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Richmond gets cycle route in latest stage of £2M upgrade

Savings elsewhere have allowed £250,000 of new improvement works to be announced for the Ham area, backed by Richmond Council Cabinet.

Whitton’s High Street will also be upgraded next year with new surfacing, street furniture and tree planting. Both schemes are part of the final tranche of projects to improve the environment for residents in the North Barnes, Ham, Hampton, Heathfield and Mortlake and Whitton.

The Council is putting up £100,000 for this project, with a further £150,000 of funding recently secured from Transport for London and developers.

“These schemes are part of a £2M programme to improve areas where many of our residents live and shop every day.”

Geoff Acton, Richmond Council Cabinet

Savings made during improvement works elsewhere in Ham have allowed the major new works in Riverside Drive to be added to the programme. They will include extra tree planting, a two way cycle path and a wider footpath. More efficient street lighting, on lower columns, will be included. The setting of Ham Lands will be improved, all of which will extend the village theme of the area.

Richmond Council Cabinet member for environment Geoff Acton said: “These schemes are part of a £2M programme to improve areas where many of our residents live and shop every day. In the case of Ham, much of the money has been secured from Transport for London and developers, so residents will see a lot of benefit with less cost from their local Council Tax.

“As many of the improvements have been within local shopping centres it’s good news for the small businesses as it should help to attract customers which is critical during the recession. These schemes are about improving the environment and quality of life for all our residents.”

The £2M package of projects has already led to substantial new tree planting in North Barnes and an upgrade to the frontage of Castelnau Community Centre. Further work is currently being carried out in Castelnau north shopping parade.

All the work will include sustainable street furniture, lighting, planting and materials, and will promote sustainable forms of transport.

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