Bringing communities together with better local services
Right across our communities families and children alike regularly go to their local library to pick up the latest book, attend courses provided by local professionals, or simply just to study. They have always been and will continue to be vital community resources that residents value and frequently use.
When Kingston Conservatives were elected in 2014, we knew that the Borough’s libraries needed a massive renovation project to get them fit for the 21st century. Whilst other London Boroughs and political parties were cutting resources to libraries and community resources, Kingston Conservatives decided to invest £500,000 and embarked on a project to upgrade all of Kingston’s libraries.
Kingston’s Liberal Democrats voted against the proposals to upgrade the borough’s libraries, whilst their Leader, Cllr Liz Green criticised the investment as ‘an awful amount of money’ and suggested that the Lib dems wouldn’t have invested in them. Yet at the end of the upgrade residents were already enjoying state of the art facilities which had been installed in all of our libraries, freeing up staff to carry out other roles and provide a higher level of assistance to those who visit.
As local Conservatives we understand the value of community resources such as libraries. They are about more than providing just a place where books can be loaned from and that's why it’s important that they are protected moving forward.
But local Conservatives haven’t stopped there and have continued to promote the reading of new and exciting tales and bringing communities together. In Berrylands, local Conservative campaigner Nick Rogers, created a Little Free Library on the Alpha Road Estate which allows residents from the local community to borrow a book to read and then return it.
Local Campaigner, Nick said,
Reading has been one of the joys of my life and I wanted to share that with the Alpha Road Estate by donating and running a Little Free Library. I love how the Library creates a community feel - it is used regularly by people of all ages and that’s reflected in the wide range of books that appear, from Charles Dickens to Jacqueline Wilson. Libraries of all sizes are so important; no one, adult or child, should be without access to books.
We value our local libraries and know that local communities thrive when they have good facilities . That is why Kingston Conservatives invested half a million pounds into these valuable resources. Whilst other parties wanted to cut investment to local services, Kingston Conservatives have delivered better libraries and local services, helping more residents to benefit from these community resources.
It is clear that all the Lib Dems do is neglect public services fail local residents. Only Kingston Conservatives can deliver better local services and a Better, Brighter Borough for all residents.
Cllr Andy Johnson Creek, Portfolio Holder for Growth and Identity said,
Libraries are amazing places offering a wide variety of community benefits. I benefited hugely from the library near to me when I was growing up and I’m delighted that residents across Kingston will be able to experience the benefits of these great community resources.