Richmond upon Thames London Borough Council

All of the seats in Richmond upon Thames were up for election this year. Find out more about these elections.

Election 2018 Results

LD GAIN FROM CON
Party Elected in 2018 Total councillors Change

PartyLiberal Democrat

Elected in 2018 39 Total councillors 39 Change+24

PartyConservative

Elected in 2018 11 Total councillors 11 Change-28

PartyGreen

Elected in 2018 4 Total councillors 4 Change+4
Councillors change compared with 2014

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Richmond's £6m loss in parking fees due to coronavirus

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Richmond Council estimates it has lost nearly £6 million in income from parking fees and fines due to the coronavirus pandemic.

At this week’s Transport and Air Quality Committee yesterday, officers said the impact of the pandemic was thought to have reduced parking income by £5.758 million against a budgeted total income of £16.2 million.

Overall, the transport committee estimates to have lost £6.137 million, with the remaining reduction in income caused by a lower level of fees received for network management, such as event income related to Twickenham Rugby Stadium, and inspection and enforcement.

Presenting the report, director of environment and community services, Paul Chadwick, said officers were treating the covid-impact and associated loss of income as a separate issue, that is mainly being dealt with by the council’s finance committee.

Cost of Covid-19 could reach £20m for Richmond

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Coronavirus could cost Richmond Council more than £20m this year, council bosses have revealed.

Coronavirus has so far cost the council £7.1m in both extra money being spent and lost income, according to Mark Maidment, the council's director of resources and deputy chief executive.

A shortfall of £22.4m is expected by the end of the year.

“Significant discussions” around increased central funding are ongoing with the government, Mr Maidment said.

It is thought that environment and community services will see £12.1m of income lost this year, largely due to a loss of money from sports bookings and parking.

Mr Maidment told the council's Finance, Policy and Resources Committe: “Roughly speaking we will have something like a third of our expenditure funded by government, and that’s pretty consistent with the message you’re hearing nationally from the likes of the Local Government Association.”

He said councils were hoping for more of “a holistic overarching settlement” than the grant funding provided so far, but added: “I’m not sure if I was a betting man that I would entirely hold my breath.”

£20m bid for Twickenham & Ham Bridge announced

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Richmond Council has put forward a £20m bid for a cycling and walking bridge between Twickenham and Ham.

The bid was announced during a Transport and Air Quality Committee.

Earlier this month the Financial Times revealed the Government had contacted mayors and local business leaders for “shovel-ready” projects that would create jobs, support “green recovery” and be created within 18 months to help the economy recover from the damage of the coronavirus lockdown.

It’s one of the first glimpses into economic stimulus plans being pushed forward by the Government

In their manifesto, the Conservatives promised £100bn of additional capital investment over the five-year parliament, and it is now thought this could be spent earlier than planned.

Alexander Ehmann, chair of Richmond’s Transport and Air Quality Committee said the bid for the bridge was “bold and ambitious” and praised officers for putting it together in just one week.

“These are genuinely superhuman levels of activity from our officers, so thank you very much,” he said.

The exact location and specification of the bridge has yet to be determined.

New fund to mitigate effects of job losses in pandemic

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A new hardship fund has been launched in Richmond to help people struggling to pay for food and other essentials after losing jobs or income because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The fund is intended to help families with children who are in receipt of child benefit and are now reliant on claiming Universal Credit.

The council is also helping those who have seen their income disrupted due to Covid-19 but have no entitlement to benefits such as Universal Credit because of their immigration status.

In cases where a resident is part of a couple and their partner does have recourse to public funds their financial situation will be considered before deciding upon an award.

“We know that every week there are more and more families who are unable to buy food or supplies as they have lost their jobs or have had a significant reduction in their income,” said Cllr Robin Brown, Richmond Council’s lead member for finance.

“Many of these residents are relying on food banks or the good will of local donations, whilst they are waiting for their Universal Credit application to be processed, or in some cases, waiting for the pandemic to be over.

“These are very difficult times and whilst we cannot support everyone we must do our best to support those in most desperate need. This funding is in real terms a cash boost to our most hard-pressed households at this difficult time.”

The council received £1.1m of funding from the government to support the scheme, and has already helped 1,700 of the borough’s poorest households with their council tax bills.

