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Saturday, 5 April 2014

CLLR COCKELL AND MR DONALD CAMERON


BREAKING NEWS!!


POOTER COCKELL HAS TAKEN THE ADVICE OF HIS DEAR FRIEND, THE DAME.  HE WILL BE ANNOUNCING HE HAS TAKEN HER ADVICE AND WILL NOT ATTEND THE PLANNING COMMITTEE...
ANOTHER VICTORY FOR THE DEAR OLD THING!



On April 8th the Planning Committee meet to discuss various applications. So far....so boring.

However, there are two controversial applications for a property at 19 Hillgate St, Notting Hill. 
If granted neighbours will suffer from a substantial loss of amenities....including loss of light and privacy.

One of the neighbours, a Mr Donald Cameron, has robustly protested about the way the applicant has applied for planning permission. He believes it to be a manipulation of the planning system.
But leave all that to one side: consider instead a far more controversial aspect.

Mr Cameron, a long term Conservative Party member, is well known to Councillor Cockell. 
There is no love lost and much bad blood between these two. Why so?

Over the years, Mr Cameron, the retired CEO of an international communications group, has led a campaign to oust Cllr Cockell as leader of the Council on the grounds that:

  • Fourteen years was far too long for him to squat
  • That his allowances(sometimes totalling £120,00 a year) were totally unacceptable
  • And that he abused his expenses and the Mayoral Bentley

On April 8th Cllr Cockell will be a member of the Planning Committee considering an application which could have serious consequences for Mr Cameron.

There is no suggestion that Cllr Cockell will be petty enough to use his position to get his own back, but it would be much more sensible if Cllr Cockell did not deliberate on an application which he is so conflicted on. 
So step aside Cllr Cockell!





44 comments:

  1. I would not be in the least surprised if Pooter did not try to get vengeance. He is a silly little fellow.

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    1. I know Cllr Sir Merrick Cockell well and he is above petty squabbles and childish vendettas. A person of probity, vision and wisdom

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    2. Friend of Cllr Cockell5 April 2014 at 19:29

      I agree...there is always some pathetic resident complaining Cllr Merrick Cockell and his $400 dinner with the convicted thief, ex Boris Deputy Mayor, Ian Clement. Why shouldn't he have a bit of fun?
      I remember him sweating around Africa selling cigarettes to the poor of Africa. He has done well for himself considering he has no education.
      Stop moaning residents. Be proud of the fact he screwed all of you idiots

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    3. I know when I am shafted. But it is such a regular happening in K&C and I am so busy working hard to pay the school fees, that I am starting not to notice.

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    4. Real World Person6 April 2014 at 09:36

      Anyone who has paid salaries knows that take home pay is only the start. The true cost includes additions such as pension, health and so on. Typically these costs account for an extra 30% of pay. Cllr Cockell's "trough" of £120k take home pay from the public purse was costing taxpayers £175k every year.

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    5. I am sure that my very good friend Merrick, would never dream of actually taking all the excessive ammounts he was paid for himself, and am sure he contributed most of it to charitable causes. And of course, charity begins at home.

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  2. Amazing that the Council puts up a Councillor to judge a resident's objection when this particular Councillor and this particular resident have been at loggerheads for years. This is K&C style democracy

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    1. Person Familiar With The Situation5 April 2014 at 11:39

      Certain Tory Councillors have been strident in their opinions about what a joke the Planning Applications Committee (Chairman, Cllr Warwick, a prime target of the Independents in Stanley Ward) has become. "It is a puppet show. Rude, partisan and biased" - according to one senior Conservative Councillor

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    2. One Tory Councillor has voted with his feet and another has gone public and spoken out. How deaf does the Leader, Cllr Paget-Brown, need to be?

