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Kingston Royals Swimming Club welcomes publication of Cocks Crescent paper

James Giles




Over 500 contributors from all walks of community life responded to the comprehensive Cocks Crescent redevelopment consultation and the overwhelming call from this consultation was to keep and prioritise the leisure centre in New Malden.

KRSC Vice-Chair Julian Oldfield said “We were delighted with the report as it recognises the ongoing community need for an improved pool in New Malden.   Our dream is that the Council will now release land in New Malden to expand the facilities into a competitive swimming pool for which there is a strong business case.  The present infrastructure in the borough is either coming to the end of its working life or not fit for purpose.  Our members – as young at 10 years old are having to train at 5am due to the demands of the public for the pool at 6.30am and onward throughout the day.   And there is a queue nearly round the block at that time of the morning”.

KRSC Chair Tim Boden commented “The fact that the Club  was specifically referred to in the consultation document shows how strongly our representations were to this short consultation.  The report even says that if our members wishes were dismissed ‘out of hand’ then there is still majority support of a new pool.  I appeal to the Council and the Malden Futures group who instigated this project to now deliver on the demands of the consultation and upgrade the leisure centre to a pool we can all be proud of which would benefit all Kingston borough aquatic Clubs, the community and local school children.

“But should not be at the expense of the present pool as we really need to have at least 2 pools running through the next stages to implementation.  Lead Councillors have given us their reassurances that it won’t happen.   This is a campaign in 2 parts.  Firstly to keep 2 pools open throughout and secondly to be brave enough to build a new competitive pool.  Our idea is to build a second pool in New Malden behind the present pool.  This would make for huge economies of scale with a shared reception area, changing facilities and shared parking’.

Julian Oldfield has petitioned the Council and the e-petition is on the RBK website This has been combined with KRSC’s paper petition and reached the necessary 500 signatures for the Council debate the issue in under 3 weeks!

James Berry MP has also started his own campaign for a new pool in the borough

James Giles is the Editor of the Kingston Enquirer, covering local news and events in Kingston, New Malden, Surbiton, Tolworth and Chessington.

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B&Q to reveal new look store with family fun day

James Giles




B&Q will soon open the doors to its newly revamped home improvement store in New Malden. To celebrate, B&Q New Malden will host a day of family fun on Saturday 14th January, including a special guest appearance from local rugby legend Nick Easter, who played No. 8 for Harlequins and England in international rugby union.

At the launch event the local sports star, known fondly by fans as “Minty”, will be testing out his DIY skills against B&Q New Malden’s store team. Customers will get the chance to see the sporting star getting mucky off the pitch for a change as store staff challenge him try his hand at potting plants in the garden centre, tussle with wallpaper and cause a ruckus with a paintbrush. He will also be on hand to meet, greet and sign autographs for fans. Plus, there will also be plenty to keep the family entertained throughout the day, including a balloon modeller, face painter, stilt walkers and a craft station.

B&Q New Malden has been completely revamped to offer customers a variety of new products and features, including a new paint desk, a new kitchens and bathrooms display, more visual ranges of flooring and tiles, and a new café with windows overlooking the A3 and Burlington Road.

Lee Bayliss, Unit Manager at B&Q New Malden, said: “We’re all looking forward to welcoming customers to our newly revamped store. We’re ready to show off our new look to New Malden’s residents and inspire them to start a new home improvement project under the guidance of our expert advice. We’re all really looking forward to Saturday’s family fun day and, of course, testing Nick with our DIY challenges!”

Nick Easter added: “I’m really looking forward to helping celebrate the launch of the newly revamped B&Q New Malden store. I’m not sure that my DIY skills can beat the in store experts but it will be great to get some advice from them to make my own home improvement projects easier.”

The B&Q family fun day will take place on Saturday, 14th January from 10am to 3pm, with Nick Easter in store from 10:30 -12:30pm, at B&Q New Malden, Shannon Commercial Centre, Beverley Way, New Malden, Surrey, KT3 4PT.

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