Commenting on the news that Richmond Council will fund a feasibility study of St Margaret’s Station later this year, St Margaret’s and North a Twickenham Councillor (Liberal Democrat) Ehmann said:
“I’m surprised and delighted that the Council have finally seen the light after years of lobbying from the Liberal Democrats - pressing for these much-needed accessibility improvements at St Margaret’s station. Only weeks ago, in a question to Council, I pressed for exactly this type of Council commitment, but received a typically weak and non-committal response from the Conservative leadership.”
Vince Cable MP is joining the call for residents to Take Five to Stop Fraud.
Take Five Week - running from Monday 22nd to Friday 26th January - has been created to help empower people to protect themselves against financial fraud.
Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on today’s announcement of the launch of a public online database to protect people privately renting in London by publishing details of landlords and lettings agents who have been successfully prosecuted or have faced civil enforcement action of housing offences, said:
The General Medical Council has warned that the medical profession is at "crunch point".
Responding, Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable said:
Richmond Liberal Democrats are claiming a victory following the apparent conversion of the Tory administration to accepting the need for 20MPH on the borough’s residential roads.
Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable has seized on the Chancellor's admission that the UK economy will be smaller by a huge £45 billion than was estimated as recently as March.
Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on BBC London Television’s report on a number of London Underground stations regularly operating unstaffed said:
“At the time when Tube ticket offices were set to close Londoners were given an absolute guarantee that stations would continue to be staffed at all times.
Ahead of the Autumn statement Twickenham MP Vince Cable has written to the Chancellor urging him to rethink school cuts. It is the latest part of the MP’s continuing campaign to defend local schools. Since the General Election Vince Cable has secured a parliamentary debate on funding of London schools and only last week spoke at a mass rally at Westminster.
Richmond and Twickenham Liberal Democrats will not take the latest Twickenham Riverside proposals currently being consulted on by Richmond Council forward if we take control of the council in 2018.
Speaking after the final scheme was unveiled the Leader of the Liberal Democrat council group, Cllr Gareth Roberts, said
“These final proposals leave a lot to be desired and once again fail to reflect the aspirations local residents have for the site; aspirations which they have made clear in successive consultations.
The biggest failing is that the brief doesn’t address the problem of parking on Twickenham Embankment. While the parking remains this site will be little more than an overdeveloped traffic island. Local residents want to see parking removed from Twickenham Embankment and a Liberal Democrat administration would seek to deliver that.”
Cllr Roberts continued, “In addition to the parking we have real concerns regarding the scale of the development. The Tories came to power in 2010 promising that they would say no to ‘tower blocks of luxury flats’ on Twickenham Riverside yet this is precisely what they are proposing to build. It is a complete betrayal of the people who voted for them.
For the last few years the Tories have wasted thousands upon thousands of pounds consulting on plans which a three year old could see were completely unsuitable and have finally plumped for this underwhelming, over-developed design. A new Liberal Democrat administration would take note of the results of the various consultations and would seek to work with local groups to deliver a riverside which will genuinely be a new heart for Twickenham.”