Kingston Focus



Park charging Labour Minister did not listen to local voices

We are disappointed at the news that the Labour Minister of Culture and Tourism has approved the introduction of car parking charges in Richmond and Bushy parks, despite strong opposition from residents and local Liberal Democrats.

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Executive overcomes “unfounded negativity and suspicion” to bring community sports centre to Cambridge Road Estate

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 A bid to create a new community sports and social centre on Norbiton's Cambridge Road Estate was approved last week by the Council's Executive members, who received vocal support from neighbourhood residents’ associations and ward councillors.

Members of a local business ‘24/7 Security’ offered a £300,000+ investment for the opportunity to oversee the refurbishment of an unused former underground car park into a specialist sports centre with boxing, martial arts and weight training facilities as well as space for Bingo games and community events.

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Kingston Council grant helps ‘green’ charity river project

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A grant from Kingston’s Liberal Democrat-run Council is helping improve the environmental credentials of a barge run by local charity The River Thames Boat Project.

The Venturer, a specially adapted boat with easy access for wheelchair users is regularly used by disabled and elderly residents, as well as local schoolchildren for social and educational activities.

Cllr Bob Steed, Executive Member for Grants said: “Kingston Council have provided this local charity with an environmental grant to help them improve an already well-loved community project. The money will be used to install solar panels into the Venturer barge, significantly reducing the boat’s carbon footprint.”

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New affordable homes for Kingston nearing completion

At last night’s meeting of the Executive, Lead Member for Housing Cllr Penny Shelton announced the completion of 26 new affordable homes in the Borough.

As an Executive Member’s information item, she said: “You will recall our decision to build 26 new affordable homes on the site of the former Ely Court on the Cambridge Road Estate.

“These homes are nearing completion and will be available for occupation early in the new year.

“The intention is to provide opportunities for Members and residents to look around the scheme before it is occupied and we will circulate details of this as soon as they are available.”

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Tower block blaze

At last night’s meeting of the Council’s Executive, Kingston’s Lead Member for Housing made a statement on the recent tower block blaze in the London Borough of Southwark.

Cllr Penny Shelton said: “In the light of the tragic fire in the block of flats at Camberwell, I would like to make a short statement about the implications for our own housing stock.

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