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
The Conservative Leader of the Council, Councillor Kevin Davis, has ended up with egg on his face as secret talks to merge Kingston and Richmond Councils broke down this week following a fall out that they are keeping tight lipped about.
Local Liberal Democrats have been inundated with emails from local people concerned about plans proposed by the Tory Deputy Mayor to build up to 70,000 homes in Chessington and create a new London ‘suburb’.
Kingston’s Tories voted to move from weekly to fortnightly collection of recycling. Local Liberal Democrats want to keep weekly collections of all recycling.
The photo shows the boxes you will need if the Tories' plans go through.
What the Conservatives want
Landfill waste to continue to be collected fortnightly in a wheelie bin, food waste to continue to be collected weekly in a caddy, but recycling materials collected fortnightly on a complicated alternative week system. Batteries and textiles will no longer be collected at all, residents will be expected to take them to other places to recycle them.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
From left: Cllrs Thay Thayalan, Vicki Harris, Lorraine Rolfe, Rachel Reid, Tricia Bamford, Margaret Thompson
It is a well established fact that local Liberal Democrats are committed to the local communities they represent. And celebrating twenty years since they devolved local decision making to Neighbourhoods, the mantra to listen and involve residents is still very much alive in Lib Dem run South of the Borough Neighbourhood.
The Conservative manifesto, produced for the local elections held in May this year, promised residents “they would be consulted rigorously and widely when the Council proposes changes in policy.”
But behind closed doors, in early July, the Conservative Leader of the Council, Councillor Kevin Davis, signed an official request for action agreeing to consider moving the Health and Wellbeing Centre from Surbiton Health Centre, next to Lime Tree Primary School, to Hollyfield House, Hollyfield Road.
At the last meeting of the Council, the Conservative Group unanimously voted against the Liberal Democrat motion which campaigned to keep the Scrutiny Panel - the dedicated committee that allowed residents to challenge Council decisions.
Councillor Liz Green, Leader of the Opposition said,
“The new system allowing residents to challenge a Council decision is a circus, it is an erosion of our previous democracy that I was very proud of and our residents deserve better! We made it easy for residents or 100 interested people to ask the Council to look again at ¬any Council decision and a Scrutiny Panel was triggered by collecting a petition of 100 signatures.”
Introduced by the Liberal Democrats 20 years ago, the Chessington Park and Ride Scheme has been axed by the Conservative Administration.
Providing a service between Chessington World of Adventures and Kingston town centre, the Christmas scheme has been cut without any consultation with residents or options to improve the scheme.
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Liberal Democrat candidate for the by-election in Tudor ward
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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.