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Wandsworth London Borough Council
Election 2018 Results
|Party||Elected in 2018||Total councillors||Change|
|Elected in 2018 33||Total councillors 33||Change-8|
|Elected in 2018 26||Total councillors 26||Change+7|
|Elected in 2018 1||Total councillors 1||Change+1|
|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.
The returning Leader of Wandsworth Ravi Govindia has said his party's victory one "my colleagues will be proud to relish".
Mr Govinda said the Conservatives had won because the local "brand is so strong".
He said: "It’s about saying this is where we have attention to detail.
"This is not about making grandiose statements."
Labour had "wasted an awful lot of effort and manpower," he said.
"They should reflect on a loss for them."
The prime minister visited Conservatives who retained control of the south London borough of Wandsworth despite a high-profile campaign from Labour.
The Prime Minster has tweeted her congratulations to some of the London boroughs which has seen success for the Conservatives.
Theresa May congratulated the Tories in Hillingdon for increasing their majority, which she described as a "testament to your record of delivering great local services."
She also congratulated councillors in Wandsworth, Westminster and Barnet for "a great result".
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.
BBC political editor
It's a big disappointment for the Labour Party. It was definitely within its sights. In the last few months it's poured in significant resources. It's also somewhere where a high-profile Westminster constituency - Battersea - went from Tory to Labour in the general election.
It's been Tory for four decades so, on the other side, the Tories will be very relieved.