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Give your opinion and help improve the borough’s night-time economy

2 August 2023

We are working to make our borough a hive of economic and social activity that allows the local community to thrive, and this means we need to hear from you to help ensure our night-time economy works for workers as well as visitors.

From celebration and entertainment, work and rest, travel and safety, and enjoyment of public and green spaces, the night-time is a place for many things that cover all parts of life, so we want to develop a strategy that is equally far-reaching and responds to the feedback of those who live and work in the borough.

Whilst night life is an integral part of Richmond upon Thames as a borough, as well as London as a city, the strategy also seeks to understand the details of night-time work and identify the services that should be provided or improved to ensure our local centres are vibrant, resilient and safe and attract talent. 

One of the key priorities of the strategy is to explore the conditions for night workers, as well as the economic and cultural development of night-time activities. Night-time workers make up nearly one-third (31%) of London’s working population and are key to the smooth running of the borough, even during the day. From healthcare workers to theatre ushers, night staff help ensure our family members are cared for and give us a chance to enjoy fantastic evening entertainment.

We know that our local businesses are already faced with challenges including high staff turnover, reduced footfall and delivery times. That’s why we are eager to hear from businesses to help us learn more about how we can relieve pressure on the borough’s infrastructure and boost local trade. By considering all of the active hours of our wards’ high streets, we also have an opportunity to better showcase night work as good work.

We believe that Richmond upon Thames can provide so much more at night; more ways for you to engage in local decision-making, shaping and celebrating your neighbourhood’s culture, heritage and character; more chances to discover what the local offerings are; more opportunities for businesses to develop, innovate and grow, boosting the local economy, creating jobs and investing in our communities.

Our borough should work for everyone, meaning there is enough provision of accessible facilities, commercial space and public realm that meets the needs of ages and disabilities at all times of the day, so we need to hear from you.

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Updated: 2 August 2023

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