No confidence in Dizzy Lizzy

Someone should tell Elizabeth “Dizzy Lizzy” Campbell that standing in front of a sign that reads “No Guts No Glory” does not ¬†immediately grant you with either or both.

But then again as she is quite simply one of the most idiotic politicians we have ever come across (and we’ve met quite a few!) we are simply embarrassed that this complete numbskull is in charge of our council, particularly after Grenfell and the preventable and needless loss of lives of¬†at least 72 members of our community.

Maybe others see the appeal of this idiot batting  her eyelashes  and rolling her eyes  by way of a response  to serious points put by numerous others  to her and  always failing to answer Рlet alone begin to understand Рthe serious questions put to her Рwe do not.

THINK believe that it is especially bad when her cabinet colleagues are having to prompt her regularly with what to say (for example her ¬†addressing full council meetings and regularly confusing social and “affordable” housing and Kim “Tailored-Sloth” Taylor-Smith having to tell her what to say – at least he appears to have half a brain!) ¬† and she ¬†requires “minders” to guard her from the public – does she actually need reminding of what her duties are ¬†as an official public servant are constantly?

Dizzy Lizzy’s council ward -Royal ¬†Hospital Ward in Chelsea, houses around 300 Chelsea pensioners out of a population in this ward of nearly 9,600 We remind her that also over 300 of her constituents are also TMO tenants and leaseholders and that social housing should also be considered of importance to her .

Recently we heard of ¬†insensitive and callous comments made by one ¬†Jenny Mills, who is ¬†chair of Walton Street Residents Association (not a Chelsea pensioner! and ¬†is in fact a resident of Brompton and Hans Town Ward, whose most well known councillor is the disgraced and soon to be leaving former leader Nick “Piglet Pie” Paget-Brown) ¬† ¬†who attended an RBKC ¬†Governance Scrutiny meeting and proclaimed in front of Grenfell survivors and bereaved, that she was tired of hearing about Grenfell and that residents should just get over this like they had done so with the blitz.


When people challenged this particular bird brained ¬†and highly unpleasant individual and asked if she cared, she replied “no!”Well at least some of us have a good idea of who some of the extremely flawed individuals who pick those who are supposed to be in charge of us ¬†are then.

We could not find a picture of Jenny Mills, ¬† so ¬†we do not know if she is over 100 years old and does have a good recollection of surviving WWII and the blitz, but we believe she is connected with this publication ¬†below ¬† which regularly causes an environmental hazard on our doorsteps……….

Grenfell Action Group post: LYING DOWN WITH DOGS ‚Äď RBKC AND PINNACLE HOUSING


Here is a post by our friends and fellow bloggers the Grenfell Action Group (many thanks to them for allowing us to repost on THINK).

https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/

Recent revelations about the shenanigans at the allegedly reformed RBKC have been less than reassuring for residents of the Rotten Borough’s social housing estates. Some weeks ago it was revealed that RBKC would be transferring most of the employees of the now defunct KCTMO to Hornton Street to manage the borough’s housing stock in-house. These are of course the same staff who were responsible for the mismanagement of the social housing stock during the years leading up to and including the tragedy at Grenfell Tower.

It is now clear that RBKC, despite their grand aspirations for the regeneration of the entire Notting Barns area, have proved incapable of handling even the emergency rehousing of the survivors of Grenfell and the associated evacuees. To make matters worse, when the TMO declared itself incapable of fullfilling its obligations to the RBKC residents it was responsible for, the only short term solution RBKC could come up with was to to transfer the same TMO staff team which had performed so poorly into direct RBKC control.

Do they really expect the residents of North Kensington to be OK with this?

