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Monday, 14 June 2021

A CHIEF CONSTABLE TALKING ABOUT OLD FASHIONED POLICING



This is what we want our senior police to look like! 

What a breath of fresh air....

Greater Manchester Police's new chief constable has said he absolutely would not take the knee. This article in the Manchester Evening News will resonate with all of us. Watson is reverting to old style Divisions and expects senior officers to go out on patrols....leadership by example...at last.

Stephen Watson believes the level of 'woke' policing has passed


a 'high water mark' of tolerance from the public, who would rather see officers catch burglars.

He said the public is 'fed up' with 'virtue-signaling police officers' and believes that the impartiality of officers could be undermined by responses to campaign groups including actions such as taking the knee or wearing their pins, badges or rainbow shoelaces.

On whether he would take the knee in uniform, Mr Watson told a newspaper," I would take the knee for the Queen, God and Mrs Watson but no one else"


Thursday, 10 June 2021

LAWLESS LONDON

Get back on the streets

This email highlights the sheer fearlessness of London criminals.

The Dame does not believe there is a shortage of police: she does believe there is a dearth of skills amongst senior police management.

We need to return to the days when the Force was run with rigour by officers with a military background who understood man management. Too often we see police aimlessly driving around in vans and luxury 4 x 4's when they should be off their backsides and walking the streets of London. 


Dear Dame


Sorry about emailing you again this is on a different subject and didn't want to overload you on one email.

On Sunday night, 6th June, with many people walking about a man attempted to steal an Eardley Crescent resident's bike.  Dressed in black and armed with an angle grinder.   He carried on attempting to steal the bike even after residents shouted at him to stop, even banging on their windows.  He only stopped and packed up after more residents came out of their homes to intervene.  This was not the end of it as he came back a few minutes later to try and pull the bike off its chain and only stopped after police arrived with their lights on, they do not appear to have caught the would-be thief.

This is the third time within a year the road has been targeted by thieves with an angle grinder outside residents' homes and bike rack at the Warwick road end. 

One feels this is why foot patrols by the Met are important not so much to catch but to deter crime.  As well as to be part of the community and even gather intelligence of criminal goings on! 

All the best

A Resident

Saturday, 5 June 2021

SHADY SHAPPS

Spiv

The Dame's good friend, Andrew Pierce, summed up Grant Shapps and his shady business dealings HERE

The Rt Hon in Las Vegas posing as Michael Green!

An instance of Shapps's behaviour....

"The MP had been exposed as having used a pen name ‘Michael Green’ to run a web marketing company which told people ‘how to become filthy stinking rich online’ by buying his self-help books, which cost £150. There were photos of Shapps in 2004 at a conference in Las Vegas wearing the name tag of his alter-ego. He also posed in publicity material as a successful businessman in convertible cars and a private plane."

Does it matter this spiv is now Rt Hon Shapps able to tell us when and where we can holiday? 

Possibly not: his behaviour is probably considered par for the political course.

What does matter is this.

When honest, decent and capable politicians see this third rater in the Cabinet they could think- with justification, you have to be 'well dodgy' to succeed under the reign of Boris Johnson.... 



Friday, 4 June 2021

GREEDY DUKE OF BUCCLEUCH ON MANOUVRES OVER S. KEN STATION


A Greedy Duke of Buccleuch


Wolstan Dixie sent out this warning and it should be read with care and attention who thinks the battle against the Buccleuch has been won. READ HERE PLEASE

Thank you, Wolstan

Somehow, the Buccleuch's have managed to persuade the Director of Planning, Amanda Reid, that foisting this monstrosity on London residents is acceptable.

Reid has deliberately ignored the wishes of tens of thousands of residents who pay her £160,000 a year salary plus platinum-plated pension. 

She should consider her position....her interests seem unaligned with residents who love their places of charm and beauty.

God knows what damage she has encouraged in her previous jobs....

