Tudor by-election

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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. 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

Maria Netley retains Tudor for the Conservatives with increased majority

Maria Netley supported by Tudor Councillors Hugh Scantlebury and David Cunningham at the Guildhall for the count.

Maria Netley has retained the Tudor Ward seat, vacated by Frank Thompson due to illness, in a convincing win over the Lib Dems.

Despite support for their candidate from Ed Davy and a host of Lib Dem celebs, Maria Netley has won the Tudor by-election with 41% of the vote, an increase over May's election results when the Conservatives were returned to power in the Royal Borough.

The rather crude Lib Dem leaflet depicting Maria as a teddy bear in silhouette as an "unknown" candidate did nothing for veteran campaigner Marilyn Mason's canvassing. The Lib Dem leaflet also quoted misleading 2010 polling results for the Ward, rather than the more recent 2014 results, in order to present a stronger case, but voters saw through this.

Maria now joins the recently-elected Conservative Administration in the Kingston Guildhall working to create a Better, Brighter Borough.

Final results were:

  • Conservative - 1062
  • Lib Dem - 725
  • Labour- 314
  • Ukip - 269
  • Green - 219

Another illegally moored boat towed away

Illegally moored boat removed
This strange yellow craft had been illegally moored by the Hawker Centre throughout the summer

Kingston Council has successfully removed another illegally moored boat from the embankment adjacent to the the Hawker Centre near Lower Ham Road.

The unnamed yellow tug had been unlawfully moored on Council land adjacent for several months. Neighbouring boat users tried to resist the seizure and caused a disturbance, but once the police arrived Council officers were able to tow the boat away.

This is the second time that Kingston has used powers which have been in force since the 1970s but which were not exercised by the previous Lib Dem Administration. The boat's owners have six months to claim it before it can be sold or destroyed.

30 minute free parking is on its way

A number of technologies will be trialled on the Borough's shopping streets

A Conservative key election pledge of 30 minutes free metered parking has moved a step closer with Kingston Council’s authorisation of several trial sites.

The campaign for free parking, which will give a boost to small businesses and independent shops in the Borough, gained 2,000 supporters across Kingston in the run up to the May election.

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Kingston Conservatives - for a better, brighter Borough

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