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Tory Leader off to Cannes at council taxpayers' expense

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Just fifteen days before the Tory Administration is expected to unveil a Council Tax rise, the Leader of the Council, Councillor Kevin Davis, is booked to attend MIPIM – an international property market conference on the French Riviera. The confirmed bill for the Leader to attend the shindig and meet property developers is £4,014.

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Fountain Roundabout Survey

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Many residents have told us what a nightmare the Fountain roundabout can be for driving, cycling, walking or on public transport. We are calling on Conservative run Kingston Council to make improvements. However, all too often, politicians and council officers come up with solutions to what they think are the problems. Instead, we are asking those who use it.

We’ve designed this very brief survey to find out the issues directly from you - the residents who use the roundabout on a frequent basis.

Survey Closed - Many thanks for your feedback

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Lib Dems halve Conservative majority in St James ward, New Malden

The Conservatives held the seat in St James ward, where the vacancy had been caused by the death of the former Conservative leader.

Once again, the Lib Dems reduced the Conservative majority substantially, this time with a strong 11% swing

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Work starts on New Malden Station

After a long campaign by Edward Davey MP and the New Malden Focus Team, work has finally started to upgrade the facilities at New Malden Station.

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Lesley Heap selected as candidate for Beverley ward

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Cllr Trevor Heap, Lesley Heap, Edward Davey MP, Cllr Simon James


Lesley Heap is the Liberal Democrat candidate for the New Malden (Beverley ward) by-election, which will take place on Thursday 25th July. Lesley is a former NHS employee who worked in community medicine. She now works as a Junior swimming coach.

 

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Coombe Vale by-election result

Sadly, Liberal Democrats did not win in the Coombe Vale by-election. The Conservatives held both seats, with Labour in third place.

Conservatives: 1340 and 1308

Liberal Democrats: 908 and 778

Labour: 526 and 502

Green: 122 and 108

CPA: 94 and 76

UKIP: 70

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Top Lib Dems flood in to support Rupert and Kamala

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Simon Hughes (left) chatting with Kamala Kugan and Rupert Nichols

Last weekend saw six leading Liberal Democrats lend their support to Kamala Kugan and Rupert Nichol in the Coombe Vale by-election.

On Sunday Lib Dem Deputy Leader, Simon Hughes MP, returned to his New Malden roots to campaign with Rupert and Kamala. Simon’s father and aunt used to live in Coombe Vale ward and Simon has been a regular visitor to the area.

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By-election called in Coombe Vale

Update: A second Conservative councillor, James White, has resigned in Coombe Vale, so there will be a double by-election on 15th December.

Conservative Robert John Tasker has resigned as Coombe Vale Councillor triggering a by-election that will take place on 15th December.

Residents in that ward have until 30th November to get on the register to be able to vote.

In the last local elections in 2010 Lib Dems were only 80 votes behind the Tories in Coombe Vale, so this contest will be closely fought. 

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Executive praises ‘independent living’ centre

The Executive of Kingston Council this week welcomed the opening of The Noble Centre in Blagdon Road New Malden, a community centre dedicated to Promoting Independent People Services (PIPS) for the Borough's elderly and disabled residents.

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New council homes for Kingston

At this week's meeting of the Executive, Lead Member for Housing Cllr Penny Shelton welcomed the news that the Royal Borough has been awarded with an impressive £800,000 grant towards the cost of new-build social housing.

In the 'information items' segment of the meeting, Cllr Shelton announced that a bid by the Council for new affordable homes in the Old Malden area had been approved by the Department of Communities and Local Government.

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