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9 March 2022

Kingston's first new council homes in a generation

Kingston Council is building over 100 much-needed affordable new council homes for its residents - the borough's first in a generation.  

All of the homes will be high quality and sustainable, benefitting Kingston residents for generations to come, and supporting the council’s aim to reduce the borough’s carbon emissions.

Watch the video to find out more, or visit our website to find out why we are building these homes, and how they will be more sustainable.

In Kingston, there is a real need for affordable and suitable housing for our residents, and our new-build programme is just one of many ways we are working to make this happen. Whether it's by delivering 941 affordable homes on the Cambridge Road Estate, or working with private landlords to alleviate the borough's deep housing need, providing suitable, affordable and high quality homes for our residents is a priority for us.
Low cost home ownership schemes across Kingston
If you or somebody you know is looking to get a foot on the property ladder in the borough, why not look into local low cost home ownership schemes?

We're always working with partners on schemes designed to make home ownership more affordable for Kingston residents - such as Shared Ownership through RHP or Discounted Market Sale at the new Royal Exchange development. Make sure you keep an eye on our webpages!
Tackling homelessness and rough sleeping

Share your thoughts on our draft 5-year homelessness and rough sleeping strategy, which focuses on supporting those with complex lives and early intervention. 
Take a look over the strategy and share your thoughts by 11 March.

For more information, visit our engagement portal.
How to support the Ukraine crisis
We know people across the borough are looking for ways to help those affected by the invasion of Ukraine.

Because of this, we have complied support, guidance and ways for Kingston's residents to help on our website.
Kingston's Book of Solidarity with Ukraine: click here to share your thoughts, reflections and messages of solidarity
Got 5? Register online to vote. 2022 local elections. Register by 14 April.
Elections are your chance to have your say about Kingston. Make sure you register to vote by April 14.
Standing as a candidate
Do you want to represent your local area?

Nominations to stand in May’s local elections will be open from March 25 until Tuesday 5 April.

Read through our pages on ‘becoming a councillor’.
How will you vote?
If you are unable to vote in person, or you would prefer to vote by post or proxy, you can register to vote by post, or register for somebody to vote for you as a proxy.

Share your stories for Women's History Month

Councillor Alison Holt, Member Sponsor for the Women's (+A) Network, said: "International Women's Day is not just about one day. We want to raise awareness of women's issues and empower women by discovering, documenting and celebrating women's lives and achievements. Our vision is of a diverse society where everyone's contributions are celebrated and recognised equally."
This week we celebrated International Women’s Day - but it is not just about one day. We want to raise awareness of women’s issues and empower women by discovering, documenting and celebrating women's lives and achievements. Our vision is of a diverse society where everyone's contributions are celebrated and recognised equally.

Read our full statement and contribute to our '100 Histories' digital map.

There are also many exciting events happening throughout London this month that you can join online or in person.
Telling stories through the arts

Voices of Hope, together with Kingston Council, are working on a groundbreaking project which uses creative writing, photography and film to tell the stories of women who have been through abuse.

It’s called the Pearl Project and is focused on Kingston, but will have a much wider reach.

 Find out more on Pearl Project's Twitter,                                  or get involved

Living Safely with Covid

Whilst the Covid legal restrictions have been lifted in England, the firm guidance remains until April 1st to take regular lateral flow tests (LFTs), especially around those more vulnerable to the effects of the virus.  And if you have cold-like symptoms, you should still request a PCR test, and are still advised to self-isolate.  If positive, you can end isolation and continue as normal from day 6 onwards, provided you have 2 negative LFT results on days 5 & 6, and don’t have a high temperature.

If you still have questions about the Covid vaccines, it’s easy to come for a chat with one of our specialists at a local vaccination centre.  For all our latest vaccination offers - whether it’s for a chat, or to arrange your next vaccination, you can find details on the SWL NHS CCG website here.

Celebrating our community heroes

Congratulations to everyone who received one of the Mayor of Kingston's Community Awards, celebrating exceptional residents who have given up their time to help others over the last year. Award winners came from all across the borough - including a special 'Sports Award' for a nine year old who walked every single road in Kingston throughout lockdown

Find out about all of the incredible Community Award winners.

Bring out the bunting: apply for Platinum Jubilee street party

Are you thinking of holding a street party to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee? The extended bank holiday weekend runs from Thursday 2 June to Sunday 5 June. 

Submit your application by 30 April.

Two Community Champions Celebrated at Committee

With a total of 33 years of dedicated service to South of the Borough, two long-serving community champions were recognised and celebrated at Committee last night (8 March) - Dale Gossington, Community Ranger, and Martin Constable, School Crossing Patrol Officer. Read the full story.

First meeting of the Seething Wells All Party Working Group

The Seething Wells All Party Working Group will investigate additional options available regarding the protection of the wildlife and diversity of the Seething Wells Filter Beds, taking evidence from stakeholders and interested parties. They will meet for the first time this Friday, 11 March at 2pm at the Guildhall. Find out more information on our website.

If you wish to make a representation or ask a question, you can either attend in person or send in virtually in advance to by 5pm Thursday 10 March.

The meeting will be webcast for anyone to view via this link

If you’re curious about how much solar panels could cost you, or how much energy you could generate for yourself at home, head over to

Hundreds of people across Kingston have already registered their interest! Take five minutes to sign up before 15 March and join them.
Councillor Diane White, Kingston Council's Portfolio Holder for Children's Services including Education, visited Rainbow House, a new short breaks centre for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) opened by the council and Achieving for Children.
Kingston Council's new budget
Kingston Council has agreed a balanced budget to support vulnerable residents and transform services.  The budget was agreed at Budget Council on 1 March. 

Find out more
Need help figuring out your next career move, or finding a path to better-paid work?
Check out the new Thrive programme, available to Kingston residents aged 25 and over and on universal credit.
Your day, your say - help us to redesign how we deliver day opportunities for our residents. You can attend an online session, for carers of people who receive support from adult social care, on Thursday 10 March, 6pm, or Tuesday 15 March, 10.30am. You can also tell us your thoughts by an online survey by Sunday 27 March.
 Kingston is hosting a Health & Wellbeing Day for those experiencing homelessness or seeking asylum in South West London next week.  Held at Kingston United Reformed Church, the event will offer a range of health checks, tests and advice as well as the chance to have a COVID-19 or flu vaccination.  Hot food, haircuts and a variety of other health and wellbeing stalls will also be available.

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