Stop fare hikes Boris!

London’s Mayor, Boris Johnson, has scrapped many of the one day travel cards previously available. Kingston’s residents can no longer buy travelcards for zones 2 to 6, and so are being forced to pay higher prices for an all-zone travel card.

Local Liberal Democrats are joining the campaign led by Leader of the Lib Dem Assembly Group, Caroline Pidgeon, to persuade the Mayor to think again.

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Light at the end of the tunnel for housing repairs

Kingston Council has been granted £11.6 million by the coalition government to fund Decent Homes work in our housing stock. This is a four-year programme and there will be no money in the first year (2011/12), but then £2m, £4.4m and £5.2m in the following years.

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Residents fight against 24 hour drinking venue

Kingston residents have voiced opposition to the proposals to turn the old Gala Bingo Hall into a 24-hour drinking venue.

New owners of the venue have made public their plans to convert the old Bingo Hall into an arena with dance and pop acts.

However the recent submission of a 24 hour drinking license application has raised fears amongst residents that the venue will be turned into a large nightclub. On Saturday 22 January, residents gathered outside the venue to protest at these plans. 


Cllr Bamford campaigns with Caroline Pidgeon on Chessington transport problems

Cllr Tricia Bamford of Chessington South ward has met with Caroline Pidgeon, the Vice Chair of the London Assembly’s Transport Group to discuss problems affecting the A243 Hook Road - Leatherhead Road.

At the request of South of the Borough Liberal Democrat councillors, Cllr Bamford invited Caroline Pidgeon to look at issues on the A243. Tackling issues affecting this busy road are also a key component of the South of the Borough Neighbourhood Community Plan.

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Lib Dem pupil premium means extra cash for disadvantaged Kingston pupils

Kingston’s Executive Member for Education for All, Cllr Liz Green has welcomed the news that local schools will be receiving an estimated £864,700 in additional spending from the Coalition Government’s ‘pupil premium’ programme.

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Kingston lib Dems condemn Government closure of Kingston courthouse

Kingston Lib Dems have condemned the Government’s decision to shut local Magistrates’ Court as part of a cost-cutting exercise by the Ministry of Justice.

The Government’s decision to close the Magistrates’ Court is frankly outrageous. Kingston has clearly demonstrated the cost effectiveness of our local court, with the building and repair work needed on other courts being substantially greater and more expensive.


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Consultation period EXTENDED to ensure “local people have their say” on social care charges

At the request of local residents affected by Kingston’s consultation on charges for social care services, the council’s Executive Member for Healthy Living and Adult Support services has agreed to extend the deadline for responses by four weeks.

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Surbiton Hospital Consultation

Local residents have a chance to comment on the planning application for the redevelopment of the Surbiton Hospital site.

The proposals, which have been brought forward after lengthy discussions with the community, include a healthcare building and a new primary school.

You can view all the details of the application on the Council's website.

You can submit your comments on the application online or by email to

You may also discuss the application with a planning officer on 020 8547 4707.

The deadline for comments is Friday 14th January. (Remember that any comments you make will be made public).

Council motion vote “supports students”

In an exciting debate and vote in Kingston’s Full Council chamber – Liberal Democrat members voted in favour of a motion to “support our residents in their opposition to the proposed unprecedented rise in graduate debt alongside wider education cuts”, agreeing that “a fairer system of funding [for university education] is both desirable and possible.”

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Kingston’s Amy Woodgate “best dementia care in UK”


Amy Woodgate House, a Council-run care home for dementia has received an award recognising it as the best facility in the country. The purpose-built residential and day care centre was a Liberal Democrat Administration initiative which opened in April 2009, providing support services in the heart of Chessington.

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We want your views on Norbiton’s future

dave_ryder-mills.jpgKingston’s Liberal Democrat-run Norbiton ward is consulting with residents about the future of their ‘community plan’. Local residents and community groups are being encouraged to give their views and feedback on the services which affect their area.

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Liberal Democrat Kingston support for student petition against fees

The Liberal Democrat Leader of Kingston Council has welcomed the launch of a community petition calling for the local authority to publicly oppose a rise in student tuition fees. 

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Liberal Democrat campaign success for local democracy

Following a national campaign by Liberal Democrat Councils, the Coalition Government has agreed to deal with community proposals for changes to law “expeditiously”.

In 2009 the cross-party Sustainable Community Act empowered local authorities to consult with their residents on the national laws which affect their local environment and pass these community ideas to central Government. It is a genuinely bottom-up process of legislating, with potentially revolutionary implications for local democracy.

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Outer London Fare Hike campaign

Travellers who live in Zones 5 and 6 face up to a massive


increase in their fares.

For full details see the letter below to Mayor Boris Johnson from Cllr Simon James.

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Clobbered! 67% increase in Zone 6 Travel Card “Buried by Boris”

simon_james.jpgKingston’s Executive Member for Transport Cllr Simon James has condemned the London Mayor’s latest public transport fare hike, considerably increasing the cost of travelling for local residents.

He is particularly angry at Boris Johnson for making the fare announcement on the day of the Chancellor’s Comprehensive Spending Review -- effectively ‘burying’ the bad news for Kingston commuters. 

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