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2017 promises to be a busy and exciting time for Hampton Hill, especially on our High Street. Our 11 months of pavement works are moving into their final stages of work and in the next few months we will see an end in sight to the inevitable noise and traffic disruption that everyone has patiently put up with in todate. I think you will agree that the work that has already been done, look fantastic and is a great improvement on what we had before.
Some areas that stand out include the newly completed Cricket Lane, as well as the wider pavements and new light columns. We will soon see a new signalised and raised crossing outside the Medical Centre, as well as new and additional street furniture with bike racks, benches and bins. Following a majority consensus on the consultation of the trees, the cherry trees are to be replaced outside the parade of shops opposite the Medical Centre during the month of March. There will also be 3 new lighting columns in this area including one on the laneway leading to Taylor Close. We are also working on a more central area beside Clarence House which will be home to a permanent Christmas Tree location that we haven’t had before. We have also managed to lose 2 of the 4 unsightly telephone boxes. The whole high street will also be resurfaced in March (the work will be carried out at night to minimise disruption). There is signal work planned at the main junction which is scheduled for April/May timeframe.
All the parking is been reviewed at the moment in order to ensure that both businesses and residents are happy with the new proposed amendments. There will be a correspondence via Transport and Highway from the Council coming out shortly to let everyone know what is happening. On a separate note, there will be markings going in on the new parking bays.
All the input that was carried out on our Village Plan starting at the Village Meeting in June 2015, to the official Launch in January 2016 has now been published. All the comments and feedback can now be found here. The Village Plan team, led by Mamta Khanna, Village Plan Project Manager, will also be starting Phase 3 shortly to see how we can implement some of these suggested changes. Please follow updates via the website or by getting in touch with Mamta directly.
Our Hampton Hill Summer Fair is set for Saturday June 24th. We will be having a “launch party” to celebrate all the work that has been done on our high street. There will be lots of music, celebrations and a plaque unveiling. Please keep your eyes on this website for more information.
An update on some of the buildings that have been planned or happening on the high street:
• Jack and Jill School are hoping to start their renovation work on Clarence House in March with a view to opening their doors to their pupils this September.
• There is a proposed development in with planning for the demotion and rebuilding of houses, flats and an underground car park at 63-71 High Street (opposite to The Star). The decision is due in March.
• The proposed development of 179 – 181 High Street Hampton Hill to replace 4 shops (between Cavan Bakery and Tesco) into one bigger retail unit with additional accommodation on the first floor, remains with the planners. They have several concerns about this application and the decision has been delayed as a result.
• The old Allen and Allen building will now remain as a commercial unit and is on the market at the moment. While initially it was thought this would change into 22 apartments, it will now remain as office space.
A reminder that there is a car park in Taylor Close behind the back of the shops alongside Tesco. Feedback from these shops is that not a lot of people know there is parking there. If you have a Richmond Card, parking for 30 minutes is free and there is usually ample space. Worth mentioning also that parking is free there on a Saturday and Sunday.
More updates online or for those on Twitter, find us at @lovehamptonhill.com.
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Thank you to the hundreds to completed the tree consultation! The results have just been announced (31/10). The majority vote was for Option 2A in the Consultation. This involves replacing the Cherry Trees with the Himalayan birch and Sweet Gums species. Work will commence in the New Year.
The Good Skin Company is now open for business 105 High St (beside Tiffin Estage Agent). There will be a new cafe next door opening in October called Ruby 45.
Thyme by the Park cafe has now opened its door at the old Rising Sun pub site
Two developements are at planning stage:
63-71 High Street to build up to 40 appartments and houses with underground car parking and 3 high street frontage retail units.
179-181 High Street to replace 4 retail units with 1 large unit with 7 additional appartments above street level.
Jack and Jill have now taken ownership of Clarence House (old Barclays Bank building) on our high street and work will be starting soon to have it ready for September 2017 intake of pupils. The school have appointed Mr Nick Hitchen as Head of Clarence House Preparatory School.
As Nick lives already lives in Hampton Hill he has a very special interest in the area, and has confirmed that, “Clarence House will make a significant contribution to the regeneration of Hampton Hill High Street, and Clarence House girls will play an active role in the local community”.
We very much welcome Nick, Karen and all at Clarence House to our High Street and Community.
