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Members of the local community and Local Councillors, Tom Davies, Thay Thayalan and Lorraine Rolfe all got stuck into the annual clean up on the Broadoaks access road, Tolworth this Sunday.
Over 50 bags of waste, 3 truck loads of large fly-tipped items and an entire skip was filled by the community volunteers on a chilly Sunday morning. Residents both young and old got stuck in and the area is looking drastically better for the local residents who live there.
Kingston Conservatives have been branded arrogant and out of touch for their 'ambitious growth' agenda. Kingston Futures is their Council planning quango to deliver this overdevelopment.
Now Kingston Conservatives have refused to allow public scrutiny of the £4 million Kingston Futures budget.
Residents have a right to know how this massive amount of THEIR money is being spent. We are determined that we will find out and publicly question how the £4 million is value for money.
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At Budget Council, the Conservative Leader of the Council, Councillor Kevin Davis, took particular exception to a request from the Liberal Democrat Opposition to be allowed to hold a special public Scrutiny Panel to look at the currently £4 million budget spend for Kingston Futures.
During the Budget Council debate, Councillor John Ayles, Liberal Democrat Finance Spokesperson said “he was amazed to find out recently that the budget spend was now in the region of £4 million and questioned how the Council could be spending that sort of money. He thought there needed to be some proper public scrutiny.”
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.