Waitrose reinstate 2 hours free parking following campaign

Your Kingston Independent Residents Group team in Beverley have secured the reinstatement of 2 hours free parking at the Waitrose Car Park in New Malden. This is a victory for New Malden residents and businesses in the High Street, and we would like to thank everyone for their support.

Local resident James Giles with the new signage in Waitrose, reintroducing a 2 hour maximum stay

Waitrose recently changed the maximum stay from 2 hours to 90 minutes, and increased the penalty from £25 to £95. The car park is subject to a number of legal agreements with the Council and Waitrose did not have permission to reduce the maximum stay.

Following our campaign and intervention in Beverley Ward, Waitrose have now reinstated a maximum stay of 2 hours. Further, users of the car park are no longer required to spend £10 in Waitrose, which could boost trade for independent businesses in the High Street.

The one remaining area of concern is the £95 penalty charge, which we are asking to be reduced back to £25, to give shoppers peace of mind when using the car park.

KIRG Group Leader and member of the Beverley Independent team, Mary Clark, said:

“These changes would have impacted on shoppers who use the car park for both Waitrose and our independent businesses on the High Street. They were introduced with no consultation with residents or even the council. I’m very pleased that Waitrose has made the right choice in reinstating the longstanding parking arrangements, which date back before 2003.”

Local resident James Giles said:

“This is fantastic news. We would like to thank Waitrose for their co-operation in the matter, and their commitment to the community in New Malden.”

 

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

Beverley residents call upon Waitrose to reintroduce 2 hours free parking

Your Kingston Independent Residents Group team in Beverley are campaigning to restore 2 hour free parking in the Waitrose Car Park in New Malden.

 Waitrose recently changed the maximum stay from 2 hours to 90 minutes, and increased the penalty from £25 to £95. The car park is subject to a number of legal agreements with the Council and Waitrose do not have permission to reduce the maximum stay.

Cllr Mary Clark, group leader and Beverley lead, said: “These changes will impact on shoppers who use the car park for both Waitrose and our independent businesses on the High Street. They were introduced with no consultation with residents or even the council.

Many, including the disabled, will be deterred from parking here at a risk of a new massive £95 penalty, should they overstay in any form. A large number of residents have been in touch to make us aware of these changes which will damage the local economy.”

Your Independent Residents Group in Beverley has written to the Council Enforcement about this matter.

If you support our campaign and want to see 2 hour free parking reinstated, sign below and add pressure to the Council and Waitrose:

Waitrose: Reinstate 2 hr free parking and £25 penalty charge

  

We, the undersigned, call upon the John Lewis Partnership to immediately reinstate 2 hours free parking at their branch in New Malden and the £25 parking charge.

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Coombe Hill resident to take on sitting Tory councillor ‘parachuted in to a safe seat’ in May election

The Kingston Independent Residents Group (KIRG), the local party of residents, has announced that Coombe Hill resident of 20 years and mother of 3, Helen Hinton, has resigned from the Conservative Party and will be standing as a candidate in Coombe Hill.

Her resignation comes following the decision to select existing Tory Councillor, Ian George, to stand in Coombe Hill, despite being an elected representative for Alexandra Ward in Surbiton.

Helen Hinton, the KIRG prospective ward candidate, said: “Existing Surbiton councillor Ian George became unelectable in his Alexandra ward after overseeing the building of hundreds of homes in Tolworth against the residents‘ wishes; so now he has been parachuted into a safe seat, forcing out a local candidate.

Residents don’t want their town damaged by unsustainable development or a party-poltical refugee; they want a councillor who will actually represent them. We must ensure residents, not politicians, represent Coombe Hill, which is why I am delighted to be standing for the Kingston Independent Residents Group.”

 

KIRG party leader Cllr Mary Clark said: “We are delighted to have Helen representing residents in Coombe Hill, and I have no doubt that, if elected, Helen will work tirelessly on behalf of her neighbours. It is about time that someone represented the interest of interests rather than those of national parties, and Helen, with her proven track record, will do just that.”

Last year, Helen Hinton called in the controversial Surbiton Crescent decision to Full Council, with the support of hundreds of residents in Coombe and across the borough. To date, the controversial scheme has made some £4.5 million in fines.

Residents Campaign For More Support For Small Businesses In Berrylands 

A new campaign has been launched by small business owner Oliver Eakin to save local shops and food outlets in Berrylands who are currently under threat afer being “neglected and forgoten” by Kingston Council. Oliver is campaigning for locals to leave their Oyster Card at home and to shop local rather than heading in to town.
Kingston Independent Residents Group has witnessed countless offices popping up all over Berrylands’ streets. At one point Berrylands shopping parade had two mini supermarkets, a butchers and a greengrocers however with small shops closing at an alarming rate, landlords are preferring to rent their shops as cheap office space. Despite being a key focus from the two Conservative councillors in the 2014 election, Berrylands has seen little to no support for it’s local businesses from either side of the council.
“Small businesses are the backbone of our local economy. Once again Berrylands has been let down by the council with The Conservatives completely failing on their promises to the residents in 2014. They seem over the moon that they gave 30 minutes free parking to cars in Kingston however seeing as our streets never charged in the first place that’s useless- if anything they have encouraged residents to do their shopping in town.”
Anyone interested in supporting Berrylands’ small businesses should contact Oliver directly on O.Eakin@KingstonIndependents.org.uk.

Extraordinary meeting of Health Scrutiny Panel called to scrutinise hospital decision on blue badge parking

With the support of hundreds of local residents, the Kingston Independent Residents Group has been putting heavy pressure on Kingston Hospital to reverse their damaging decision to introduce parking charges for blue badge holders at Kingston Hospital.

Led by Councillor Mary Clark, a cross-party letter has requisitioned an extraordinary meeting of the Health Scrutiny Panel, with representatives from the Hospital being called to the meeting, in order to scrutinise the decision and for residents to have their voice heard. The meeting will be at the Guildhall in Kingston, 7:30pm start, on Wednesday 21st February.

 

Mary Clark, the KIRG group leader stated: “These charges 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.

I urge all residents to attend the extraordinary meeting of the Health Scrutiny Panel this Wednesday, at Guildhall, to make their voices heard to Kingston Hospital and join us in our call to reverse this decision. ”

A letter was sent to Kingston Council demanding an extraordinary meeting of the Health Scrutiny Panel, under Standing Order 24, and was signed by Councillors Mary Clark, David Fraser and Sheila Griffin in their capacity as members of the Health Scrutiny Panel.

The Kingston Independent Residents Group will be holding a demonstration on the steps of Guildhall from 7pm on Wednesday 21st February, before the meeting begins at 7:30pm.

Can you join us and make sure that the voice of vulnerable residents in Kingston are heard?

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.”

‘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