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Businesses: preparing for Brexit

Businesses around the borough can now use a local one stop shop for all information on Brexit, including exporting and importing, recruitment, GDPR, education and rights of EU citizens in the UK.

The new web pages bring together links to all the latest news and will be updated as more information is made available.

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Future High Street strategies seminar

Come along to a Chamber of Commerce seminar, sponsored by Richmond Council to learn more about the Business Rate Relief scheme.

The seminar will be held at York House, Twickenham, on Tuesday 30 April from 2 to 4pm. This event will include an external speaker to discuss the borough's high streets and appropriate future strategies. Also, it will be discussed how to change expectations of consumers, communities, workers, suppliers, local environment and the impact of the internet.

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£50,000 boost for foster care in 2019/20

Foster care services will receive a further £50,000 boost in 2019/20, an extension of the additional investment provided over the last twelve months.

The announcement was made as part of the presentation of Richmond Council’s latest Budget.

The funding will go towards recruiting and assessing new foster carers and developing the support and training available to existing carers.

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New school approved for children with SEN

A new free school for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities has been approved for the borough.

The school will provide 90 places for children and young people aged 7 to 19 who have social, emotional and mental health needs, and is proposed, subject to planning permission, to be established as part of South West London St George’s Mental Health Trust’s redevelopment of the Barnes Hospital site, on South Worple Way.

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Coalition of local authorities to ask Court to quash Heathrow decision

Lawyers representing a coalition of local authorities opposed to Heathrow expansion will make the case in the High Court today that the Government’s Airport National Policy Statement backing Heathrow expansion should be quashed.

Five councils, along with the Mayor of London and Greenpeace, will say the third runway can only be built by demolishing thousands of homes and making life noisier and unhealthier for millions of people living in London and the Home Counties. Large increases in road traffic will make the capital and Home Counties pollution worse.

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Council commits to protecting wildlife

A new policy outlining the Council’s commitment to protecting and enhancing nature conservation in the borough has been launched. 

This new policy sets out how we will seek to protect, conserve and enhance nature conservation in the borough. This includes a biodiversity consideration for all planning applications, the creation of new opportunities for wildlife to thrive, encouraging landowners to manage their greenspace well, raising awareness of local nature and importantly working in partnership with others. 

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Rosslyn Road PSPO

A Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) in streets around the Rosslyn Road BPAS Clinic was approved by Full Council last night.

It comes following earlier approval by the Regulatory Committee and on the back of a six week long formal consultation held in 2018, which received over 3,000 responses.

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Palewell Common work

Visitors to Palewell Common are being asked to steer clear of the fenced off wetland area.

The fencing has been installed to prevent disturbance and allow the plants to establish. Six different species were planted including: purple loosestrife, yellow flag iris, marsh marigold, flowering rush, ragged robin and water mint. It is hoped the area will enhance the naturally wet ground for other wildlife.

You can help by not encouraging dogs to cross the fence and disturb the new planting. Also, you can report any inappropriate behaviour to

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Secure tickets to the next Mayor charity quiz evening!

We are already looking forward to the Mayor’s next fundraiser event, the Holi Charity Quiz celebrating the Hindu Spring Festival of Holi.

Tickets include a delicious buffet supper. This is the perfect opportunity for a night out with friends or a get together with your work colleagues. The only question now is - which team shall be winning the Mayor’s Cup?

Event details:

  • Friday 22 March, 2019
  • Doors open at 7pm
  • Clarendon Hall, York House
  • Tickets £15
Tickes are available, book your place for the Holi Charity Quiz.

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Five facts Heathrow don’t want you to know about noise misery

Leaders representing Richmond, Wandsworth, Hammersmith & Fulham, Hillingdon and Windsor and Maidenhead councils say no parts of their boroughs will be spared aircraft noise if the third runway goes ahead.

Read the five key facts which are either missing or not spelt out clearly in the airport’s current publicity material.

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Make a splash this Easter with Feel Good Swim School

Make a splash these Easter Holidays by signing up to Feel Good Swim School. Come along to Teddignton Pools and Fitness Centre for crash courses, to fun floats and dedicated workshops.

