A Better, Brighter Borough!

Your Conservative Administration is making rapid progress on its five point plan for a Better, Brighter Borough.

Building more schools to meet demand and ensure that our children receive the highest quality education. A new primary school, and a new primary-secondary through school have been approved. We are in discussion with other free school providers, and working with the Government to identify and deliver new sites.
Caring for those who need our help the most, the elderly and children, without delay or distraction. We are reviewing the way services for vulnerable adults are currently delivered through the new Care Act and Better Care Programme. The Enjoying Later Life festival is a brilliant example of the new engagement that we wish to see with residents.
Stamping out antisocial behaviour through a responsible attitude to issuing licences to clubs and bars and the introduction of more police to ensure the safety of residents. We are currently working with the Police to fund extra policing in the Town Centre, with a particular focus on the night-time economy. A new licensing policy is planned to be introduced in February.
Investing an extra £1m in our first year in our roads, pavements and high streets, we will employ community wardens, plant more trees and invest in our parks and green spaces to ensure our local area always looks its best. £1 million is being spent on additional maintenance following approval in September, alongside a further half a million from the Government.
Free 30 minute parking across the borough to support local businesses and independent shops whilst also investing in local high streets. Two trial schemes will ensure that we choose the most efficient method to support local businesses and assist residents.

In addition ...

We have found that the way the Council consults with those residents likely to be affected by big decisions is not fit for purpose, and we are reviewing the way these are carried out.

An All-in-One Survey is being sent to every Borough resident to help us to listen to the local community and we will use these responses and concerns to inform how the Royal Borough is run.

Thank you for voting for a Better, Brighter Borough.

Read more about our plans

A Better, Brighter Borough!

Your Conservative Administration is making rapid progress on its five point plan for a Better, Brighter Borough.

Building more schools to meet demand and ensure that our children receive the highest quality education. A new primary school, and a new primary-secondary through school have been approved. We are in discussion with other free school providers, and working with the Government to identify and deliver new sites.
Caring for those who need our help the most, the elderly and children, without delay or distraction. We are reviewing the way services for vulnerable adults are currently delivered through the new Care Act and Better Care Programme. The Enjoying Later Life festival is a brilliant example of the new engagement that we wish to see with residents.
Stamping out antisocial behaviour through a responsible attitude to issuing licences to clubs and bars and the introduction of more police to ensure the safety of residents. We are currently working with the Police to fund extra policing in the Town Centre, with a particular focus on the night-time economy. A new licensing policy is planned to be introduced in February.
Investing an extra £1m in our first year in our roads, pavements and high streets, we will employ community wardens, plant more trees and invest in our parks and green spaces to ensure our local area always looks its best. £1 million is being spent on additional maintenance following approval in September, alongside a further half a million from the Government.
Free 30 minute parking across the borough to support local businesses and independent shops whilst also investing in local high streets. Two trial schemes will ensure that we choose the most efficient method to support local businesses and assist residents.

In addition ...

We have found that the way the Council consults with those residents likely to be affected by big decisions is not fit for purpose, and we are reviewing the way these are carried out.

An All-in-One Survey is being sent to every Borough resident to help us to listen to the local community and we will use these responses and concerns to inform how the Royal Borough is run.

Thank you for voting for a Better, Brighter Borough.

Read more about our plans

Howard Jones, former Group leader, succumbs to cancer

Howard Jones campaigning
Howard Jones loved campaigning ... he is seen here with fellow councillors Priyen Patel and current Mayor Ken Smith

Councillor Howard Jones, the former Conservative Group leader on Kingston Council who represented St James ward, has died. He had been having treatment for cancer over the past year.

Howard lived in the borough for over forty years and saw four children educated at local schools with two of them happily married and still living in the ward that he represented. He was a former senior Scotland Yard detective, who also for a time was in charge of the CID at Kingston.

He was first elected to the Council in 2002 and became leader of the Conservative group in 2005. In the May election he topped the poll in his ward for the third time. He was a tireless campaigner for a better, brighter Borough.

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