Say Hello to Chiswick's Only Labour Councillor

Chiswick Riverside councillor Amy Croft reports back

Cllr Amy Croft

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July 8, 2023

As it is the first time I have written something for , I thought I had better start but introducing myself and telling those that don’t know me a little bit about myself. I am Amy Croft, a Labour ward councillor for Chiswick Riverside. I also work as an Academic Director for Quality and Engagement at a University in London.


My first year as a Councillor has been an interesting one. Apart from the large amount of training you receive on all aspects of the role, the fastest way to learn about the full spread of services offered by the Council is through taking on residents’ casework. Residents regularly contact me about varied issues relating to traffic, planning, noise nuisance, housing and waste collection (albeit the later not so frequently). Residents will also contact me about obtaining help and funding for Community based projects, and ideas for community improvements, or to ask for help in other areas, not directly controlled by the Council, but where I can link the resident with support.  

My motivation to become a Councillor was to demonstrate the values that I believe in by engaging with and helping residents, and ensuring the Council provides a good service and quality of life to all it serves. This is why I find casework so rewarding. The more I have learnt, the easier it is for me to help residents, by answering queries and signposting them to support services; however, it is a great feeling when you can influence a change in process by feeding in residents views to Council decisions or you help individual residents with issues that are negatively affecting their lives. I feel privileged that I get to do this through casework, and look forward to continuing this in my second year. Chiswick certainly benefits from having Labour representation on the Council.

Council Duties

I am the Chair of the Borough’s Licensing and General Purposes Committee, meaning that I hear many of the opposed licensing applications across the Borough; I have recently been appointed to the Planning Committee and I sit on the Council’s Digital Strategy Board, one of the aims of which is to increase accessibility of digital services and promote digital literacy across the Borough. I am looking to set up some digital literacy workshops in Chiswick in the near future, if you know of any residents that would benefit from these then please get in touch.


Outside of the Council itself, I am a Trustee of Chiswick House and Gardens Trust. A truly beautiful setting where you can currently enjoy an evening of open-air cinema in the grounds at the Luna Cinema. I am also a Trustee of the Chiswick Pier Trust, who are in preparation for the annual Party on the Pier event, which this year takes place on Sunday 23 July. Come along and enjoy a fun filled afternoon, there are free boat trips, canoe taster sessions, live music, food and drink and much more. You may even catch me and Councillor Giles serving behind the bar!

I’m also honoured to have been appointed as a judge to the inaugural Wild Chiswick photo competition, I’ll be one of the judges of the Amazing Amphibians and Reptiles category, so get your entries in before the closing date of 13 August.

If you would like to get in touch, you can reach me via email on or phone, message or WhatsApp on 07977 396014. You can also come although to my surgery on the first Saturday of every month from 9:30am until 11am at the St Michael’s Centre, Elmwood Road. Chiswick W4 3DZ.

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