Council Leader backs Tolworth tunnel plan

A3 Tolworth decking
A3 Tolworth now

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has announced his support for moving some of London’s key arterial roads into tunnels. This will free up vast swathes of land for development of housing and green space, whilst improving air quality.

One of the five locations cited by the Mayor as being a potential site for a tunnel was the Tolworth section of the A3. The Tolworth Tunnel proposal would involve ‘decking’, which would connect areas and communities which are currently separated by transport infrastructure.

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Villiers Road recycling centre has longest hours in South London


Alterations to Kingston’s Villiers Road Recycling Centre’s opening hours will mean it will soon have the longest opening hours of any similar site in South London throughout the year.

Planned operational changes will give Kingston residents increased access to the Recycling Centre, whilst also providing budget savings of £240,000 per year.

The new opening hours will see the Recycling Centre available to residents:

  • 0730 until 1700 on weekdays,
  • 0730 until 1600 on Saturdays, and
  • 0900 until 1600 on Sundays.

Cllr David Cunningham, Lead Member for Environment and Transport, said,

David Cunningham

The new system will mean the same hours throughout the year which will be helpful to residents, with the increased hours on Sunday balancing the summer evening reorganisation.

Residents respond in record numbers to survey

all in one local satisfactionThe results of the All in One Survey carried out last year have been delivered to the Council.

The survey reveals an 84% satisfaction rate about respondents’ local areas, with the majority also satisfied with the way Kingston Council runs the Borough.

There were disparities between different Wards however, with dissatisfaction with the local area and the Council in the Lib Dem controlled South of the Borough.

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Community Housing Trust to reform social housing

cambridge estate

Proposals for a Community Housing Trust to be formed by Kingston Council and the Kingston Federation of Residents were unanimously endorsed by members of the Residents, Health & Care Services Committee.

This will move the housing service closer to its resident base and ensure that residents are given a major stake in future management and decision making.

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Permitted development rights to be withdrawn

permitted development

At the meeting of the Infrastructure, Projects and Contracts Committee in February, Kingston Conservatives plan to withdraw Permitted Development Rights (PDR) from property developers wanting to change buildings from office to residential use.

This comes after a long period of inaction from the Liberal Democrats on this issue, the PDR having been first introduced on 30th May 2013 for a period of three years.

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Love Kingston!


Love Kingston Day on 14th February saw fundraising efforts from a large variety of residents, businesses, shops, restaurants, schools and community groups coming together for a common purpose: helping vulnerable people across the Borough. 

Love Kingston, a campaign delivered in partnership between Kingston Voluntary Action and The London Community Foundation, works for communities across the Royal Borough and supports organisations which help individuals in need in Kingston including the homeless, domestic abuse victims, disadvantaged youths or those who cannot access credit.

There were a large number of events planned across Kingston during the day, including an Art Exhibition organised by St. George’s at the Old Post Office from 11am – 4pm displaying local artists’ work, with free entry and also a raffle in which artwork donated by the artists made up the prizes.

Residents were encouraged to get involved with the spirit of the day with their own fundraising activities which could include sponsored walks, cake sales or second hand sales.

Cllr Kevin Davis, Leader of the Council, said,

Kevin Davis
I back Love Kingston because it gives us all the opportunity to do something and demonstrate how much we love this great Town but also to give to local charities at the same time. I say ‘Long Live, Love Kingston!’

Health & Social Care and Housing budgets come to committee

Despite a £37 million funding black hole left behind by the previous Lib Dem administration, Kingston Conservatives have managed to protect frontline services to our most vulnerable.

Efficiency savings and the transformation of services, focusing on prevention and education to keep people in good health for longer, is the essence of the Adult Social Care, Public Health and Voluntary Sector budget proposal before the Residents, Health & Care Services Committee.

Councillor Julie Pickering, Lead Member for Health and Social Care and Committee Chairman, said,

Julie Pickering
With a growing vulnerable population in Kingston, it is important that we meet rising demand with good quality services, rather than just maintain our existing services. It is essential we work in partnership with our providers, the local NHS, CCG and Voluntary Sector. By delivering a local Better Care culture together over the next few years, we can meet this demand.

Councillor Ian George, Lead Member for Housing and Committee Vice-Chairman, said,

Ian George
We are reorganising the Housing Service by rooting out back office inefficiencies, providing a better experience for residents and saving money to protect frontline services.

‘Meet the Leader’ ward consultations announced

All in One

With the All in One Survey being reported back, Council Leader Kevin Davis is following through with his pledge to hold a community feedback session in every Ward.

These sessions will take the form of 90 minute consultations with residents on the last day of a three day exhibition displaying the Survey results in a community space.

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Tolworth (no so) Greenway saga continues

tolworth greenway dead trees

At a recent Council meeting, Councillor Richard Hudson, Lead Member for Capital, Projects and Contracts shed more light on the ongoing debacle of the Tolworth Greenway.

Problems have included trees dying, a lack of a safe pedestrian crossing and disabled parking spaces having no access points.

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Kingston Conservatives - for a better, brighter Borough

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