Recently It has emerged that RBKC are planning to contract out to Pinnacle Housing the management of the housing stock newly acquired for the many remaining Grenfell survivors and evacuees, most of whom have been stuck in hotels for the last nine months. According to information provided by RBKC this contract is for an initial period of six months, extendable on a quarterly basis subject to performance and review. More recently still it has emerged that Pinnacle have already assumed responsibility for emergency weekend cover of all former TMO properties.

https://www.rbkc.gov.uk/howwegovern/keydecisions/decision.aspx?DecisionID=5234

It’s important to note that Pinnacle and Rydon are joined at the hip as partners under the umbrella of Regenter Ltd, a property development and management consortium for which Rydon invariably provide the repairs and maintenance service. In fact Regenter is registered at the same London address (6 St. Andrew Street, EC4) as Pinnacle and appears to be a mere alias for Pinnacle (or vice versa). This means that Rydon are almost certain to be responsible, on Pinnacle’s behalf, for the out-of-hours emergency repairs service for all RBKC properties and will be responsible, in particular, for all maintenance and repair services provided to rehoused Grenfell survivors and evacuees.

http://www.pinnaclepsg.co.uk/case-studies/london-borough-of-hammersmith-fulham/

http://www.regentermyattsfieldnorth.com/about/

http://www.regenterbrockleypfi.com/about/

In their heyday the KCTMO managed about 9,500 properties for RBKC and one of the criticisms levelled at them is that they were too big and remote from residents, and that this was one of the root causes of the negligence and incompetence that led to the Grenfell fire. Pinnacle, by contrast, is absolutely huge, providing housing and property management services to a wide range of local authorities, social housing providers, schools and other public sector bodies. They employ over 2,200 staff across the UK, directly managing 22,500 social housing properties and providing complimentary services to a further 450,000 homes, schools and public spaces. Unlike the KCTMO they are a private company run for profit, whose first responsibility will always be to their shareholders and not to their clients. This sounds like a recipe for even more remote and incompetent service delivery, and the fact is that, long before entering this new contract with RBKC, Pinnacle/Rydon were already mired in scandal over their shabby and incompetent regeneration of the Myatts Field North Estate in Lambeth.

http://www.brixtonblog.com/myatts-field-north-regeneration-putting-lives-at-risk-say-angry-residents-as-they-call-on-lambeth-council-to-act/23884

According to an article published in the Guardian by Zoe Williams in July 2016 Pinnacle were contracted at Myatts Field North to manage estate and housing services, and Rydon to oversee refurbishment and maintenance. The local residents’ association were later contacted by a whistleblower from Rydon who claimed (in a letter) that no fire assessments had been carried out in some blocks, that Rydon’s divisional manager had overruled its technical manager, who had called for more detailed risk-assessment, that fire-stopping at floor level had not been carried out, that communal emergency lighting had not been properly tested and that the procedure for testing smoke alarms was unclear.

Disgruntled residents invited Stuart Hodkinson, an expert from the University of Leeds, to investigate and record their experiences of the regeneration. He conducted a survey of 14 homes refurbished by Rydon that had been the subject of a large number of complaints and discovered showers that had been installed next to electric fans, a toilet installed so close to a wall that you could only sit on it sideways, cupboards fitted with wrongly sizeed doors and households that had been left for days without electricity and for weeks without cooking facilities. Another report by Fuel Poverty Action, addressing the many hot water failures reported by residents, found the majority were linked to the communal heating system installed by E.ON and Rydon which had failed 48 times in the first four years.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jul/21/the-real-cost-of-regeneration-social-housing-private-developers-pfi

One wonders why the properties acquired by RBKC for the displaced residents of Grenfell and its immediate surroundings would require special management, rather than RBKC simply managing them in-house as they are now proposing to do with all the rest of the housing stock formerly under KCTMO control. It has also been suggested that RBKC might not be fully committed to the long-term in-house management of their housing stock and that the curent RBKC/Pinnacle arrangements may be a pilot scheme designed to test Pinnacle’s performance with a view to entrusting the future care of all RBKC properties to them. It should be noted that Pinnacle already manage 7,614 properties for the neighbouring Hammersmith and Fulham Council, as well as housing in Newham, Lambeth and Lewisham, and are negotiating deals with Kingston and other boroughs.