Wednesday, 2 June 2021

SOUTH KEN STATION SAVED BY SAVE ....FOR THE MOMENT.. A DUKE DEFEATED

A Scottish Ducal invader has been beaten off by the citizenry of South Ken with the support of councillors and Felicity Buchan. Felicity comes from the Highlands and has no time for Borders riff-raff.

The Duke of Buccleuch's Native Land has retreated back over the Borders taking their ghastly plans with them

Doubtless Native Land and the Duke will return with something slightly less vile in the hope we will all breathe a sigh of relief.

The Duke's family fortune was based on sheep rustling and other banditry so he needs to be watched like a hawk....a very predatory family.....and he will be back.....


Please see SAVE'S PRESS RELEASE and credit to Alec Ramsey




Wednesday, 26 May 2021

GRENFELL SURVIVOR SENTENCED TO 19 YEARS FOR TWO HORRENDOUS RAPES


Rape is the evilest of crimes. It leaves the victim with life-changing damage.

This man took advantage of vulnerable women in shocking circumstances. 

Having survived the horrific trauma of the Grenfell tragedy one might have felt that THE SURVIVOR might have felt empathy with his victims. 

Instead, Jamalvatan tried to suggest that because of the women's work they could not be trusted.

Friday, 21 May 2021

MARSHALLING HIS THOUGHTS....


 

Quentin Marshall is up before the inquiry and seems to be blundering around all over the shop.

One minute suggesting tenants were impudent and demanding: the next that there was 'humanity deficit'.

The Dame thinks Marshall really rather useless as a ward councillor.

She does recall one amusing interaction. 

At a ward meeting Quentin was hugely chuffed to have  got along Rifkind and Pooter Cockell. 

Tongue in cheek and displaying suitable faux humility the Dame asked a very pleased with himself Quentin how she should  address Pooter.

Looking very solemn, Quentin declaimed, "he should be called 'Leader'. 

The old Dame split her sides laughing at the pretentiousness of it all!



Thursday, 20 May 2021

FEAR & LOATHING IN H&F: STAFF COWED BY COWAN

 


Above is the Leader of Hammersmith & Fulham, Cllr Cowan. 

When the Dame first saw a picture of the leader she was minded of one of her thuggish deckhands on her classic steam yacht. What a dreadful-looking fellow....so coarse!

Anyway, it seems that Cllr Cowan, like our own Pooter Cockell, clings on to power and his £50k a year allowance like grim death and has done so for many years.

Cowan likes to rule through fear and loathing and that might account for the sheer awfulness of his council.

Thank you, dear reader, for alerting the Dame to this HORROR STORY

Wednesday, 19 May 2021

A BOY TO DO A MAN'S JOB..FEILDING MELLEN

The Dame gets tired of hearing how councillors hate the Hornet. 

The ones that do hate and fear the Hornet are those that make themselves targets through indolence, ineptitude and greed.

There are some fine councillors...Sof McVeigh....Anne Cyron...Robert Atkinson....Ian Henderson....Johnny Thallasites....Robert Freeman...Cem Kemahli...Julie Mills....Josh Rendall...Linda Wade...Emma Will...Kim Taylor-Smith...Judith Blakeman....to name just a few.

But the Dame wants to turn to Rock Feilding Mellen.....

Some have asked why the Dame has not taken her acidic tongue to this boy.

The answer is simple: she doesn't apportion too much blame to this former deputy leader. 

She lays most of the blame at the door of Merrick Cockell and other Cabinet members who thought this petulant child was the stuff of a deputy leader let alone membership of the pretentiously named Cabinet.

This 'just out of his teens' and entitled young man with no track record of running anything should never have been promoted so far beyond his capabilities.

He should never have been given responsibility for the lives of tens of thousands of residents: that was a sin committed by the social-climbing Cockell.






Sunday, 16 May 2021

OLD BOY OF LONDON NAUTICAL SCHOOL LISTS BADLY

 

Edward Lister is a prime example of how local government can provide a highly lucrative career path.

