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,
Disappointing news announced today, by the Government’s Planning Inspectorate, could now allow Goldcrest, owners of the controversial Kingsgate Business Centre in Kingsgate Road, Kingston, to build 210 student flats on the land where Liberal Democrats had always planned to build a school.
There was a high swing from the Conservatives to Liberal Democrats in the by-election in Tudor ward on Thursday 16th October. The Conservatives managed to hang on to the seat that they have held for 24 years, but their majority plummeted from only 5 months ago 916 to 337.
Robin Meltzer, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate said:
The Chair of Licensing, Conservative Councillor Phillip Doyle, has found himself at odds with his own Licensing Committee after failing to convince the committee to allow Ward Members to sit on their own licensing hearings.
From left: Cllrs Thay Thayalan, Vicki Harris, Lorraine Rolfe, Rachel Reid, Tricia Bamford, Margaret Thompson
It is a well established fact that local Liberal Democrats are committed to the local communities they represent. And celebrating twenty years since they devolved local decision making to Neighbourhoods, the mantra to listen and involve residents is still very much alive in Lib Dem run South of the Borough Neighbourhood.
The Conservative manifesto, produced for the local elections held in May this year, promised residents “they would be consulted rigorously and widely when the Council proposes changes in policy.”
Lib Dems keep pressure on Tories to build decent homes as petition to Compulsorily Purchase land is held
A petition of 699 signatures was presented by former Lib Dem councillor, Rolson Davies to the last Full Council meeting. The petitioners request Kingston Council to compulsorily purchase the Tesco site in Tolworth in order to bring the site back into use with facilities that will benefit the local community.
At the last meeting of the Council, the Conservative Group unanimously voted against the Liberal Democrat motion which campaigned to keep the Scrutiny Panel - the dedicated committee that allowed residents to challenge Council decisions.
Councillor Liz Green, Leader of the Opposition said,
Introduced by the Liberal Democrats 20 years ago, the Chessington Park and Ride Scheme has been axed by the Conservative Administration.
Providing a service between Chessington World of Adventures and Kingston town centre, the Christmas scheme has been cut without any consultation with residents or options to improve the scheme.