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EVENT: BIG charity comedy show at the Rose in aid of Momentum

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The BIG charity comedy show at the Rose Theatre on Tuesday 18th October is a chance to have a fun-filled evening whilst raising much-needed funds for local children’s cancer charity Momentum.

Momentum, based in Kingston-upon-Thames, supports families of children with cancer and life-limiting conditions across SW London and Surrey, including families in Kingston and surrounding areas.

Momentum events fundraiser Kate Brookes said: “The comedy show will be a huge amount of fun. We have so many well-known comedians taking part, and it’s all in a good cause. The evening’s proceeds will go towards Momentum to help the charity continue to support sick children and their families locally.”

The charity, which was founded in 2004, offers practical and emotional support through its Family Support Programme; providing holidays to its two New Forest Holiday Homes, respite breaks on its new canal boat, and other additional trips and treats to help during the stress of treatment. In addition to this Momentum also works with local hospitals refurbishing children’s wards to Enhance the Healing Environment, including Kingston Hospital where it has carried out extensive refurbishments to the Paediatric Unit.

Momentum receives no government funding so relies entirely on the support of the public and funds raised through its charity work. It is a registered, independent charity established in 2004 (Registered charity no 1106677). www.moment-um.org

For tickets go to http://www.rosetheatrekingston.org/ or call the Box Office on 020 8174 0090.

James Giles is the Editor of the Kingston Enquirer, covering local news and events in Kingston, New Malden, Surbiton, Tolworth and Chessington.

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Lib Dems in CHAOS after 2000 sign petition on parking charges… but refuse to back down

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Kingston Lib Dems are in chaos after refusing to back down on controversial changes to parking permits in the borough, instead announcing an amended scheme which has been blasted by residents as ‘hap-dash and ill-thought-out’.

The proposals would have resulted in a 350% hike in the cost of a parking permit for some residents in the borough, whilst newly purchased Teslas would get to park for free.

Instead, amended proposals announced today mean that cars will, this year, face a cost of up to £245, up from the current £90, but down from the proposed £465.

In a press release explaining the rationale for the latest amendment, Councillor Hilary Gander said: “I believe that differential parking is one measure that will go towards achieving [cleaner air in Kingston].

“It seems, however, we may have moved too fast and not fully explained our approach.”

The ruling Lib Dem administration has, refused to rule out increasing the charges again next year, and have not announced how they are plugging the £525,000 gap this will leave in their budget for this financial year.

New Malden resident Angie, who lives in Queens Road, said: “It’s clear to me from what the Lib Dems have written that they fully intend to increase permit costs again next year – it’s not a case of ‘moving too fast’, it’s a case of these charges being discriminatory and unfair.

“How on earth can the Council practically halve these figures on a whim. It just proves that this is not really about tackling the issue of air quality, it’s about making a quick buck.”

Campaigners who set up a group to attempt to halt these proposals say that this latest amendment will not reduce local opposition to the plans, and are urging residents affected to attend Full Council at the Guildhall next Wednesday, starting at 7:30pm, where they have forced the Council to debate the issue by raising a community motion.

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