Cllr Simon James welcomes new energy centre funding

Kingston council are celebrating winning £40,000 funding for plans to produce a new heating system for the Town Centre, which if successful could cut costs and carbon emissions for local businesses and council buildings.

A new grant from the government announced last week will fund detailed work on plans for a new energy centre, which will heat commercial and public buildings in Kingston town centre.

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“We will man the barricades against a 3rd runway”

Amidst the ongoing row over the Government’s Airports Commission report and possible plans for Heathrow going forward, Cllr Liz Green, Liberal Democrat Leader of Kingston Council reiterated Lib Dem opposition to a 3rd runway:

“There is nothing in it that seriously considers the environmental impact of any of these proposals, or the impact on local residents who will be marooned under these new flight paths.

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Liz Green supports Kingston First

Love Kingston is an exciting campaign to raise vital funds for community and charity projects in the borough.

Liz Green, Leader of Kingston Council asks you all to support Love Kingston, and especially Love Kingston Day on 14th February.


Council Leader backs ‘No More Page 3’ campaign

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Cllr Liz Green has declared her support for Kingston University’s campaign to scrap page three in the Sun. Kingston University are supporting the national campaign against this long standing anachronism and have removed the Sun from sale or distribution on the University campus.

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Lib Dems back Coombe schools’ bid to take over Knollmead

Under the new tougher inspection regime Knollmead school was found to be inadequate in its latest Ofsted inspection.

Under the Government’s Department for Education (DfE) rules, it will be forced to become an Academy. It will also have a sponsor to turn it around and work towards making it a good and ultimately outstanding school for local children.

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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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