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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Responding to today’s press reports that the Government’s Airports Commission will recommend a 3rd or even a 4th runway at Heathrow, Cllr Liz Green, Liberal Democrat Leader of Kingston Council said:
“The planned new runway is to the south of the airport and could have a massive impact on Kingston residents.