Conservatives give go ahead for new Museum

A new museum will be built near All Saints

Conservative Councillors have taken the decision to build a new museum in the centre of Kingston’s historic town.

The plan is to create a museum focused on the Borough’s Saxon history and as the crowning place of the first King of England. The museum will be placed alongside the recently improved All Saints Church which received a significant Heritage Lottery Fund grant in 2015.

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Councillors seek your opinion on riverside development

Maria Netley
Conservative councillor Maria Netley wants to hear from you about the future of the riverside.

Conservative-controlled Kingston Council has urged residents to share their views on the Riverside Public Realm Supplementary Planning Document (SPD).

The planning document sets out a vision which is intended to transform the riverside and deliver a vibrant, sustainable and ecologically rich riverside environment.

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Lib Dems block plans to improve local parks and pavements

Conservative Councillors were left shocked when Kingston Lib Dems blocked the approval of the Parks and Pavements Improvement Project at a recent meeting of the Residents Committee.

The Project was an initiative designed by the Council to regenerate local parks and pavements across the Borough.

Phil Doyle

Cllr Phil Doyle, Portfolio Holder for Residents Services said:

Under the Lib Dem administration, our parks and pavements were neglected. Councillors and Officers proposed a list of parks and pavements that were are in need of vital work. In blocking these projects, the Lib Dems have made it clear that new playground equipment and safer pavements are of little concern to them.

GoCycle success: Surbiton cycle hire scheme expands

Surbiton GoCycle Dock
The successful Surbiton GoCycle docking station has now been extended to double capacity.

The folding bike hire scheme launched in Surbiton last year has proven so popular that the Council has approved an extension to the dock, doubling capacity.

The Brompton Bike Hire dock was launched in July as part of the Conservative-led council’s aim to encourage cycling. It provides 24/7 access to folding bike hire. The bikes, which are available for hire from £2.50 for 24 hours, complement the 10 new cycling routes being developed by as part of the Go Cycle programme.

Terry Paton

Councillor Terry Paton, Deputy Leader and portfolio holder for the Go Cycle programme, said:

The Brompton Bike Hire scheme has proven to be a terrific success at Surbiton and has provided locals and visitors with more travel options for getting around our Borough. Fold-up bikes offer fantastic flexibility as they are portable on buses, trains, and taxis. There has been such a great demand that we’re looking at options for future docking stations elsewhere in the Borough.
To access a bike you need to sign up as a member by registering online. You can then book a bike online or via text. You can return your bike to any dock in the Brompton Bike network and you can keep the bike out for as long as you want as charges will just roll over. You only need to make a reservation to return the bike once you decide to give it back. Bikes can be folded and kept with you at all times.

We will continue to care for those who need our help, without delay or distraction

Effective care for the elderly and vulnerable remains a priority goal for our Conservative administration

Conservative-controlled Kingston has made a difficult decision to increase Care Charges. But alongside the headline increase from 75% to 100%, other initiatives will ensure a more personal care to support the vulnerable.

This includes help in claiming disability-related expenses, particularly for those entitled to the Enhanced Disability Premium, and continued support for the voluntary sector.

Most importantly, we need to streamline the assessment process and make it easier to access the benefits our vulnerable residents are due. 

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New respite care facility for children planned

AfC already have a facility at Moor Lane

A new respite care facility for children with disabilities and their families is set to open in Moor Lane, Chessington.

The new building is due to open in Autumn 2018 and will provide overnight short breaks for families with children that have special educational needs, a disability or complex medical needs.

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Canbury Car Park offers new opportunities

The redevelopment of Canbury Place is at last possible

Kingston’s Conservative Council has agreed to proceed with the development of the Canbury car park, in collaboration with the adjoining owner, enabling exciting developments benefitting residents throughout Kingston.

The developments will be carried out in accordance with the principles as set out in the North Kingston Development Brief.

David Cunningham

Councillor David Cunningham, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration said: 

 The Council’s decision will enhance the public realm and access to the river. In progressing with the developments of key sites such as Canbury Car Park, residents across the Borough will be able to enjoy new services and facilities bringing growth and prosperity to the local economy.

Lib Dems would not upgrade libraries

New Malden Library
Lib Dems think spending on libraries is wrong!

Conservative-run Kingston is transforming all of its libraries by installing new technology and creating flexible community spaces.

But, as reported in the Surrey Comet, Lib Dem leader Liz Green criticised the move as “an awful amount of money when we don’t have it” and suggested that the Lib Dems wouldn't have made the investment.

Kingston Library will be the first of the seven libraries to have a makeover, with improvements including the incorporation of the children’s library into the building. Others will follow over the next two months.

Andrea Craig

Cllr Andrea Craig, Cabinet Member for Heritage, Arts and Leisure at Kingston Council, said: 

The benefits of this investment will be felt for years to come. We know that our residents are keen library users, so enhancing these key community spaces is essential. I hope that even more residents and visitors take the opportunity to discover all that is on offer in our newly-transformed libraries.

Tolworth Meyer Homes: Statement on planning appeal

The Meyer Homes proposal in Tolworth
This development in Tolworth was rejected by the Council but supported on an even larger scale by the Labour Mayor of London

 Kevin Davis Council Leader Kevin Davis writes:

In July 2016 the Council’s Development Control Committee refused an application for St George’s Gate in Tolworth for 705 units. The reason for refusal, in the Committee’s judgement, were a lack of evidence of the effect of the development on the highways network, and concerns about the density and scale of the application.

The developers decided to appeal the decision. Encouraged by the Mayor of London, they have also subsequently submitted a planning application of even greater density for this site. This second application is currently working its way through the planning system.

The Council considering defending the appeal, and sought independent legal advice from leading counsel. The clear advice was that we would lose and it would cost us a considerable sum of money. With huge cuts to our grants from Central Government (totalling a gap of nearly £40 million in 4 years), we cannot gamble with our resident's money.

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Terry Paton reflects on the lost opportunity to improve safety at the Fountain

 Terry Paton Cllr Terry Paton writes:

Safety is a big issue around the Fountain Roundabout, which has an accident rate is three times higher than that of comparable roundabouts in the Borough. There is conflict between drivers changing lanes, and it is not safe for cyclists or pedestrians.

We know that 66 people have been injured in accidents reported to the police over the past ten years and one person has been killed. This excludes minor accidents, which are not recorded if no one is injured.

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