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Wednesday, 19 June 2019

A FLATTERED OLD DAME!

"Hornets Nest is a fantastic initiative, and it would be wonderful to see similar initiatives rolled out country-wide. Right now, nobody oversees council behaviour, and council officers are not accountable to anybody. 
The Ombudsman is run by former council workers, and the Standards Board which was supposed to oversee council conduct was abolished in 2012. 
Private Eye's Rotten Boroughs column highlights some of the most egregious behaviour nationwide, but a Hornets Nest equivalent in every borough would be a great asset in this current vacuum of council accountability in which council officers (and many councillors) do as they please with impunity."

Monday, 17 June 2019

THE HORNET HITS 5000: THE DAME IS A MEDIA STAR!

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Sunday, 16 June 2019

ROTTEN STANDARDS

Totally corroded with rust
This sight should stimulate our CEO, Barry Quirk, into asking some hard-hitting questions. Relatively new, these lamp standards cost taxpayers a small fortune and there must be hundreds around the Royal Borough. 
This lamp in Knightsbridge has its base totally corroded with rust. It could have killed or seriously injured a passer-by when it fell.  This now means each and every lamp needs to be examined. Who will pay for this exercise? The poor bloody taxpayer, of course!
Who commissioned this tat?
Resting 

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Friday, 14 June 2019

A DESERT FOOL IN KNIGHTSBRIDGE

Here's one example of a Middle Eastern driver going out of his way to create massive amounts of noise as he tears around the streets of Knightsbridge.
It's clear he derives considerable enjoyment from the racket he creates.

MASSIVE DECIBEL OUTPUT
REG: P10 JVC


Residents have been asked to report noisy/speeding supercars....but is there a point?

Thursday, 13 June 2019

TEARS BEFORE BEDTIME WITH BOORISH BORIS

The Dame has never made fun of Daniel Moylan's working-class background. 
She may have laughed at his cut-glass accent but that was the limit.
The Dame believes that everybody should have the same opportunities.
Moylan's late father and mother did the most extraordinary job making sure that their son's undoubted intellectual capabilities were properly nurtured.
The only pity is that Daniel 'can't take oats' and finds it difficult carrying people with him. 

This takes the Dame onto 'Boorish' Boris Johnson- a silly and overrated man and no gentleman-despite his attempts to play the eccentric upper-class Englishman: difficult as he's full-blooded Turkish.



At Daniel Moylan's 60th birthday party Johnson made a clumsy speech referring to Boris Buses and alluding to the fact that Daniel's father was a bus driver....how unutterably vulgar on the part of Johnson.

Moylan's father was clearly quite special to have made the sacrifices he did to ensure the very best for his son.

The Dame fears it will be 'tears before bedtime' with the untrustworthy and unpleasant boor, Johnson in power.






MOYLAN JOB HUNTING

It didn't take long for Daniel Moylan to get his hooks into poor old Boris.
The Times has a picture of Moylan squeezing himself into a Johnson family picture.
GHOST AT THE FEAST **
Boris called up the Dame moaning that Danny says he is 'owed one' for all his help at City Hall.
Boris says he doesn't quite see it like that and he paid him back by giving him juicy sinecures-all of which he managed to screw up royally.

The Dame has advised Boris to block Danny's nuisance calls.

** for the benefit of dimwits like Cllr Palmer 
From Macbeth: "a person or thing that brings gloom to an otherwise pleasant occasion."

SUTTON ESTATE'S UNSUNG HERO'S

Jane


Brian









Crucial to saving Sutton Estate from the ravening property developers posing as a charity was Jane Solomon, Richard Burgess and the vicar of St. Luke's, Brian Leathard

It was they who initiated the petition to include Sutton Estate within the Chelsea Conservation Area. 
Its inclusion was something the Council should have done yet never did.
There were many others involved but these were the prime movers.

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

LOCAL PEOPLE ONLY NEED APPLY?

