#KingstonSwarm success leads to ‘Don’t upset people in power’ tweet from council leader

by 22nd March 2015 0 comments

A recent demonstration against the planned 21-storey high rise in Kingston, organised by the Kingston Residents Alliance, on March 7th, led to Leader of Kingston Council, Cllr. Kevin Davis, tweeting ‘Don’t upset the people in power’.

Supporters, including Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Edward Davey MP and the Kingston Society amassed in the Ancient Market Square, along with around one hundred local residents, and ‘swarmed’ around the statue at 11:11am.
Following this, the Kingston Residents Alliance marched to Clarence Street, collecting signatures and handing out fliers against the proposed development.
We spoke with Dame Jacqueline Wilson, who said
“I have lived in Kingston since I was one, and I think most people who want to come and live in Kingston come because it is an ancient market town, and it seems such a shame that people want to change it’s character. I feel it is highly inappropriate to build high-rise buildings here, as it changes the whole character of a town. Kingston can’t cope with more of these type of developments and I also feel strongly about the council trying to pave over the Fairfield, which has been an open space for hundreds of years. It’s a lovely space, don’t let any of it be paved over. I can understand some of the reasons why the council want these huge proposals, but we need to dig our heels in now and stop these proposals.”
Over 1000 signatures have now been collected against the planned high-rise. To sign, visit https://www.change.org/p/toby-feltham-reject-plans-for-high-rise-buildings-in-kingston

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