Accoring to the Guardian article referenced above, there are very real dangers when the management of council property is turned over to private contractors without sufficient oversight and accountability. In such cases profit is invariably prioritised over the welfare of tenants. Channels of communication that once existed between social tenants and the local authority landlord become labyrinthine, creating confusion not only over who to complain to, but also who is liable should anything go wrong. When public and private sectors enter into such deals they tend to combine the worst of each. Council and contractor effectively become allies and residents invariably lose out. We have already experienced this phenomenon under the KCTMO ‚Äď a far smaller organisation than Pinnacle ‚Äď so there is little reason to expect a better outcome from Pinnacle/Rydon.

The catalogue of shoddy work by Rydon at Myatts Field North which is detailed in the Guardian article contains sinister echoes of the many complaints made by Grenfell residents during the refurbishment works that preceded the catastrophic fire that took so many lives last summer. Nor should it be forgotten that Rydon are under investigation by the Metropolitan Police and that Rydon executives may yet face charges of criminally negligent manslaughter in the 72 deaths that resulted from the Grenfell fire.

We were promised, following the Tenants Consultative Committee meetings in December last year, that tenants and leaseholders would not only be consulted but could fully participate in deciding and co-designing how their homes and estates are managed in future. Given that there has not yet been any consultation on the decisions detailed above it would seem that the RBKC leadership have sidestepped that promise already.

There are some indications that RBKC may now be considering a rethink of the Pinnacle deal, or some aspects of it, under pressure from Grenfell United and other resident groups. Nonetheless, we would argue very strongly that the outsourcing to private companies of social housing regeneration and/or management is completely unacceptable. In this case also the abandonment of Grenfell survivors to the tender mercies of Rydon and/or KCTMO staff, widely believed to be culpable in the deaths of the Grenfell 72, is not just unacceptable but unconscionable. We would admonish RBKC to think again before they proceed with this ill-begotten Pinnacle deal.

RBKC and TMO :ÔĽŅ All animals are equal, but some animals really do appear to be ¬†ÔĽŅmore equal than others¬†

Reg Kerr-Bell former chair of the TMO ¬†and former. chair of West Row Residents’ Association, (pictured in our mock-up photo above), really does appear to have some serious questions to answer.

We can wonder why this ¬†person’s TMO-owned¬†home has benefited from lavish refurbishments including marble tiles and statues, when so many TMO properties have been severely neglected, to a point of costing lives……

We could wonder why this man, who appears to not have been in gainful employment for 12 years, seems to have ¬†both power and plenty of ¬†wealth on his side…..

We also wonder about this individual’s role in the. back dealings of RBKC’s ¬† purchase of Wornington College. See ¬†the Grenfell Action Group’s ¬†excellent and informative blog post on this here:

https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2017/05/17/wornington-college-the-smoking-gun/amp/

Back in 2010, Private Eye reported, in their “Rotten Boroughs” section, that a TMO AGM ¬†had resulted in angry scenes after Mr Kerr-Bell, chairing, had called a halt to the meeting when a vote of no confidence in the TMO was proposed. The TMO had also failed to account for an overspend of ¬£9million – which they dismissed as a myth. THINK question where the money has gone and note that ¬†the expensively dressed and cosmetically “enhanced” Kerr-Bell was chair but yet ¬†he completely failed to publicly raise any concerns at that time ……

Reg Kerr-Bell is a Conservative. Member and supporter in ¬†Golborne Ward ¬†(there aren’t¬†¬†too many of those!) He also claims to be a critic of the TMO – but has only just crawled out of the woodwork when the questions of liability and accountability of the TMO after Grenfell have come to light. We do not believe him to be a “whistleblower” and we believe him in fact to be a friend and collaborator with some in charge who bear culpability over this disaster.

Furthermore, THINK are suspicious of ¬†such an indidvidual who has turned up to the Tenants Consultative Committee meetings on street properties, which are meant to be for residents who cannot set up residents’ associations, and trying to influence and steer them.

We know that Reg Kerr-Bell has chaired a residents’ association, and we cannot see what business he has of speaking ¬†at these meetings in the first place.

We also question the motives of those who invited him to take part. There already appears to be a hidden agenda at these meetings  to lead residents away from forming their own housing co-operatives  and also to not invite and inform local councillors.

We believe Mr ¬†Kerr-Bell has ¬†more than enough questions to answer and these questions should in fact ¬†be put to him in a court of law…….