For years rumours of corrupt practices have swirled around the Environmental Health Dept chiefly in relation to waste disposal and noise and nuisance. Let's hope Tim Davis can clean up a tarnished reputation




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Dear Dame

Some of our councillors are aware that RBKC has something of an integrity problem within certain council departments. One of the contributing factors to this integrity problem is that the overwhelming majority of RBKC officers live outside the borough. With no “skin in the game” these officers may be more inclined to take a self-interested and exploitative view of the residents for whom they supposedly work. Once officers are appointed it is extremely difficult to remove them. Officers don't leave, they cannot be removed for being incompetent or lazy, and they have the full protection of the council unless serious wrongdoing can be proven. 

One of the interesting initiatives that have been introduced to deal with this problem is a policy requiring that the council hire RBKC residents wherever possible to fill vacancies as they arise. 

Our borough has many good and talented people looking for work and willing to be trained. We should, as a community, support this initiative in an attempt to try to take back control of our council so that it works on behalf of residents, not for the benefit of council officers!

With this initiative in mind, I would like to bring to the attention of possible candidates who reside in our borough, a job opportunity within the RBKC Environmental Health Department. 
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Tim Davis, the Head of Public Protection, is looking for a Senior Area Noise and Nuisance Officer. This is a rare opportunity to inject some competence and integrity into a department sorely lacking in both. To date, RBKC residents have been poorly served by the noise and nuisance team, and once an officer is appointed, he will likely be there for a very long time. Take, for example, the current Senior Area Noise and Nuisance Officer, Keith Mehaffy, who proudly boasts that he has been an environmental officer at RBKC for more than thirty years! 

Mr Davis would be well-advised to appoint to this position a competent officer who understands the law he or she is supposed to uphold (currently lacking in the noise and nuisance team), who understands that his or her duties are to all residents, not just the wealthy ones, and who has integrity and a good dose of common sense to go along with it. 

If you know someone who lives in the borough who meets these requirements, please encourage them to apply for this position, to raise the standards of this very flawed department, and who will support our community with honesty and integrity. The closing date for applying for this position is 16th June!

Please spread the word!

Yours sincerely

Engaged Resident

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

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THE DEVIL AND LONG SPOONS

Resident and tenant associations have a vital role in calling the council to account when it attempts to ride roughshod over them.



The Dame hears that Cllr Weale has insinuated herself into the development of an Ovington Square RA: this is folly on the part of residents.



Weale thinks that by cosying up to residents she will have some influence.
Residents Associations should remain fiercely independent and not in the pocket of the Council.

The Council has a Gold Standard Award for well behaved RA's. 
Winners get £500 and a chance to hobnob with the Leadership Team in the Mayor's Parlour....silly stuff and to be avoided.
If residents want help in forming an association much better to ask the advice of existing and successful associations like MISARA or Hillgate Village RA.

Sunday, 9 June 2019

CHAIRMAN OF CANDIDATES CALLS THE DAME



The Dame's telephone tinkles....
It's young Damian Collins, a CCHQ big wig wanting some advice.....



"Dame, you're a wise old bird. 
Ex Cllr Moylan and Cllrs Taylor-Smith and Weale have pushed themselves forward for inspection. 
What do you think?"

Well, the Dame is not one to hold back and this is what she told Damian...

"Dear Boy, is it sensible to have as candidates three so intrinsically linked to one of the greatest tragedies of our time? I think not....
Former Cllr. Moylan is a man of many mysteries as well as being the deeply unpopular deputy leader of the Council....so unpopular, in fact, he was 'blackballed' in the leadership battle....oh and a fervent Brexiteer and leading light in the Bruges Group. 

Cllr Weale has a well-earned reputation for indolence. "hard work never killed anyone but I am not going to test the claim" she is reported to have joked.....

Another, when challenged by residents was, "we hear but don't listen". 

Deputy Leader Kim's political credentials are somewhat thin besides which he will be heavily engaged in defending the Council's role over Grenfell."

