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Conservatives fight for Grove and Tolworth

Hughes and Pandya
Jason Hughes and Ronak Pandya are standing in Grove and Tolworth for the Conservatives

Conservative candidates Jason Hughes and Ronak Pandya are fighting the by-elections in Grove and Tolworth & Hook Rise wards caused by the resignation of Lib Dem councillors.

The polls were triggered when Lib Dem deputy leader Stephen Brister and long-serving colleague Vicki Harris stepped down last month. Brister had attended just one Council meeting over the past six months.

At the local elections last year the vote in Groves was finely balanced between Conservative and Lib Dem, with one councillor from each side now representing the ward. Conservative support has grown in Tolworth as a result of new Council initiatives.

Five year deal supports the Rose's development

The Rose Theatre
Conservatives have written off a £1.8m loan to the Rose to make fundraising easier

Kingston Council has entered into a new arrangement with the Theatre covering the next five years.

The complex financial arrangements put in place by the previous Lib Dem administration will be terminated and a new more transparent relationship established making fund-raising easier.

Instead of an annual grant of £500,000 with payments back to the Council (or the theatre property owning limited liability partnership) for leasing costs, rent and debt repayments, the Council will now purchase services to the value of £265,000 with an additional public subsidy of £52,000 reducing to zero over the five years.

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Lib Dems let down residents and embarrass Borough

The mayor of Oldenburg was confronted with Lib Dem protestors
Council guest Mayor of Oldenburg was confronted with Lib Dem protestors

Lib Dem councillors refused to participate in the April full Council meeting, despite the presence of international guests and an important awards ceremony.

Cllr Liz Green, Lib Dem Group Leader, told the Mayor that they would not be participating in important scheduled debates on the review of home care charges and building new schools in the Borough, nor voting on the important constitutional changes that were to be debated.

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The legacy of neglect

Tesco Tolworth rubbish

The Lib Dems have neglected Tolworth and Hook Rise for far too long.

Lib Dems run the South of the Borough Neighbourhood Committee - the area with the worst satisfaction levels in Kingston:

  • Tolworth Greenway: overbudget, late, unsafe and not fit for purpose
  • Rubbish on Tesco land which the Lib Dems have ignored
  • Jubilee Way Playscape has been neglected and not maintained.

It's time to end the neglect of Tolworth!

Ronak Pandya is standing for Tolworth and Hook Rise in the forthcoming by-election, a Conservative working with the Conservative Administration getting the area back on the map after years of Lib Dem neglect.

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 have funded 12 extra police posts in the Town Centre, with the support of the Mayor of London. 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. Our plans for improving the Borough and Council services will take the results of the All-in-One Survey into account.

Thank you for voting for a Better, Brighter Borough.

Read more about our plans

Kingston Conservatives - for a better, brighter Borough

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