Grenfell Silent Walk: 14th March – Nine months on


Today is nine months since the fire at Grenfell Tower and our  North Kensington local community lost at least 72 people in the fire. Many survivors  from the Tower and walkways are still without permanent accommodation.

We thank all  from both near and far, who have shown our local community support and have marched in solidarity with us Рyour support really  means a lot to us.

Here, posted by Grenfell Speaks on Twitter, is Lancaster West walkways  resident and friend of THINK, Joe Delaney :

We thank everyone who has signed and shared the petition calling on the Prime Minister to build public trust in the Grenfell Inquiry. The petition now has over 150,000 ¬†signatures and will now be debated in Parliament on the 14th of May. If you haven’t signed please do so here:

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/206722

We also thank the people of Manchester, Liverpool and Bristol who have also held Silent Walks in solidarity with our community today.

We always on the 14th of every month feel a combination of sadness, reflection and remembrance for our friends and neighbours.


We also feel  real anger and frustration because:

РSome  of the people we hold  responsible for the fire have not yet been brought to justice

РSome of the survivors and bereaved have been treated  badly by our council, our Government and  even some of the media,

РThat we know that RBKC is still leaving some of  its social housing in a poor condition and putting  further lives at risk.

And  of course  simply because:

– This was an entirely preventable disaster that took the lives of so many innocent people.


Back on the 1st of July last year, on the Not One Day More protests, RBKC Labour councillor Pat Mason called for prosecutions over Grenfell. Today Pat has told THINK that  he still feels the same way.


We also will say thanks to all who provided art, positivity and also provided refreshments to many who attended , including Hamid who runs the Moroccan Fish food stall in Golborne Road Рhis stall was providing excellent food  to many outside the Maxilla today (pictured below)


We’ll leave you with a video of Pat’s powerful speech from back on July the 1st . No justice; no peace.

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Surely a technical error? 


Conservative councillor David Campion is the longest serving councillor in RBKC, who has represented Pembridge Ward since 1964.

Cllr Campion is one of a very small number of Conservative councillors that we do not hear complaints and allegations about. In fact, most of the feedback from residents we have heard, has been positive.

We did venture to have a look at his website and found a list of websites created and managed by him, including his blog here:

Being interested in architecture, we clicked on a link to the “Franco-British Union of Architects” (FBUA). What we found instead, pictured below, was quite something else! (We did note his blog post that said “Links to a number of other websites were removed”!!)

Of course, Cllr Campion’s website has not been updated for some considerable time, so there is the possibility that this website link could have been hacked or taken over without his knowledge, but we would recommend that all elected figures check their websites regularly and make suitable edits!

A bit of news from the RBKC Housing and Property Scrutiny Committee……¬†

Yesterday at the Housing and Property Scrutiny Committee meeting, THINK “regular” Tory Cllr “Chicken Run” Matthew Palmer attempted to bring up the dubious (and false) TMO surveys that claimed that 95% of residents before Grenfell, were satisfied with the services they were receiving – this was his pathetic attempt to claim all was well with our social housing.

Cue red faces, RBKC Deputy Leader Kim Taylor-Smith shrinking in his seat and senior council officers wanting to hush liability Cllr Palmer up!

Unfortunately at that council meeting, THINK witnessed some senior council officers lying. This was by way of an answer to Labour councillor for Notting Dale Judith Blakeman, who brought up the subject of Hesketh Place and the lack of fire exits. See our previous post here:

https://thisisnorthkensington.wordpress.com/2018/02/20/rbkcs-ludicrous-definition-of-an-emergency-fire-exit/

The lie council officers told was that the Fire Brigade had said that the emergency exit was at the front door – which was their attempt at an explanation for a sticker pointing the way to the front door, rather than providing residents with an actual emergency fire exit at the back.

Well, some THINKers spoke to the Fire Officers attending that day and we can state that they in fact recommended that RBKC provide the building with an emergency exit by way of a push bar door at the rear of the property – a recommendation that still to this day has not been carried out……..

