Kingston Council – Inadequate Services at the Highest Cost

Did you know the following about our Lib-Dem controlled Council?
HIGHEST COUNCIL TAX in London, 4th highest out of 326 councils in England, but with
FAILED SERVICES – TWO damning OFSTED reports in 2012 and 2013 judging Children’s Services “INADEQUATE”.

RBK COUNCIL DEBT has increased 55% in just two years from £322million to £492million – £7,600 for every household! FACT

PENSIONS CRISIS – RBK Council owes £254million to the pension fund, although its net annual income is only £123million!!! FACT

HOW DID IT EVER COME TO THIS? AND HOW COME YOU DIDN’T KNOW?

ABSOLUTE POWER CORRUPTS – under the 10-year leadership of disgraced Lib-Dem Council Leader Derek Osborne, the committee overseeing the Council’s Child Services failed to recognise the long- standing problems that OFSTED quickly found TWICE!

TOOTHLESS COUNCILLORS – for 10 years arrogant Lib-Dems and weak Tories have allowed the RBK Council Administration to control them, the elected councillors. The tail is wagging the dog THE SOLUTION IS TO HAVE A THIRD PARTY BREAK THE STALEMATE TO CHALLENGE AND SCRUTINISE THE RBK ADMINISTRATION.

ONLY YOU CAN PUT AN END TO THIS FARCE BY VOTING UKIP IN MAY’S ELECTIONS – GET A STRONG INDEPENDENT VOICE IN THE COUNCIL.

Do you want change? Do you want a more transparent and accountable council administration?
VOTE UKIP

Do you look at the leaders of Lib/Lab/Con and find you have nothing in common with them? That they are remote and don’t understand what you are going through? Do you feel like they never tell you the truth? That they spout political correctness whilst avoiding honest, direct answers? That they belittle your opinions and make you afraid to speak out? Do you want common sense people representing you?

Tolworth Girls School

Please help by supporting our petition against the proposed redevelopment of school land into 150 flats and houses. This development is out of character with the area – being composed of three and four storey blocks of flats with most of the surrounding houses being two storey semi-detatched and terraced houses. In addition, the increase in traffic will put further pressure on the local infrastructure such as Fullers Way North which is already busy, especially during the mornings and evenings when children are being dropped off / picked up.

The initial plans for the development can be found on the schools website here.

Our e-petition to the local council can be found here.

UPDATE: Evidential documents have now been collected and submitted to the Secretary of State in the hopes that this updated information will modify the planning decision, we await a reply.

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

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…