Improving our parks

St James Parks
Local Conservative councillors have been working hard to improve St James' parks

Many of you have contacted us regarding problems with the Ward’s parks. Our parks should be places of joy for all who visit, and that is why we have carried out a number of improvements to parks across the Borough.

The following improvements have taken place across St James Ward:

  • Installed new fencing at Cromwell Avenue Open Space.
  • Replaced the old football goals with new facilities.

In the most recent budget, the Conservatives allocated an extra £1 million to improve our parks and repair pavements — a regular concern, especially for older residents. We aim to make Kingston a Better, Brighter Borough, and improvements like these are a key part of that. We are delivering for local residents, and will continue to work hard for you.

Local Ward Councillor Ken Smith said:KMS Smith

The improvements that have taken place to Cromwell Avenue are a great step in making our parks the best that they can be. As Conservatives we care deeply about ensuring that our parks and spaces are the best that they can be, and I hope that residents will be able to enjoy the improvements that have been delivered.

On schools: Conservatives deliver, Lib Dems just talk

Kingston Conservatives have delivered real improvements to the Borough's schools

Under the previous Liberal Democrat administration, there was a growing school places crisis, with no new schools planned, and Lib Dem councillors actively saying that new schools were not needed.

The Conservatives promised to deliver two new schools in 2014, and we have delivered, with other new schools planned to ensure that there are plenty of good quality school places, not just now, but in the future.

Under the Conservatives:

  • Kingston has one of the highest proportions of children getting their first choice of schools in Greater London.
  • Kingston has secured an extra £12 million to expand schools to cover future demand.
  • Kingston now has the highest proportion of Good and Outstanding schools in the country.

Whilst the Lib Dems just talk, the Conservatives in Kingston have delivered for local residents.


BBC Sportsground success

BBC Sports Ground
Success at last with the BBC Sportsground

The BBC Sports Ground now has a new owner, after many years of hard work. This included a petition to keep it as a sports ground organised by Cllr Ken Smith and local residents which gathered over 500 signatures.

Fulham Football Club have completed the acquisition of the sports ground and will now submit their plans for the site. These plans will be respectful of residents and the wider community. The Council will now work with Fulham Football Club to ensure greater community involvement in the ground and its facilities.

Local Ward Councillor Ken Smith said:KMS Smith

The BBC Sports Ground has for a long time been an important concern to residents living in Motspur Park. I am glad to say that after many years of hard work, the Ground finally has a new owner. As your local councillors we will continue to keep you updated with any future developments regarding the site.


Terry Paton reflects on the lost opportunity to improve safety at the Fountain

 Terry Paton Cllr Terry Paton writes:

Safety is a big issue around the Fountain Roundabout, which has an accident rate is three times higher than that of comparable roundabouts in the Borough. There is conflict between drivers changing lanes, and it is not safe for cyclists or pedestrians.

We know that 66 people have been injured in accidents reported to the police over the past ten years and one person has been killed. This excludes minor accidents, which are not recorded if no one is injured.

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Caroline Kim

Local Campaigner

Dr Caroline Kim, a lecturer at Kingston University, has recently joined the St James Ward team. Caroline is a pharmacist and previously worked at Epsom and St Helier NHS trust across several departments and wards. After passing her pharmacy registration exam in 2003 and briefly working in community pharmacy, Caroline pursued further research before deciding to teach the next generation of pharmacists. She is passionate about helping people and her extensive background in pharmacology is already benefitting students.

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Cllr Ken Smith

St. James Ward Councillor

Ken is no stranger to public service, being a former magistrate and JP. He also has a proud background in the Airborne Regiment, having spent most of his service overseas, and is assocaited with the Parachute Regiment Association for SW London, and the New Malden Royal British Legion. He was employed for 31 years in the field of metallurgy, working in management at a multi-national company. He believes that the financial discipline of the private sector should be employed by the Council to lower Council Tax and increase efficiency. He has lived in St James Ward for over thirty years. He is well know to residents for his hands-on approach to assisting them over many years with issues relating to the Council. 

email Contact Ken at ken.smith

 telCall Ken on 07752 152 829

Cllr Jack Cheetham

St. James Ward Councillor

Jack was born and raised in Kingston upon Thames and lives in St James Ward. He is not interested in playing games and misleading residents, as politicians so often do. As a small business owner, Jack understands many of the challenges that local small business owners face in New Malden, and champions them on Kingston Council to ensure the Borough always helps local businesses.

tweetFollow Jack at @CouncillorJack

email Contact Jack at jack.cheetham 

tel Call Jack on 07734 919 298


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