Release Date: 05 December 2017
The next Village Planning Question Times have now been scheduled in Hampton Wick and Teddington, Hampton and Hampton Hill and East Sheen, giving residents the opportunity to quiz the Leader and Cabinet Members about their priorities for local areas.
In 2013 the Council agreed to move forward with proposals to develop the innovative Village Plans, by including guidance on local planning considerations. The process has given local people and businesses the lead role in developing the plans and provided a wider opportunity to ensure that the Council is working with the community to address a wide range of local issues.
Now, the Village Planning programme is in a new phase. The Leader and his Cabinet will continue the Village Planning dialogue with residents by holding further engagement events in every village.
Over the past few weeks, residents in Whitton and Heathfield, Mortlake, Ham and Petersham and Kew came out to quiz the panel. In Whitton and Heathfield ‘hot’ topics included: Turing House School, cycling on the pavement, local bus routes and investment in Heathfield. In Mortlake, the big issues focused around air quality, the Stag Brewery development and similarly, cycling on the pavement. In Ham, the development of Ham Close was important. And in Kew, the audience were keen to discuss parking, public transport and the impact of nearby development on local roads.
Videos of the events and minutes are now available on our Village Planning events page. Actions for the Council have also been published.
Each of the events include an update on Village Planning in each area and provide an opportunity for residents to hear about future collaboration opportunities with the Council and other local organisations.
The first events in 2018 have been announced. They are:
Visit the Village Planning events page for further details on each event.
Cllr Pamela Fleming, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Environment, said:
“Since we launched Village Planning, we have already been to each area in the borough to meet and engage with hundreds of residents. We want to continue this dialogue.
“In the first four events this year, we heard a great deal from residents about the issues that concern them. We have taken away a number of actions to look into – and we will. We will report back via our website and Village newsletter.
“Of course there were big issues such as the Stag Brewery, Turing House, Ham Close redevelopment and development in neighbouring boroughs. And, we are committed to making sure that the organisations involved ensure that local people are informed of plans and really engage with local communities.
“Our next stop is Hampton Wick and Teddington, East Sheen, then Hampton and Hampton Hill. Again, we will be there to listen and engage with local people. We look forward to hearing from as many residents as possible at these Question Times.”
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Updated: 5 January 2018