Could Kingston have its own country park?

Richmond Park borders Kingston - but where would a smaller open space go in the borough?

Richmond Park borders Kingston - but where would a smaller open space go in the borough?

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Could Kingston Council be about to welcome lush green grasses, forestry, woodlands or animals to an open space near you?

Kingston Council leader Kevin Davis has announced plans for a new country park where residents will be able to enjoy spending time in an open space close to home.

He said: "There are a lack of parks in Kingston. There are not as many open spaces as we could have.

"There is the Fairfield and Memorial Gardens but if we are going to build more houses we need more open spaces for people to have picnics and enjoy the weather.

"If there is going to be new homes built we need leisure facilities lined up for that because it is an important part of Kingston being a good place to live."

But Marilyn Mason, co-chair of Kingston Environment Forum and secretary of Transition Town Kingston, said: "Whereabouts? What are they going to knock down?

"There is a difference between a golf course and a wildlife park.

"Something like Richmond Park on a smaller scale would be good but it’s difficult to know where it would be."

She added she would like to see wildlife, meadows or woodlands in the borough.

Although Coun Davis was unable to say exactly where he was looking for a country park, he said: "Why can’t Kingston have open places like Richmond do? I don’t see why we can’t. We have just got to look for it."

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8:59am Wed 6 Aug 14

kingstonpaul says...

I'm confused. KOT is blessed with spaces for people "to have picnics and enjoy the weather". Fabulous open spaces that other boroughs would die for, including Richmond Park, Canbury Gardens, the river - and in the neighbouring Richmond borough, Bushy and Home Parks the other side of the bridge.
But let's be serious here. No local council creates a green space without expecting some kind of financial return. So until the council reveals how it would monetise such a project, it's a meaningless bit of gesturing.
I'm confused. KOT is blessed with spaces for people "to have picnics and enjoy the weather". Fabulous open spaces that other boroughs would die for, including Richmond Park, Canbury Gardens, the river - and in the neighbouring Richmond borough, Bushy and Home Parks the other side of the bridge. But let's be serious here. No local council creates a green space without expecting some kind of financial return. So until the council reveals how it would monetise such a project, it's a meaningless bit of gesturing. kingstonpaul
  • Score: 15

9:01am Wed 6 Aug 14

helen59 says...

I would have thought Kingston Council had more important things to spend our money on !
I would have thought Kingston Council had more important things to spend our money on ! helen59
  • Score: 5

9:08am Wed 6 Aug 14

S Leader says...

Why not restore Canbury Gardens and Queens Promanade to the wonderful parks they used to be also You can access Richmond park from kingston.
Maybe we should look after what we have before flittering more of our money,If the Leader is unaware of all the open spaces throughout the whole borough I suggest he asks , yes we all pay council tax to R.B.K does he relise how large this borough is ????(IT IS NOT JUST KINGSTON TOWN CENTRE)
Why not restore Canbury Gardens and Queens Promanade to the wonderful parks they used to be also You can access Richmond park from kingston. Maybe we should look after what we have before flittering more of our money,If the Leader is unaware of all the open spaces throughout the whole borough I suggest he asks , yes we all pay council tax to R.B.K does he relise how large this borough is ????(IT IS NOT JUST KINGSTON TOWN CENTRE) S Leader
  • Score: 19

11:25am Wed 6 Aug 14

DB says...

As others have mentioned, I think Kingston is blessed with many green spaces, and has the advantage that all of the big ones are just over the border into other boroughs (Richmond Park, Bushy Park, Home Park, Wimbledon Common etc.

Coun. Davis should not forget that this is as much of a benefit to the council as it is the residents of the borough. Kingston is a very small borough geographically, and is largely built on. Because of this the Council Tax and Business Rates revenue is extremely high in relation to the amount of open space that has to be maintained. I certainly can’t think of any other outer London borough that is in this position, and we still have the highest council tax!

This also flies in the face of all of the planning that Kingston Council has done over the past few years, with development after development encroaching on Canbury Gardens. I definitely support the idea of no more of these developments, but why the sudden change of mind?

I am totally in favour of any open green space, the more the better, but I just don’t think it is possible (economically or geographically) in Kingston.
As others have mentioned, I think Kingston is blessed with many green spaces, and has the advantage that all of the big ones are just over the border into other boroughs (Richmond Park, Bushy Park, Home Park, Wimbledon Common etc. Coun. Davis should not forget that this is as much of a benefit to the council as it is the residents of the borough. Kingston is a very small borough geographically, and is largely built on. Because of this the Council Tax and Business Rates revenue is extremely high in relation to the amount of open space that has to be maintained. I certainly can’t think of any other outer London borough that is in this position, and we still have the highest council tax! This also flies in the face of all of the planning that Kingston Council has done over the past few years, with development after development encroaching on Canbury Gardens. I definitely support the idea of no more of these developments, but why the sudden change of mind? I am totally in favour of any open green space, the more the better, but I just don’t think it is possible (economically or geographically) in Kingston. DB
  • Score: 0

2:01pm Wed 6 Aug 14

&anotherthing says...

