There is one question that I can guarantee will be asked when I am out doing an engagement as Mayor of Richmond. Can you guess what it might be?
Council blog | 02 Aug 22
On Tuesday 19 July 2022, I was able to present my report to the Council reviewing my year as Tenants’ Champion. The Tenants' Champion service has operated for 11 years now and is a well-established method of support for tenants and leaseholders of housing associations in the borough.
Council blog | 26 Jul 22
In Richmond, we held more than 330 street parties to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. We closed our streets, put out bunting, had fun and remembered how great it was to actually get together with our friends and neighbours. It was also wonderful to see children playing together outside their houses with new friends from down the street. Safe in the knowledge that the street was free of cars, they could explore, kick a ball, laugh and run round.
Council blog | 19 Jul 22
This week across the UK a spotlight is being shone on 'Clean Air'. Causing 36,000 deaths each year and impacting every organ in our body, the argument for acting on air pollution is compelling and it is working - 82% of people now think that air pollution should be a priority in the UK.
Council blog | 15 Jun 22
As someone with high myopia who started wearing spectacles for short-sightedness from the age of 5 (prescribed by an army ophthalmologist from a Nissen hut in Aldershot, as I remember), I have always been conscious that good vision is not something to be taken for granted and impairments of vision can be part of the ageing process (as my current optometrist pessimistically reminds me on my yearly visits).
Council blog | 24 May 22
With so much growth and positive change occurring in the Borough of Richmond, the Work Match team are reflecting on a successful year but, critically, seeking to highlight our offering to employers and residents looking for their next opportunity.
Council blog | 17 May 22
This borough is a great place to live and its popularity is reflected in the high cost of renting or buying a home here. That comes with challenges for us as a society and it’s in everyone’s interests for us to do what we can to make sure local people on lower incomes - including many key workers and younger and older residents - are able to stay living here as circumstances change throughout their lives, as part of a thriving and diverse community.
Council blog | 17 Mar 22
At this time of year, we set the Council's new budget and it’s a time when we can reflect on all the incredible things we have been able to achieve with support from you, the people who live and work in Richmond upon Thames, to make this borough fairer, safer and greener for everyone.
Council blog | 17 Mar 22
8 March signals International Women’s Day – a global celebration of female success and achievements, and a poignant reminder of the struggles faced by women across the world in the march towards gender parity.
Council blog | 07 Mar 22
Fairtrade Fortnight takes place from 21 February to 6 March. There have been Fairtrade motions put at Council Meetings since 2005, the latest being in 2019. These have received cross-party support. As an important consumer and opinion leader we are pleased that the Council actively supports the concept of Fairtrade in the Borough through its partnerships and purchasing power. Although the Fairtrade steering group is always urging it to do more.
Council blog | 22 Feb 22
This month (February) sees a month-long celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history including our history of the gay right movements in the UK. Each year has a different theme this year being Politics in Art, looking at how art has helped members of the LGBTQ+ community represent their struggles and work towards a better world.
Council blog | 15 Feb 22
This week is children’s mental health week and we are asking the people of Richmond to stop and think about the health and wellbeing of children and young people in our borough.
Council blog | 08 Feb 22
Add your voice to thousands of people across the UK saying #itsnotok this Sexual Abuse & Sexual Violence Awareness Week.
Council blog | 01 Feb 22
Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD), which takes place every year on 27 January, is a day of remembrance for the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, alongside the millions of other people killed under Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.
Council blog | 25 Jan 22
As we face another festive period where uncertainty as to what the coming weeks will bring casts a shadow over proceedings, it is only natural that our thoughts should turn to those closest to us; those still with us, and perhaps more poignantly, those we have lost.
Council blog | 21 Dec 21
The Small Business Saturday Tour (promoting local businesses) recently visited the borough. The tour came to Twickenham on Wednesday 1 December 2021. This was the first time that the Small Business Saturday Tour ever visited the borough of Richmond upon Thames and the visit was extremely timely.
Council blog | 14 Dec 21
This year's theme for Human Rights Day is equality - reducing inequality and advancing human rights.
Council blog | 07 Dec 21
'A world that works for everyone' – that was the mantra of our founding member, Richard Kember. He was disabled. He was disabled by a society that didn’t work for him.
Council blog | 30 Nov 21
I am very pleased to be announcing the formal approval of the new Social Housing Resident Participation Charter for Richmond Borough.
Council blog | 23 Nov 21
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Updated: 13 May 2022