• Achievements   Pavements
  • Achievements   Parks
  • Achievements   schools
  • Achievents   savings
  • Achievements   zero

Consistently delivering to residents of Richmond upon Thames ...

  • 1£30million saved though efficiency & shared staff
  • 2 Council Tax frozen for 6 years in a row
  • 3Over 1,230 new school places, with 6th Forms in all Community Secondary Schools
  • 4Fighting a 3rd runway at Heathrow
  • 5£6million spent on pavements and potholes, £1.5million on parks & open spaces
  • 630 minutes free parking with a Richmond card.
  • 7Music, art and drama festivals supported
  • 8Planning Development Policies strengthened
  • 9Village Plans include new safeguards to protect local character (Supplementary Planning Documents)
  • 1097% of residents satisfied with their local area
    (Annual Resident Survey 2015)

Richmond secures a further £4.4m to put towards school places investment

Richmond Council has welcomed the allocation from Government which will go some way to helping the authority pay for the school expansion programme in the borough.

The Department for Education has allocated the money to support the provision of new primary school places in areas where they are needed.

The further Council investment needed to deliver the long term primary schools expansion programme is estimated at £10–15m.

Cllr Paul Hodgins, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Schools, said:

 “I am delighted with the additional funding we have secured from the Government. Richmond upon Thames has the best primary schools in the country, and therefore demand is very high. Even with rising demand, we have significantly increased the percentage of parents receiving their first preference of school over the last seven years. We have already added 24.5 forms of Reception entry, which equates to over 5,100 permanent primary school places in total.

“We have put in place a school places strategy which, including free schools, will add a new secondary, new special schools and four or five more forms of primary entry over the next 10 years. This money is an important contribution towards paying for that programme, and we will continue to work with the Government to provide even more over time to help ease the strain that is being placed on our local authority finances.”

Mayor of London hides 4.3% increase in Council Tax

Sadiq Khan is secretly increasing Council Tax

The Mayor of London is about to hide a real increase in his Council Tax precept - costing Richmond residents around £700k.

In 2006 the Mayor of London added an Olympic Precept to his element of the Council Tax, with Londoners paying an additional percentage to cover the cost of delivering the Tournament. It was scheduled to end with residents paying the final instalment in March 2017.

In documents released by the GLA, from 1 April the Olympic Precept has not been removed. Instead, it has now been absorbed into the overall GLA monthly contribution.

Lord True, Leader of Richmond Council, demands that Sadiq Khan ‘come clean’ and admit that his proposed "1.46%" increase in the GLA Council Tax contribution is in fact a rise of 4.3%.

Nicholas True

I urge the Mayor to explain to Londoners why this rise being hidden. In the current economic climate, we all need to review our finances and in some cases, increases are necessary. However, all politicians must be open and honest and not hide charges from those that pay the bills!