Local Elections: ÔĽŅA confused candidate in the thick of it!¬†

Meet Laura Round, she is one of the Conservative candidates for Pembridge Ward. She has recently been seen going around North Kensington conducting her own “investigations” into the Kensington Labour Party and was spotted attending a Labour fundraising event with a couple of her friends at the weekend.

Ms Round also appears to be in a state of confusion as to who the Labour candidates are. We have heard that she has been going about ¬† asking if the Labour Party has been “taken over by the left” and mentioning a nonexistent candidate called “Peter Henderson”.

Maybe THINK can help clear things up?

One of the Labour candidates hoping to take Pembridge Ward ¬†for Labour is in fact Henry Peterson OBE. Mr Peterson ¬†is chair of the St Quintin and Woodlands Neighbourhood Forum and a well known figure in the local community ¬†and someone with sound knowledge of planning and neighbourhood issues. We do not recognise him to be a “hard left” activist so we don’t know where Ms Round gets her information from!

Maybe she can have a good look at their website here?

http://stqw.org/

THINK have been rather amused by hearing tales of Laura Round’s amateur “detective work”, which involves her trying to elicit information about the local Labour Party from their members (which has only led to them giving her false information ¬†just for for a laugh!) and her insistence that “Peter Henderson” is a Labour candidate.

Pembridge is a marginal council ward, and the Conservatives will likely need every vote they can get. With the personal votes for Conservative councillors Barbara Campbell and David Campion (who are stepping down), gone , two popular ¬†Labour candidates there ¬†– Henry Peterson and Annabelle Louvros – and the arrival of new party Advance on the scene, we suggest that Laura “Dense” should brush up on her local knowledge of the political scene before making such a fool of herself……

LocalÔĽŅ Elections: Consenting adults making ¬†an exhibition of themselves¬†

Here is an Instagram picture posted by the Kensington, Chelsea and Fulham Conservatives, showing their candidates for Earl’s Court. Pictured from left to right are Hamish Adourian, Lloyd North and Cllr Malcolm “Bananaman” Spalding. We’re rather amused by “Bananaman” standing in rather an unfortunate position in this photograph…..

Many of our readers will be familiar with Cllr Spalding of course. But who are the other two, some may ask?

Well, Hamish Adourian is known to some in our local area from the Colville Community Forum. He is also known to be an author of childrens books.

Lloyd North, on the other hand is well ¬†known for less than “family-friendly” reasons. Maybe parents of ¬†some of the young readers of Mr Adourian’s books may not wish their children to see the image below:


We have heard that Mr North, going by the name of “Warren Lord”, ¬†has made a few “appearances” ¬†in ¬†pornographic films. Fellow local blog From The Hornets Nest reported on this four years ago:

http://fromthehornetsnest.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/where-are-they-now-porn-star-resurrects.html?m=1

We ¬†at THINK are a liberal-minded bunch, but we’re not so sure this will go down too well ¬†with some true blue Daily Mail readers.

In other news on Conservative candidates, ¬†Chelsea Riverside have selected artist Alison Jackson as one of the candidates there. Maybe some ardent true blue Royalist Conservatives may not be fans of Ms Jackson’s work either:


We did wonder if the Tories’ unintentionally funny ¬†Instagram photo was some work of Ms Jackson’s?

As for Earl’s Court Ward, the Conservatives ¬†have in the past, benefited from a split Labour-Lib Dem vote. With local Liberal Democrat councillor Linda Wade doing outstanding work for the local community there, the Labour candidates ¬†proving to be popular in the area (particularly Earl’s Court resident and campaigner Bruno De Florence) and the ¬†new Advance party also looking to take votes, we’re not banking on the Tories to hold on to this one!

The Rotten Borough behaving like a rotten dictatorship!

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Here is something the Rotten Borough ¬†of ¬†Kensington and Chelsea did not want you to see. This is when a few protesters held some signs behind ¬†former leader Nick “Piglet-Pie” Paget-Brown when he was making a speech.¬†

The local residents protesting were ¬†holding up some signs that read “Commissioners Now!”, “Do not bill us in North Ken for something you have done”, “Rotten Borough Kills our Community” and ¬†some others were holding up posters of Rock Feilding-Mellen that said “Where?”

