In a secret session held behind closed doors last night, Conservative councillors decided “not to defend the planning Appeal” for the Toby Jug site.
Tolworth Action Group (TAG) to launch Judicial Review against Kingston Council over Tolworth Tower plans
Boris Johnson rubber stamps the Tolworth Towers. Boris photo: Andrew Parsons/ i-Images Creative Commons License
This afternoon, regrettably, the Conservative London Mayor, Boris Johnson, has not used his powers to help residents of Tolworth. Instead, he has rubber stamped the decision by Kingston's Conservatives for the overdevelopment of the Tolworth Tower site.
Kingston Liberal Democrats are hugely disappointed that the Tolworth Tower planning application was approved last night.
Cllr Liz Green said:
"I believe this is overdevelopment for this site,
- there was not nearly enough of a contribution for affordable homes.
Tory councillors have forced through the planning application which will see four further towers alongside Tolworth Tower on the Broadway. The towers will be 5, 12, 15 and 19 storeys high.
Local residents told them they were concerned about even more traffic, pressure on local schools and doctors, lack of affordable homes for local people and deteriorating air quality. But every single Tory councillor voted for the controversial development.
Kingston Conservative Leader's 2005 words come back to haunt him. This week, Liberal Democrat Leader, Cllr. Liz Green, is making public a letter sent from Cllr.Kevin Davis.
Councillor Green explains.......
Lib Dem councillors Rachel Reid and Malcolm Self pen an open letter to Conservative Leader Kevin Davis, appealing for residents voices to be heard before the Conservative Council considers major Tolworth planning applications.
I am sure like me, you value our local community in Tolworth, Hook, Chessington and Surbiton. We live in a fantastic location within the Royal Borough of Kingston. I am proud to be a part of this community and want to ensure that the local people who make up this community, have their say in how it is shaped.
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.