A new shared regulatory service, covering environmental health, trading standards and licensing across Richmond and Merton councils, has been launched.

It will standardise procedures and processes across both boroughs, with Richmond and Merton already working together as part of the South London Legal Partnership.

Richmond Council cabinet member for environment Councillor Pamela Fleming said: "Richmond Council is continuously looking at ways to deliver first-class services while making vital savings.

"This new shared regulatory service will do both as we are sharing expertise and procedures."

Merton Council’s cabinet member for environmental cleanliness and parking, Councillor Judy Saunders said: "The new shared regulatory service will make it easier for us to work with businesses on issues like environmental health and licensing.

"It will allow us to offer greater protection to residents in Richmond and Merton."