Don't sit back yet! That is the message from Richmond Business & Tourism Association to the businesses and people of Richmond. Whilst media reports suggest that the Guardians campaign to keep the CCTV cameras operating in Richmond has been successful the truth is donations are still needed.
After a lot of work by the Business Association to develop a partnership to save this valuable community and business resource, the district council strategy board agreed to keep the cameras on, thanks to a generous contribution from the MOD who monitor the cameras. However, the partners still need to raise £15,000 to keep CCTV running until January 2014.
Philip Wicks, Chair of the RBTA, said that whilst donations from individuals and local independent businesses ranged from £5 to £500 it was disappointing that none of the regional and national businesses had yet made a contribution. "This is an issue which affects every business in Richmond, and it is important that all businesses sign up to be a Guardian. The nationals cannot simply take money out of the town, they need to put something back into the community as well. We are all in this together."
The RBTA encourages people to ask individual businesses if they have signed up to be Guardians. More details can be found on www.rbta.org.uk or by ringing 01748 825362. Forms are also available from the TIC and Ken Warnes and RBTA members.