Sadly Il Casale has closed it’s doors and will be sadly missed. A new Indian restaurant will be moving in shortly after works have been completed (20 High Street).
The old Branching Out (105 High Street) unit is also under construction and The Skin Clinic will be opening in the Summer.
The caretaker role involves locking / unlocking the building, setting up and packing away chairs and tables – very light work. This role will be mainly weekends when they have bookings in the building, but not every weekend. This is a paid role that would suit someone local, who is possibly retired. Training will be provided to enable the candidate to integrate into the small team.
For additional information as well as a full job description please contact John.
Sadly, Nicola is closing down Branching Out after 3 great years on the High Street. She, her shop and her great window displays will be sorely missed. We wish her all the well with all her future plans. (March 2016)
Please give Louise a warm welcome for her independent Coffee Shop “Paws for Coffee” which is now open for business at the top of the High Street opposite Bushy Park gate. We also have a new very funky lighting shop Love 4 Lighting just opened on Windmill road.
Hampton Hill Stationery is now under new management and is continuing to operate under the new owner Aneesh and his father. Minuteman Press is also under new management with Kash now running things. Please give all our local businesses (new and existing) your support.
Following feedback from the Village Meeting (June 2015), the consultation (July 15), and the drop ins (Dec 2015), the work on the High Street is now ready to commence. Feedback came from 400 people in total and this has been incorporated in the plans.
Changes already confirmed and will commence 22 Feb 2016 (see schedule of works below):
• Replacement of all pavements both sides of the whole high street (the stone being used is the same material as the stone used at the Richmond Riverside, end of River Lane)
• Removal of the crossing at Cross Street and new crossing at the Health Centre/Old Barclays Bank building
• More parking spaces will be created where the bus stops cages are shortened due to the raised kerbs and easier access for buses to stop
• Removal of 2 bus stops; at The Parade and at the Pantile Bridge end
• Additional 30 minutes parking bays on Cricket Lane with easier vehicle flow onto the high street
• 20 mph speed restriction on the high street
• Better lighting on the laneway from High Street to Taylor Close
• Double yellow lines outside Tesco to change to a loading bay
• Telephone box outside Geranium to be removed
• Replacement all of lamp columns
• Hanging baskets, additional bins, benches and bike racks to be installed
Changes that will happen but have not yet been finalised:
• Street furniture & seating
• Tree replacement
• Socket for a central Christmas tree. Location tbc
• Incorporation of HH Juniors’ mosaic plaques. Location tbc
Schedule of Works for pavement replacement:
PHASE 1 – 22 Feb 2016 to 22 April 2016
From 36 High Street (Attic) to Pantile Bridge (Park side of road)
PHASE 2 – 2 May 2016 to 2 August 2016
Windmill road (La Familia) to Park Place
PHASE 3 – 25 April 2016 to 23 July 2016
40 High street (Billy Basin) to 86 High Street (HH Theatre)
PHASE 4 – 1 August 2016 to 1 November 2016
HH Theatre to Greenwood Furniture
PHASE 5 – 8 August 2016 to 8 November 2016
101 High Street (Chase Buchanan & Windmill road) to Taylor Close
PHASE 6 – 14 November 2016 to 14 Feb 2017
(with no work happening for the month of December)
Taylor Close to Callaghan Interiors
• There will be parking and bus stop suspensions in place (up to 30 metres at phased area).
• Work will be primarily 5 days a week from 8am – 6pm with some weekend work from 9am. Out of hours work will happen where necessary.
• No access to premises will be blocked during trading hours
• Work will stop at the end of November 2016 until January 2017
• The Christmas Parade will be going ahead on Friday 25th November 2016
Full Schedule of works map. Please note this may be subject to change.
Email received from Keswick Rotary dated 11/1/2016 following the HHBA donation :
Thank you very much for your contribution of £250 to the flood appeal – it has been very encouraging the way people have rallied round and responded so quickly to the needs of the poor people who have again been flooded.
We are working in partnership with the Keswick Lions Club, and because of local knowledge Rotary & Lions are well placed to provide a rapid response and will do all they can to get the funds quickly to those who most need them.
Once again thank you for your support and your good wishes – every message is an encouragement and reminds folk that they are not forgotten!
Please see something of the effect your generous sending of a shoebox makes for kids.
