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9 February 2022

LGBT+ History Month

"February marks LGBT+ History Month, where we explore, discuss and celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) people, their history, lives and experiences. We are proud to be an inclusive borough, and inclusivity involves understanding and talking about the experiences and contributions of every part of our community." Councillor Tim Cobbett, Deputy Leader.
Read more about LGBT+ History Month in Kingston

Local Council Elections

Register to vote at

This year’s Local Council Elections take place on Thursday 5 May. Local elections are your chance to have your say about the issues that matter to you in your local area, and to choose who represents your immediate community.

Everybody has a voice, and local elections are one of your best opportunities to make it count! If you are not already registered to vote, you must do so by Thursday 14 April to vote in these elections. It takes less than five minutes.

Please also be aware that ward boundaries have changed. You can view a map of the new ward boundaries online. You can also download maps for each individual ward on our website.

Making Kingston Better Together

Proposed budget set to transform services and support most vulnerable

We have recently published our proposed budget for 2022-23. Thank you to everyone who took the time to share their thoughts on the draft plan. We have listened to your feedback and will use it to shape future services and priorities. The proposals set out how we will continue to provide the essential support our most vulnerable residents rely on, while meeting the financial pressures from the Covid-19 pandemic and lack of government funding. 

The draft budget for 2022/23 will now be discussed at the council’s strategic committees, before being finalised at Budget Council on 1 March. Read more on our website.

Join our State of the Borough Debate

Our annual State of the Borough debate will take place on Tuesday 22 March, 7-9pm

This year’s theme will be ‘Covid impact and recovery’, which will include discussions on how the borough came together in response to the pandemic and how the community and the economy are recovering. 

You can find out more about the panel, sign up for the event and submit your question through the Let’s Talk portal.

Cleaner Greener Kingston

Closing soon: share your thoughts on four exciting playground revamps

Trampolines, zip wires and sandpits are just some of the activities in draft plans for revamps of playgrounds in Manor Park, Cromwell Avenue Open Space, Woodview and Kingston Road Recreation Ground.
Take a look at the plans and tell us what you think by 18 February.

Exciting steps forward in making Kingston
safer, cleaner and greener

As part of the council’s ambitious action plan to tackle climate change, we’re taking steps to ensure our streets are safer, cleaner and greener. 

We’re helping keep families safe at the school gates by limiting vehicle access during pick ups and drop off times by introducing School Streets. This year we have already approved a new permanent School Street in Chessington, quickly followed by two more permanent School Streets in Kingston.

Kingston Town neighbourhood has also recently benefited from safer, quieter travel, as the Albert Road Low Traffic Neighbourhood scheme was also made permanent. Surbiton is seeing the rollout of a 20mph speed limit across the neighbourhood, creating safer streets for the whole community. 

To stay up to date on the latest improvements to our streets, sign up to our Street Talk newsletter

Solar Together

Councils across London are working in partnership with the Mayor of London to make the transition to clean energy as cost effective and hassle-free as possible, through the Solar Together initiative.

Solar Together is a group-buying scheme which makes it easy for homeowners and small-medium sized enterprises to install solar panels and battery storage for a competitive price with a trustworthy, pre-vetted installer. To find out more, register your interest for free and without obligation online.
Try Before You Bike

If you’d like to get cycling but aren’t sure where to start, take a look at the Try Before You Bike scheme. It lets you try out a new, or nearly new bike for a small monthly fee.

There are a range of bikes available for all ages and abilities, including adapted cycles, cargo bikes and e-cargo bikes. You’ll also be covered for repairs and services for the first three months, and be given an overview of the bike and equipment by a cycling expert when it’s delivered to you.

Find out more.

Kingston apprentices share their experiences this National Apprenticeship Week

Some of our fantastic Kingston apprentices took the time to share their experiences of entering the world of work to mark National Apprenticeship Week. We’re proud to offer a wide range apprenticeship schemes for anyone aged 16 and over.

To find out more about apprenticeships, take a look at the National Apprenticeship Week events programme and keep up to date with the latest vacancies on our website.

Need help bouncing back after the pandemic or want ideas for starting your own business?

Come along to an online event with
Successful Mums Career Academy on 3 March to hear about how to bounce back after the pandemic. Discussions will include where the flexible and part-time jobs are hiding, ideas for a new career, boosting confidence in your job after having a family and more.

Book your free place online.
Digital Community Day

Join us for a day of livestreaming on Saturday 12 February and meet Kingston organisations that can support you in different aspects of your life. There will be a range of organisations joining us. 

Discover what is available and book your place online.
Mayor's Masquerade Ball

Get your tickets for the Mayor's Masquerade Ball on 18 March, in aid of the Mayor’s Charitable Trust, supporting Anstee Bridge & Milaap. There will be a five course buffet meal, entertainment, dancing and an auction. 

Find out more and book your place.
Keeping Kingston Healthy and Safe
Walk-in vaccine pop-ups!

Walk-in vaccines are available at the Market House, right in the heart of Kingston, this week.

No need to book - just walk in and grab a jab. Get covered for Summer - it’s never been easier!

Find all walk-ins available in the borough.

“Help us to change lives” - Council Leader calls on private landlords to help house those in need

Landlords, you are the key.

There is a need in Kingston for more affordable homes for local people, with many currently unable to afford to rent or buy in the borough.

Guaranteed income and incentives are available through these schemes - and you will also be changing a family’s life. Find out more on our website.

Disability Sports Day in Partnership with Kingston Active4All

We have a fantastic opportunity for those with a disability to take part in some free activities on Monday 14 February at Chessington Sports Centre, Kingston.

All activities are FREE!

Booking is now open and all activities can be found online.

Order a free HIV home test
Getting an HIV test has never been easier. Finger-prick tests can be ordered online and delivered straight to your door in a discreet package. So, give HIV the finger this February and get tested.
With a speedy scan of your family's favourite foods, you can find healthier swaps for next time you shop.

You can find the Food Scanner app on the NHS website.
Investing in Kingston's Future
A plan for the Kingston town centre area. Apply yo join the Citizens' Panel.

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