Today sees the reopening of non-essential shops across the country as lockdown measures are eased. The lockdown has been particularly hard for those in the retail sector who were forced to close their doors in the face of the public health crisis.
Our local businesses have been working hard to ensure they can open whilst keeping their customers and staff safe. I would like to encourage everybody to use this opportunity to support our local retailers and maybe discover new and interesting shops across the area. They need our support and encouragement to keep going so please go and enjoy our great high streets again.
I would also ask that when you are shopping, you take extra care to abide by the guidelines set out by the stores to maintain safety and be considerate of other shoppers.

As a reminder, face coverings are now mandatory on public transport. If you aren’t wearing one, you could be refused travel or fined. The only groups exempt from wearing them are young children, those with disabilities and those with breathing difficulties.

I have had many of you contact me recently about the increasing issue of public urination across the borough. This seems to be driven by people spending more time out and about further afield from their homes without the benefit of cafes & pub toilets being available to use.
I have been in contact with Richmond Council about the issue who are trying to engage local businesses in the subject as we are dependent on business owned toilets as part of the Community Toilets Scheme.
I would just urge everyone to be mindful of this challenge when they are spending a significant amount of time away from their homes particularly with young children. Let’s not spoil the improvements to the environment we’ve enjoyed during the lockdown.

Because of the financial difficulties that TfL are facing, due to the Covid-19 lockdown and social distancing measures, they have had to reduce the amount of infrastructure projects they are funding. However, the good news is that they have decided to continue to support the walking and cycling bridge for the Barnes to Hammersmith crossing. I will keep you updated on the planning process when I have more details to share.

The NHS are collecting Covid-19 convalescent plasma from people who have recovered from this illness for use in Covid-19 clinical trials. The trials will investigate whether convalescent plasma transfusions could improve a Covid-19 patient’s speed of recovery and chances of survival.
If you have had a positive test result for coronavirus or the symptoms, you may be able to help by donating plasma at one of the main donor centres including one in Twickenham.
Find out more here.
You can make an appointment by calling: 0300 123 23 23


Ham, Petersham & Richmond Riverside Online Community Engagement Meeting
Residents in Ham, Petersham and Richmond Riverside are invited to have their say on community issues, feedback their experiences of the Covid-19 pandemic, and share their ideas on local priorities in the borough’s first online community engagement meeting.
This first trial event will be for residents and businesses on the 8th July at 6.30pm.
Those who wish to attend can pre-register here.
For more information about the event, including the agenda, joining instructions and the event etiquette, please see this link.


Sarah Olney MP

Earlier updates can be accessed here.