A letter from the Mayor of Richmond upon Thames
I am sure that for everyone, like me, the last few months have been a struggle and we are all now hoping for a gradual return to some form of normality with the impressive increase in vaccinations and reduced Covid case numbers. April 12th will see the re-opening of non-essential shops, hairdressers, pubs and restaurants with outside areas and also gyms, pools and indoor leisure facilities. In Twickenham and Teddington we can’t wait to visit our local shops, bars, cafes and pubs, as well as get that long overdue hair do!
As the weather improves and the evenings become lighter, I’m sure we are all looking forward to alfresco dining and meeting friends and family in pubs with outside areas. The Government has asked that all local authorities make it easy for outside pavements and alleys to be licensed for seating, drinking and dining as it will be another month before indoor facilities can be visited, albeit with appropriate social distancing and use of face masks.
The Council has been running a Shop Local campaign for some months now and it will be great to support and visit the businesses that have been closed for months to get our books, gifts, clothing and jewellery etc. Areas such as Church Street in Twickenham, now partly pedestrianised, offer a wide selection of businesses and we are hoping for virtually 100% of shops to be open and trading! Teddington’s thriving high streets will also again be buzzing with the huge variety of goods and services on offer.
As Mayor I will once again be visiting all of our town centres to support our traders after the very challenging times of the last 12 months. I hope to meet as many of you out there as possible and that we get spending some of the cash we might have managed to save over the past year!
Councillor Geoff Acton
Mayor of Richmond-upon-Thames