James Berry for K & S Zac Goldsmith for North Kingston

James Berry
Kingston & Surbiton

Zac Goldsmith
Richmond Park

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We should be proud of our Borough, not running it down

 Kevin Davis Council Leader Kevin Davis writes:

Following this year’s budget I attended the MIPIM international festival in France. I was joined by Council Leaders from across the country. I did so because this event is an opportunity to attract more businesses, jobs and investors to our Borough. We should always be on the look out for new opportunities, new jobs and new investment for the area.

The Liberal Democrats however took a different view. They would rather see the Borough fail than put in the work to ensure that it succeeds. For the Liberal Democrats it is easier to put the Borough and its residents down than to improve the area in which we live. Every year the Liberals were in office was a year that they failed residents. They chose laziness and mismanagement over working towards a better Borough. Rather than looking for new opportunities, the Liberals are choosing to attack our local area and run it into the mud.

We will not make their mistakes. Your Conservative Councillors are hard at work to ensure that the Borough is able to attract more businesses, more jobs and has an improved infrastructure. This includes improving schools and increasing school places, improving care services, better roads, better parking and safer streets. We are doing this while safeguarding the Borough’s heritage.

Liberal Democrats housing failure exposed

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The LibDems failed to build social housing and failed to maintain the existing housing stock.

For nine of their twelve years in power in the Royal Borough of Kingston the Liberal Democrats failed to build a single home. They also failed to approve enough private housebuilding and fell short their obligations under the London Plan.

Since taking over the administration of the Council the Conservatives have placed housing as a priority and are looking to make up for the deficit in housing left by the Liberal Democrats.

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Lib Dem Budget proposal strips away Council defences against over-development

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The LibDems developed Canbury without social infrastructure such as schools and surgeries.

A LibDem budget ammendment that would have left Kingston exposed to over-development was voted down by both Conservative and Labour at the Council's budget session. Council Leader Kevin Davis condemned the LibDem’s proposed amendments to the Council’s budget as “short sighted and shameful” and as a “real and present danger to the future prosperity of the town”.

The amendments included the reallocation of how flooding plans would be funded and the removal of funding for the Council’s Information and Communication Technology department, both of which would have serious ramifications for residents right across the Borough.

The Lib Dems also attempted to slash the budget of Kingston Futures -  a programme to write planning policy for all parts of the Borough and to create protections for the town against over-development. The programme also seeks to attract new businesses, jobs and infrastructure to the borough.

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