Will young Damian listen to the wise old Dame or will he allow the Association to put forward three candidates all with Grenfell baggage?


KILLING TWO BIRDS WITH ONE ACOUSTIC CAMERA

Acoustic Camera
"Motorists with vehicles breaching legal noise limits could face fines if new "acoustic camera" technology is developed, the government has said."


The unnecessary roar of speeding supercars makes life intolerable and on the basis that their noise equals speed these devices could be the solution to the seemingly insoluble issue of noise pollution and speeding monster cars.

The Department for Transport will test noise-detecting cameras in various locations over the next seven months.
You can read about it HERE

This is just what is needed in Kensington and Chelsea and the Dame is delighted to hear from Cllr Sof McVeigh that the Council is looking into whether the deterrent can be trialed in the Borough.



A NERD LECTURES THE DAME!

Hi old Dame,

How you doin' this fine, sunny Sunday?

I am a bit of a politics nerd and having been transplanted here by my bank thought I would get immersed in local politics.
Well, I see that your local Labour Party is run by these Momentum guys.
Do you want my take on why some overseas firms are pulling out of the UK?

Well, it's got a bit to do with Brexit uncertainty and a massive amount to do with the possibility of the country being run by a bunch of stoopid Marxists with a predilection for stealing assets for nothing/or paying peanuts.
Britain Post McDonnell and Corbyn

After all, why take the risk of your corporate assets being nicked and your country of operation reduced to the state of Mr. Corbyn's much-admired Venezuela?

Loving your blog....



Saturday, 8 June 2019

BORWICK'S PROBLEM? SHE CARES TOO MUCH

Many of us will remember the great Battle of Sloane Square.
On one side ranged the residents led by James and Margaret Thomson and on the other, Merrick Cockell and Daniel Moylan.
'Daniel the Vandal' wanted to get rid of the Square and convert it to cross roads!

It was at this time the Dame first met Victoria Borwick. 

Victoria, together with Tim Coleridge, took a principled stand and sided with the residents believing it to be the right thing to do.
In those days you paid dearly for doing the 'right thing'. 
Victoria was sent to a sort of Hornet St Siberia and Coleridge dropped from the Mayoral cycle.
With Portobello Traders

Like the rest of the councillors, she could have fallen into line and done the bidding of Cockell and Moylan but that is not her style.

If there is an underdog about you can be certain VB will not be far away.

Most MP's once they get their bottoms on 'the green leather' pay lip service to their constituents.

Their motivation is to clamber up the greasy political pole.
Victoria's motivation was always to continue to fight for constituents whether at the top or bottom of the pile.


The Dame makes no apology for liking and respecting Victoria Borwick. 
Some might say had she trimmed her sails and espoused the Remain cause she would have kept the seat: those who know Victoria Borwick know that she's another who's not for turning.
Campaigning

She was an excellent MP once and will make an excellent MP again.





Friday, 7 June 2019

THE DAME CHALLENGES THE HEAD OF PARKING TO TELL THE TRUTH

Enjoying the sunshine in
Thurloe Sq
Keeping busy in Sloane St!

According to RBKC Head of Parking, Nick Day, the Council cannot spare CEO's to police illegal double parking in Hans Road as they 'are under-resourced and the CEO's are just not available.'
These images sent in by readers show an entirely different story.
CEO's were observed 'chewing the cud' for over thirty minutes.
These are not isolated examples: CEO's are seen either lazing around or ticketing overstays to meet revenue targets,

No time to spare for illegal parking





Tuesday, 4 June 2019

INELEGANT AND ILLEGAL TENANTS COURTESY OF ELEGANT HOMES!


Gang driven illegal subletting is now so prevalent in Prime Central London one agent, Patrick Bullick of Stanley Chelsea believes it’s a vehicle to launder money with the potential to fund terrorism.
He plans to report suspicious activity he identifies to the National Crime Agency. 
To be fair to Greg Hands(which the Dame rarely is) he has escalated this gang-related letting to Kit Malthouse but RBKC has shown no interest in halting this criminal activity. 

