Riverside cash causes further furore

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Improvement works to Richmond Riverside are robbing other areas of much-needed cash, critics claim.

Nearly half of the £550,000 for a refurbishment scheme on the treasured riverside has come from nine projects in the Hamptons, totalling £264,000.

Another £18,000 is coming from South Twickenham in a move that has been criticised.

Leader of the opposition in Richmond Councillor Stephen Knight said: “It is effectively robbing money from other areas of the borough and using it to put up ornate lighting columns in a half a million pound scheme to tart up Richmond Riverside at the expense of other areas.”

Work to Richmond will see the riverside resurfaced with high quality granite paving slab, ornate lighting columns installed and CCTV poles replaced in more ornate styles.

Work on the riverside is planned to take place in the autumn.

Councillor Geoffrey Samuel, Richmond Council’s deputy leader and ward member for Hampton North, said that the money from planning contributions was not tied to specific areas.

He said: “You make a contribution to the community. To suggest that this is then limited to a ward or service is simply untrue.

“We are spending it on Richmond Riverside and we are spending it on Twickenham.

“To suggest that my ward that has had all that money spent on a new square is worse off is simply outrageous.”

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7:48am Wed 23 Apr 14

dellboy twick. says...

if the money was not tied to specific areas why, in the 17th. Feb. R & T article did it state the actual amounts taken from named wards section 106 funding?
if the money was not tied to specific areas why, in the 17th. Feb. R & T article did it state the actual amounts taken from named wards section 106 funding? dellboy twick.
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11:56am Fri 25 Apr 14

Twickenham Bob says...

If you look at the picture above you can see that many paving stones on the riverfront are missing and have been replaced by unsightly tarmac patching.

The biggest problems the Liberal Democrats face in getting re-elected is that nobody trusts them on the basics like road and pathway maintenance. They wouldn’t spend a bean resurfacing roads or mending pavements. Only doing the absolute minimum to avoid health and safety claims. Resulting in a many areas looking unsightly with road riddled with pot holes, and pavements smashed up.

The leader of the Lib Dems needs to make clear what maintenance a future Liberal administration would do - and does he acknowledge that there is still a backlog of work waiting to be done on many residential roads across the borough?

From what I make out – the Conservatives are making road maintenance the key plank of there re-election bid.
If you look at the picture above you can see that many paving stones on the riverfront are missing and have been replaced by unsightly tarmac patching. The biggest problems the Liberal Democrats face in getting re-elected is that nobody trusts them on the basics like road and pathway maintenance. They wouldn’t spend a bean resurfacing roads or mending pavements. Only doing the absolute minimum to avoid health and safety claims. Resulting in a many areas looking unsightly with road riddled with pot holes, and pavements smashed up. The leader of the Lib Dems needs to make clear what maintenance a future Liberal administration would do - and does he acknowledge that there is still a backlog of work waiting to be done on many residential roads across the borough? From what I make out – the Conservatives are making road maintenance the key plank of there re-election bid. Twickenham Bob
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