19 December 2011

Taking Richmond in the right direction

By John Ffooks, Richmond resident

Richmond is one of those outer London Boroughs so neglected by the previous incumbent in City Hall. Living in Zone 4 and seeing how we were treated just made we wonder if that was our lot in life - high Council Tax and poor services. Now that we have Boris in charge Zone 4 is valued as highly as Zone 1.

For example, I use the bus a lot to get around the borough and it's clear to see how Boris has made people's lives easier and better: from easy on-off kerbside bus access for the less mobile, to countdown displays for every stop so you always know how long you'll have to wait. Sadly, Boris hasn't been able to change London's weather, but fingers crossed for the second term.

Added to that, I can now top up my pay-as-you-go Oyster on overground rail for my occasional ventures into the centre of town – only possible because Boris leant so heavily on the train operating companies to look after passenger interests not just their own. And when I do go into town and am rushing for an appointment, I know I can afford to take a cab because the traffic lights have been re-sequenced and I won’t pay just to sit in traffic.

It goes on: my Council Tax is down in real terms, and he’s not littering the streets with The Londoner, Ken Livingstone's propaganda sheet which we all paid for but no one ever read. There are more bobbies on the beat too, which as a father of young children is a real comfort. And there will be more activities for my children as they grow up thanks to Boris’ Olympic legacy – even out in Richmond!

But the best thing about Boris is that he does more with less. If that isn’t worth turning out to support, nothing is.

Categories: Campaign Updates, crime, quality of life, transport | Tags: Bus, Crime, Oyster, Richmond, Transport, Value for money

17 June 2011

Birthday campaigning event

A very successful week for the Boris Youth Campaign will be rounded off in style this Sunday, as a series of campaigning events will take place simultaneously across London. We will be hitting five areas of London: Enfield in the north, Croydon in the south, Spitalfields Market in the east, Richmond in the west, and Trafalgar Square in celebration of the Mayor’s birthday.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, Get Involved | Tags: Croydon, Enfield, Happy birthday boris, Richmond, Spitalfields, Trafalgar square, Youth campaign

08 June 2011

Richmond gears up for Olympics

Boris Johnson was in Richmond last night meeting residents and promoting the borough's efforts to boost cycling ahead of next year's Olympics.

Richmond is playing host to the Olympic Games Road Cycling competition next year and to boost cycling in the borough and encourage more people to jump on their bikes the borough is putting on a Strictly Cycling programme.

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Categories: London, Olympics | Tags: Cycling, London, Olympics, Richmond

07 June 2011

Youth campaign picks up pace

With a hugely enjoyable and successful Campaign Day in Hammersmith under its belt, the Back Boris Youth Campaign is stepping up the pace.

On the 19th of June we will be holding five campaigning sessions in five different areas of London.

This combination of street stalls and leafleting we will see Boris Backers from across London speaking to residents about the Mayor's record in office and their concerns, while also handing out copies of the Record newspaper.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, Get Involved, London | Tags: Boris backers, Campaign day, Enfield, Hammersmith, London, Richmond, Tower hamlets, Youth campaign