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Friday, 9 October 2015


The mark of a person of substance is the ability to admit being wrong and then right that wrong.
This Wednesday, the 14th of October, the Council meets to debate the call by over 2000 residents to halt the illegal destruction of that much loved Victorian architectural gem, Marlborough Primary School.

Council Leader, Nick Paget-Brown took office with the promise to listen to residents. 
On Wednesday he and fellow councillors have the chance to demonstrate, not just that they listen, but are ready to step back and reconsider a bad decision

Jane Solomon, that indefatigable campaigner who has worked so hard to save the school asks that everybody fill the Public Gallery. 
It will be your chance to see local democracy in action. 
Will your representatives bother to turn up, and, if they do, will they treat the issue with the gravity it deserves?
And one other thing...certain councillors love to boost their ego's by wasting YOUR money on projects they think will define their legacy...Pooter on the new Holland Park School; Moylan on the dreadful £27 million Exhibitionist Rd and now Coleridge with this pointless vandalism.

This is your chance to be there and decide whether you have any say in the running of your BOROUGH

Remember, this is the moment to see whether your councillor deserves your future vote.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015


John Lewis, the holier than thou retailers, seem to have got into a cozy little ménage a trois with the Rotten Borough’s tame architects, Dixon Jones.....

Even the very dense Councillor Palmer knows there are strict rules regarding handing out jobs to mates. The rules came about after the shenanigans in the North East when architect, T Dan Smith was giving backhanders to councillors and officers to procure contracts.
So what’s happened?

Sixupman rightly corrects the old Dame. Dan Smith was leader of Newcastle. 
Smith's name is usually spoken in negative terms regarding the destruction of historic and aesthetically pleasing buildings ( like Marlborough Primary School)which were replaced with a concrete jungle, although many of these developments – such as Eldon Square Shopping Centre and John Dobson's Royal Arcade – actually took place after he left office.
While leading the redevelopment of his city, Smith formed business links with architect John Poulson which led to his trial for accepting bribes in April 1974, at which he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six years' imprisonment. 
The rules mean any contract worth over £172,514 has go to tender.
But the Rotten Borough were determined to appoint pet architects, Dixon Jones (the firm responsible for the £27 million mess that is Exhibitionist Rd)
So how did they fix it to ensure Dixon Jones get chosen to design the new Marlborough School and the flats and offices?

Looking at the planning documents it seems they neatly sidestepped the need to put the work out to tender procedures by having John Lewis appoint Dixon Jones for “design stages leading up to the Stage C+ Planning Application in May 2013”.

However, the lines blur from this point onwards, when the Council awarded the construction tender to Mace and, we are then told; “Mace were instructed to reinstate the original design team to develop the scheme through to Stage E Contractors Proposals under a Two Stage Design & Build Contract”.

If Dixon Jones were indeed handed a multi-million pound Council contract on a plate, as it very much appears, RBKC had better hope the Ombudsman isn't watching: this is a blatant attempt to breach the very rules designed to prevent corruption.

You can read the council's tender rules HERE

Monday, 5 October 2015


George Osborne's plan to allow councils to spend 100% of business rates is akin to allowing heroin addicts an unlimited supply of their drug

Osborne thinks local councils best able to use the tax to promote business.
Sounds fine in theory....but, consider the practice....

When you look at the composition of our Cabinet there is a major deficit of business expertise: in fact, there is none!

We have a retired major from the Education Corps; an insurance broker who has just lost her job and a silly idiot who can't even manage a simple bus  contract and whose hubby took away her very hot credit card. 
Oh, and a property developing deputy leader who hasn't developed anything but a huge ego.

Imagine these hopeless deadbeats in charge of  the tens of millions generated from business rates?

We will all still be paying the same as before, whilst the council indulges itself in 'business' guaranteed to be loss making....vide Chelsea Care and Opera Holland Park.


The Dame has just put down her newly acquired 'blinged' mobile phone on Cllr Daniel Moylan.

The Dame's New Toy.
Gravy train Moylan?
The Dame has always admired multi- jobbing Daniel his ability to 'persuade' big hearted Boris to hand him sufficient jobs to maintain the Thai and Kensington abodes. 
At the last count, Danny Boys was grossing £140k a year....all from the tax payer and as lucrative as being PM.
No wonder it made Pooter Cockell spit with envious rage.

So what did the Dame and Danny Boys discuss?

Danny Boys says young Zac Goldsmith will follow Boris and 
will bring in his own cronies. 
For Danny this means a violent reversal of financial fortunes.

Knowing the Dame circulates in mondaine circles Danny Boys asked whether she would 'infiltrate' him into one of her famous salons to meet Zac and his high society sister, Jemima,

Danny Boys thinks his infamous charm  will ensure he continues to sit on the new mayor's knee: after all, they are both members of the Bruges Group. 

Might he? Doubtful....
Goldsmith is as arrogant as Danny Boys. The chances of a love affair are remote.

