Richmond upon Thames London Borough Council

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Richmond upon Thames London Borough Council
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Leadership
Cllr Gareth Roberts, Liberal Democrats[1]
Leader of the Opposition
Cllr Paul Hodgins, Conservative Party [2]
Structure
Seats54 Councillors [3]
Richmond Council composition
Political groups
Administration
     Liberal Democrat (39)
Other parties
     Conservative (11)
     Green Party (4)
Elections
Plurality-at-large
Last election
3 May 2018
Meeting place
York House, Twickenham
Website
richmond.gov.uk

Richmond upon Thames London Borough Council is the local authority for the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames in Greater London, England. It is a London borough council, one of 32 in London, the United Kingdom capital.

History[edit]

A map showing the wards of Richmond upon Thames since 2002

In 1965, local government in London was reorganised under the London Government Act 1963. The London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, with new council offices at York House, Twickenham, was formed with the merger of the Municipal Borough of Twickenham from Middlesex with the Municipal Borough of Richmond and the Municipal Borough of Barnes from Surrey. The council was elected a year before coming into its powers and prior to the creation of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames on 1 April 1965.

The London Government Act envisaged that the councils of the new London boroughs would share power with the Greater London Council. The Greater London Council took responsibility for "wide area" services such as fire, ambulance, flood prevention, and refuse disposal and the borough councils were given responsibility for "personal" services such as social care, libraries, cemeteries and refuse collection. This arrangement lasted until 1986 when borough councils gained responsibility for most local governmental services including highways, waste disposal and almost all urban planning decisions.

Since 2000 the Greater London Authority took some responsibility for highways and planning control from the London boroughs, otherwise the Council remains a most purposes authority, that has more powers and functions than the Greater London Authority, for more information see English local government system.

As an outer London borough council, Richmond upon Thames has been an education authority since 1965.

Political composition[edit]

Richmond upon Thames was controlled by the Conservatives from its inception to 1983 when the Liberals and SDP won control in a by-election. The Council was then led by David Williams until he stood down in favour of Serge Lourie in 2001. Between 2002 and 2006 the council was controlled by the Conservatives under Greater London Assembly member Tony Arbour. Between 2006 and 2010 the council reverted to the Liberal Democrats under the Leadership of Serge Lourie. From the 2010 election it has been run by Conservative councillors under Cllr Paul Hodgins. The Lib Dems won control of the council at the 2018 election. Elections for all Council seats are held every four years.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ {{cite web | url=https://cabnet.richmond.gov.uk/mgElectionResults.aspx?ID=12&RPID=504570723 | title=Local Election - Thursday, 3 May 2018 | work=2018 Council Election results | publisher=London Borough of Richmond upon Thames | accessdate=4 May 2018}
  2. ^ {{cite web | url=https://cabnet.richmond.gov.uk/mgElectionResults.aspx?ID=12&RPID=504570723 | title=Local Election - Thursday, 3 May 2018 | work=2018 Council Election results | publisher=London Borough of Richmond upon Thames | accessdate=4 May 2018}
  3. ^ "Your Councillors". Richmond.gov.uk. Retrieved 27 January 2018.

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