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Thursday, 6 September 2012


Caryl Harris is the most effective chairwoman of one of the most populous and powerful resident associations.
The Dame is one of her great admirers:unlike the Dame, Caryl is very far from being geriatric and boring!

Dear Councillor Read,

Like you, I also represent a very large section of South Kensington – in fact our Association patch covers from the top of Palace Gate down to the Old Brompton Road in the south - across to the Westminster Borough and Exhibition Road in the west, and to the top of Kensington Gore, encompassing three large wards;  Queen's Gate, Brompton and Courtfield -  taking in The Albert Hall, all the museums, two of London's busiest underground stations, and most of the less liked embassies and consulates in London plus 109 restaurants, night clubs and cafes. The difference is,  we genuinely represent them, because my members have a choice not to join our association every year and actually pay to have me represent them - and have done so for 44 years. 

So speaking, as I do from my time spent happily living (and representing my members) in the Borough for more than 44 years and definitely now falling into your category of the geriatric and atrophied - may I ask this question? From your vast experience having sat on a planning committee for, is it three full months now? (most of which time you no doubt have been in sunnier climes). Did you really write that hog wash  I read like "vast basement excavations are boring and atrophying geriatrics living in the past"?

A simple yes or no will suffice.

Yours sincerely,

Caryl Harris 
South Kensington & Queen’s Gate 


  1. Read demonstrates yet again the contempt this council has for the residents of this borough. And it is a great pleasure to see Caryl holding him to account, arrogant little twat.

  2. I just wish Mrs Harris would stand as an Independent: she would demolish Read. We need the likes of Mrs Harris to stand up for us. She chased off the Iranians over their horrid plans

  3. An example of a Resident Association Chairperson who is not seduced by the baubles of Cockell's Hornton Street. She tells it like it is and takes no prisoners. Rodents like Cllr Read get demolished

  4. Coutfield Resident6 September 2012 at 10:43

    Cllr (call me Tony) Holt is having second thoughts about the Dame and the Hornet, which he has described as a "pox on Kensington and Chelsea". The previously useless and self indulgent Councillor suddenly finds that his peace is about to be massively disturbed because the Freehold Owner of his flat plans to start a massive (two years at least) basement excavation in his house. Poor Tony has nowhere to turn to and suddenly finds that it is only the campaigning Dame and her pressure on the spineless Cllr Ahern to reform the planning regulations re basements that give him any hope.

    Strange world that we live in

  5. Chairwoman Harris, in a few well chosen words, has exposed Cllr Read for the fraud that he truly is. This ex Goldman Sachs banker is entitled to be a free thinker but he needs to be released back into the wilderness, the home of all wild creatures. He has no place as a representative of voters and he cannot be tolerated a minute longer as a member of the K&C Planning Committee.

  6. I look forward to the reply from Cllr Read to the challenge from Chairman Harris. I hope that she shares this with the Dame

  7. Read the ensuing, it will tell you that Read's gerontophobia is about HIS OWN fear of growing old:

    GERONTOPHOBIA: Ken Dychtwald identifies seven markers that can make up this phobia in chapter two of Age Wave: How the Most Important Trend of Our Time Will Change Your Future[4]:

    If young is good, then old is bad
    If the young have it all, the old are losing it
    If the young are creative, the old are dull
    If the young are beautiful then the old are unattractive
    If the young are stimulating, then the old are boring
    If the young are full of passion, then the old are beyond caring
    If the children are tomorrow, the old represent yesterday

    SUGGESTED TREATMENTS: [I suggest 'Flooding']
    Breathing Techniques: If your fear is only moderate or partially containable, learning a soothing breathing exercise may be just what you need to handle stressful situations.
    Systematic Desensitization: A three part process that includes relaxation, understanding exactly what you fear and finally becoming more familiar with each of your fears on a personal level.
    Flooding: A person is directly immersed in their fear until the fear subsides and the patient realizes that there was nothing to fear in the first place.

  8. The word in Hornton Street is that Caryl Harris is a "deranged woman".

    She joins the ranks of the "nutter" Dr Gordon Taylor (Chairman of the West London Residents Association), the "NIMBY" David White (Chairman of the Campden Hill Residents Association) and the "unsound" Anthony Walker (Chairman of the Edwardes Square Residents Association). The Dame is cursed daily by Cllr Cockell who has instructed his IT Department to prevent access to the Hornet website on the Council computer system. Councillors and officers have been instructed not to read the Hornet or to comment. Silly man

    1. You missed out the Chairman of the "Save Sloane Square" campaign, Dr James Thompson, who was firmly dismissed by Cllr Moylan and Cllr Cockell as an unfortunate resident who "had lost it". James, of course, had the last laugh and the madcap plans for Sloane Square from the bus drivers son were consigned to the dustbin

    2. Mercifully for K&C Cllr Moylan has moved on. His unpleasant and bullying behaviour towards fellow Councillors and Officers often spilled over to residents who opposed his views. We should not forget the terrible episode when an inebriated Moylan bawled out and intimidated Margret Thompson in public at a "Save Sloane Square" meeting. Residents did not agree with his views and he "lost it".

  9. When will Cllr Cockell exert some authority and remove Cllr Read from the Planning Committee?

  10. 64% of the voting population in Kensington and Chelsea is over 60 years of age. A member of Cllr Cockell's Administration has dismissed us as "boring and atrophying". The Conservatives need to consider their position

  11. Retired Chief Executive6 September 2012 at 12:18

    One of the crucial jobs of Leaders is management appointments. The right managers in the right jobs (along with strategy and Governance) is what makes an organisation successful. A good Leader "knows his men and women" and makes the wise choice.

    Something seems to have gone badly wrong when Cllr Read was appointed to be a Memebr of the Planning Committee and became a member of the Conservative Administration. A poor Leadership move.

  12. Cllr Cockell is the problem and it is time for him to go. He loves the crude attack dog tactics of Cllr Read at Council Meetings and cannot understand the difference between yobs and sobs

  13. I found Cllr Read to be very helpful with my planning application for an extension to my basement flat

  14. Friend of Cllr Read6 September 2012 at 15:43

    Ms Harris is old, boring and atrophied. Fact

    1. The fact that you scribble puerile, schoolboy idiocies says much about you. With imbecile friends like you Cllr Read has no need of enemies.

  15. "scribble puerile, schoolboy idiocies"

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha that coming from someone who writes about "pooter, danny boys, Betty, Oirish" etc etc

    1. You are clearly highly embarrassed by the Dame's reprimand! Let us hope,having now learnt your lesson, you will refrain from embarrassing your friend Jonathon P Read with your inanities...
      BTW who is 'Betty"?
      Pooter is the hero in that wonderful book, Diary of a Nobody, which follows the gauche social climbing antics of a clerk. Your leader and Mr Pooter have much in common......

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