Our Community Call-in Petition is Successful!

Cambridge Road Estate’s three Community Groups, One Norbiton, CREst and CRERA have just successfully petitioned for a call-in of what we consider to be an unfair item in RBK’s Decant policy. This affects residents’ rights of appeal when they are being temporarily rehoused to make way for the redevelopment of their estate.

Mr. Gary Marson, Democratic Services Team Leader, wrote to Jill Preston saying:
“I can confirm that the Call-in has been accepted as valid and that it is likely that it will be considered at the Council meeting on Tuesday 17th October 2017, to be held at 7.30pm in the Council Chamber

The Council’s procedures relating to Community Call-ins are attached below.  The procedures indicate that a representative of the signatories to the call in has the opportunity to address the meeting on the subject for a maximum of five minutes.  A further period of up to 10 minutes will be allowed for questions and answers.  These time periods may be extended by resolution of the Council.  The options available to the Council are to:

i. reaffirm the decision of the Committee OR
ii. modify the decision of the Committee OR
iii. overturn the decision of the Committee OR
iv. refer the decision back to the Committee for further consideration OR
v. refer the decision of the Committee to a Task and Finish Group for further consideration

Nearly 300 signatures have already been added to the call-in since last Wednesday hopefully people will continue to add their names to this even though it has already been successful. Click link

Our long term aim is get everyone involved to work collaboratively on this Regeneration project. Then we might achieve “Win-Win results” for all the people of Kingston not just for RBK and any wealthy developer.

If the present policy is not changed it will set an unfortunate bullying precedent throughout the Borough and jeopardise the joint support this important project needs. We believe that it would be politically naïve for RBK not to be scrupulously just to all those who are being disadvantaged by their initiatives and hope this opinion is shared by all fair-minded Kingstonians.