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Thursday, 28 August 2014


The old Dame gets many presents dropped off by the powerful of the parish hoping to ingratiate themselves with her in the hope she will leave them to their nefarious devices.

A case of Perrier Jouet Grand Brut mysteriously arrived with her butler so she decided to give a couple of bottles of this fine champagne to anyone able to assist her solve a little mystery.....

Squire and Partners have been retained to ruin the dear and much loved Odeon in High St Ken.
Like the Dame, many residents will have happy memories of their first 'date' at this local institution.
But, the Dame's old mind wonders off into nostalgia....

Anyway, these are questions the Dame wants answering

1. Why is Daniel Moylan still acting as if he was a member of the Planning Committee
2. How many meetings has he ever had with any Squire partner
3. Was Jonathan Bore present at any of these meetings
4. What is the composition of the Architects Advisory Panel( or whatever it was/is called)
5. Has any member of that committee, past or present, won any design contracts within the Borough
6. Has Daniel Moylan used his influence to pressure any resident association into dropping objections to the Squire plans for the Odeon site
7. Are Squire and Partners represented on this Panel 
8.  Squire and Partners an interesting intervention by a Squire partner during a planning committee meeting
9. Is Daniel Moylan's honorary membership of RIBA, given for reasons no one can fathom, sufficient for him to pretend to a degree of knowledge he clearly does not possess.


Feel pity for the residents of Queen's Gate....

They are blessed with a couple of very strange characters....

The first, Cllr Matthew Roundell Palmer was about to lose his seat in St Charles ward so begged then leader, Cllr Sir Pooter Cockell, to let him do a 'chicken run' to the safe seat in Queen's Gate.
Palmer is known for the the creation of a website called Council Skills. Sadly, it closed down being so full of spelling and grammatical errors that users were left mystified.
They were also shocked by Council Skills links to sex sites which seemed to have no relevance to training councillors.....
The picture below shows Matthew holding a petition. Sadly, the petition got the names of Tesco and Sainsburys muddled so all 2,000 hard sought for signatures were declared invalid. You can read all about it HERE!

Matthew, whose idiosyncratic spelling and grammar is a source of much giggling in the Member's Room was described by the ghastly 'Lord' Sugar as a 'twot'!
Matthew likes to check his share portfolio in vital council debates!

Matthew's co-councillor is the celebrated Cllr Daniel Moylan.
Danny is known for his ability to amass a fortune in taxpayer funded allowances.
At one point his income from allowances well exceeded £160,000 a year!
No wonder he is a rare sighting in Queen's Gate....far too busy to waste time on the hoi polloi of the ward.

Daniel has such a cut glass accent that even Prince Charles said, "he makes me feel very common".
However, there is a major difference between the two....Danny has a brain...Matthew does not.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014


There are many decent and honourable Conservative councillors. 
They are appalled by the mismanagement of the SEN contract. 
But instead of hiding away they need to start to do their job and hold colleagues to account. 
Andrew Christie and Cllr E.Campbell, the officer and councillor respectively responsible for this monumental 'cock up' should go...and go now.

The story below, in today's Guardian, will doubtless be written off as 'it's only the Guardian'. 
That would be a mistake. 
The parents of the children affected are notable for their fighting spirit....they will not give up easily.
If Cllr E. Campbell had the slightest sense of honour and decency she would resign now. 
A particularly inane comment by this idiot was that because one of the incidents took place in H&F it was that council's fault!
She is a silly and pointless appendage.....

