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Meeting: 26/02/2019 - Council (Item 76)
To receive any petitions – members of the Council or a member of the public may present a petition to the Council on a matter in relation to which the Council has powers, duties or which affects the Royal Borough.
To debate the petitions referred to in the report at Appendix A of the agenda –- under the Council’s Petition Scheme, petitions with more than 500 signatures will be debated by the full Council (if possible, at the next ordinary Council meeting after submission).
Two petitions were submitted by members of the public as follows:
(i) A petition relating to the Fishponds Park in Surbiton was submitted by Mr Bob Phillips which requested: “The Surbiton Branch of the Labour Party demands that Kingston Council invest in a professional engineering project to repair the Fishponds water pumps. Kingston Council must then allocate funds to maintain a healthy wildlife environment thereafter.” The hard copy of this petition received 263 eligible signatures and an online version of the petition had collected 577 eligible signatures on the Change.Org petition site. As the petition had received over 500 signatures in total, in accordance with the Council’s Petitions Scheme, it would be eligible for debate at a forthcoming meeting of full Council.
(ii) A petition relating to Children’s Centres was submitted by Ms Jenny Lister. The hard copy of this petition received 234 eligible signatures and an online version of the petition had collected 345 eligible signatures on the e-petitions facility on the Council’s website. As the petition had received over 500 signatures in total, in accordance with the Council’s Petitions Scheme, it would be eligible for debate at a forthcoming meeting of full Council. The wording of the petition was as follows:
“We strongly oppose the proposed closures of half of the children’s centres within the borough of Kingston. We fervently believe that the changes in how the remainder operate, including the removal of sessions into the community will not be sufficient to meet local need and will raise serious safeguarding concerns. We insist that the children’s centres remain open.
In the event of closures, we demand financial investment ensuring that:
· The remaining centres can be fully staffed;
· Each centre has a full time member of staff available to parents throughout the week;
· The remaining centres are able to meet the needs of a greater number of families;
· Sessions currently being held continue to run within the children’s centre buildings;
· Any sessions held in alternative local venues must guarantee that:
a. the general public cannot access families;
b. parents can converse with staff privately in a separate room; and
c. there is wheelchair access.
We ask that the Council seriously consider the detrimental impact that the proposed changes would have for many families and that the investment in our children and their futures should be a priority.”