|THE DAME'S ADVICE TO MR BORE|
Jonathan Bore is Planning Supremo at Kensington and Chelsea. He is a professional with many years experience as a town planner. Previous to RBK&C he held a senior position with The Planning Inspectorate. He does not need to bow to the will of a self interested councillor.
He and his Department have been strong-armed by Cllr Cockell into putting forward a proposal to their own Planning Committee. The proposal is that the canopy in Holland Park-used for just seven summer weeks for the opera-should become a permanent eyesore in this beautiful park.
Residents, the Friends of Holland Park and the Kensington Society are boiling over with rage at the very idea of desecrating this beautiful landscape and the view of Holland House.
What is happening is the usual nonsense from overstay leader Cllr Cockell. Cockell is engaged in his well-known political maneuverings to try and save Opera Holland Park from the financial abyss.
The jumped up Pooter Cockell fancies himself as a Medici figure using millions of our council tax to burnish his amour-propre
Thanks to the Dame residents are up in arms about Cockell’s duplicitous idea to "privatise" the opera using our money.
Predictably, the new owners have found that they can’t make ends even see each other…. let alone meet!
The first gambit is to keep the tent up all year round in order to save £100k: the cost of erecting it and taking it down each and every year.
Then they will request an extension to the 'season'.....already OHP has requested permission for Christmas performances.
Pooter, of course, has bullied his Planning Department to go along with all of this.
Mr Bore. This is an abuse of process….. an abuse of the system….and...above all…. an abuse of your office.
It is time for you to say "enough is enough".