Dear Member

I am not sure when it was decided to have Christmas twice a year, but speaking personally any excuse for a mince pie is welcome. I’m joking of course (although not about the mince pie) but many of you, I’m sure, will recognise that time’s arrow seems to gather speed as you age. This, too, is the time of year when, with the beginning of a New Year fast approaching, we reflect on the year past.

Dealing first with our most recent past I hope it is not immodest to claim that our Townscape Awards were not only a great success by any measures but felt celebratory, and inclusive. Celebratory because with the world a very grim place right now it was a beacon, if a small one, that good placemaking is happening in Kingston. Although it is of immense significance that our jury chose the human scaled nominations. Inclusive because with the introduction of a People’s Choice (which gathered hundreds of votes) we saw that both the winner and runner up were not buildings at all but greenscape projects. Again handing out the clear message that on many levels people are most moved and motivated by simple nature oriented pleasures and that, in the intensely urban part of our borough, we yearn for and gravitate towards quiet enjoyment and not massive buildings.

Looking back to the beginning of the year to our Kingston Urban Room experiment, working with the University and RBK’s Local Plan officers it was again evident that the community is concerned with very different matters than the developers who come with their disingenuous claims of affordable housing with scale and massing very much not of a human scale and then promote the properties to an overseas market. Instead we found heritage and sustainability are our concerns.

Our next public meeting will be our AGM and we hope our new Mayor Diane White will be able to attend as President. As has become usual we will make this potentially rather dry meeting pleasingly less dry with some wine, nibbles  and the chance to meet and chat. Wednesday 17th January 7:00pm for 7:30pm at the Judge Lecture Hall, Tiffins School, Kingston upon Thames KT2 6RL.( Click here to see a map of the area).

Tony Lancaster
Chair


TL:DR – long stories short

1. Planning

1.1 Tolworth Tower  – dramatic withdrawal of appeal on first morning of hearing – will they be back for a third attempt?

1.2 Eagle brewery Wharf.  Interesting and creative plans for this key riverside location (though, possibly a little contentious with river edge ‘playful seating pods’

1.3 Memorial Gardens. The new design scheme advocates for a co-design approach, collaborating with local communities to shape the design.

1.4 Canbury Place car park and 12-52 Kingsgate Road. Plans revealed for entirely rented development (including affordable rents) but far too tall for the town centre location.

1.5 The Rex/Greencoat House, Clarence Street; 21/02313/FUL for a building claiming eco credentials by modifying the existing structure is has self-evidently been largely demolished and we want to know why.

1.6 Upcoming Tall Buildings Strategy consultation meeting
RBK has produced a new version of its Draft Tall Buildings Strategy.  It is an evidence-based document that supports the preparation of the new Local Plan and its policies, which will be used to guide all future development in the borough.

1.7 Regal Cinema
We attended a meeting with Jericho Estates who are now managing the redevelopment of this former cinema /bingo hall. The proposals are to repurpose the existing building as a mid to up-scale hotel with new residential accommodation built above.

1.8 Surbiton Station car park  – consultation underway for 17 storey tower behind Art Deco treasure.
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2. Around the Society
2.1  Public meeting January – Annual General Meeting – with wine to take the pain away.

2.2 Last month’s meeting: Our November meeting had the wonderful celebration of the Townscape Awards.

2.3  Visit to Stanley Picker Collection  – Not to be confused with the Stanley Picker Gallery, the Collection is the home and art collection of Stanley Picker in a house designed for him on Kingston Hill.  It is open to the public by appointment  – interested in coming? See below
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3. UPCOMING EVENTS:
3.1  Wednesday 17th January 2023 7:30pm – Annual General meeting: full details at end of this newsletter.
3.2 Wednesday 17th January Kingston Society Display at the Kingston Museum (until 19th March 2024) Come and see our very own “Book Tower” all books written by Kingston authors.
3.3  Wednesday 21st February  – The winners of the Townscape Awards People’s Choice Queens Promenade Friends. Stephan Gross will explore the history of this popular riverside destination and the incredible success of his ‘guerilla’ gardening team.


1. PLANNING ISSUES

These planning applications have caught our eye:

1.Planning

1.1 Tolworth Tower – appeal withdrawn at 11th hour.

On Tuesday 5 December an 8 day public planning inquiry was due to start at the Guildhall into an appeal by Healey Development Solutions (Broadway) Ltd against RBK’s refusal of planning permission for the Tolworth Towers development on Tolworth Broadway. In the event it was over by lunchtime on the first day. Healey withdrew their appeal in the light of their inability to obtain the support of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the London Fire Brigade for the fire safety aspects of their proposals.

