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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
|Party||Elected in 2018||Total councillors||Change|
|Elected in 2018 39||Total councillors 39||Change+24|
|Elected in 2018 11||Total councillors 11||Change-28|
|Elected in 2018 4||Total councillors 4||Change+4|
|Councillors change compared with 2014|
Local Democracy Reporting Service
Leading councillors in Richmond are determined to push ahead with a borough-wide 20mph speed limit - following similar success from neighbouring borough Wandsworth.
Cllr Alexander Ehmann, deputy leader and cabinet member for transport, said the research “strengthens” Richmond Council’s view.
In Wandsworth, residential roads have had 20mph limits since June 2017.
Despite a 9% fall in the total accidents on those roads, there have been 19% less accidents involving pedestrians, bicycles and motorbikes.
Collisions between pedestrians and vehicles are three times less likely to be fatal if the speed of the impact is 20mph compared to 30mph.
Councillors in Wandsworth are now considering extending the scheme to some of the borough’s main roads as well, after further traffic studies and another public consultation.
In Richmond, the council is proposing a much wider area to be covered by the limit, with all but three of the council-maintained roads included.
Cllr Ehmann said: “If there is a negative from this research, it’s that the Wandsworth taxpayers will be paying more than the Richmond residents will.
“I think there is a strong imperative for bolder action, as shown by the data from Wandsworth.
Richmond Council recently released the results of its consultation on the issue of 20mph, with 10,000 residents being split 49.7% against to 47.9% in favour.
It will be discussed at the Housing, Community Safety and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 25 February.
Local Democracy Reporting Service
Counterfeit goods like fake tobacco, toys and jewellery are finding worthy uses after being confiscated from criminals.
The items, seized by Richmond and Merton councils, have been donated to Sports Traider, a charity that works with trading standards departments. Most of the haul is made up of items like fake rugby scarfs, boots, trainers, jewellery, toys and tobacco.
Fake jewellery often has dangerous levels of harmful substances like nickel, and the toys can be unsafe for children due to sharp edges or choking hazards.
It is hoped the scheme will reduce the amount that goes to landfill, and ensure that none of it ends up back on the black market.
The clothes will either be re-branded or shredded for material, and the tobacco will be used for compost.
Sports Traider uses the money it raises for schemes to help disabled and disadvantaged people gain employment and training, or play sports.
People caught fly-tipping in Richmond will now face an immediate fine of up to £400, the council has announced.
It follows a rist in the number of people dumping waste at recycling sites, at the side of litter bins or in open spaces, according to Richmond-upon-Thames Cllr Martin Elengorn.
He added: "Fly-tipping is anti-social and a visual affront to residents who live nearby and dispose of their waste responsibly.
“From now on anyone who fly-tips will face an immediate fine.”
The Liberal Democrat was speaking in Richmond which the party had regained after eight years.
BBC News, London
Of the results declared so far, the only councils to change are Richmond-upon-Thames and Barnet.
Richmond-upon-Thames was regained by the Liberal Democrats after eight years while the Conservatives won Barnet, which no party previously had control of.
Labour increased its number of councillors across London, but has failed to take control of any new councils including key targets such as Wandsworth, Westminster, and Kensington and Chelsea.
Writer, broadcaster and former Conservative MP Gyles Brandreth has been expressing his pleasure after his daughter was elected for the party in Richmond upon Thames' Barnes ward. No suggestions here that the new councillor shares her father's taste in loud knitware.