Sunday, 4 October 2015


Dear Dame
 Kensington residents have been tackling the vile and pornographic cards in our phone boxes. These blight our streets are seen by our young children.
The gangs who put them up are a daily threat to us and place us in danger.
Tourists note the sleaze and none of it is 'A Brighter Kensington' advertisement for UK PLC. 
Residents removing the cards have been threatened with blades. Streetline employees clearing the cards have been harassed. 
Despite meetings with the council and police for 18+ months to try to stop this dangerously antisocial behaviour there has been no meaningful action. 
Why? Cllr Joanna Gardner, Cllr Mathew Palmer, the police, and BT, have all failed us. 
Whose Side Are They On? 
It can't be corruption, but could it be deafness and/or incompetence? Any ideas, anyone? 
Cllr Nick Paget-Brown suggested at a MOPAC meeting that these gangs have been linked via DNA evidence to burglaries. 
Current senior police officers speak about listening to local community concerns. 
National Police Chiefs' Council head Sara Thornton said in July, and in September, that "the police need to have a conversation with the public to determine what they want us to do". 
RBKC Council provides funds to the police in the Borough. The former has a stake in setting police priorities and objectives. That's money from our Council Tax, which should in part go towards what 'we, the people' say is a priority. 
Organised crime includes people trafficking and prostitution. Behind the cardists is a gang leadership. The Met's representatives in our Royal Borough are not on their case. 
Inspector Lestrade with or without Mr Holmes would identify gang bosses, but RBKC's blue line seems too thin and is not listening. Nor is the Council. Disgusted from Kensington is no prude, and knows the oldest profession will always be with us but would hope our elected representatives, and the police who serve us, can do better. Pick up the glove, Cllr Gardner and show some spirit!

Disgusted of Kensington


Last year Mayfield took £1.5 million from the John Lewis Partnership so the question needs to be asked....
How much of his bunce was a bonus from property development. 
What on earth would the founding Lewis family think of this greed.

The Dame hears that last week certain councillors were called to a hastily convened panic meeting to discuss how to deal with the escalating Marlborough crisis.

Took £1.5 million from John Lewis

An Open Letter to Sir Charlie Mayfield, Chairman of John Lewis Plc

2nd October, 2015

Dear Sir Charlie Mayfield,

We call upon you, at this eleventh hour, to step in and save the Victorian Marlborough School building from demolition. Although the boundary walls have already been torn down, there is still time to stop the destruction of this historic Chelsea landmark - an act which residents believe is wrongful and driven purely by greed.

Since the planning permission is in the name of John Lewis Plc, and since it is also John Lewis that is funding the demolition and redevelopment, we hold your company directly responsible.
In addition, it has been revealed that John Lewis, in collusion with the Council, pressured English Heritage not to list Marlborough when The Victorian Society put in their application. Since John Lewis are Corporate Members of English Heritage, this represents a grave conflict of interest.

As you may be aware, the Council had failed to apply for, and obtain, the necessary S77 consent from the Secretary of State for Education, for Disposal of Playing Fields (playground) and as such the Department for Education has already warned them that they continue works “at their risk”. It appears, therefore, that a serious misrepresentation of facts was made to both John Lewis and the Planning Committee, since the Council did not have the correct written consent to dispose of the playground, without which planning consent should never have been granted.

Parents and residents are both shocked and angry that they are only now being asked to participate in a consultation over the disposal of playground; moreover, this consultation is happening alongside the demolition works, which is wholly undemocratic because it will be too late for their objections to count.

We ask you to review this matter urgently, and do all that you can to ensure the works come to an immediate halt before the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea loses one of its most cherished architectural gems.

Yours sincerely,
Save Marlborough Committee


The Dame stands in awe of that champion of all that is best of Chelsea, Heinz Schumi.
Heinz is a man of integrity and courage; his love of Chelsea and all it stands for, is palpable.
So the Dame urges her delightful readers(apart from the ghastly Palmer) to read his latest is excellent.
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Wednesday, 30 September 2015



Marlborough School Demolition Update

Public “Sham” Consultation begins – Private Eye criticises Council

  • The 6-week public consultation to gather parents', teachers, governors and residents' views over the 40,000 sq ft commercial block the Council will build on Marlborough school playground has begun. See flyer attached
  • Residents, parents and local shop-keepers, angered that demolition works were NOT halted while the consultation takes place, threaten to stage a protest outside Kensington & Chelsea Town hall at what they call a “sham consultation”, since the new school has already been designed with rooftop play areas to make space for the commercial block and the Victorian school will be demolished before the consultation ends on November 6th.
  • RBKC Council ploughs ahead with the development, ignoring the Department for Education warning that they continue works “at their risk” since they do not have the required S77 disposal consent from the Secretary of State.
  • Private Eye criticises John Lewis for pressuring English Heritage (of which they are Corporate Members) NOT to list Marlborough School.
  • Marlborough School children, who can see the whole demolition process from the windows of the interim school opposite, stand in front of the Victorian school building with a placard to ask for public support in saving the beloved 1878 Chelsea landmark.