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Just an example of asset stripping - voluntary and community organisations are being cast out of Canalside House (with great transport links) and shuffled off to an obscure building in Latimer Road that has no public transport access (as the Council refuses to support a new station at Westway Circus). Canalside House will be demolished and replaced by more luxury housing, for more foreign investors and money launderers attracted by the massive drop in sterling - Brexit being supported by the majority of our Tory councillors (note: K+C voted overwhelmingly for Remain).
What about the historic Westway Information Centre recently handed over to the Notting Hill Prep School? Now the Notting Hill Prep School want both the Information Centre and the much loved library building to spread their tentacles all over Ladbroke Grove. All supported by Cllr Feilding Mellen who has his children's names down to attend the exclusive Notting Hill Prep School.
Yes, and let's not forget the Maxilla Nursery and Children's Centre. Closed down in 2015 by the RBKC and the Westway Trust. Services previously housed at Maxilla now occupying community rooms on Lancaster West Estate leaving local residents with nowhere to hold important community meetings.....
Canalside House, Westway Information Centre and the Maxilla Nursey. Not an inconsiderable list of stripped assets. But there are more, what about the Issac Newton School leased to another Prep School (Chepstow House? When the RBKC gifted this vital community resource to Chepstow House they so upset the directors and parents of Notting Hill Prep School that the North Kensington library building has been leased to them as compensation without any consultation, without an open tendering process and without any scrutiny. Cllr Feilding Mellen was directly involved in this decision making process despite having a direct conflict of interest.
Don't forget that RBKC have just stepped in to purchase the K and C College in Wornington Road with the intention of turning this vital community resource into more expensive "buy to leave" flats. More money making for Feilding Mellen and his spiv property pals who won't stop until they have destroyed our community. The loss of Adult Education to the North of the Borough will be a mortal blow to local working class people and a sure sign that North Kensington residents needs' are not respected by a Council that only protects it's own.
Many on the council support social cleansing. The Sutton Estate. Rumblings and regrets over missed opportunities to get rid of residents on The Cremorne Estate are muttered under breaths in the corridors of power. Many of us who are fourth generation residents of this borough, work and have brought up our children here have more right to live here than you Mr. Paget-Brown.
Would not trust Council or Piggy they never do anything for the good of the borough, residents or small businesses, if you smell a rat, its probably dead in the wall. Get it out!
Well said !!!
Dame was right to bring this to our attention Piggy claims this is not asset strip, but it is undersold and given to a prep school. You would have thought they would have learnt by now we are watching their every move. Hope Channel 4 Dispatches or Panorama will do a special investigation into this council, so many skeletons in so many wardrobes!
The much vaunted new £10 million library is to be built in the grounds of a newly opened prep-school; a former state school. Until recently the Victorian school buildings were used by the community and business as the Isaac Newton Centre. Locals know perfectly well that in a few years' time the library will be acquired by the prep-school via yet another "friendly" lease.The unofficial policy to socially cleanse N. Kensington moves inexorably onwards, towards that golden dawn when all the less well off are gone and there's no one left to vote against Horton Street, and no one needing public services. On that blissful day, the council will announce the lowest council tax rates in the UK. Except that by then Scotland will be long gone. A very sensible move.
The loss of the North Ken Library is a direct result of Labour misguidedly supporting Notting Hill Prep when Chepstow House Alpha Plus took the Isaac Newton Centre from under their nose. The Council then did a secret sweetheart deal with Notting Hill Prep and promised them the Library if they did not run candidates against Tory councillors.
Facilitated by Cllr Feilding-Mellen no doubt (he is in charge of property policy) without declaring that his children are on the waiting list for Notting Hill Prep.
Most of these valuable properties were gifted to the Borough when Margaret Thatcher abolished the Greater London Council and then the Inner London Education Authority. Shame on our council. So many public buildings, paid for by the public, handed over to the private sector in the interest of making a quick buck. And the mismanagement of Kensington and Chelsea College is a financial scandal yet to be revealed. It is because of this that they had to quickly sell it off to the Borough.
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