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Growth, Development and Affordable Housing on agenda at next Neighbourhood Conversations

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Following Surbiton and South of the Borough’s neighbourhood conversations, the series of four topical forums conclude next Wednesday (25th November) in Kingston and New Malden, with the topics of growth and development and affordable housing on the agenda.

The forums have been introduced as part of the Council’s reforms to the traditional Neighbourhood Committee meeting process. Along with five Neighbourhood Committees meetings where decisions will be made about local matters, there will be three Neighbourhood Conversation forums each year to get to the heart of local issues.

Councillor Kevin Davis, Leader of Kingston Council, said:

“Last year’s All in One borough wide survey, told us that only 25 per cent of the 10,000 people surveyed felt they could influence council decision making process, which is simply not good enough.

“This new style of Neighbourhood Conversation will become the place for residents to bring their concerns and ideas, be listened to and then see action taken.

“These conversations will be specifically themed about a local topic of concern or interest and will give residents the opportunity to work together with ward members, service partners and other people from the neighbourhood to tackle solutions at a local level.

“Sometimes we will not always be able to do what residents want but at least we will have listened and considered carefully what local people want.”

Details of the meetings are as follows:

Growth and development in Maldens and Coombe

  • Wednesday 25 November, 7.30pm
  • Chair – Councillor Ken Smith
  • Burlington Junior School, Burlington Road, New Malden KT3 4LT

Affordable housing in Kingston Town

  • Thursday 26 November, 7.30pm
  • Chair – Councillor Hugh Scantlebury
  • Council Chamber, Guildhall, Kingston KT1 1EU

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Award ceremony celebrates achievements of Kingston children with Special Educational Needs

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Children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities in Kingston and Richmond have been given recognition for their accomplishments at an awards ceremony.

The awards run by Kingston and Richmond’s social enterprise Achieving for Children (AfC) took place at Clarendon School in Hampton on 20 January. The event is aimed at celebrating the achievements of local children and young people and their impact they have had in inspiring other children, young people and their families.

People from across the two boroughs were invited to nominate an individual or group of children and young people they felt had done something special under four different categories; ‘impact’, ‘inspiration’,‘personal achievement’ and ‘recognition’.

The AfC team received over 100 entries for judging. Nominations were judged by panels made up of a parent, professional and a young person. Twenty nominations were selected as outstanding by the panels.

Cllr Richard Hudson, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Children’s Social Care and Health at Kingston Council, said:

“Having an awards ceremony to recognise the hard work of these individuals is a fantastic idea and are a great way of helping those with special educational needs gain self-confidence. I am confident that they are hugely appreciated by those who receive an award.”

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