Victory for Kingston residents as Lib Dems listen to their concerns about charges for DIY waste


Kingston Lib Dems have listened to the concerns of DIY enthusiasts from across the borough about proposals to charge for ‘non-household’ waste at Villiers Road Recycling Centre, and will revisit the budget to find the savings needed elsewhere.

The £5 charge for ‘non-household’ waste at Villiers Road Recycling Centre will now be removed and savings will be found elsewhere in the budget.

Despite promising to fund councils throughout the Covid crisis, Kingston Council has been left with a £4 million shortfall by the Conservative Government. On top of this, the Council has seen its income shrinking while being asked to do more than ever to help vulnerable residents during the pandemic.

Back in 2016, the Conservatives promised ‘fair funding’ reforms for councils such as Kingston, but have failed to deliver on this promise. Their lack of action has led to Kingston Council being severely under-resourced and put an unfair burden on council tax payers. In 2010, Kingston Council received £66 million from Westminster, but now received nothing from Government for its central budget.

Almost 90% of the Council’s budget comes from Council Tax and Business Rates, and in order to balance the books whilst protecting the most vulnerable in our borough, Kingston Liberal Democrats have had no choice but to propose a rise in Council Tax by 4.99%.

Kingston Liberal Democrats continue to lobby the Conservative Government to deliver their 2016 promise to give Kingston a fairer funding deal.

Cllr Caroline Kerr, Leader of the Council, said, “After listening to residents from across Kingston about the proposed charges for DIY waste at Villiers Road Recycling Centre, Lib Dems have decided to revisit this element and remove it from our proposed Budget.”

“The reality is that Kingston continues to suffer a £4 million budget shortfall, despite promises from the Conservative Government to make sure that councils are properly funded during the coronavirus pandemic. We continue to call on the Conservatives’ to act on their 2016 promises to give Kingston a fairer funding deal.”

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