We have just had the “offer day” for school places, and Kensington and Chelsea did not have enough space in its excellent schools, so this will be one of my campaigns if I am selected to be your candidate for the next General Election.
I was invited to the launch led by the Leader of the Council, Cllr. Elizabeth Campbell, at the wonderful Marlborough School. This Council plan summarises over 2,000 conversations with residents and over 5,000 comments and sets out the priorities for the Council, so I do hope you will find time to read, or else ask your local councillors for a copy of the plan.
You will see that Grenfell recovery is still very much top of the list, but the Council also has a holistic approach to the whole Borough.
All local councillors hold “surgery” sessions so you can go and meet your councillors and discuss any concerns you have about local services.
There was also a great briefing at the RBKC Town Hall about scams and how to try to avoid becoming a victim.
The next Safer Neighbourhood meeting will be on 8th July in the Small Hall at Kensington Town Hall. These are co-ordinated by the Kensington and Chelsea Social Council and you can go onto their website to study past minutes or contact your local Safer Neighbourhood team.
If you know young people who would like to get involved we have several local cadets units across the Borough – Air and Army cadets, police cadets, Boys Brigade and a host of great activities for young people. The Deputy Mayor came to the launch as did the Mayor and Cllr Gerard Hargreaves.
Everyone enjoyed the warm welcome at Al Manaar and a feast – prepared in their newly renovated kitchens. I cheekily call it “Meghan’s kitchen” after all the great work that the Duchess of Sussex has done and the funds from her cookbook that has benefitted the kitchen. The community kitchen has always provided much needed help and comfort to neighbours and friends who had been in need of support. Congratulations to Faiza Hayani Bellili, Leila Hedjem and the rest of the team.
As an elected Governor to the Brompton Hospital, I am involved with the campaign to save the Brompton Hospital, working with the Council, Healthwatch and Government.
Want to have your say on Healthcare? Healthwatch has a local event you can attend see here.
Tony Devenish, our elected representative to the GLA. Rt Hon Amber Rudd, Greg Hands MP for Chelsea and Fulham, Cllr Elizabeth Campbell, Leader of RBKC and Cllr Andrew Brown H&F.
Professor Hugh de Burgh, Chairman of Governors and Cllr Gerard Hargreaves.
I am often invited to Residents’ Association events to ensure that local issues are responded to.
Lady Arnold DL, Frances Blois from Westminster, Mayor of RBKC Cllr Marie Therese Rossi, The Commandant Philippa Lorimer MBE.
Currently, there is a walk-in service, GP and Dental practice all in the same modern health centre and it is a great shame that these services will go.
If you need to see a GP urgently – you can pop in to the Earls Court Health and Wellbeing Centre Monday – Saturday. Don’t queue for hours at the hospital, visit the Website at: www.echwc.nhs.uk
Have your say and vote too here.
Jace Tyrell bought his knowledge of what the New West End Company have done together in Oxford Street, Regent Street and Bond Street, and how the retail experience has changed over the last 10 years.
The Council are very keen on a Business Improvement District. I know that Cllr Malcolm Spalding is also keen on a “BID” initiative for the Earls Court area which has continued to decline with the closure of the exhibition centre and the slow progress of the re-development.
Representatives from the Party Shop, local entrepreneur Jenny Whitby, Cllr David Lindsey.
Victoria, representatives from Japan House, Barclays Bank, Patrick Sandberg and local residents.
The leader of the Council: Elizabeth Campbell setting out the Council’s vision for High Streets, shopping and business in RBKC.
Kit is determined to improve the relationship between residents who are often concerned about what developers are proposing and local Councils to ensure that we actually build houses that people want to live in – beautiful and well thought out housing schemes and not bland towers with no facilities or community participation.