Final call for candidates to step forward to clean up Kingston in 2018 elections

The Kingston Independent Residents Group (KIRG), the local party for Kingston residents, has moved forward its campaign for better local government by asking residents from across the borough to step forward and join its team of candidates for its 2018 election bid.

Residents saw their first independent council seat in 2015 – Mary Clark in Old Malden Ward. The May 2018 local elections will see new councillors elected from every ward across Kingston.

Mary Clark, group leader of KIRG said:

“The current Tory controlled council have failed the residents of Kingston. For 4 years they’ve incompetently forced national party policies on our borough. These have traded our long-term legacy and quality of life for short-term cash grabbing and self-serving politics. Residents from across the borough have told us they want far higher standards and effective accountability from borough leaders. It’s time for a wholesale change. We desperately need a Council that will work competently and responsibly for the residents of Kingston.”

Patrick Wylde of the Kingston Independent Residents Group said:

“The national political party whip has been running roughshod over the wishes of residents for too long – and every community in Kingston is affected. The only way that locals can decide for themselves is to elect independent councillors in 2018 to be the voice that holds the Council to account. We’re calling on residents from across the borough to join our growing team of residents’ independent candidates for Kingston 2018.”

 

To find out more about becoming an R4U candidate, volunteer or supporter please call 020 8050 5096 or e-mail admin@kingstonindependents.org.uk

Press Release: Call for candidates to step forward to clean up Kingston in 2018 elections

Wednesday 21st January 2018: the Kingston Independent Residents Group (KIRG) has moved forward its campaign for better local government by asking residents from across the borough of Kingston to step forward and join its team of candidates for its 2018 council election bid. The May 2018 borough elections will see new councillors elected from every ward across Kingston.

Mary Clark, group leader of KIRG, said:

“The current Tory controlled council have failed the residents of Kingston. For 4 years they’ve incompetently forced national party policies on our borough. These have traded our long-term legacy and quality of life for short-term self-serving politics. Residents from across the borough have told us they want proper planning, far higher standards and effective accountability from council leaders. It’s time for a wholesale change. We desperately need a Council that will work competently and responsibly for the residents of Kingston.”

Patrick Wylde said:

“The national political party whip has been running roughshod over the wishes of residents for too long – and every community in Kingston is affected. The only way that locals can decide for themselves is to elect independent councillors in 2018. We’re working with other residents’ groups and calling on residents from across the borough to join our growing team of residents’ independent candidates for Kingston 2018. We encourage those who love where they live to step forward and join us.”

To find out more about becoming a KIRG candidate, volunteer or supporter please contact us on admin@kingstonindependents.org.uk or call 020 8050 5096.

URGENT: Petition to save free parking at Kingston Hospital for disabled people

The residents’ party have launched a petition to Ann Radmore, CEO of Kingston Hospital, calling upon the trust to immediately reinstate free parking for all blue badge holders. At present, charges will be introduced for all blue badge holders at full-rate on 22nd January.

Please sign this petition to Ann Radmore by filling in your details below:

We, the undersigned, call upon Ann Radmore, CEO of Kingston Hospital, to reinstate free parking for blue badge holders at Kingston Hospital. At present, free parking will cease for blue badge holders on the 22nd January. We feel that these changes penalise the most vulnerable in our society, and urge the hospital to reverse this damaging decision for the disabled in Kingston.

Reinstate free parking for the disabled at Kingston Hospital

  

We, the undersigned, call upon Ann Radmore, CEO of Kingston Hospital, to reinstate free parking for blue badge holders at Kingston Hospital. At present, free parking will cease for blue badge holders on the 22nd January. We feel that these changes penalise the most vulnerable in our society, and urge the hospital to reverse this damaging decision for the disabled in Kingston.

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The Kingston Independent Residents Group (KIRG) have today launched a campaign to reinstate free parking at Kingston Hospital for blue badge holders, branding proposed changes by the NHS Trust a ‘disgrace’.

Councillor Mary Clark, the KIRG group leader, who sits on the Health Scrutiny Panel, stated:

“This is yet another example of the establishment picking on easy targets. Blue badge holders are the primary users of hospitals and it’s picking on the vulnerable because they are the ones that visit the most.

“These changes are a disgrace, and must be reversed. We will end up with gridlock on Galsworthy Road where blue badge holders will legally park on the double yellow lines, and a situation where those who desperately need to go into hospital may not for fear of cost.”

