State of the Borough Debate 2020

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This year, Kingston Council’s annual State of the Borough debate was held on Wednesday 29 January 2020 from 6.30-9pm at Chessington School.

As chosen by residents, the theme for discussion was ‘Growing Kingston Together’ focusing on topics including regeneration, culture, tourism, skills, employment, housing and development.

Watch or listen to the recording of the event below.


The panel:

  • Siân Jones, Confidence in the Spotlight (Chair)
  • Councillor Liz Green, Kingston Council
  • Kirsten Henly, Kingston First (Kingston's Business Improvement District)
  • Claudia Penaranda, Transport for London
  • Prof. Steven Spier, Vice-Chancellor, Kingston University
  • Muhammad Muneer, Kingston University Student Union Vice President
  • Hammad Malik, Kingston and Richmond Youth Parliament
  • Forbes Low, Kingston Chamber of Commerce
  • Andy Robinson, Idverde

Although the event has now taken place, we'd like to keep the conversation going. If you have any thoughts, ideas or comments you'd like to share on some of the topics discussed, please feel free to add them below. We will review these and feed them into decision making.

This year, Kingston Council’s annual State of the Borough debate was held on Wednesday 29 January 2020 from 6.30-9pm at Chessington School.

As chosen by residents, the theme for discussion was ‘Growing Kingston Together’ focusing on topics including regeneration, culture, tourism, skills, employment, housing and development.

Watch or listen to the recording of the event below.


The panel:

  • Siân Jones, Confidence in the Spotlight (Chair)
  • Councillor Liz Green, Kingston Council
  • Kirsten Henly, Kingston First (Kingston's Business Improvement District)
  • Claudia Penaranda, Transport for London
  • Prof. Steven Spier, Vice-Chancellor, Kingston University
  • Muhammad Muneer, Kingston University Student Union Vice President
  • Hammad Malik, Kingston and Richmond Youth Parliament
  • Forbes Low, Kingston Chamber of Commerce
  • Andy Robinson, Idverde

Although the event has now taken place, we'd like to keep the conversation going. If you have any thoughts, ideas or comments you'd like to share on some of the topics discussed, please feel free to add them below. We will review these and feed them into decision making.