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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Crossrail 2

Crossrail 2 will bring more trains and the closure of the level crossing

The Crossrail2 Project Team have released their response to the Summer Engagement events and they still expect that the level crossing in Elm Road will need to be removed due to the number of extra trains. This will affect all of Coombe Vale Ward, but especially those living in the Groves and Dickerage Lane.

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The Triangle update

Improved parking at The Triangle

Your local Ward Councillors have worked behind the scenes for over two years to ensure that the council planners, engineers, designers and contractors incorporated your ideas into the design of the Triangle.

However, we are not complacent, and acknowledge that there is further work to be done. We are looking at the North Parade and reviewing the road layout in order to improve access — watch this space. If you have suggestions on further improvement or would like an updating on this, please email one of the councillors.

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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Remembering Cyril Barton VC

The new blue plaque on Barton Green

A plaque commemorating the life of Cyril Barton VC has been placed on the railings of Barton Green. Later in the year we hope, with the help and support of the Royal British Legion, to hold an official unveiling ceremony.

In 2014 the Barton Green Pavilion was demolished and the site was marketed for community purposes. Three bids were received and, at the Growth Committee in June, a proposal for a day nursery, which was also offering community usage, was formally accepted. The building will require planning approval and your local Ward Councillors will ensure that any concerns or questions you have raised are heard at the Planning stage. If you would like further information, please email us.

The Triangle improvements

The Triangle

Improvements to The Triangle have taken some time to sort out, but are now agreed and funded.

Changes to parking on the south side of The Triangle (the Post Office side) have been planned for some time, and problems which had arisen because of cables under the road have now been cleared. This is not just about extra parking, it is also about making The Triangle an attractive place to visit. The opening of The Willow Tree pub in the spring will also improve the area. Changes to the north side of The Trangle are also planned in due course - watch out for a consultation with local residents.

Cllr Roy Arora

Former Mayor of Kingston 2015/6

Roy has lived on Clarence Avenue for the past dozen years, though his connection with the area dates back to some thirty years when he studied at Kingston Polytechnic/University. He is married and has a teenage 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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