Tories refuse public consultation at Neighbourhoods for major planning applications

Opposition Liberal Democrats left fuming as the Conservative Administration put a stop to both controversial planning applications for the Tesco site by the old Toby Jug site on the A3 and Tolworth Tower being discussed by local residents at Surbiton and South of the Borough Neighbourhood Committees.

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Public health budget cuts slammed

Figures released by the Department for Health shows the Conservative Government is planning a £646,000 in year cut to the public health budget in Kingston. The budget pays to help improve people's health so there is less pressure on the NHS.

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Stunning by election victory in Kingston’s Grove Ward


Last night’s stunning by election results saw Lib Dem Jon Tolley elected. With 1577 votes Jon Tolley has a massive majority of 889 votes over the Conservative candidate who had run a very negative campaign receiving only 688 votes.

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Jon Tolley wins Grove ward!


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


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Jon Tolley: Why I'm running for the Lib Dems in the Grove by-election

Conservative error costs £600,000 as Kingston Academy set to open in car park


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.

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Fountain Roundabout Survey


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.

Survey Closed - Many thanks for your feedback

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Robin Meltzer on Zac Goldsmith's bid to be London Mayor



Zac Goldsmith, the Conservative MP for Richmond Park, has announced that he will put his name forward to succeed Boris Johnson as London Mayor.

Robin Meltzer, Liberal Democrat parliamentary campaigner for Richmond Park, has a few choice words to say.....

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Lib Dems agree with Councillor Recall but say current proposals don’t go far enough!

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.

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Liberal Democrats successfully get batteries included in door to door collections


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.

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Lib Dem candidates chosen for Council by-elections on May 7th

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.

Lib Dems unhappy with boundary drawn by Tories for proposed Kingston Opportunity Area



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.

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Cllr Chrissie Hitchcock

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. 

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Lib Dems call for Extraordinary Meeting of the Council

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.

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Tory claims “they rejected Post Office application” not true!

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.

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