Richmond Council to shoulder costs of community centre

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Richmond Council will take over the management and costs of maintaining the White House Community Centre in Hampton.

It comes after the Hampton-upon-Thames Community Association (HOTCA), which has been running the facility since December, announced it was unable to financially manage the centre.

In January this year Richmond Council approved emergency funding plans to keep the centre open until the end of July 2020, totalling £1,700 a month.

However, following a further review HOTCA has indicated their intention to surrender the lease to the council, which will now manage the building and work to identify a third party provider to run the centre in the future.

Council bosses 'short-changed' by government fund

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Leaders from the larger local authorities fear the second round of emergency funding will still fail to cover their costs during the pandemic.

Whitehall has confirmed how it will allocate the second £1.6bn package to support councils.

Smaller district and borough councils will receive a greater proportion of the funding this time around.

But council bosses faced with a rising social care bill say the fund does not address their pressures.

Richmond-upon-Thames and Kingston-upon-Thames are both among those which will receive the lowest extra funding per person.

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Richmond council holds first virtual meeting

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Richmond council has held its first virtual meeting since the coronavirus outbreak.

The licensing sub-committee started 30 minutes later than originally planned due to some technical difficulties.

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Kingston Council

It allowed councillors, democratic services, the applicants and members of the public who wished to object to the license to take part via conference software.

Other members of the public and the press were allowed to watch the meeting via a live webcast on the council’s website.

This prevented members of the public who were not scheduled to speak at the meeting from causing any problems, as happened at South Somerset District Council last week, where trolls logged into the council’s Zoom meeting and played adult content in the background.

Wandsworth council, which shares a staffing arrangement with Richmond, will also be using Richmond’s webcasting service to broadcast some virtual meetings from next week.

Richmond care home residents 'experiencing symptoms'

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More than 40 residents in care homes across Richmond are experiencing symptoms of coronavirus, the council has said.

In an update from Richmond Council it revealed that as of last week it is aware of at least 43 residents to be experiencing Covid-19 symptoms from across the borough’s 48 care homes.

“Currently we have 1,400 residential and nursing care places in the borough," a Richmond Council spokesperson said.

"We are working closely with all 21 care home providers who have been valued and key partners throughout to make sure we support them to deliver the services we need for our residents.

"Personal protective equipment remains a challenge nationally, but we are doing all we can to support our providers so they have the equipment that they require.

“We will continue to monitor the situation carefully.”

According to Public Health Data, Richmond-upon-Thames has one of the lowest confirmed amount of coronavirus cases in London (297).

Residents urged to support 'essential' community centre

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Trustees at the White House Community Centre in Hampton have called on locals to support the “fantastic” site to ensure it stays open.

Mike Pain, a trustee and ex-president of the Hampton Upon Thames Community Association, which now runs the centre, said it provides “absolutely essential services for the area”.

“We are determined to keep this centre open. It is a community hub for all ages and all members of the community,” he said.

The centre includes a pre-school, food bank, citizens advice centre and mental health support charity, and is situated in one of the most deprived wards in Richmond, Hampton North.

The centre was run by the YMCA for HoTCA before the YMCA withdrew most of its provision last year, leaving the original trustees to run most of the activities and services from December.

Last month Richmond Council approved emergency funding plans to keep the centre open until the end of July 2020, totalling £1,700 a month.

But although the centre is experiencing financial issues, the trustees seem confident they can improve its sustainability.

Cllr Michael Wilson, lead member for the voluntary sector at Richmond council has spoken about the importance of securing the centre’s long-term future.

He said the council will look at “a new vision” for the whole site to include the White House, Youth Centre and Tangley Park Children’s Centre and is “committed” to ongoing engagement with the Hampton community.

Mortlake Stag Brewery development plans approved

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Mortlake Brewery site
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The plans for the Stag Brewery site in Mortlake have been approved by Richmond council, making it the biggest development in the borough.

Most of the current buildings will be demolished to make way for hundreds of new flats, shops, and even a secondary school in plans put forward by developers, Reselton.

The site has historical significance, having been home to a brewery since 1487, and more recently producing Budweiser beer.

But its large size and complexity will mean it will be a number of years yet before anything is built, especially because the council rejected the application to make traffic changes at nearby Chalker’s Corner.

The plans will now have to be approved by the Mayor of London and National Planning Casework Unit (Secretary of State), where they may be altered or refused.