A man who once flogged fire extinguishers at  dodgy Tyco moved on to become an adviser to the Prime Minister and several commercial organisations keen to get the ear of the PM.

That sort of contact broking does not come cheap. 

His Lordship has become a very rich man through these various sinecures.

Of especial interest is one advising James Ritblat of Delancey. Delancey somehow managed to persuade the Planning Committee to ignore its own planning rules and allow a tower block to be built in Old Brompton Rd.... smack in the midst of a Conservation Area! This is important to READ

The Dame has been given a series of interesting and revelatory emails concerning Steady Eddie and his various businesses.

People ask whether the Dame worries about being sued. 

The last whiner to threaten her was London MEP, Doc Tannock. The Dame found out he had been a bit 'close chested' over a few hundred thousand share options he received advising a fracker. 

It was such a fracker of a story that she gave it to the Sunday Times who-to the chagrin of the Doc, did a two page spread.

The Doc got Lewis Silkin's Jonathan Coad to write the Dame a threatening letter. 

The old Dame wrote something rude across it and sent it back.

No more was heard!

Wednesday, 12 May 2021

WHY DOESN'T THE HORNET'S NEST USE SOCIAL MEDIA?

 



Dear Dame,

Old folk like you tend not to embrace social media: that's a pity for democracy in the Royal Borough.

The other day you put up a post concerning the outrageous granting of planning permission for a tower block in Old Brompton Road.

I understand that close to 1300 residents read the piece. 

You could have quadrupled that number had you engaged with Twitter, Facebook, Instagram et al.

Yours is the most influential and widely read blog in K&C. 

You do democracy no favour by not maximising readership. You are a force for good in the Borough and could be an even greater one if you invested a little in social media.

Thanks for all you do,


Stanley Ward Resident


Tuesday, 11 May 2021

A LORD, A BINGLE AND A FEILDING MELLEN

 MILORDY Moylan claims all that is written by the Dame is false...

Are you sure Milord? 

You and your then fellow councillor, Rocky Feilding Mellen seemed to have a great deal of contact with 'Piggy' Bingle.

You can read all about PIGGY 



Piggy Bingle


Piggy is a well-known procurer of contact with councillors in a position to favour the 'placemaking' plans of certain greedily disgusting developers.

The Dame throws down a challenge to the noble lord of Ballsoff Heath....have you ever been 'entertained' by Piggy?

'LORDLY' MOYLAN INSULTS THE DAME!

Preening, self regarding Lord




click to enlarge

The Dame's dear snobbish mama always used an equine analogy in dealing with jumped up Brummies..."they can't take oats" she would say....disparagingly.

This dodgy fellow from Birmingham has finally got his rather large posterior on the red leather of the Lords and now likes to be referred to as The Lord Moylan of Ballsoff Heath.

His Lordship forgets his friendships and sumptuously scrumptious dinners with the likes of 'Fattie' Bingle, the 30 stone lobbyist....

Come on Danny Boys....you may be a Lordy but for us, you will always be, Danny Boys...mmmmm






Monday, 10 May 2021

AN APPEAL TO CROWN ESTATES

 

Dear Mr Scattergood,


My name is Georges Assi and I am a resident of Kensington W8, and on the board of the Victoria Road Area Residents’ Association. I am writing to you in my personal capacity, as someone who is a massive user of Hyde Park, where I run, cycle, walk my dog, play with my family, commute to work, and recharge my batteries. I am a lifetime member of the Friends of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. Hyde Park is my favorite place on Earth, and although I have travelled around the globe, to distant mountains and remote islands, this is my special place. Hyde Park is an oasis of peace, beauty, oxygen, a critically important element of mindfulness in a hectic city.

I am writing to you to ask for the reopening of South Carriage Drive during weekdays.

