Shock at £4 million spend on Kingston Futures - Kingston Tories refuse public scrutiny


At Budget Council, the Conservative Leader of the Council, Councillor Kevin Davis, took particular exception to a request from the Liberal Democrats to hold a special public Scrutiny Panel to look at the Conservative's £4 million budget spend for Kingston Futures,  responsible for marketing Kingston to property developers.

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Tories force through £12.5 million local cuts and vote to raise Council Tax by 2%

Tempers were frayed in the Council Chamber at Budget Council last night as the Conservative Administration forced through £12.5 million budget cuts for the year ahead.

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Our response to the Conservative council's budget

Kingston Council will set their budget for 2016/17 tonight. The Conservative’s have proposed many cuts to services as well as a council tax increase of 2%.

The Liberal Democrat’s will present an amendment to address some of these shortcomings. We believe that their budget cuts to some vital services are not only unnecessarily, but short-sighted. The key features of our amendment are as follows:

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Tolworth Action Group to launch Judicial Review

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Tolworth Action Group (TAG) to launch Judicial Review against Kingston Council over Tolworth Tower plans

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Tory Leader off to Cannes at council taxpayers' expense

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Just fifteen days before the Tory Administration is expected to unveil a Council Tax rise, the Leader of the Council, Councillor Kevin Davis, is booked to attend MIPIM – an international property market conference on the French Riviera. The confirmed bill for the Leader to attend the shindig and meet property developers is £4,014.

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Are Conservatives getting ready to sell off the family silver?

Will Kingston Conservatives dispose of three community assets despite a school places crunch and an ongoing family housing crisis?

Liberal Democrats raised concerns about Conservatives selling off the family silver and fought to get the recommendation to make the properties surplus changed. Whilst the wording was changed, the Conservative Administration refused to rule out disposing of the Council properties.

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You can’t trust a word Kingston Tories say

Kingston Conservatives are putting up council tax by 3.99% and cutting services. In their second budget since taking control of Kingston Council, the Tory administration has already broken 3 of their 5 manifesto promises.

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Tories let you down again - Boris rubber stamps Tolworth Towers

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This afternoon, regrettably, the Conservative London Mayor, Boris Johnson, has not used his powers to help residents of Tolworth. Instead, he has rubber stamped the decision by Kingston's Conservatives for the overdevelopment of the Tolworth Tower site.

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Shock as Conservatives force through Tolworth tower plans - sign the petition

Conservative councillors have forced through the planning application which will see four further towers alongside Tolworth Tower on the Broadway. The towers will be 5, 12, 15 and 19 storeys high.

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Cllr Tom Davies: Why I oppose the Tolworth Towers

Please stand up for Tolworth!

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Conservatives propose to close Devon Way Youth Centre

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The Devon Way Youth Centre is home to five regular groups plus others as required, and most of these cater for youngsters who need extra help and support for a number of different reasons.

These groups are really important for the young people, as they have the chance to socialise and make friends. Parents also really appreciate the confidence that their children gain from mixing with others. The young people come from across Kingston, most being local. 

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Huge disappointment at Tolworth Tower decision

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Kingston Liberal Democrats are hugely disappointed that the Tolworth Tower planning application was approved last night.

Cllr Liz Green said:

"I believe this is overdevelopment for this site,

  • will increase traffic,
  • reduce air quality, and
  • there was not nearly enough of a contribution for affordable homes.
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Petition launched as Conservatives force through Tolworth tower plans

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Tory councillors have forced through the planning application which will see four further towers alongside Tolworth Tower on the Broadway. The towers will be 5, 12, 15 and 19 storeys high.

Local residents told them they were concerned about even more traffic, pressure on local schools and doctors, lack of affordable homes for local people and deteriorating air quality. But every single Tory councillor voted for the controversial development.

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Decision time for major planning applications

Are Kingston town centre and Tolworth about to change dramatically? The next 3 months will see decisions on 4 major planning applications that, if permitted, will change the nature of Kingston forever.

 

 

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Crossrail 2 Consultation - Our response

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By 2018, over fifty years after joining Greater London, Kingston will be the only London borough in which TfL has no tube or rail stations or tram stops. In this context, any proposed TfL investment in Kingston rail is not only welcome; it is long overdue.

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