Britain’s communities minister welcomed the resignation of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea council leader saying on Monday he would work with the local leader’s replacement Conservative Elizabeth Campbell.
Amidst chaotic scenes in the council chambers the leader of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea aborted his cabinet’s first full session after the Grenfell Tower disaster that claimed 80 lives citing the presence of journalists.
Around 600 high-rise buildings in England contain cladding similar to that used on the west London tower block which caught fire, resulting in 79 people dead or missing, presumed dead, officials said on Thursday (22 June) after initial testing.
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea chief executive officer has resigned over the handling of the fire that claimed 79 lives at Grenfell Tower in west London.
With just the result of west London constituency Kensington remaining to be declared Theresa May has lost her parliamentary majority in a snap general election on 8 June.
Roger Mayne’s black and candids of late 1950s north Kensington shows a black and white boy surveying their gritty neighbourhood, while in another photograph a boy unleashes a conker from a sling in Addison Place.
A woman who painted her Kensington townhouse in candy stripes has to wait till next year to know if she will have to restore it back to its original colour after the council ordered her to do so. Zipporah Lisle-Mainwaring, 71, had been accused by neighbours in the affluent enclave in South End of trying to “get her own back” after failing to win planning permission for a mega basement construction. Her previous appeal for the redevelopment had been thrown out after the council brought in stringent rules for basement makeovers in the borough. Hammersmith Magistrates Court heard the red stripes had been painted on to the house on March 2 this year in “about five-and-a-half hours”. Giving evidence Ms Lisle-Mainwaring claimed the planning order forcing her to repaint the house was “a response by the council to a press campaign”. Andrew Parkinson, representing the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, disagreed saying: ‘There is nothing at all to suggest that the press campaign played any part in the council’s actions.” He added: ‘The council would have …
The days of the wealthy boy racer could soon be numbered as Council officials have drafted a new type of ASBO (Anti-social Behaviour Order) to finally put the brakes on the menace of supercars in the affluent Knightsbridge neighbourhood of west London.
Prince George who recently turned two on July 22 has been going around telling anyone who will listen he is three according to his mother the Duchess of Cambridge. This startling revelation was made by Kate Middleton whilst visiting the headquarters of Ben Ainslie Racing in Portsmouth according to a report in the People magazine. “Hello Princess, my name is Freddie Wilson,” Freddie declared. When Middleton asked him how old he was, he answered, “I’m three,” according to Freddie’s mother, Wendy Maxwell. When Maxwell corrected that Freddie was actually just two, Middleton said, “George says that. He thinks he’s older.” Beckhams’ Favourite Charity Shop Burgled The Red Cross shop branch where David and Victoria donated their entire wardrobes last year has suffered a nasty break-in. A violin was stolen in the burglary which lasted a few seconds according to a Red Cross source but glass was strewn all over the small shop which houses the charity’s homeware and interiors section. The charity shop on Chelsea’s Old Church Street used to be London’s best kept secret …
A woman who painted red and white lines over her Kensington townhouse valued at £15m has taken legal action against a planning decision that forbade her demolishing the property and adding a double basement. Zipporah Lisle-Mainwaring, 71, was also ordered to restore the house to its former state by 3 July. She has however taken the matter to court seeking the overturning of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea council’s original decision which restricts new basement developments to one storey. A council spokesman gave the reason behind its verdict: “A section 215 notice has been served, under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, on the owner of a property in South End by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Read more: Candy-Stripe House Owner Ordered to Repaint “The property is situated within the Kensington Square conservation area and its condition and appearance has attracted numerous complaints to the council’s planning enforcement team. In addition to the exterior being painted in red and white stripes, the property’s window frames are in a poor …