Jon Tolley, the Lib Dem candidate in the Grove ward by-election on 16th July, held on to the seat with a greatly increased majority. The by-election was caused by the sad death of Cllr Chrissie Hitchcock
The education of our children overrides political point scoring and Liberal Democrats are very pleased for parents and children that the Kingston Academy will be opening in September. What is lamentable, however, is the news the new Free School would not be able to open on time without help from the Local Authority to the tune of £600,000 for portable classrooms.
Many residents have told us what a nightmare the Fountain roundabout can be for driving, cycling, walking or on public transport. We are calling on Conservative run Kingston Council to make improvements. However, all too often, politicians and council officers come up with solutions to what they think are the problems. Instead, we are asking those who use it.
We’ve designed this very brief survey to find out the issues directly from you - the residents who use the roundabout on a frequent basis.
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Conservative proposals for councillors to be sacked from office if they fall below an agreed standard through a ‘Councillor Recall’ system are due to debated at Council in July. Liberal Democrats do not think the current proposals go far enough and at the very least would like to see residents involved in setting the standards.
Collections of batteries from door steps across the borough were put under threat earlier this year by the Conservative Administration when they agreed to stop weekly recycling collections and introduce fortnightly collections. Now thanks to environmental pressure from the Liberal Democrat Group, it looks like doorstep collections of batteries will be saved.
There will be two Council by-elections on May 7th, the same day as the General Election.
Following the resignation of long serving Councillor Vicki Harris, Tom Davies will be standing in Tolworth & Hook Rise ward.
In Grove ward Rebekah Moll will be hoping to replace Councillor Stephen Brister who has also resigned.
Liberal Democrats were left reeling at the last meeting of Infrastructure, Projects and Contracts Committee when they found themselves at the end of a tirade of insults from Conservative Councillors for asking some serious questions about the proposed Kingston Opportunity Area.
It is with great sadness we must report the sudden death of Cllr Chrissie Hitchcock on the evening of Monday 25th May 2015.
Chrissie had served as a councillor in Grove ward for 25 years. During that time she had taken on a number of senior roles, including two periods as Mayor of the Royal Borough.
Many tributes have been paid to Chrissie; here are three of them.
The Conservative Leader of the Council has demonstrated unbelievable double standards in a malicious tweet linking Lib Dem ex employees and former councillors to developers. The tweet comes after a Lib Dem motion that would have triggered a debate at Council about Councillor Kevin Davis’ dual role as Leader of the Council and as Chief Operating Officer for a public affairs company was withdrawn for legal reasons.
Ahead of the Grove Ward by election on 7 May, Lib Dem Leader, Councillor Liz Green has issued a warning to residents not to be taken in by Tory claims that they have rejected the Post Office planning application.
Keen to make sure their political messages are enshrined in all communications from the Council to residents, earlier this year, the Tory-run Council commissioned a review of the communications function.
This week, following a biased political press statement issued by the Council, a resolute Councillor Liz Green, Leader of the Liberal Democrats said:
“I refuse to say anything detrimental about the Mayor who issued the press release other than he must have been badly advised. He will know there’s an unwritten rule in a council that the civic mayor should remain politically neutral.”
Political disagreements deepened this week at the Council between the ruling Conservative Leader and the Liberal Democrat Group.
Lib Dems were left reeling last week after a motion, that would have triggered a debate at Council regarding the Leader of the Council’s perceived conflict of interest, was withdrawn for legal reasons.
Dressed in white t shirts that read "SILENCED - I’ve upset the people in power" and only after the Mayor’s community formalities had taken place, Lib Dem Councillors refused to take part in the second part of the Council meeting and protested by remaining silent for the rest of the meeting.