Well where indeed? ¬†Rock Feilding-Mellen has been a complete no-show to public council meetings and to his home in North Kensington, also to his surgeries in Holland Ward, but appears to think that it is totally fine to sneak into private council meetings, to pick up his councillors’ allowance and remain as a councillor whilst attending to none of his duties.

At a few different times in the meeting, residents and volunteers  from the Public Gallery heckled the council . THINK believe that some at RBKC should  expect and do fully deserve this kind of treatment after Grenfell, a less than adequate responses to the disaster from RBKC, the nerve of the council to make local residents pay extra council tax for their failures, and their policies and decisions made  long before the fire.

The signs were also held up during speeches from Kim Taylor-Smith and Gerald Hargreaves.

The meeting, of which the main part was to set the council’s budget, lasted over four hours. ¬†But RBKC, at first decided to cut out two hours from the webcast (including the protestors and Piglet-Pie).

There was nothing illegal, violent or obscene in that meeting and THINK believe that ¬†censoring the meeting in the first place ¬†amounted to behaviour worthy of a dictatorship. If they broadcast public meetings online; then then we ¬†believe that ¬†all residents deserve to hear them in full. Was this another of Michael Clarke’s “mistakes”?

Please sign and share this petition for him to resign: 

https://www.change.org/p/royal-borough-of-kensington-and-chelsea-michael-clarke-former-head-of-press-of-grenfell-tower-inquiry-to-resign-immediately?recruiter=731926697&utm_source=share_petition&utm_campaign=psf_combo_share_message.nafta_milestone_share_ask_victory.control&utm_medium=whatsapp&utm_content=whatsapp_share_content_2:control

Fortunately after many complaints from residents, the meeting has now been put on the webcast in full. We thank some ¬†at ¬†the council for (finally) listening, and having some common sense; but the meeting ¬†shouldn’t have been censored in the first place! Do we have to make a fuss on social media every time RBKC gets it wrong?

Perhaps it is time the ruling Conservatives at RBKC were sent packing in May?  Register to vote or check you are registered to vote here:

https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

And here, finally, is the link to the webcast of the meeting in full!

https://www.rbkc.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/council-meeting-webcasts

Here are some pictures of Nick Paget-Brown  from the meeting (He was going  all around the chamber taking pictures on his phone at one point).





Linda Wade, the Wonderwoman of Earl’s Court!

Today is International Women’s Day and THINK has decided to ¬†positively focus on one of RBKC’s most dedicated and hard working councillors. ¬†Liberal Democrat Cllr Linda Wade (pictured above as “Wonderwoman”).

Cllr Wade represents Earl’s Court Ward and has done ¬†so since 2010.
She also sits on the Housing and Property Scrutiny committee and is one of the best speakers there.

Linda’s knowledge of housing and property is second to none : she has expressed her concerns over housing associations moving away from their ¬†once-commendable charitable ¬†roots and turning into corporate giants, leaving perfectly decent homes empty, letting them fall into a terrible condition and then ¬†either selling them off or pulling them down.

See a post of ours about Notting Hill Housing here:

https://thisisnorthkensington.wordpress.com/2017/10/28/notting-hill-housing-where-has-the-trust-gone/

Linda is a shareholder of Notting Hill Housing who voted against the merger with Genesis Housing Association for that reason  She also  joined us on the demonstration against the merger some time back.

Sadly as regular readers of THINK will know, shareholders of both voted for the merger to go ahead. We will be keeping an eye on what happens next, as will the campaigners from both associations and so will Cllr Wade.

She is a supporter of ¬†the Save Earl’s Court campaign ¬†and is chair of The Earl’s Court Area Action Group.

THINK believe ¬†that the masterplan, which has seen the demolition of the world-famous Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre has only brought , noise, pollution, loss of business and loss of identity to the area and Linda has been one of the most vocal critics of this plan, which was mainly focused on providing luxury housing.

Of course there is now a real question mark hanging over the masterplan and also over the future of developers Capco and their involvement in the plans. We say that the plans ¬†now need to change and must include a replacement for the Exhibition Centre, they need to fully ¬†local residents’ views into account, and there needs to be real much-needed provision of social housing.

