After two years of freezing council tax, Kingston Council is set to peg a rise in council tax bills to less than two per cent. This rise is below the cost of living.
Despite a third consecutive year of cuts to the government funding for Kingston, the Liberal Democrat councillors have vowed to continue to deliver services that matter most to people.
Berrylands Liberal Democrats have selected local businesswoman Sushila Abraham to contest the forthcoming by-election.
The forthcoming by-election has been triggered due to the death of Councillor Frances Moseley in December 2012. She was a fantastic Councillor who worked tirelessly for all members of the community. She will be sorely missed.
We must sadly inform you of the death of Councillor Frances Moseley. Frances passed away yesterday (18th December) at Princess Alice Hospice, after a lengthy battle with cancer.
We will remember Frances with deep affection and with admiration for her feisty approach to life and her bravery.
Every school in Kingston will benefit from increased pupil premiums in 2013/14.
The cash targets extra money to schools depending on the number of children from disadvantaged backgrounds they have, at a rate of £900 per pupil. The Pupil Premium is a major Liberal Democrat priority that is being delivered by the Coalition Government.
The full total for Kingston schools will be £3,047,000.
Our Liberal Democrat commitment to put the environment at the heart of everything we do is still as relevant today as it was four years ago when a new waste collection scheme was pioneered in Kingston. Being the envy of other London boroughs, the scheme was one of the first to collect recycling from flats.
To help the Police deal with alcohol related anti social behaviour in Kingston Town centre at night, the Liberal Democrat Council Administration is calling for a new Designated Public Places Order (DPPO.) Subject to public consultation, the Order will make it illegal to continue to drink alcohol after being told not to do so by the Police.
There will be a public meeting about the Filter Beds planning application on Thursday 8th November 2012 at 8pm (refreshments from 7.30pm) at St Andrew's and St Mark's Junior School on Maple Road.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Recently, rumours have been spread by the local Tory party over the future of Surbiton library.
In order to set the record straight:
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.
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.