Kingston Liberal Democrats have launched a petition to save the tumbling telephone boxes at the junction of Old London Rd and Clarence St. The telephone box installation is one of the best known symbols of Kingston, featuring on many postcards and photos of the town.Read more
Local Lib Dem MP Ed Davey has launched a petition to stop the Tory-run Council from paving over a section of the Fairfield opposite Kingston Library. The proposals are set out as part of a Council commissioned development brief for the “Eden Quarter”.
New high-rise development planned
Plans drafted by Kingston Council would see the historic Monday Market moved to a new paved area on the Fairfield. The current site of the Monday Market, on the Kingfisher car park, would be dug up, sold off and replaced with developments as high as 12 storeys.
The tower block would be higher than any other building in close proximity to the Cattle Market, overshadowing the Fairfield and would see a drastic transformation to the local skyline.Read more
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.Read more
Tudor (Kingston) result:— Britain Elects (@britainelects) October 16, 2014
CON - 41.0% (+0.1)
LDEM - 28.0% (+10.3)
LAB - 12.1% (-2.1)
UKIP - 10.4% (-0.9)
GRN - 8.5% (-7.5)
Robin Meltzer, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate said:
There was a big 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.Read more
Lib Dem Councillor Chrissie Hitchcock:
“Often it’s about perception. Before Cllr Doyle became a councillor, he represented Essence Nightclub and we all know what happened there - it resulted in the worst brawl the police have ever seen and we had to close the Club. If we have a controversial application in the Town Centre, I question whether he would be leaving himself open to criticism all round.”Read more
Marilyn Mason for Tudor ward
The North Kingston Liberal Democrats have chosen Marilyn Mason, a local environmental champion, to fight the Tudor ward by-election on 16th October.
Marilyn, a former teacher and active volunteer for a variety of community projects was recently nominated by the Surrey Comet as an “unsung hero” for her work promoting green living.
Marilyn organises riverside litter-picks, tidy ups and wildflower-planting. She is the Co-Chair of the Kingston Environment Forum, and a member of Transition Town Kingston and the Kingston Bio-Diversity Network.Read more
Robin Meltzer, the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Campaigner for Richmond Park and North Kingston, has met with Network Rail to discuss the opening of the Richmond Road entrance to Kingston station, particularly during peak hours. It is currently open open late at night when the main entrance is closed.Read more
Thanks to local Liberal Democrats, from March 2014, the police will have new powers to help crack down on drink-related crime and anti-social behaviour.
Liberal Democrat councillors on Kingston Town Neighbourhood Committee have agreed to a zone stretching from Canbury Gardens to High Street, where alcohol will be controlled under a Designated Public Places Order (DPPO) and police can confiscate alcohol in parts of Kingston town centre.Read more
Last week saw graduates of Kingston University once again able to celebrate their graduation in Kingston, rather than in central London, thanks to the Rose theatre.
It was investment by the council and Kingston University that enabled the development to go ahead and it has so far attracted thousands of visitors to its shows.
For the last 3 years it has been used by the University as a venue for graduation ceremonies, which have so far been a great success.
Following years of frustration for parents and councillors who have campaigned for a new secondary school in North Kingston, the DfE has finally announced today that a new free school will be provided at the North Kingston Centre from September 2014.Read more