Read about the ingenious and visionary alternative plans from the Save Earl’s Court campaigners here:

https://thisisnorthkensington.wordpress.com/2017/08/03/think-special-post-from-earls-court-a-new-beginning/?relatedposts_hit=1&relatedposts_origin=4186&relatedposts_position=2

There are in fact, three council seats in Earl’s Court – the other two are occupied by ¬†Conservative councillors ¬†– Cllr Malcolm Spalding (who has featured on this blog a few times before) ¬† and Cllr Fenella Aouane – here is some feedback we have received from some local residents about these two:

Cllr Spalding: “arrogant”, ¬†“too chummy with developers” , ” doesn’t care about social housing” .

Cllr Aouane: “invisible”, ¬†“doesn’t answer ANY emails – wrote to her several ¬†times NO RESPONSE ” ” never turns up to any meetings”

Oh dear, if residents of ¬†Earl’s Court haven’t ¬†had enough of a bad deal with the Earl’s Court masterplan, these two could really make things even ¬†worse, but fortunately Cllr Wade does respond to emails from her constituents ¬†and go to meetings, does care about social housing, is very knowledgable ¬†and could never be described as “arrogant”!

Having met her a few times, we can honestly say that she is one of the most down to earth and honest local representatives that we have ever met. We hear complaints and allegations made against local  councillors (ranging  from the completely believable to the completely ludicrous!) but only positive things about her.

Cllr Wade ¬†clearly cares deeply about Earl’s Court and ¬†all the residents there and so do we, so we’ll invite all our readers to please sign and share this petition from the Save Earl’s Court campaigners to build the world’s greenest venue on the site of the former Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre (which is sadly missed).¬†

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/build-the-world-s-greenest-venue-on-the-site-of-the-earls-court-masterplan-london-1

We believe that most people can learn from Linda and from the Save Earl’s Court campaigners that listening to residents, taking a keen interest in local matters, retaining a positive attitude yet still fighting a ¬†good strong campaign, ¬†really makes a difference to people’s lives.

We’ll leave you with some London Live interviews with Linda Wade and with local ¬†campaign supporter Desi, courtesy of the Save Earl’s Court website here:

http://www.saveearlscourt.com/news/london-live-tv-interviews-with-chair-of-ecaag-and-campaign-supporter

And to those in charge of RBKC we say watch and learn…..

The Rotten Borough puts on a show…….


This evening, there is a full council meeting  at Kensington  Town Hall.. This will be when the budget is set and RBKC taxpayers will be lumbered with a 5.99% council tax rise this year. THINK  strongly believe that residents should not have to pay the price for  mistakes made by our local authority over Grenfell.

We also bring good news from Dixon House and can inform our readers that both lifts in the block are now in working order. It’s just a shame that it took a blog post and several posts on social media in order to get this resolved . RBKC ¬†should have responded to complaints from residents ¬†living there in the first place.


We also bring news that Kim “Tailored-Sloth” Taylor-Smith has written to TMO tenants and leaseholders informing them of the transition to RBKC in-house services. We ¬†really hope that they also drop the useless TMO contractors who ¬†ignored the residents of Dixon House, plus countless residents of other council properties.

In further news we can ¬†also report that RBKC has sent letters of to residents in all their properties informing them of upcoming fire ¬†safety inspections. We welcome this but we can inform the council that when one such inspection was made on Hesketh Place, their officer did not appear to be too bothered that RBKC has completely ignored the Fire Brigade’s recommendation to have a fire exit provided for the building ¬†and had instead provided residents with a sticker pointing the way to the front door.

Some communications and results are a good start from RBKC, but we have yet to be convinced that they are really listening to residents – we believe this to be more of a public relations exercise after they have read blogs like ours and been exposed on social media for their incompetence and poor services.

Situations like these have been going on for years and ¬†we sadly believe that what occurred at ¬†Grenfell is the tragic reality of the consequences ¬†of their actions and ¬†inactions. ¬†The local elections are due in May and THINK do not have any confidence in ¬†those in charge of the Rotten Borough and ¬†we will not venture to ¬†“take a chance” on them………