James Berry for K & S   Zac Goldsmith for North Kingston
James Berry MP for
Kingston & Surbiton 
  and Zac Goldsmith
MP for Richmond Park
& North Kingston

Jenny Lewington selected for Grove

Jenny Lewinton

Kingston Conservatives have selected Jenny Lewington, a long-term resident of the Borough, to contest the Grove by-election on 16th July.

Jenny is a local grandmother who over the past 32 years has also worked in local schools. The Grove by-election follows the untimely death of Cllr. Chrissie Hitchcock, whose contribution to the Royal Borough was marked by all parties.

Jenny sees herself as a guardian for Grove Ward:

  • Fighting anti-social behaviour and crime by campaigning against inappropriate nightlife licences and promoting neighbourhood watch schemes.
  • Seeking more police for the town centre to cut crime and protect local residents.
  • Adopting a zero tolerance approach to over-development in the town centre to promote Kingston's unique heritage and local history.
  • Cleaning up Grove by securing investment to ensure our local area always looks its best, with community wardens to cut down on littering and a dedicated park ranger team to look after The Fairfield.

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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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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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 www.PuttingPeopleinPower.co.uk.

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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The legacy of neglect

Tesco Tolworth rubbish

The Lib Dems have neglected Tolworth and Hook Rise for far too long.

Lib Dems run the South of the Borough Neighbourhood Committee - the area with the worst satisfaction levels in Kingston:

  • Tolworth Greenway: overbudget, late, unsafe and not fit for purpose
  • Rubbish on Tesco land which the Lib Dems have ignored
  • Jubilee Way Playscape has been neglected and not maintained.

It's time to end the neglect of Tolworth!

Ronak Pandya is standing for Tolworth and Hook Rise in the forthcoming by-election, a Conservative working with the Conservative Administration getting the area back on the map after years of Lib Dem neglect.

Coombe Vale councillor Roy Arora to be next Mayor

Cllr Roy Arora has been confirmed as the Borough’s next Mayor at a meeting of Full Council.

Roy has lived in New Malden for the past thirteen years, though his connection with the area dates back over thirty years when he studied for his first degree at what was then Kingston Polytechnic.

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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 Conservatives - for a better, brighter Borough

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