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Matthew’s
Manifesto
Kingston upon Thames Society
Wednesday 18 February 15
This is what I am going to talk
about
Something about me
The sorts of buildings and places
that I like
Things I like an...
Let’s talk about me!
But only for a little while
I moved to Kingston in ‘87
I work as an IT/Management
Consultant
I have worked
for Dorset
County Council,
Logica, as a
freelance, IBM,
Charteris,
Lo...
MC is about people, process
and technology
I was a governor at The
Mount for over ten years
The school improved a lot in that
time, mainly because we
appointed the ...
Some of the things
that I like
Do you know where they are?
Grand public spaces
Small public spaces
Attractive pedestrian routes
Narrow lanes to explore
Trains, trams and buses
Modern buildings
Quirky buildings
Funky bridges
Street art
Some personal
thoughts on Kingston
The good, the bad and the
indifferent
Out of Order is brilliant
Kingston Station is a
problem in several ways
Surbiton Station is a gem
Canbury Gardens could be
so much better
How did this happen?
The Ancient Market gives
the town a centre
The riverside is a good
place to walk
Tolworth Tower is an icon
What all this means for
the Society
What we do and how we do it
This is what I think the
Society is here to do
Protect the things we like about
Kingston
Celebrate them so that they can...
These are the things that
we do now
Protect
 Monitor planning applications
Celebrate
 Run the Heritage Open Days
 Ope...
These are some things I
would like to see us try
 Protect
 Get more buildings listed, e.g. ACVs
 Campaign more on the s...
To do more, we would need
more people to be involved
Members to think of projects and
contribute to them
Public and loca...
I want to improve the
dialogue with our members
 More meetings
and more types of
meetings
 More emails
 More online too...
I want more people to know
about us
 Our website has
been restructured
and has more
content, e.g. our
comments on
plannin...
I want us to engage more
with councillors and officers
 Cllr. David
Cunningham is
RBK’s appointed
link to the
Society, we...
I want us to use the
expertise of organisations
 English Heritage are
the custodians of
Coombe Conduit and of
the Heritag...
I want us to work better
with the local newspapers
 The local
newspapers are
very good at
covering local
stories
 We are...
I want us to think about our
organisation too
Does the structure and
membership of the committee
match what we are trying...
I want us to improve our
internal processes
Continue to refine the process for
reviewing the weekly list
Monitor RBK mee...
Matthew’s Manifesto means
Building our own capacity and
using that of other groups so that
we can do more things
Improvi...
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Matthew Rees' first talk as chairman of the Kingston upon Thames Society explained what he hoped to achieve in that role

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Matthew’s manifesto for the Kingston upon Thames Society

  1. 1. Matthew’s Manifesto Kingston upon Thames Society Wednesday 18 February 15
  2. 2. This is what I am going to talk about Something about me The sorts of buildings and places that I like Things I like and dislike about Kingston What all this means for the Society
  3. 3. Let’s talk about me! But only for a little while
  4. 4. I moved to Kingston in ‘87
  5. 5. I work as an IT/Management Consultant I have worked for Dorset County Council, Logica, as a freelance, IBM, Charteris, London Borough of Lambeth, Logica (again) and am now at CGI
  6. 6. MC is about people, process and technology
  7. 7. I was a governor at The Mount for over ten years The school improved a lot in that time, mainly because we appointed the right Head I was Chair of Governors for several years Relationships with councillors were generally good and with officers generally bad
  8. 8. Some of the things that I like Do you know where they are?
  9. 9. Grand public spaces
  10. 10. Small public spaces
  11. 11. Attractive pedestrian routes
  12. 12. Narrow lanes to explore
  13. 13. Trains, trams and buses
  14. 14. Modern buildings
  15. 15. Quirky buildings
  16. 16. Funky bridges
  17. 17. Street art
  18. 18. Some personal thoughts on Kingston The good, the bad and the indifferent
  19. 19. Out of Order is brilliant
  20. 20. Kingston Station is a problem in several ways
  21. 21. Surbiton Station is a gem
  22. 22. Canbury Gardens could be so much better
  23. 23. How did this happen?
  24. 24. The Ancient Market gives the town a centre
  25. 25. The riverside is a good place to walk
  26. 26. Tolworth Tower is an icon
  27. 27. What all this means for the Society What we do and how we do it
  28. 28. This is what I think the Society is here to do Protect the things we like about Kingston Celebrate them so that they can be appreciated by more people, which in turn helps their protection Enhance Kingston to make it a better place to live
  29. 29. These are the things that we do now Protect  Monitor planning applications Celebrate  Run the Heritage Open Days  Open Coombe Conduit  Give Townscape Awards Enhance  Support good development schemes and suggest changes to poor ones
  30. 30. These are some things I would like to see us try  Protect  Get more buildings listed, e.g. ACVs  Campaign more on the schemes we feel strongly about (good or bad)  Improve the planning application process  Celebrate  More visits to good buildings like the Quaker Centre  Design walking tours of the main sites  Join Open House  Build a photo library of our best buildings and places  Enhance  Support specific projects, e.g. Canbury Gardens Bandstand
  31. 31. To do more, we would need more people to be involved Members to think of projects and contribute to them Public and local organisations to work with us on campaigns Councillors and officers to make the right decisions for the Borough National organisations for guidance Media to spread our message
  32. 32. I want to improve the dialogue with our members  More meetings and more types of meetings  More emails  More online tools like Facebook and Twitter  More chance for you to hear from us and for us to hear from you
  33. 33. I want more people to know about us  Our website has been restructured and has more content, e.g. our comments on planning applications  We will send more letters to newspapers and write more press releases
  34. 34. I want us to engage more with councillors and officers  Cllr. David Cunningham is RBK’s appointed link to the Society, we need to use that  We have two meetings with officers scheduled  We are arranging a meeting with the Leader of the Council re TOPO
  35. 35. I want us to use the expertise of organisations  English Heritage are the custodians of Coombe Conduit and of the Heritage Open Days  Civic Voice are the national charity for the civic movement in England  London Forum is a charity established to protect and improve the quality of life of people in London
  36. 36. I want us to work better with the local newspapers  The local newspapers are very good at covering local stories  We are not so good at giving them decent stories to tell  We need to understand them better to improve our coverage
  37. 37. I want us to think about our organisation too Does the structure and membership of the committee match what we are trying to do as a Society? Can we delegate some things, e.g. visits, to members who are not on the committee?
  38. 38. I want us to improve our internal processes Continue to refine the process for reviewing the weekly list Monitor RBK meetings so we can intervene on items that concern us Define, and publish, what the Society thinks is good and bad Plan events like Townscape Awards to allow more time for member involvement
  39. 39. Matthew’s Manifesto means Building our own capacity and using that of other groups so that we can do more things Improving our ways of working so that we can do things better Above all, it means communication, dialogue and co- operation

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