Local Lib Dems reject Government plans to allow home extensions without planning permission



Kingston Lib Dems have writen to the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg in the strongest terms about Government plans which would see residents being able to extend their homes by up to eight metres without planning permission.

We welcome any changes that will stimulate the economy, boost jobs and growth but believe this change to policy would be a disaster for residents and our communities.

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Sunshine Ward Saved - Lib Dems stop “the inevitable”


Kingston Hospital’s children ward has been saved from closing after a major campaign this summer led by local MP, Edward Davey.

The threat to close “Sunshine Ward” came earlier this year in a NHS review of children’s services across South West London. People feared the proposal would send many more local children now attending Kingston Hospital to St George’s in Tooting instead. That would seriously inconvenience hundreds of local families and undermine the financial viability of any remaining children’s services at Kingston.

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New Lime Tree Primary School in Surbiton


Kingston Lib Dems - Building new school places. On time and on budget.



I'm delighted to inform local families that the construction of the new Lime Tree school in Oakhill, Surbiton is progressing according to plan.

It will open with a nursery class and two reception classes this September.

Malcolm Self, councillor for Surbiton Hill ward, says:

“I’m pleased that the Lib Dem council has been so successful in providing new primary school places.

Kingston is the only council in London to be building a new primary school and I’m really pleased that it’s located in our ward."

The new school recently featured in an ITN report highlighting Kingston’s success in providing new places.

Previously, the Kingston Conservative spokesman on Education has said that if became Executive Member for Children’s Services, he would replace any 'silly idea' of building a primary school on the hospital site.

North Kingston Secondary school funding

Despite finding a suitable site and provider, Kingston’s new secondary school is now in jeopardy again, because its bid for funding from central Government was unsuccessful.

“Kingston Council is more prepared than most for the increase in the number of children needing a school place; spending £46m on permanent primary school expansion and ready to go on the new secondary school.

However Michael Gove seems to prefer to fund his pet projects of unnecessary free schools,” says Liz Green, Deputy Leader of Kingston.

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Surbiton Library - unfounded speculation

Tory Scaremongering Surbiton Library John Ayles Lib dem Councillor Surbiton Hill Kingston Council


Recently, rumours have been spread by the local Tory party over the future of Surbiton library.

In order to set the record straight:

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Rebekah Moll stands for the Lib Dems in Grove ward by-election


The Lib Dem Focus team has selected a strong local candidate for the council by-election, to be held in Grove ward, on 5th July.

Kingston resident Rebekah Moll says:

“I hope you will give me the opportunity to represent Grove Ward and to join the two other Lib Dem councillors, Chrissie Hitchcock and Barry O’Mahony, on the council. I promise to keep up the high standard of work that they have given over many years.

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Improvements to Ancient Marketplace

Chrissie Hitchcock

Last year, Lib Dem Councillors in Grove ward took the initiative to make further improvements to the ancient Kingston Market Place.

Recent improvements have seen the removal of traffic, the installation of the very popular fountain and a greater variety of stalls and events throughout the year.

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Lib Dem's Pupil Premium gives £2 Million to Kingston schools

Kingston schools will get nearly £2million more through the Liberal Democrat Pupil Premium national policy. Every school will get £600 per pupil per year for each pupil who currently gets, or has in the last 6 years received, free school meals.

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More money for you, thanks to the Lib Dems

Lib Dem policy has taken over a million of the lowest paid out of paying tax altogether and many millions more will pay £130 less a year, on top of the extra £200 per year saved last year. So a basic rate tax payer now pays £330 a year less each year thanks to the Liberal Democrats.

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Save Sunshine ward in Kingston Hospital

key_ed-davey-rebekah-moll-save-sunshine-ward.pngJoin the campaign to save children’s services at Kingston Hospital. Local MP Ed Davey and Grove ward candidate Rebekah Moll have joined forces to stop the closure of ‘Sunshine Ward’ – the in-patient paediatric facility at Kingston Hospital.

Lib Dems saved A&E and Maternity - now we need to save Sunshine ward

Following a long and hard fought campaign against the last Labour Government’s plans to strip services from Kingston Hospital Ed Davey MP and local Liberal Democrats have been successful in saving A&E and Maternity services at Kingston.

However the NHS Better Services Better Value review has now put in-patient paediatric facilities at Kingston Hospital under threat.

Petition Closed - thanks for supporting this successful campaign!

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No Third Runway Protest Picnic

Richmond Liberal Democrats invite you to join us in sending a message to the Conservative Prime Minister not to build a third runway at Heathrow.

Local Lib Dems, Dr Vince Cable MP and Baroness Susan Kramer will be giving speeches.

Bring some food and your friends and we will provide the rest!

Saturday,14th April, 1pm to 4pm.

Richmond Green
TW9 1QQ London, United Kingdom

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Dementia – The National Challenge


Councillor Penny Shelton, Executive Member for Healthy Living and Adult Support, “welcomes the clear commitment from the Coalition Government that will ensure dementia is made a national priority.”

Key details in the announcement made earlier this week include:

• Funding for research into dementia is to be more than doubled, from £26.6m in 2010 to £66m by 2015.

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Conservative MLA Arbour hopelessly out of touch with commuters

Munira Wilson, Liberal Democrat South West London GLA candidate said, “These comments are absolutely shocking and show just how out of touch Mr Arbour is with his own constituents. Thousands of local residents across the London Boroughs of Richmond, Kingston and Hounslow – the areas he supposedly represents – use public transport every single day.

Local residents were shocked to hear Tony Arbour, South West London Tory GLA Member, claim at City Hall yesterday that not many Londoners use public transport, whilst defending the Conservative Mayor’s inflation-busting fare hikes.

Read on and watch the shocking video >>>

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Lib Dem's Wilson uncovers cuts by stealth to local police teams


Munira Wilson (R) with Cllrs Alan Dean and Tricia Bamford

Local campaigner, Munira Wilson has uncovered alarming evidence showing many of our local Safer Neighbourhood Teams (SNTs) are being cut by stealth.


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London Liberal Democrats launch Fairer Fares Campaign

From Caroline Pidgeon, Leader of the Liberal Democrats on the London Assembly

If you're a regular user of London's public transport like myself, it's hard to remember a day when everything worked smoothly. The bus you needed turned up as soon as you arrived at the stop; you actually managed to get a seat on the train or the tube; and everything was running to time! Whilst we all feel frustrations every day, we are paying considerably to use our transport network and yet the fares system is basically outdated and designed for 9 to 5 commuters.

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