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By-election called in Coombe Vale

Update: A second Conservative councillor, James White, has resigned in Coombe Vale, so there will be a double by-election on 15th December.

Conservative Robert John Tasker has resigned as Coombe Vale Councillor triggering a by-election that will take place on 15th December.

Residents in that ward have until 30th November to get on the register to be able to vote.

In the last local elections in 2010 Lib Dems were only 80 votes behind the Tories in Coombe Vale, so this contest will be closely fought. 

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Executive praises ‘independent living’ centre

The Executive of Kingston Council this week welcomed the opening of The Noble Centre in Blagdon Road New Malden, a community centre dedicated to Promoting Independent People Services (PIPS) for the Borough's elderly and disabled residents.

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New council homes for Kingston

At this week's meeting of the Executive, Lead Member for Housing Cllr Penny Shelton welcomed the news that the Royal Borough has been awarded with an impressive £800,000 grant towards the cost of new-build social housing.

In the 'information items' segment of the meeting, Cllr Shelton announced that a bid by the Council for new affordable homes in the Old Malden area had been approved by the Department of Communities and Local Government.

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Conservative Candidate Helen Whately tries to claim credit for Lib Dem New Malden success story

Conservative Parliamentary Candidate Helen Whately has been slammed for “jumping on the bandwagon” of a successful campaign led by local Liberal Democrats.

A Full Council question was asked about an article in a political newspaper article by Conservative Helen Whately. It suggested she was responsible for South West Trains changing their policy of permanently closing the South exit of New Malden train station.

It was revealed that Ms Whately did not attend the important negotiations which resulted in the exit being kept open at peak times to avoid increased congestion, and financial damage to local businesses which rely of commuter traffic.

It is clear that Ms Whately jumped on the bandwagon after local Liberal Democrat MPs and councillors supporting local residents and businesses, had been on the case for two months and a solution already potentially reached.”

Residents and local businesses who were involved in that campaign and those meetings with Liberal Democrat councillors and MPs will be surprised that Ms Whately is claiming credit. A photograph of Helen Whately with Conservative councillors and activists does not make a successful campaign.

That requires the hard work and pressure applied by Liberal Democrat councillors and MPs.

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Kingston makes bid for new build housing

At last night’s meeting of the Executive, Cllr Penny Shelton announced the Administration has put in a bid for new build affordable housing in the Borough.

The Executive Member for Housing said: “I am delighted to say that the Council has submitted a bid to the Homes and Communities Agency to build 8 new, affordable houses on the site of Yew Tree House in Old Malden.

“This funding involved is part of the Housing Stimulus package announced by the Chancellor in the 2009 Budget and follows a recognition by the Government that local authorities should become more directly involved again in providing new affordable homes.”

She added: “We will hear early in the new year if the bid has been successful. If it is, these will be the first new homes built by the Council since 1993.”

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