Parties set out their stalls in key Twickenham Riverside ward

Times gone by: Sam Salvoni, Susan Chappell and Scott Naylor

Times gone by: Sam Salvoni, Susan Chappell and Scott Naylor

First published in News This Is Local London: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

Richmond Council released the details of candidates standing for election as councillors in May, as campaigning for votes moves up a notch.

One ward always hotly-contested is Twickenham Riverside, which currently has two Conservative councillors, Susan Chappell and Samantha Salvoni, as well as UK Independence Part (UKIP) defector Scott Naylor, who was elected as a Conservative in 2010.

This time, Coun Chappell is defending her seat with fellow Conservative candidates Benedict Dias and Helen Hill after Cornwall-based Coun Salvoni opted not to stand again.

Coun Chappell said her party was “fighting hard” to retain control of the ward, citing their track record as reason for their re-election.

She said: “We are getting very positive feedback on the doorsteps as we have done so much for Twickenham since being elected.

“I am so pleased to see the transformation of the town and the riverside taking place - it is just an amazing place to be.

“We have a very positive story to tell about Twickenham and the best manifesto, not just for the whole borough, but for the ward.”

Last time Coun Chappell led the way in the voting, with 2,473 votes, closely followed by Coun Salvoni and Coun Naylor with 2,294 and 2,289 votes respectively.

It was only a matter of hundreds between the Conservative and Liberal Democrat vote, and candidate Lib Dem candidate Roger Crouch can see that gap being bridged next month.

He said: “The ward changed hands in 2010 and the riverside is pivotal for who controls the whole council.

“We are finding that quite a few of our messages are resonating with residents.

“People are fed up with the Tories and want to stop UKIP - Scott Naylor was elected as a Conservative and should have resigned to force a byelection when he defected.”

Coun Naylor said his track record with local issues ought to be enough to see him and his fellow candidates, Sarah Meagher and Barry Edwards, make an impact on the ward.

He said: “People are flooding towards UKIP.

“Lord True thinks he knows best but he missed the point of the Barefoot consultation.

“They have not delivered - this is the most beautiful part of the riverside, for which Ukip has a number of plans.

“If the people want me because they know me and what I have done for the community, they will vote for UKIP.”

The local and European elections take place on May 22.

Twickenham Riverside Ward – who’s standing?

  • Susan Burningham (LD)
  • Susan Chappell (Con)
  • Roger Crouch (LD)
  • Benedict Dias (Con)
  • Barry Edwards (UKIP)
  • Adam Gladstone (Lab)
  • David Harley (Lab)
  • Helen Hill (Con)
  • Sue Howes (LD)
  • Deborah Lane (Lab)
  • Sarah Meagher (UKIP)
  • Scott Naylor (UKIP)
  • Anne Page (Green)

To see a full list of candidates, visit richmond.gov.uk/statement_of_persons_nominated_council_may_2014.pdf

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1:56pm Tue 6 May 14

acaciaave says...

It would be helpful if the exact results for 2010 were also publicisied. It was not "a matter of hundreds" as your reporter puts it between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats. There were 77 votes between top placed LibDem, Denise Carr, and bottom placed Conservative as he then was, Scott Naylor. This is indeed a hotly fought ward which ought to swing back to the LibDems.

Thanks also for the pic - a reminder that in 2010 elected three Conservatives - not a UKIP defector and a Cornwall based absentee councillor who has done nothing for the ward apart from claim her allowance and nod through Lord True's decisions.
It would be helpful if the exact results for 2010 were also publicisied. It was not "a matter of hundreds" as your reporter puts it between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats. There were 77 votes between top placed LibDem, Denise Carr, and bottom placed Conservative as he then was, Scott Naylor. This is indeed a hotly fought ward which ought to swing back to the LibDems. Thanks also for the pic - a reminder that in 2010 elected three Conservatives - not a UKIP defector and a Cornwall based absentee councillor who has done nothing for the ward apart from claim her allowance and nod through Lord True's decisions. acaciaave
  • Score: -13

8:55am Wed 7 May 14

Concerned_Resident says...

http://www.richmond.
gov.uk/local_electio
n_results_2010_ward?
dis=3&wid=18

The other Libs were nowhere to be seen though and there were hundreds of votes between them and the Cons. It's quite a turnaround in fortunes!
http://www.richmond. gov.uk/local_electio n_results_2010_ward? dis=3&wid=18 The other Libs were nowhere to be seen though and there were hundreds of votes between them and the Cons. It's quite a turnaround in fortunes! Concerned_Resident
  • Score: 5

12:31pm Wed 7 May 14

jeremyhm says...

