Welcome to Kingston: Let's Talk

Here you will find out Kingston Council's latest consultations and engagement opportunities. Have your say on local issues that matter to you and help shape decision-making in Kingston upon Thames.

We will also keep this website updated with the results and outcomes of your feedback.

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Featured engagement opportunities and consultations

Help improve council services

Help improve council services

We are always looking for ways to improve our services. We would like to know what matters most to you when you are trying to contact the council or use our services. We want to create better services that are easy to use and provide clear information for our residents, businesses, partners and visitors. Your feedback is essential in shaping our services to better meet everyone's needs. The main part of this feedback form is a 'top tasks' question, in which we are trying to find out...

Kingston PlayZone

Kingston PlayZone

We are planning to develop a new PlayZone facility in the borough. PlayZones are safe, inclusive and accessible outdoor facilities that bring communities together through recreational forms of football and a range of other sports. The PlayZone Programme is part of the Football Foundation’s exciting new investment programme aimed at tackling inequalities in physical activity and access to facilities by funding community-led spaces. Using investment from the Premier League,...

Autism and ADHD Strategy

Autism and ADHD Strategy

Kingston Council is working together with local organisations and residents to write a new all age Autism and ADHD strategy. A strategy is a document that shows what we want to do and how we are going to do it. We want to find out what is important to Autistic people and/ or people who have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Have Your Say Please tell us what you think about the draft priorities for the strategy. These are the most important areas that the work will...

Open engagement opportunities and consultations

Kingston PlayZone

Kingston PlayZone

We are planning to develop a new PlayZone facility in the borough. PlayZones are safe, inclusive and accessible outdoor facilities that bring communities together through recreational forms of football and a range of other sports. The PlayZone Programme is part of the Football Foundation’s exciting new investment programme aimed at tackling inequalities in physical activity and access to facilities by funding community-led spaces. Using investment from the Premier League,...

Help improve council services

Help improve council services

We are always looking for ways to improve our services. We would like to know what matters most to you when you are trying to contact the council or use our services. We want to create better services that are easy to use and provide clear information for our residents, businesses, partners and visitors. Your feedback is essential in shaping our services to better meet everyone's needs. The main part of this feedback form is a 'top tasks' question, in which we are trying to find out...

Autism and ADHD Strategy

Autism and ADHD Strategy

Kingston Council is working together with local organisations and residents to write a new all age Autism and ADHD strategy. A strategy is a document that shows what we want to do and how we are going to do it. We want to find out what is important to Autistic people and/ or people who have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Have Your Say Please tell us what you think about the draft priorities for the strategy. These are the most important areas that the work will...

Park Road proposed traffic calming

Park Road proposed traffic calming

Our vision is to create a cleaner, greener Kingston and our streets play a major role in this. We want everyone to feel our streets are spaces where they can breathe clean air, walk safely and feel connected to the local community. The average speed recorded on Park Road during a month-long speed survey in March this year (2024) was 22.95mph. However residents are concerned about vehicles speeding on the road. We are therefore proposing to install five additional speed...

The Big Conversation

The Big Conversation

As part of Communities month Kingston Council are holding Big Conversations all around Kingston Borough . The idea is to make places and services the best possible in order to live, work and grow. The Big Conversation is about: Getting out into the heart of our communities Having face to face conversations with people who have experience of their areas and understanding what they need and what they value. Gathering information and sharing it with the...

North Kingston Healthy Streets

North Kingston Healthy Streets

Our vision is to create a cleaner, greener Kingston and our streets play a major role in this plan. We want everyone to feel our streets are spaces where they can breathe clean air, walk safely and feel connected to the local community. For several years, residents living on King’s Road, particularly the part between Park Road and Queens Road, have expressed concern about the traffic conditions in the area. We have previously engaged with communities to find a solution and considered...

Our Streets

Our Streets play a major role in our vision for a Greener Kingston. We want everyone to feel our streets are spaces where they can breathe clean air, walk safely and feel connected to the local community. 

We really want your views and suggestions for our programmes to improve Kingston’s neighbourhoods for everyone.

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Closed activities

  • Acre Road Revised Proposals

    Kingston Council has been working with community stakeholders, internal colleagues and a design team to bring forward proposals to redevelop the former care home on Acre Road, Murray House, to provide genuinely affordable housing, at council rent levels, for Kingston’s older residents and those...

    Closed 26 May 2024

  • Revitalising Kingston’s Ancient Market Place

    The Ancient Market Place is the historic heart of Kingston town centre, and is highly valued by local communities. It hosts one of London’s oldest street markets, with the first recorded in 1242. We heard how important the Market Place is during the community engagement to create a Vision...

    Closed 19 May 2024

  • Making Kingston healthier and more active

    We want to create a thriving and active community to enable everyone to lead healthier lives. We want to transform our borough into a place where residents of all ages and abilities have the opportunity to embrace a healthy and active lifestyle. To make this happen we have recently created the...

    Closed 24 April 2024

We asked, you said, we did

Below are outcomes for some of the issues we've recently asked about.

We asked

What do you think of the plans for a shared use pedestrian and cycle path in Canbury Gardens?

You said

Over 130 people responded to the survey. Those in favour of the trial commented: 

  • Existing cycle route is in a poor condition 

  • Conflict already exists between pedestrians and cyclists accessing the riverside

  • Lack of clarity and signage 

  • Support for rewilding and improving the path beside the river and pedestrianising this

Some respondents expressed concern about the trial. The comments raised included:  

  • Concern about potential increase in conflict between pedestrians and cyclists and particular concern about the impact of the trail shared use path on blind and partially sighted people, wheelchair users, children, dogs, elderly and less mobile people. 

  • Prefer to have segregated paths for pedestrians and cyclists.

  • Prefer cycling to be banned from Canbury Gardens altogether and for cyclists to use Lower Ham Road. 

  • Concern about the speed of cyclists using the trial shared path.

We did

As part of the engagement and in response to the feedback received we've taken a number of steps to address many of the issues raised:

  • Held a site meeting with representatives of local groups for people with visual impairments to discuss the proposal and what could be done to address their concerns. We will hold regular meetings together during the trial in order to capture any additional works that may be needed. 

  • Added more tactile  paving to the plan at entrance points and meeting points with other internal pathways.

  • Updated the plan to include additional signage to support the trial scheme, that will encourage cyclists to slow down as they enter the shared use area.

  • Updated the plan to include encouraging those who wish to cycle via a faster route to be encouraged to use Lower Ham Road as an alternative.

This updated plan was taken to Kingston and North Kingston Neighbourhood Committee on 28 November 2023 and approved for a 1 year trial. Weather permitting work will being on site to install the trial shared pathway from 22 January 2024.  We will open a new survey to collect your feedback from using the shared pathway once it is in place. 

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