They had originally sought a postponement or adjournment of the proceedings so that they could talk directly to the HSE about their concerns but the Inquiry Inspector refused to allow this and, as a consequence, Scott Lyness KC on behalf of Healey withdrew the appeal. A Kingston Society Committee Member attended the inquiry with the intention of putting the Society’s concerns about the development to the Inspector but, in the event, was not required to do so. Watch this space to see if they come back for a third attempt!


1.2 Eagle brewery Wharf
We attended the consultation for Eagle Brewery Wharf proposals (exhibition boards here ) on 25th November.
Farrer Huxley were appointed in February to take forward the initial designs by Davies White and have produced a thoughtful concept for this important riverside space. It was helpful that some elements of the design: the river edge seating and the activity platform, where chalked out to scale to better aid visualising the elements. The scheme’s main components (as stated on the exhibition boards) are:

• New seating and trees have been introduced to the riverfront.
• A playful platform in the centre of the space offers informal seating and invites different activities, such as busking or small open-air performances.
• Planters are used to separate private and public space.
• The existing green edge is made more biodiverse with insect and pollinator friendly planting.
• A play trail nestled within the green edge.
• Different types of seating provided for both quiet relaxation and more lively, social activities.
• Table tennis tables and picnic tables where board games can be played, which provide opportunities for intergenerational play and activities.
• The design allows for a wide a range of uses. This will create a well-used, well-loved and safe place. (click image below for larger version)

Eagle Brewery Wharf design

Of particular interest is the riverside seating. The asymmetric ‘playful seating pods’ have been designed to connect users with the river but will oblige passing pedestrians to pass around them away from the river. This is a brave idea given that by accepted convention the river edge is free from obstruction. We imagine though these seats will become much sought after and though we expressed our reservations we admire the ambition. This choice also reflects earlier public feedback.

We consider this scheme to be both imaginative and achievable and supported the proposals in our detailed feedback.


1.3 Transform Kingston Consultation: Memorial Gardens

Keen members will recall that, in the recent past, members of the Kingston Society committee attended several meetings organised by architects David White Ltd and observed public boards exhibited at the site. Recently, the same consultation resurfaced with some updates. The good news is that the War Memorial will not be relocated—an aspect we opposed in our previous comments, and we are pleased to note that this is no longer under discussion.

The new design scheme advocates for a co-design approach, collaborating with local communities to shape the design. The goal is to respect the space as a garden of memory with cultural significance for commemoration and ceremony, while enhancing connectivity, safety, and inclusivity to ensure a welcoming environment for all residents and visitors.

Meanwhile, we are closely monitoring the fate of the trees in the garden, a source of concern. Despite a clear mention that the Anne Frank Tree will stay and an emphasis in the public consultation that no trees will be removed, we are aware that a 2022 planning application proposes the removal of 10 trees. We sincerely hope that the two mature Yew trees at the entrance will not be lost.

On a final note, some may recall the remarkable sensory garden created by Kingston University students in 2014. This garden, winning The London in Bloom Silver Gilt Award, shared similar well-intended ambitions of transforming the Memorial Gardens (also known as Gardens for the Blind) into a vibrant yet sensory space for the town centre. So, what happened to that beautiful, sensitive planting and landscaping? The proposed designs may look great on paper, but let’s hope they come with a proper post-implementation maintenance plan.

Regardless of what unfolds next, we eagerly anticipate the removal of the dilapidating exhibition board/plinth that has been a feature of the garden and a sorrowful backdrop to the monument since 2021! We eagerly anticipate the next steps for this crucial town centre initiative.


1.4 Canbury Place car park and 12-52 Kingsgate Road

We attended a consultation for the redevelopment along with North Kingston Forum, CARA and the Queenshurt Residents Association. (Consultation boards here)


The third scheme proposal for this site, which does of course need to be redeveloped, has changed architects and offering. Proposed now is an entirely rented and affordable rent scheme providing ‘upwards of 265 homes in a sustainable location’. across four tall buildings the highest of which is 15 storeys which is far too tall for this part of Kingston. The 2016 development brief was 12 storeys and this was limited to only a small percentage of the site.

Attending groups were unhappy despite claims to the contrary that the new building would rob Queenshurst residents of sunlight. Elsewhere attendees at the consultation said the proposed closure of Kingsgate would create unacceptable bottlenecks.