May I suggest that residents observe the amazing improvements that have been done in Riverside ward by the present council, and compare them to what was done in the previous 8 years when the other party was in control
May I suggest that residents observe the amazing improvements that have been done in Riverside ward by the present council, and compare them to what was done in the previous 8 years when the other party was in control jeremyhm
  • Score: 16

6:26pm Wed 7 May 14

Concerned_Resident says...

Sorry jeremyhm but of those 8 years you describe, the Conservatives had 4 to themselves. Both parties are as bad as each other.
Sorry jeremyhm but of those 8 years you describe, the Conservatives had 4 to themselves. Both parties are as bad as each other. Concerned_Resident
  • Score: -11

8:24am Thu 8 May 14

Sarah-Twick says...

Denise Carr - oh yes, she was the Cllr who stood on the balcony with Mr Lourie (her boss) and sneered and laughed at all the Save our Riverside protesters - I recall that very clearly. My mother couldnt believe the arrogance and said "you wont be laughing after the election" - how right she was.
The only Councillor who has truly represented his ward is Scott Naylor who was de-selected by his colleagues Ms Chappell & Co for not towing the party line on the Station. "No more high rise for Twickenham" we were promised once the Riverside was saved - only for the Conservatives to vote through (Lib Dem policy) for a massive high rise over the Station. Anyone who dares to criticise this is sacked. Then the Riverside is handed over to a private Trust aka quango of people who are unelected and dont represent the people of Twickenham. So much for democracy.
Denise Carr - oh yes, she was the Cllr who stood on the balcony with Mr Lourie (her boss) and sneered and laughed at all the Save our Riverside protesters - I recall that very clearly. My mother couldnt believe the arrogance and said "you wont be laughing after the election" - how right she was. The only Councillor who has truly represented his ward is Scott Naylor who was de-selected by his colleagues Ms Chappell & Co for not towing the party line on the Station. "No more high rise for Twickenham" we were promised once the Riverside was saved - only for the Conservatives to vote through (Lib Dem policy) for a massive high rise over the Station. Anyone who dares to criticise this is sacked. Then the Riverside is handed over to a private Trust aka quango of people who are unelected and dont represent the people of Twickenham. So much for democracy. Sarah-Twick
  • Score: -10

3:44pm Thu 8 May 14

jeremyhm says...

What I meant, concerned resident, was the 8-yr period during which LibDems were in control previously (in fact, I find now it was 12 years, so I apologise). They managed to close the pool and the ice-rink , whereas the Conservatives opened Jubilee Gardens, and now Diamond Jubilee Gardens as well as all the street improvements going on now. Hardly "as bad as each other"
What I meant, concerned resident, was the 8-yr period during which LibDems were in control previously (in fact, I find now it was 12 years, so I apologise). They managed to close the pool and the ice-rink , whereas the Conservatives opened Jubilee Gardens, and now Diamond Jubilee Gardens as well as all the street improvements going on now. Hardly "as bad as each other" jeremyhm
  • Score: 11

4:10pm Thu 8 May 14

Sarah-Twick says...

I think I am correct in saying that it was the Conservatives that closed the pool decades ago due to it needing repair, it was then left to rot for decades by the Lib Dems. I am not sure there was any choice on the Ice Rink since I understood the lease had come to an end and the owner wanted to sell the land. Clearly it should have been replaced but wasnt. Please correct me if I'm wrong. I used both the pool and the rink as a child - its a great shame.

As for Jubillee Gardens, yes its nice, but now the land has been given to a group of unelected people - and very few Ward residents seem to know who these people are or who was consulted when the land was handed over never mind what their remit is and what they plan to do. Hardly transparent democracy? Where was the consultation? Are ward residents allowed to join?
I think I am correct in saying that it was the Conservatives that closed the pool decades ago due to it needing repair, it was then left to rot for decades by the Lib Dems. I am not sure there was any choice on the Ice Rink since I understood the lease had come to an end and the owner wanted to sell the land. Clearly it should have been replaced but wasnt. Please correct me if I'm wrong. I used both the pool and the rink as a child - its a great shame. As for Jubillee Gardens, yes its nice, but now the land has been given to a group of unelected people - and very few Ward residents seem to know who these people are or who was consulted when the land was handed over never mind what their remit is and what they plan to do. Hardly transparent democracy? Where was the consultation? Are ward residents allowed to join? Sarah-Twick
  • Score: -3

6:18pm Thu 8 May 14

Concerned_Resident says...

jeremyhm wrote:
What I meant, concerned resident, was the 8-yr period during which LibDems were in control previously (in fact, I find now it was 12 years, so I apologise). They managed to close the pool and the ice-rink , whereas the Conservatives opened Jubilee Gardens, and now Diamond Jubilee Gardens as well as all the street improvements going on now. Hardly "as bad as each other"
What are you on about?! What 12 year period? 64-86 Cons, 86-02 Libs, 02-06 Cons, 06-10 Libs, 10-14 Cons.

