Local businesses support 30 minutes free parking

  • 30 min free parking
  • 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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Andrew Day extinguishes ‘day burners’

Streetlight
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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Plan to twin with Jaffna

Jaffna temple
Jaffna's famous Nallur Kovil, which reflects the Dravidian architecture and style.

Kingston upon Thames is planning to twin with the Sri Lankan city of Jaffna.

The move is a joint effort between the Conservative-run Royal Borough, local MP James Berry and the Chief Minister of Jaffna, and is part of a wider initiative towards Kingston's large Tamil population.

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Kingston welcomes business rate reforms following 18-month campaign for change

Conference
George Osborne addresses the Conservative party Conference in Manchester

The Leader of Kingston Council, Cllr Kevin Davis, has welcomed an announcement by Chancellor George Osborne that local councils will be able to keep the proceeds from business rates raised in their areas.

Kingston has been the most vociferous of all London boroughs in campaigning for reforms to the business rates system, with Cllr Davis first meeting with senior Government Ministers to discuss the issue at the beginning of the year.

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First new secondary school in 20 years

Kingston Academy opening
The first new secondary school in 20 years has been opened by North Kingston MP Zac Goldsmith.

The Kingston Academy opened its doors this September to Year 7 pupils, who have been dubbed the ‘History Makers'.

This follows ten years of hard-fought campaigning by local parents and Conservative councillors. The creation of a north Kingston school was opposed by the Liberal Democrats for many years.

The school has been established by the Kingston Educational Trust – a partnership between Kingston University, Kingston College and Kingston Council – in response to the significant need for fully-inclusive secondary places in the local area.

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

Market
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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Crossrail 2 will transform commuter services

Crossrail 2
Crossrail 2 will transform commuting from the Borough ... have your say.

Conservative-backed Crossrail 2 will double the frequency of services to London and reduce peak overcrowding.

Transport for London has release updated proposals for Crossrail 2 service, including a new factsheet about the impact on New Malden. A further ten trains per hour would stop at New Malden before fanning out to serve Norbiton and Kingston, or Berrylands and Surbiton. The Malden Manor, Tolworth and Chessington branch through Motspur Park would also see a substantially improved service.

However, the level crossing at Elm Road New Malden would have to be closed (or replaced by a bridge or tunnel) as it would not be practical or safe with so many trains.

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The Evening Standard credits Kingston Council Leader Kevin Davis with fixing local authority finances

This Evening Standard article praises Kevin Davis for seeding the idea with the Treasury that councils should hold onto the business rates they collect.

The Evening Standard has praised Kingston Council Leader Kevin Davis for stimulating the Government's new policy of allowing local authorities to hold onto the business rates which they collect.

Writing in the Business section, Chris Blackhurst credits Cllr Davis with having made the proposal to the Government last year.

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Home Zone cleanup volunteeers

Cleaning up Cavendish Road
James Berry with local activists tackle local litter

James Berry MP has joined more than forty volunteers to help clean up the Cavendish Road Home Zone.

The action day was organised by Conservative Councillor Jack Cheetham and involved local residents, members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community and Borough councillors. The volunteer work took place alongside the Borough Council’s Cleaner Kingston campaign.

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Council leader Kevin Davis visits Refugee Action Kingston

Refugee Action visit
Council Leader Kevin Jones (left) with Mayor Roy Arora (centre) at Kingston Refugee Action

Kingston Borough Council leader Kevin Davis and Mayor Roy Arora have visited Refugee Action Kingston speaking with staff and volunteers about the work that they do, and talking to refugees, some of whom were Syrian.

Director of Refugee Action Kingston, Sanja Kane, describes their work as unpacking the problems that refugees face. Many refugees come to the organisation looking for aid for one problem, but find with the help of Refugee Action that they require help with several issues.

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