There is not much architectural detail but visuals suggest a bright reddish brick design with some attractive modulations but otherwise glaringly monotone and oppressive. This was thought not to be at all good design that was suitable to fulfil the Historic England or RBK brief for tall buildings.

The Society vigorously opposed the previous schemes on the basis of height, scale and mass and we see nothing in the new proposals to suggest our objections will not be the same.


1.5 The Rex/Greencoat House, Clarence Street; 21/02313/FUL
Sharp-eyed members who remember the planning permission for this project will recall that the idea was to retain some of the existing building – both ends.  When we had a meeting with the developer before the application, this was presented as being more environmentally-friendly as it would conserve embedded carbon.


However,  committee members noticed that the demolition had gone much further than the application seemed to allow.  We raised this with RBK and they have taken this up with the developer.  We wait to hear what enforcement action, if any, will be taken.  Mindful of the Captain Tom spa complex case, it seems to us that given the structural implications a new planning application seems required.  But construction work on the foundations continues.  In the meantime, we shall be writing to the developer to ask what is happening. 


1.6 Upcoming Tall Buildings Strategy consultation meeting
RBK has produced a new version of its Draft Tall Buildings Strategy.  It is an evidence-based document that supports the preparation of the new Local Plan and its policies, which will be used to guide all future development in the borough.  RBK is consulting on the latest version (lnk) and wishes to find out:

  • If any other technical information or evidence should be considered as part of the Strategy
  • If there are any factual errors or omissions in the Strategy.

As an evidence-based document, the purpose of the Strategy is to provide an objective assessment.  RBK is not asking for agreement or disagreement with the ‘findings’ of the strategy.

Members of the committee met with RBK officers to discuss the Strategy on 13 December, and had a constructive discussion.  The Society will be submitting its comments in the light of the discussion.


1.7 Regal Cinema

We attended  a meeting with Kevin Davies of Jericho Estates who are now managing the redevelopment of this former cinema/bingo hall. The proposals, although not fully developed, are to repurpose the existing building as a mid to upmarket hotel with new residential accommodation built above (already assented in principle) which will pay for the hotel redevelopment. The imaginative scheme will see the Art Deco interior restored and a ground floor restaurant and bar position to enjoy the full height of the proscenium arch. The following is from the North Kingston Forum newsletter from their own meeting and reflects a similar experience to our own. (Many thanks Diane Watling and thanks also to Jericho Estates for allowing us to share access to the following virtual reality 3d files:

The Matterport links allow you to ‘walk through’ the site, just use your mouse to move the image. Best viewed on a larger desktop screen. This assessment work has been undertaken and areas of fibrous plasterwork for restoration/replacement are being identified by a specialist company. Some original decorations such as light fittings are in safe storage, the original Wurlitzer organ is still in working condition in the Musical Museum, Brentford.

MAIN AUDITORIUM
DANCE STUDIO
PASSWORD – Plaster123

We were told a hotel group, successful operators who include mid to high end offerings, are among those interested in the proposition. There is, apparently, a buoyant hotel market, having one of the best growth stories across the real estate spectrum.

The original consented application allowed 3 floors of flats on top of the main structure, this is expected to increase by the addition of a further floor. The original penthouse will be replaced to provide a mix of flats overall for the 4 floors. Some affordable flats are expected in the scheme and these will be towards the rear of the main building.

The Art Deco theme of the site is expected to be retained overall, with the addition of windows on the Richmond Road facing side. The design of the top 4 floors of flats is still to be fully developed but will consider whether to attempt a pastiche or a bold new departure with modern styling.

We are in contact with the developer and will keep you updated as and when more information becomes available, but a possible timeline might look like:

  • Pre-application discussions with RBK in the new year and on-going
  • Community consultation Spring 2024
  • Submission of Planning Application to RBK by summer 2024

1.8 Land adjacent to Surbiton Station Proposed Redevelopment
The exhibition boards PDF is here and the online consultation form here


Prposals have been announced to redevelop the car park at the rear of Surbiton station (along with other changes in the main station area). The developers are running a drop in and online consultation and say:

“Solum, a partnership between Kier Property and Network Rail, looks to unlock regeneration, housing and passenger experience improvements around stations. Our homes help to improve station developments, with over 50% of profits being reinvested back into the railway, enabling more connected living. We are currently delivering seven schemes on brownfield sites across England including Guildford and Twickenham. Our schemes encourage sustainable transport and ease over development in the local countryside and greenbelt sites. By reimagining the role of railway stations and their surrounding areas, Solum is transforming outer-city living. From our apartment interiors to the station environments we create, quality is everything.

