75% of residents responding to Heathfield Labour’s local survey agreed that the area is often overlooked by Richmond Council when it comes to investing in local services.
A majority who responded thought the area had suffered as a result of the Tory/Lib Dem decision to close Heathfield Library, confirming our fears that the closure of this vital service in 2011 would impact the area negatively. Over half confirmed that they would be more likely to access library services if the area had a dedicated library service once again.
Local residents also raised concerns regarding the multitude of damaged roads and pavements in Heathfield. 78% of residents said that the pavement and road surface of their street was in a poor condition, whilst 63% of respondents who had experienced road or pavement maintenance in the past said they were unhappy with the end result. The results come as a Freedom of Information request by Heathfield Labour revealed that only one road in the ward won money from a specially created pavements repair fund (please read our Election Address for more information).
On the topic of poor public transport links, 64% said they would use public transport more if bus services were more frequent and offered additional destinations. 72% of residents support Labour’s campaign for a direct bus route to Whitton, although a number of residents did raise concerns over the lack of a direct route to Richmond from certain areas of the ward.
Finally, we asked residents how they felt about the general state of Heathfield. 65% said they had noticed a decline in the state of Whitton rail station. Labour is in dialogue with South West Trains to bring a much-needed facelift to the station and campaigning for fewer congested and delayed train services to central London. Please click here for more information.