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A Better, Brighter Borough!

schools
better schools
care
better care
safety
better safety
environment
better environment
parking
brighter businesses

Kingston is now positioned to become  a better, brighter borough now that the Liberal Democrats have lost control of Kingston Council after twelve years.

During this period we have seen

  • the failure of our child safeguarding service
  • one in four children having to enroll in schools outside the Borough
  • the highest number of injuries due to potholes in London
  • the highest level of drug-related offences in any local town centre, and
  • the steady deterioration of our local shopping parades.

And for all this we have paid the highest council tax in London.

50% more than the London average!

Six out of ten local residents feel that the Council does not provide value for money. There is a pressing need to reduce the size of the Guildhall and to improve the level of service being delivered. Especially as the Goverment wants more to be done locally.

Yes, Kingston is a great place to live ... one of the best in the country ... but it has issues which must be addressed.

Your new Conservative administration will face many challenges

and so we will have to set some priorities. We will focus on five areas of improvement:

  • more school places
  • better care for the vulnerable
  • a safer town centre
  • investment in roads and pavements, and
  • the revitalisation of our local shopping parades.

Thank you for voting for a Better, Brighter Borough.

Read more about our plans

A Better, Brighter Borough!

schools care safety environment parking

Liberal Democrats have controlled Kingston Council for twelve years.

During this period we have seen

  • the failure of our child safeguarding service
  • one in four children having to enroll in schools outside the Borough
  • the highest number of injuries due to potholes in London
  • the highest level of drug-related offences in any local town centre, and
  • the steady deterioration of our local shopping parades.

And for all this we have paid the highest council tax in London.

50% more than the London average!

Six out of ten local residents feel that the Council does not provide value for money. There is a pressing need to reduce the size of the Guildhall and to improve the level of service being delivered. Especially as the Goverment wants more to be done locally.

Yes, Kingston is a great place to live ... one of the best in the country ... but it has issues which must be addressed.

A Conservative administration will face many challenges

and so we will have to set some priorities. We will focus on five areas of improvement:

  • more school places
  • better care for the vulnerable
  • a safer town centre
  • investment in roads and pavements, and
  • the revitalisation of our local shopping parades.

Vote Conservative, for a Better, Brighter Borough.

Read more about our plans

New Country Park for Tolworth

Tolworth Court Farm - by Gerald Abrahams

Conservative Council Leader Kevin Davis has announced plans for a new country park to be situated at Tolworth Court Farm.

The site, already owned by the Council, and bordered by Jubilee Way and Kingston Road, is currently closed off by earth banks, but will be accessible to local residents under plans to open the space up. It is anticipated that there will also be a car park and visitor centre, but no building work will take place on the site itself.

The location, which is first mentioned in the Domesday Book, will provide not just a unique leisure feature for Kingston residents, but also a site of historical interest and education.  At the time of the Domesday Book, Tolworth Court Farm’s tenant in chief was Richard, son of Count of Gilbert, and had only 31 households living there.  This project will open up the land for greater public access and trace that history from medieval times and create an understanding of rural life.

Cllr Kevin Davis said,

Our population is growing and it is more important than ever that we provide open spaces for us all to enjoy. A site such as Tolworth Court Farm has enormous educational potential, as it is linked to Tolworth’s rural origins.  In a growing, multicultural Borough we need to do what we can to highlight our past.

[The photo of Tolworth Court Farm was taken by Gerald Abrahams of G.A. Landscapes. Kingston upon Thames Archaeological Society has a Tolworth Court Farm Project.]

Tudor Ward loses long-serving councillor Frank Thompson

Frank Thompson

Councillor Frank Thompson, who has represented Tudor on Kingston Council for 12 years, has stepped down as a result of ill health.

Leader of the Council Kevin Davis said,

"Frank has been a wonderful councillor for very many years. He has supported the residents of Tudor and this Borough with great skill and care and he will be sorely missed as a supporter of the Conservatives at the Guildhall. However, the Thompson name will live on in local government, as I know how proud Frank is that his grandson, Robert, has followed in his footsteps and became a councillor in Richmond in May of this year. We all wish him well with his recovery."

Frank enjoyed a long and successful career in the press after his years of national service in the Royal Air Force. He became one of the first employees of the Guardian and the Observer after their move to London in 1961, remaining with them for 34 years.

He was first elected as a councillor in 2002. Most recently, he served on the Kingston Neighbourhood Committee, the Health Overview Panel and the Development Control Committee and the Residents, Health and Care Services Committees.

Kingston Conservatives - for a better, brighter Borough

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