Residents invited to cast their votes on the topic for this year’s State of the Borough debate

This year’s annual State of the Borough debate will be taking place on Thursday 21 November and for the first time residents are being invited to vote on a topic for discussion.

As part of our commitment to community engagement and working closer together with residents and businesses in the borough, the topic with the most votes will be debated on the night hosted by a panel of experts in that field.

Topics include:

  • Making our environment better - eg. air quality, sustainable transport, climate change, recycling 

  • Keeping everyone safe - eg. crime and antisocial behaviour, helping the homeless

  • Keeping everyone healthy - eg. health and mental health, wellbeing, increasing independence, reducing isolation

  • Growing Kingston together - eg. regeneration, culture and tourism, housing and development, affordable housing

  • Making Kingston better together - eg. community budgeting, community engagement, volunteering 

  • Keeping Kingston moving - eg. sustainable transport, parking, 20mph zones

Councillor Tim Cobbett, Portfolio Holder for Engagement and Continuous Learning, said: 

“I’m delighted that we’re giving residents the choice on what they’d like to discuss for the State of the Borough debate this year. This is a great opportunity to let us know what you think matters most about the future of the borough. 

“We value all the feedback and want to ensure we spend time on problem-solving in whichever topic is chosen. We’re committed to maximising engagement with our residents and it’s important they have different platforms to voice their opinions.“

You can vote at, send a freepost postcard back to us or put a card in one of our postboxes, which will be available in libraries and at the Guildhall buildings. Voting closes online and postcards must be received by Wednesday 31 July. Results will be published in August.  

Closer to the event, we will be asking people to register to attend and submit questions for the panel. If you would like to keep up to date with details about the State of the Borough Debate and other council news and events, sign up to our engagement portal at