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The Richmond Swale Valley Community Initiative (RSVCI) was formed in 2003 by a merger of the Richmond Partnership and the Richmond Town Centre Forum. It was set up as a community group to give people the opportunity to make a difference to where they live. The RSVCI is a registered charity no 1107736 and a not for profit company 4956722. Since it started it has been guided by up to 12 trustees from local people/stakeholders in the town and a further 9 advisors.
In 2003, consultants were commissioned to prepare a strategy for unlocking Richmond's heritage potential to support its social and economic revitalisation. This initiative was initially funded by the Countryside Agency as a national pilot study. The Initiative sought to establish an agreed strategy for the sensitive management, promotion and use of the natural, built and cultural heritage assets of both the town and the River Swale between Round Howe and Easby. A report was published in 2003 and refreshed in 2009 and these two documents have guided the work of the RSVCI during the 10 year period to 2013.
Over the years the RSVCI has attracted funding from a variety of sources for projects in and around Richmond and was able to employ a town manager until April 2012. In 2013 the RSVCI made the decision to wind up due to lack of regular funding and is no longer active in the town, although its legacy lives on in the many other groups , organisations and individuals who continue to be involved in activities initiated by the RSVCI.
The RSVCI legacy to the town
The RSVCI will be remembered for the role it played in developing a number of initiatives, some of these are listed below:
- Castle Walk Improvements
- Round Howe Nature Trails
- Richmond Heritage Partnership Scheme (restoration of shop fronts in the Georgian conservation area around the market place and improvements to upper floor spaces above shops)
- The Richmond Town Centre Design Guide
- Lighting of Trinity Tower and the Obelisk
- The Richmond Town Trail and Interpretation Boards
- Pedestrian signage and notice boards around Richmond
- The Richmond Walking and Book Festival
- Richmondshire Eco Week in 2011 and 2012
- Cycle routes around Richmond
Documents commissioned by the RSVCI may still be relevant and are available to download. These are:
Woodland Management Plan & Habitat Study - April 2008 (pdf 12.1mb)
Richmond Town Centre Design Guide - Jan 2008 (pdf 6.9mb)
Richmond Lighting Strategy - Dec 2005 (pdf 1,013kb)
Sustainable access to Richmond - March 2005 (pdf 412kb)