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Tolworth Tower up for sale

A bargain at just 60 million quid.

Triangle light up

The public gardens at Alexander Drive have make-over.

New plants, automatic lights and further refurbishments are planned to make Berrylands more welcoming to visitors.

Read more in the Kingston Guardian...

A3 bus gate becomes controversy

Experimental Tolworth Rise exit causes safety worries.

73-year-old Scout Master rejuvenates Berrylands unit

Reg Gage organises Scouts' spring recruitment drive.

After over 40 years of leadership, Reg has proven himself to be the best man to promote the new Phoenix Explorer Scout Unit in Sterling Walk.

The doubtful future of the unit was allayed when he stepped in to lead the group saying, "I didn't want the boys to be lost from scouting because we could've packed up altogether and that would've been a real shame."

Read more in the Kingston Guardian...

Berrylands cars vandalised with paint stripper

An estimated £100,000 of damage done in Alexander Drive, Westfield Road, Linford Avenue and Dawson Road.

Police are asking for any information regarding the crime which occured over several days last week. Victims include local Conservative councillor Kevin Davis who's car will cost over £2,000 to repair.

Chemist ram-raider does a runner

Sutton man arrested for robbing the Tolworth branch of Boots has failed to appear at his hearing.

Dean Robert Peerless, 36, of Gander Green Lane, Sutton was arrested four days after the raid but do not attend his December hearing at Kingston Crown Court.

'Irregular' Ordinations at Berrylands' Christ Church

Local clergy fly in a South African bishop to ordain gay deacons.

Earlier this month an ordination was conducted in defiance of the Diocese of Southwark's bishop Rt Rev Dr Tom Butler.

On November 2nd, Revd Richard Coekin unofficially ordained his staff in defiance of the local Bishop's wishes, resulting in the revoking of his license. The ordinations are thought to be backed by an evangelical network called Reform, that are know to protest against bishops stance on gay and lesbian people.

Tesco propose landmark development

The Bridge

Project to build massive shopping and residential complex in Tolworth

Plans to redevelop the old Toby Jug and brownfield site South of the A3 in Tolworth have been shown by Tesco.
The proposed development called 'The Bridge' includes the following:

  • 'Landmark' pedestrian bridge crossing A3
  • Over 800 flats
  • Tesco superstore and other shops with parking
  • Public transport interchange by railway station
  • 'Community facilities'

A formal planning application is expected to be submitted before year-end.

Berrylands smells

Thames Water receives complaints that it's sewage works stinks.

Locals are complaining that the Hogsmill treatment works across from Berrlyands Station is giving off unpleasant smells. Berrlyands councilor Kevin Davis is calling for a notice to be served on the local water authority to ensure that they remedy the problem which is apparently centred around a faulty gas burn-off chimney. Thames Water are said to be looking into it.

Read more in The Kingston Guardian...

Phone mast victory for Chiltern Drive

After months of resident protests, Hutchinson 3G have decided not to go ahead their plans to erect a mobile phone mast in Berrylands.

However, Raeburn Avenue residents were not so lucky, as it appears the proposed mast now has the go-ahead and will soon be erected.

The Hutchinson 3G statement follows:

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