Your Barnes – Useful Information
What is a Village Plan?
In their response to the All in One survey in November 2010 residents identified 14 village areas in the borough. Village Plans describe the vision for each of these villages in the short to medium term, what is already in place and happening now, what is planned for the future and how the Council will work with local residents in each area to achieve the vision together.
The Council is committed to being more responsive to residents’ priorities and working together to shape public services which better reflect the concerns of local communities. It is especially important to find out what really matters to residents and service users at a time when resources are more limited and there is an even greater need for the Council and local people to tackle problems together.
The way that we work with communities is evolving and there will be an increasing number of ways for you to be involved to help improve your area. The information provided in the village plan will be updated and changed to reflect the developing arrangements in each village area.
How the Village Plan Was Put Together
We asked local people and businesses what is important to them in the All in One survey.
Following on from the All in One Survey a community planning event took place at Barnes Green Day Centre on 18 June 2011. At the event residents reviewed the results from the survey and discussed the issues further with other residents, local councillors, council officers and representatives from other local organisations such as the Police and local business association.
We used this information, as well as our current plans, policies and projects, to put this plan together.
The Localism Act 2011 makes provision for the production of Neighbourhood Plans.
More information about Neighbourhood Plans.
All in One Results for Barnes
In November 2010 a postal survey was sent to every household in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames to capture local views and priorities.
1,174 people responded to the survey in Barnes (representing 16% of households in the area), with 95% stating that they were broadly satisfied with their local area as a place to live. When commenting on what you liked best about the area, most frequently mentioned were the parks and open spaces, the village feel, friendliness and community spirit of the area, the river and local shops.
See the full results.
What you told us is “most important” in the area:
- Local parks and open spaces (72%)
- Level of crime and anti-social behaviour (39%)
- Shopping in your local high street (39%)
- Public transport (38%)
- Amount of litter and/or cleanliness of streets (18%)
- Waste and recycling (18%).
Profile of your Area
Census Information about your village area can be found in the ward profiles.
The History of Barnes
Information about the history of Barnes can be found at the Barnes and Mortlake History Society’s website.
The Services in Barnes
You can use the My Richmond facility to find your nearest libraries, schools, GP surgeries and other local facilities.
To supplement the Richmond Web Account the Council is planning to introduce a Richmond Card linked to the Richmond Web Account. This will be a smart card to initially replace the three existing cards in use across the Council for :
- Parking discounts for residents;
- Access to leisure services
- Access to library services
It will also provide a discount scheme for use with local shops and businesses. Further functions and services will be added to the Richmond Card in the future.
Information for Owners, Landlords and Tenants, and on Affordable housing is available on the Housing pages.
The main Registered Providers of social and affordable housing in the borough are:
- Richmond Housing Partnership
- Richmond Churches Housing Trust
- Thames Valley Housing
- London & Quadrant Housing Association
For information on housing providers in your area visit the Housingnet website.
Interested in making your home cheaper to heat and run, but don’t have savings to use for a new boiler or insulation? The new Green Deal scheme allows you install energy saving measures and pay off the cost later with your fuel bill savings.
Richmond Council is promoting the Government’s new Green Deal scheme. Under it, a Green Deal Provider will assess your home and show you how to reduce long term heating and electricity costs. Whatever measures you decide to install are paid through your energy meter using the calculated savings on your fuel bill. The Government caps repayments so your overall fuel bill doesn’t rise. Once you’ve paid for your installation from your savings, you benefit from a reduced fuel bill, which will help protect you from rising energy prices in the longer term.
Getting Things Done - Useful Contacts
Paying your Council Tax and Business Rates
Telephone: 08456 122 660 or complete the Council Tax enquiry form online.
Support for Town Centres and Businesses
Several areas in the borough have Town Centre Managers or Business and Traders Associations. Find information about your area.
Waste and Recycling
Telephone: 08456 122 660
If you need to renew your permit, obtain a visitors permit, check details of parking facilities when planning a local trip out, pay a fine or want to talk to someone about a blue badge or disabled parking:
Telephone: 020 8891 7071
Telephone: 0845 612 2660
Transport and Streets
If you want an abandoned vehicle moved, would like to contact someone about road and footpath maintenance, street lighting, road safety, gritting or would like to report a fault on your street or damage caused by development:
Telephone: 0845 612 2660
Safer Neighbourhood Team
Police Officers and Police Community Support Officers spend most of their time out on patrol in your neighbourhood, meeting the community, identifying and dealing with crimes and issues that most concern you.
Visit them at the drop in surgery, or use the email form on the safer neighbourhood team website to contact the team in your area.
Community and Living
Telephone: 0845 612 2660
Adult Social Care
If you need support for yourself or someone you care for, and you know what your needs are and want to know what services are available, want someone to work with you to look at your situation and identify your options, or want to talk to someone about dealing with a disability, visit our Adult Social Care pages.
Early Years Education and Childcare
Telephone: 020 8831 6267
For information about youth clubs in Castlenau, Ham, Hampton, Heatham House, Powerstation or any of the activities available for young residents of Richmond visit our Youth pages.
Local history and heritage
If you are interested in Richmond’s rich history that can be traced back some 900 years, the Local Studies Collection contains extensive resources and the cemeteries service has lists of people of note buried in the borough. For more information:
Telephone: 020 8734 3309
Living in a conservation area
Information about conservation areas and how this affects you.
If you would like to talk to someone about concerns with your local area or services why not contact one of your Councillors?
Their contact details can be found on the Councillors' Details page.
Councillor Paul Hodgins
Councillor Rita Palmer
Councillor Christine Percival
Mortlake and Barnes Common Ward
Councillor Paul Avon
Councillor Richard Martin
Councillor Gemma Stockley