Welcome to the Kingston upon Thames Society

Our mission

The Kingston upon Thames Society exists to promote high standards of planning, conservation and design in the Royal Borough. This includes the towns of Kingston upon Thames, Coombe, the Maldens, Surbiton, Tolworth and Chessington.

Find out more about the Society on the About Us page.

Monthly public meetings

The Society's wants to increase and improve the debate on what the Royal Borough of Kingston is and what it could be. One way we do this is through our regular public meetings.

Our next public meeting is on Wednesday 18 May. This will be a talk on Buildings Lost in Kingston.

Full details of our public meetings are on the Coming Events page.

Celebrate some of the good things in the Borough

We organise Kingston's Heritage Open Days. The Kingston Heritage Open Days 2016 will be on Thursday 8 to Sunday 11 September.

We recognise good local architecture and design through our Townscape Awards. These were last awared in November 2015.

We act as guardian of one of Kingston's most important ancient monuments, Coombe Conduit on Coombe Lane West. This will next be open to the public on 8 May and 12 June.

Review new planning proposals

One of the main activities of the Society is to review and comment on planning consultations and applications.

Each week Kingston Council publishes a list of new Planning Applications, we sift through this list and comment on the ones that we think are most important.

You can see what we said in recent weeks on the Minor Schemes page.

We get more involved with the larger schemes, such as Tesco Tolworth and The Old Post Office site. Details of our responses to these schemes are on the Major Schemes page. This page was last updated on 18 January with our comments on the Lidl site in Chessington.

Visits and socials

The Society organises occassional visits to demonstrate the good and the bad of architecture and design. Our last visit was in September 2015 and started at Tate Britain.

Details of our visits are on the Coming Events page.

Join the Society to get involved

If you share our interest in protecting, celebrating and enhancing our Royal Borough then you can join the Society to get more involved and to have more of a say on what the Society does.

Details are on the How to Join page.

Join the debate on Facebook

Not everybody can, or wants to, attend meetings so we have other ways in which people can get involved. If you are on Facebook then you can join our group to take part in the discussions and to read/share the latest news. You do not need to be a paid-up member of the Society to join us on Facebook.