By-election called in Coombe Vale

Update: A second Conservative councillor, James White, has resigned in Coombe Vale, so there will be a double by-election on 15th December.

Conservative Robert John Tasker has resigned as Coombe Vale Councillor triggering a by-election that will take place on 15th December.

Residents in that ward have until 30th November to get on the register to be able to vote.

In the last local elections in 2010 Lib Dems were only 80 votes behind the Tories in Coombe Vale, so this contest will be closely fought. 

Pupil Premium - Liberal Democrats announce extra money for local schools

Liberal Democrats have always believed that education is the engine of social mobility, now we are making it happen! Last week the Government released the final Pupil Premium figures for every English local authority, constituency and school. Every school this year will receive an extra £488 for each child on free school meals they have on their roll.

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We're not all bin this together - Eric Pickles’ plan

The Lib Dem Administration has trashed Tory Eric Pickles’ plans to re-instate weekly bin collections as a slap in the face for localism. 

At a time when residents are being told that money across government is very tight, at a time when were told that localism is important, instead of finding money to help us with social care bills which are going through the roof, Eric Pickles has found a £250 million pot for his obsession with weekly bin collections.


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Controlling late night drinking

People who live in the centre of Kingston have told Kingston Council that they want more control over the spread of late night drinking establishments.

Cllr Simon James, who is responsible for licensing on the Council, said, “The vibrancy of the town centre at night is one of the things that makes Kingston a great place to live and adds to our economy".

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Lib Dems take North Kingston school fight to government - sign the petition

The coalition government has agreed extra funding for new schools for local councils with a shortage of school places – including Kingston.

Sign our petition asking for the Secretary of State to give the go-ahead.

Petition Closed - thanks for your support

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Save Our Sergeants

John Ayles, the Liberal Democrat candidate in the by-election in Surbiton Hill, is campaigning to retain all the police sergeants across our local Safer Neighbourhood Teams.

The responsibility for the Metropolitan Police lies with the Mayor of London.

Please sign the petition below.

Save Our Sergeants petition

I call on the Conservative Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, not to cut the number of police sergeants across our local Safer Neighbourhood Teams.

Petition Closed - thanks for your support.


By-election called in Surbiton Hill


Liberal Democrat Councillor for Surbiton Hill ward, Umesh Parekh (left in picture), has stepped down from Kingston Council to take up an exciting new job with the major environmental campaigning charity Friends of the Earth.

A requirement of Umesh’s new role is that he cannot stand for, or be elected to, a local Council.

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New Homes Bonus Grant - Liberal Democrats campaign for decent housing for our tenants

frances-moseley_2.jpgJust as the largest ever investment programme into council housing in Kingston has been launched, the Liberal Democrat Administration has more good news for Council tenants with an announcement that over £500,000 New Homes Bonus Grant will be used this year to bring ten long-term empty three bedroom properties in the Norbiton/Mount Pleasant area back into family use.

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Countdown to Olympics: Olympic Road Cycle Test Event

As Kingston makes plans for the number of events happening in the borough for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the first real test for the Borough will be the Road Cycle Test Event (the London Surrey Classic Race) on Sunday 14 August.

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Kingston Council - A Liberal Borough that gives value for money

rolson_davies.jpgAt a time, when the depth and severity of the government cuts are biting hard into everyone’s budgets, residents will be pleased to know that the Liberal Democrat Administration delivered a final year-end budget with a £71k under spend.

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Lib Dem Council plugs Taxicard black hole whilst saving ‘double swipe’

penny_shelton.jpgKingston council will be increasing their contribution to the Taxicard scheme from £41k to £391k over two years. This is to accommodate a reduction in Tfl funding of almost £300k at the same time as an expected increase in demand. The contribution changes are part of a package of reforms to the scheme agreed by the Council’s Executive on Tuesday 5 April, also including a commitment to maintain the ability for users to swipe the card twice for longer journeys.

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New council committees to revitalise local democracy

Tuesday’s meeting of the Executive saw the Lib Dem members agree to give backbencher’s and opposition councillors decision-making powers through three new Strategic Committees.

The proposals will now go to Full Council on 27 April. If agreed, these committees will take over the legal powers of the Executive once parliamentary legislation allows.


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Liberal Democrat Kingston Council refuses Olympic VIP treatment

Kingston Council has turned down the offer from the Olympic Committee to purchase up to 100 VIP tickets for the games in 2012. The Olympic Committee have offered VIP tickets to all London Boroughs.

The Lib Dem council administration did not think it right to shell out thousands of pounds on VIP tickets particularly after one of the toughest budgets for a generation.


Residents have say on Malden Rushett junction

chessington-lib_dems-rachel_reid.jpgOn Wednesday 9 March, TfL representatives attended a meeting of the South of Borough Neighbourhood Committe to discuss plans for the Malden Rushett Junction.

This was in direct response to two objectives in the community plan. Through the plan, local residents had asked specifically for the junction be made safer and less congested and also for TfL engagement with residents to improve.

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Liberal Democrat Kingston Council freezes council tax

Kingston residents will see no increase in the level of Council Tax they pay from April as a result of the budget passed by Lib Dem councillors. 

The latest Lib Dem budget focuses on making savings in back office functions and red tape, while minimising the effect on services local people receive.

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