Conservatives embrace Homelessness Reduction Act as Council looks to reduce homelessness

The Homlessness Reduction Act will help reduce homlessness across the country

Conservative-controlled Kingston is stepping up its preparations for the Homelessness Reduction Act (HRA) before its implementation in April 2018, with the announcement of several key partnerships aimed at reducing homelessness in Kingston.

Originally introduced as a Private Member’s Bill by Conservative MP Bob Blackman, the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 was introduced to reduce homelessness, including rough sleeping, by increasing the statutory responsibilities local authorities have towards people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The HRA received substantial cross party support during its time in Parliament and following its successful passage as an Act, will now be implemented by local authorities across the country.

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Bentall Centre looks to the future with plans for a new cinema

Bentall Centre
An exciting new boutique cinema is coming to the Bentall Centre

Plans to build a new and exciting boutique cinema in Kingston’s iconic Bentall Centre were recently approved at a meeting of the Council’s Development Control Committee, as part of the Bentall Centre’s 25th Anniversary celebrations.

The news comes as the Bentall Centre celebrates its 25th Anniversary with a raft of changes and improvements to the centre to kickstart a makeover of the centre. Plans have also been announced to introduce new restaurants, shops, a children’s activity area and improvements to entrances and communal areas to improve shopper’s experience of the centre.

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Conservative scheme helping more tenants to become homeowners

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Kingston's Incentive to Move Scheme is helping residents to downsize and become homeowners

Council tenants who have been unable to get on the housing ladder or finding it difficult to move homes, are receiving the help they need to become homeowners through a Conservative led scheme designed to increase homeownership and reduce homelessness.

Across Kingston there is a significant demand for family-sized housing caused by the Lib Dems failure to build fewer new homes during their time as the administration. Currently Kingston has more than 130 homeless households requiring a three bedroom or larger property, and the cost of supporting these families whilst they wait for a property is high. 

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Lib Dems continue to fail children by voting against new school

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New primary school coming to Kingston

Local Lib Dem Councillors recently voted against proposals to build a new two form entry primary school in Kingston demonstrating that they have not learnt from their past mistakes with Kingston’s Schools.

At a meeting of the Council’s Development Control Committee, Lib Dem Councillors voted against a new school being built, with Councillor Moll actively encouraging fines to be issued if parents drop their children off by car. Despite the Lib Dem efforts to further damage our children’s education, Conservative councillors voted through the proposals as Conservative-controlled Kingston continues to tackle the shortage of school places created by the Lib Dems.

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Major investment in libraries delivered successfully

Cllr Pickering opens Kingston Library
Mayor Julie Pickering cuts a ribon to mark the re-opening of the Kingston library helped by two young library visitors

Kingston's Conservative administration is celebrating the completion of a transformational £500,000 investment in libraries, a scheme that was opposed by the Liberal Democrats.

The half-million pound investment has seen state-of-the-art self service machines replace the traditional front desk in the new look libraries, offering more space and flexibility. The move has also freed up library staff to focus on promoting reading, learning and discovery, as well as providing information, and supporting customers to access the library’s digital resources.

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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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New housing target is simply not right for Kingston

Kingston's new housing target is simply unattainable

Kingston’s Conservative controlled Council have revealed that its new housing target set by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is simply unattainable and would lead to mass overdevelopment right across the Borough.

As part of the Government’s pledge to deliver 1 million homes by the end of 2020, and a further half a million more by the end of 2022, the DCLG has announced a round of new housing targets for local authorities across the country. Under these targets, Kingston is scheduled to build 1,527 homes per year, over double its previous target of 643.

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Residents boost the borough’s recycling rates

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Coombe Vale councillors celbrate the introduction of blue bins

Thanks to Kingston residents, the borough’s recycling rate improved last year and we are set to recycle even more this year, with an estimated recycling rate of over 47%.

Since the Conservative administration introduced the blue wheelie bin recycling service in February 2016 there has been a significant reduction in the amount of waste going to landfill, saving tax-payer's money.

In the first year of the new service an additional 430 tonnes of paper and card was collected with an increase in the amount of plastic, cans, glass and garden waste also being recycled. Residents have also helped recycle an extra 157 tonnes of food waste over the past year.

To further boost recycling rates and cut the amount of rubbish sent to landfill, the Conservatives launched ‘Local Green Points’, a recycling rewards scheme for the borough’s 20,000 flats in June. Residents who live in flats will be provided with new recycling bins for paper, card and cardboard, and tins, glass and cartons.

Home improvements save residents £88,000 a year

Upgraded Kingston housing
Conservative-controlled Kingston’s Better Homes programme has been highly commended.

A project to upgrade 326 ‘hard to heat’ Kingston homes is saving households a total of £88,000 per year and has been highly commended.

Conservative-led Kingston Council was highly commended by the  Energy Efficiency Awards in their Regional Large Scale Project of the Year category. It was second only to the Mayor of London’s RE:NEW scheme, which was introduced by Conservative Mayor Boris Johnson in 2009. The ambitious project saw the council’s Better Homes scheme, which exceeds the government’s standard for housing, tie in with a £308,000 fund from the Conservative government's Energy Company Obligation to improve energy efficiency.

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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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