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Friday, 24 October 2014


Are their fissures developing in the Tri-Borough 'project'?

It seems that the Labour Group at H&F have decided to appoint their own man/woman and dispense with the well liked Nicholas Holgate.

However, it's time Mr Holgate raised his game and started to throw his weight around....the useless Planning Dept would be a start.....


Basement project killed
Mr Bore needs to seek the advice of Camden Council.

This report in the EVENING STANDARD shows that greedy exploiters of planning loopholes can be stopped in their tracks.

Well done Camden councillors.

Thursday, 23 October 2014


Has the tide is turned in favour of residents?

In the last couple of weeks members of the Planning Applications Committee have turned down a number of basement applications-to the joy of residents.

CHelsea Cinema-Doomed!

And a few days ago Cadogan's application to redevelop the Chelsea Cinema and adjoining Trafalgar House pub was kicked into touch.

No wonder residents were in a self congratulatory mood.

Sadly, the The Dame thinks that residents have been counting their chickens. 

None of these decisions are any form of reliable indicator of what the future might hold.

Councillors have made a show of standing up to Mr Bore and team, but the truth is this....'yes, there will be a temporary moratorium on big basements but, in the end, a council aligned to the interests of 'big money' developers will throw a few scraps to residents and carry on as before.'

As one planning expert and senior member of a highly regarded local resident association said, "our victory over Cadogan was Pyrrhic: they will come back and win on appeal"

No wonder Mr Bore could afford to be so patronising and condescending at the meeting!

If residents really want change they need to get some muscle and that means putting up their own candidates.... if unhappy with their politically sponsored councillor.

Sunday, 19 October 2014


From the Kensington Society


Basements on hold until the end of the year

The Council announced today, 17thOctober, that it will not be determining applications for development proposals which include subterranean development, and such proposals will not be reported to the Planning Applications Committee, unless there are site specific material considerations which make this appropriate or they comply with the current Core Strategythe existing SPD and the emerging policy.

This is big news following over a year of consultations on a new basement policy.

Initially the residents were very excited that there would be tighter controls over basement construction. However, the planning department position remained that until approved it would not take into consideration the emerging policy.  Following two consultations the Council revised the policy which was sent to the Planning Inspectorate in April and which went to the Examination in Public held last month. Meanwhile the basement contractors mounted a strong campaign to persuade people to apply for deep basements over the proposed 50% of the garden restriction.  Both the public and the Councillors on the Planning Applications Committee were frustrated to find that the draft policy would not be considered as an reason for refusal and the PAC Councillors were advised that the applications could not be refuse.  The result was the approval of a series of large double basements. 

As the draft policy has now gone through successive stages of the approval process, it should have been given more weight, although the degree of objection and any uncertainty about the likely outcome must also be a consideration. Having nearly reached the end of the process – we are expecting the Inspector’s report on the Examination by late December – the Council has now proposed to hold off making any decisions on basement applications until they are clear what the future policy will be. This should ensure that there is some consistency in the decisions made on cases to be decided in the next few months and that no one would have grounds for complaint.

In other words, if the new policy is accepted basements will be limited to 50% of the garden, to one level and not under listed buildings.  However, if the policy is not accepted all the applications which are held in abeyance will be determined in line with the revised policy whatever that is.

So it could be good news, but watch this space!

17 October 2014


The Sunday papers will bulge with stories about how Qatar, not just turns a blind eye to its citizens who fund ISIL, but actively encourages them to support this murderous group who torture and hack the heads off our compatriots.

Yet the buffoon Johnson, on his recent trip to Qatar, had this to say about the duplicity of Qatar's ruling class.

"The Qataris are wearing M&S underwear beneath their kanduras. They are eating in Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants. They are driving Land Rovers and phoning with Vodafone – and last year the UK exported goods worth a record £1.3 billion to Qatar alone; not bad for a place with only 1.8 million people. 
It was a joy to hear the natives speak spontaneously of their affection for Britain. I lost count of the number of times I was told: “London is my second home.”

Johnson, doesn't just have his head up the Qatari bottom: he has an entire Shard up there. 

Friday, 17 October 2014


A resident upbraids the Dame....

Dear Dame

I am fortunate enough to be a resident in Cllr Borwick's ward.
I stress fortunate because Cllr Borwick is tireless in her efforts on our behalf. 
How she combines her various heavy responsibilities so effectively is a mystery to us all.

Anyway, I would have thought the Hornet would have immediately pointed out the fact that Boris's Statutory Deputy Mayor has been named by the Evening Standard as one of London's 1,000 people of influence.

Well done, Cllr Borwick. 
It's well deserved and one hopes that your skills and experience will be used at a more localised level.

Kind regards

Paul W******

Thursday, 16 October 2014


A Memorial service for Fiona Buxton will be held at 2.00pm on Friday, 21st November at Christ Church Kensington, Victoria Road, W8 5RQ

At tonight's Council meeting there was much sadness and emotion. 
For once political opponents came together to praise and remember Fiona Buxton.
Fiona represented all that is good in British public service and it must have been a great comfort for her family to have heard the lavish and heart felt tributes paid to her.

Cllr Moylan, Fiona's fellow ward councillor, opened the evening. 
He spoke of Fiona's courage as she contemplated her early death. 
He spoke of what she had given to the community and how much more she had to give.
He told of how Fiona's children were a testament to her excellence as a mother and how he never wanted to challenge them on their specialised knowledge of dinosaurs-a subject they had great knowledge of!
He talked of how she really cared for all those in the community she was elected to serve:especially, the vulnerable. 
He ended by saying how the passage of time would not diminish people's fond memory of her.

