James Berry for K & S   Zac Goldsmith for North Kingston
Supporting
James Berry MP for
Kingston & Surbiton 
  and Zac Goldsmith
MP for Richmond Park
& North Kingston

Jenny Lewington selected for Grove

Jenny Lewinton

Kingston Conservatives have selected Jenny Lewington, a long-term resident of the Borough, to contest the Grove by-election on 16th July.

Jenny is a local grandmother who over the past 32 years has also worked in local schools. The Grove by-election follows the untimely death of Cllr. Chrissie Hitchcock, whose contribution to the Royal Borough was marked by all parties.

Jenny sees herself as a guardian for Grove Ward:

  • Fighting anti-social behaviour and crime by campaigning against inappropriate nightlife licences and promoting neighbourhood watch schemes.
  • Seeking more police for the town centre to cut crime and protect local residents.
  • Adopting a zero tolerance approach to over-development in the town centre to promote Kingston's unique heritage and local history.
  • Cleaning up Grove by securing investment to ensure our local area always looks its best, with community wardens to cut down on littering and a dedicated park ranger team to look after The Fairfield.

Putting people in power

Guildhall interior
the Conservatives' recall proposals will make the removal of inactive councillors easier easier

Kingston Conservatives are set to make Local Government more transparent and accountable by giving voters the right to sack Councillors who fail to live up to set of standards.

This proposal is part of the wider programme on Renewing Kingston’s Democracy. Details of the scheme, including the triggers for a new election and the thresholds and the method of implementation can be seen at www.PuttingPeopleinPower.co.uk.

The Council will also launch a campaign with local MPs Zac Goldsmith and James Berry to call on other Councils to adopt this scheme and on the Government to consider giving this statutory footing.

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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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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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