Why the 2018 Local Elections matter
Tomorrow, on 3 May, you will choose who runs Kingston Council. That choice matters.
National issues get most of the press, but your Council arguably has a bigger impact on your quality of life than even Government. Therefore it matters, greatly, who runs Kingston Council.
We're proud of our local Conservative team’s record to date running Kingston Council. It is a well-run Council. Our finances are in strong shape having frozen Council Tax this year and put money away in our reserves and we have an ambitious investment programme for our roads, parks and pavements.
We have paid for extra Police and Kingston is now the safest Borough in London. Recycling has risen in Kingston since 2014. We have introduced 30 minutes free parking to support business and are opening two new schools.
We have an equally ambitious and exciting plan for the next term. We will keep Council tax rises to a minimum but also introduce a new Kingston Card giving residents discounts for parking and leisure centres. We will also introduce Council tax discounts for carers.
We will invest more resources in tackling crime; especially burglary. We will also need to commit even more money to our roads, pavements and parks to keep up with the backlog left us in 2014. Importantly for our green borough, we will be replanting the 2,500 trees the Lib Dems cut down and did not replace. But we also need to invest in local facilities to support our growing population.
So, as well as building two new swimming pools we have also committed to at least two new care homes, two children’s homes and more schools, including a new school for those with learning difficulties.
We have been clear about how we will fund this programme and whilst both us and the Labour party have made commitments to keep tax low our Lib Dem opposition refuse to even discuss the issue in their leaflets.
Whilst the main parties have run a clean and positive election it is sadly, once again, the Lib Dems who have waged an entirely negative and sometimes personal campaign that makes no offer to the people of our Borough and actually seeks to run down the place we live.
We hope you will take a look at our full plan for the borough at www.KingstonConservatives.com/plan , even if only to get a quick sense of it.
We are also proud of the team of candidates we have been able to assemble. This is where the local Conservatives are strongest compared to our competition. We have an excellent mix of experienced councillors and fresh new candidates who are highly competent, care greatly about their local communities and want to work together with local residents. We will have a fresh leadership team with the ideas and energy to take us into this new term and make Kingston a better, brighter borough.
So, tomorrow’s choice is very important. It matters who runs our Council.
Please make sure you vote, and if you choose to place your trust with our local Conservative team of candidates we commit to making the next four years a positive, ambitious and exciting period for you and for the Kingston we all love.