Kingston Focus



Jubilant Lib Dems finally get Gove’s backing for new free school in North Kingston

Following years of frustration for parents and councillors who have campaigned for a new secondary school in North Kingston, the DfE has finally announced today that a new free school will be provided at the North Kingston Centre from September 2014.

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Fix the Gap

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Join our campaign to persuade South West Trains and Network Rail to address the dangerously wide gap between the platform and the trains at Norbiton station.

Petition Closed - thanks for your support

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Zero tolerance in Kingston for anti social drinking

To help the Police deal with alcohol related anti social behaviour in Kingston Town centre at night, the Liberal Democrat Council Administration is calling for a new Designated Public Places Order (DPPO.) Subject to public consultation, the Order will make it illegal to continue to drink alcohol after being told not to do so by the Police.

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North Kingston Secondary school funding

Despite finding a suitable site and provider, Kingston’s new secondary school is now in jeopardy again, because its bid for funding from central Government was unsuccessful.

“Kingston Council is more prepared than most for the increase in the number of children needing a school place; spending £46m on permanent primary school expansion and ready to go on the new secondary school.

However Michael Gove seems to prefer to fund his pet projects of unnecessary free schools,” says Liz Green, Deputy Leader of Kingston.

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Rebekah Moll stands for the Lib Dems in Grove ward by-election

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The Lib Dem Focus team has selected a strong local candidate for the council by-election, to be held in Grove ward, on 5th July.

Kingston resident Rebekah Moll says:

“I hope you will give me the opportunity to represent Grove Ward and to join the two other Lib Dem councillors, Chrissie Hitchcock and Barry O’Mahony, on the council. I promise to keep up the high standard of work that they have given over many years.

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Improvements to Ancient Marketplace

Chrissie Hitchcock

Last year, Lib Dem Councillors in Grove ward took the initiative to make further improvements to the ancient Kingston Market Place.

Recent improvements have seen the removal of traffic, the installation of the very popular fountain and a greater variety of stalls and events throughout the year.

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Campaigning to keep Kingston safe

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Local Lib Dem candidate, Munira Wilson (left) meets MP Edward Davey and former Met Police commander, Brian Paddick, at Kingston’s CCTV centre – a key part of the local fight against crime

Lib Dems fight for more town centre police

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Controlling late night drinking

People who live in the centre of Kingston have told Kingston Council that they want more control over the spread of late night drinking establishments.

Cllr Simon James, who is responsible for licensing on the Council, said, “The vibrancy of the town centre at night is one of the things that makes Kingston a great place to live and adds to our economy".

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Lib Dems take North Kingston school fight to government - sign the petition

The coalition government has agreed extra funding for new schools for local councils with a shortage of school places – including Kingston.

Sign our petition asking for the Secretary of State to give the go-ahead.

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Residents fight against 24 hour drinking venue

Kingston residents have voiced opposition to the proposals to turn the old Gala Bingo Hall into a 24-hour drinking venue.

New owners of the venue have made public their plans to convert the old Bingo Hall into an arena with dance and pop acts.

However the recent submission of a 24 hour drinking license application has raised fears amongst residents that the venue will be turned into a large nightclub. On Saturday 22 January, residents gathered outside the venue to protest at these plans. 

 

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