James Berry for K & S Zac Goldsmith for North Kingston

James Berry
Kingston & Surbiton

Zac Goldsmith
Richmond Park

Councillors speak out on Old Post Office planning decision

TOPO site TOPO model
The Old Post Office site development proposed by St George was criticised by both local MPs.

A Conservative-controlled committee has refused permission to St George’s, a property developer, to build a tall building on the Old Post Office site following months of consultation with residents.

After the Development Control Committee decision on 5 November, leading councillors have expressed their views on the decision.

Richard Hudson

Cllr Richard Hudson said:

The decision over TOPO has sent a clear message that Kingston residents and Councillors expect and deserve better than what was offered by St George. They need to learn from this, stop mucking about, and come back with the best proposal for all parties. They should stop playing a game of seeing what is the least they can get away with. We want the best for Kingston and we want the site brought back to life now, not in another 20 years’ time.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Kevin Davis said:


We have always said that if we have development in Kingston it needs to be of the highest quality. We have supported the developer on this scheme and tried to help them understand the context of what would make a great development for Kingston. Despite many changes and alterations, they still seem to be missing the mark. The latest changes involved new architects advising some parts of the scheme and not others and that has still not given us the results we desire. The Committee's intentions have been made clear and I am sure St George will now wish to reflect how they can give us a scheme that meets our desire for the highest quality design and finish.

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The Evening Standard credits Kingston Council Leader Kevin Davis with fixing local authority finances

This Evening Standard article praises Kevin Davis for seeding the idea with the Treasury that councils should hold onto the business rates they collect.

The Evening Standard has praised Kingston Council Leader Kevin Davis for stimulating the Government's new policy of allowing local authorities to hold onto the business rates which they collect.

Writing in the Business section, Chris Blackhurst credits Cllr Davis with having made the proposal to the Government last year.

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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. With the support of the Mayor of London Boris Johnson, we have invested £1.2m in an additional 12 police officers for Kingston Town Centre, with a particular focus on the night-time economy. A new licensing policy is being developed.
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 has been spent on additional maintenance following approval in September 2014, 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. From 5 December 2015, drivers can park for 30 minutes free of charge at allocated pay and display bays near town centres. More on the Royal Borough of Kingston website.

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    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.

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