Residents Campaign For More Support For Small Businesses In Berrylands 

A new campaign has been launched by small business owner Oliver Eakin to save local shops and food outlets in Berrylands who are currently under threat afer being “neglected and forgoten” by Kingston Council. Oliver is campaigning for locals to leave their Oyster Card at home and to shop local rather than heading in to town.
Kingston Independent Residents Group has witnessed countless offices popping up all over Berrylands’ streets. At one point Berrylands shopping parade had two mini supermarkets, a butchers and a greengrocers however with small shops closing at an alarming rate, landlords are preferring to rent their shops as cheap office space. Despite being a key focus from the two Conservative councillors in the 2014 election, Berrylands has seen little to no support for it’s local businesses from either side of the council.
“Small businesses are the backbone of our local economy. Once again Berrylands has been let down by the council with The Conservatives completely failing on their promises to the residents in 2014. They seem over the moon that they gave 30 minutes free parking to cars in Kingston however seeing as our streets never charged in the first place that’s useless- if anything they have encouraged residents to do their shopping in town.”
Anyone interested in supporting Berrylands’ small businesses should contact Oliver directly on O.Eakin@KingstonIndependents.org.uk.

Extraordinary meeting of Health Scrutiny Panel called to scrutinise hospital decision on blue badge parking

With the support of hundreds of local residents, the Kingston Independent Residents Group has been putting heavy pressure on Kingston Hospital to reverse their damaging decision to introduce parking charges for blue badge holders at Kingston Hospital.

Led by Councillor Mary Clark, a cross-party letter has requisitioned an extraordinary meeting of the Health Scrutiny Panel, with representatives from the Hospital being called to the meeting, in order to scrutinise the decision and for residents to have their voice heard. The meeting will be at the Guildhall in Kingston, 7:30pm start, on Wednesday 21st February.

 

Mary Clark, the KIRG group leader stated: “These charges are a disgrace, and must be reversed. We will end up with gridlock on Galsworthy Road where blue badge holders will legally park on the double yellow lines, and a situation where those who desperately need to go into hospital may not for fear of cost.

I urge all residents to attend the extraordinary meeting of the Health Scrutiny Panel this Wednesday, at Guildhall, to make their voices heard to Kingston Hospital and join us in our call to reverse this decision. ”

A letter was sent to Kingston Council demanding an extraordinary meeting of the Health Scrutiny Panel, under Standing Order 24, and was signed by Councillors Mary Clark, David Fraser and Sheila Griffin in their capacity as members of the Health Scrutiny Panel.

The Kingston Independent Residents Group will be holding a demonstration on the steps of Guildhall from 7pm on Wednesday 21st February, before the meeting begins at 7:30pm.

Can you join us and make sure that the voice of vulnerable residents in Kingston are heard?