Accident blackspot to be fixed in Fountain scheme

Accident record at the Fountain roundabout
TfL records show how dangerous the existing intersection is, including one fatality.

Your Conservative council is pushing for a safer intersection at the New Malden Fountain as part of the Transport for London funded Go Cycle scheme.

At the same time they are hoping to restore the plastic "fountain" to near its original location, and possibly rebuild it in stone.

Local activists have criticised the scheme, but ignore the appalling history of the junction; not an accident every eight weeks but a record of serious collisions and a fatality.

The Go Cycle scheme will make it far safer to cycle in the Borough, especially through danger spots such as the Fountain Roundabout. It will provide safer routes across the Borough though its Kingston-wide network. Pedestrian crossings will be improved as well.

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We should be proud of our Borough, not running it down

 Kevin Davis Council Leader Kevin Davis writes:

Following this year’s budget I attended the MIPIM international festival in France. I was joined by Council Leaders from across the country. I did so because this event is an opportunity to attract more businesses, jobs and investors to our Borough. We should always be on the look out for new opportunities, new jobs and new investment for the area.

The Liberal Democrats however took a different view. They would rather see the Borough fail than put in the work to ensure that it succeeds. For the Liberal Democrats it is easier to put the Borough and its residents down than to improve the area in which we live. Every year the Liberals were in office was a year that they failed residents. They chose laziness and mismanagement over working towards a better Borough. Rather than looking for new opportunities, the Liberals are choosing to attack our local area and run it into the mud.

We will not make their mistakes. Your Conservative Councillors are hard at work to ensure that the Borough is able to attract more businesses, more jobs and has an improved infrastructure. This includes improving schools and increasing school places, improving care services, better roads, better parking and safer streets. We are doing this while safeguarding the Borough’s heritage.

Conservatives win Housing Zone status for Cambridge Road

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Cambridge Road
The Mayor of London's Housing Zone status will help kick start the redevelopment of the Cambridge Road Estate

Boris Johnson has selected the Cambridge Road Estate and other smaller Kingston council-owned sites as a Housing Zone, unlocking additional funds for redevelopment.

A total of £600 million in funding has been made available by the Mayor and government for the construction of 75,000 new homes across the designated London Housing Zones, of which Cambridge Road is one. The programme will also provide 150,000 associated jobs over the next ten years.

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Conservatives launch “Most innovative budget in Kingston’s history”

17p for Kingston
Band D householders will pay just 17p per week more due to the Conservative's innovative budget

Conservative-controlled Kingston has adopted “the most innovative budget in Kingston’s history”, delivering improved services without increasing the general council tax burden on the borough’s residents despite a £12 million drop in funds.

Successful negotiations with the Government have cushionned the Council against a rise in general council tax, keeping to the commitment made by Conservatives to residents during the 2014 election campaign.

With the Government’s new Social Care Precept, which contributes to the growing cost of adult social care, offset by the drop in the London-wide Olympic Levy, residents are left with an overall increase of just 0.5%, or 17p per week for a Band D home.

Key to the success of finding the £12million savings in the budget was the innovative Outcome Based Budgeting, which the Borough is pioneering. This allows the Council to find ways to deliver improved services with significantly reduced resources.

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Local businesses support 30 minutes free parking

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  • 30 min free parking Awan Heating and Plumbing

    Thar Chughtai: "95% of our customers prefer to shop locally.
    It’s good news for all of us.”

  • 30 min free parking Quality Butchers

    Jeffries Butchers, Norbiton support the scheme

  • 30 min free parking Italian Taste

    Isabel Consiglio of The Italian Taste thinks it is "a fantastic idea!".

Local business and shop owners have praised the 30 Minutes Free Parking policy from the Conservative-led borough council.

Last December the council introduced 30 Minutes Free Parking outside shops across the borough. Surbiton benefitted heavily, with 30 Minutes Free Parking signs appearing on more roads than anywhere else. Small business and shop owners have been quick to show support for the policy, placing stickers and posters in their windows in areas across the borough.

Conservatives made the pledge to deliver 30 Minutes Free Parking along with four other main promises. These were: an extra one million pounds to improve roads; more police on patrol; improved care services and two more schools. With 30 Minutes Free Parking, the Conservatives have delivered on all five pledges.

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Conservatives and Kingston First clear up after years of Lib Dem waste

Half of the waste from Kingston Ancient Market is now recycled.

The Liberal Democrats spent 12 years sending all of the rubbish from Kingston Ancient Market straight to landfill, despite half of it being recyclable.

In less than 18 months, the Conservatives, working with Kingston First, have turned the situation around, and now half of all rubbish from the Market is recycled. Since the Ancient Market was refurbished in June 2014, the Council has worked with Veolia to ensure that the Ancient Market Place is kept clean throughout the day and that refuse is properly recycled.

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Liberal Democrats housing failure exposed

The LibDems failed to build social housing and failed to maintain the existing housing stock.

For nine of their twelve years in power in the Royal Borough of Kingston the Liberal Democrats failed to build a single home. They also failed to approve enough private housebuilding and fell short their obligations under the London Plan.

Since taking over the administration of the Council the Conservatives have placed housing as a priority and are looking to make up for the deficit in housing left by the Liberal Democrats.

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Lib Dem Budget proposal strips away Council defences against over-development

The LibDems developed Canbury without social infrastructure such as schools and surgeries.

A LibDem budget ammendment that would have left Kingston exposed to over-development was voted down by both Conservative and Labour at the Council's budget session. Council Leader Kevin Davis condemned the LibDem’s proposed amendments to the Council’s budget as “short sighted and shameful” and as a “real and present danger to the future prosperity of the town”.

The amendments included the reallocation of how flooding plans would be funded and the removal of funding for the Council’s Information and Communication Technology department, both of which would have serious ramifications for residents right across the Borough.

The Lib Dems also attempted to slash the budget of Kingston Futures -  a programme to write planning policy for all parts of the Borough and to create protections for the town against over-development. The programme also seeks to attract new businesses, jobs and infrastructure to the borough.

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Conservatives achieve improved Old Post Office development scheme

Approved TOPO scheme
Tough talking with St George's has scaled back the new buildings surrounding the Old Post Office site in Kingston town centre

After a long period of consultation and tough negotiations, leading to substantially redrafted plans, Kingston Council has approved the redevelopment of the Old Post Office site in the town centre.

A previous application had been refused by the Council’s Development Control Committee.

St George's planned redevelopment will deliver new homes, shops, restaurants, offices and community space, with over half an acre of landscaped public realm and the restoration of two listed buildings which are on the Heritage at Risk Register.

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Andrew Day extinguishes ‘day burners’

Due to equipment failure, street lights were burning all day in Chessington

Councillor Andrew Day’s intervention has stopped months of energy waste from street lights remaining on during the day.

The street lights on the A243 Hook Road had been ‘day burning’ for months. Acting on behalf of local residents, Cllr Day contacted Transport for London to highlight the problem, which was fixed once the replacement parts had been arranged.

Andrew Day

Cllr Day said:

It has taken a long time to get the special parts needed to stop this problem. Not only is it annoying for people living in the area, but it’s also very wasteful for the lights to be left on during the day. Although it was due to a malfunction, I think it also sets a bad example if people see street lights on during the day, so I am glad we have got the problem sorted.

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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