Nightclubs may be closed while we are under Coronavirus Covid-19 lockdown, but perhaps (and hopefully) later on in the year , their doors will reopen again. (Please everyone, before then, be sensible and do keep safe!).
Same goes for Kensington Town Hall and our council. But later this year, things will likely get moving again. Questions of which directions things will move in and how we will benefit (or not) will be back on the agenda for many residents.
One recurrent problem is the very poor show of resident engagement from RBKC which as many of us all too well know, as gone on for far too long.
Some may have wondered which residents get acknowledged by our council and which ones do not.
Here is a list which smug, ignorant and complacent RBKC assumes is a “Full list of Residents’ Associations” :
THINK could be here all day counting the residents’ associations, compacts and groups that are NOT on this list, but let’s just mention one well known North Kensington RA, and one that is around the corner from Grenfell – yes, Bramley House RA, chaired by the formidable Samia Badani, has been omitted from the list too. Surprising? Perhaps not, as RBKC has a long tradition of ignoring North Kensington residents.
The list, which includes RAs, and groups – and these comprise of private owners, leaseholders and tenants – also omits the vast majority of RAs, groups and compacts of residents in housing association owned homes and estates.
No wonder RBKC’s “Residents Conference” back in July was attended by only 15 people …….
THINK recommend local RBKC residents of all tenures and types, to check if their RA is listed on RBKC’s not very full list. You can search for yours here.
And if your association, group or compact is not being recognised, get it registered here
Not the right time for this? Actually provided you are feeling well and up to emailing, it’s the perfect time for this, because many of the council staff responsible will now be working online from home without the music playing on the Hornton Street decks to distract them.
Residents are not getting the recognition and respect they deserve from RBKC. Enough of this “club” that either keeps serving us up watered down cocktails of nonsense or leaves us standing out in the cold.
Of course, this does not guarantee that your voices will be heard in the crowd as we know that a few RAs on the list get treated like VIPs while quite a lot of the RAs on the list still get ignored and left out of consultations by RBKC regardless ; but it is an start, and we think it’s time for more residents to get together to get the DJ to change the record.
Most of the RBKC “Resident Emgagement” or “Community Engagement ” officers do not live here, and when they are usually at work, do not venture out of their offices very often, so quite a lot of them do not know a great deal – either about this borough or its residents; which explains quite a lot. We think it’s time they got to know us better.
Oh, and just in case the RBKC needle gets stuck on the same old repetitive scratchy record and our council still fails to acknowledge you and/or recognise your organisation after lockdown when there cannot be any possible excuse, feel free to get in touch with THINK and report it to us here and we will make some noise!
Not all RBKC residents are in an RA, group or compact (this includes some THINKers), or even have the possibility of setting one up – and the vast majority of people who fall into this category are not recognised at all . This situation also has to change, and we will be coming back to this on our blog sometime soon; the beat goes on…..