And if you want to drag into the mix the achievements of the 'nasty party', shall we look at the fact that it has wilfully chosen to ignore strong public opinion around the train station? Or shall we consider that they are against an inclusive education? Or perhaps we should look at them buying votes with their "civic pride fund"? (Interesting people they have given the money to by the way if you look at the decisions) Or maybe you would like to look at the vast sums of money spent on sixth forms which I wouldn't mind betting are going to be half empty when the tertiary colleges take their learners away. Great track record, this.

Then the Libs... Car haters comes to mind with the "fair" parking policy that was linked to CO2. Oh yes, this policy that the Cons withdrew but in the meantime increased the price of parking for just about everyone with the pithy sweetener of a minor discount for residents. Yes, the Libs also have the riverside to tarnish their names and yes they closed the ice rink too.

So on the whole, both are as bad as each other.
[quote][p][bold]jeremyhm[/bold] wrote: What I meant, concerned resident, was the 8-yr period during which LibDems were in control previously (in fact, I find now it was 12 years, so I apologise). They managed to close the pool and the ice-rink , whereas the Conservatives opened Jubilee Gardens, and now Diamond Jubilee Gardens as well as all the street improvements going on now. Hardly "as bad as each other"[/p][/quote]What are you on about?! What 12 year period? 64-86 Cons, 86-02 Libs, 02-06 Cons, 06-10 Libs, 10-14 Cons. And if you want to drag into the mix the achievements of the 'nasty party', shall we look at the fact that it has wilfully chosen to ignore strong public opinion around the train station? Or shall we consider that they are against an inclusive education? Or perhaps we should look at them buying votes with their "civic pride fund"? (Interesting people they have given the money to by the way if you look at the decisions) Or maybe you would like to look at the vast sums of money spent on sixth forms which I wouldn't mind betting are going to be half empty when the tertiary colleges take their learners away. Great track record, this. Then the Libs... Car haters comes to mind with the "fair" parking policy that was linked to CO2. Oh yes, this policy that the Cons withdrew but in the meantime increased the price of parking for just about everyone with the pithy sweetener of a minor discount for residents. Yes, the Libs also have the riverside to tarnish their names and yes they closed the ice rink too. So on the whole, both are as bad as each other. Concerned_Resident
  • Score: -3

8:06pm Thu 8 May 14

Julie Hill says...

I have personal experience of the contempt that Serge Lourie and his chums had for me and others when they were last in Office and will never trust them again.

It was largely the power of the people who stopped their flogging off of Twickenham Riverside for luxury housing. Richmond United Group, of which I was proud to be a part of, challenged Serge Lourie to make the Riverside an Election issue. He sneered and accepted. And look what happened to him and all three of his Lib Dem councillors.

Lourie even signed the contract which sanctioned the destruction of our community garden during Purdah - on the very day of the election....

I believe the 125 year Lease for the land at Twickenham Riverside is a wise decision, as I believe it wouldn't be long before the Lib Dems tried to flog the whole lot off again and then re-visit the "linked sites" .....

Lib Dems current mantra is "A fairer, greener, safer Borough"

So why are they complaining about the wonderful improvements to Twickenham Riverside and the Town Centre? Or perhaps their idea of making our Borough "greener" is to remove residents parking and create more "car club bays"?
I have personal experience of the contempt that Serge Lourie and his chums had for me and others when they were last in Office and will never trust them again. It was largely the power of the people who stopped their flogging off of Twickenham Riverside for luxury housing. Richmond United Group, of which I was proud to be a part of, challenged Serge Lourie to make the Riverside an Election issue. He sneered and accepted. And look what happened to him and all three of his Lib Dem councillors. Lourie even signed the contract which sanctioned the destruction of our community garden during Purdah - on the very day of the election.... I believe the 125 year Lease for the land at Twickenham Riverside is a wise decision, as I believe it wouldn't be long before the Lib Dems tried to flog the whole lot off again and then re-visit the "linked sites" ..... Lib Dems current mantra is "A fairer, greener, safer Borough" So why are they complaining about the wonderful improvements to Twickenham Riverside and the Town Centre? Or perhaps their idea of making our Borough "greener" is to remove residents parking and create more "car club bays"? Julie Hill
  • Score: 12

7:09pm Sat 10 May 14

metis says...

Agree with what Julie said. I too have witnessed first hand how LDs conduct themselves and its not pretty.
Agree with what Julie said. I too have witnessed first hand how LDs conduct themselves and its not pretty. metis
  • Score: 7

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