Kingston Focus



Environmental Champion chosen for Tudor by-election

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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. 

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Open the Richmond Road entrance to Kingston Station

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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.

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Liberal Democrats combat anti-social drinking – Cllr Chrissie Hitchcock

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.

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Council Leader welcomes third year of successful graduation ceremonies at the Rose theatre

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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.

 

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Jubilant Lib Dems finally get Gove’s backing for new free school in North Kingston

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.

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Fix the Gap

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Join our campaign to persuade South West Trains and Network Rail to address the dangerously wide gap between the platform and the trains at Norbiton station.

Petition Closed - thanks for your support

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Zero tolerance in Kingston for anti social drinking

To help the Police deal with alcohol related anti social behaviour in Kingston Town centre at night, the Liberal Democrat Council Administration is calling for a new Designated Public Places Order (DPPO.) Subject to public consultation, the Order will make it illegal to continue to drink alcohol after being told not to do so by the Police.

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North Kingston Secondary school funding

Despite finding a suitable site and provider, Kingston’s new secondary school is now in jeopardy again, because its bid for funding from central Government was unsuccessful.

“Kingston Council is more prepared than most for the increase in the number of children needing a school place; spending £46m on permanent primary school expansion and ready to go on the new secondary school.

However Michael Gove seems to prefer to fund his pet projects of unnecessary free schools,” says Liz Green, Deputy Leader of Kingston.

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Rebekah Moll stands for the Lib Dems in Grove ward by-election

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The Lib Dem Focus team has selected a strong local candidate for the council by-election, to be held in Grove ward, on 5th July.

Kingston resident Rebekah Moll says:

“I hope you will give me the opportunity to represent Grove Ward and to join the two other Lib Dem councillors, Chrissie Hitchcock and Barry O’Mahony, on the council. I promise to keep up the high standard of work that they have given over many years.

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Improvements to Ancient Marketplace

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Last year, Lib Dem Councillors in Grove ward took the initiative to make further improvements to the ancient Kingston Market Place.

Recent improvements have seen the removal of traffic, the installation of the very popular fountain and a greater variety of stalls and events throughout the year.

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