Kingston residents encouraged to join Citizens’ Panel

Kingston residents will get the chance to give their opinions on the future of their town centre by joining a newly created Citizens’ Panel.

The Citizens’ Panel came about following the Mayor of London and central government making it a statutory requirement that 964 homes be available in the borough each year.

Kingston councillor Rebekah Moll said: “Kingston council has ambitious housing targets of 964 homes each year, set for us by the Mayor of London and central government.

“We want to work with local people to guide the future of the town centre.”

Therefore, to ensure residents in Kingston have a say in the meeting of this target, the council has asked that local people apply to the panel where they will co-produce a plan for Kingston’s town centre area and set the standard for future developments.

Last summer, the council received feedback from residents as part of its Local Plan engagement. Residents voiced concerns about house prices and requested that any new builds be of a high quality while respecting the character and heritage of the area.

“Being part of the Citizens’ Panel is a fantastic opportunity to have your say about what Kingston looks like in the future,” Moll said.

“We all want to look after the town’s unique history and heritage so we hope lots of people, from across the borough, will be interested in joining the Citizens’ Panel and taking part in this valuable process.”

Panellists will be chosen so that the group demographically represents the borough. No special knowledge or experience is needed, just an interest and willingness to engage in the process.

For those selected to join the panel, there will be three half-day workshops taking place on March 12, June 11, and October 15. Refreshments will be provided, transport costs covered and £150 in vouchers will be given as a thank you.

The deadline for signing up to the panel is February 21 2022.

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