Join the Liberal Democrats
Thousands of people have joined the Liberal Democrats since election day.
You can join too - just go to www.libdems.org.uk/join
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.
TORY PROMISE 1 – we will freeze council tax for at least 2 years – BROKEN with maximum increase allowed of 3.99% in second year.
TORY PROMISE 2 – we will care for the vulnerable – BROKEN by closing 3 youth centres used by disabled children and young carers.
TORY PROMISE 3 – invest in road maintenance – BROKEN by cutting £400,000 (20%) from the budget each year.
Broadoaks is a private access road behind Tolworth Broadway, and local residents are not happy with the state it is in.
Broadoaks has been neglected by the land owners for a long time and has become a serious health and safety issue for the local residents, passers-by and especially children.
People who live in Broadoaks claim fly-tipping is so bad, they can’t park and are finding the dumped waste a health hazard.
This afternoon, regrettably, Boris Johnson has not used his powers to help residents of Tolworth and has rubber stamped the decision by Kingston's Conservatives for the overdevelopment of the Tolworth Tower site.
He has chosen to ignore a petition collected in just 10 days by Kingston Liberal Democrats and signed by over 1000 local residents. This afternoon at a closed meeting, the Mayor of London disregarded the wishes of the vast majority of local people and upheld the bad decision taken by Tory Councillors.
Tom Davies, Lib Dem Councillor for Tolworth says:
"I'm dismayed at this decision; Boris Johnson clearly does not understand Tolworth. I was gobsmacked when the Conservatives on the Development Control Committee agreed to permit this massive overdevelopment."
Emily Davey (in red) - Lib Dem London Assembly candidate - with local Lib Dem councillors. Together they are opposing Conservative cuts to Kingston’s recycling.
“Kingston’s recycling rates will fall with the new scheme,” says Emily Davey, Surbiton resident and Lib Dem London Assembly candidate. “Our good record on recycling will nose-dive with this complex and cluttering plan. Please sign my petition.”
Emily is campaigning with local Lib Dem councillors who fought this decision by the Conservative-led council, to urge residents to join them in demanding a re-think - and sign our new petition.
Tom Davies: sign our petition to do what's right for Tolworth
Sign our petition at http://www.KingstonLibDems.org/tolworth Just a couple of days left to sign the petition to ask The Mayor Of London to overturn Kingston Council's decision to approve the inappropriate Tolworth plans.Here's Tolworth And Hook Rise councillor Tom Davies on why the approval of these Tolworth plans is wrong and why we need as many as possible to sign the petition.Thank you.
Posted by Kingston Liberal Democrats on Tuesday, January 19, 2016
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.
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.
Councillors were told the public supported the plans.
The committee members were not told of a 400 signature petition opposing the scheme apparently collected by local Tory Councillor Richard Hudson.
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.
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 with change the nature of Kingston forever.
This evening (12th January) will see the first of these major decisions by the Development Control committee Councillors, with the Tolworth Tower planning application for 311 residential units, with new retail and serviced apartments, with a refurbishment of the existing tower and 4 new tower blocks built.
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.