Kingston fly tipping “lowest in London”

At last night’s meeting of Full Council, Kingston’s Executive Member for the Environment was asked about the incidence of illegal dumping of waste in the borough.

Cllr Bob Steed replied: “According to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affair’s latest Flycapture database, Kingston has the lowest incidence of fly tipping of the 32 London boroughs.

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Letter from Cllr Liz Green on a new primary school in Surbiton

the Editor, Surrey Comet


Cllr Dennis Doe wrote into your paper, March 19th ‘No five year delay on primary school plan.’ He mentions two sites which he claims are of sufficient size and could be built as quickly as new primary schools on Surbiton Hospital site. Well, simply he is wrong.

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Letter from Rolson Davies on crime statistics

In a letter to the local press, Cllr Rolson Davies takes Zac Goldsmith to task over crime comments. 

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Lottery funding for Kingston’s heritage projects

ian_reid.jpgAt last night’s meeting of the Executive, Kingston Council’s Lead Member for Libraries and Museum Service announced that the Heritage Lottery Fund is making the Royal Borough a “priority for funding”.

Cllr Ian Reid welcomed the news, saying: “This is excellent news. ‘Leafy Kingston’ is finally being recognised as having being left out of funding for projects which celebrate our local history and culture.”

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Lib Dem Kingston supports Fairtrade Fortnight

bob_steed-bart_rickets-kingston_marketplace-kingston-lib_dems-liberal-democrats-fairtrade.jpgKingston’s ‘Fairtrade Councillor’ and Executive Member for Sustainability have welcomed Fairtrade Fortnight by taking part in “the big swap”.

Cllr Bart Rickets and Executive Member Bob Steed signed up to the initiative online and swapped their regular fruit, chocolate, biscuits and wine for Fairtrade graded products.

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Budget Council delivers 1.9% Council Tax = investment in education

At last night’s meeting of Full Council, Kingston councillors approved the Liberal Democrat administration’s budget which delivers the lowest Council Tax rise in Kingston’s history at just 1.9% – but protects front lines services and spending to invest in new schools and classrooms for the Royal Borough.

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Kingston Tories refuse to support publication of Kingston Hospital threat

don_jordan.jpgAt last night’s meeting of the Health Overview Panel, Conservative councillors refused to back a motion calling for the full publication of the document detailing the ‘options for change’ in the South West London Healthcare review -- which would make public the threat posed to critical services at Kingston Hospital.

The Liberal Democrat motion, which was modified to incorporate views and sensitivities of Conservatives on the panel, was an attempt to obtain all-party backing of the campaign to save services at Kingston Hospital.

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Crossrail funding scheme slammed by cross-party GLA

bob_steed-simon_james-kingston_lib_dems-liberal_democrats-crossrail_funding-postbox-letter.jpgKingston’s Executive Members for Planning and Transport have welcomed a cross-party report criticising the funding of the Crossrail project.

In ‘Light at the end of the tunnel: the construction of Crossrail’ the London Assembly Transport Committee raises its concern that the capital has been “burdened unfairly” with over half of the cost of the £16 billion rail link, when it is estimated to generate £22 billion for central government over the next ten years.

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Lib Dems demand transparency from opposition

Kingston Lib Dems have demanded that local Conservative councillors reveal the details of their opposition amendment to the budget to allow for proper transparency and scrutiny.

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Patricia Bamford warns of Tory threat to schools investment in Kingston


Conservative prospective parliamentary candidate Helen Whately wrote into your newspaper last week, praising a visit to the borough from Tory Shadow Education Secretary Michael Gove.

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Cross-party protest against Boris’ Countdown scandal

Commenting on the news that Cllr David Cunningham, Conservative councillor has launched a petition called ‘Save COUNTDOWN sites’ - Kingston’s Executive Member for Transport, Bob Steed said:

“Councillors of all parties are appalled by the proposals of Boris Johnson’s Transport for London to remove Countdown facilities from bus stops in Kingston.”

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Rose Theatre claims rebuked

We seek to clarify the claim made in the Surrey Comet last week that, in 2009 “The bailout of the Rose Theatre added an extra £55 a year on the average band D property’s bill.”


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Kingston slams Conservative Mayor’s Crossrail Concession “insult”

The leadership of Kingston Council have reacted with disappointment to the news that Boris Johnson’s much hyped Crossrail levy ‘concession’ will affect just 62 businesses in the borough – and local school budgets will continue to taxed to pay for the North London railway line.

The Council’s Executive Member for Economic Development, Cllr Simon James explained: “The Conservative Mayor of London is proudly publicising the news of his grand generosity of spirit after deciding to tweak the conditions of the London-wide Crossrail tax.

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Keep our Countdown!

bob_steed-kingston_lib_dems-liberal_democrats-transport-bueses-tfl-countdown-protest-cuts-kingston-route_85_bus-85.jpgKingston's Lead Member for Transport has revealed that the Conservative Mayor of London is planning on removing 32 'countdown' facilities from the borough’s most remote bus stops.

Cllr Bob Steed said: "The TfL countdown service is extremely useful for bus passengers planning their journey, especially in remote locations where there are low frequency services. If you need to travel after dark, real time information on when your bus service will arrive can make all the difference for deciding whether to wait or use on an alternative method of travel.

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Four More Years of Progress

Liberal Democrat leaflet: reporting back



This week the residents of the entire borough will receive a leaflet reporting back on the ‘four more years of progress’ from the Liberal Democrat administration of Kingston Council.

Not one penny of tax payer’s money was spent on the A3 literature – it was written, paid and published by local Liberal Democrat councillors.

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