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The London Borough of Richmond upon Thames ( ) is a London borough in south westmarker Londonmarker, Englandmarker, which forms part of Outer London.

Settlement

It can been seen from a map that the borough is not entirely urbanised - there are some large areas of open space within the borough boundaries, including the largest urban park in Europe, Richmond Parkmarker. The borough is residential and home to some of the most affluent districts of London such as Barnesmarker, Richmondmarker and East Sheenmarker. The main suburban developments are Hamptonmarker and Teddingtonmarker in the south, Twickenhammarker, St Margarets and Whitton in the central area west of the River Thames, with the more central districts of Richmond, Kewmarker, Mortlakemarker and Barnesmarker following the loop of the river. It is the only London borough to straddle the Thames with districts on both sides of the river.

List of districts



Attractions, parks and open spaces

Hampton Court Palace
Parks take up a great deal of the borough and include Richmond Parkmarker, Bushy Parkmarker, Kew Gardensmarker, and Hampton Court Parkmarker. There are over 100 parks and open spaces within its boundary and of river frontage - five times more green and open space than any other London borough.

The borough is also home to the National Physical Laboratorymarker and the attractions of Hampton Court Palacemarker, Twickenham Stadiummarker and the WWT London Wetlands Centremarker draw both domestic and international tourism.

In December 2006, Sport England published a survey which revealed that residents of the Richmond upon Thames were the 2nd most active in England in sports and other fitness activities. 29.8% of the population participate at least 3 times a week for 30 minutes.

History

The borough was formed in 1965 by the merger of the Municipal Borough of Twickenhammarker from Middlesexmarker with the Municipal Borough of Richmond and the Municipal Borough of Barnesmarker from Surreymarker; council offices were centred at York Housemarker in Twickenham. The name 'Richmond upon Thames' was coined at that time; it is now commonly but inaccurately used to refer to Richmond only.

The borough is twinned with Konstanzmarker in Germanymarker, Fontainebleaumarker in Francemarker and Richmond, Virginiamarker, USAmarker.

Politics

Overall control Conservative Lib Dem Labour Others
2006 Liberal Democrat 19 35 - -
2002 Conservative 39 15 - -
1998 Liberal Democrat 14 34 4 -
1994 Liberal Democrat 7 43 2 -
1990 Liberal Democrat 4 48 - -
1986 Liberal/SDP Alliance 3 49 - -
1982 Conservative (minority) 26 26 - -
1978 Conservative 34 18 - -
1974 Conservative 36 10 8 -
1971 Conservative 37 3 14 -
1968 Conservative 54 - - -
1964 Conservative 41 - 12 1


Transport

The borough is connected to central London by the National Rail services of South West Trains. The London Underground, District Line, serves Richmondmarker and Kew Gardens stationmarker: both are also served by Overground trains on the North London Line.

List of stations

The other stations are:

Education

Richmond upon Thames is the local education authority for the borough, and has responsibility for 52 schools.

Sister cities

Richmond has three sister cities, as designated by the Sister Cities International, Inc.:



References

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