Borough cycle path programme moves ahead, despite Lib Dems

Lib Dems voted against improvements to cycle paths across the Borough

Kingston’s Infrastructure, Projects and Contracts Committee has approved funding for six ”mini-Holland“ schemes.

Funded by Kingston Council and Transport for London, the mini-Holland scheme aims to create a cycle-friendly environment through traffic calming, pocket parks and a cycle superhighways. The name of the project is meant to reflect the popular cycling culture in the Netherlands, where most journeys are made by bike.

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Health Chair criticises hospital parking

Kingston Hospital is installing number plate recognition cameras from Parking Eye

Poor signage about Kingston Hospital’s new number plate recognition system to enforce parking controls has been catching Blue Badge holders unaware.

Councillors have received complaints from residents who say that the new parking regime is not clear. Badge holders have received fines whilst visiting friends and relatives in hospital, because the signage advising of the new regime is inadequate.

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Lib Dems block Surbiton school safety zones

The introduction of 20 mph zones has been delayed by Lib Dem Cllr Malcolm Self.

Surbiton Lib Dems have decided to block Conservative efforts to install a 20mph speed limit outside Surbiton’s schools and nurseries on political grounds.

Reducing speed outside schools is a measure designed to protect children and is supported by the Department for Transport as well as numerous motoring organisations including the AA and RAC.

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£50,000 up for grabs by Kingston’s voluntary sector

There are 247 voluntary organisations working in Kingston, involving thousands of volunteers (according to The National Council for Voluntary Organisations).

£50,000 worth of grants for projects and schemes run by the voluntary sector will be available in the next financial year from the Conservative-run Council.

The New Initiatives and Emerging Needs and Small Grants schemes will continue through to 2016, despite Kingston Council facing reduced finances over the coming year.

Local groups will be able to apply for up to £3,000 per project from the Emerging Needs fund and up to £750 from the Small Grants scheme. To be eligible the application must achieve one or more of the following:

  • creating a sustainable Kingston by protecting or enhancing the environment for us and future generations;
  • sharing prosperity and creating opportunity;
  • preventing problems and promoting responsibility and independence.

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Ed Davey ‘scaremongering’ over plans to improve the Fairfield site

Eden Quarter
The Eden Quarter is bounded by Clarence Street, Wheatfield Way and Union Street, between the ancient Market Place and surrounding neighbourhoods and encompasses some of the busiest roads in the area.

Kingston Council Leader Kevin Davis has set right misinformation about the impact of the draft Eden Quarter Development Plan, accusing  Lib Dem MP Ed Davey of scaremongering.

The Eden Quarter Development Brief, currently out for consultation until 15th December, provides a vision for making the Fairfield better for Kingston residents, whilst seeing it remain green and unpaved. Online petitions have sprung up as a result of misinformation, and Kingston Conservatives are working to set the record straight for concerned residents.

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Kingston Lib Dem’s abysmal housing record revealed

Kingston built just 184 affordable homes while Croydon built 1,205

In the three years preceding April 2013, Lib Dem controlled Kingston built just 184 affordable homes, the second fewest in London behind only ultra-expensive Kensington and Chelsea.

A report recently released as part of London’s Poverty Profile has revealed the appalling affordable housing legacy that the bequeathed by the Lib Dems when they left office in May.

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Cabinet Room opened to Youth Council

The Guildhall hosts Kingston Youth Council

Kingston Conservatives were pleased to be able to open up the Cabinet Room at the Guildhall to the Kingston Youth Council.

The Youth Council is made up from young people between the ages of 11 and 19 who wish to see positive changes for people of their age group across both Kingston and Richmond.

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RBK suspends Londis licence following child sexual assault

Londis Ewell Rd

Kingston Council Licensing Sub-Committee suspended the licence of Londis in Ewell Road following an attack on a girl by an illegal immigrant employee.

At Summary Review meeting of the Licensing Sub-Committee was informed that an 11 year old girl was sexually assaulted by a shop employee on Sunday 23rd November. It later emerged that the employee, a Mauritian national, had overstayed his visa and had no right to reside or work in the UK. The man in question has since pleaded guilty to the offence.

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Better recycling service to replace soggy cardboard sacks

More cardboard will be recycled - and health risks will be lowered.

Residents' frustration with soggy cardboard recycling will end when a new waste collection contract starts next year.

The cardboard recycling sacks have been an unpopular feature of the expensive and inefficient contract negotiated by the previous Lib Dem Administration. With the existing waste collection contract coming to an end, Kingston Conservatives have taken the opportunity to seek improvements and efficiencies.

recycling questions Weekly food waste collections will continue as normal, and residents will be provided with a second bin for paper and card, ensuring that it stays dry so more can be recycled, which is to be collected fortnightly. Glass, cans and plastics will move to a fortnightly collection as well.

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Kingston Conservatives - for a better, brighter Borough

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