Regeneration plans for the land adjacent to Surbiton station have been unveiled and we want to hear the views of local residents and businesses.

The plans will deliver high-quality affordable homes for local families, a new 250 space multi-storey car park (MSCP), improved accessibility throughout the site, a refurbished Southern Ticket Hall and improved station forecourts on the north and south station entrances.”

VENUE:
Former Southern Ticket Hall, Surbiton Station, Glenbuck Rd, Surbiton KT6 6BZ

DATE & TIME:
Tuesday 12th December 2023: 2pm – 8pm
Saturday 16th December 2023: 11am-4pm
Thursday 11th January 2024: 2pm – 8pm

Contact details: info@surbitonforward.com / 0800 038 5850

We will respond in due course but it is clear the proposed massing with a 17 storey tower and a visually overwhelming over-developed site is entirely inappropriate for the area, and why we wonder are their developments at Twickenham and Bishops Stortford nowhere near so high?.


2. AROUND THE SOCIETY

2.1 Kingston Society AGM – our next public meeting : Wednesday 17th January 7:00pm for 7:30pm at the Judge Lecture Hall,Tiffins School, Kingston upon Thames KT2 6RL.( Click here to see a map of the area). Full agenda further below.


2.2 Last month’s meeting

After months of planning and organising by committee members Mediha and Bob, further hard work by our team of independent jurors and expert members, and gathering votes from our members and the public it was the Townscape Awards evening – designed to recognise excellence in built and green contributions to the townscape of the Borough of Kingston over the five years up to the present. With the Deputy Mayor Councillor Richard Thorpe presenting the certificates and speeches from the jurors and the People’s Choice winners (Queen’s Promenade Friends) it was a truly uplifting celebration of the good things to be found in the borough. It was an inspired idea to have a People’s Choice as not only did this indicate what citizens consider important, it meant our reach was far greater than usual.


2.3 Stanley Picker Collection (link)

Not to be confused with the Stanley Picker Gallery, the Collection is the home and art collection of Stanley Picker in a house designed for him on Kingston Hill.  It is open to the public by appointment and the committee wish to hear if members would like to participate in a Society group visit.  If we can get enough takers (12), it will cost £13.33 rather than the usual £16 per person.

Stanley Picker (1913 – 1982) was a patron of the arts who formed a very individual collection of twentieth-century sculptures and paintings.  His house, a modern split-level design was completed in 1968, and designed by Kenneth Wood.  It is a time capsule of the 1960s, set in a quiet cul-de-sac on steeply sloping ground which both inspired and challenged Wood.

Possibly dates are Thursday 25 April or Thursday 16 May 2024. If interested, please email: urbanroomkingston@kts.org.uk by 22 January 2024, and indicate which date you prefer.


2.4 River Steering group to be created

The Society has been invited to work with Kingston council who wish to inaugurate a ‘river steering group’ to help give direction to all things related to the River Thames in the vicinity of Kingston. The ambition is that this group will become the ‘voice of the river’ and seek to bring together the many disparate strands and stakeholders which have an impact on the river.

The group will have councillor representation from all riparian wards, as well as the council’s Portfolio Holders for Planning Policy and Regulatory Services, and Climate Action and Sustainable Transport.  It is intended that the group will meet quarterly. The group would report annually to Place Committee to reflect the strategic importance to the council of the river and riverside.

It is anticipated that the initial focus for the steering group will be on regulatory and management issues, and areas where a short term positive impact can be made.


3. UPCOMING EVENTS: 


3.1 Wednesday 17th January 2023 7:30pm – Annual General meeting: full details at end of this newsletter plus a talk from Elliot Newton – RBK’s  charming and energetic bio-diversity officer. 


3.2  Kingston Society Display at the Kingston Museum: CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS:

Tower of booksWe’ve secured the “Community Cabinet” at Kingston Museum for a history display in the initial months of 2024. Presently, we’re shaping the Tower of Books concept, intending to showcase books authored by past and present Kingston Society members. The subject need not be exclusive to Kingston; we’re a diverse group. This project aims to celebrate our members’ past work and compile a comprehensive list of our membership’s remarkable achievements.

We invite contributions. Have you authored or co-authored a book in the past? Can you lend us a copy?.

If you can help in anyway please email: secretary@kts.org.uk

Collection deadline is 6th January. Books will be returned by 31st of March.