Courses dates:

  • Monday 8 to Friday 12 April
  • Monday 15 to Thursday 18 April

Meanwhile, swimming lessons for children aged 3 to 5, and 5+ are taking place at Pools on the Park in Richmond from Monday 8 April to Thursday 18 April.

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Mental health support in schools to continue after £50,000 boost

A successful programme which provides additional mental and emotional support via a consultant in local schools will be extended thanks to a £50,000 boost in last week’s budget. 

The 2019 Budget for Richmond Council extends funding of a Mental Health Clinician post to support teachers and school staff to help identify emotional and mental health issues in their pupils.

Initially trialled as a pilot, the clinician post has been found to be so valuable to schools that the Council has agreed to extend the funding once again. 

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Residents can now apply for new secure bike parking in their street

Residents can now apply for secure cycle parking storage on their street, in a scheme to enable more everyday cycle journeys.

The Council will fund the installation of Bikehangars, but residents who use them will need to pay £72 a year to Cyclehoop.

Residents are invited to suggest locations online. Each application will be reviewed individually before consulting with residents about the proposed location within selected streets.

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Richmond NHS trust searching for a new chair

Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust (HRCH) is searching for a new chair for its Board of Directors.

Current chairman Steve Swords is leaving the award-winning trust at the end of June.

HRCH is the NHS trust responsible for providing community health services for more than 515,000 people in the London boroughs of Hounslow and Richmond upon Thames. 

For an information pack and general enquiries, please contact Leslie Horn on 0300 123 2057 or email  

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Wednesday 3 April.


Your Right – Your Vote: Young people hit the polls for Youth Parliament election

Six candidates are standing in the Youth Parliament and Youth Council elections this month wanting to represent the voices of the 15,000 young people living in Richmond upon Thames.

The​ Youth Council is a group of young people who ensure the voices of children and young people aged between eleven and 19 years are heard and acted upon. In Richmond, the Youth Council is elected each year to proactively represent the views of children and young people to those who make key decisions.

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Explore the heritage of Orleans House

Once called a peaceful house in Old Twick, Orleans House's heritage stretches back centuries. And now you can find out the history, the stories and the people behind the building with a free Public Heritage Tour.

Find out about the French Kings, Hanoverian Queens, Scottish Architects and even the poodles who played a part in making, living in and saving this historic gem.

Taking place on Tuesdays and Sundays at 2.30pm, you will get a free 45 minute tour of the Grade 1 listed buliding, delivered by one of the Gallery's volunteer tour guides.

Book your tickes for the Public Heritage tour.

Larger groups, societies or organisations need to get in touch via Orleans House Gallery's website to arrange a private tour at other times.

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Budget 2019 highlights

The budget for 2019/20 has been announced at the Full Council meeting on 5 March, amid an environment of chronic underfunding by central Government. 

We have taken the difficult decision to raise Council Tax by 2.99% to protect the quality of local services our residents rely on.

Other budget highlights include more money for highway repairs and a cash boost to tackle crime.

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Teddington Art Competition

Teddington Together have just launched an art competition, encouraging children to create a drawing, painting or collage of what they love about Teddington!

There are some great prizes to be won for all ages. Simply drop your picture into Teddington Carpets or The Kings Head in Teddington. Entry costs £2 with all proceeds going to Red Nose Day and the Teddington Christmas Lights Up.

Please, submit your artwork before Friday 15 March.

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Mayor celebration dinner for charity

Last Thursday evening, the Mayor of Richmond, Cllr Ben Khosa held his Italian Operizza Evening at Twickenham’s newest Italian restaurant Valentino’s Bellissimo.

With over 80 guests in attendance - including the President of the twinning association in Fontainebleau, Madame Evelyne Wenzel. The evening was full of delicious food and great entertainment.

A big thanks to Albert and his team for serving such wonderful food, and for Clarinda and her accompanist Chris for creating such a wonderful atmosphere! Over £1,000 was raised on the night supporting the Mayor’s chosen charity, Refuge.

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Secondary school places announced

Over 2,000 Richmond upon Thames parents who applied for a secondary school place for their children will have received the outcome of their application on Friday 1 March.

This year there were 148 more applications than 2018, with over 60% of applicants receiving a first preference offer!

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Updated: 04 Sep 2018