Could car clubs help solve traffic congestion in Berrylands?

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Traffic congestion is on the rise but we have the tools to tackle it

Traffic congestion and difficulties finding parking are on the rise nationally, with Kingston no exception. They are issues that Berrylands residents raise frequently with us on the doorstep. While there are no quick fixes to the overall problems, there are tools we can use to tackle them at a local level.

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Little free libraries come to Berrylands

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Little free libraries have come to Berrylands

Residents on the Alpha Road Estate have noticed a new arrival in recent months. A bright red Little Free Library now stands on Hobill Walk between the Normandie and Cranleigh buildings.

The project was sponsored by Alpha Road Estate resident and Conservative campaigner, Nicholas Rogers, who said:

Reading has been one of the joys of my life and I wanted to share that with the Alpha Road Estate through this Little Free Library. I love how the Library creates a community feel – it is used regularly by people of all ages. A few people worried that it would be vandalised but, months later, it’s still here and is a visible success, showing that it’s valued by local residents.

We want to set up other Little Free Libraries around the local area and create a network of Library organisers. We are looking for people from the community interested in getting involved, so if you love books and reading and would like to find out more, email Nicholas at


Lib Dem scaremongering exposed again

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The Lib Dems have created misleading rumours about Berrylands

In recent weeks, the Liberal Democrats in Kingston have created misleading rumours about plans to redevelop whole areas of Berrylands, but they are simply not true.

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Crossrail 2 will transform commuter services

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Crossrail 2 will transform commuting from the Borough ... have your say.

Conservative-backed Crossrail 2 will double the frequency of services to London and reduce peak overcrowding.

Transport for London has release updated proposals for Crossrail 2 service, including a new factsheet about the impact on New Malden. A further ten trains per hour would stop at New Malden before fanning out to serve Norbiton and Kingston, or Berrylands and Surbiton. The Malden Manor, Tolworth and Chessington branch through Motspur Park would also see a substantially improved service.

However, the level crossing at Elm Road New Malden would have to be closed (or replaced by a bridge or tunnel) as it would not be practical or safe with so many trains.

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Claire Harding

Local Campaigner

Claire has lived in and around Berrylands for the last 20 years. She understands the issues our community faces because she has lived them as a long term resident of the area. A supporter of a number of local groups, Claire is particularly interested in supporting elderly people in the ward through befriending schemes and believes that no one should be alone in old age. She works in marketing and lives in Berrylands. 

email Email Claire at

Nicholas Rogers

Local Campaigner

Nicholas is Deputy Chairman of the Alpha Road Estate Residents' Association and donated and runs the estate's successful Little Free Library. He set up TedX Kingston upon Thames; a popular series of local events based on the Ted Talks model. He works as an incident controller for Network Rail, working round-the-clock to solve problems that occur on the south west route.

email Email Nick at

Cllr Mike Head

Local Berrylands Councillor

Mike is married with two sons and has lived in Berrylands for the past 30 years. He spent most of his career in retail banking and insurance, and managed banks in New Malden and Kingston. He is a Chartered Secretary and currently a small business owner based in Kingston. Mike has served as a school governor for a period of twelve years, having been chairman of governors of a local primary school and vice-chairman of governors of Richard Challenor Secondary School. His hobbies include cycling, skiing, golf, motorcycling and supporting local charities in fundraising events. Mike cares very much about where he lives and relishes the opportunity of adding value to a local Conservative council.

 Email Mike at mike.head

tel Call Mike on 07879 667 264


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