Rebekah Moll, Lib Dem candidate in Grove ward, writes


I am sure you, like me, care very much for the town we live in - its character as an ancient market town and its environment with green spaces like the Fairfield in the town centre, and access to areas like Richmond Park and Home Park close by.

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Lib Dems 'upset the people in power' as Conservative Leader silences debate

Lib Dems are left reeling after their motion submitted for debate at Full Council later this month has been withdrawn by senior officers following a complaint from the Conservative Leader of the Council, Kevin Davis.

The motion highlighted concerns raised by many local people and sought to ask the Leader of the Council to choose between his role as Leader of the Council and his employment as Chief Operating Officer of a public affairs company that works with property developers.

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Improve Woodgate Avenue playground


The residents of Woodgate Avenue and the surrounding area, are calling on Kingston Council to invest in the playground on Woodgate Avenue which is a health and safety hazard, badly neglected and has extremely poor facilities.

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Tories want more motorists fined

In this year’s budget, Kingston’s Conservative Administration have plans to introduce eight more bus lane and box junction cameras, to raise more funds for the Council. The extra unattended cameras will be in locations where frequent contraventions take place, but not necessarily where safety is the primary concern.

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Residents urged to make their views knows at the Public Exhibition for Kingston’s Old Post Office planning application


Kingston Liberal Democrat Councillor for Grove Ward, Stephen Brister, is urging residents to make their views known on the planning application for the Old Post Office Site in Kingston.

The plans for St George’s planning application are on display later this week (15 Jan, 16 Jan and 17 Jan) at a Public Exhibition at the Old Post Office building.

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Help us save Kingston’s tumbling phone boxes


In January, Lib Dem councillors Stephen Brister and Chrissie Hitchcock, alongside MP for Kingston and Surbiton Ed Davey, launched a campaign to block the Tory Council’s proposals to get rid of Kingston’s iconic tumbling phone boxes at the junction of Old London Rd and Clarence St.

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21 storey tower block for Kingston?


Sign the petition against this development

After the Conservative-run Council published a development brief for Kingston’s Eden Quarter encouraging proposals for a new tower block on the corner of Brook St and Wheatfield Way, private developers have submitted a new planning application for a twenty-one storey building.

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Petition launched to save Kingston’s iconic “tumbling telephone boxes”

key_chrissie-hitchcock-kingston-conservatives-eqdb-eden-quarter-development-brief-out-of-order-phoneboxes-kevin-davis-labour-lib-dem-tower-blocks-tall-buildings.jpgKingston Liberal Democrats have launched a petition to save the tumbling telephone boxes at the junction of Old London Rd and Clarence St. The telephone box installation is one of the best known symbols of Kingston, featuring on many postcards and photos of the town.

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Lib Dems halve Conservative majority in St James ward, New Malden

The Conservatives held the seat in St James ward, where the vacancy had been caused by the death of the former Conservative leader.

Once again, the Lib Dems reduced the Conservative majority substantially, this time with a strong 11% swing

Thames agreement has been a glorified waste of time

The Conservative Leader of the Council, Councillor Kevin Davis, has ended up with egg on his face as secret talks to merge Kingston and Richmond Councils broke down this week following a fall out that they are keeping tight lipped about.

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Lib Dems launch campaign against Tory-backed plans threatening Chessington Green Belt

Local Liberal Democrats have been inundated with emails from local people concerned about plans proposed by the Tory Deputy Mayor to build up to 70,000 homes in Chessington and create a new London ‘suburb’.

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Save our weekly recycling - sign the petition


Kingston’s Tories voted to move from weekly to fortnightly collection of recycling. Local Liberal Democrats want to keep weekly collections of all recycling.

The photo shows the boxes you will need if the Tories' plans go through.

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Save our weekly recycling - the full story

What the Conservatives want

Landfill waste to continue to be collected fortnightly in a wheelie bin, food waste to continue to be collected weekly in a caddy, but recycling materials collected fortnightly on a complicated alternative week system. Batteries and textiles will no longer be collected at all, residents will be expected to take them to other places to recycle them. 

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Save our Fairfield - sign the petition


Local Lib Dem MP Ed Davey has launched a petition to stop the Tory-run Council from paving over a section of the Fairfield opposite Kingston Library. The proposals are set out as part of a Council commissioned development brief for the “Eden Quarter”.

New high-rise development planned

Plans drafted by Kingston Council would see the historic Monday Market moved to a new paved area on the Fairfield. The current site of the Monday Market, on the Kingfisher car park, would be dug up, sold off and replaced with developments as high as 12 storeys.

The tower block would be higher than any other building in close proximity to the Cattle Market, overshadowing the Fairfield and would see a drastic transformation to the local skyline.

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Have Tories scuppered Lib Dems plans to build a new primary school in North Kingston?

Disappointing news announced today, by the Government’s Planning Inspectorate, could now allow Goldcrest, owners of the controversial Kingsgate Business Centre in Kingsgate Road, Kingston, to build 210 student flats on the land where Liberal Democrats had always planned to build a school.

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