Our Plan for a Better, Brighter Borough

After 12 years of Lib Dem neglect we are finally on the path to recovery and to making Kingston a Better, Brighter Borough. We made big promises in 2014, and have delivered on all of them. Take a look below at what we have done to make Kingston a Better, Brighter Borough for you and your family.


 Since 2014 we have delivered on our promises: 



Kingston’s schools are some of the best in the country and are part of what makes the Borough such an attractive place to raise a family.But for twelve years the Lib Dems completely failed to make plans for the future provision of school places. They damaged the education of our children by experimenting with bulge classes and failed to build fewer new schools.

We have delivered on our promise for two new schools and will continue to work with schools to ensure that our children have access to the best possible education. Since the Conservatives took the council in 2014, school standards have gone up, more money has been invested, and there are many more places for local children.


How we care for the most vulnerable members of society is one of the defining issues of our times.

We have, to date, put an extra £4m into adult care and are looking at increasing it again. We have created a programme with the NHS called Kingston Coordinated Care which will provide a seamless service for the elderly being discharged from hospital, and we will be building new care homes to cater for such demand.



In 2014 we pledged to put more police on patrol because residents wanted to feel safer.

We delivered on that and have worked with the Metropolitan Police Service in Kingston and other organisations to make Kingston the safest Borough in London for two years in a row. We have rebalanced our economy ending the dependence on Kingston’s nightlife and residents feel safer now under a Conservative Council than they did under the Lib Dems.



Upon becoming the administration in 2014 we encountered a highways department in a mess with a backlog of road repairs caused by the Lib Dem years of neglect and failure. We pledged to invest £1million on highways and roads, and we’ve delivered £1.5million as we begin to undo the Lib Dems abysmal record of road maintenance.


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Kingston Conservatives are proud supporters of local businesses across the Borough.

In 2014 we promised to introduce 30 Minutes Free parking across the Borough to support local businesses and independent shops whilst also investing in local high streets. We have delivered on this pledge and are actively working with local businesses to support the work that they do in supporting our local economy.


But we didn't stop there and are delivering on our next five pledges:



Like our roads Kingston’s pavements were also subject to neglect under the Lib Dems leaving residents demanding action. We are delivering on our pledge to invest £1million on our pavements as we put right the Lib Dems failures.

Already residents have commented that pavements across the Borough are safer and easier to use, and whilst this won’t solve the problems caused by the Lib Dems it’s a step in the right direction.



Our parks and playgrounds should be places of joy, but saw years of neglect under the Lib Dems. We pledged to deliver an extra £1million into the Borough’s parks and we are delivering on this so that once more residents may enjoy the great outdoors.



Here in Kingston we are lucky to have one of the brightest and cleanest Boroughs in London but we recognise that there is more to do to improve our Borough. That is why we are introducing new high tech street bins that use sensors to monitor when they are full and alert us for emptying thereby creating a more sustainable bin service.

We are also rolling out Borough wide enforcement wardens for littering, dog fouling and a range of other environmental offences to ensure that our neighbourhoods always look the best they can.



We want to make Kingston the best Borough in London for recycling, that is why we introduced a new waste and recycling collection scheme to increase our recycling rates.

With your help we have already seen recycling rates rise and landfill waste fall propelling Kingston to the position of third best borough in London for recycling. But we will not stop there and will be looking at new ways of encouraging recycling, new options on street bins and a focus on food waste.



As an outer London Borough we run right up against the green belt and open countryside.

As the need for more housing in London grows we need to ensure we protect our environment by not building on the green belt. There is plenty of brownfield land in Kingston that can be developed for more homes and we must maximise that land to help us attract new homes and businesses.


Our record as an administration is clear, but there is still work to do to ensure that Kingston is prepared for the challenges of the future. To turn back now would be to return to the Lib Dem years of neglect and failure. Only the Conservatives can help deliver Kingston a Better, Brighter future, the Lib Dems just want to run our town down again.


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