Village Planning Question Times – back on the road

Release Date: 04 October 2017

Residents will be able to quiz the Leader and Cabinet Members about their priorities for their local area in a programme of Village Planning Question Time events, scheduled over the next few months.

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.

Since then, residents in Kew, Whitton, Heathfield, Barnes, East Sheen, Mortlake, East Twickenham, Richmond, St Margarets, Hampton, Hampton Wick, Hampton Hill, and Teddington, Strawberry Hill and Twickenham have worked with the Council to help refresh their Village Plans and design new supplementary planning guidance.

Now, the Village Planning programme is in a new phase, which includes the Village Planning Fund being allocated to help deliver local projects across the borough. The Leader and Cabinet will be continuing the Village Planning dialogue with residents by holding further events in every village. These events will 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 will be in Mortlake / Ham and Petersham / Kew and Whitton and Heathfield. Dates for other villages will be announced over the next few weeks. Each event will consist of an opportunity for residents to meet the councillors in advance, a presentation from the Leader and the Question Time.

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

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

“This Council is committed to listening to our residents and businesses and taking account of what they have to say. Thousands of residents have been involved in village planning across the borough, and we want to continue developing this dialogue.

“I know that residents and businesses are passionate about protecting and maintaining their beautiful communities. We also know that they are enthusiastic about being involved.

“Through this process, we will continue to work closely with residents, businesses and local groups to help Village Planning be live and meaningful for everyone. I hope that many people will come to the Question Time events and let us know about the issues that are important to them.”

For more information, or to submit a question for an event, visit our village plan events page. To keep up-to-date with future Question Time events when they are announced, sign up to receive Village News.

Notes for editors

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Reference: P461/17

Updated: 31 October 2017