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23 March 2022

Regeneration set to take major step forward

The new community leisure centre in Kingston and the plans for New Malden Cocks Crescent area will regenerate and revitalise two of our town centres at a time when the borough’s economy and its communities need it most. They will also provide accessible leisure facilities fit for the 21st Century so everyone has the chance to live happy, healthier lives. Cllr Andreas Kirsch, Leader of The Council

CGI of proposals for Kingston's new community leisure facility.Transformation plans that promise hugely improved leisure facilities, more affordable homes and a boost for communities and their economies are set to take a major step forward.

As Kingston continues to turbo-charge its economic and community recovery following the pandemic, councillors will consider proposals at the heart of the ‘Reimagining New Malden’ initiative that promises to regenerate this part of the borough.

Investing in Kingston's Future

Kingston Riverside affordable workspace and creative hub

Exciting plans to turn the basement of the John Lewis Partnership building on Kingston Riverside into a new creative hub and affordable coworking and business support space are taking shape.

The scheme, which will bring new opportunities for the borough’s entrepreneurs and young people, is part of Kingston Council’s heritage led Transform Kingston programme.

New Malden's new town square

Councillor Sushila Abraham, Mayor of Kingston and a group of residents wave in Jubilee Square.
New Malden’s latest public space, to be known as Jubilee Square, has been officially declared open by the Mayor of Kingston. Find out about the new space online.
You can read more about plans for the Kingfisher Leisure Centre, Kingston Riverside, and the wider Transform Kingston programme in our latest e-newsletter

Social Spaces survey

Do you use the new seating on Thames Street, Lower Fife Road or just outside Kingston Station?

If so, Kingston First want to hear your thoughts on whether you use them and what you would change to make these spaces even better.

Share your thoughts at:
www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/9ZHSV9M.

You can read more about these 'Social Spaces' at: www.kingstonfirst.co.uk/social-spaces-your-chance-to-improve-our-town-centre.
Cleaner Greener Kingston

Kingston's Climate Action Plan

Kingston’s Climate Action Plan, setting out how the council will help the borough become carbon neutral by 2038, was approved at the Place Committee on 10 March.

Read more at kingston.gov.uk/climate-news.

To support the council's ambitions, an electric waste fleet will be introduced later this year. The vehicles will also help improve air quality by taking the equivalent of 450 cars off the road each year, while reducing the associated greenhouse gas emissions by 75%.

Surbiton Library tree planting

On Thursday 17 March, pupils from Lime Tree Primary School were invited to help plant a Lime tree outside Surbiton Library. This was to replace a damaged Willow tree which sadly had to be removed over a year ago.

Following the tree planting, the pupils met with our Library team where they enjoyed a storytelling session and learnt about the fantastic opportunities in their local library. The event was a tremendous success and the pupils enjoyed their afternoon out. A big thank you to all those involved and we hope the pupils and wider community get to enjoy the benefits of this Lime tree for many years to come.

Solar Together - sign up today!

A yellow and green heart with sunrays
Thousands of people have signed up to Solar Together, which is supported by the Mayor of London, including hundreds of Kingston residents!

If you'd like to find out how much a solar system could cost you, take five minutes to register your interest at solartogether.co.uk/kingston.

More than £75M in government funding has been made available to deliver energy-saving improvements for people who are struggling to pay their heating bills.


Visit bit.ly/energy-grant or call 0808 196 8255 to find out if you are eligible.
Keeping Kingston Healthy and Safe

Coronavirus vaccine Spring boosters explained

Who is eligible for Spring boosters?

A Spring booster jab will be offered to…

  • Adults over the age 75

  • Those living in care homes for older people

  • People with a weakened immune system

When will people be able to book their Spring booster?
The NHS started inviting people to their Spring booster jab this week, and will offer the top-up dose to all who are eligible during Spring and early Summer.

JCVI’s advice is that people should wait until around six months since their last dose for maximum effectiveness. If you are eligible for a Spring booster, you are asked to wait until you are invited by the NHS before booking.

If you are still waiting to have your first booster dose, it’s not too late! Book yours now and view available walk-ins at: www.nhs.uk/covid-booster.

Make sure you stay up to date with your vaccines to protect yourself and those around you.

Kingston stands ready to support Ukrainians

Following the launch of the Government’s Homes for Ukraine scheme, we are ready to support the national scheme in any way that we can, and to ensure Ukrainians resettling in our borough are welcomed and supported with access to services.

We would like to thank the generous members of our community who have already offered support. If you would like to support but are unable to sign up to Homes for Ukraine, take a look at our ‘How can I help?’ webpage.

With Ukrainian refugees likely to be resettling in Kingston in the coming weeks, you can also leave a message of support in our Book of Solidarity.

Kingston upon Thames Association for the Blind

Kingston upon Thames Association for the Blind (KAB) was established in 1966 to support and promote the interests of blind and partially sighted people, living in Kingston.

They run a number of clubs, covering a variety of interests and which offer opportunities to socialise. They are always happy to welcome new people and run buddy schemes as well as a weekly talking newspaper.

If you would like to find out more, or if you would like to know how they may be able to help you or someone you know, please contact Mariza Jurgens, Charity Manager of the KAB on 020 8605 0060 or by email at kingstonassoc@btconnect.com.

Alternatively, you can visit their office in person: Kingston Quaker Centre, Fairfield East, Kingston Upon Thames, KT1 2PT.

Citizens' Panel

The first workshop with our newly established Citizens' Panel took place on Saturday 12 March, to help shape a plan for the Kingston Town Centre area.
Members of the Citzens' Panel sit round a rectangular table, covered in maps, diagrams and post it notes. The group is smiling.
Thank you to the 280 people who applied to join, from which 40 people were randomly selected to demographically represent the borough. There was a great atmosphere in the room as the panel discussed what they valued most and what they want to see in any new places and spaces. Further workshops and wider engagement will take place this summer, to inform the draft plan.

Local elections take place on 5 May - register online now!

You can vote in these elections if you are aged 18 and over, live in Kingston, are a UK, Commonwealth or EU citizen, or have permission to stay in the UK. Your voice matters. Make sure it's heard.
Register to vote online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

We are currently recruiting for Polling Station Staff and Count Staff. Working on an election is a great experience which comes with a real sense of achievement. Apply now.

Volunteer with Kingston Heritage Service


Kingston Heritage Service has a team of dedicated volunteers that help to keep Kingston Museum and Kingston History Centre running smoothly.

The team are looking for more volunteers to join the service, particularly at Kingston Museum. The Heritage Service welcomes applications from those aged 16 and over.

If you would like more information, contact the Heritage Service on 020 8547 6440 or email kingston.museum@kingston.gov.uk. Follow the team on Twitter @RBKheritage and visit 
www.kingstonheritage.org.uk.

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