Release Date: 08 November 2017
The new series of Village Planning Question Times launched last week with two more events scheduled in Kew, Ham and Petersham for residents 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.
Last week, residents in Whitton and Heathfield and Mortlake came out to quiz the panel. In Whitton and Heathfield 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. Videos of the events are available online.
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. There is also an opportunity to meet Councillors.
The next events this month will be in Ham and Petersham on 21 November and on 30 November in Kew.
Cllr Pamela Fleming, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Environment, said:
“The events in Mortlake and Whitton and Heathfield were a great opportunity for us to hear about a variety of issues concerning people. And, we have taken away a number of actions to look into – ranging from investigating an overhanging hedge, raising the profile of how residents can report front gardens that have been converted into parking spaces, improving signage about those who flout the law and cycle on the pavement.
“Of course there were big issues such as the Stag Brewery and Turing House. And, for both we committed to making sure that the organisations involved ensure that local people are informed of their plans for both sites and really engage with local communities during consultations.
“Our next stop is Kew, Ham and Petersham. 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.”
To ensure that a spread of topics are discussed on the night, residents can submit questions in advance. These will be covered in the first 45 minutes of the event. The second hour will be opened to the floor enabling further questions on other topics. An independent chairperson will host each event.
Each event will be streamed live on the Council’s Facebook account. And residents unable to attend can ‘Tweet’ their questions to the panellists during the event by using #VillageQT to the @LBRUT account
For more information (including the event timelines and videos from previous events), or to submit a question for an event, go to the Village Plans events page.
To keep up-to-date with future Question Time events when they are announced, sign up to receive Village News.
|Village||Event date||Event time||Venue|
Ham and Petersham
This event is in partnership with the Ham and Petersham Neighbourhood Forum
|Tuesday 21 November||6pm||Grey Court School|
|Kew||Thursday 30 November||6pm||St Winefride's Church Hall|
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Updated: 1 December 2017