The seat consists of the part of the Borough of Richmond-on-Thames that lies to the north of the River Thames. Located on the western edge of the constituency, it is a mixed ward made up of over 7800 voters out of a population of roughly 10500 population. As of the 2011 census there were 4280 households, meaning the average household size was around 2.4 people. Currently represented on the local council by 2 Liberal Democrats and 1 Conservative.
This is prosperous and leafy suburbia, with high house prices, a high proportion of graduates and little social housing. Is there a typical West Twickenham-er? No, but typically in a relationship, degree or above educated, living in a terrace home, working in a profession, average age of 36 years, Caucasian, born in England with English as a first language.
There is a need for appropriately priced housing with adult children on average earnings being priced out of the borough. House prices are high, as are rents, and this is affecting families being near each other. Parking and transport, like most places in London, are under pressure as car ownership grows.
Despite being a London borough, Richmond upon Thames, and in particular Twickenham, has much nature in it. Both the Thames and Crane rivers have abundant fauna and flora. Urban development is putting pressure on our green spaces.
Rightly, the areas schools are well regarded. As a direct consequence of the current central government’s policies, and the current council’s implementation, the schools are struggling with budgetary pressure.