Kingston nightclub licence revoked

Barcadia has been in trouble before

Barcadia, a nightclub in Kingston Town Centre, has had its licence revoked after a vote held by the Council’s Licensing SubCommittee.

Members were told by Kingston Police that on the 9th March two underage girls were allowed entry to the establishment, with the ID of only one being checked, and this was actually an expired passport belonging to someone else. Later, one of the girls made an allegation of rape against two men she had met in the premises.

Kingston Conservatives are committed to stamping out antisocial behaviour and ensuring a more responsible attitude to licensing of clubs and bars than in the past.

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Putting people in power

Guildhall interior
the Conservatives' recall proposals will make the removal of inactive councillors easier easier

Kingston Conservatives are set to make Local Government more transparent and accountable by giving voters the right to sack Councillors who fail to live up to set of standards.

This proposal is part of the wider programme on Renewing Kingston’s Democracy. Details of the scheme, including the triggers for a new election and the thresholds and the method of implementation can be seen at

The Council will also launch a campaign with local MPs Zac Goldsmith and James Berry to call on other Councils to adopt this scheme and on the Government to consider giving this statutory footing.

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Conservatives fix Council’s petition scheme


Kingston’s Conservative Administration has improved the Council’s Petition Scheme to allow it to respond to everyone who has signed a petition and provided their address.

The Petition Scheme introduced by the Lib Dems did not allow the Council to contact any signatories except the organiser in relation to the petition. 

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Lib Dems let down residents and embarrass Borough

The mayor of Oldenburg was confronted with Lib Dem protestors
Council guest Mayor of Oldenburg was confronted with Lib Dem protestors

Lib Dem councillors refused to participate in the April full Council meeting, despite the presence of international guests and an important awards ceremony.

Cllr Liz Green, Lib Dem Group Leader, told the Mayor that they would not be participating in important scheduled debates on the review of home care charges and building new schools in the Borough, nor voting on the important constitutional changes that were to be debated.


Five year deal supports the Rose's development

The Rose Theatre
Conservatives have written off a £1.8m loan to the Rose to make fundraising easier

Kingston Council has entered into a new arrangement with the Theatre covering the next five years.

The complex financial arrangements put in place by the previous Lib Dem administration will be terminated and a new more transparent relationship established making fund-raising easier.

Instead of an annual grant of £500,000 with payments back to the Council (or the theatre property owning limited liability partnership) for leasing costs, rent and debt repayments, the Council will now purchase services to the value of £265,000 with an additional public subsidy of £52,000 reducing to zero over the five years.

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Council endorses older persons’ accommodation strategy

Hobkirk House
Hobkirk House is not suitable for is no longer suitable for people with long-term complex conditions

Following an extensive consultation, the Residents, Health and Social Care Committee has recommended the closure of Hobkirk House. The six permanent residents will be supported in moving to alternative accommodation of their choice.

Kingston Conservatives are holding consultations after the Lib Dems listed Hobkirk House and Murray House for closure without asking residents their views. The twenty two permanent residents of Murray House will now be consulted on the future options for that building.


Kingston Opportunity Area announced

Kingston Conservative Leader Kevin Davis has worked with the Greater London Authority and Transport for London to designate much of central Kingston as an ‘Opportunity Area’.

There are 33 Opportunity Areas across Greater London, which are key to planning future development and providing the infrastructure to support growth opportunities. Central Kingston's status has been endorsed by Kingston's Infrastructure, Projects and Contracts Committee.

Opportunity Areas are London’s major locations for new housing, commercial and other development linked to existing or potential improvements to public transport accessibility. Typically they can accommodate at least 5,000 jobs or 2,500 new homes or a combination of the two, along with other supporting facilities and infrastructure.

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Korea festival planned

Coronation Stone
The Coronation Stone will be moved to All Saints in a landscape designed by Korean Gold Medal winner Hwang Jihae

A cultural festival billed as ‘Kingston Welcomes Korea’ is planned for this August in the Royal Borough, celebrating our links with Korea. It will combine an arts festival with a trade fair and an environmental debate.

Planned arts events include concerts to be held at the All Saints Church, an exhibition of Korean contemporary art, and performing arts displays at the Rose Theatre.

The trade fair, hosted at the Rose Theatre will be called called ‘Jangmadang’, the Korean word for market place, and British companies seeking opportunities in Korea will be able to meet with Korean businesses looking to invest in Britain.

A Green Debate with six different sessions will be held during the course of the festival in the Council Chamber at the Guildhall.

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Tories crack down on dog fouling and litter

On the spot fines will be introduced in Kingston

Kingston Conservatives are working with external organisations to which the Council could delegate enforcement powers over issues such as littering and dog fouling, allowing a much more comprehensive enforcement regime.

This would mean on the spot fines of £80 for littering and £100 for dog fouling offences across the Borough

For years under Lib Dem rule, Kingston residents complained about the level of dog fouling and litter in their neighbourhoods. In the recent All in One Survey, 76% of people across the Borough said that littering was a problem in their local area – a figure which rose to 84% in Beverley.

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