Category Archives: Environment – current

Electric Vehicle Charging Points

Electric Vehicle Charging Points

Update 19/02/2018

Richmond Council are consulting on the location of more electric vehicle charging points in Kew and elsewhere in the Borough. You can see the proposals and have your say, by 11 March, here:

https://haveyoursay.citizenspace.com/richmondecs/electric-vehicle-18/consult_view/

Update 18/01/2018

The rapid electric vehicle charging point at 241-245 Lower Richmond Road (ref 17/3687/FUL) has been approved.

Update 14/12/2017

In October 2016 we commented in support of Richmond Council’s policy on encouraging an increase in uptake of electric vehicles in the Borough. Much depends on finding suitable locations for electric vehicle charging points, convenient for residents. We commented on the proposal for a charging point at 241-245 Lower Richmond Road (A316) (Council reference 17/3687/FUL) to say that we encouraged the expansion of electric charging points being promoted by Transport for London and suggested suitable arrangements be agreed for when the charging points might be used for commercial vehicles and when for residents. We also asked whether other off road locations were being actively considered.

The Council are having to weigh up the demand for charging points with the increase in parking stress through loss of parking spaces in each proposed location.The Council’s Planning Committee considered a number of applications for charging points at their meeting on 29th November 2017 and turned them down because of the parking stress created. We hope suitable alternative locations will be identified so that the policy to encourage uptake of electric cars can be implemented quickly.

Cycle Superhighway 9

Cycle Superhighway 9 Update 13/12/2017 Transport for London’s proposals for Cycle Superhighway 9 from Kensington Olympia to Brentford town centre has been the subject of much comment in the Evening Standard and elsewhere, most objecting on grounds that Chiswick High Road is not approprrate as the road is a relatively narrow traditional high street. ThereContinue Reading

Bulb planting on Kew Road

Bulb planting on Kew Road: making a Bigger Splash Update 11/12/2018 To complement our efforts at Kew Gardens station to brighten the entry to the Royal Botanic Gardens with new planting, we have now funded and planted 4,600 bulbs in the Kew Road grass verges, opposite the Victoria Gate entrance to the Gardens. We areContinue Reading

Air Quality Action – volunteers needed

 Air Quality action Update 13/02/2018 Volunteers are urgently needed to join a series of local ‘Idling Action’ days, educating parents, carers and motorists of the dangers to air quality when leaving their car engines idling on the school run, outside shops, at level crossings or anywhere when parked for a minute or more. Volunteers workContinue Reading

Way finding in Kew

Way finding in Kew Pedestrian accessibility improvements; Kew Gardens station forecourt Update 21/12/2017 We have followed up our comments to Richmond Council on the changes proposed to the Kew Gardens Station forecourt with two meetings and a further letter highlighting our concerns. The Council are reviewing all comments made and will be making a decisionContinue Reading

Graffiti

Graffiti along the rail track between Kew and Richmond Update 04/02/2018 It has not taken long for the graffiti to reappear on the side of the houses in North Avenue. We are raising this again with our MP, including the need for Nework Rail to improve security which is clearly a problem here. Update 05/12/2017Continue Reading

Policy Consultations by Transport for London: Ultra Low Emission Zone and Low Emission Zone changes

Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) and Low Emission Zone (LEZ) Changes Update 07/02/2018 We have now submitted our comments on this consultation pressing for a more ambitious approach by the Mayor of London to improve our air quality. In summary, we believe all Londoners should have the same entitlement to clean air and the regulationsContinue Reading

National Park City

Kew Society support for the Greater London National Park City We have added our support to this initiative which aims to identify Greater London as a National Park. Though London would not have the same legal status as other National Parks, it would emphasis the value that we put on our natural heritage – ourContinue Reading

Heathrow

Heathrow expansion proposals Update 08/02/2018 Richmond Council’s press release gives some sound advice on why you should be wary in the way you respond to these consultations (below) from Heathrow. Take a look at the press release with quotes from Richmond, Hillingdon, Wandsworth, Windsor and Maidenhead Councils, all opposing Heathrow expansion: https://www.richmond.gov.uk/council/news/press_office/older_news/february_2018/bogus_choices_on_noise_confirm_heathrow_is_wrong_place_for_expansion Update 22/01/2018 HeathrowContinue Reading

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