Local Green Points appointed by Kingston to deliver recycling rewards scheme

greenpointsKingston Council has chosen award-winning engagement provider, Local Green Points, to provide a recycling rewards scheme for the Royal Borough’s 20,000 flats.

The scheme will focus on increasing the amount of food recycled, as well as aiming to increase dry recycling and reduce disposal costs.

Kingston Recycling Rewards will be launched to residents in April 2017 with recycling and waste tonnages to be measured quarter on quarter.  Residents taking part in the scheme will benefit from a wide range of special offers provided by local retailers and there will be monthly voucher prizes of £25 and £15 for top recyclers.  Local charities are also set to benefit from the scheme through a donation fund of £9,500; residents will be encouraged to vote for popular local causes.

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£200k investment sees young people with disabilities smash sporting targets

The investment from the Premier League Community Fund has seen collaboration between Kingston Council, Fulham Football Club Foundation and Sport Kingston, the borough’s sport council, to create the ‘Inclusive Champions’ programme.

A three-year £200,000 fund for children with disabilities to take part in community sports activities has smashed its target, with 421 children getting involved in the Kingston initiative.

The next three years of the programme will focus on schools across the borough, with £35,000 of funding having been secured from Kingston Council, Fulham Football Club Foundation, Sport Kingston and BBC Children in Need.

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More pupils get first choice school place

MN Kingston Academy
Tudor councillor Maria Netley is one of many Conservatives active in supporting schools

76% of children in Kingston will attend their first choice secondary school this year, with Kingston now one of the best London boroughs for offering children their preferred school place.

97% of children received one of their preferred choices and 95% received one of their top three preferred schools. The figures mean that Kingston is now the third highest London borough for offering children their first choice, an increase from sixth, last year. Kingston continues to achieve above London averages for parental preference satisfaction.

Achieving for Children, which runs the Kinston's children’s services, will help the small number of children that have not been given one of their preferences to look at the different options available.

Andrea Craig

Cllr Andrea Craig, responsible for Schools at Kingston Council, said:

Our secondary schools are extremely popular and their academic performance remains strong, which means the number of people applying for places in the borough is increasing year on year. Kingston has consistently been able to offer most of those applying their preferred school. This is down to the hard work of our officers and shows that planning for future school places is key.

Lib Dems defeated in efforts to block Parks and Pavements project

Plans to improve local parks and pavements across all areas of Kingston have been approved by Kingston Council, despite Lib Dem efforts to block them.

Conservative Councillors voted through the project which will lead to local parks and pavements across the Borough being regenerated. All parks will have bins, benches and anti dog fouling and littering signage either installed or upgraded.

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Councillors seek your opinion on riverside development

Maria Netley
Conservative councillor Maria Netley wants to hear from you about the future of the riverside.

Conservative-controlled Kingston Council has urged residents to share their views on the Riverside Public Realm Supplementary Planning Document (SPD).

The planning document sets out a vision which is intended to transform the riverside and deliver a vibrant, sustainable and ecologically rich riverside environment.

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Council tenants more satisfied under Conservatives

Housing survey
You can read more about the state of Kingston's social housing in the Council's Housing Report

Residents in Kingston are more satisfied with the housing service provided by the Council as a landlord than they were under the previous Lib Dem administration, a recent survey has found.

When the Lib Dem administration first introduced the STAR survey for residents in the social housing sector in 2012, Kingston was found to be underperforming. Recently overall satisfaction with Kingston's housing service has risen by four points to 73%, underlining the improvements that the Conservatives have made since replacing the Lib Dems.

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A budget for the vulnerable

The cost of care for young and old takes two-thirds of the Council's budget.

Kingston Council has passed a Conservative budget for 2017/18 which is designed to support and protect the vulnerable. In the budget for next year, all the increase will effectively go towards adult social care.

Government gives Kingston just £32 per head - near-by councils receive three times this

Basic council tax will increase by just under 2% and the social care precept by 3%. Kevin Davis, Council Leader, admits that this was not an easy decision, but pressure for services is growing, just as Kingston receives less cash from Westminster, and so the Council has to find other ways of funding these essential services.

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Conservatives give go ahead for new Museum

A new museum will be built near All Saints

Conservative Councillors have taken the decision to build a new museum in the centre of Kingston’s historic town.

The plan is to create a museum focused on the Borough’s Saxon history and as the crowning place of the first King of England. The museum will be placed alongside the recently improved All Saints Church which received a significant Heritage Lottery Fund grant in 2015.

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New respite care facility for children planned

AfC already have a facility at Moor Lane

A new respite care facility for children with disabilities and their families is set to open in Moor Lane, Chessington.

The new building is due to open in Autumn 2018 and will provide overnight short breaks for families with children that have special educational needs, a disability or complex medical needs.

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Canbury Car Park offers new opportunities

The redevelopment of Canbury Place is at last possible

Kingston’s Conservative Council has agreed to proceed with the development of the Canbury car park, in collaboration with the adjoining owner, enabling exciting developments benefitting residents throughout Kingston.

The developments will be carried out in accordance with the principles as set out in the North Kingston Development Brief.

David Cunningham

Councillor David Cunningham, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration said: 

 The Council’s decision will enhance the public realm and access to the river. In progressing with the developments of key sites such as Canbury Car Park, residents across the Borough will be able to enjoy new services and facilities bringing growth and prosperity to the local economy.

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