Richmond Council accused of wasting £75k on residents magazine

The Richmond Council has been criticised for wasting taxpayers’ money after the local residents grou

The council revealed the cost of producing Arcadia when the residents group Richmond United Group (RUG) requested the information under the Freedom of Information Act. The magazine is published four times a year and delivered to all residents in the borough.

RUG also discovered that a series of three newsletters about the council's proposals for Twickenham Riverside cost £2,802 each. Co-chairwoman Teresa Read also accused the council of wasting almost £85,000 a year giving out information that was readily available on the internet.

The council's deputy leader dismissed RUG's claims saying that the magazine written by the council's communications team is value for money. He said: "The council has a duty to communicate with residents. Arcadia is a key part of how we keep residents up to date on a range of issues. Residents want us to tell them how their council tax is being spent."

Councillor Stephen Knight also defended the money spent on the newsletters.