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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.
Councillor Liz Green, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group, said,
“It just goes to show you can’t trust the Tories! They have broken their 2014 promise to freeze Council Tax increasing it by 2%. They voted down our amendment to save services and voted through £12.5 million of cuts whilst at the same time moving closer to selling off Council buildings.”
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:
There is a dark cloud looming over Tolworth in the form of the current developments proposed for the local area. The gathering storm of tower blocks and urbanisation of a suburban area is outrageous and wrong.
Just fifteen days before the Tory Administration is expected to put up Council Tax by 2%, the Leader of the Council, Councillor Kevin Davis is booked to attend MIPIM – the world’s international property market conference. The confirmed bill for the Leader to attend the shindig and meet developers is £4,014.
Will Kingston Conservatives dispose of three community assets despite a school places crunch and an ongoing family housing crisis?
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.
In 2014, Surbiton Liberal Democrats started the campaign for a 20mph limit on all streets in Surbiton. Lots of you agreed with us and we now have some good news.
The Liberal Democrat Councillors in Surbiton have won a major victory towards securing safer streets for Surbiton residents. There will now be a consultation on 20mph in all residential roads in Surbiton Neighbourhood.
Conservatives used constitutional powers to stop the agreed 20mph speed limit in Surbiton town centre over a year ago. But local Lib Dems did not give up and now we have a Surbiton wide consultation.
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.