New signage to help visitors explore Barnes

Release Date: 02 August 2017

New signage that will help visitors explore Barnes is one step closer, thanks to funding from Richmond Council. 

The Barnes Community Association (BCA) has been awarded £4,500 as part of the Council’s Civic Pride Scheme. The funding will go towards the production of five signs that will help people navigate around the area.

The signage scheme is part of the BCA wider ‘Escape to Barnes’ programme, aimed at bringing new people into the area. Subject to further permissions for installation, the signs would be designed by a local artist. They would include an illustrated map of Barnes with key locations highlighted. This includes the Wetlands Centre, local churches, Olympic Studios, schools and shopping parades.

The Civic Pride Fund is available to individuals or groups who want to organise a project or event to improve their local area and deliver more for their local communities. Grants of up to £5k are available to organisations and £1k for individuals.

Cllr Pamela Fleming, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Environment, said:

“This is a great community led proposal. I know that through the Barnes Ponder and local Village Planning that residents want better community branding of the area – particularly enticing visitors.

“Thousands of people visit the larger attractions like the Wetlands Centre every year, and the Olympic Cinema is another popular venue. This new signage will encourage visitors to investigate other parts of the local area as well.

“I am pleased this funding will help towards this project supporting the local area and businesses.”

Emma Robinson, Barnes Town Centre Manager, said:

“I am delighted that Civic Pride has agreed to fund some local maps to help visitors find their way around Barnes. When you arrive at Barnes Station it can feel like you are in the middle of the country and locals often find visitors wandering around looking for the village.

“Unless you know the area, you are also likely to miss out on many of the great attractions that Barnes has to offer. Our new maps are part of a wider campaign, Barnes Day Out, which is about showcasing why Barnes is such a great destination with the Wetlands Centre, the jazz music at the Bull’s Head, Olympic Cinema and our great restaurants, in the hope that visitors will come and spend some time, and money. Our new maps, which will be drawn by a local artist, will ensure that when they get to Barnes they can find their way around”.

Find out more information on the Civic Pride Fund.

Notes for editors

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Reference: P362/17

Updated: 31 August 2017