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11 November 2020

Kingston's Director of Public Health thanks residents for their efforts to drive down COVID-19 infections

Director of Public Health Iona Lidington has praised the actions of people across the borough, pulling together to reverse rising COVID-19 rates, and urges us to keep following the rules. "We are seeing rates fall relatively quickly, and that is no accident. All of you across our borough have played your part - and I want to say a huge thank you for all you have done."
Read more on our website

Kingston Council announces ambitious plans for Kingston riverside

The Reimagining Kingston Town Centre Strategic Partnership aims to breathe life and vibrancy into a newly revitalised creative and enterprise area of the town.

Read more on our website

Good Food Co-op is live!

The Good Food Co-op is a not-for-profit organisation supplying fruit and vegetable boxes, but with a huge difference. Every box you purchase helps a local family or individual in need. All profits will help families on low incomes or benefits to buy affordable, 'spray free' and sustainably sourced local produce.
Read more on the Good Food Co-op website

Electric vehicle charging points

Earlier in the year we asked where you’d like to see electric vehicle charging points installed across the borough. We’ve collated the responses and created a map showing the roads which have been suggested along with some information about the next steps.

New programme to promote skills and employment in the borough

Last week we launched Work Match - a free service to help unemployed residents in the borough secure new jobs, apprenticeships and training roles. The new programme offers local businesses a free, professional and tailored recruitment service, matching them with talented local candidates. Find out more by watching this short video or by visiting the Work Match website.

Local role model recognised by the Mayor of London’s Office

Rosalind Hardy, a local role model with Autism and former SEND Champion living in Kingston, has been officially recognised by the Mayor of London’s Office at City Hall for her inspiring work and achievements.

Rosalind says: "We're all different. Don't make assumptions about us. Even if children and young people can't speak they can communicate and give their views and feelings. Phobias and sensory needs are serious please don't underestimate them and always try to understand. Treat us as equals but also as individuals. We are not defined by our diagnosis." 

Rosalind's most important achievement so far is being featured in an exciting national publication called 'Tomorrow's Leaders: A World Beyond Disability'. This was jointly created by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) and the Council for Disabled Children (CDC), part of the NCB. Published online in June 2020, it showcases a variety of young disabled people's inspiring stories and achievements.

Have your say on Seething Wells Filter Beds

Last month, the council introduced new Article 4 Direction for Seething Wells filter beds, temporarily removing the ability to put up fencing, gates and other means of enclosure on the site without planning permission. Residents can now have their say on whether we should make the new planning controls a permanent fixture. The consultation lasts until 18 December. 

Taking care of your mental health during lockdown

During the new lockdown, you may be bored, frustrated or lonely. You may also feel low, worried, anxious, or be concerned about your health or that of those close to you. Find newly updated advice and information on how to look after your mental health on the GOV.UK website, and visit the Every Mind Matters website for more expert advice and practical tips. For local support visit the 'I need help' page on the council's website

Kingston Council celebrates one year as London Living Wage Employer

This week is London Living Wage Week, and Kingston Council is celebrating one year since it became a London Living Wage (LLW) employer.

Kingston Council is one of 6,500 Living Wage employers throughout the UK, having achieved accreditation in September 2019. The council pledged to pay LLW to all employed staff (or Living Wage outside London) and 72 contractors, with a further commitment to paying London Living Wage for the remaining 17 contractors over a period of three years ending in September 2022. 

Watch our portfolio holder for Finance, Andreas Kirsch, give more details. 

Celebrate Diwali safely

This coming Saturday marks the festival of Diwali. In Kingston, we are very proud of our multicultural community. If you are celebrating Diwali this year, things will be a little different. Please remember to follow the national restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and enjoy a happy and safe Diwali. 

Better Bones

Our Better Bones service, free for residents of Kingston, is holding a series of virtual information sessions this month and a series of classes in the new year. There are information sessions and courses on managing osteoarthritis, as well as general ones to learn simple exercises to do at home and how to look after your joints or bones. Register by contacting 0300 123 8086 or KINCCG.betterbones@nhs.net, or visit their website for more.

Flood Awareness Week

This week is London Flood Awareness Week. Follow London Environment for information on types of flood risk and what you can do to be more prepared. You can also support family, friends and neighbours in a safe way, by checking their flood risk or signing up for severe weather alerts/flood warnings on their behalf.

The Ultra Low Emission Zone is expanding

Air pollution is not just a central London problem, with many areas still exceeding the legal limits for pollution across the city. That is why from 25 October 2021, the central London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is expanding to create a single, larger zone up to the North Circular Road (A406) and South Circular Road (A205).

Plans for new Kingston district heating network gather pace

Kingston Council is working with borough based organisations to establish a new system to decarbonise heat supplies to homes and businesses. Heating buildings by burning natural gas is recognised as a major source of carbon dioxide emissions and is something the council are keen to tackle. 

Just the flu

This year, more people are eligible for a FREE flu jab from their GP or pharmacist, and it’s more important than ever to get vaccinated. Listen to Kingston's Dr Naz Jivani explain how the flu jab is administered safely and effectively to young children and find out more about who is eligible for a free flu jab in Kingston.

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