Dear Kevin Davis
Your recent paper to Kingston Council was entitled "Renewing Kingston's Democracy - putting the resident into power" and was aimed at improving resident participation in council decision making. However, the recent decision by Councillor Richard Hudson, Chair of Development Control Committee (DCC), is doing the opposite!
Opposition Liberal Democrats are left fuming as the Conservative Administration put a stop to both controversial planning applications for the Tesco site by the old Toby Jug site on the A3 and Tolworth Tower being discussed by local residents at Surbiton and South of the Borough Neighbourhood Committees.
Figures released by the Department for Health shows the Conservative Government is planning a £646,000 in year cut to the public health budget in Kingston. The budget pays to help improve people's health so there is less pressure on the NHS.
Work undertaken by public health budgets include encouraging people to exercise more, give up smoking, drink less, come off drugs and drink and avoid sexually transmitted diseases.
Lib Dem Leader Councillor Liz Green with newly elected Councillor Jon Tolley taking a moment to remember Chrissie
A small plaque installed on the wall outside Guildhall is a lasting reminder to all of former Lib Dem Chrissie Hitchcock who served 25 years on the Council as a Councillor for Grove Ward. Chrissie sadly passed away after a short illness on May 25.
Last night’s stunning by election results saw Lib Dem Jon Tolley elected. With 1577 votes Jon Tolley has a massive majority of 889 votes over the Conservative candidate who had run a very negative campaign receiving only 688 votes.
Jon Tolley, the Lib Dem candidate in the Grove ward by-election on 16th July, held on to the seat with a greatly increased majority. The by-election was caused by the sad death of Cllr Chrissie Hitchcock.
The result was:
Jon Tolley (Lib Dem) - 1577
CON - 688
LAB - 223
GRN - 88
UKIP – 58
Zac Goldsmith, the Conservative MP for Richmond Park, has announced that he will put his name forward to succeed Boris Johnson as London Mayor.
Robin Meltzer, Liberal Democrat parliamentary campaigner for Richmond Park, commented:
It is with great sadness we must report the sudden death of Cllr Chrissie Hitchcock on the evening of Monday 25th May 2015.
Chrissie had served as a councillor in Grove ward for 25 years. During that time she had taken on a number of senior roles, including two periods as Mayor of the Royal Borough.
Many tributes have been paid to Chrissie; here are three of them.
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.