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Friday, 16 November 2018


Lost Soul Beth Douglas
In March, a mentally troubled resident of our Borough died in the most tragic of circumstances; circumstances that would normally trigger a humane reaction in most civilised people. 

But three powerful residents of our Borough decided to boost circulation and profits by printing vile and unverifiable stories about the poor girl sourced from the stupidly unpleasant and dimwitted boyfriend.
Was he paid for his salacious rubbish by Lord Rothermere of Associated Newspapers and his 'creature', Geordie Greig? 
We shall never know...but more than likely.
Slimeball Greig

Had Beth Douglas been a close relative of Rothermere or Greig would the story have seen the light of day? 
An emphatic NO!

Equally shameful was the coverage in the increasingly downmarket and grubby Telegraph. 
But extenuating circumstances exist here....
Anyone who has ever had dealings with the Barclay family recognise them as an odious bunch of jumped up painters and decorators.

Greig, Rothermere and Barclay should ponder whether hurting a bereaved family in this way was gentlemanly or in the public interest. 
If they had a grain of decency they would not need to ponder long.

Thursday, 15 November 2018


MISARA, the hyper-effective residents association, holds its AGM on Tuesday 20 November at 7pm in St Simon Zelotes church, at the top of Moore Street. 
St Simon Zelotes
Resident Associations only properly succeed in their purpose with the overwhelming support of residents.
You can read the MISARA newsletter HERE 
It gives a comprehensive overview of annual activity.
If you live in any of the following streets you are welcome to attend and can join at the door.

Clabon Mews, First St,Halsey St,Hasker St, Lennox Gardens and Mews, Milner St, Moore St, Ovington St, Rawlings St, Richards Place and St Catherine's Mews.

We have two guest speakers again this year:
Sir Paul Lever KCMG, Convenor of the Jubilee Place Residents' Network, a member of the Council of the Chelsea Society and the Brompton and Hans Town ward's representative on its Planning Committee. 

Paul Lever
After a distinguished career in the diplomatic service, including serving as Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee and finally as HM Ambassador to Germany, he became Chairman of the Royal United Services Institute and in 2017 wrote a book "Berlin Rules: Europe and the German Way" so will be able to help us understand better what the Germans want from Brexit

Edward Stourton, the well-known broadcaster, journalist and writer. He was widely considered to be the best interviewer on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, from which he was dropped in 2008-allegedly for being a toff.
Shocking Toff!

Fortunately, this has made him available to present a wide range of other radio programmes, all of the highest quality.

Wednesday, 14 November 2018


The Dame referred to the near illegal demolition by the Council of the Old Town Hall. 
30 years on there is another example in the same street.
how it is

One of the finest examples of Art Deco cinema architecture instead of being a source of civic pride has become a rotting monument to developer greed-aided and abetted by a council in thrall to the likes of the Ritblat family.

Celebrated American author, TD Allman, on passing the Odeon observed..' a city that fails to cherish and preserve its cultural edifices is doomed to mediocrity'

If a resident allowed a Conservation Area property to dilapidate in this way he would face prosecution.

how it was

Smashed to pieces
the sweeping marble staircase

The developers would love us to forget the beauty of the exterior and interior. Fortunately, Guy Oliver who fought so hard to save the cinema is like a terrier with a bone and will not give up easily.
Cllr Taylor-Smith....Do something NOW

Monday, 12 November 2018


.....Allison Flight has been appointed deputy head of development management at the GLA under John Finlayson, head of development management, & Juliemma McLoughlin, assistant director of planning. Flight was previously strategic developments team leader at RBKC....

Those in the know will remember Allison ‘Flighty’ Flight. 
Flighty was the RBKC planning officer who rushed over and gave Capco’s lobbyists DP9 massive displays of affection when the planning committee gave Capco the go-ahead for Earls Court.

Now that Flighty works for Mayor 'Khan’t do anything right' Graham Stallwood has a friend at the GLA

The Dame got her gnarled old hands on this transcript of a telephone conversation....