"Fiona Mylchreest with her son, Finn, who suffered a seizure after a particularly traumatic journey home. 
When Fiona Mylchreest stood up at a council meeting and described how she believed a disastrous,and avoidable, mix-up on a new, cut-price specialist school bus service had left her severely autistic teenage son Finn traumatised, bleeding and seriously ill, it crystallised the huge risks taken by local authorities as they juggle with extreme spending cuts.
Mylchreest was one of several people at the meeting, last month, to raise serious concerns about the new home-transport service for children with special educational needs. The service was introduced earlier this year across three London boroughs, Hammersmith and Fulham, Westminster, and Kensington and Chelsea, after the contract was re-let at half the original, £1m cost. Mylchreest told how on one occasion Finn's new driver and escort were instructed to take him home from his after-school club. When they reached his street, they realised they had no idea which house Finn lived in: they were new to the route and tried phoning the head office of their private transport company for guidance, but couldn't get through. So they set off on foot down the street, Mylchreest recalls "He [Finn] has no language, he had no way of communicating and they just took him from house to house saying: 'Do you know this kid?'. Finally the driver came to my door holding a piece of paper with Finn's name on it and said: 'Do you know this guy?' I could have been anyone."
Finn was bleeding from one ear where he'd bashed his head (something he does when he is upset), and was sweaty and "a bit dazed", she told the meeting. A minute after he entered the house Finn – who had never previously experienced a fit – had a seizure, and started to turn blue. A paramedic was called, and it took 45 minutes to stabilise him.
What would it take for the council to manage the new contract properly, Mylchreest asked officials. "Is this shocking enough? … Will it take another blue child?"
The 731 children transported by this service have a range of conditions: some are on the autistic spectrum, or have profound and multiple learning disabilities. A number have complex medical needs and require tube-feeding and oxygen-supply equipment. The majority are non-verbal, and some display challenging behaviour.
Since April, hundreds of complaints have been made by parents about the new cut-price service. They say it is often late; children spend long periods on the bus, arriving at school unfit to learn; the drivers don't have emergency phones; some speak such poor English that there are concerns about their ability to deal with emergency situations; buses lack vital equipment such as harnesses; some drivers don't have specialist care training, and there is a high staff turnover.
According to Jude Ragan, the headteacher of Queensmill school, there have been three incidents where autistic, non-verbal children have got off buses unsupervised. "It is going to end up in a tragedy," she warns."I feel that we're just waiting for a disaster to happen."
Cathy Welsh, headteacher at nearby Jack Tizard school, says at least two children have arrived at school "in potentially critical medical conditions because of the time they have been on the bus." She warns of children who have been inappropriately managed in a way that could be perceived as "potentially abusive". It was, she told the meeting, the "kind of culture that ends up with scandals around children with learning disabilities".
"I think … some of my parents must gulp every time they put their child on that bus," she said.
The home-school contract is now operated by seven private contractors. Although some existing staff transferred over to the new arrangements under Tupe (transfer of undertakings) law, parents and unions say some experienced staff have since left because of changes to their shifts and overtime. The councils, which are part of a much-vaunted tri-borough experiment in west London to make huge savings by sharing services, have admitted "a number of things have gone wrong".
Conservative-run Westminster council, which was responsible for negotiating the new transport contracts, issued a statement from Andrew Christie, the executive director of children's services across the three councils, in which he admitted there had been "teething problems". He added: "We will continue to work intensively with providers throughout the summer to ensure that all providers are ready for the start of the new school term in September."
Last month, the borough of Kensington and Chelsea formally apologised to parents at a council meeting called by Labour opposition councillors. The council told parents that it was "driving very hard to bring things up to the expected standard and nothing short of that will be acceptable".
However, there is concern that the contract, which chopped £500,000 (54%) off the cost of the old contract without any decrease in service demand was a cut too far. Official council papers show that the contract bids were "evaluated on the most economically advantageous" basis, with evaluation criteria weighted 70% for price and 30% for quality.
The political stakes were raised with the arrival of a new Labour administration in Hammersmith and Fulham, following May's council elections. Privately, some senior political figures in the council are appalled at the design and management of the home-school transport contract and would like to scrap it and start again. But to do so could open the council to legal action from contractors and even its partners, putting the entire tri-borough deal under pressure.
Hammersmith and Fulham leader Stephen Cowan told the Guardian: "We are horrified and disgusted to have inherited this problem. There is no higher priority than protecting vulnerable children and we will leave no stone unturned in making sure there is a service that parents can have faith in."
But parents contacted by the Guardian said they were not confident that the councils had done enough to stem what they see as a rapid deterioration in the quality of the service. Many await the new school term with trepidation. "The councils have got a huge amount of work to do to rebuild trust," says parent Sue Redmond: "They have been in denial and people have been outraged. You have to hope it is going to work, but I'm absolutely dreading it." "

Wednesday, 20 August 2014


So, finally, Nicholas Holgate has admitted Cllr Warrick has failed to fully declare all his business interests.

Mr Holgate must now force Cllr Warrick to declare any past business interests that "should be on the Council's website".

It is outrageous that a 'lawyer' should have ignored these important rules.
Mr Holgate also needs to ask Cllr Warrick why he has not declared two other business interests...
Gastronomica and Gastronomica Pimlico.

"Cllr Warrick’s interest as a director of Shareholder Travel Ltd and Vincomida Ltd should be on the Council’s website...."

