Phil Doyle defends litter fines

 PD Cllr Phil Doyle writes:

Dear Councillor Tolley,

Around £2 million of Council Tax payers’ money is spent each year cleaning up litter. This is money that the Council could be using to support local families, help local businesses and use to make life better for the people living in our Borough.

Our contract with the enforcement officers is paid for through the fines collected. This means that only the inconsiderate people who are littering, and making the Borough a less tidy place for everyone else, pay for it.

Preventing litter with a scheme that is at no cost to Council Tax payers ls, to use your own words, "worth in the name of keeping the town tidy".

A large number of fines are issued for people dropping cigarette bulls. This ls because all forms of litter should be targeted and, sadly, a frequent cause of litter is cigarette butts.

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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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Councillors speak out on Old Post Office planning decision

TOPO site TOPO model
The Old Post Office site development proposed by St George was criticised by both local MPs.

A Conservative-controlled committee has refused permission to St George’s, a property developer, to build a tall building on the Old Post Office site following months of consultation with residents.

After the Development Control Committee decision on 5 November, leading councillors have expressed their views on the decision.

Cllr Richard Hudson said:

Richard Hudson

The decision over TOPO has sent a clear message that Kingston residents expect and deserve better than what was offered by St George. They need to stop mucking about and come back with the best proposal for all parties, not seeking the least they can get away with. We want the best for Kingston and we want the site brought back to life now, not in another 20 years’ time.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Kevin Davis said:

Kevin Davis

Development in Kingston town centre needs to be of the highest quality. We have tried to help the Developer understand the context of what would make a great scheme for Kingston. Despite many changes and alterations, they still seem to be missing the mark. The latest changes involved new architects advising some parts of the scheme and not others and that has still not given us the results we desire. Our intentions have been made clear, and hopefully St George will now reflect how they can give us a scheme that meets our desire for the highest quality design and finish.

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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.

Cllr Phil Doyle

Local Grove Councillor

Phil has lived in Catherine Road, Surbiton with his wife Marie for nearly a decade. Two of his three children live nearby with their own children. Following his retirement as a police superintendent, he established a licensing and planning business and is now one of the country's leading licensing experts. He has lectured in licensing law at Westminster University and has given evidence to Parliamentary Committees. Phil takes a keen interest in local issues and attends St Andrews Church. In particular he is concerned about cutting crime and disorder, making the streets safe and clean and reducing the highest council tax in London.

 Contact Phil at phil.doyle

tel Call Phil on 07809 874 066

Grove Ward has just one Conservative Councillor

Grove Ward is also represented by two LibDems; Rebekah Moll and Jon Tolley.

If you live in Grove and are not happy with having to be represented by LibDems, why not get involved with your local Conservatives and help change things? Please contact James Johnson at the Kingston & Surbiton Conservatives office. See our Contact Us page to find out more about what your local Conservatives are doing.

2014 election results:

Conservatives 33%
LibDems 34%
Labour 20%

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