The Conservative Leader of the Council has demonstrated unbelievable double standards in a malicious tweet linking Lib Dem ex employees and former councillors to developers. The tweet comes after a Lib Dem motion that would have triggered a debate at Council about Councillor Kevin Davis’ dual role as Leader of the Council and as Chief Operating Officer for a public affairs company was withdrawn for legal reasons.
Councillor Liz Green, Leader of the Liberal Democrats said:
"There is a huge difference between ex employees and former councillors lobbying in planning and what Councillor Kevin Davis is doing. He is a serving councillor; he is Leader of the Council and is also employed as a planning lobbyist.
Ahead of the Grove Ward by election on 7 May, Lib Dem Leader, Councillor Liz Green has issued a warning to residents not to be taken in by Tory claims that they have rejected the Post Office planning application.
Councillor Liz Green said:
“The Post Office application has not been before a Planning Committee and it has not been formally rejected by the Conservative-run Council. If the Tories have demanded a redesign those meeting notes with the developer are not in the public forum either.”
This week, following a biased political press statement issued by the Council, a resolute Councillor Liz Green, Leader of the Liberal Democrats said:
“I refuse to say anything detrimental about the Mayor who issued the press release other than he must have been badly advised. He will know there’s an unwritten rule in a council that the civic mayor should remain politically neutral.”
Media consultants bought in at additional £90,000 to head up Tory communications unit for next six months
Keen to make sure their political messages are enshrined in all communications from the Council to residents, earlier this year, the Tory-run Council commissioned a review of the communications function.
Westco Trading Limited, the only company asked to carry out the review, has now been awarded a six month contract to provide “consultancy support” with another review expected before the end of the budget year.
Councillor Liz Green, Leader of the Liberal Democrats said
“You couldn’t really make this sort of thing up! At Budget Council, the Tories cut the Communications budget by £160,000, then in April they spent £7,000 on a review but now instead of spending less they are going to throw a further £90,000 of residents’ money to employ consultants for the next six months.”
Political disagreements deepened this week at the Council between the ruling Conservative Leader and the Liberal Democrat Group.
Lib Dems were left reeling last week after a motion, that would have triggered a debate at Council regarding the Leader of the Council’s perceived conflict of interest, was withdrawn for legal reasons.
Dressed in white t shirts that read "SILENCED - I’ve upset the people in power" and only after the Mayor’s community formalities had taken place, Lib Dem Councillors refused to take part in the second part of the Council meeting and protested by remaining silent for the rest of the meeting.
Lib Dems are left reeling after their motion submitted for debate at Full Council later this month has been withdrawn by senior officers following a complaint from the Conservative Leader of the Council, Kevin Davis.
The motion highlighted concerns raised by many local people and sought to ask the Leader of the Council to choose between his role as Leader of the Council and his employment as Chief Operating Officer of a public affairs company that works with property developers.
There will be two Council by-elections on May 7th, the same day as the General Election.
Following the resignation of long serving Councillor Vicki Harris, Tom Davies will be standing in Tolworth & Hook Rise ward.
In Grove ward Rebekah Moll will be hoping to replace Councillor Stephen Brister who has also resigned.
In this year’s budget, Kingston’s Conservative Administration have plans to introduce eight more bus lane and box junction cameras, to raise more funds for the Council. The extra unattended cameras will be in locations where frequent contraventions take place, but not necessarily where safety is the primary concern.
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,