Conservative council to deliver Greenway improvements

Tolworth Greenway
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
  • new colours and markings to make informal crossings more obvious
  • reduce the slope at inset parking bays
  • new ‘shared use’ signs for cyclists and pedestrians
  • improvements to some paving.

Conservative Councillor Richard Hudson says:

The Greenway was an innovative approach to the Broadway but now desperately needs all the “snags” fixing. My approach as lead member is to ensure that ALL road users benefit from such schemes and any improvements are not focussed on small minorities.

New Country Park for Tolworth

Tolworth Court Farm - by Gerald Abrahams

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

The site, already owned by the Council, and bordered by Jubilee Way and Kingston Road, is currently closed off by earth banks, but will be accessible to local residents under plans to open the space up. It is anticipated that there will also be a car park and visitor centre, but no building work will take place on the site itself.

The location, which is first mentioned in the Domesday Book, will provide not just a unique leisure feature for Kingston residents, but also a site of historical interest and education.  At the time of the Domesday Book, Tolworth Court Farm’s tenant in chief was Richard, son of Count of Gilbert, and had only 31 households living there.  This project will open up the land for greater public access and trace that history from medieval times and create an understanding of rural life.

Cllr Kevin Davis said,

Our population is growing and it is more important than ever that we provide open spaces for us all to enjoy. A site such as Tolworth Court Farm has enormous educational potential, as it is linked to Tolworth’s rural origins.  In a growing, multicultural Borough we need to do what we can to highlight our past.

[The photo of Tolworth Court Farm was taken by Gerald Abrahams of G.A. Landscapes. Kingston upon Thames Archaeological Society has a Tolworth Court Farm Project.]

Kingston and Richmond Councils to share more services

Kingston and Richmond Conservatives have agreed to share additional Council services to improve quality and save millions.

In a joint statement, the Leaders of Kingston and Richmond Councils announced a Thames Agreement to bring more services together that could save £5-8m through closer working.

Kevin DavisCouncillor Kevin Davis, Leader of Kingston Council, said:

“Kingston and Richmond are natural partners with a shared desire to provide our residents with quality services and value for money. The starting point for this agreement is that services will be shared wherever possible. Saving money is essential, but this is also a genuine opportunity to change and develop services to achieve better services and better outcomes for residents in Kingston and Richmond.”

Kingston and Richmond already share a number of services, including HR, Audit and legal. In 2014 they launched Achieving for Children, a jointly owned community interest company providing education and children’s services across our two boroughs.

Lord TrueLord Nicholas True, Leader of Richmond Council, said:

“Our priority has always been to protect front line services, whilst continuing to identify transformative ways of reducing costs and improving services. That is why, although one objective of this proposal is to save taxpayers’ money, we have learnt over the past few years that through challenge come genuine opportunities to change and develop services to improve what we do and how we do it. I would like to thank Kingston Council in joining us in this initiative and look forward to deepening our already existing alliance with our sister borough.”

The sovereignty of each borough will be retained regardless of the level of collaboration across the two boroughs.

‘Gloriana’ could come to Kingston

Gloriana

Following difficulties finding a suitable home for The Queen’s Royal Barge in Richmond, Council Leader Kevin Davis has entered into discussions to bring her to Kingston.

Having been approached by Councillor Davis, The Lord Sterling of Plaistow, who organised and funded Gloriana’s construction, will visit the Royal Borough to view several potential sites. 

At the naming ceremony The Queen asked that Gloriana be maintained by a trust, and approved the principle that she be used to promote better use of the Thames. This is currently being accomplished through events for charities supported by the Royal Family, as well as through other occasions to celebrate the river.

It is crucial that Gloriana is found a home where not only can she have access to the Thames, but can also be enjoyed by the general public, and is why the right choice for the Royal Barge, is the Royal Borough. 

Cllr Davis said,

This is the oldest Royal Borough in the country with wonderful access to the River Thames and tens of millions who visit every year to shop, visit the theatre or take in the history of a wonderful town. What better place to show off this extraordinarily beautiful tribute to Her Majesty The Queen but equally to add to our significant story of Royal history at the heart of the Borough.

Bus service extended to help Chessington students

465 Bus

After months of hard work and campaigning by a Conservative Councillor, TfL has announced that an extra Monday to Friday service will operate on the 465 route from Kingston to Leatherhead. 

Councillor Day, who represents Chessington North and Hook, welcomed the news of an extra departure leaving Kingston at 0725 on weekdays.

“There have been a number of occasions on which students from Chessington have been left behind and hopefully this will rectify the situation.” 

Routed through Chessington North and Hook, and with a number of important onward transport links, an extension of the 465 service is something that Councillor Day is especially pleased at having been able to deliver for his ward residents.

Kingston Conservatives - for a better, brighter Borough

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