I understand that there was a public consultation and that the vast majority of respondents decided to support the extension of the closure of this road. It’s hard to disagree that parks should be car-free, that we should protect the environment, promote less pollution, and encourage more cycles, more runners, a more active commute, etc.

But once again a valid and non-controversial objective is being jeopardised because it’s taken one step too far: the roadworks in Knightsbridge, combined with the closure of the South carriage drive, as well as the North carriage drive, combined with the bottlenecks at the top of serpentine, combined with the reopening of the economy, are creating a massive bottleneck, which is harming everyone: buses, drivers, taxis, emergency vehicles, trucks, delivery vans, are all at a standstill trying to cross the Knightsbridge junction. As a result: more pollution for all. And a clogged passage from West to East, without viable alternatives. Journey times extended beyond acceptable levels, damaging the economy.

I played an active role in organising the support that RBKC needed in their decision not to reinstate the temporary Cycle Lane on High St Kensington, by coordinating the action of 25 residents’ associations in the area, representing 3,400 households, and inviting them to co-sponsor the open letter below. This was a historical achievement in the sense that never before had all the main RA’s in the borough come together in such a united way. The reason was that everyone understood that opposing the cycle lane did not mean being anti-cycling, or anti-environment, or anti-progress. It just meant being sensible and respecting the balance of all the users in a city where all forms of transport have to be respected.

The same ingredients are involved here.

I would appreciate an opportunity to discuss this request with you or the relevant person in your team.

Best regards,
Georges Assi

Monday, 3 May 2021

A FRIEND OF THE DAME AND OF RBKC RESIDENTS DEMOLISHES TOWER BLOCK LIES

READ BY 1200-A RECORD!

Unusually, the Dame gives unprecedented space to this in-depth analysis of the decision-making process which caused consent to be given a Ritblat development-one which totally overwhelms a Grade 1 Royal Park and rides a coach and horses through the Council's own strategy.

It is a vitally necessary read for anyone interested in how developers 'get things sorted'

Coming soon to a Royal Park near you - 344-350 Old Brompton Road - A new tower block 

Courtesy of Jamie Ritblat’s Delancey / Earls Court Development Group and his Friends at RBKC

If ever there was an example of toothless councillors kowtowing to the whims of a developer, then last Thursday’s RBKC (virtual) planning meeting was a textbook example. 

Step forward Conservative representatives Tom Bennett (Redcliffe Ward), James Husband (Abingdon Ward), Walaa Idris (Brompton and Hans Town Ward) and Charles O’Connor (Holland Ward). 

Only a single representative, the fifth member of the planning committee, Cllr Mohammed Bakhtiar (Labour, St Helens Ward) grasped the national significance of this site and voted against it.

Add into this mix an architect, Fred Pilbrow (a round spectacled product of the Architectural Association who would struggle to recognise the truth if it was presented to him in an identity parade) spouting utter nonsense and a rather quaint ritual at the beginning of the planning meeting where “members are asked to declare any interests”, to which, of course, they each declared “none” and there, Ladies and Gentleman, is a recipe for the wishes of the community to be trampled on, yet again…  

On a micro level, perhaps there are no individual relationships between Cllrs Bennett; Husband; Idris; O’Connor and the developer Jamie Ritblat (Delancey / Earls Court Development Group) but on a macro level, every single one of them should have declared that the developer is a major donor to the Conservative Party-a point a judge may find relevant in a review) 

See link: https://bit.ly/3b1tLvA

Perhaps, this is not considered enough of an ‘interest’ for individual Councillors to mention and perhaps it is better to skip over such things, but here lies a slippery slope when a small cog in the machine mortgages their soul to the devil, or at least to the party and to Boris Johnson, for a whiff of a gong or perhaps the heady scent of red velvet trimmed with ermine. A well-trodden path for certain RBKC and former GLA members, most recently M’Lords Lister, and Moylan (The third wheel in that particular triumvirate, Lord Lebedev, merely sold his ‘support’ in exchange for disgraced Prime Minister Cameron attending his birthday party and by providing an employment scheme for a former government minister). 

