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Election results in Kingston Borough
Sadly Ed Davey lost his seat to the Conservative candidate in the Kingston & Surbiton constituency, while Robin Meltzer was beaten by the Conservatives in Richmond Park.
There was better news in the two Council by-elections which were both won by the Liberal Democrats Rebekah Moll and Tom Davies.
The full results are here.
Liberal Democrats raise concerns
The Conservative Administration has made a budget announcement that Kingston Council, with the support of the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson will fund extra police in the town centre of Kingston.
Councillor Liz Green, Leader of the Liberal Democrats said:
First sight of Conservative Budget
George Osborne’s Autumn Statement brought more bad news for Kingston’s residents. Public spending in the next Parliament will fall to the lowest level for 80 years.
Today shock waves went through Kingston Council as an announcement was made that will see both Conservative Boroughs of Richmond and Wandsworth now sharing council services. The announcement brings to an end any plans the Conservatives had locally to merge services with Richmond.
Councillor Liz Green, Leader of the Liberal Democrats said
Residents urged to make their views knows at the Public Exhibition for Kingston’s Old Post Office planning application
Kingston Liberal Democrat Councillor for Grove Ward, Stephen Brister, is urging residents to make their views known on the planning application for the Old Post Office Site in Kingston.
The plans for St George’s planning application are on display later this week (15 Jan, 16 Jan and 17 Jan) at a Public Exhibition at the Old Post Office building.
Kingston Liberal Democrats have launched a petition to save the tumbling telephone boxes at the junction of Old London Rd and Clarence St. The telephone box installation is one of the best known symbols of Kingston, featuring on many postcards and photos of the town.
Sign the petition to save the phone boxes
Lib Dem councillors Stephen Brister and Chrissie Hitchcock, alongside MP for Kingston and Surbiton Ed Davey, have launched a campaign to block the Tory Council’s proposals to get rid of Kingston’s iconic tumbling phone boxes at the junction of Old London Rd and Clarence St.
Sign the petition against this development
After the Conservative-run Council published a development brief for Kingston’s Eden Quarter encouraging proposals for a new tower block on the corner of Brook St and Wheatfield Way, private developers have submitted a new planning application for a twenty-one storey building.
The Conservatives held the seat in St James ward, where the vacancy had been caused by the death of the former Conservative leader.
Once again, the Lib Dems reduced the Conservative majority substantially.
The Conservative Leader of the Council, Councillor Kevin Davis, has ended up with egg on his face as secret talks to merge Kingston and Richmond Councils broke down this week following a fall out that they are keeping tight lipped about.
Councillor Liz Green, Lib Dem Leader of the Opposition said,
Local Liberal Democrat campaigner Annette Wookey has been selected to fight the vacant seat in St James ward, following the death of a Conservative councillor.
She is campaigning to save our weekly recycling collections. The Conservatives are planning to switch to collecting recyclables every other week (apart from food waste). She says:
“You’ll need to store all your recycling materials for 2 weeks – with paper and card in a new wheelie bin, whilst glass, plastics and tins remain in the existing green boxes. An average family currently filling 2 green boxes with recycling per week will now need to find space for 2 wheelie bins, the food waste caddy and 4/5 green boxes!”