Leader of Council majority group promises fresh start for the borough

Release Date: 08 May 2018

Following Thursday’s election, the Leader of the Liberal Democrat majority party at Richmond Council has promised residents that his new administration will make the borough the greenest, safest and fairest place in London.

Cllr Gareth Roberts has committed to residents that he will lead a council that all local people can be proud of.

He said:

“This is a fresh start for Richmond upon Thames. The scale of our majority clearly demonstrates that local people have a clear appetite for change. They are trusting us to deliver a council that is engaging, open and innovative. A council that puts real and meaningful dialogue with local people at the heart of all its decisions.

“I would like to say thank you to local people for taking the time to vote on Thursday. I would also like to thank all those Council staff who worked hard to deliver such a smooth election process. I look forward to working with them.

“Over the next week, I will be working with my new councillor colleagues and Council officers to implement a number of immediate actions. This includes having a fresh look at the current plans to redevelop Twickenham. We will revisit the design, working in partnership with local residents and groups. Together we will create a genuine heart for Twickenham.

“We will also look at prioritising those areas residents have told us over the past few months are important, such as air quality. We hope to continue this dialogue and will be looking to launch a new, meaningful community engagement programme that will take democracy and decision-making out to local people.”

It is anticipated Cllr Roberts will be elected Leader of the Council at the annual Council meeting on the 22 May 2018.

View the full election results.

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Reference: P240/18

Updated: 31 May 2018