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?
The residents’ party have launched a petition to Ann Radmore, CEO of Kingston Hospital, calling upon the trust to immediately reinstate free parking for all blue badge holders. At present, charges will be introduced for all blue badge holders at full-rate on 22nd January.
Please sign this petition to Ann Radmore by filling in your details below:
We, the undersigned, call upon Ann Radmore, CEO of Kingston Hospital, to reinstate free parking for blue badge holders at Kingston Hospital. At present, free parking will cease for blue badge holders on the 22nd January. We feel that these changes penalise the most vulnerable in our society, and urge the hospital to reverse this damaging decision for the disabled in Kingston.
Reinstate free parking for the disabled at Kingston Hospital
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The Kingston Independent Residents Group (KIRG) have today launched a campaign to reinstate free parking at Kingston Hospital for blue badge holders, branding proposed changes by the NHS Trust a ‘disgrace’.
Councillor Mary Clark, the KIRG group leader, who sits on the Health Scrutiny Panel, stated:
“This is yet another example of the establishment picking on easy targets. Blue badge holders are the primary users of hospitals and it’s picking on the vulnerable because they are the ones that visit the most.
“These changes 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.”
The residents’ party have launched a petition to Ann Radmore, CEO of Kingston Hospital, calling upon the trust to immediately reinstate free parking for all blue badge holders.
Monday 8th January 2018, Kingston upon Thames: Kingston residents have announced that they have formed their own independent political party, the Kingston Independent Residents Group (KIRG), and will be standing candidates across the borough in their Council elections in May 2018. They have also announced their first 4 prospective council election candidates and launched their new website at www.kingstonindependents.org.uk .
Mary Clark, the KIRG group leader and existing Kingston Councillor stated:
“Today marks a turning point in the political landscape at Guildhall. Residents who have, for many years, been fed false promises by the national parties just to secure their vote now have an alternative voice, that will fight for them at Kingston Council.
“Residents don’t want national parties telling them what’s good for them locally – they want to decide for themselves. We’ll unveil our detailed policies nearer the election, but have no doubt about it, our plans are big, bold and are all about residents getting their voices back and deciding for themselves.”
Along with Kingston Councillor Mary Clark, the initial group of prospective candidates includes business owner and Berrylands resident, Oliver Eakin; development campaigner and Coombe Vale resident, Patrick Wylde. To complete the first announced prospective candidates, the residents’ party has also announced that current and long-standing Councillor for Old Malden, David Fraser, will be standing for KIRG in May.
Small business owner and Berrylands resident, Oliver Eakin, added:
“It is critical that residents from all backgrounds have a voice. That means we want both fresh faces and those with seasoned political experience, to help drive a broad set of policies focussed on things that matter to people – the local economy, quality-of-life, fiscal responsibility, and a proper long-term vision. We’ve got working mums, existing politicians, successful small business owners and everything in between.
“Residents have become increasingly fed up at being let down by the current Council on a whole range of issues. We’ve seen a steady stream of people sticking their hands up to become candidates in the run up to this launch. We’ve still got space for more. If you love where you live and want to make a difference for the residents of Kingston, drop us a line through our website – we want to hear from you.”
The Kingston Independent Residents Group is seeking residents’ candidates for the 2018 Council Elections. Even though the Council elections are a year away, the local independent party has started recruiting new candidates because of what it claims as a breakdown of trust with local people.
Cllr Mary Clark is the leader of the Kingston Independent Residents Group, and the existing Councillor for Old Malden. She said: “Westminster parties simply can’t be trusted with prioritising our local issues. Picking fights with our teachers, doctors, nurses and police directly impacts local families every day.
“The choice is quite clear. Do we want Westminster parties telling us what to do locally, or should we decide for ourselves? Kingston residents are fed up with their councillors working for Westminster and they now have a unique chance to elect their first residents’ councillors. In 2018, we’d like to see councillors across Kingston elected to Council, that only answer to one boss – residents.
“We are looking for community-minded individuals in all wards who love where they live and would like to make a difference. If you are a school governor, local volunteer, or just a local resident (!), we have the team in place to help you to take the next step and be a champion for your community.”
If you’d like to find out more about standing, please contact us on 020 8050 5096 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The Kingston Independent Residents Group is a local party, for Kingston residents. Our principles ensure we will:
- Make Kingston Council more transparent, accountable and inclusive.
- We publish a transparent, full report of every KIRG councillor’s activity, quarterly. Every KIRG councillor holds a surgery in their ward, every month.
- Deliver fiscal responsibility at Kingston Council.
- Your money will be spent efficiently, providing best value for money.
- Give priority to resident services, including care for the vulnerable, young and elderly.
- Your needs must be given priority – residents’ needs will always come first.
- Always independently represent your views.
- Residents will always be fully represented without the delay of national politics.
Mary Clark, Independent councillor, said:
“Surely it is about time that the three Beverley Ward Councillors desisted from claiming credit for something they never did.
“This time saying they are responsible for arranging for Network Rail to net the roof of the Kingston Road Railway bridge to stop the pigeons roosting. Utter balderdash! Since 2008, years before the three Beverley Ward Councillors were even elected, the local residents, led by Freddie Corbett, and supported by myself, campaigned continously and worked hard towards the ultimate conclusion of this issue.
“It is about time these councillors did something in their Ward that they could genuinely claim credit for – I can think of something they have done, but don’t suppose just 9 months away from the local elections they would want to claim credit for supporting the Cocks Crescent development plan, which could well lead to hundreds of flats being built 10 storeys high on that site – I wouldn’t think that they would want to claim that as one of their successes when it comes to knocking on doors asking for votes.
“They should at least praise, applaud and acknowledge local residents when they go out of their way and take the time and trouble to try to help make their area a better place to live in – not continously pinch the credit from them -after all they are the very residents who elected them!”