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Art Play exhibition at Stables Gallery

An exhibition of work by artist and designer Jason Taylor, co-created by and for children, launches at the Stables Gallery this week.

In the Art Play: Fun Limited exhibition, Jason transforms everyday objects into opportunities for play asking visitors to look at ordinary objects in a new way.

Explore this interactive exhibition which runs from Thursday 5 July to Sunday 2 September.

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Councils ready for legal challenge on runway plan

Local authority groups opposed to Heathrow expansion, alongside Greenpeace and the Mayor of London, will seek to challenge a third runway being built at Heathrow.

The local councils have six weeks to challenge the decision by way of judicial review.

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Petersham House Open Gardens

To raise funds for local charity, The Vineyard Community Centre, the gardens of Petersham House will be open to the public this Sunday 1 July from 11am to 5pm to enjoy afternoon tea in the summer gardens.

Since 2012 the Vineyard Community Centre have offered help, comfort and hope to those in crisis, the lonely and the marginalised.

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Twickenham Riverside planning application withdrawn

The application outlining plans for the future of Twickenham Riverside has been withdrawn subject to a review of the proposals. Over the coming weeks, we will set out to review the brief for developing and a programme of engagement with residents and businesses.

A new planning application will hopefully be submitted early 2019.

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Petersham and Ham Sea Scouts

Petersham and Ham Sea Scouts are the happy recipients of £9,200 after receiving one third of the ticket sales from the Petersham Open Gardens. The contribution will go towards the new Phoenix scout hut project to build an energy efficient hall with wheelchair access for members.

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Students learn about the importance of air quality

The Assistant Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Julia Neden-Watts, joined students from St Stephen’s School in Twickenham to mark Clean Air Day last week.

Parents and students were encouraged to walk to school on the day and children took part in activities including a smoothie bike.

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Classics on the Green

Taking place on Sunday 1 July, this annual family day out is organised by the Hampton Village Traders.

The event takes place between 11am and 4pm on Hampton Village Green, where there will be many amazing classic cars, modern classics and motorbikes which visitors can vote for their favourite.

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Make a difference to our air quality

Today is Clean Air Day and the borough's residents are being encouraged to help improve air quality in the borough by making small changes to their lives.

Our Clean Air Day stand will be available to visit today for more information about air quality. The stand will be outside Richmond Station from 10.30am to 4pm, and there will be a electric car on display in Lower George Street.

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Changes to borough Air Quality Strategy

As part of prioritising the air quality issue in the borough, we have committed to strengthening our Air Quality Strategy. Resident feedback from last years Air Quality Strategy was that the plan lacked ambition and specific targets that would make a meaningful change to air quality in the borough. 

Cllr Alexander Ehmann has reviewed the feedback and is committed to redrafting the plan, putting forward ambitious, tangible targets for the future, as part of the new administration's commitment to tackling the issue.

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Mayor attends opening of The People Hive

Cllr Ben Khosa, Mayor of Richmond upon Thames, attended the opening of a new business in Twickenham which is partially staffed by volunteers with learning difficulties. It will give volunteers an opportunity to gain valuable work experience to help them into paid employment. 

The People Hive, run by RHLT, will be selling locally sourced, handmade products including candles, chocolates, handbags and jewellery. Find out more by calling 020 8977 5447.


The first Petersham Meadows Thistle Pull

To celebrate National Meadows Day on Saturday 7 July, Ham House’s garden team are gathering volunteers to thistle pull across the water meadow.

Join Rosie and the team at 11am at the National Trust compound on River Lane for a short introduction to the meadow and to the splendid thistle. 

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Changes to HMO licensing

From 1 October 2018 houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) rented to five or more unrelated people must have a council HMO licence. The law change is designed to make sure that rented shared houses are of a good standard and are safe to live in.

Landlords seeking a HMO licence will need to demonstrate that the property meets national safety regulations. We will be conducting inspections of properties over the coming months, and as of 1 October any landlord renting out a HMO without a licence will be committing an offence and could be subject to a fine.

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Accessible community allotment opens in Teddington

Local charity Ruils have created a fully accessible allotment in the heart of Teddington. Located on Shacklegate Lane next to Teddington cemetery, the new garden boasts wild flowers and a vegetable and herb patch and is fully accessible to wheelchairs and those with mobility needs.

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New Disability Champion to work for an inclusive borough

Councillor Rob O'Carroll has been announced as our new and first ever Disability Champion as we work to make the borough acessible for everyone who lives and visits here. 

Cllr O’Carroll will work with the Cabinet Member for Equality, Communities and the Voluntary Sector to support and advocate for the disabled community.

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A third runway at Heathrow could mean arrivals before 5am

Figures now show that an additional 38 arrivals and 25 potential departures could be entering and leaving Heathrow airport before 5am if the third runway goes ahead.

Residents already suffer noise from around 15 or 16 flights every morning before 6am and council leaders fear that local people will pay the price for the expansion with more early morning noise.

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London Mayor joins Councils in opposing Heathrow expansion

Today it was announced that the Mayor of London will join the cross-party campaign fighting the Heathrow airport expansion should MPs 'vote Heathrow' in the House of Commons on Monday night.

Leaders of Richmond, Wandsworth, Hillingdon and Windsor & Maidenhead councils have already signaled they will be exploring the possibilities of a judicial review of the Government’s intention to build the third runway if the plans are approved.

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Twickenham Green Village Fete 2018

Support the local community on Sunday 1 July for an afternoon of fun, food and drink, music, art, sport and more at the Twickenham Green Village Fete.

There will be a variety of stalls and live bands performing throughout the day, you can even watch the Twickenham Cricket Club play.

The fete is a free, family-friendly event and it will run from 12 noon to 8pm.


Flying visit from Konstanz

Michael Jack, the President of Konstanz Tennis Club, made a flying visit to Richmond last week.

The borough is twinned with Konstanz, and their local tennis club is twinned with the borough's St Mary's Tennis Club. Mr Jack met with Alan Mockford from the Richmond in Europe group, just before cycling home to Konstanz. 

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Are you at risk of Type 2 Diabetes?

Diabetes UK have developed a Know Your Risk online tool to help people find out their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Taking part only takes a few minutes and is an easy way to find out your level of risk and get advice.

According to The Diabetes UK Richmond and Twickenham Group, it is estimated that just over 6,000 people in the borough are diagnosed with diabetes.

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Active travel a priority for Richmond Council

The Cabinet Member for Transport, Streetscene and Air Quality has announced the creation of an Active Travel Advisory Group to replace the previous Cycling Liaison Group.

This consultative group will be made up of representatives from local organisations that promote and support active and suistainable forms of travel including cycling, walking and urban realm improvements.

Proposals will be developed over the next month and are expected to be in place by early Autumn.

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Updated: 21 Sep 2017