The local government landscape is shifting and all councils, including The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, face unprecedented levels of change.
Kingston is developing a strong strategic narrative with its communities; our story of the future. We are thinking radically about how we use our resources, to focus on savings and to fundamentally explore how we use what we have more effectively. We need to become more commercial in our approach and generate more income locally whilst at the same time meeting the needs of our citizens and communities.
To be successful our organisation needs to change, so we are changing our structure to provide strong strategic leadership and delivery capability, developing our systems and processes to become more agile to enable us to do more with less. This means organising ourselves differently, growing our own and recruiting the best available talent and creating a constructive and supportive culture. In short, we need to become an organisation fit for the challenges of today’s public services.
We have a great team to work with. Our employees have already told us that they want to be "open, innovative and smart” in the way they work and there are already some great examples of these values in action.
- Kingston Town Centre has been designated an ‘emerging opportunity area’ by the Mayor of London.
- Kingston is set to benefit from ten Crossrail 2 stations if TfL’s planned investment goes ahead, the highest number in London.
- Kingston has received £30m ‘Mini-Holland’ funding from the Mayor of London and TfL to deliver improvements to cycling facilities and road safety, while at the same time enhancing Kingston’s public spaces.
- More than 170,000 people currently call The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames their home. This is set to increase by 30 per cent by 2036.
- Kingston Council continues to retain ownership of its housing stock, which comprises 6,500 dwellings.
- The council has ambitious plans to regenerate Kingston’s Cambridge Road Estate, supported by the Mayor of London who has designated the site a ‘Housing Zone’ providing £45m of funding to enable its development.
- Lidl UK has received planning consent to build its UK headquarters in Tolworth.
- Kingston’s children services are delivered by Achieving for Children, an award-winning social enterprise company jointly set up and owned with the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. The company has expanded to provide services for the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.
- Kingston shares its environment, IT, finance and HR services with the London Borough of Sutton.
- Kingston, Merton and Sutton councils have teamed up to secure £1m in government funding to help households avoid crisis and prevent people from becoming homeless, (Homelessness Prevention Trailblazers funding).
For a statistical overview of the borough please visit the Kingston Data website.