Kingston Conservatives record of Delivery: Parks and Playgrounds
Our parks are loved and well used by many families right across the Borough. They are the places where memories are created, from the first ride on the slide to taking that first go on the monkey bars.
We care deeply about our parks and believe that all children should have access to high quality parks and open spaces, and this is what we’ve delivered with money being directly invested into these valuable spaces.
So what’s the story with Kingston’s parks?
For 12 years whilst the Lib Dems ran the Council, Kingston’s parks received no direct capital investment. Our parks had to rely on private contractors whose role was to ensure that everything was maintained and safe. Residents and children suffered under the years of neglect and failure whilst Boroughs around Kingston set about investing and improving their parks.
What has happened since 2014 to resolve this situation?
Knowing that the Lib Dems legacy of neglect and failure across Kingston’s parks could not continue, we set about actively investing them. In 2016 we announced that we would invest £2 million into the Borough’s Parks and Pavements. This meant that eight parks across the Borough would receive a substantial amount of investment and upgrading to bring them up to modern standards.
Whilst Kingston Conservatives were keen to improve the Borough’s parks, the Lib Dems attempted to block this investment. Despite their best efforts this was voted through and all eight parks that were selected for upgrading received their upgrade.
Has the project really delivered improvements?
From Latchmere Park in Tudor to Amy Woodgate in Chessington North, those parks selected for upgrades have received significant upgrades. New swings and climbing frames have been installed whilst new benches were also placed. Residents up and down the Borough have since remarked of the good work that has been carried out to improve the Borough’s parks.
We have currently completed the works at eight of the Borough’s parks:
- Alexandra Drive
- Blagdon Road
- Canbury Gardens
- Elm Road
- Royal Park Gate
- Woodgate Avenue
What about the rest of the parks across Kingston?
Phase Two of the Parks and Pavements project was announced and voted through at Budget Council. This will see a further £1.3million invested into the scheme to be spent on improving more parks and pavements across the Borough. We know that there are other parks that are in need of work and we hope that the extra money which we are investing will provide greater numbers of children with better play facilities.
Cllr Phil Doyle, Portfolio Holder for Resident Services said,
One of the things that I’m most proud of over the last four years is that we’ve been able to invest in and improve our parks. It shows that when the council works hard and prioritises things that matter to residents such as parks, that we can actually get a lot of good work done.