Working to improve Coombe Vale

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Local Conservatives are working hard to improve Coombe Vale

Over the past four years we have been working hard and improving our local area. We understand that residents have many concerns and we have been actively addressing them as we continue to build a Better, Brighter Borough. 

Recently we have worked on a number of local projects desifned to improve the ward and have been delighted with how they've turned out.

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Residents boost the borough’s recycling rates

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Coombe Vale councillors celbrate the introduction of blue bins

Thanks to Kingston residents, the borough’s recycling rate improved last year and we are set to recycle even more this year, with an estimated recycling rate of over 47%.

Since the Conservative administration introduced the blue wheelie bin recycling service in February 2016 there has been a significant reduction in the amount of waste going to landfill, saving tax-payer's money.

In the first year of the new service an additional 430 tonnes of paper and card was collected with an increase in the amount of plastic, cans, glass and garden waste also being recycled. Residents have also helped recycle an extra 157 tonnes of food waste over the past year.

To further boost recycling rates and cut the amount of rubbish sent to landfill, the Conservatives launched ‘Local Green Points’, a recycling rewards scheme for the borough’s 20,000 flats in June. Residents who live in flats will be provided with new recycling bins for paper, card and cardboard, and tins, glass and cartons.

Extra funds from the garage site

New flats on the former Shell site in Coombe Road

Your local Councillors lent on the Council Planning department to demand that potential developers reserve funding for road improvements around the Coombe Road former garage site.

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Cocks Crescent development

Mohsin Cooper’s suggested design for New Malden town centre

The re-development of Cocks Crescent can provide new homes, shops and community facilities. Together with the development of the station area, and done in the right way, this could give a new lease of life to New Malden.

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Reporting Back on Coombe Vale

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The improvements we're carrying out to the area are making a big difference

As your local councillors we have been working hard to improve the ward to ensure that its the best that it can be. Recently there have been a number of local projects that we've been working on to improve Coombe Vale that really make a difference to people. 

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Keeping tabs on The Cut

Thames Water
New plastic pipes fit inside the original cast iron water mains

Your local Ward Councillors are keeping a close eye on progress whilst access through The Cut is restricted as Thames Water upgrades its 200-year old water mains.

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Neighourhood grants

Local Ward Councillors have access to small amounts of funding to support local initiatives.

We are looking for small projects needing up to £500 which will encourage local Coombe Vale groups to get together with ideas which will enhance the environment and bring together the community whilst improving our streets, and local areas.

If you wish to apply for some funding, then please email us by 20th November with your ideas.

Cllr Roy Arora

Former Mayor of Kingston 2015/6

Roy has lived on Clarence Avenue for over a decade, and his connection with the area dates back some thirty years when he studied at Kingston Polytechnic (now University). He is married with one daughter. Roy holds an MBA and has worked locally as a Project Management Consultant. Previously, he was employed as a Senior Management Consultant for Deloitte and as a Project Manager for the Civil Service. His qualifications, profession and experience have equipped him with a set of skills such as business analysis, problem solving and dealing with people from all walks of life, skills that prove useful in carrying out his duties as a Councillor. Roy is proud to be a resident here and would like to see our residents enjoy quality education, clean environment, good health, safe neighbourhoods and general well being.

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Cllr Julie Pickering

Portfolio Holder: Partnerships

Julie has lived in Coombe Vale ward for two decades. During that time, she has built a management career in Marks and Spencer, met her husband and raised two children. In addition to being a Ward Councillor, she works as a business consultant with emphasis on small businesses and youth employment. Julie is very proud of our community and Kingston. Local residents have discovered during her past few years as a Councillor that, when she commits to something, she gives her full support and can take action in an extremely effective way.

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tel  Call Julie on 07986 568 973

2014 election results:

Conservatives 52%
Labour 17%
LibDems 17%

Cllr Cathy Roberts

Portfolio Holder: Adult Social Care and Health

Cathy has lived in Lime Grove for over thirty years and raised a family here. She undertook a degree as a mature student and then worked for Kingston University for over twenty years, primarily as the manager of the postgraduate programmes for the Faculty of Technology. Cathy's neighbours know that she is fully committed to ensuring that the concerns of local residents are listened to and acted on by the council. Before she was elected, Cathy lobbied the Council to replace rubbish and dog mess bins at several strategic sites, and worked on a successful campaign which led to the council postponing a planning decision for a house re-development until parking issues had been satisfactorily resolved. She believes that local democracy should mean honesty, transparency and fairness when making decisions which will impact on residents lives.

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 Call Cathy on 07752 366 819


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