We are fortunate to have some highly organised and very effective resident associations. The Kensington Society, ESSA and the Knightsbridge Association spring to mind, but there exist a host of smaller and no less important associations, run by committed and hardworking committees.
Sanguinely.... under Nick Paget-Brown we will see a change in the relationship between the council and residents. The 'we know best' thinking of some councillors needs to become redundant as Ukip continues to seduce local voters and steal seats.
It has struck the Dame that there are issues which transcend ward boundaries where resident associations...pan borough...have a commonality of interests.
Planning is a prime example.
So why, rather than having a tendency to be reactive, do our associations not move towards being more proactive and assertive?
All it would require would be a very informal umbrella type organisation able to articulate a strong K&C 'resident shout' on a broad spectrum of issues.
Another role? How about associations 'auditing' their ward councillors to ensure they are not just sitting around on their backsides, claiming their £11,500 allowances.... and doing nothing.
Culprits in this regard are the likes of the hopelessly invisible Cllr Neal and Cllrs Weale, Warrick, Condon-Simmonds & Lizzie Campbell(who imagines she is some sort of reincarnation of Lady Thatcher!)
Dez O'Neill needs to buck his ideas up too....