Rose Theatre

According to Wikipedia:

The construction was undertaken with £5m (of the £11m construction cost) support from the local council, involvement from Kingston University, Peter Hall, and the Friends of Kingston Theatre. The shell of the building was provided to the Trust for free by St George plc as one of the concessions for the construction of Charter Quay, a development on the bank of the Thames.

Why did the Council not consult the Community about their 100 year financial commitment to the Rose Theatre that should be seeking funding from the Lottery, London Arts Council or the Performing Arts Fund? We had a perfectly good theatre once it was called The Assembly Rooms, the Council sold it, as per usual. (125 year lease at a yearly rent of £150,000)

The argument the Council puts forward for the Rose was that local schools benefit from day time workshops the theatre offers. Well done the Rose Management for thinking up that one, utilising an empty theatre during the day and charging the Council to use it.

All other theatres in the Area: the Playhouse Epsom, Wimbledon & Richmond Theatres are self sufficient or funded by Lottery, London Arts Council or the Performing Arts Fund. Not by their respective Local Authority.

That money could be better spent on more worthwhile community projects like Riding for the Disabled, Day Care Centre for the Elderly, a new Nursery School, or a Youth Centre.

No, the RBK Council, Lib Dems & Tories just love to squander our hard earned cash on pet projects.

If elected we would seek to scrap their promissory funding of for the next 100 years or reduce that funding by at least 80%.

We are not against having a Theatre in the Town but it should be funded by private enterprise NOT by the hard pressed Council Tax payers.

Background Reading / Sources:
Rose Theatre, Wikipedia
Theatre opens 2008, costing tax-payers £5m
December 2008, Council approve £600,000 annual subsidy over three years (£1.8m)
Disgraced Lib Dem Derek Osbourne, replying about funding, Feb 2010
Surrey Comet, Rose asks for more cash, Dec 2010
This Is Local London, cuts to libraries, etc. but Rose asking for cash, Jan 2011
Chief Exec Resigns, Nov 2011
Rose Subsidy reduced to £500,000 per annum.
Ticket Sales drop. 7th Feb 2012
Theatre still loss making.
Derek Osboure admits making and distributing child porn. 1st October, 2013

Ed Davey MP

Ed Davey, MP for Kingston-upon-Thames and Surbiton, Liberal Democrat, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.

What has our illustrious representative been up to of late in the coalition?

The Independent ran this article quoting him from a BBC Newsnight interview:

“I’m sure people do wear jumpers, I wear jumpers at home…”

OK – I’ll let him off, it was a bit of a misquote (though also a pratfall he should have been sharp enough to avoid) the full quote can be seen here in a BBC article.

Let’s avoid the media side-show and look at what’s really happening…

Wind Turbines
On Andrew Marr’s BBC show (13/10/13) he defended on-shore wind turbines when asked if they were value for money saying:

“Absolutely. They only get paid when they are generating electricity.”

(see this article) Well that’s not really the full story, the owners receive subsidies.

By comparison Robert Mendick, wrote this brilliant article in the Telegraph the day before (12/10/13) reporting:

An analysis of the industry's figures shows that Britain's largest energy firms received almost £900 million last year through a consumer subsidy added to household bills.

The subsidy is worth £200 million more than the income from the electricity actually produced by Britain's on and offshore wind farms. In total, the big six received more than £1.5 billion in revenues last year from wind farms they own.

In the Marr interview, he admitted energy prices will rise further in future to support investment by French and Chinese state backed nuclear operators entering into the Nuclear industry, this was picked up in this Mirror article. Though we need Nuclear for energy security, one has to question the wisdom of allowing firms controlled by foreign states to operate Nuclear power stations in the UK.

So what’s our Yellow Ed been up to on the climate change front of late (other than letting off some hot-air), well it turns out the government department he runs has spent £300,000 last year on DOMESTIC flights.
Ah carbon footprints, always so much prettier when the tax-payers are footing the bill…
Daily Mail article here

Want to know what we’d do differently? Click here for UKIP’s energy policy.

Primary School and Needle Exchange

Recently it’s come to light that Surbiton Health Centre on Ewell road runs treatment for those with drug and alcohol dependency and this includes a needle exchange program. The site is shared with Lime Tree primary school, a new and very much needed school for the local area.

Details have emerged that the head teacher was not made aware of these services by either the NHS or the Kingston council.

A recent study for the council, at a cost of £11,880 including VAT found that the largest risks were political involvement in the issue (that would be us) and a risk to the users of the service from the parents! The report did not investigate alternative sites for this service, the council estimates that another report would be needed and could cost an additional £40,000 to £80,000.

This is an ongoing shambles and should never have happened in the first place, though we agree with the need for needle exchange programs to reduce the spread of HIV as well as drug and alcohol counselling, who in their right minds would situate this next door to a primary school. Previously these services were offered at Kaleidoscope – opposite a secondary school, Tiffin boys school.

Please help us fix this LibDem controlled council, vote for COMMON SENSE, vote for UKIP!

Kingston Guardian article.

Surrey Comet article

The report itself

Council Watch

We’re continually dismayed by the amount of tax payer money that seems to be frittered away by the Royal Borough of Kingston council, here’s some links to various news items that have recently come to light…

£8,000 for a set of yellow lines, for a week.

£2,000,000 to convert the Guildhall court rooms to offices, with £300,000 on a feasibility study!

£275,000 to revamp their website. – by comparison we had lots of change out of the £50 of our not YOUR money it cost to setup this site.

£128,000 ‘golden goodbye’ given to head of ‘failing’ child protection department

No doubt there’ll be more to come on this story in future…


Welcome from the new editor

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Well what an exciting time we have ahead…

Well, for a starter we have the European and local elections in 2014, which should definately whet the appetite. As well as the Scottish Independence referendum.

For the mains, the General Election in 2015 which is shaping up to be interesting to say the least!

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