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Art House Open Studios exhibition

The annual celebration of creative talent in the borough starts later this month. Local artists and craftspeople will open their homes and galleries to the public to showcase painting, printmaking, ceramics, photograhy and more.

Visitors can see the exhibition between Friday 22 to Sunday 24 June, and from Friday 29 June to Sunday 1 July.

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Public transport improvements fall short

Government claims for the economic benefit of expanding Heathrow do not include the costs of the improved public transport links needed to keep road traffic at current levels.

Campaigners are calling for guarantees that the taxpayer will not be expected to meet the costs of new rail infrastructure required for a three-runway airport.

A third runway would generate a further 26 million passengers a year by 2050, more than double the current number. The outcome would be more delays for passengers arriving at the airport whether by road or rail.

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Richmond Green litter heroes

Good Gym Richmond members took it upon themselves to clean up Richmond Green during one of their sessions this week. They removed bags of litter and scrubbed away the mud and grime from roadside fencing.

The members have now been titled the #LitterHeroes of Richmond Green.

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Construction company fined for installing illegal dropped kerb

A construction company was convicted and fined £4,700 in the magistrates’ court last week for unlawfully excavating a highway in East Sheen.

Action was taken against Finch Lockerbie Construction Ltd following illegal works to install a dropped kerb, or crossover, on the highway outside a property on Richmond Park Road in East Sheen.

Residents or developers wishing to install dropped kerbs must apply to their local authority before commencing works.

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Miles Better health walks

Join us for a guided 6 mile walk through Teddington to celebrate the launch of our health walks series Miles Better. This walk will introduce you to new facts about the area and will be led by Local Studies Manager, Jane Baxter.

There will be complementary tea and biscuits available at Teddington Library after the walk. This is a free event with no booking required.

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Funding approved for Barnes level crossing footbridge

Funding has been agreed for a new footbridge over White Hart Lane level crossing in Barnes following years of petitioning from Barnes and Mortlake residents.

Investment of up to £821,136 towards the delivery of the new footbridge has been confirmed by Cabinet members with the rest to be funded by Network Rail and Transport for London.

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New Tenants’ Champion to help social housing tenants

Housing Association tenants and leaseholders who need help to resolve complaints they have with their landlords can now contact our new Tenants’ Champion, Cllr Jim Millard.

Cllr Millard is the ward councillor for Hampton Wick and was elected earlier this year. As a resident in Hampton Wick, he has spent the last four years as chair of the Addison Road Community residents’ association campaigning for the rights of local residents. He will work collaboratively with all ward councillors and local MPs, supporting housing association tenants who feel their problems have not been resolved through existing complaints procedures.

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Townmead Road now open

Townmead Road Re-use and Recycling Centre is now open to trade and public.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this closure.

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Hampton & Kempton Waterworks Railway

The Hampton & Kempton Waterworks Railway have said farewell to steam engine Darent as it undergoes boiler refurbishment until early 2019.

In the meantime, a similar steam locomotive from the Hampshire Narrow Gauge Trust named Wendy will be arriving next week and is a 0-4-0 saddle tank locomotive built by W.G. Bagnall during the First World War. Wendy should be fully operational by 16 June 2018.

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Site agreed for new SEND school in Twickenham

Capella House, a new free school for children with special educational needs and disabilities, will open in Twickenham.

The school will provide 72 places for children and young people aged four to 19 with special educational needs. The pupils will have speech, language and communication as their primary need, and may also have associated social, emotional and mental health needs and/or autistic spectrum disorders (ASD).

Capella House will open in September 2019 with a secondary intake and, subject to planning permission for internal modifications of Amyand House, will admit its first primary intake in September 2020.

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Have your say on Westerly Ware dog-free space

The community is being invited to have their say on plans to trial a dog-free area in Westerly Ware, Kew.

The Westerly Ware Association has proposed that a trial should take place for a fenced off, dog-free area within the park in an attempt to provide areas for all visitors to enjoy. The consultation follows feedback from some users who felt the presences of dogs impacted on their enjoyment of the park.

The proposals would create a space at the northern end of the park for people to sit and picnic and have access to the playground, leaving the rest of the park free for dog-walkers.

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Richmond swimmers make golden splash at London Youth Games

A team of Richmond swimmers took home gold and bronze medals last week at the London Youth Games Paragames swimming tournament.

The games are Europe’s largest youth sports festival with pupils competing in 30 different sports. Athletes compete in the five Paragames sports of athletics, boccia, football, indoor rowing and swimming to add points to the overall Team Richmond standing.

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RPA announces new community festival

Richmond Park Academy's PTA and PCAB present Sheen's first Sheenstock festival, which will take place Friday 13 July 2018 at the Richmond Park Academy fields.

A number of exciting local bands are lined up to perform throughout the evening including Children of the Revolution, reggae band Dubvocaliza, Hairy South and the Saps and much more. Family, friends and the local community are all welcome to enjoy the fun.

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Mayor’s clean air plan doesn’t go far enough

A plan to introduce a new Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) across the Capital does not do enough to tackle vehicle pollution.

The Mayor of London confirmed on Friday that the proposed ULEZ would be expanded up to the North and South Circular boundary in 2021.

Similar to the existing central London zone, the extension will result in a daily charge of £12.50 for drivers who use non-compliant vehicles. The aim of the extension is to attempt to reduce toxic air quality across the Capital.

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Find out your risk of diabetes

We are encouraging residents to check your diabetes risk using a new online tool. You can see your results, get advice and find out information about local services.

Every 2 minutes someone finds out they have type 2 diabetes so find out what you can do to lower your risk now.

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Take care of your health this Men’s Health Week

Men are being encouraged to take care of their health and use the services on offer in the borough to keep fit and well.

Men have worse health outcomes than women and are more likely to die from cancer, be obese, smoke or to commit suicide.

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Rail works planned for Sunday 17 June

District line services will not be running between Richmond and Turnham Green stations due to planned maintenance work.

London Overground services will not be operating between Willesden Junction and Richmond stations due to planned Network Rail track work.

Replacement bus services will be running between Richmond/Turnham Green and Richmond/Willesden Junction.

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Government omits Heathrow recommendations

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has failed to incorporate 22 of the 25 changes put forward by the Transport Select Committee (TSC) in his updated national planning statement.

TSC members called for changes on a broad range of concerns including noise, air quality, road traffic and costs. However, the vast majority were not carried forward in the version of the report published on Tuesday 5 June.

Council leaders are now calling for the Transport Secretary to return to Parliament and explain why so many of the recommendations were omitted.

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Exhibition celebrating the borough on now

An exhibition celebrating the history, people and places of Richmond upon Thames through portraits and landscapes is now open.

The Richmond: People and Places open exhibition is running at Orleans House Gallery until Sunday 19 August, and features artists from the area and further afield including well-known established artists such as Cathy Cooper, Jill Story and Nicky Browne, alongside emerging artists such as Anushka Bate who is only 10 years old, but shows great talent and style.

When visiting, be sure to vote for your favourite artwork, as the work with the most votes each week will be featured on the Gallery’s Facebook page.

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Special walk in Kew Gardens available to 25 lucky local residents

Richmond upon Thames residents are being offered the fantastic opportunity to take part in an introductory walk around the newly restored Temperate House in Kew Gardens.

The opportunity to be one of the lucky 25 is available to those with a Richmond postcode. Walks will take place at 2pm on Wednesday 4 July and Wednesday 1 August 2018, starting from Victoria Gate, and will last approximately an hour.

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Updated: 21 Sep 2017