Not only are there a range of parks across Kingston, but there is a huge 'country park' off of Cox Lane opposite a large park which has a shared boundary with Ewell and potentially Leatherhead too. 100s of footballers play during football season at the playing fields. Perhaps someone could take the new administration on a tour of the Green Spaces as part of their orientation. It's only August another few years for them to get green spaces awareness training...... Investing in the Green Spaces already in the borough might just be the answer. Richmond conservation groups are already involved so perhaps Cllr Davis might agree to look a little further than the Richmond boundary.
Well said S Leader...'not just Kingston Town Centre' indeed.
Not only are there a range of parks across Kingston, but there is a huge 'country park' off of Cox Lane opposite a large park which has a shared boundary with Ewell and potentially Leatherhead too. 100s of footballers play during football season at the playing fields. Perhaps someone could take the new administration on a tour of the Green Spaces as part of their orientation. It's only August another few years for them to get green spaces awareness training...... Investing in the Green Spaces already in the borough might just be the answer. Richmond conservation groups are already involved so perhaps Cllr Davis might agree to look a little further than the Richmond boundary. Well said S Leader...'not just Kingston Town Centre' indeed. &anotherthing
  • Score: 16

3:44pm Wed 6 Aug 14

helen59 says...

S Leader wrote:
Why not restore Canbury Gardens and Queens Promanade to the wonderful parks they used to be also You can access Richmond park from kingston.
Maybe we should look after what we have before flittering more of our money,If the Leader is unaware of all the open spaces throughout the whole borough I suggest he asks , yes we all pay council tax to R.B.K does he relise how large this borough is ????(IT IS NOT JUST KINGSTON TOWN CENTRE)
I quite agree but unfortunately Canbury Park Gardens beauty has been destroyed by the high rise flats that are/have been built.
[quote][p][bold]S Leader[/bold] wrote: Why not restore Canbury Gardens and Queens Promanade to the wonderful parks they used to be also You can access Richmond park from kingston. Maybe we should look after what we have before flittering more of our money,If the Leader is unaware of all the open spaces throughout the whole borough I suggest he asks , yes we all pay council tax to R.B.K does he relise how large this borough is ????(IT IS NOT JUST KINGSTON TOWN CENTRE)[/p][/quote]I quite agree but unfortunately Canbury Park Gardens beauty has been destroyed by the high rise flats that are/have been built. helen59
  • Score: 1

4:40pm Wed 6 Aug 14

SteveC1964 says...

"Kingston Council leader Kevin Davis has announced plans for a new country park". Really? Where did he announce these plans? Was this a public event or was it in a press release or statement to the media? The quotes seem pretty incongruous:

"Why can’t Kingston have open places like Richmond do? I don’t see why we can’t. We have just got to look for it."
"Kingston Council leader Kevin Davis has announced plans for a new country park". Really? Where did he announce these plans? Was this a public event or was it in a press release or statement to the media? The quotes seem pretty incongruous: "Why can’t Kingston have open places like Richmond do? I don’t see why we can’t. We have just got to look for it." SteveC1964
  • Score: 19

5:09pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Chessington Resident says...

Chessington, the forgotten end of the borough. We have a country park alongside Jubilee Way and on behind the Chantry estate. Only used by dog walkers at present. Maybe our new leader might like to come over the other side of the A3 and discover some more of his borough????
Chessington, the forgotten end of the borough. We have a country park alongside Jubilee Way and on behind the Chantry estate. Only used by dog walkers at present. Maybe our new leader might like to come over the other side of the A3 and discover some more of his borough???? Chessington Resident
  • Score: 15

5:14pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Chessington Resident says...

DB wrote:
As others have mentioned, I think Kingston is blessed with many green spaces, and has the advantage that all of the big ones are just over the border into other boroughs (Richmond Park, Bushy Park, Home Park, Wimbledon Common etc.

Coun. Davis should not forget that this is as much of a benefit to the council as it is the residents of the borough. Kingston is a very small borough geographically, and is largely built on. Because of this the Council Tax and Business Rates revenue is extremely high in relation to the amount of open space that has to be maintained. I certainly can’t think of any other outer London borough that is in this position, and we still have the highest council tax!

This also flies in the face of all of the planning that Kingston Council has done over the past few years, with development after development encroaching on Canbury Gardens. I definitely support the idea of no more of these developments, but why the sudden change of mind?

I am totally in favour of any open green space, the more the better, but I just don’t think it is possible (economically or geographically) in Kingston.
okay, so come out of Kingston to this end of the borough and see our wasted, redundant, unused and unloved asset along Jubilee Way. Its in Chessington by the way!
[quote][p][bold]DB[/bold] wrote: As others have mentioned, I think Kingston is blessed with many green spaces, and has the advantage that all of the big ones are just over the border into other boroughs (Richmond Park, Bushy Park, Home Park, Wimbledon Common etc. Coun. Davis should not forget that this is as much of a benefit to the council as it is the residents of the borough. Kingston is a very small borough geographically, and is largely built on. Because of this the Council Tax and Business Rates revenue is extremely high in relation to the amount of open space that has to be maintained. I certainly can’t think of any other outer London borough that is in this position, and we still have the highest council tax! This also flies in the face of all of the planning that Kingston Council has done over the past few years, with development after development encroaching on Canbury Gardens. I definitely support the idea of no more of these developments, but why the sudden change of mind? I am totally in favour of any open green space, the more the better, but I just don’t think it is possible (economically or geographically) in Kingston.[/p][/quote]okay, so come out of Kingston to this end of the borough and see our wasted, redundant, unused and unloved asset along Jubilee Way. Its in Chessington by the way! Chessington Resident
  • Score: 7

7:31pm Wed 20 Aug 14

madold says...

There is a real opportunity to improve the green chain along the Hogsmill, connecting the various bits of metropolitan open land into a coherent and enjoyable open space. It's a forgotten treasure that isn't visible from the roads that bisect the borough.
There is a real opportunity to improve the green chain along the Hogsmill, connecting the various bits of metropolitan open land into a coherent and enjoyable open space. It's a forgotten treasure that isn't visible from the roads that bisect the borough. madold
  • Score: 0

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