The residents’ party have launched a petition to Ann Radmore, CEO of Kingston Hospital, calling upon the trust to immediately reinstate free parking for all blue badge holders.

 

Kingston residents form political party and launch campaign for 2018 local election

Monday 8th January 2018, Kingston upon Thames: Kingston residents have announced that they have formed their own independent political party, the Kingston Independent Residents Group (KIRG), and will be standing candidates across the borough in their Council elections in May 2018. They have also announced their first 4 prospective council election candidates and launched their new website at www.kingstonindependents.org.uk .

Mary Clark, the KIRG group leader and existing Kingston Councillor stated:

“Today marks a turning point in the political landscape at Guildhall. Residents who have, for many years, been fed false promises by the national parties just to secure their vote now have an alternative voice, that will fight for them at Kingston Council.

“Residents don’t want national parties telling them what’s good for them locally – they want to decide for themselves. We’ll unveil our detailed policies nearer the election, but have no doubt about it, our plans are big, bold and are all about residents getting their voices back and deciding for themselves.”

Along with Kingston Councillor Mary Clark, the initial group of prospective candidates includes business owner and Berrylands resident, Oliver Eakin; development campaigner and Coombe Vale resident, Patrick Wylde. To complete the first announced prospective candidates, the residents’ party has also announced that current and long-standing Councillor for Old Malden, David Fraser, will be standing for KIRG in May.

Small business owner and Berrylands resident, Oliver Eakin, added:

“It is critical that residents from all backgrounds have a voice. That means we want both fresh faces and those with seasoned political experience, to help drive a broad set of policies focussed on things that matter to people – the local economy, quality-of-life, fiscal responsibility, and a proper long-term vision. We’ve got working mums, existing politicians, successful small business owners and everything in between.

“Residents have become increasingly fed up at being let down by the current Council on a whole range of issues. We’ve seen a steady stream of people sticking their hands up to become candidates in the run up to this launch. We’ve still got space for more. If you love where you live and want to make a difference for the residents of Kingston, drop us a line through our website – we want to hear from you.”

Press Release: Residents launch campaign to reinstate free disabled parking at Kingston Hospital, branding charges ‘a disgrace’

Monday 8th January 2018, Kingston Hospital: The Kingston Independent Residents Group (KIRG) have today launched a campaign to reinstate free parking at Kingston Hospital for blue badge holders, branding proposed changes by the NHS Trust a ‘disgrace’.

Councillor Mary Clark, the KIRG group leader, who sits on the Health Scrutiny Panel, stated:

“This is yet another example of the establishment picking on easy targets. Blue badge holders are the primary users of hospitals and it’s picking on the vulnerable because they are the ones that visit the most.

“These changes are a disgrace, and must be reversed. We will end up with gridlock on Galsworthy Road where blue badge holders will legally park on the double yellow lines, and a situation where those who desperately need to go into hospital may not for fear of cost.”

The residents’ party have launched a petition to Ann Radmore, CEO of Kingston Hospital, calling upon the trust to immediately reinstate free parking for all blue badge holders.

The full text of the petition reads: “We, the undersigned, hereby call upon Ann Radmore, CEO of Kingston Hospital

Councillor David Fraser, who is also a prospective KIRG candidate, sits on the Health Scrutiny Panel and is playing a key role in encouraging residents to sign the petition to support the most vulnerable in Kingston.

Councillor Mary Clark has called upon Councillor Rowena Bass, Chair of the Health Scrutiny Panel, to call an extraordinary meeting to address the changes in parking provision at the hospital.
Residents are encouraged to sign the petition at www.kingstonindependents.org.uk, before the changes come into effect on the 22nd January.

‘Let residents decide’ – stand as an Independent Councillor

The Kingston Independent Residents Group is seeking residents’ candidates for the 2018 Council Elections. Even though the Council elections are a year away, the local independent party has started recruiting new candidates because of what it claims as a breakdown of trust with local people.

Cllr Mary Clark is the leader of the Kingston Independent Residents Group, and the existing Councillor for Old Malden. She said: Westminster parties simply can’t be trusted with prioritising our local issues. Picking fights with our teachers, doctors, nurses and police directly impacts local families every day. 

“The choice is quite clear. Do we want Westminster parties telling us what to do locally, or should we decide for ourselves? Kingston residents are fed up with their councillors working for Westminster and they now have a unique chance to elect their first residents’ councillors. In 2018, we’d like to see councillors across Kingston elected to Council, that only answer to one boss – residents.