     LEVY BURSTING OUT!
If a motor mouth called Nicholas Levy from an outfit called Elegant Homes tries to persuade you to rent your flat to one of his ‘elegant’ clients go and lie down until the temptation passes.
       NYMAN WITH HIS
'AREN'T I A BIT OF CHARACTER' TIE

Mr. Levy persuaded one owner of a Knightsbridge flat to use his services.
He convinced her his client was well known to him having previously rented a house in Pont St Mews. 
With that sort of endorsement who wouldn’t go ahead? 
....only someone very naive and trusting!

Elegance’ trips lightly off rotund Levy’s silver tongue.... his proposed tenant was an elegant’ gentleman from the Middle East who wanted the flat for his family.

What happened next was far from ‘elegant’.

Within a week a succession of different ‘subtenants’ (to use Levy’s term) started occupying the flat for overnights...one pair of Middle Eastern males would party and fight from 02.00 to 05.00.
Another claimed to be the uncle of the ‘main tenant’ (another Levy euphemism!) even though he could not remember his nephew’s name.

The next weekend saw the arrival of sixty teenagers who claimed they had found the flat on Airbnb and had rented it for a party.
INELEGANT RAVE PARTY!

They dispersed when the police were called.
Levy said his tenant was unsure of how the young people had acquired the key but all would be well as the son of the tenant was going to use the flat for six months whilst he had ‘medical treatment’.
What sort of medical treatment is unclear as our ‘poorly young man’ was seen escorting a group of young girls into the flat!

One overnighter is a young girl who the ‘poorly young man’ claimed was a 'relative'.... odd, as she was from West Africa!
The latest occupant is another 'relative' from Saudi Arabia.
It now seems a rather discreet brothel is operating out of the flat...


So, if Mr. Levy of Elegant Homes comes knocking on your door don’t open it: you will end up needing ‘medical treatment’ for trauma.
Above a couple of images of the pair of wide-bodied boys so you can avoid them.

A reader wrote this" 

Furious resident determined to get them
5 June 2019 at 11:39
I have also been stung by this so called middle eastern gang, a few months later Nicholas Levy from elegant homes (without us providing our number) called me saying he had a client wanting to rent the property. I also contacted the Dame on this issue of subletting a few months ago but never heard back though! How can the Dame help? there is a plethora of information out there and many residents stung! I know of 5 such cases!

Oh, and don't even think of litigating against the Dame....you will be laughed out of court!
If any reader has an issue with an illegal tenancy please email the Dame: she can help.

SUTTON ESTATE SAVED FROM DEMOLITION


SAVED!!



Clarion has gone back on proposals to demolish 383 flats on the estate and will now carry out much-needed improvements to the majority of homes and bring empty properties back into use.
It announced the decision today, six months after Housing Secretary, James Brokenshire rejected Clarion's vandalistic plans saying there would be an unacceptable loss of social housing.
The man who has tirelessly led the fight to save Sutton Estate is Cllr. Ian Henderson. 
Ian has been like a dog with a bone and never gave up even when the omens looked bad.
Dog with Bone!

Ian had this to say: 
"we welcome the news that the Sutton Estate is not to be demolished. This is a victory for the entire Chelsea community who stood shoulder to shoulder with us irrespective of their economic position.  
This was morally  the right thing to do  and we now look forward to having proper resident engagement with Clarion and the Council to make Chelsea a better place for us all. Two victories in Chelsea , one cup and one housing estate , not bad !"

There is another lesson to be learned here.
In recent years housing associations have become avaricious and distracted from their historic role. 
The CEO of Clarion was being paid around £500,000 a year. He began to think he was a high flying property developer instead of a humbe housing manager who got lucky with a parcel of ungeared assets.