‘Vision’ for localised, better services approved by Council

At this month’s Executive meeting of Kingston Council, members approved an important report outlining a vision of greater localism for the Royal Borough and its residents -- with decision making, budgets and services freed from the stranglehold of top-down micro-management and centralising government bureaucracy.

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Kingston Lib Dems welcome news that Garden Grabbing is to be curbed

Kingston’s Liberal Democrat Administration welcomes the news from the coalition government announcing that gardens will no longer be classified as ‘previously residential land’.

Welcoming the reclassification, Executive Member for Planning and Regeneration, Cllr Simon James said,

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Keep Kingston's Magistrates' Court


Local justice cuts crime

Kingston Liberal Democrats are supporting the Surrey Comet's Campaign to save Kingston's Magistrates' Courts.


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Deputy Leader and Executive member for Education for All responds to BSF announcement

Following Monday 5th July announcement that the Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove has taken the decision to bring to an end the Building Schools for the Future programme (BSF), Deputy Leader of the Council Liz Green is confident that funding will be found to build the North Kingston School and expand our existing secondary schools.

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Kingston Lib Dems support Kingston Rowing Club


Kingston’s Liberal Democrat Administration has pledged to take a report in July to the Meeting of the Council’s Executive that will ensure that Kingston Rowing Club is safe for future generations.

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Embarrassing Tory blunder

Recent press coverage relating to the issue of a ticket approximately 10 years ago, which was reported in the Sun newspaper. 10 years ago the Council was under a Conservative administration.

Kingston Conservatives withdrew a question to be asked of the Liberal Democrat administration on Tuesday evening just one hour before the Council meeting started, to avoid embarrassment about their own party’s blunder.

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Motion dismissed!

At last night’s meeting of Full Council, elected members voted down a misleading and inaccurate Conservative motion attacking Kingston Council’s value for money.

The motion, moved by Conservative front bencher Paul Johnson said:

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Goldsmith police comments slammed at Council meeting

At last night’s meeting of Full Council, Kingston’s Executive Member for Community Safety was asked to comment on the press comments of Conservative Parliamentary candidate for Richmond Park, Zac Goldsmith, when he said that local “police [are] stretched and not always able to respond to [incidents of recorded crime] immediately”.

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Kingston fly tipping “lowest in London”

At last night’s meeting of Full Council, Kingston’s Executive Member for the Environment was asked about the incidence of illegal dumping of waste in the borough.

Cllr Bob Steed replied: “According to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affair’s latest Flycapture database, Kingston has the lowest incidence of fly tipping of the 32 London boroughs.

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Letter from Cllr Liz Green on a new primary school in Surbiton

the Editor, Surrey Comet


Cllr Dennis Doe wrote into your paper, March 19th ‘No five year delay on primary school plan.’ He mentions two sites which he claims are of sufficient size and could be built as quickly as new primary schools on Surbiton Hospital site. Well, simply he is wrong.

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Letter from Rolson Davies on crime statistics

In a letter to the local press, Cllr Rolson Davies takes Zac Goldsmith to task over crime comments. 

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Lottery funding for Kingston’s heritage projects

ian_reid.jpgAt last night’s meeting of the Executive, Kingston Council’s Lead Member for Libraries and Museum Service announced that the Heritage Lottery Fund is making the Royal Borough a “priority for funding”.

Cllr Ian Reid welcomed the news, saying: “This is excellent news. ‘Leafy Kingston’ is finally being recognised as having being left out of funding for projects which celebrate our local history and culture.”

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Lib Dem Kingston supports Fairtrade Fortnight

bob_steed-bart_rickets-kingston_marketplace-kingston-lib_dems-liberal-democrats-fairtrade.jpgKingston’s ‘Fairtrade Councillor’ and Executive Member for Sustainability have welcomed Fairtrade Fortnight by taking part in “the big swap”.

Cllr Bart Rickets and Executive Member Bob Steed signed up to the initiative online and swapped their regular fruit, chocolate, biscuits and wine for Fairtrade graded products.

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Budget Council delivers 1.9% Council Tax = investment in education

At last night’s meeting of Full Council, Kingston councillors approved the Liberal Democrat administration’s budget which delivers the lowest Council Tax rise in Kingston’s history at just 1.9% – but protects front lines services and spending to invest in new schools and classrooms for the Royal Borough.

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Kingston Tories refuse to support publication of Kingston Hospital threat

don_jordan.jpgAt last night’s meeting of the Health Overview Panel, Conservative councillors refused to back a motion calling for the full publication of the document detailing the ‘options for change’ in the South West London Healthcare review -- which would make public the threat posed to critical services at Kingston Hospital.

The Liberal Democrat motion, which was modified to incorporate views and sensitivities of Conservatives on the panel, was an attempt to obtain all-party backing of the campaign to save services at Kingston Hospital.

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