Issues

Tudor Drive 20mph speed limit: TARAK will be canvassing the opinions of local residents soon regarding a proposal for a 20mph speed limit to be imposed on Tudor Drive.

Ham Cross/Ham Parade: The TARAK Committee is increasingly concerned about the danger to all users (pedestrians, drivers and cyclists) posed by the current configuration of Ham Cross and Ham Parade. One of the major issues in terms of getting anything changed is that Ham Cross straddles the boundary of our two local councils, namely RBK and Richmond. Ham Cross is especially precarious, and urgently requires alteration to traffic flow to improve safety. TARAK will soon be petitioning both Councils to implore them to prioritise this issue.  

Latchmere Recreation Ground Pavilion:  Kingston Little League recently held an open day at Tudor Hall to show residents their proposals for a new pavilion on Latchmere Recreation Ground.  TARAK would like to support the building of such a pavilion which offers facilities to the whole community, not only for KLL and would hope to enter into discussion with KLL and RBK regarding this. TARAK members may recall that there is a covenant on Latchmere Recreation Ground in addition to the 1902 Act of Parliament which ensures the land is for use by all residents of the Borough for recreational use.

Planning Policies: The Government has introduced new planning policies which have given more power to local people. The Localism Act was given Royal Assent in November 2011 and communities are being encouraged to prepare neighbourhood plans to influence what happens in their area.  The North Kingston Forum (NKF)  has now been established (the final  name to be decided) and includes many organisations from across Canbury and Tudor Wards.  The secretary is Diane Watling email:  diane.watling@gmail.com. TARAK has become a member. The next steps will be: drafting a constitution, deciding the boundary of the area to be included, setting up a website, and encouraging full local representation. Please encourage any local group you are a member of to join and contact Diane Watling. 

Speeding cyclists in Richmond Park: A cyclist was recently clocked at 41mph in Richmond Park, fined £65 and ordered to pay £65 costs. According to the Comet, local MP Zac Goldsmith said “there is undoubtedly a problem with speeding cyclists in the park and police currently cannot issue spot fines but have to go through the courts. I am trying to change that in Parliament”.

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