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First ‘State of the Borough’ debate in seven years to tackle the issue of growth

Kingston Council’s first State of the Borough debate to be held in seven years will take place on Tuesday 15 September, and the topic under the microscope will be growth.

The reinstatement of the annual State of the Borough debate is one of many measures taken by the Council to give local people more influence in decision making and build greater trust in local government and elected representatives.

Councillor Kevin Davis, Leader of Kingston Council, said:

“Growth is the biggest challenge and opportunity facing our borough, so it was the obvious choice of topic to be debated at the first State of the Borough debate.

“Like the rest of London, our borough is growing. We have a choice. We can either pretend it is not happening and deal with the consequences or we can manage it in the best interests of the borough.

“I believe that growth provides the key to our future success and prosperity.  It has the potential to deliver economic benefits for the borough and to improve local infrastructure and the public realm. But managing this growth so it is right for our borough will undoubtedly be a challenge and will require the Council, local residents and businesses to work together. 

“By reinstating the State of the Borough debate, we have created a forum where big issues like growth are given the time to be debated properly.”

The State of the Borough Debate will take place on Tuesday 15 September 2015, in the Council Chamber, Guildhall, High Street, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 1EU, starting at 7.30pm.

Following a presentation by Stewart Murray, Assistant Director of Planning at the Greater London Authority, there will be an opportunity for representatives of interested organisations and members of the public to contribute to the debate. The floor will then be opened up to Members of the Council, with commencing statements by the Leader of the Council, Councillor Kevin Davis, and the Leader of the Opposition, Councillor Liz Green.

Members of the public are welcome to attend. 

About the State of the Borough debate 

  • The annual State of the Borough debate was reinstated as part of package of measures called ‘Renewing Kingston’s Democracy’ by Councillors at the Full Council meeting on Tuesday 14 July 2015
  • The State of the Borough debate will take place on Tuesday 15 September 2015, starting at 7.30pm at The Guildhall, High Street, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 1EU
  • Representatives of interested organisations and members of the public will be invited to contribute to the debate (for up to 1 hour - 4 minutes maximum per speaker)
  • The debate will then be opened up to Members of the Council (for up to 1 hour), to include the Leader of the Council (Councillor Kevin Davis) and the Leader of the Opposition (Councillor Liz Green), the Chair of the Growth Committee (Councillor David Cunningham) and the Opposition Spokesperson for Regeneration (Councillor Bill Brisbane)
  • The initial speeches of the two Leaders will be time limited to a maximum of 10 minutes each; those of individual Councillors will be limited to 4 minutes in the usual way, as will contributions from interested organisations and members of the public
  • At the conclusion of the debate, the Leader of the Council will have an opportunity to respond briefly to the issues raised. An audio recording of the meeting will be available online after the meeting and a report of the proceedings will be referred to the relevant committee which will consider any issues arising from this meeting
  • Invitations to attend the meeting have been sent to a range of organisations with an interest in development in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, including residents' organisations, civic organisations and developers. Members of the public, for whom seating will be available on a first come, first served basis, are welcome to attend.