Crossrail 2 will transform commuter services

Crossrail 2
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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Tories crack down on dog fouling and litter

On the spot fines will be introduced in Kingston

Kingston Conservatives are working with external organisations to which the Council could delegate enforcement powers over issues such as littering and dog fouling, allowing a much more comprehensive enforcement regime.

This would mean on the spot fines of £80 for littering and £100 for dog fouling offences across the Borough

For years under Lib Dem rule, Kingston residents complained about the level of dog fouling and litter in their neighbourhoods. In the recent All in One Survey, 76% of people across the Borough said that littering was a problem in their local area – a figure which rose to 84% in Beverley.

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First new secondary school in 20 years

Kingston Academy opening
The first new secondary school in 20 years has been opened by North Kingston MP Zac Goldsmith.

The Kingston Academy opened its doors this September to Year 7 pupils, who have been dubbed the ‘History Makers'.

This follows ten years of hard-fought campaigning by local parents and Conservative councillors. The creation of a north Kingston school was opposed by the Liberal Democrats for many years.

The school has been established by the Kingston Educational Trust – a partnership between Kingston University, Kingston College and Kingston Council – in response to the significant need for fully-inclusive secondary places in the local area.

£1 million in pavements and potholes

Richmond Park Road

Canbury's streets are being repaired now that your Conservative councillors are in charge.

You wanted to see better roads and pavements in Canbury, after years of neglect under the previous LibDem Council.

Many of them had been left in a truly appalling state. Already completed roads include Richmond Park Rd, Elton Rd, East Rd and Elm Rd, and various sections of Kings Rd. One of our five key pledges was additional funding for our streets and, as a result, York Road, Lowther Road and Dagmar Road will benefit from resurfacing this financial year. We are tackling the worst affected roads, but please bear with us, as there are still roads that need attention.

Khadija Rahman

Local Campaigner

Khadija Rahman is a Barrister working in human rights. Having been a resident in the Borough for almost her entire life, Khadija has an affinity with the area and is determined to represent the best interests of residents. As an established university lecturer, Khadija is interested in initiatives that advance the provision of education. She is also passionate about social care, and strongly believes in supporting those who are disadvantaged and become less able.  Khadija is a volunteer mentor to young school children for Mosaic (a charity) and has initiated and assisted in the organisation of charity fundraisers for Human Appeal and Macmillan.

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Sam Shethran

Local Campaigner

Sam grew up in Kingston Borough and attended local schools before completing his Biochemistry degree in the University of London. He now lives here with his partner and their one year old son. As a chartered accountant in the Financial Services sector, Sam is determined to use his skills and experience to ensure Kingston Council continues to give residents value for money in public services and local infrastructure. At University he was elected into full time Union office as Student Activities President where responsibilities included running the volunteer programme which enabled students to reach out and contribute in their local area. Sam is enthusiastic about providing sporting, social and recreational opportunities to all. He would like to continue the strong local track record of achievement in Canbury and will be working with Andrea on the Elm Road Recreational Ground enhancements and has some more ideas on how we can improve our local area and parks including Canbury Gardens. Sam is a keen football fan and continues to play for local hockey, cricket and football clubs and looks forward to encouraging his son to follow his active path!

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Cllr David Glasspool

Portfolio Holder: Treasurer

David is married with three children. Two are now at university and one at school in Kingston. David grew up in North Kingston until his parents moved to Sweden. David returned to Kingston in later life having taken a degree in Biochemistry and qualifying as a chartered accountant. Now retired after a long career in Nordic financial services, David is an engaged member of the local community with in-depth knowledge of local issues having served as a councillor for Canbury Ward in the period 2006 to 2010. David is a keen naturalist with a passion for bio-diversity developed over many years as a fisherman and keen observer of the environment.

email Email David at david.glasspool

tel Call David on 07785 725 280 

2014 election results

Conservatives 37%
LibDems 23%
Labour 14%

Cllr Andrea Craig

Local Canbury Councillor

Andrea has been a councillor since 2010. She is married with three children and lives on Kings Road. She works for a company specialising in Technology and Data Solutions.Amongst other commitments, Andrea is a Governor of King Athlestan school and is a Trustee of Greener Upon Thames, who successfully lobbied on the introduction a plastic bag levy. She is a passionate supporter of independent shops and small businesses, as they form the heart of our community and need our continued support. As a sports enthusiast, Andrea spends much of her time on the side of pitches following her sons, and is a huge All Blacks fan! She loves to cycle and walk in Richmond Park when she has time.

tweet Follow Andrea at @MrsNoBags

email Email Andrea at andrea.craig

tel Call Andrea on 07411 515 029

Cllr Geoff Austin

Mayor of Kingston 2016/7 - Standing down in May

Geoff is a former Local Government Officer and has lived in Clifton Road for over two decades. He is married to Sheila, and they have a son and two grandchildren. For nearly forty years he worked in the Social Services Departments of various London Councils, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management. Geoff’s particular interest is the care and safeguarding of vulnerable children and adults. He was the Deputy Mayor for 2011-12, during which time he attended over 200 events. Geoff is the President of the Kingston & District branch of Arthritis Care, Vice-Chairman of the Friends of Kingston Hospital, and Chairman of Kingston Hospital Radio. He is also a regular reader on the Kingston Talking Newspaper for the Blind. An enthusiastic sportsman, having played and captained his cricket and rugby teams when younger, Geoff still regularly referees youth rugby matches, and is a Patron of our local football team Kingstonian FC.

email Email Geoff at geoff.austin

tel Call Geoff on 020 8549 3757


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