Council leader welcomes Orchard Hill College to Kingston

Orchard Hill College has this year taken over the Beaconsfield Centre from the council to deliver courses and services in Kingston.

Orchard Hill’s services focus on learners with special educational needs and it has an excellent reputation for its Individualised Learning Plans, which focus on what each individual learner wants to achieve during their time at College.

Their ability to nurture an individual’s talents and further their skills for the future has been commended by a recent Ofsted inspection that showed them to be ‘outstanding’ under Ofsted’s rating system.

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“No Room for a 3rd Runway U-turn” – Cllr Liz Green, Leader, Royal Borough of Kingston

Responding to today’s press reports that the Government’s Airports Commission will recommend a 3rd or even a 4th runway at Heathrow, Cllr Liz Green, Liberal Democrat Leader of Kingston Council said:

“The planned new runway is to the south of the airport and could have a massive impact on Kingston residents.

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“We’re backing the Kingston pound” - Cllr Liz Green

Thursday’s council committee saw the Kingston pound reach a new milestone as Cllr Liz Green took the opportunity to give her and the council administration’s backing to plans for the project.

Importantly this means that the council will be able to further promote the Kingston pound through its existing contacts with residents and local businesses.

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Liberal Democrats combat anti-social drinking – Cllr Chrissie Hitchcock

Thanks to local Liberal Democrats, from March 2014, the police will have new powers to help crack down on drink-related crime and anti-social behaviour.

Liberal Democrat councillors on Kingston Town Neighbourhood Committee have agreed to a zone stretching from Canbury Gardens to High Street, where alcohol will be controlled under a Designated Public Places Order (DPPO) and police can confiscate alcohol in parts of Kingston town centre.

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Fall in Kingston claimant count shows Liberal Democrats are getting people off benefits and into work

A drop in the number of people claiming jobseekers allowance in Kingston is another welcome boost to the local economy, Cllr Liz Green said today.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has reported the UK has seen the largest annual fall in the number of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance in more than 15 years.

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Boost to Local Charity Grants

Cllr Liz Green today pledged to protect the council’s share of an £800,000 rebate to London Boroughs for grants to local charities.
Almost £16,000 is being returned to Kingston from the regional body London Councils and Liberal Democrats in Kingston believe it is important to protect the funding for voluntary groups.

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Council Leader welcomes third year of successful graduation ceremonies at the Rose theatre

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Last week saw graduates of Kingston University once again able to celebrate their graduation in Kingston, rather than in central London, thanks to the Rose theatre.

It was investment by the council and Kingston University that enabled the development to go ahead and it has so far attracted thousands of visitors to its shows.

For the last 3 years it has been used by the University as a venue for graduation ceremonies, which have so far been a great success.

 

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Councillor Bamford Slams Boris Bus Blunder

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Local councillor Tricia Bamford has slammed a change in the timetable for the 71 bus route, which is under the Mayor’s control.

Cllr Bamford spotted the change when travelling to work on Tuesday of this week and was able to take photographs of the new and old timetables as they were being taken down.

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Lib Dems teach Tories how to fight crime

Lib Dem leader Cllr Liz Green and the borough’s police commander, Superintendent Glenn Tunstall, took City Hall Tories on a town centre tour this week, showing them first-hand how Lib Dems in Kingston are making us the safest borough in London.

Lib Dems, working as part of the Safer Kingston Partnership, have helped deliver a 12.5% cut in crime this year alone.The Safer Kingston Partnership includes the council and emergency services, who work alongside businesses and voluntary organisations to reduce crime across Kingston and Surbiton.

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New deal for high quality, affordable home care

News from Kingston Council:

A review by Kingston Council of agencies providing care and support to people in their homes across the borough, to ensure that services are best quality and value for money, has been completed.

After a thorough assessment and tendering process, new contracts have been awarded to three companies: Alpenbest, Eleanor Nursing and Social Care, and Supreme Care Services.

All three providers are well known to the council and have worked for a number of years in the borough.

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Kingston students achieve top marks

Kingston students have achieved impressive GCSE and A level results this year.

Provisional figures show that the percentage of students gaining five or more A*-C grade GCSEs including English and mathematics has risen to 73 per cent, up three per cent from 2012 - Kingston's best ever performance at Key Stage 4.

The proportion of students achieving five or more A*-C GCSEs in all subjects rose to 89 per cent (from 88 per cent last year).

Those attaining A*-C grade in both English and mathematics rose to 74 per cent (from 71 per cent last year), and there was an increase in English Baccalaureate passes to 42 per cent (from 35 per cent last year).

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By-election result

Sadly, Lesley Heap did not win the council seat in the by-election. The result in full was:

Conservative: 1033 votes
Lesley Heap, Liberal Democrat: 760 votes
Labour: 717 votes
UKIP: 223 votes
Green: 207 votes

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Delivering more jobs in Kingston

Liberal Democrats in Government are investing to deliver more jobs and apprenticeships across Kingston borough in a range of industries.

Kingston College is providing a range of these - from green industries to hairdressing to working with British Airways.

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New portfolios for councillors

Following the appointment of Cllr Liz Green as Leader of the Council, there have been some further changes in the positions of responsibility held by other Liberal Democrat councillors.

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Cllr Liz Green elected as new Leader

Whilst white smoke has not been seen billowing from the chimney at Guildhall, nonetheless one of the most important elections for the Borough has just taken place.

The Liberal Democrat Administration has unanimously put their support behind their new woman Leader, Councillor Liz Green who has been the Deputy Leader since 2009.

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