Press

The council have announced plans to finally undertake some works on the gym.

There is an exhibition at Heatham House this Wednesday, 17th July 2013 between 16:00 and 20:00.
We would like to see some friendly faces there and will be sending a representative down for 18:00.

The plans will be on show and there will be chances to ask questions regarding the plans and how that affects the club going forward.
This is an opportunity to give young people and the wider community a greatly improved facility.

The official press release can be found here: CLICK HERE

Our response to the press release, as issued to the Richmond & Twickenham Times is as follows:

Statement from the Friends of Heatham House

Carl Broadhurst, chair of FoHH, said:

“We welcome this refurbishment but, since the funding for it has been in place for three years already, it is long overdue.

The council withdrew its original planning application because it wanted to replace Heatham House and push an unwanted replacement on the community, which young people wisely rejected. We see this as three years of wasted time.

We are concerned that the proposed refurbishment is not what young people have asked for, particularly as the music venue will resemble a classroom more than a performance space. This is perhaps an example of council officers imposing their own ideas of what young people and the community wants. Another concern is that memorial artwork will be removed as part of the proposals. 

Meanwhile, a number of important issues continue to affect Heatham House, such as a reduction in staffing levels, music rooms being replaced with offices and equipment falling into disrepair. The loss of half of the grounds at Heatham House has also made a casualty out of the new low ropes course.

The community has made its feelings clear to the council on numerous occasions and said it is willing to work with the local authority but, uniquely, the council does not show any willingness to involve the community in its plans. It is, perhaps, because the council has started its own youth services business, Achieving for Children, that it regards the community and charities as competitors rather than potential partners.   

We remain mystified as to why the council halted the original gym redevelopment but went ahead with an expensive overhaul of a meeting room at Heatham House, which had no value in terms of youth work delivery, while apparently trying to close the youth club altogether.

We urge everyone from the local community to attend the consultation at Heatham House on Wednesday 17th July at 6pm.

If you would like to contact The Friends of Heatham House our email admin@friendsofheathamhouse.org.uk

The following article appeared in the Richmond & Twickenham Time last week – Friday 5th April.

Fears sex clinic closure could lead to more teen mums. Teenage pregnancy could rise after a sexual health clinic at Heatham House closed with no warning, campaigners said this week.

Please click on the images below to expand the article,

Richmond & Twickenham Times
13.04.2012

An astonishing take on democracy as the council combine the votes for both of the new build options into one figure in a desperate attempt to get the result they wanted to see – permission to sell Heatham House. Continue reading “Council is Fiddling Youth Club Figures” »

Richmond and Twickenham Times
06.04.2012

A brilliant letter trashing the third consultation conducted by Richmond council, calling the council to do some real listening, and local residents to start asking more difficult questions. Continue reading “Youngsters pushed into accepting building of new youth centre” »

Richmond and Twickenham Times
30.03.2012

Students at Orleans Park School choose to make the main story of their BBC Schools News Report  ”Heatham House’s future hanging in the balance”. Continue reading “Students raise concerns about threatened centre” »

Richmond and Twickenham Times
24.02.2012

The launch of the “Heatham House is not for sale” video creates a buzz, with calls for all interested parties to upload clips of themselves, sending out a clear message to the council, amid fears of closure for the centre. Continue reading ““Hands Off Heatham” say young people as YouTube video launched” »

Prominent Local Residents Voice Concerns

17/02/2012
by helensound

Richmond and Twickenham Times
17.02.2012

Two letters, one from former BBC Director General Greg Dyke, John Stapleton, Lynne Faulds Wood and Sue Howes calling on the council to ensure any newly built youth centre is completed before the important Heatham House is sold off. Continue reading “Prominent Local Residents Voice Concerns” »

Evening Standard – 9th February 2012

The Evening Standard ran a short article titled “Don’t close youth club that helped Keira to stardom, says her mother”  in part about the role Heatham House played in shaping Keiras future. .  
Continue reading “Don’t close youth club that helped Keira to stardom” »

Richmond and Twickenham Times
27th January 2012

A rather absurd statement, unless they missed out the word ‘selling’, at which point it makes perfect sense.

A rather loaded week saw the RTT publishing 5 pieces regarding Heatham House. Continue reading “Standing in the way of Heatham House” »

Friends of Heatham House: Supporting the Youth in our Borough
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