“We are looking for community-minded individuals in all wards who love where they live and would like to make a difference. If you are a school governor, local volunteer, or just a local resident (!), we have the team in place to help you to take the next step and be a champion for your community.”

If you’d like to find out more about standing, please contact us on 020 8050 5096 or e-mail stand@kingstonindependents.org.uk

Our principles

The Kingston Independent Residents Group is a local party, for Kingston residents. Our principles ensure we will:

  • Make Kingston Council more transparent, accountable and inclusive.
    • We publish a transparent, full report of every KIRG councillor’s activity, quarterly. Every KIRG councillor holds a surgery in their ward, every month.
  • Deliver fiscal responsibility at Kingston Council.
    • Your money will be spent efficiently, providing best value for money.
  • Give priority to resident services, including care for the vulnerable, young and elderly.
    • Your needs must be given priority – residents’ needs will always come first.
  • Always independently represent your views.
    • Residents will always be fully represented without the delay of national politics.

Mary Clark, Independent councillor, said:

“Surely it is about time that the three Beverley Ward Councillors desisted from claiming credit for something they never did.

“This time saying they are responsible for arranging for Network Rail to net the roof of the Kingston Road Railway bridge to stop the pigeons roosting. Utter balderdash! Since 2008, years before the three Beverley Ward Councillors were even elected, the local residents, led by Freddie Corbett, and supported by myself, campaigned continously and worked hard towards the ultimate conclusion of this issue.

“It is about time these councillors did something in their Ward that they could genuinely claim credit for – I can think of something they have done, but don’t suppose just 9 months away from the local elections they would want to claim credit for supporting the Cocks Crescent development plan, which could well lead to hundreds of flats being built 10 storeys high on that site – I wouldn’t think that they would want to claim that as one of their successes when it comes to knocking on doors asking for votes.

“They should at least praise, applaud and acknowledge local residents when they go out of their way and take the time and trouble to try to help make their area a better place to live in – not continously pinch the credit from them -after all they are the very residents who elected them!”

Open letter to Kevin Davis on Cocks Crescent SPD

Dear Councillor Davis,

I write following your comments in the Surrey Comet regarding recent protests against the proposed Cocks Crescent SPD. I really do not think that it can be said that residents are playing ‘childish games’, when they have great concern, with regard to the overdevelopment which could very well take place in the centre of New Malden.

The potential of the build of up to 520 flats in Cocks Crescent is in itself a cause for concern, when there is no infrastructure to support the development. Further, the proposed build of a further 290 flats, from the former Shell Garage to the Multi-storey car park, (Shell Garage: 21 units/5-29 Coombe Rd: 85 units/Malden House: 93 units/Multi-storey car park: 91 units) plus the CNM’s proposal to build up to 100 units on St Georges Square – 910 flats would, naturally, be considered, by New Malden residents, as considerable overdevelopment in such a small town centre.

The residents who are concerned are the ‘sensible’ people, as they know that New Malden is far too small to sustain this volume of development.

Also, the whole purpose for the original build of the Cocks Crescent site was to accommodate Community facilities – never for residential build, hence the build of the Malden Centre, swimming pool, Crescent Resource Centre for the Physically Disabled, the Causeway Resource Centre for Learning Disabilities, Womens’ Voluntary Service, Adult Education, Malden Emergency First Aid Society and Citizens Advice Bureau.

Even without the Cocks Crescent development, New Malden High Street may well turn into a ‘builders yard’, within the coming months, as several contractors trundle up and down for months with bricks and mortar to the various development sites – our shops will loose trade, which they are already struggling to maintain.

Flats as high as 10 storeys on such a small site as Cocks Crescent will, without doubt, overshadow the nearby houses in Blagdon Road. The centre of New Malden is being unnecessarily targeted by developers building flats for market value – average price for a STUDIO flat on the Multi-storey car park development is a minimum of£250,000 (documented by the developer)!

New Malden cannot sustain close on 1000 new flats-and it is just not fair on the local residents who are already having to wait for 2/3 weeks for a GP appointment, or obtain a place for their child in a local school.

I have lived in New Malden since 1939 and it is, without doubt, the worse thing that could ever happen to this small town. Trust me – you don’t live here. You may just as well go skywards, and drop a mega bucket of cement over the Centre of New Malden so it becomes just another “concrete jungle”.

Councillor Mary Clark, Old Malden Ward