Howard Jones, former Group leader, succumbs to cancer

Howard Jones campaigning
Howard Jones loved campaigning ... he is seen here with fellow councillors Priyen Patel and current Mayor Ken Smith

Councillor Howard Jones, the former Conservative Group leader on Kingston Council who represented St James ward, has died. He had been having treatment for cancer over the past year.

Howard lived in the borough for over forty years and saw four children educated at local schools with two of them happily married and still living in the ward that he represented. He was a former senior Scotland Yard detective, who also for a time was in charge of the CID at Kingston.

He was first elected to the Council in 2002 and became leader of the Conservative group in 2005. In the May election he topped the poll in his ward for the third time. He was a tireless campaigner for a better, brighter Borough.

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Maria Netley retains Tudor for the Conservatives

Maria Netley supported by Tudor Councillors Hugh Scantlebury and David Cunningham at the Guildhall for the count.

Maria Netley has retained the Tudor Ward seat, vacated by Frank Thompson due to illness, in a convincing win over the Lib Dems.

Despite support for their candidate from Ed Davy and a host of Lib Dem celebs, Maria Netley has won the Tudor by-election with 41% of the vote, an increase over May's election results when the Conservatives were returned to power in the Royal Borough.

The rather crude Lib Dem leaflet depicting Maria as a teddy bear in silhouette as an "unknown" candidate did nothing for veteran campaigner Marilyn Mason's canvassing. The Lib Dem leaflet also quoted misleading 2010 polling results for the Ward, rather than the more recent 2014 results, in order to present a stronger case, but voters saw through this.

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Expensive student accommodation rejected

This room in Penrhyn Road is on the market for £329 per person per week

Kingston Conservatives have won a victory against developers wishing to build an expensive private hall of accommodation on Kingston Road.

Earlier this year, Council figures showed that students living in Kingston’s private student accommodation were turning the Borough into a dormitory town for other universities, with almost half of residents of some halls studying elsewhere in London.

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Ageing population will get Better Care

Tea dance in Surbiton hosted by Carewatch Kingston
The Council is developing plans to support the elderly to live in their own homes, and for us all to lead a healthier lifestyle.

Conservatives are pressing for services which will enable elderly people to remain in their own homes and community for longer, as well as a review of the need for extra care accommodation, sheltered accommodation, and care homes.

Kingston‘s lead member for Health and Social Care, Cllr Julie Pickering, is preparing for a massive growth in the number of elderly residents in the Royal Borough.

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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 due to inadequate consultation with those affected.

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

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Another illegally moored boat towed away

Illegally moored boat removed
This strange yellow craft had been illegally moored by the Hawker Centre throughout the summer

Kingston Council has successfully removed another illegally moored boat from the embankment adjacent to the the Hawker Centre near Lower Ham Road.

The unnamed yellow tug had been unlawfully moored on Council land adjacent for several months. Neighbouring boat users tried to resist the seizure and caused a disturbance, but once the police arrived Council officers were able to tow the boat away.

This is the second time that Kingston has used powers which have been in force since the 1970s but which were not exercised by the previous Lib Dem Administration. The boat's owners have six months to claim it before it can be sold or destroyed.

Lib Dems want to tart up the Royal Borough

Sex worker
Conservatives do not want to see the spread of prostitution across the Royal Borough.

Kingston faces the uncontrolled spread of prostitution under a new Lib Dem policy proposal.

At this year‘s Liberal Democrat Conference, a motion supported by party activists, sitting and former councillors and at least two former Liberal Democrat MPs, was passed backing the legalisation of brothels, kerb-crawling, and prostitutes soliciting business on street corners.

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Licensing review to improve Kingston at night

Licensing policy is under review to make Kingston safer

Your Conservative Administration is undertaking a review the Council's licensing policy to underpin the need for Kingston to be a safe and friendly place, both in the day and at night time.

Licensing decisions made by the Council need to be made with this in mind. The revised policy will be ready in the new year, following a period of consultation.

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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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