Introducing your new councillors
The local elections were held on 22 May – visit our website to find out who your local councillors are
The chair of the Surbiton Neighbourhood Committee is Councillor Malcolm Self (pictured right).
You can also find out more about your lead members
, along with Leader of the Council, Councillor Kevin Davis (pictured left). If you have a concern about a particular policy or service area you can raise it with the appropriate lead member.
At the Council’s Annual Meeting in May, the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Kingston were also elected. The new Mayor is Councillor Ken Smith and the Deputy Mayor, who stands in for the Mayor when necessary, is Councillor Cathy Roberts.
You can follow the Mayor on Facebook
to keep up to date with the work of the Mayor's Office throughout the mayoral term.
Royal Star and Garter Home award
The Royal Star and Garter Home in Surbiton has won the Pinders Healthcare Design Award 2014, in the ‘Best Dementia Home – Small’ category.
The award not only recognises architectural standards but the way in which the preferences of residents have been incorporated into the final design.
The Royal Star and Garter Homes received the award at a ceremony in London on 2 April.
Christina Gardner’s Retirement
Christina Gardner, your Surbiton Neighbourhood Manager, has retired after 40 years at Kingston Council.
At her last Neighbourhood Committee meeting, Councillors, residents and officers joined together to thank her for her tireless work on behalf of the local community.
Christina’s career at the Council has spread across several service areas with many achievements including setting up the Neighbourhood Rangers Service, project managing renovations to the Surbiton Clock Tower and successfully engaging the community across the Neighbourhood. She was also instrumental in gaining the Council's support of the Surbiton Farmers Market.
RideLondon comes to town on Sunday 10 August
On Sunday 10 August, 24,000 amateur cyclists will tackle the Prudential RideLondon Surrey 100, a 100-mile challenge ride on closed roads through London (including Kingston) and Surrey.
Later that day, 150 of the world’s best professional men will race against each other in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic, an extended 200km version of the amateur route, broadcast live on the BBC.
Road closures will be in force on the day so it is important that local residents and businesses plan ahead. More information about the route and road closures can be found on the RideLondon website
Kingston town centre will be open for business on Sunday 10 August (RideLondon race day) with the family friendly Kingston Bike Festival 2014.
Pull up a deck chair in Memorial Gardens and watch on the giant screen, browse the cycling exhibition in Memorial Square, then grab a drink and a bite to eat in one of the pop-up bars and cafes. And of course you can see the RideLondon action with your own eyes as the amateur and professional cyclists pass through Kingston town centre on both their outbound and inbound journeys.
All car parks in Kingston town centre will be open as usual, although access routes may be different due to road closures – just follow the signs or check the Kingston Council website nearer the time. More information about the Kingston Bike Festival will be available soon on the Kingstonfirst website
Kingston Museum – upcoming events
A fun summer is being planned at the Kingston Museum, catering to all ages. More information about events
is available on our website.
From 16 May to 16 August, Kingston Museum will commemorate the start of WW1 with an exhibition recognising Kingston residents’ involvement in the war.
For more information see the First World War Commemorations
pages on our website. You can also find the Museum’s Facebook page by searching for Kingston Museum and Local History Room
Surbiton Neighbourhood Community Plan
The Surbiton Neighbourhood Community Plan is now in its fifth year and many projects have been implemented in response to the aspirations raised by people who live and work in the Surbiton Neighbourhood. These include:
- The Lounge youth facility, Balaclava Road Hall, Surbiton
- a Community Corner at the Surbiton Health Centre
- a record number of street parties for the Diamond Jubilee and Olympics
- a Residents Associations’ Forum and shared map of areas covered
- the Surbiton Business Community
- promotion and publicity for Conservation Area Advisory Committees
- discussion groups on planning issues
- community representation on RBK Public Transport Liaison Group to raise the profile of accessibility
- funding allocated to community groups for various projects
New aspirations were raised at the workshops held in and around the Surbiton Neighbourhood in 2013 covering issues such as: affordable leisure facilities, housing, environment, education and public transport.
If you want to join the Community Plan Steering Group to prioritise and help put the Plan into action or simply to have an input and/or be kept informed please contact Seema at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kingston’s Bereavement Services
None of us want to think about the cremation or burial of a loved one until we need to, but for the Kingston Council Bereavement Services team, each day is dedicated to ensuring the experience is personalised and as stress-free as possible.
The Bereavement Service, headed up by manager Howard Greenoff, consists of Kingston Cemetery on Bonner Hill Road and Surbiton Cemetery on Lower Marsh Lane. The Kingston Crematorium is also situated at Kingston Cemetery. Both cemeteries are nestled in a peaceful landscaped setting, and Howard is proud of the services that are available to grieving friends and families.
"We have many options, tailored to each family and the deceased individual, so that goodbyes can be meaningful and personal. We offer the more traditional options of burial with a gravestone, along with standard cremation, but over the years we have expanded our services so that there is more choice."
This year, Kingston Cemetery now includes the Rose Walk – a rose-filled grave and memorial site which has also enhanced the natural beauty of the grounds. Private gardens are also available for individuals, and families can request personally designed multi-burial gardens.
‘“I believe we provide a valuable community service which is able to adapt positively to meet the needs of the bereaved. It’s a small service but with a big impact and although we don’t usually want to think about the process, it’s important that residents know we are here for them when they need us.
"The team work all year round to maintain and develop the expansive grounds, a challenging feat considering the extreme weather that can batter the UK. Because we are a small team, the weather can often wreak havoc on a service like ours. Our main priority has to be ensuring the respectful burial or cremation of a loved one."
If you would like to know more about the options that are available at both cemeteries and Kingston crematorium
, visit our website.