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What do local Mums want to see in LBRT?

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totolouise Sat 30-Sep-17 17:44:57

I'm just curious as to what local Mum's might have thought (since having children) would make their lives better, easier, less lonely etc etc etc in the London borough of Richmond Upon Thames. What's missing? E.g. More play areas, child friendly cafes/restaurants, networking events, classes etc?

user1494050295 Sun 01-Oct-17 08:35:52

I personally think we are very well catered for in all aspects you mentioned.

drumkit Sun 01-Oct-17 09:02:26

Spot on user1494050295.

What's missing,? ...
- affordable housing for teaching staff, because it massively affects our schools' ability to recruit.
- more high quality local employers, because high business rates and property prices mean they're all either in central London or down the motorway corridors so we all have to commute.
- a helicopter view and sensible overhaul of parking strategy. My area needs a CPZ badly - I've seen young mums with babies and shopping in tears because they can't get a parking space within 10 minutes walk of their homes. Do they leave the baby in the car in the middle of the road while they unload their shopping? Or do they leave their baby in the house then go and park the car? Its a problem that's got worse over the years because so many other areas have introduced CPZs, and town centre parking prices have increased, which means everyone parks in the first CPZ-free street they can find (and there are plenty of websites now that will tell them exactly where to find one).

AbsintheAndChips Tue 10-Oct-17 21:59:42

God yes, parking is awful. We live in a CPZ free road and the numbers of people parking all day to just go to the station, leaving their car all day, are astronomical. I bloody hate it and it annoys the hell out of me.

totolouise Tue 17-Oct-17 13:55:56

Thank you for your replies. I agree that parking can be a nightmare. I've noticed that the restrictions on Waldegrave Road in Teddington have now increased in time, so that it is now not possible to quickly park and return books to the library, like before. I myself also have to park a street or so away from my property, and so have to manage my (not yet) 2 year old, dog (who goes pretty much everywhere with us) and my shopping across a busy main road on a daily basis to get back to our home. It's painful, but just a part of London life unfortunately. I agree with you about affordable housing though-there is a serious lack of it in our borough. How do we change it though?

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