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BREAKING: Tomorrow’s DC meeting cancelled as St George ask for TOPO development application to be deferred

James Giles

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Following Leader of Kingston Council, Cllr Kevin Davis, earlier today writing about why he feels the Old Post Office development should be rejected, developers St. George have this afternoon requested that their development planning application be withdrawn from the Development Planning Committee agenda, tomorrow evening, in order to allow them to ‘reconsider their position.’  The chair of the committee has agreed to this request.

St George have, however, not withdrawn the entire planning application, but merely delayed the process by deferring the application to a committee on a later date.

Liz Green tweeted earlier today:

Kingston Residents Alliance are continuing to crowdfund for a legal review of the development, which residents can donate to here: http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/KingstonResidents/

Cllr Kevin Davis said:

“Since the redesign I have kept my views quiet and listened very hard to what others had to say – something I promised I would… I have even listened to the conspiracy theorists who always think the worst of people such as me who are merely trying to bring change, growth and homes to a town I love dearly and want to see change… The conclusion I have come to is that in policy terms it is very difficult to turn this building down because on balance it conforms to so many things that we want locally or London expects of us regionally.

“For fear I might upset another part of London, it is the sort of thing they are building in Vauxhall where derelict brownfield sites give way to new communities. We have a community, we are not derelict and we need a gateway from the South that stirs the heart and makes us feel proud as we walk towards it.

“This building does not stir my heart and as a proud Kingstonian and Leader of this great Borough, this is why I believe the application should be rejected on the grounds of design quality, finishes and materials. This will send the clear signal to others who will build here that we want homes, we want you to build for us, but we want buildings fit for Kings, not be destroyed by Vikings.”

Tomorrow’s meeting of the Development Control Committee has been cancelled.

Coombe Monthly will continue to update residents on this story as it develops, and has contacted developers for a statement.

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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Lib Dems in CHAOS after 2000 sign petition on parking charges… but refuse to back down

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Kingston Lib Dems are in chaos after refusing to back down on controversial changes to parking permits in the borough, instead announcing an amended scheme which has been blasted by residents as ‘hap-dash and ill-thought-out’.

The proposals would have resulted in a 350% hike in the cost of a parking permit for some residents in the borough, whilst newly purchased Teslas would get to park for free.

Instead, amended proposals announced today mean that cars will, this year, face a cost of up to £245, up from the current £90, but down from the proposed £465.

In a press release explaining the rationale for the latest amendment, Councillor Hilary Gander said: “I believe that differential parking is one measure that will go towards achieving [cleaner air in Kingston].

“It seems, however, we may have moved too fast and not fully explained our approach.”

The ruling Lib Dem administration has, refused to rule out increasing the charges again next year, and have not announced how they are plugging the £525,000 gap this will leave in their budget for this financial year.

New Malden resident Angie, who lives in Queens Road, said: “It’s clear to me from what the Lib Dems have written that they fully intend to increase permit costs again next year – it’s not a case of ‘moving too fast’, it’s a case of these charges being discriminatory and unfair.

“How on earth can the Council practically halve these figures on a whim. It just proves that this is not really about tackling the issue of air quality, it’s about making a quick buck.”

Campaigners who set up a group to attempt to halt these proposals say that this latest amendment will not reduce local opposition to the plans, and are urging residents affected to attend Full Council at the Guildhall next Wednesday, starting at 7:30pm, where they have forced the Council to debate the issue by raising a community motion.

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