Kingston Focus



Be fair to Athelstan!

key_athelstan-rebekah-moll-caretakers-cottage-2.jpgLocal Lib Dem Cllr, Rebekah Moll, backs local parents and residents against the Council's treatment of King Athelstan Primary School and the Caretaker's Cottage

Kingston Council has sold King Athelstan School’s Caretaker Cottage for the highest price with no strings attached. So the developer proposed a 3 storey block of flats, which would directly overlook the school.

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Kingston Hospital staff "fear Brexit"

The impact of Brexit on NHS staff who are EU citizens has led Kingston Hospital to set up a special support group, according to a leaked letter from the Chief Executive to hospital staff.

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As Kingston A&E fails on waiting times

key_hospital.pngKingston Hospital urged people not to go to Accident and Emergency this January, as the full extent of how the Conservatives have starved health and social care services of vital cash became clear - in Kingston and elsewhere.

Local people complained of long waits at Kingston’s A&E, with official figures showing Kingston has been regularly missing its hospital waiting time targets.

It’s not just inadequate NHS funding by the Conservative Government,” argues Chessington Lib Dem Councillor, Margaret Thompson. “It’s also Kingston Council failing to provide proper care for elderly patients ready to go home.”

Kingston’s Lib Dem Health Campaigner, Ed Davey, says people are right to be angry over these failures. “I’m worried that elderly people especially are suffering from lack of care and longer waiting times. We told the Conservatives this would happen, but they wouldn’t listen.”

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Watch Sarah Olney’s maiden speech in Parliament

key_sarah-olney-maiden-speech-westminster-north-kingston-lib-dems.jpgLast night, Sarah Olney made her maiden speech in Parliament. You can watch it here.

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Sarah Olney's Richmond Park victory speech

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Sarah Olney's memorable Richmond Park victory speech

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Congratulations to Sarah Olney MP!

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On Thursday 1st December, Liberal Democrat Sarah Olney was elected as the MP for Richmond Park, overturning the 23,000 majority previously held by the Conservative Zac Goldsmith.

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Campaigning for cycle hire in Richmond and Kingston

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Caroline Pidgeon joined Sarah Olney, the Liberal Democrat candidate in the Richmond Park by-election, campaigning for the Cycle Hire scheme to be extended to Richmond and Kingston.

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Senior Tory admits mistake: “I should have set a maximum height for new Kingston developments”

Last night, experienced Conservative Councillor, David Cunningham, Kingston’s Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, admitted his mistake in not putting into policy a maximum height allowed for new planning developments in Kingston Town.  The mistake directed new developers that they could build at 9+ storeys and this left parts of Kingston Town open to, what many residents have argued is, excessive high rise development.

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Save 22 Gloucester Road for Emergency Housing

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Kingston Council does not have bed and breakfast accommodation available for homeless families within the Borough. There are 589 households living in temporary accommodation (including private sector leasing and our hostels) and the rising homelessness figures cannot be ignored.

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Caroline Pidgeon out campaigning with Kingston Lib Dems

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Caroline Pidgeon went out door knocking in Kingston with local Lib Dem London Assembly candidates Emily Davey, Merlene Emerson and Rosina Robson.

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