Nicholas Holgate
Joint Chief Executive

Monday, 18 August 2014


Jon Moynihan, the self satisfied ex chairman of PA Consulting has been able to give a helping hand to his mate, Pooter Cockell.
Pooter is one of those local government entrepreneurs who supported the family on massive allowances paid out to councillors who manage to double and triple job.....despite Eric Pickles condemning the practice.

Pooter was at one time taking £130k a year from taxpayers, but times changed and he was left with just his miserable £10,500 a year councillor's allowance.

Fortunately, Jon was able to help out and introduce the useless Pooter to PA and persuading them to take him on as a 'senior local government adviser'. 
Not bad for a lad whose previous career was selling ciggies!


Taxpayers are fully entitled to know every last detail of the business lives of those who represent them; that is the point of declaring all business interests,
It's even more important when that councillor is chairman of an important committee....such as Planning.

The Dame, in her wisdom, has decided that there will be no more blogs on the subject of Cllr Warrick until clarification of all his business interests-current and past, are in the public arena.
This will be achieved through the medium of a Freedom of Information request-unless of course, Cllr Warrick decides to declare them himself.

One of the difficulties of an unmoderated blog is that just a mere handful of readers can make comments which could be construed as defamatory.

Once more in depth information on Cllr Warrick is available the Dame will give it an airing.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014


From time to time the Dame will publish comments of excellence....

This is one...

I assume Roop Bhullar is an Indian name by origin. That's not the point. 
I am from Dubai. 
All are welcome in Kensington & Chelsea. 
What is unacceptable is people coming in and using the place purely for the purposes of property development and not giving a damn about the impact of this on their neighbours. That is bad manners. 
Bad enough that they should then bully and harass anyone who stand up to them . 
But what is wrong is that the council do not stand up for residents many of whom have had to suffer these megabasement excavations for more than decade. 
I have lived on top of one and next to two in my part of Earl's Court for the past five years. 
The council spins to the world that it has cracked down on basements. 
It is not true. It is not true at all. 
Kensington and Chelsea is the Wild West. It's Dubai even! You can do what you like if you have mega money, and the council and the councillors will help you. 
After the third basement I went to see my councillor and he basically told me that the Council could bring in these traffic management strategies for a basement digging but the Director of Planning and the chair of the planning committees would not use them because they wanted to keep on the good side of the developers (the council gets lots of money from the digs apparently; into the millions.) 
People like my wife and I in our flat are considered the lowest of the low because we tried to get concessions on noise and times of building works. 
My wife even got trapped in the street in her car (four times) because the lorry from one of the sites used to get stuck because it was too big - and she was pregnant with our first at the time. 
What a shame it all is. Has anyone written to the British Prime Minister to let him know what his party is doing in this beautiful borough?


When Goldman Sach's Blankfein pompously suggested he and his gang were doing ‘God’s Work’ none thought this gave his underlings permission to wreck the lives of close neighbours.

Perhaps, as part of the house buying due diligence process, potential buyers should be told if there a Goldman’s partner nearby. 
The Dame will suggest this to her new 'solicitor', Cllr Warrick.
However, it would be too late for residents of residents of Clareville St, S. Ken.
Having endured several years of basement excavations the residents now find that the owner of 40 Clareville St has decided on a mega show off basement replete with lifts, home cinema room, gym- all the usual ‘toys’ so beloved of over-monied bankers. 
You can see all his plans here God's work

Sadly, the owner, a recently promoted Goldman's MD, Roop Bhullar, has decided to take the JCB to this extraordinarily well designed town house, the early work of the distinguished, award winning architect Niall McLaughlin. 

Tonight the PAC will consider his application.
If it succeeds will show once again the impotence of the planners in the face of owners greedy for unnecessary space and careless of the long term disruption to the neighbourhood.

When one set of neighbours approached Bhullar to ask him to reconsider his plans he was rebuffed with a string of offensive and arrogant dismissals. 
He even accused them of thinking that they had some God given right to interfere with his plans and of having sociopathic tendencies!
And Bhullar,in case you have forgotten,the Dame has your emails......
Here are some of the comments made by Bhullar to his neighbour…
·      you are an unsavoury character
·      did your mother drop you on your head as a child?
·      the value of your time is close to zero.
In a final email to his neighbour Bhullar facetiously ……addresses him thus ‘Hello Richard ole boy’
The attitude of our banker friend was very much ‘who are you to complain.’

Let’s hope that at tonight’s meeting our councillors start listening to the majority of residents.
Two large residents associations have vigorously objected.
Will they once again be ignored? 
Anyway, the Dame will be reporting all this to her good friend and Bhullar's boss, Richard Gnodde.