Finance lead slams Pickles over budget cuts and hails Lib Dems’ “value for money” services

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On the passing of this year’s budget for Kingston council, Cllr Rolson Davies attacked Secretary of State for local government Eric Pickles for budget cuts to the authority, which have required over £30 million in savings in just 4 years.

Cllr Rolson Davies said:

Lib Dem Kingston has best Council tax collection rates in London

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Kingston is again anticipated to have the best council tax collection rates in London in the coming year. It is the only Borough in London predicted to collect a full 99% of council tax owed.

This is great news for local residents as it means the burden of council tax is spread more fairly.

Red Lion Road Industrial Estate petition

The Red Lion Road Industrial Estate has long since grown past being a small, local industrial area employing people from the local community. Like many other industrial estates, it now comprises

Letter from Cllr Liz Green about Conservative comments on the Council budget

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I read with interest the comments of the Conservative leader and Finance spokesperson in response to our budget last week.

It seems that whilst local Lib Dems are working hard to protect our services, Tory councillors are relishing the thought of slashing services and delivering even bigger cuts.

Cllr Simon James welcomes new energy centre funding

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Kingston council are celebrating winning £40,000 funding for plans to produce a new heating system for the Town Centre, which if successful could cut costs and carbon emissions for local businesses and council buildings.

“We will man the barricades against a 3rd runway”

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Amidst the ongoing row over the Government’s Airports Commission report and possible plans for Heathrow going forward, Cllr Liz Green, Liberal Democrat Leader of Kingston Council reiterated Lib Dem opposition to a 3rd runway:

“There is nothing in it that seriously considers the environmental impact of any of these proposals, or the impact on local residents who will be marooned under these new flight paths.

Council Leader backs ‘No More Page 3’ campaign

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Cllr Liz Green has declared her support for Kingston University’s campaign to scrap page three in the Sun. Kingston University are supporting the national campaign against this long standing anachronism and have removed the Sun from sale or distribution on the University campus.

Cllr Liz Green said:

Lib Dems back Coombe schools’ bid to take over Knollmead

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Under the new tougher inspection regime Knollmead school was found to be inadequate in its latest Ofsted inspection.

Under the Government’s Department for Education (DfE) rules, it will be forced to become an Academy. It will also have a sponsor to turn it around and work towards making it a good and ultimately outstanding school for local children.

The decision of who is the sponsor is taken by the DfE, who elsewhere are forcing schools to use national academy chains with no connection to their local areas, as sponsors.

Council leader welcomes Orchard Hill College to Kingston

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Orchard Hill College has this year taken over the Beaconsfield Centre from the council to deliver courses and services in Kingston.

Orchard Hill’s services focus on learners with special educational needs and it has an excellent reputation for its Individualised Learning Plans, which focus on what each individual learner wants to achieve during their time at College.

Their ability to nurture an individual’s talents and further their skills for the future has been commended by a recent Ofsted inspection that showed them to be ‘outstanding’ under Ofsted’s rating system.

£3.2 million for Kingston schools through Lib Dem Pupil Premiums

Thanks to the Liberal Democrats in Government schools in Kingston have been granted an extra £3.2 million through the Pupil Premium scheme for the year 2013-2014.

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