Kingston residents will soon be receiving a copy of the report from the Liberal Democrats on Kingston Council.
This highlights many of the achievements of the councillors over the last four years, since the last local elections.
Local Liberal Democrats have been inundated with emails from local people concerned about plans proposed by the Tory Deputy Mayor to build up to 70,000 homes in Chessington and create a new London ‘suburb’.
The plans were drawn up by London First, a London pressure group made up of big businesses, including large property firms like Westfield & Berkley Homes.
The Leader of Kingston Council, Councillor Liz Green, has written an article for the Citizens Advice Bureau. She writes:
"I’ve been asked to share the work we’ve been doing in Kingston to tackle payday lenders head on.
Liberal Democrat campaigners are celebrating at the news that Tesco have decided against building a superstore by Tolworth roundabout. Instead, Tesco plan to develop the whole site for much-needed housing.
For full details of the Lib Dem campaign, led by local councillors and Edward Davey, see www.everylittlehurts.co.uk.
On Monday 10th March the Mayor of London and Council Leader Cllr Liz Green announced that Kingston’s ground breaking mini-Holland programme has successfully won £30 million to create a major cycle hub to improve conditions for cyclists. The bid is one of the most ambitious projects of its kind for cycling in London.
The GLA is yet to notify exactly which projects will be funded.
The Lib Dems have announced that decisions on parking charges should be decided locally by Neighbourhood Committees, giving more flexibility to local areas to set charges that best fit their high streets or local shops.
There are already a lot of free parking spaces across Kingston because we know this is important for residents and businesses.
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:
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.
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.