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Lib Dems block plans to improve local parks and pavements

Conservative Councillors were left shocked when Kingston Lib Dems blocked the approval of the Parks and Pavements Improvement Project at a recent meeting of the Residents Committee.

The Project was an initiative designed by the Council to regenerate local parks and pavements across the Borough.

Phil Doyle

Cllr Phil Doyle, Portfolio Holder for Residents Services said:

Under the Lib Dem administration, our parks and pavements were neglected. Councillors and Officers proposed a list of parks and pavements that were are in need of vital work. In blocking these projects, the Lib Dems have made it clear that new playground equipment and safer pavements are of little concern to them.

Lib Dems would not upgrade libraries

New Malden Library
Lib Dems think spending on libraries is wrong!

Conservative-run Kingston is transforming all of its libraries by installing new technology and creating flexible community spaces.

But, as reported in the Surrey Comet, Lib Dem leader Liz Green criticised the move as “an awful amount of money when we don’t have it” and suggested that the Lib Dems wouldn't have made the investment.

Kingston Library will be the first of the seven libraries to have a makeover, with improvements including the incorporation of the children’s library into the building. Others will follow over the next two months.

Andrea Craig

Cllr Andrea Craig, Cabinet Member for Heritage, Arts and Leisure at Kingston Council, said: 

The benefits of this investment will be felt for years to come. We know that our residents are keen library users, so enhancing these key community spaces is essential. I hope that even more residents and visitors take the opportunity to discover all that is on offer in our newly-transformed libraries.

Tolworth Meyer Homes: Statement on planning appeal

The Meyer Homes proposal in Tolworth
This development in Tolworth was rejected by the Council but supported on an even larger scale by the Labour Mayor of London

 Kevin Davis Council Leader Kevin Davis writes:

In July 2016 the Council’s Development Control Committee refused an application for St George’s Gate in Tolworth for 705 units. The reason for refusal, in the Committee’s judgement, were a lack of evidence of the effect of the development on the highways network, and concerns about the density and scale of the application.

The developers decided to appeal the decision. Encouraged by the Mayor of London, they have also subsequently submitted a planning application of even greater density for this site. This second application is currently working its way through the planning system.

The Council considering defending the appeal, and sought independent legal advice from leading counsel. The clear advice was that we would lose and it would cost us a considerable sum of money. With huge cuts to our grants from Central Government (totalling a gap of nearly £40 million in 4 years), we cannot gamble with our resident's money.

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