Liberal Democrat candidate Luisa Porritt has launched her campaign to become London's next Mayor with a promise to focus on jobs, homes and clean air.
As the capital emerges from the pandemic, Luisa and the Liberal Democrats believe it is an opportunity for real change and time to take London forward.
Today Richmond Council learned that Robert Jenrick MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, has placed a Holding Direction on the Mayor of London's planning team's revised scheme for the Stag Brewery development.
Richmond Council passed a motion at its last meeting on 26th of January calling on the
Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, to make permanent the increase in Universal Credit of £20 / week
introduced as part of the pandemic response measures.
Exciting plans have been published for major improvements to Twickenham Riverside between Water Lane and Wharf Lane.
The plans will make the most of Twickenham’s beautiful riverside views, provide safe and attractive public space for families to enjoy leisure time and special events, and support the local economy. After decades of political squabbling over the site, it’s time for residents to send a clear message – let’s get this done!
Click here to find out more and complete the questionnaire.
Key features of the plans include:
- Expanded public open space, prioritising green over grey and people over motor vehicles.
- Play facilities for young people, accessibility for those with mobility issues, and gardens for everyone to enjoy.
- Fantastic facilities for special events such as markets and fairs.
- Benefitting the local economy through the right mix of homes (including affordable ones), offices, and retail and cafes that complement what is already available locally.
- A widened Water Lane opening views towards the river and vastly improving the pedestrian link between the town centre, Church Street and the riverside.
- Attractive and environmentally sustainable buildings designed by world-class architects.
Gareth Roberts says, "We’ve got to this stage by working with community groups, running an open design competition, and being willing to invest sensibly in improvements that will revitalise the town centre. I know this site has a long history, but it also has an exciting future so please do respond to the consultation and support these fantastic plans."
For more information, contact your local councillors here.
While this year has perhaps been more downs than ups for many of us, 2021 will be an exciting one for our local party.
We'll be kept busy with fighting for the SW London GLA seat, and a council by-election in Hampton Wick and we look forward to working together as a team, once again.
As we wrap up 2020, our party chair, council leader and two local MPs have come together to share their Christmas greetings and hopes for the coming months.
Richmond MP Sarah Olney and council leader Gareth Roberts have written to the leader of the Hammersmith Bridge taskforce urging a change of position after this week's public meeting.
Richmond Liberal Democrats are calling for Baroness Charlotte Vere to change her position and "front-load" Government funding to allow the stabilisation work and ferry service procurement process to begin.
Following the Conservative Government's shameful refusal to ensure the capital's most vulnerable children will be fed over the half term holiday, Lib Dem-run Richmond council has stepped up to the plate.
The Council is developing a COVID-19 half term food support package for vulnerable children, meaning that children from the borough’s lowest income families don’t go hungry over the schools’ break. Liberal Democrat councils in Kingston and Sutton are also setting up schemes.
Yesterday in Parliament the Lib Dem MP for Twickenham, Munira Wilson, challenged the Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps MP, over the Tory Government's plan to make the Mayor of London raise council tax to balance TfL's books.
Munira Wilson, Sarah Olney and Gareth Roberts have written to Health Secretary Matt Hancock about the failures of the test and trace service.
Twickenham MP Munira, who is the Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Health, Wellbeing and Social Care, has been pressing Mr Hancock on the issue in Parliament.