Show your support for Village Planning Fund projects

Release Date: 03 October 2017

Eighteen community projects from across the borough are out for public feedback from today and the Council is asking for public support as to which should receive funding. 

Earlier this year Richmond Council invited local communities to submit their ideas for projects which could receive part of £1m Village Planning Fund. The Council received a total of 35 projects and eighteen will be going through to this next stage.

The Village Planning Fund comes from the Community Infrastructure Levy, a tax collected by Richmond upon Thames Council and paid by developers. Each of the projects aims to support and improve the areas in which you live by meeting the impact of development on physical and social infrastructure.

There were suggestions from across the borough and the proposals that have been successful to this stage of the process include:

Barnes, Mortlake & East Sheen

  • Men in Shed’s: Isolation and Activity space

Ham & Petersham

  • Cycle Route between Richmond and Kingston
  • Ham Sea Scouts Building: Rebuild
  • St Andrews Church Hall: Refurbishment

Teddington, Hampton Wick, Hampton Hill and Hampton

  • Hampton Hill United Reform Church: Community Centre
  • Landmark Arts Centre: Transform the woodland entrance

Kew, Richmond and Richmond Hill

  • Vineyard Community Centre: Disability Access and Improvements
  • Pictologue: Toy Library Service
  • Community Notice Board in Kew
  • Richmond Town Improvements
  • Furniture for GP Practice
  • Richmond Gymnastics Association: Extension
  • Kew Neighbourhood Association: New branding and website

Twickenham, East Twickenham, St Margarets, Whitton and Heathfield

  • Radnor Gardens Café: Pergola Awning
  • Twickenham Green Pavilion: Refurbishment
  • Twickenham Brunswick Club: Improvements to outdoor sports area
  • Age UK Wellbeing Centre: Update the IT suite
  • SS James and SS Phillip Church: develop disabled access & landscape the grounds

From 2 October 2017 to 27 October 2017 members of the public are invited to go online and review each proposal and express their support for the project in their local area they think should receive the funding.

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

“These are fantastic projects and I’m sure each of them will attract strong support from their local communities.

“The Village Planning Fund gives everyone a chance to have their say on how funding generated from development in their area should be spent. The Council is not suggesting the projects – it is all down to the community.

“I am looking forward to the next stage of the process, and hearing from Villages about which projects matters to them.”

Tell us which projects you support. The consultation ends on Friday 27 October 2017.

Further information 
Villages in the borough have been grouped into clusters, to recognise wider areas where development may impact and to maximise the amount available to be spent locally. Each cluster has a Community Fund ‘pot’ collected from the developments that have taken place in each area.

The clusters are:

  • Richmond and Kew
  • Twickenham, St Margaret’s, East Twickenham, Whitton and Heathfield, Strawberry Hill
  • Hampton, Hampton Hill, Hampton Wick, Teddington
  • East Sheen, Mortlake and Barnes
  • Ham and Petersham

Notes for editors

If you are a journalist and would like further information about this press release, contact Lyle Skipsey on 020 8487 5182.

Reference: P456/17

Updated: 31 October 2017