Local justice cuts crime
Kingston Liberal Democrats are supporting the Surrey Comet's Campaign to save Kingston's Magistrates' Courts.
Following Monday 5th July announcement that the Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove has taken the decision to bring to an end the Building Schools for the Future programme (BSF), Deputy Leader of the Council Liz Green is confident that funding will be found to build the North Kingston School and expand our existing secondary schools.Read more
Kingston’s Liberal Democrat Administration has pledged to take a report in July to the Meeting of the Council’s Executive that will ensure that Kingston Rowing Club is safe for future generations.Read more
At last night’s meeting of Full Council, Kingston’s Executive Member for Community Safety was asked to comment on the press comments of Conservative Parliamentary candidate for Richmond Park, Zac Goldsmith, when he said that local “police [are] stretched and not always able to respond to [incidents of recorded crime] immediately”.Read more
Picture shows Cllrs Bob Steed and David Ryder-Mills with Susan Kramer MP
Kingston Lib Dems launch a petition opposing the introduction of car parking charges in Richmond Park and Bushy Park.
Government Minister Margaret Hodge has written, defending her decision to approve the introduction of car parking charges in Richmond and Busy Park - on the grounds that visitors to these parks are rich enough to pay!
Petition Closed - Thanks for your supportRead more
We are disappointed at the news that the Labour Minister of Culture and Tourism has approved the introduction of car parking charges in Richmond and Bushy parks, despite strong opposition from residents and local Liberal Democrats.Read more
Executive overcomes “unfounded negativity and suspicion” to bring community sports centre to Cambridge Road Estate
A bid to create a new community sports and social centre on Norbiton's Cambridge Road Estate was approved last week by the Council's Executive members, who received vocal support from neighbourhood residents’ associations and ward councillors.
Members of a local business ‘24/7 Security’ offered a £300,000+ investment for the opportunity to oversee the refurbishment of an unused former underground car park into a specialist sports centre with boxing, martial arts and weight training facilities as well as space for Bingo games and community events.Read more
A grant from Kingston’s Liberal Democrat-run Council is helping improve the environmental credentials of a barge run by local charity The River Thames Boat Project.
The Venturer, a specially adapted boat with easy access for wheelchair users is regularly used by disabled and elderly residents, as well as local schoolchildren for social and educational activities.
Cllr Bob Steed, Executive Member for Grants said: “Kingston Council have provided this local charity with an environmental grant to help them improve an already well-loved community project. The money will be used to install solar panels into the Venturer barge, significantly reducing the boat’s carbon footprint.”
At last night’s meeting of the Executive, Lead Member for Housing Cllr Penny Shelton announced the completion of 26 new affordable homes in the Borough.
As an Executive Member’s information item, she said: “You will recall our decision to build 26 new affordable homes on the site of the former Ely Court on the Cambridge Road Estate.
“These homes are nearing completion and will be available for occupation early in the new year.
“The intention is to provide opportunities for Members and residents to look around the scheme before it is occupied and we will circulate details of this as soon as they are available.”
At last night’s meeting of the Council’s Executive, Kingston’s Lead Member for Housing made a statement on the recent tower block blaze in the London Borough of Southwark.
Cllr Penny Shelton said: “In the light of the tragic fire in the block of flats at Camberwell, I would like to make a short statement about the implications for our own housing stock.Read more