion of pubs and bars.

Many things influence which shops appear on a High Street, including the location, customer base and traders’ individual preferences. Although the Council has limited influence on the mix of shops, it helps to make the High Street an attractive place to invest by maintaining the environment and providing funding to support local activity, alongside that raised by local businesses. We currently distribute the £70,000 Town Centres Opportunities Fund across 13 town and neighbourhood centres across the borough. This fund is designed to complement locally generated funds, supporting businesses to develop initiatives to address their local needs. Local business communities decide how they would want to apply these funds in their area.

Planning Policy

Use of vacant space is encouraged providing that the new uses comply with planning policies. Our local planning policies ensure that there are enough shopping facilities in centres to meet the local need and that there is a good balance of uses in each centre.

We provide shop front design guidance(pdf, 2637KB) for businesses and developers.

Our Planning policies are aimed at providing enough shopping and services for communities, which are established and based on detailed research. The amount of designated shopping frontage, where loss of retail may be restricted, is carefully defined so that each centre will have enough shops and a good balance of complementary uses. The health of centres, including the number of vacancies, is key to this process. The government has also introduced permitted development rights, which make it easier to convert shops to residential in appropriate areas.

Article 4 Directions

In May 2013, the Government introduced a permitted development right to allow change of use from offices to residential, and in such cases planning permission is not required.

Across the borough, there has been a significant loss of offices as a result of this permitted development right. In response, the Council made two Article 4 Directions to restrict this right. This means that in those areas to which the Article 4 Directions apply, planning permission will be needed for such development and the Council can properly determine each proposal. The Council is also in the process of reviewing all of its existing local planning policies, with a view to giving offices much stronger protection.

Business rates

We do not currently set business rate levels, only collect them.

Recycling and Street Scene

Issues around fly tipping, street cleaning, street lighting repairs and recycling and waste can be reported online or via the Customer Services Centre on 020 8891 1411.

We regularly runs campaigns to raise awareness, and works with the West London Waste Authority to encourage recycling in the borough. Council officers issue a fixed penalty notice for leaving litter if they witness the offence.

Highway inspections

All of the public highway in the borough is inspected regularly. The regularity depends on the nature of the highway. This varies from yearly to monthly. During these inspections vegetation that is growing from private property as to obstruct pedestrians and road users is identified with the owner/occupier being contacted.

They can be required to undertake the works and if they fail to act we may undertake the works and then recover the costs.

Dog fouling

We encourage responsible dog ownership, which in part means picking up after dogs. Our street cleansing contractor will respond and clear up when we receive specific complaints at specific locations.

Urban Design

The Public Space Design Guide is a Council document which helps officers in their day-to-day roles with streetscape design and is based on an approach we have been taking for some time. However, it is also intended as a guide for developers, contractors and other external agents working within the borough.

Community Safety and Anti Social Behaviour (ASB)

Our Community Safety Team works closely with the Police, Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) and community groups such as Neighbourhood Watch to help keep your village safe.

East Sheen Village, in common with all the village areas in Richmond upon Thames, is an area of low crime and anti-social behaviour, and Richmond upon Thames borough is consistently one of the safest London boroughs.

Reducing crime and anti-social behaviour in the borough is the responsibility of the Richmond upon Community Safety Partnership, which includes Richmond upon Thames Council, Richmond Police and other partners.

Policing

In East Sheen Village the day to day policing of your area is carried out by East Sheen Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT). Each SNT has a named sergeant and a dedicated police constable (PC) and police community support officer (PCSO).

The Safer Neighbourhood Team also seek to resolve specific crime and anti-social behaviour concerns in your area that have been identified as priorities by local residents at your Police Liaison Group (PLG) meetings.

Our aim is to make Richmond the safest London borough for crime, reduce ASB and improve road safety. To this end improving road safety has been included as a priority in the latest yearly refresh of the Community Safety Plan 2014-2017, and has always been a key objective within our Transport Local Implementation Plans.

How you can get involved

If you want to get more involved in reducing crime and anti-social behaviour in your village area by attending your local PLG meeting or becoming a Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator you can contact your local SNT.

You can also find out more about crime and anti-social behaviour in the borough by signing up to receive the monthly Richmond upon Thames Community Safety Newsletters by emailing David Noakes, Community Safety Officer on d.noakes@richmond.gov.uk.

The work of the SNTs and PLGs in your area are supported by over 700 Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinators across the borough.