Please share this with friends who have helped too. So far our little church in Hampton Hill has been a gathering point for over 140 shoeboxes. See here the effect it has had …
12/10 – Update from the Council on the Uplift Programme:
Residential developments :
For any additional information on Planning Permission please go click here
5 October 2015 – Clarence house (formerly home to Barclays bank) on our High Street will be turned into an independent girls junior school after Richmond’s planning committee voted against officer recommendations and unanimously approved the proposal..
Hampton Hill Tradersâ€™ Association is changing to Hampton Hill Business Association in order to accommodate a lot of members and supporters that are not shops on the high street but are part of this community and business group. This name change will be more inclusive to all involved and welcome additional members who are not on the high street but want to be involved. Moving forward, they will be known as the HHBA instead of the HHTA.
Richard has worked tirelessly for the communities of Hampton and Hampton Hill for many years, but in 2014 he was key to organising the Hampton Transport Gala to celebrate 150 years of the Shepperton extension. To mark this fantastic achievement and to recognise all his efforts, Richard has been honoured with a Community Award. Well done Richard – Hampton Hill are lucky to have you!
Hampton Hill based charity African Revival is looking for passionate, motivated and enthusiastic individuals to help organise and carry out successful bucket collections this October.
It has been decided that Hampton Hill’s Summer Fair will not go ahead this year. This is as a result of the Village Meeting plans for June 8th which will be the primary focus for the Community this summer.
Click here for more information on the Village Meeting
Proposed double yellow lines outside Tesco on Hampton Hill High Street.
17 metres of single yellow line changed to double yellow line to provide an area of loading/unloading
Tesco have been asked to move their deliveries to between 7pm to 11pm to ease daytime congestion. Deliveries can still be done during the day.
Double yellow lines at the exit to Parkside have been shortened by 2 metres to allow for one additional car park space.
Details of the Hampton Hill scheme are in the very early stages. However, more detailed plans will be drawn up by the council in partnership with the local community, including residents and businesses. The aim will be to boost local activity and the economy, to create a functional and more enticing local high street and activities could include improvements to the pavements, shop fronts and new high street furniture. The HHTA, the HHA and our Community Links Officers will be involved in communicating the development of this project as and when more details are published. More details
The Village plan describes a vision for all of Hampton Hill, businesses and residential areas, and identifies what the council, working with the local people and businesses can do to achieve the vision together. It will set out the key issues and priorities and provides background information on the village area. Village meeting details
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Responsible for handling client enquiries, diary management, maintaining records and general administration.
Birdsong and binoculars were the order of the day at Care UK’s Hampton Hill care home, Laurel Dene, as residents recently enjoyed a special bird-themed event including a visit from a local ornithology group.
RHP (www.rhp.org.uk) are proposing to build eight affordable houses to be located in Taylor Close. There will be parking implications for this as the houses will be located in an existing car park.
Huge thanks to John Webb and all the traders that got behind this campaign to make it happen. See the Council’s announcement on this. More details to follow
We have a short window of opportunity to get funding for this. PLEASE help us by adding your voice..
Friday October 10th – After a public consultation, 5000 residents have voted by 51% to bring the speed limit down to 20 mph. See here for more details from the Richmond Council
Friday October 10th – Barclays Bank have closed their branch on Hampton Hill High Street
Click here for more coverage by the Richmond & Twickenham Times
Friday 3rd October – the local Police were working throughout the night primarily to counteract a spate of thefts of mopeds. As they were patrolling near the High Street, they received a call about a burglary at Pizza Firenze at 4.30am. They were able to get to the venue while the suspects were still inside and after a short chase all three suspects were detained and arrested for burglary and all property was recovered.
A huge thanks and congrats to Sergeant Tim Brown and his great team!
28th September 2014 at the Hampton Hill Playhouse:
Sir Ian McKellen attended the show in his capacity as Patron of the Little Theatre Guild, of which TTC is a member http://littletheatreguild.org.
He was quoted on the night:
“I saw Kate Bush at the 02 last week and Kylie Minogue at the Roundhouse yesterday. Your Little Voice topped them both”.
This tells you more information about the increased aircraft noise and frequency that we have been experiencing over Hampton Hill and surrounding areas.
Lovehamptonhill.com went along to the Shooting Star House open day to find out more about our fantastic local charity, and take a look at the amazing facilities inside the hospice. Abba has never sounded so good…