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.

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  • Wed
    17
    Jan
    2018
    5:30 pmRoyal Botanic Gardens, Kew

    Kew Society members were offered a rare opportunity to visit the Economic Botany Collection at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. This is the oldest and perhaps the most fascinating of Kew's science collections containing over 100,000 items. The collection began in 1847.

    The tour was lead by Mark Nesbitt, who is senior Ethobotanist and Curator at RGB Kew and he delved into Kew's history and current science research via a unique collections of rubber, lacebark, Chinese medicines and other useful plants. The term Economic Botany essentially means 'useful plants'.

     

    Jamaica lace plant. George II once had a suit made using this 'imitation' lace.

    The bark simply peals back to expose this extraordinary lace.

    Mark has been working with groups to help reintroduce this plant for commercial purposes.

    The collection houses many & varied Chinese medicines.

    These Alpine plants from New Zealand were labelled 'Vegetable Sheep' and caused a sensation in Victorian London.

    Maori cloak, though to be ceremonial. Made from an Alpine plant that mimics leather.

    Mark has been working with ethnic groups using this very valuable cloak.

    Wild rubber hot water bottle.

     

    The tour was very generously free and we are exceedingly grateful to Mark Nesbitt for making this most generous offer to our members.

    Click here for Mark's own page detailing his research