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Tuesday, 1 September 2015

DID JOHN LEWIS PRESSURE ENGLISH HERITAGE?

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This pushy letter from those paragons of retail virtue, John Lewis, needs reading between the lines....
John Lewis is a very valuable corporate member of English Heritage so it seems odd that the writer did not 'declare a very important interest': after all, Mr Garrard, a lowly member of the EH team might have felt just a bit pressured...
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Friday, 28 August 2015

THE GAZETTE HITS OUT AT LAND GRABBING COUNCIL

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Local children suffer so international property developers can make hundreds of millions......

THE DAME GETS A RAP OVER THE KNUCKLES

NO PLACE FOR POOTER!
The Dame never takes herself so seriously that she cannot reproduce unkind letters attacking her.
Though she was somewhat surprised when this rude email popped through her gold plated de luxe email box.



Dear Dame or Whoever you might be,

I hope you are thoroughly pleased with yourself.
Sources close to the Cabinet Office tell me though Sir Merrick's name was nominated, adverse publicity generated by the likes of envious types like you, forced its excision.
You must be delighted your mischief making has been so successful and so damaged this 'servant of the people'.
Your ruthless attacks rested solely on the fact that, occasionally, Sir Merrick used the Bentley and the utter lie that he forced its purchase so that he might use it. 
One agrees that his overseas travel did involve him travelling First Class, and equally, that he stayed in Business Class hotels. However, this should be set against the fact that when Sir Merrick travelled to foreign parts he was performing an ambassadorial role. 
As for his annual income from allowances....£135,000 is hardly a great income these days.

It is right and proper that someone of his importance and stature be treated with respect.
So now, thanks to your vicious and ruthless campaign we have lost the services of Sir Merrick in the House of Lords.
One hopes you are very proud.

I no longer read your blog.

Yours faithfully

Roger Fullerton-Blythe




EARLS COURT POST OFFICE CLOSURE: PUBLIC MEETING

Public meeting to discuss Post Office proposals to close Earls Court branch.

Tuesday 8 September, 7pm to 9pm. St Cuthbert’s Church, 50 Philbeach Gardens, SW5 9EB.

Come along and have your say http://www.rbkc.gov.uk/postoffice

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

THE DESTRUCTION OF THE ODEON KENSINGTON AND THE GREED OF OUR TIMES

If you thought the Art Deco Odeon cinema in High Street Ken was safe you have been seriously misled.
Though 25,000 people have signed the PETITION to save the cinema the demolition will go ahead.
In just a few weeks time, whilst most of us are away on holiday, the bulldozers will move in on yet another much loved piece of Kensington.
The irony of all this is that Ritblat pere, whose son is behind the destruction, claims to be a lover and collector of antiquarian books!

To consolidate the image of the archetypical country squire Sir John also claims to be a bee keeper!
An architect said,"Their proposal It is a generic form of non-architecture taking reference from the recent soulless developments to the west end of Kensington High Street instead of the stylish deco edifices ( Barkers/ Derry and Toms ) to the East End."

Those in the know say that the council and planning officers bend over backwards to do the will of the Ritblats.
It also seems the fairly useless English Heritage are not innocent: it failed to intervene, despite knowing that under the modern shop fittings is hidden the cream of Art Deco architecture.

The Dame has been provided with images proving the point beyond any dispute.
Another long term resident had this to say....
"The essential character of Kensington High Street is being eroded with more and more residential blocks – often bought for investment by investors and unoccupied.
Minerva have been responsible for under investing in a handsome property in order to win an argument for a mediocre
Development."






Tuesday, 25 August 2015

FILMMAKER SAYS NO TO CROSSRAIL 2 FOR CHELSEA

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Some unpleasant people are odiously comparing the Dame's work with that of her friend, Geoff Baker.
Very cruel...the Dame has never pretended to be a hack and sometimes it does show.
Well done, Geoff, you are building up a great following.

BBC TO FEATURE KNIGHTSBRIDGE

Over the last few years Knighsbridge has been under siege....


At all hours of the day and night supercars race around its streets and squares, causing noise and mayhem.
Brompton Road and Beauchamp Place....once elegant and refined, are now like the worst parts of Edgware Road, with a proliferation of kebab houses and cafe's full of  shisha pipe smoking tourists.


Brompton Rd
The whole area, replete with beggars, has slid down hill. 
The Dame has been approached by the BBC. 
Their plan is to take an in-depth look at the area for BBC Inside Out London. 


The focus is not just on the supercar menace, but generalised anti social behaviour.
The producer, George Henton would very much like to hear from residents.
Serious and sensible programmes such as these help motivate the council and the police.

If you have a view George would like to hear from you. He can be contacted by email:George.Henton@bbc.co.uk



Monday, 24 August 2015

COUNCIL DOES DEAL WITH MYSTERIOUS FOREIGN INVESTORS.......


The Council ought to buy its own demolition company: after all, it takes a perverse pleasure in allowing all that is good and interesting in the Borough to be pulverised and replaced with luxury apartments for the international super-rich.





Lancer Square is a fine example of friendly, human scale '60's architecture.
Residents and visitors love it. Sadly, it is to be no longer.


A mysterious overseas investor has acquired the Square and now plans to smash it to the ground. He will replace it with more high density luxury flats for foreigners whose money has lost the stench of its dodgy origins.