3.3  Wednesday 21st February  – The winners of the Townscape Awards People’s Choice Queens Promenade Friends. Stephan Gross will explore the history and of this popular riverside destination and the incredible success of his ‘guerilla’ gardening team.


THE 62nd ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE SOCIETY WILL BE HELD AT 7.30 PM ON WEDNESDAY 17h JANUARY 2024 AT TIFFIN BOYS SCHOOL

The Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, President of the Society, has been invited to take the chair.

AGENDA

1.           Welcome by the Mayor
2.           Apologies for absence.
3.           To approve the minutes of the previous AGM
4.           To receive the Chairman’s report
5.           To receive and approve the Hon. Treasurer’s report and accounts
6.           To elect the following Officers and Committee Members for the year 2024[see nominations below]

              Chairman
Vice Chairman
Treasure
Secretary
Planning Secretary
Meetings Secretary
Independent Examiner
Committee Members

7.           To receive suggestions for future activities

8.           Any other business

9.           Address by the Mayor

10.    Vote of thanks

NOMINATIONS FOR OFFICERS AND COMMITTEE MEMBERS

(other nominations are most welcome)

Chairman                                                      Tony Lancaster*
Vice Chairman                                             Anthony Evans*
Treasurer                                                      Graham Smith*
Secretary                                                      Mediha Boran*
Independent Examiner                                John Farmer
Planning Secretary                                       Anthony Evans

Committee Members*                                  John Allen
Mediha Boran
Terry Bowers
Anthony Evans
David Kennedy
Tony Lancaster
Bob Phillips
Graham Smith

* All are prepared to stand for re-election.


MINUTES OF THE 61st ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE SOCIETY
Judge Lecture Theatre, Tiffin School, Kingston upon Thames KT2 6RL

The Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, President of the Society, has been invited to take the chair

AGENDA

1. The meeting was opened by the Mayor, Councillor Yogan Yoganathan the ex officio President of the Society. The Mayor welcomed all and stated her appreciation for the work done by the Society for the good of the Borough.

2. Apologies for absence. Jennifer Butterworth, Alison Fure, John McCarthy, Carole Belney, Malcolm Porter, Sarah MacGregor, Martin and Korinna Farrell & Councillor Roger Hayes

3. Minutes of the previous AGM. These were unanimously approved.

4. Chairman’s report 2022

Greetings to you. 2022 has been a good year for the Society as we celebrated the last 60 years and look forward to the next 60 years.

In November the Mayor opened our fantastic Right Here Right Now photography exhibition at All Saints Church Kingston. Comfortably filling two long walls inside the church our two week exhibition was a great success. The photos will be a ‘time capsule’, capturing the natural and built environment of the Borough in 2022. Also on display were 6 large panels, with a photo montage of notable events, people, and the Society’s achievements for each decade. It has been gratifying to see both the interest in, and the surprise about, the fine work of the Society since 1962.  I wish to thank those who helped this a huge success, in particular Tony Lancaster and Mediha Boran among many others. You will have another chance to see these panels at our AGM in January.

We had interesting and varied guest speakers this year Starting with a ‘Sound Walk’ around the Cambridge Road Estate by Alison Fure. In March we held a meeting to gather your views on the way forward for the Society for the next 60 years. Later in the year we reported on our progress to create an “Urban Room”, and we co-presented with the Riverside Residents Association our concerns over the County Hall proposed over development on its south flank. In November the RBK’s Urban Planning team presented the first draft of the new Local Plan. In the Spring we had some inspirational or controversial ideas, depending on your view, for setting up a King Æthelstan statue and cultural centre.

Plans are progressing well towards setting up a pilot “Urban room” in Kingston town centre, a place to  drop in or attend events to understand, debate and get involved discussing the future development of the Borough. The Borough Council, the Kingston Society, the North Kingston Neighbourhood Forum, Chessington District Residents’ Association and the University are working together to make this project a reality. In September the University School of Architecture and Landscape held a very successful one week project, challenging students from across year groups and subjects to design a flat pack display system for the urban room and a programme of events for it. It is hoped one will be commissioned for the pilot Urban room, which will open in early January at the Market House with RBK’s Local Plan (LP) consultation. It will be staffed by members of the planning department and on Wednesdays  volunteers from the Society. If you are interested in joining in do let me know. If successful, there is a strong hope to make it more permanent elsewhere in the Borough.