In addition, there have been historical examples of RBKC supporting the sale of public assets to Mr Ritblat’s Alpha Plus Private School business and facilitating the demise of the Kensington Odeon, but I digress… back to our tale…..344 - 350 Old Brompton Road sounds innocuous enough. As, perhaps, does a proposed 9 storey tower which includes an increased number of levels to add “affordable” housing to the borough’s supply, but when you know that the site is opposite a Grade I Royal Park (and the tower is the “gateway” to an up to 40-acre development behind, then alarm bells start to ring…

The council received only 6 letters of support for the proposed scheme and nearly 400 letters of objection (yes that’s right folks they received 50 times as many objections by voters in the borough).) 

The planning report was written by one Joseph Whitworth, who although now back in the UK takes “working from home” 11,500 miles and an 11-hour time difference away in his native New Zealand to an entirely new level. So anxious was he to support this scheme (and I assume please the council who allowed such elasticity in his terms of employment) that amongst the letters of objection:

  • A letter from SAVE Britain’s Heritage which, although sent electronically on 16th March, was not registered / uploaded to the planning portal until the 27thApril (a day and a half before the planning meeting and after the planning officer’s report had been written);

  • A letter from the Royal Parks who are listed as a consultee but not mentioned in the report;

  • The London Parks & Gardens Trust went on the website on 16th April - listed as a consultee - no mention in the report;

 

Readers should note that it is most unusual that the following parties also objected:

 

  • TfL objection which is listed as consultee - Mentioned in objector comments section not; and 

  • LBH&F objection which is listed as consultee - Mentioned in objector comments section.

This is a unique site bordering Brompton Cemetery, a grade I listed park & garden in a designated conservation area, meaning it belongs in the top 2% of the nation’s most important heritage assets.

Brompton Cemetery’s location and setting are integral to its heritage listing and fundamental to its unique nature and the character of the Philbeach conservation area, as noted by the numerous protected views identified in the council’s own adopted Conservation Area appraisal. The proposed tower will negatively impact many of these views and harm the fundamental character of this conservation area.

 

There is a precedent approval for this site in 2015 which, at just 4-storeys is much more appropriate in scale. The council does not explain why the sudden increase in height from 6 to 9 storeys was recommended for approval? This is not justified in the report. 

 

The extended location of this proposal sits between the Warwick Road in the East and the Railway to the West and it is adjacent to Eardley Crescent. There is nothing of this height nor of this character anywhere else in the conservation area. 

 

Adopted Policy CL12 states that tall buildings in this area should be ‘Exceptionally rare in the Borough's townscape of predominantly low to medium rise development”, and will remain “very occasional features”. “Because of their visibility, the location and use of district landmarks must be significant to the Borough as a whole”. Given that the anticipated development of the site behind this tower will doubtless include a large number of other towers and the recent planning precedent of the canyons of widely disliked towers on the nearby old Homebase site, this will not be a rare feature, and certainly not of “significance”.

 

Michael Bach's (Kensington Society) point that this proposal is being considered way too early before sight of the new plan for the main development behind is highly relevant here (are you seriously telling me that the developer and the council cannot meet their housing targets on the 40 acres behind this “gateway” ?). 

 

Furthermore, Section 72 of the Listed Buildings Planning Act 1990 requires local planning authorities “to preserve or enhance the townscapes’ importance and settings of the cemetery’s frontages” and ‘to preserve or enhance the character and appearance of the cemetery as a conservation area.”

 

The report talks of a “Gateway Landmark” – does the council really want to define a gateway landmark as a block of flats? Pilbrow justified the height of his tower by saying it was in the “best traditions of mansion blocks” (in anyone’s books Fred this is a tower !  - see image below


     




This is a mansion block Fred (below), A 5 storey one on the old Brompton Road - add four more stories to this and then you have a tower) :


All the neighbouring buildings immediately adjacent to this site are 4 storeys (with basements) and the nearest mansion blocks on the Old Brompton Road are 5 or 6 storeys (with basements). In most cases they have lower ceiling heights than the proposed tower and certainly none are 9 storeys .

