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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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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.

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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Kingston Opportunity Area announced

Kingston Conservative Leader Kevin Davis has worked with the Greater London Authority and Transport for London to designate much of central Kingston as an ‘Opportunity Area’.

There are 33 Opportunity Areas across Greater London, which are key to planning future development and providing the infrastructure to support growth opportunities. Central Kingston's status has been endorsed by Kingston's Infrastructure, Projects and Contracts Committee.

Opportunity Areas are London’s major locations for new housing, commercial and other development linked to existing or potential improvements to public transport accessibility. Typically they can accommodate at least 5,000 jobs or 2,500 new homes or a combination of the two, along with other supporting facilities and infrastructure.

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Conservatives fight for Grove and Tolworth

Hughes and Pandya
Jason Hughes and Ronak Pandya are standing in Grove and Tolworth for the Conservatives

Conservative candidates Jason Hughes and Ronak Pandya are fighting the by-elections in Grove and Tolworth & Hook Rise wards caused by the resignation of Lib Dem councillors.

The polls were triggered when Lib Dem deputy leader Stephen Brister and long-serving colleague Vicki Harris stepped down last month. Brister had attended just one Council meeting over the past six months.

At the local elections last year the vote in Groves was finely balanced between Conservative and Lib Dem, with one councillor from each side now representing the ward. Conservative support has grown in Tolworth as a result of new Council initiatives.

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.


Korea festival planned

Coronation Stone
The Coronation Stone will be moved to All Saints in a landscape designed by Korean Gold Medal winner Hwang Jihae

A cultural festival billed as ‘Kingston Welcomes Korea’ is planned for this August in the Royal Borough, celebrating our links with Korea. It will combine an arts festival with a trade fair and an environmental debate.

Planned arts events include concerts to be held at the All Saints Church, an exhibition of Korean contemporary art, and performing arts displays at the Rose Theatre.

The trade fair, hosted at the Rose Theatre will be called called ‘Jangmadang’, the Korean word for market place, and British companies seeking opportunities in Korea will be able to meet with Korean businesses looking to invest in Britain.

A Green Debate with six different sessions will be held during the course of the festival in the Council Chamber at the Guildhall.

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Kingston Conservatives - for a better, brighter Borough

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