This year we continued our constructive feedback on the new draft Local Plan, which is now in public consultation [ending on 28th February*. The Local Plan will set out a vision for how we want the Borough to develop and change in the future. It has an impact on everyone living, working, studying or visiting Kingston because it will guide and shape what can be built, and where, in the Borough over the next 20 years. I encourage you to provide comments * on the areas about which you feel strongly.  I wish to thank our talented members for their ongoing dedicated work in this important area.
Opening the Coombe Conduit to the public has been a proud element of the work of the Society over the years. We have had a number of new tour guides this year, led by David Kennedy who is now retiring. Unfortunately it is almost certain we will no longer be able to be the key holders, with no further openings. While we have approached Historic England about the future running of the monthly openings in the Summer months we have had little success, which is clearly very disappointing. We  wish to thank David very  sincerely  for managing the conduit openings over the past 6+ years.

5.    Hon. Treasurer’s report and accounts

In the absence of Yusuf Siddiqi, Keith Payne presented the accounts for the financial year ending 31 August 2022. The report was unanimously approved. (see report below)

–        Clarification requested on “one off payment” – Life Members. (£150)

6.  Elect the following Officers and Committee Members for the year 2023 [see nominations below]

Chairman,                                 Vice Chairman,
Treasurer,                                  Secretary,
Membership Secretary ,            External Relations,
Planning Secretary,                   Meetings Secretary,
Independent Examiner,            Committee Members

NOMINATIONS FOR OFFICERS AND COMMITTEE MEMBERS FOR THE YEAR 2023

Chairman                                    Tony Lancaster*
Vice Chairman                            Anthony Evans*
Treasurer                                    No nomination received
Secretary                                    Mediha Boran*
Membership Secretary               Bob Phillips*
Planning Secretary                     Anthony Evans*
External relations                       Tony Lancaster*
Independent Examiner               No nomination received

Committee Members*                 Anthony Evans
Bob Phillips
David Kennedy
John Allen
Mediha Boran
Peter Karpinski
Terry Bowers
Tony Lancaster

* All are prepared to stand for re-election.
–       The nominations were unanimously approved.
–       No nominations received for External Examiner.

8.    Suggestions from the membership for future activities. 

  • AE suggested Townscape  Design Awards should come back in 2023 and requested George Rome Innes to consider chairing it.  GRI will consider.

  • Monthly Public meetings will continue

  • Request to hold next AGM and public meetings in hybrid format  – In person and online. Particular plea from Jenny Philpot on behalf of 20 or so members who cannot attend the meetings in person but wishes to participate in online meetings.

  • Show of hands and unanimous approval to look into this in the near future. TL to take this matter to committee.

9.   Address by the President. 

The Mayor thanked the outgoing Chair for his services and welcomed Tony Lancaster as the new Chair. He praised the various activities of the Society, in particular the successful Right Here Right Now Exhibition which took place in November 2021. He went on to mention the importance of the Local Plan and the crucial role that community groups such as Kingston Society play in spreading correct information. Opportunity to comment on the London Plan is mentioned. Encouraged vocal participation and democratic engagement. Finally he mentioned the Community Brain as the Mayor’s chosen charity.

10.  Any other business. 

John McCarthy’s message is delivered by David Kennedy in regard to the postal address of Kingston Society. He specifically requested that “Surrey” be replaced with “Greater London”. Delegated to a Committee decision at a later date

11.  Address by the New Chair – Brief intro and Video 

Thanked outgoing Chair for his services and commitment to Kingston Society during his term and appreciation for all he has done over the years. He extended his thanks to outgoing vice chair Keith Payne for making the society more outgoing and technology focused. He said the good work he started will continue. He concluded the speech with two short videos showing the work of society in 2022 and Local Plan engagement with the Council.

12.  There being no further business, the Chairman thanked the Mayor and closed the meeting.


We are open to visitors and welcome new members. If you would like to help your Society, we have a number of opportunities:

There are vacancies – which need to be filled urgently if the CAAC is to survive – on the Malden and Coombes Conservation Area Advisory Committee. If you live in any of the CA’s which comprise the 7 Old and New Malden/Coombes/Liverpool Rd. CA’s and would like to join either as a local resident, or as a representative of the Society please email* the Chair – Tony lancaster – who can give you more information about what’s involved…it’s not a very big commitment : chair@kts.ork.uk

If you are a member and pay your annual membership by cheque, it would help us greatly if you could set up a standing order with your bank to pay once a year on the 1st September.

PLEASE NOTE we have a new bank account: Lloyds Bank, sort code 30 91 91 a/c 55389060. If you have an SO, it will be transferred to the new bank account. Thank you

Did you know we are a member of The London Forum www.londonforum.org.uk?

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