So, then we come to the false claims about this building. It Is not “carbon neutral” (the developer is buying offset credits); there is no social housing; the “affordable” housing is controlled by the developer. The rubbish is being collected across a busy pavement and the scheme was not “supported” by Historic England as Fred Pilbrow boasted in both his opening and closing statements. 

The “get out of jail free card” for Cllrs  Bennett, Husband, Idris and O’Connor supporting the scheme was that apparently Historic England had done so. We are yet to get to the bottom of this point but it turns out that Historic England did not in fact comment on the scheme at all, which by Fred’s logic means that if, for example, "I didn’t know about a mass shooting in the US and therefore did not comment on it", would imply that I “supported” mass shootings…..

Cllr Idris stated in one breath that a “tower wasn’t like a pair of shoes you could return because they didn’t fit” and that she was “inclined not to support the proposal”, yet in the next breath bemoaned that she was asked by the Chair to make a decision before “seeing which way the other councillors voted” and then flip-flopping and supporting the proposal (doubtless reminded in the Microsoft Teams Private Chat Room that she was supposed to do so).  

Cllr O’Connor almost apologetically said he “wished that the building was 6 or 7 stories” (then why not do what the people that you supposed to represent asked you to do in the first place and vote against it? ….unless, of course, you were told by the party not to!) 

The result is that all of this nibbles away at our values and at our built heritage …

The system is rotten and RBKC is a rotten borough putting party loyalties ahead of resident’s wishes. The planning system gives only token lip service to democracy. Representatives of the 400 objectors were given a total of 8 minutes to speak (and due to various technical “difficulties” this was cut short) and they couldn’t challenge or question the untruths (mentioned above) that came from the other side..

Objectors registered to speak (with time allowed on the night) from 400  within the Borough 

  • Amanda Frame (3 minutes with interuptions) 

  • Michael Bach (4.5 minutes) 

  • Guy Oliver (0.5 minutes) 

  • The Friends of Brompton Cemetery (0 minutes) 

  • Mr Haluk Karacabey (0 minutes) 

  • Ann Kutek (0 minutes)  

  • Henry Peterson (0 minutes) 

  • David Trodden (0 minutes) 

One final point  (and I thank you reader if you have got this far)  I was interested to see the council’s new email footers: 

Our Values - Putting Communities First | Respect | Integrity | Working Together

These should of course read :

Our Values - Putting Communities Last | Disrespect | Impropriety | Working Treacherously 

Rest assured, despite a clever makeover, employing more expensive PR consultants and a so called “consultation” with the community about past wrongdoings, nothing has changed at RBKC… it is business as usual.

A LIE CAN TRAVEL AROUND THE WORLD AND BACK AGAIN WHILE THE TRUTH IS LACING UP ITS BOOTS: MARK TWAIN

Politicians, whether Conservative, Labour or Lib Dem are generally consummate liars. 

When caught the Dame will come down on them like a ton of bricks.

Tony Devenish and Shaun Bailey claim that they saved Sutton Estate...it is a lie of such magnitude that it beggars belief.

Devenish...a liar


All Chelsea knows the Estate was saved by residents guided by Cllr Ian Henderson and Andrew Barshall so why would Devenish and Bailey spin such an idiotic and untrue story?

In fact, the Dame emailed Bailey as an AM on three occasions demanding his support: the dimwit failed to even reply.

The saving of Sutton was actually quite unpolitical....supporters came from residents as well as affluent neighbours- generally Conservative voters.

By making such fictitious claims Devenish and Bailey alienate the very voters they need...

Oh, and we all know what the Dame thinks about Khan't Do Anything Right