Drug & alchohol service move halted

Kingston Council’s consultation over the move of the needle exchange to Hollyfield House was found to be flawed

Conservative Councillor Julie Pickering, has suspended the proposed move of the Drug and Alcohol Service, including its needle exchange, to Hollyfield House.

Cllr Pickering, Chair of the Residents, Health and Care Services Committee, found that the proposed move from the Surbiton Health Centre failed to take into account the views of local residents.

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All-in-One Survey to be sent to residents

Your views on local development will be sought in the All-in-One Survey

In October, all Kingston-upon-Thames residents will receive an ‘All-in-One’ Survey from the Council.

Unlike most other local authorities, who only consult a statistical sample of their residents, the Conservative administration will engage with every individual resident, keeping a pledge they made in the last election.

The 20-question survey asks residents for their views on a range of issues, from development in the local area to crime and anti-social behaviour.

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Kingston rated as London's safest borough

The Royal Borough has been rated by residents as the safest borough in London, according to Rightmove.

Rightmove's Happy At Home Index nationwide insight into the emotive relationship we have with the place we call home. They surveyed nearly 50,000 people asking them to rank twelve distinct factors about where they live.

Residents rated Kingston first in London for Safety and Neighbourliness and second on Amenities and Recreation. However, it is considered to be one of the more expensive boroughs to live in.

The Met Police statistics show that, in the 12 months to July, Kingston has seen fewer recorded crimes than any other London borough.

Conservatives approve new schools for Kingston

Maria Netley, Conservative candidate for Tudor Ward, at the site of the new academy in her ward

Two more new schools for primary and secondary pupils in Kingston have been approved by the Conservative government.

Kingston Community School proposed by Chapel St will include a two-form entry primary opening in September 2015 and a three-form entry secondary from September 2017. Surbiton Primary School proposed by the GEMS Learning Trust will be two-form entry opening in September 2015. The government’s Education Funding Agency will find sites for the free schools and these will be announced in due course. 

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Council Tax frozen!

Council Tax frozenYour new Conservative Council plans to freeze council tax for the next two years.

Despite rising inflation, the new administration has already found significant efficiency savings. These will add extra investment to frontline services without increasing the council tax.

30 minute free parking is on its way

A number of technologies will be trialled on the Borough's shopping streets

A Conservative key election pledge of 30 minutes free metered parking has moved a step closer with Kingston Council’s authorisation of a trial.

The campaign for free parking, which will give a boost to small businesses and independent shops in the Borough, gained 2,000 supporters across Kingston in the run up to the May election.

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£1.5 million boost for better roads in Kingston

St Albans Road foorpath repairs

Maria Netley, Conservative candidate in the 16th October Tudor Ward bye-election, in St Alban's Road.

Councillors have approved a £1 million boost for improvements to the borough’s roads.

Kingston Council also received £250,000 from the government’s recently announced ‘pothole fund’ and a further £238,000 share of additional national funding for highways maintenance.

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Conservative council to deliver Greenway improvements

Tolworth Greenway
Conservatives pledged to sponsor Greenway improvements during the recent election

Residents’ views on Tolworth Greenway, along with the results of council reviews, will shape the next phase of the scheme’s development.

New measures being considered include:

  • an extra “proper” pedestrian crossing
  • signs to reinforce banned turns and u-turns by mororists
  • enhanced traffic smoothing measures

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New Country Park for Tolworth

This photo by Gerald Abrahams highlights the amenity value of Tolworth Court Farm

Conservative Council Leader Kevin Davis has announced plans for a new country park to be situated at Tolworth Court Farm.

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