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.

Jamila Bibi-Sarwar

Local Campaigner

Jamila has been running her own business for the last 12 years in Kingston. In that time she has got to know the residents and issues concerning Kingston town centre. She is passionate about making Kingston a welcoming place for all by protecting green spaces, investment in parks and stopping anti-social behaviour. Jamila volunteers for a wide range of charities and community groups, working families and children to give them self confidence, including girls guiding, supporting a soup kitchen and a domestic violence charity.

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Phil Nuthall

Local Campaigner

As a working class south londoner, Phil is passionate about our services. Working as a conservationist, forrester and tree surgeon/arborist he cares about our borough's environment and the greenbelt that protects our city. He believes that by working with the communities and small businesses we can reduce costs to our community and improve our living conditions, such as air and waste management. His family ties with this borough date back to the eighteen hundreds. Whilst living in Kingston, Phil has founded a residents association and neighbourhood watch scheme and looks forward to achieving more and serving the community in the future.

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Catherine Harding

Local Campaigner

Having lived in Surbiton for over 2 years with her husband and cat, Catherine's passion for the community has seen her participate in many events with Maple Village WI and charitable work with St Andrew's Church. If elected Catherine would ensure the borough continues to thrive and remain as one of the best places to live in London. She is passionate about the arts, local businesses and the environmental preservation of the riverfront. She would also like to introduce initiatives to combat loneliness among residents who feel isolated. Catherine currently works as a Creative Planner.

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