'Your Money, You Decide' event as South of the Borough celebrates 20 years of local decision making

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From left: Cllrs Thay Thayalan, Vicki Harris, Lorraine Rolfe, Rachel Reid, Tricia Bamford, Margaret Thompson

It is a well established fact that local Liberal Democrats are committed to the local communities they represent. And celebrating twenty years since they devolved local decision making to Neighbourhoods, the mantra to listen and involve residents is still very much alive in Lib Dem run South of the Borough Neighbourhood.

Conservatives admit to botched consultation at 11th hour

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The Conservative manifesto, produced for the local elections held in May this year, promised residents “they would be consulted rigorously and widely when the Council proposes changes in policy.”

Lib Dems keep pressure on Tories to build decent homes as petition to Compulsorily Purchase land is held

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A petition of 699 signatures was presented by former Lib Dem councillor, Rolson Davies to the last Full Council meeting. The petitioners request Kingston Council to compulsorily purchase the Tesco site in Tolworth in order to bring the site back into use with facilities that will benefit the local community.

Accountability to residents removed as Conservatives axe Scrutiny Panel

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At the last meeting of the Council, the Conservative Group unanimously voted against the Liberal Democrat motion which campaigned to keep the Scrutiny Panel - the dedicated committee that allowed residents to challenge Council decisions.

Councillor Liz Green, Leader of the Opposition said,

Conservatives axe Christmas Chessington Park and Ride Scheme

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Introduced by the Liberal Democrats 20 years ago, the Chessington Park and Ride Scheme has been axed by the Conservative Administration.

Providing a service between Chessington World of Adventures and Kingston town centre, the Christmas scheme has been cut without any consultation with residents or options to improve the scheme.

Environmental Champion chosen for Tudor by-election


Marilyn planting a community garden in the Borough.

Marilyn Mason for Tudor ward

The North Kingston Liberal Democrats have chosen Marilyn Mason, a local environmental champion, to fight the Tudor ward by-election on 16th October.

20mph speed limits in Surbiton - sign the petition

On 2nd September 2014 at Surbiton neighbourhood meeting the local Tories reached a new low and showed their true colours on local decision making.

20mph proposals for Surbiton

Tories make major decision behind closed doors

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Photo of the Cabinet Room where secret decisions are now being taken

Like a scene out of the film ‘Back to the Future’, Council Leader Kevin Davis arrived back at the Guildhall in May, set up a secret Cabinet Room and has taken his political Group in a time machine back to the days when Tories in power sadly meant decisions were made behind closed doors.

Speaking out on today’s major announcement to merge services wholesale between Richmond and Kingston, Lib Dem Leader of the Opposition, Councillor Liz Green said,

Open the Richmond Road entrance to Kingston Station

Robin Meltzer, the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Campaigner for Richmond Park and North Kingston, has met with Network Rail to discuss the opening of the Richmond Road entrance to Kingston station, particularly during peak hours. It is currently open open late at night when the main entrance is closed.

Thousands of pensioners in Kingston to benefit from Lib Dem manifesto pledge

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Pensioners would be guaranteed to earn at least an extra £790 per year by the end of the next parliament under Liberal Democrat manifesto plans, Pensions Minister Steve Webb announced today.

These changes mean the state pension will be worth at least £131-a-week by 2020, up from just £97.65 four years ago.

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