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

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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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  1. London areas to receive Covid-19 mass testing kits

    Twenty one areas in London are to get mass testing for coronavirus.

    The kits, which can deliver results within 15 minutes, are being rolled out to select areas across the country.

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the tests would help to detect asymptomatic cases.

    The areas in London getting the kits are:

    Barking and Dagenham, Bexley, Brent, Camden, City of London, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston upon Thames, Lambeth, Lewisham, Newham, Redbridge, Richmond, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest and Wandsworth.

  2. Council 'fights dirty' over fly-tipping

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    It’s London’s greenest borough, the only one to span both sides of the River Thames, home to the National Archives, Kew Gardens, Hampton Court Palace and Twickenham Stadium.

    In short, Richmond upon Thames is seen as one of the more exclusive parts of the capital.

    And it seems its fly-tipping reports are also a cut above the rest.

    From dumping a piano, to a chaise lounge, and even eucalyptus trimmings, an analysis of Richmond’s fly tipping reports for the past year reveals a list of things that could only ever be found in this part of London.

    Since August 2019, 2,697 cases of fly tipping have been raised with the council, with a peak of 314 cases in August this year – up from just 180 in August last year according to a Freedom of Information Request.

    This is perhaps due to more people spending time at home during the coronavirus lockdown, giving them time to clear out, as well as see and report on what their neighbours have left behind.

    As well as the usual reports of black bin bags, old mattresses and broken furniture, Richmond has also recorded reports of abandoned wine racks, a stolen Marks & Spencer Trolley, a fitness rowing machine, an upholstered footstool, a massage table, and even a chandelier.

    Richmond Council has launched a new campaign, called Fighting Dirty, to tackle fly-tipping, littering and street urination in the borough, which all rose over the lockdown period.

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

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    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.

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

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    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.”

  5. £20m bid for Twickenham & Ham Bridge announced

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    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.

  6. New fund to mitigate effects of job losses in pandemic

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    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.

  7. Richmond Council to shoulder costs of community centre

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    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.

  8. 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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  9. Richmond council holds first virtual meeting

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    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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    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.

  10. Richmond care home residents 'experiencing symptoms'

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    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).

  11. Residents urged to support 'essential' community centre

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    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.

  12. Mortlake Stag Brewery development plans approved

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Mortlake Brewery site

    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.

  13. Council 'using too much paper'

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A young Richmond councillor has hit out against colleagues on the environment committee for their excessive use of paper in meetings.

    Monday's Environment, Sustainability, Sport and Culture Committee had documents of more than 340 pages.

    After a few instances of councillors getting lost in the agenda, Green Councillor Dylan Baxendale said: “I want to make a comment about how disappointed I am in our environment committee, that everyone has piles of paper everywhere.”

    Cllr Baxendale was using an online version of the agenda to search for the appropriate sections of the report and criticised those who weren’t using it saying they were ‘inundated’ with the paper version.

    Speaking to the Local Democracy Reporting Service after the meeting he said: “Every councillor has an electronic device as an iPad, so we should be making use of it.

    “I think it is a pretty reasonable way to look at things, not just for the committee, but across the whole council to be fair.

    “I do believe there are people internally having a look at it to see how it could be improved.

    “Last night I was just sitting around the table staring at everyone’s papers, it looked a bit crazy. I especially requested not to receive hard copies, and so I was surprised that every other person sitting there had not."

    Chair of the committee, Liberal Democrat councillor, Martin Elengorn, said “we are suitably chastened".

  14. Richmond unveils suicide prevention plans

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    It could soon be possible for local councils to collect real-time data on suicides.

    This week Richmond Council’s Adult Social Services, Health and Housing Committee approved a new suicide prevention strategy that includes a suicide surveillance group who will meet quarterly to discuss the local need.

    The Public Health teams are also looking at working with Thrive London to develop real-time data collection on suspected suicides in the borough.

    They say this will reduce time spent on suicidal audits and help to inform their strategy to prevent people from taking their lives in the future.

    It comes as it was revealed that the suicide rate in the borough is higher than the London average, and equates to 10 to 15 suicides per year.

    Hospital admissions for young people self-harming in the borough have also risen to the highest rates in London, which is approximately 116 individuals a year.

    Those who have self-harmed are shown to have an increased risk of suicide.

  15. What gets you banned from Richmond's libraries?

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Watching pornography on public computers and racist abuse are just some of the reasons why people have been banned from Richmond’s libraries and leisure centres.

    In a Freedom of Information (FOI) it was revealed that 10 people have been banned from the borough’s libraries since 2015, while two have been banned from leisure centres in the same period.

    Seven people have been excluded from all 12 borough libraries since 2015, while Ham Library saw the most exclusions from any one library, with three bans in 2015/16.

    Three people had been banned from libraries on two separate occasions.

    Two people were also banned from Sheen Sports and Fitness Centre for “aggressive behaviour” in February 2018.

    Verbal abuse was the most common reason for exclusion, with three instances recorded, shortly followed by racist abuse/hate crime, physical aggression, disruptive behaviour and safeguarding, all of which were recorded on two occasions.

    There was one incident of viewing pornography on a public PC and one issue with destruction of property.

    However, while there was only one ban put in place in 2018/19, we are already on track for a record breaking year in Richmond with three exclusions recorded for the year so far.

    A spokesperson for the council said: “There is a code of conduct for library users that is designed to raise awareness of the standard of behaviour expected.

    “Actions will be taken to protect our staff and service users where appropriate including legal action or involving the police where necessary.”

  16. Richmond determined to push through 20mph speed limit

    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.

  17. Fake goods made useful

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Counterfeit goods

    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.

  18. Fly-tippers in Richmond face 'immediate' £400 fine

    Fly-tipping in Richmond

    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.”