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Kingston Residents Alliance launch crowdfunding campaign to ‘Say NO!’ to TOPO and force legal review

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UPDATE: £3500 has been raised in less than five days, and the group have set a ‘stretch target’ of £6000, to better the campaign. The more money raised, the more resources can be used!

Following Kingston Council’s Head of Planning recommending approval earlier this week of proposals to develop on the site of the Old Post Office, the Kingston Residents Alliance have hired a barrister for legal review over St. George’s plans.

In order to fund the legal costs, the Residents Alliance have turned to the residents of Kingston, in a bid to source £3500 through crowdfunding.

Speaking to Coombe Monthly, the residents leading the crowdfunding initiative said:

In less than a week on the 23rd of June the proposals will go before the planning committee for decision.

We have already approached the Council democratically, meeting with councillors and developers over the past few months. Despite our best efforts they have seemingly dismissed our concerns, and we now have little time to make a difference. We hope that our legal counsel will put additional pressure on the Council to reconsider the planning application, advocate on behalf of residents to ensure that our views are heard, and highlight policy contraventions to hold the Council accountable.

£3,000 of our campaign will go toward legal fees. We have hired a barrister (Queen’s Counsel) with experience in advocacy and advice for planning and development proposals. An additional £500 is needed for printing and media costs to get the word out to the community.

Kingston Residents Alliance are urging residents to donate, which in the last three days alone has raised near £2,500 of their £3,500 target. They also urge residents to come to the Development Committee on Tuesday 23rd June, at which Coombe Monthly will be live blogging from the committee room.

You can donate by visiting: http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/kingstonresidents

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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Two men charged with Norbiton murder

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Detectives investigating the murder of 22-year-old Malik Chutton in Kingston on 5 August have charged two men.

Finley Ahwan, 19, of Worcester Park, and Kyle Hill, 19, were arrested in August and subsequently bailed. They were charged with murder on Thursday, 1 November.

Both will appear at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court today, Friday, 2 November.

A 20-year-old woman who was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender has been bailed pending further enquiries to a date in early November.

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