City Hall Switchboard: Flighty? Got Gra on the line for you

Flighty: ‘Morning Gra, happy we are calling in Holiday Inn?
Can’t have ignorant residents telling us what to do.

Stallwood: Flighty, it's not just residents.....I blame the planning committee.
Since Grenfell, they seem to think that they can ignore us experts.
Thank goodness we have you planted in City Hall to teach the b******s who runs the show.

Flighty: Don’t you worry, Gra. 
After Newcombe House residents should have got the message "elected busybodies need to keep their nose out of planning business.
Who the hell do they think they are?

Stallwood: Have you got it all sorted?  
The Chinese are getting fed up and I am getting furious phone calls from Sir Merrick Cockell and his mate, L'il Bob Neill.

Flighty: Chill! It’s all cool. 
Khan is well out of his depth so I have been working on James Murray.
James is the deputy mayor for Housing and planning. 
We need to get him on board.

Stallwood: Well, don’t let me down Ali. 
I told the Committee the Mayor will bulldoze it through.
I will have egg on my face if it doesn’t happen.

Flighty:  Chill....Graham: it's sorted and the Bolly is on you.
Bolly Boy Stallwood

Friday, 9 November 2018


Nicholas Freeman Memorial Trust

Nicholas Freeman was a one time leader of RBKC. 
Today, this seedy man would probably be in prison.
Freeman needed to raise money to build the monstrous carbuncle in Hornton St so over a weekend-before an injunction could be put in place-he ordered the destruction of the magnificently beautiful Victorian old Town Hall in Kensington High Street. 
Were he alive today Freeman would have loosed the wrecking ball on the now vandalised Art Deco Odeon in the High St

The councillors at the time decided this grotesque man was worthy of a memorial.

The below should be the only memorial to this odious, creepy crook.

The Old Town Hall destroyed in a day by a one time leader


RBKC'S Planning Department costs us residents over £7 million a year.
In the space of just months, two massive 'overdevelopments'-hated by residents, have been rejected by a democratically elected planning committee....against the wishes of Graham Stallwood, our £200, 000 plus a year planning supremo.
That should have been the end of the matter; after all local people made clear to councillors they don't want their neighbourhood ruined by a Newcombe House or a Holiday Inn.
Newcombe House
Win for Mayor & Stallwood
Loss for residents

But Stallwood has a card up his sleeve....
When his 'advice' is disregarded he makes a call to City Hall and asks the mayor to back him up.
So far, Stallwood has won on Newcombe House. 
Will he win with Holiday Inn?

Holiday Inn
A win for Stallwood and the Mayor....or residents?
If he does, it makes one wonder whether the mayor should not run our planning department: after all, he seems to take all the decisions by overriding the wishes of residents.

Tuesday, 6 November 2018


The old Dame has been around our Royal Borough for many a year and likes to dispense advice to some of the 'youngster councillors'

Slightly In Love With Himself?

One such is Cllr Greg Hammond. 
Greg has been a councillor for a few short months.
In those months, he has begun to annoy colleagues and worse, grate on the nerves of local resident associations.

Greg? Listen to a wise old lady....

Don't pontificate and give advice in areas new to you where you have no experience.

That is the way to make enemies.

Monday, 5 November 2018


Greg Hands has the backing of his constituents but Kensington residents are also affected so the Dame is pleased to support his campaign and urges everybody to sign his  Petition  

Sadiq 'Khan't Do Anything Right' really is hopeless. 
Buses are a lifeline for all residents.....TfL's plans are a kick in the teeth for all of us. 

Greg comments....

"As part of the Central London Bus Services Review, Transport for London have announced a set of proposals for bus routes 11, 22, 14 and 19.

These bus services are heavily relied upon by a range of local residents, including commuters, school children and the elderly. 

Of particular concern are the proposals to cut route 19 services, meaning buses would no longer run between Battersea Bridge and Holborn. 
In addition, under these proposals, the no. 11 bus would start from Victoria, as opposed to Fulham Broadway."