Thank you for allowing me space to make a point or two.
Some years ago, the unpleasant Tiny Rowlands was asked the point of non executive directors.
His dismissive response? "They are decorations on a Christmas Tree: you need them."
So can we surmise that our councillors are about as useful?
Not long ago, the chairman of the Kensington Society, Amanda Frame, made a trenchant appeal to prevent the demolition, by Malaysian investors, of much loved Lancer Square.
On Lancer Square, Amanda Frame made an impassioned appeal to the committee to stop this greed based vandalism: she failed....despite her well reasoned arguments....as below...
the new park would be set well back into the development and
was not usable public space;
despite requests made from last summer, detailed plans for the
children’s play space had not been submitted and it was unclear
where play equipment would be located;
the north-south vehicle axis took up valuable outdoor public
space and divided the site in half;
the National Planning Policy Framework required any planning
authority to consider the public benefit and access route for flat
owner vehicles should be pedestrianised;
Mr Cleave challenged the traffic planners’ contention that traffic congestion on Kensington Church Street would not increase and he believed vehicle movements needed for removal of spoil
would exacerbate traffic congestion;
assessment of traffic impacts should take place before approval
of the application;
contrary to the report, residents of the Old Court House would
experience less privacy, and
The decision should be deferred until the scheme had been
The only reason for destroying the Square-like the proposal to knock down the King's Rd Curzon, was to boost square footage and the yield. The only beneficiaries being landlords and developers .
So, Dame, if powerful resident associations can be ignored by councillors does it not make sense for resident associations to put up their own candidates?
They would be of more use than the 'Christmas Decoration' councillors....