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Standing Order No 8(A)(5) provides for the Council to debate a motion which has been submitted by Members of the Council [to alternate between a motion submitted on behalf of the Administration and a motion submitted on behalf of Opposition Members of the Council.]


In accordance with Standing Order No 8(A)(5), the Council will debate a motion which has been submitted by Members of the Council.


This will alternate, from meeting to meeting, between a motion submitted on behalf of the Administration and a motion submitted on behalf of Opposition Members of the Council. (At least one of the Opposition Motions per municipal year will be a motion submitted by the minority Opposition Group, should it so wish.)


The following Motion has been received from the Administration:


Deliveringa Brighter, Better Borough

Proposed by Councillor Kevin Davis

Seconded by Councillor Terry Paton

1.            This Council congratulates the Conservative administration on its achievements in the last three years.

2.            This Council recognises the delivery of the administration's five key pledges since 2014:

a.    30 Minutes Free Parking to support small business

b.    Investing £1.5m into our roads making them the best of surrounding Boroughs

c.    Paying for more Police to patrol our town centre and making Kingston the safest Borough in London

d.    Improving our care services - moving our Children’s services from worst to best in class and introducing coordinated care for the elderly

e.    Ending the previous Lib Dem school places crisis and opening two new free schools with more places to come to meet future housing growth

3.            This Council supports the administration on other projects it is delivering to make Kingston the best place to live, including:

a.         sustainable transport, blending the needs of all road users,

b.         building more Council Homes,

c.         restructuring the Council to focus on an agile and engaged council delivering with smaller resources

d.         successfully lobbying Government to devolve business rates and make Kingston an independent Borough by 2018/19,

e.         leading the country in calling for Government to act and support vulnerable Syrian refugees

f.          undertaking a Governance review to make the Council more open and effective,

g.         engaging residents in planning for the future,

h.         bidding for a new museum and to create a new museum for the globally important Muybridge collection,

i.           negotiating an extended leisure contract and planning for new swimming pools,

j.           investing in free wifi for the town,

k.         planning for new care homes,

l.           introducing a new recycling system,

m.        delivering a new consultation platform,

n.         opening up the administration to direct challenge by residents through the Kingston Conversation brand,

o.         delivering town centre regeneration to reverse the Borough’s decline and guarantee the town's future prosperity,

p.         planning the infrastructure to meet our Borough's growth in population,

q.         supporting community projects through the introduction of the Councillors’ grant scheme

4.            This Council now calls on the Conservative administration to continue to renew Kingston and deliver by the end of this year its new pledges on:

a.    an extra £1m spent on pavements to start to put right the decade long decline in pavements under the previous Lib Dem administration,

b.    spending £1m investing in our parks and playgrounds,

c.    investing in new street bins and litter enforcement to tackle street cleanliness,

d.    Increasing our recycling rates - reversing decline and stagnation under the Lib Dems,

e.    continuing to fight against development on the green belt.