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Consulting on a new Night Time Strategy for Richmond upon Thames!

Thanks to everyone that has given their feedback to the Wandsworth Night Time Strategy! While we finalise the Wandsworth Night time Strategy document, we have begun consulting on a new Night Time Strategy for Richmond upon Thames , starting the same process we did for Wandsworth last year. Though they are two very different boroughs, we know that some of you in Wandsworth visit or work in Richmond, or have friends and family there too, so if you have any feedback on Richmond at night please give us your views and send this around to your networks. Join us in developing this Night Time Strategy for Richmond borough by pinning your views on our interactive map or leaving your feedback on our quick survey . As with the Wandsworth Night Time Strategy, this Richmond Strategy will cover all aspects of the night time between 6pm and 6am, from transport and lighting to shop fronts and safety, and provide recommendations for improvement. We are particularly interested in conditions for night workers, minority groups, women, young and older people, and anyone else that feels excluded after dark. Have your say now and help us in our journey to make Richmond a more vibrant and safer place. Tell us where you feel unsafe, where you want more or less activity and the places you would like us to improve at night. This information will help us build a clearer picture of night time activity in the borough, as well as to understand concerns and aspirations for specific areas. This consultation will be open until end of September 2023. We’ll be updating you soon on the Wandsworth Night Time Strategy too....

Posted on 1st August 2023

by Blanka Hay

What you told us about lighting

April 2024 Our Night Time Ideas Map collected over 770 responses, with over 50% of people saying better lighting would help them feel safer at night. Well-designed lighting can make high streets feel more welcoming and make it easier for people to walk and cycle at night. Several areas were described as poorly lit, which was particularly prevalent for women and girls. Wandsworth Park, Battersea Park and Tooting Common were two of the most discussed places. One respondent noted: The council has a duty to protect biodiversity in parks and greenspaces. This means that many are deliberately left as ‘dark sky spaces’ or ‘dark corridors’. Many local park friends’ groups, communities and other stakeholders are keen to prevent the loss of dark skies in Wandsworth caused by light pollution. In urban areas like Balham station railway bridge, Balham Travelodge, Southfields station and the surrounding area received a significant amount of feedback regarding poor lighting, although some comments are more positive. Whilst there are mixed opinions about appropriate lighting levels in different places, lots of teams in the council are involved in decisions about lighting: from highways and transport, parks and biodiversity to planning. Wandsworth councillors have recently voted to invest in improved LED lighting in Battersea Park. Capital funding has also been allocated to bridge lighting projects and to bespoke boroughwide street lighting, however details of where this street lighting will be placed isn’t available yet. Get involved:

Posted on 19th April 2023

by Nancy Collinge