Housing

Like most London boroughs, we face a shortage of affordable homes. The Borough Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) identifies in the period from 2014 to 2033 a net deficit of 964 affordable homes per annum, demonstrating the need for affordable homes remains substantial across all parts of the borough. Local Plan policies seek to maximise affordable housing, through a range of measures including providing more choice in the different types of affordable housing with the aim to provide for different levels of affordability.

The Census 2011 confirmed that 7.6% households in East Sheen rent from a housing association landlord. This is below the borough average (12.6%) but similar to that found in other areas such as the Whitton (9.8%) and Twickenham Riverside (6.2%) wards. Historical development factors reflect the location of housing association homes.

Our allocation policy for housing association homes allows residents preference to choose the areas of the borough they wish to reside in (although this preference must be seen within a context of limited supply).

Transport and Congestion

We will develop a scheme to improve public realm within the existing retail area, and help to improve connectivity to the new Stag Brewery Site. The scheme will also seek to reduce collisions and congestion, improve provision for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport users, and enhance air quality. This will need to consider proposals for a Quietway along part of Sheen Lane and link into the Transport for London scheme that is being developed at Milestone green.

We are also looking to improving cycling infrastructure in an integrated and well-designed way can improve safety for all road users.

Electric charging points

A growing number of residents and businesses drive electric vehicles, they will play an increasing role in reducing emission levels in Richmond, while saving their users substantial amounts of money in running costs.

We have recently installed new vehicle charging points in residential roads in Twickenham and Barnes, with a view to expanding this number across the borough.

Your comments

We have addressed any comments or questions that we have received from residents during the village planning process.

School buses using the area around Temple Sheen and Christchurch Road are causing problems

Sheen Mount Primary engaged in School Travel Plan process. Council Officer has raised with school who have advised that they only use coach companies for occasional school trips who will be advised to not use Temple Sheen.

Should have signs at the level crossings telling people to switch off their engines. Possibility of sign indicating how long the barriers would be down for

The council is working with the local schools to design posters for inclusion into new signage around the level crossings advising of dangers of keeping engines running/pollution etc. It is hoped that these will be on site in the Summer term 2017.

Passage ways in conservation area should have better signage for use of pedestrians

Council officers investigated the issues and these passage ways appear to lead into private estates that are not the responsibility of the council.

Request for footbridge over railway at White Hart Lane

Network Rail have agreed to put £500,000 towards total cost of the footbridge, which is anticipated at c £1.5million.  Officers will be conducting a feasibility study with Network Rail.

Review parking on North and South Worple Way, road is very narrow and has a high volume of traffic. Residents would like a CPZ and more parking (1hr max) for local shopping to be considered

Officers have investigated this very narrow carriageway with very narrow footways and have explored methods to prevent the rat running. Unfortunately,  the limitations of the area make it difficult to implement a scheme.

The narrowness and subsequent double parking on the lower end of Stanley Road SW14 is dangerous

Scheme introduced to regulate parking and improve access in January 2016.

Christchurch Road – several issues such as weight of unsuitable traffic/lorries; bad parking including on pavement blocking traffic and pedestrian flows, creating pinch points and impeding emergency access, need to introduce morning parking restriction

This is being investigated as part of the scheme mentioned above.

Roads and Pavements

Council officers inspect roads regularly, including an annual survey of roads in the Borough.

To report day-to-day faults on road and pavements, please use our online service. Officers will investigate the roads concerned and will consider putting together a business case for any repairs when resources permit.

Car Clubs

We support Enterprise and Zip Car Clubs in Richmond and you can obtain a parking permit if your business is a member of a Car Club scheme, and you need to park a registered vehicle within a Community Parking Zone during restricted hours.

Cycling

Our vision is to get more people cycling more often by making it easier, safer and more integrated.

The benefits of cycling for health are well known, but they also extend to the wider community - reducing road and public transport congestion, in turn reducing noise, improving air quality and providing health and wellbeing benefits.

The borough has one of the highest proportions of people cycling in London (7% of journeys in the borough are by bike). However, there is still more that can be done to inspire people to cycle and make it safer for all, so it's important that we have a clear plan on how we intend to support and encourage growth in cycling over the next ten years.

We consulted on a Cycling Strategy in Autumn 2016 to propose improved cycle networks across the borough.

For more information on cycling in the borough, please visit the Cycling pages.

Updated: 12 July 2017