I hope you all had an enjoyable weekend and those of you who took advantage of the businesses reopening managed to do so in a safe way.
I spoke to Sally Benatar from Metropolitan Police today and her view was: “The lifting of some of the Government’s Coronavirus restrictions in relation to pubs, cafes and other venues saw many take advantage of the chance to socialise over the weekend. We are pleased and grateful that the majority of people behaved sensibly. Please pass on my thanks to everyone who helped use their influence to encourage everyone to safely and responsibly enjoy their additional freedoms this weekend. We continue to work with the council and residents over ongoing challenges with anti-social behaviour.”

Healthwatch Richmond’s Annual Report 2019/20 demonstrates their work and impact over the year. They have reviewed and published reports on:

  • Adult inpatient care at Kingston Hospital
  • Urgent & Emergency care at West Middlesex Hospital
  • Paediatric emergency unit and Sexual Health Services at Kingston Hospital
  • Richmond’s Mental Health Crisis Care
  • Recovery and Support Team

Click here to download the Annual Report.

A new youth survey has been launched looking at the health and wellbeing of children and young people during the pandemic.
The survey has been designed by the borough’s Youth Council in partnership with Achieving for Children and the Council’s Public Health Team. It is targeted at 11-17 year olds who live or go to school in Richmond upon Thames and looks at areas such as how lockdown has impacted them, learning at home or at school, mental health and healthy lifestyles.
The survey’s findings will be used to shape and inform recovery support in Richmond upon Thames, as restrictions start to be lifted.
As an incentive, participants will be entered into a prize draw to win a £50 voucher. In addition, the school who submits the greatest number of entries will win £500 towards student wellbeing related activities.
For more information or to have your say, go to haveyoursay.citizenspace.com/afc/youth-20

A plan to supress future COVID-19 outbreaks in Richmond has been published this week.
The Council wants to remind residents, that despite national reports, the number of confirmed cases currently in the borough remains low. The Government has now published Pillar One and Pillar Two combined figures showing that since the start of the pandemic – Richmond has seen a total of 531 confirmed cases. See the latest figures here.
However, whilst the borough is NOT currently at risk of a local lockdown, it is important to remain vigilant and continue to follow the national guidance.
The outbreak management plan focuses on seven key themes. These include:

1) Care homes and schools
2) Planning for prevention and management of outbreaks in other high-risk places, locations and communities
3) Ensuring local testing capacity
4) Leading contact tracing in complex settings
5) Integrating national and local data for scenario planning and responding fast to outbreaks
6) Supporting vulnerable local people to get help to self-isolate
7) Establishing local boards to oversee prevention and control of Covid-19.

The Council will use the national test and trace services in the borough, including the regional testing centre at Twickenham Stadium and local mobile centres, to reduce the spread of the infection. It will use its own local knowledge and that of partners and third sector groups to quickly identify and manage new outbreaks and identify vulnerable people who may need support.
To see the Local Plan, go to www.richmond.gov.uk/local_outbreak_plan

Local residents are being encouraged to ensure that they do not to lose their voice on decisions that affect them by making sure their electoral registration details are up to date. With elections taking place in May 2021, this is an important opportunity for residents to make sure they can take part.
The annual canvass ensures that Richmond Council can keep the electoral register up to date, identifying any residents who are not registered so that they can be encouraged to do so. They would then be able take part in any future elections.
The 2020 canvass is running this month in England and Wales. When you are contacted, if you need to make a change to your registration information, please respond as soon as possible. It will make sure the process runs smoothly. It also means there will be no need for additional contact, which is particularly important now.
Any residents who have any questions can contact their local registration team at the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames by e-mail to electoral.services@richmond.gov.uk


Sarah Olney MP
email: office@saraholneymp.org.uk

Earlier updates can be accessed here.