Cllr Joanna Gardner –  spoke of Fiona's belief in the importance of getting women into front line of politics and helping others to succeed. 
She talked about how Fiona cared about the people around her and her big heartedness. 
She was an excellent Cabinet member who took on housing, health care, adult social services. 
She was a familiar sight bicycling around the Borough and always accessible; always a friend. 
Cllr Gardner ended by saying Fiona had such a love of life and so much to give, a bright light dimmed much too early.

Cllr David Lindsay – spoke of Fiona’s friendship, generosity of spirit and skill at getting the best out of everyone and every situation. 
He said she could be irreverent, fun, mischievous, with a great sense of humour.  
A community representative had told him she was the most value driven politician he had ever met; conscientious and doing what was best for each individual.  
He read a moving poem which he felt summed up Fiona's life....
“You can shed tears that she is gone,
or you can smile because she has lived.
You can close your eyes and pray that she'll come back,
or you can open your eyes and see all she's left.
Your heart can be empty because you can't see her,
or you can be full of the love you shared.

Cllr Thompson 

Gave thanks for Fiona's life and how he knew her as her vicar.  
He said he chimed with her....her liveliness and practical approach to life. 

Cllr Mary Weale who succeeded Fiona on Adult Social Care described how she tackled the difficult tasks and challenges and was not afraid to make a difference,  
She had opened Piper House, a home for some of our younger vulnerable people whilst ill, but still found time to talk to all the families and how her life was an example to others.

Cllr Tim Coleridge  spoke about how Fiona would not only be missed as a fellow councillor, but also by the community. 
He  talked of how she had persuaded him to help turn Focus K&C into the Kensington and Chelsea Foundation – she had taken it upon herself to work with people who were not Conservatives but wanted to make a difference in the community. 
Thanks to Fiona she got this all together and building a very successful charity to enable local people to support local charities.  
She bullied him when he was Mayor to start the project off and now, a few years on,  over £2m had been raised.
He ended by saying had it not been for Fiona we would never have got a proper community foundation.

Cllr Robert Freeman -
I first met Fiona shortly after she and Edward moved into my ward, it must have been some 18 years ago.  I remember being struck above all by her sense of humour.  She was genuinely funny and incisive and she had what many people have called a wicked sense of humour.  Wicked possibly but also self-deprecating and never unkind.   She was bright in every sense of the word, intelligent, thoughtful, good company and full of vitality.
When she became a councillor social care was a ‘natural’ for her.  It was not just her considerable ability as a manager, but her energy, vitality and friendliness.  She was kind, truly caring, always happy to listen and determined that people for whom she was responsible should lead full and purposeful lives.      
Colleagues well beyond this borough had been certain a national role lay ahead.  Sadly her illness cruelly prevented this.
I saw Fiona in hospital and also shortly before she died.  Her courage was remarkable.  She was very ill but the wicked sense of humour and the vitality were still there, undimmed by the illness.  She told me that she looked on each day as a bonus and we talked about her career and what might have been both here in Kensington and Chelsea and nationally.  She said you know the only thing is that for me what always came first was my family and Fiona was above all a family person.

Fiona was a true friend and someone whose loss as a friend and as a colleague all of us feel very deeply.

Cllr Pat Mason  I remember Fiona cycling around on her bicycle. 
We have heard the long list of committees she served on, but she was a Councillor who believed in making things better for her residents.  
She was well respected by all sides.  
The tributes brought back memories of his own mother who had died of cancer so he appreciated this was a very difficult time for her family.

Cllr Emma Will  I find this very difficult, as it is impossible to sum up what a wonderful person Fiona was.... warm, clever, kind, funny, generous of her time to me, helpful with her advice,  passionate about her work, and never taking herself seriously.  
Her family’s loss is unbearable to contemplate. This council is diminished by her loss.

Cllr Nick Paget Brown – Leader
This is a very sad blow to her family but also an enormous loss to this Council.  Fiona was an effective, endearing colleague who took on the most difficult field of policy – health, hospital and home care, adult social service ........  
She cut through the complexities, and held the attention of the whole Chamber when she spoke.  
She dealt with the restructuring of the NHS and the new responsibilities it bought to the Council effectively and mastered all the new regulations dealing with them all authoritatively.
She was effective, and had a voice across London, and was respected across London,  Whatever she did she would bring her passion and love of life.  
We celebrated the opening of Piper House with her, and she was wonderful with all the vulnerable residents, so caring, and still had so much more to give.  
She was destined to be a future leader of the Council or an MP. 
Whatever she would have done would have been successful.  
She was a loving wife, mother, and friend to all....not just a successful and respected politician and human being.

After a minutes silence the Mayor took the family out to the Parlour and Cllr Robert Atkinson (Deputy) took the Chair.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014


To the left is a picture of Eddie Izzard, the comedian, lending his support to residents of Sutton Dwellings. 
He is flanked to the left by Andrew Barshall and Ian Henderson; the two challengers to Pooter and pals at the last council election.

But who, lurking to the left, is the plump peroxide blonde in black leggings with camera and recording device(?)
The Dame has been told the lady seemed very keen to listen in to the trio's private conversations....or could she have just been a harmless Izzard fan?

It seems not. 
It's Linda Mullins, who rejoices in the job title of Commercial Asset Performance and Improvement Manager on the snoop for stuff to report back to her £1million a year charity boss, Keith Exford! 
Anyway, the good news for Keith the Mason is that he will find a nest of fellow masons in Hornton St Exford Mason

Keith also seems to have trouble with staff relations....Bullying

Affinity Sutton's PR team has already been accused of harassing tenants. 
The presence of Miss Mullins whilst protesters were meeting Izzard and the press smacks of chicanery.
It's time the vastly overpaid CE of Affinity Sutton, Keith Exford bought his dogs to heel