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About

Diane Watling

I moved to Richmond Park Road in 1989 and love living here. I am a retired research Biochemist. I am involved with the North Kingston Forum because I want to play a much stronger role in guiding the future change that is coming to North Kingston in a sensible and sustainable way. This is after all our home.

I am a keen allotmenteer and have been known to do a spot of guerrilla gardening. I help the Toads across Church Rd, Ham every spring and I help monitor the local Eel population every summer in the Hogsmill river.  I am a seasoned Polar traveller.

Chair

Jonathan Rollason

I have lived in Lower Kings road for more than 25 years and want to see Kingston evolve whilst retaining its character and being a great place to live. I am very concerned about the environment. I am also Deputy Chair of CARA (the Canbury and Riverside Association).

I run an online reverse auction platform called purchasingauctions but am winding down. I really enjoy my time with my grandchildren. Three of the five live in the borough. I care about their future

Secretary

Michael Pearson

I moved to North Kingston in 2001 whilst I was General Manager of Warren House on Kingston Hill. When the neglected and run down Canbury Arms became available in 2005, I felt compelled to take it on, restore it and return it to its place at the heart of the community.

 

My wife Charlotte and I have run the pub for 12 years and serving our community has been our primary objective. Over the years we have raised thousands of pounds for local schools and charities. We’ve brought members of the community together to form a choir, five-a-side football team, a Dragon Boat squad and a Camera Club. We’ve facilitated exhibitions of local artists, business and community events whilst also sponsoring many local groups and organisations. We acquired a second pub The Wych Elm in 2014 out of concern it would be converted to flats.

 

We have four children between us and love walking our dog Nelly in Richmond Park, on Ham Lands and on Wimbledon Common.

Treasurer

Glen Keywood

I have lived in Richmond Park road since 2002 with my wife Laura and two children, Emily and James. We all love living in North Kingston and are keen to see the area develop and thrive whilst maintaining its beauty.

I was chair of BRaG residents assoc from 2011 to 2015 and am currently on the events planning committee. In my spare time I fly aeroplanes for BA, where I am a full time training Captain. I also love rugby watching and coaching.

I do my best to maintain the NKF website and twitter thread - I'm a bit of a novice so any feedback gratefully accepted.

Communications

Marilyn Mason

Since retiring from a career in education have been active in a range of local community groups, including Euphonix community choir,  Kingston Philosophy Café, CARA, SW London Humanists, Greener Kingston, Transition Town Kingston… and I won a Mayor’s Community Award in 2017. I also stood twice (unsuccessfully) in Tudor ward Council elections.

 

I am currently rationalising my commitments to reflect my main interest, the environment, and am secretary of Transition Town Kingston and co-chair of Kingston Environment Forum, a Strategic Partner of Kingston Council. I set up and coordinate Canbury Community Garden, a project to transform the neglected gardeners’ yard in Canbury Gardens into a wild-life-friendly and productive community asset. I am interested in the impacts of Kingston’s growth and development on our green spaces, trees, air quality, flood risk and general wellbeing, and am happy contribute my experience and expert contacts to the development of a North Kingston Plan.

 

I have lived in Lower Ham Road for almost 20 years, and I have cycled in and around Kingston for 40+ years. When I have time I enjoy reading, singing, skiing, and walking; walking the Capital Ring with my husband in 2017 took us to new parts of London and provided some useful insights into how other boroughs manage their green spaces and walking/cycling routes.

Environment group

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The North Kingston Neighbourhood Forum was formally established and ratified by Kingston Council in August 2017. Our Neighbourhood Area covers the whole of Canbury and Tudor wards. All local residents and businesses are automatically members of the Forum and can register their interest by subscribing to the mailing list.  

 

A committee has led the Forum, its main task is to collect the views of our community so as to produce a Neighbourhood Plan for North Kingston which conforms to National, London and Local priorities. This is a long term vision for the area, and if agreed by Referendum, it will become part of the local planning framework and used by Kingston Council to determine planning applications in Canbury and Tudor wards alongside the borough’s Local Plan.  

 

This will be a plan written by the community, for the community and will allow us greater influence over development in our area by giving us a say on where building should take place, what it should look like and what infrastructure should be provided.  

 

The draft London Plan will require Kingston to build 13640 new homes over the next 10 years, and North Kingston will be expected to play its part. We are neither pro or anti development, but we believe it will be more effective to engage with the council to ensure that the impact of new development is not only fully mitigated but that it is accompanied by a full range of amenities and infrastructure for the benefit of both current and future residents. 

 

The Forum committee is non-political, independent and resident-led however, we highly value and welcome the support our local ward councillors provide.  We are not linked to the council in any way, but wish to work with them.  We have been awarded New Initiative funding from the council to help us  produce the plan. 

 

The Forum committee is made up entirely of volunteers – just regular residents like you and me, including community groups and businesses. A list of the current members is on our website as are the minutes of our meetings. We also have a number of work groups, led by committee members who are researching the following themes:

Business and Commerce

Heritage and Design

The Environment

Community Facilities and Services. 

Design Codes for Development Sites and areas.

 

We are exceedingly fortunate that some of our volunteers have expertise in planning and design, but to ensure we successfully navigate through the quagmire of neighbourhood planning in London, we have been awarded funding from the Ministry of Housing, Community and Local Government to recruit the services of a professional neighbourhood planning consultantancy, Oneill Homer. 

 

There are over 2000 neighbourhood planning groups in England, and over 100 in London. We are the first in Kingston, and would encourage other groups elsewhere in the borough to consider preparing their own neighbourhood plan. 

NK Forum Constituion 

 northkingstonforum@gmail.com

 

John Parrish

Co-opted member & Heritage/Design lead

Howard Sheppard

Development Officer - Project Lead

Asa Backman

Sarah Olney

Malcolm Porter

Saphina Sharif

Trevor Willis

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