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b2ap3_thumbnail_all.pngBorough wide survey leads to comprehensive Village Plans.

Acting on a promise made at the 2010 election, the Conservative Council undertook a Borough wide survey in which 13,500 respondents made their views clear. With a range of issues and concerns listened to, 14 Village Plans have now been drawn up, with everyone able to contribute towards new ideas and projects in their local area. With the appointment of Community Links Officers, and the creation of the Village e-newsletters, local residents’ views are being heard like never before. Find out more at

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b2ap3_thumbnail_note.jpgFor the first time in the Borough, Council Tax has been frozen for 6 successive years.

Your Conservative Council has become the first administration in the history of the Borough to freeze Council Tax for six consecutive years. £25m has been saved finding new ways of delivering services – sharing with other Councils and outsourcing, for example. £10m less spent on contracts – using our bargaining power and being tough with contractors.  And almost £5m from income generation. By embarking on a non-stop search for efficiencies, delivery of services at lower costs than at first seemed possible has allowed that search to be a huge success.

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Richmond Council has teamed up with six London councils on a website which aims to demystify the issue of air pollution in the local area.

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The ship has sailed for the owner of an illegally moored barge who blighted the picturesque riverside at The Ham Lands Nature Reserve, thanks to the byelaw Richmond Council worked so hard to get approved allowing the Council to use new legal powers to clampdown on illegally moored vessels.

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There has been much speculation in Whitton and Heathfield about Turing House, with a petition making many claims about the Council's role and motivations. People are signing the petition in good faith, and if I believed everything stated in the petition, I would likely sign it myself. 

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Young people from across the borough are currently taking to the polls to decide who will represent their views at the UK Youth Parliament and Local Youth Council.

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Take-up of 15 hours free childcare has been embraced in Richmond and the Council has been praised by Government for running the best service in the capital. 

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The picturesque Richmond Riverside is now lined with the highest quality landscaping work after Richmond Council and Transport for London (TfL) completed a £500,000 improvement project.

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Richmond Council can confirm that all families, who applied by the deadline, were offered a primary school place by the start of the 2014 new term, despite claims made in a local flyer produced by Vincent Cable MP.

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Richmond’s ambitious post-16 programme has reached another major milestone with the official unveiling of two sixth form centres at Christ’s School and Orleans Park.

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