Conservatives increase number of school places for children with special educational needs and disabilities

Schools
We're increasing the number of school places for children with SEND

Conservative controlled Kingston is increasing the number of school places available in the borough for children with special educational needs (SEND) following a £1 million investment by the Council.

The news came after the council's treasury committee agreed to finance projects at both St Philips and Hollyfield schools.

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Kingston Conservatives delivering real improvements to local parks

Better Parks
Local Conservatives have been delivering improvements to parks across the Borough

Our parks are loved and well used by many families right across the Borough, but under the Lib Dems saw years of neglect. Play equipment was left outdated and not modernised, soft play areas were neglected and families turned away from our parks which should have been places of joy. 

Knowing that this could not continue, Kingston Conservatives have invested an extra £1 million into the borough’s parks helping to make right the Lib Dem years of decline. Our investment is seeing parks across the Borough be modernised with new play equipment installed and safer surfaces helping our children enjoy the great outdoors. Following successful consultations with residents work is progressing well and in some areas it has already been completed.

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Conservatives strengthen powers to remove illegally moored boats

Kingston Bridge
Stronger powers to remove illegally moored boats have been delivered by local Conservative councillors

Conservative Councillors have recently passed a motion that will see the council's powers to remove illegally moored boats strengthened after a spate of complaints from residents by the riverside.

Kingston is a popular mooring location, however numerous itinerant vessels routinely moor along sections of the river bank where mooring is not permitted. Whatsmore vessels are also frequently overstaying on the permitted 24 hour moorings. Over the last year alone 111 notices have been served against approximately 12 boats and owners.

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Kingston’s schools reach new heights in pupil performance

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Kingston's School's have performed well above the national average

Kingston is home to some of the top schools in the country for GCSE performance after the latest round of Government statistics revealed that local schools performed significantly better than the average scores. 

Across the country the average Attainment 8 score under the new grading system introduced by the Conservative Government, was 44.6 for state schools in 2017. Kingston’s schools however outperformed this with their average of 55.5 well above the national average expected.

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Councillors meet hospital directors and ask them to rethink blue badge parking charges

Hospital Parking
Local councillors met with hospital directors to explain the concerns of residents

Kingston Hospital introduced its new parking system on 22 January, which includes new parking charges for blue badge holders yet local stakeholders were only given two weeks notice of these plans.

The consequences of this decision are that many residents have already complained to local councillors stating that the new charges will exacerbate the current issue of blue badge parking on the streets outside the hospital. Galsworthy Road is already an extremely busy thoroughfare for cars, buses and ambulances, and already the effects are being felt on the surrounding roads with dangerous parking, longer bus journeys and roads which aren’t clear for ambulances.

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Bringing communities together with better local services

Libraries
We've improved our libraries and our bringing communities together

Right across our communities families and children alike regularly go to their local library to pick up the latest book, attend courses provided by local professionals, or simply just to study. They have always been and will continue to be vital community resources that residents value and frequently use.

When Kingston Conservatives were elected in 2014, we knew that the Borough’s libraries needed a massive renovation project to get them fit for the 21st century. Whilst other London Boroughs and political parties were cutting resources to libraries and community resources, Kingston Conservatives decided to invest £500,000 and embarked on a project to upgrade all of Kingston’s libraries.

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Better care services for Kingston

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Local Conservatives are working hard to improve the Borough's care services

In 2014 Kingston Conservatives made a pledge to residents to Improve Kingston’s Care services, and we have delivered on that.

When we were out on the doorsteps in 2014 talking to residents, a major concern was that the Borough’s care services weren’t good enough. Concerns had been raised about the standards of care and the previous administration had failed to get a grip on the situation and improve the Borough's care services.

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Jobcentre Plus completes move to Guildhall

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Kingston's Jobcentre Plus has completed its move to the Guidhall helping to strengthen ties between the council and the jobcentre

Kingston’s Jobcentre Plus (JCP) has recently completed its move to the Guildhall site, home of Kingston Council as previously reported by Kingston Conservatives.

The move is part of a new approach where residents have a single public service contact centre across Kingston. Already close collaborators, co-location will strengthen ties between the council and the jobcentre; leading to a more streamlined service for Kingston residents. The move is the first of its kind in London with a number of further jobcentre and council co-locations due to take place across the UK in the near future.

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Go Cycle reaches new milestone with Walking and Cycling Commissioner visit to Kingston

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Cllrs Doyle and Paton with Walking and Cycling Commissioner Will Norman at the award winning Go Cycle station project

Kingston’s Go Cycle Project has reached a key milestone with the completion of carriageway works outside of Kingston Station.

This phase of the project was inspected this week by Mayor of London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner Will Norman and it forms part of the Kingston station scheme to transform the forecourt area and improve walking and cycling links to the river and historic town centre.

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A Budget for all Kingstonians: Kingston Council freezes Council Tax

Guildhall
A budget for all Kingstonians investing in services and freezing your council tax

Kingston Council is proposing a budget that invests in services but freezes council tax for 2018/19. This budget will support local residents and communities as they cope with ever increasing living costs and embrace a new era of the council being financially independent of Government.

For almost a decade, the central government grant that helps pay for some of the council's services has reduced year on year. From April 2018, Kingston will no longer receive any general revenue funding from the Government and will have to independently fund all of the services it provides to residents using income from council tax, business rates, charges and new ways of working.

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Working to make our streets cleaner

Cleaner Streets
Under the Conservatives Kingston is a cleaner, more brighter Borough

In 2014 when Kingston Conservatives were elected, we made five pledges to residents to help make Kingston a Better, Brighter Borough, and we have delivered. Following on from these we decided to make five more pledges to residents so that we could continue delivering for residents.

One of those new pledges made to residents was to have a Clean Sweep of the Borough.

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