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  3. Cllr Mosely resigned from the Committee in disgust about the way it was operating and abusing residents

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    1. Cllr Mosely is a dying breed of Councillor in K&C - a person with a social conscience. What a pity that he has decided not to stand for election next month. Another young Councillor, Cllr Barkhorder, is also slipping away quietly and decided not to stand. Yet another young Tory with energy, vigour and intelligence (Cllr Cecil) pushed off because he got fed up with the two faced nature of the K&C Tories. Parties cannot afford to alienate young blood. And some of these names with great political dynasties behind them. All of these capable Councillors decided that their time and energy will be better spent elsewhere. Something is wrong, Cllr Paget-Brown

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    2. QUite so. Losing people of the quality of those mentioned above and clinging on to flotsam like Cllr Palmer after he was ejected from his place in N Kensington, is another sign of the times

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  4. The Chelsea Independents are standing on the basis of "more deocracy, less development" in Kensington and Chelsea. This story illustrates very well some of the abuse and "insider" activity that goes on in the Hornton Street planning system

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  5. Shocking. Absolutely shocking.

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  6. Standards became very lax in the Royal Borough towards the end of the Pooter Cockle dictatorship and unfortunately the situation seems to continue in certain quarters. Planning has always been a law onto itself with a balance of power in favour of Officers which cannot be right in a democratic system. But this story goes even further and suggests a serious breach of ethics. The current Leader should take a personal interest in this case and ask some questions.

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  7. Why does Cllr Cockell continue to hang around? One of his friends should have a quiet word in his ear and tell him that there is a time when it is a good idea just to fade away.

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  8. Fly On The Wall5 April 2014 at 15:07

    One of Cockell's close supporters (silly ex Cllr Fairhead) rejoices in telling fellow Conservatives that the job of good Tories in Kensington and Chelsea is to "crush resident protest".

    Prat

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  9. Planning in K&C stinks. Much of the current circus behaviour is the personal responsibility of Cllr Warwick

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  10. More trash from Hornet bloggers

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    1. PALMER. THE FRIEND OF PERVERT LAMONT5 April 2014 at 17:14

      15:54 you are farting in the wind. Getting a bit sweaty too?

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  11. Slip ups happen. There was no intention to create a clash between a Councillor and a resident

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  12. Speaking entirley impartially and without any impartilaity, I believe that there is a clear conflict that could influence the outcome of this planning application, Sir Merrick should acknowledge this and voluntarily stand down on this particular planning application. If not, I believe that Nick Paget-brown should step in and have quiet word with Sir Merrick and persuade him to stand down.

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    1. I understand the Dame has had a word in Pooter's ear.

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  13. The Chairman of the Planning Committee, Cllr Warwick, needs to do his job properly and remove Cllr Cockell from the entire proceedin of this meeting. Councillors are quick to mouth the words when an agenda item comes up "I declare an interest" but this is often a cynical manipulation of process. For those who do not know it, the way that the Planning Committee works is this. The Chairman has a pre meeting of the Tory group immediately before the meeting and they decide how to vote. Discussion at the Committee is irrelevant. Three minute statements from objectors who choose to attend and speak are irrelevant - just a sop to unsuspecting sheep. Results are pre determined. In the circumstances, if Cllr Cockell is a member of the committee and takes part in the pre determining decision process, it is then a corruption for him to say at the committee "I declare an interest and will not vote".

    If this analysis is incorrect then Cllr Warwick has the opportunity to blog and put us straight.

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    1. Pigs will fly before Cllr Warwick puts anything straight. Hopefully the reptile will be dust after the 7th May

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  14. Drivel. Pure drivel on the Hornet.

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    1. PALMER. THE FRIEND OF PERVERTS LAMONT AND PHELPS6 April 2014 at 08:13

      Calm down Matthew....

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  15. Wasp is correct. Conservative members of the planning committee are instructed before meetings on how to vote. They do so like the sheep they are. Only on the rarest occasions does one of them dare break ranks.

    It is equally true that planning permission is routinely manipulated to reward certain applicants while punishing critics. The system is corrupt.

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  16. Three cheers for the Dame. Her influence grows by the day. Maybe sanity and common sense will some day return to the Rotten Borough

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  17. What would we do without the Dame?

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    1. In four short years the Hornet and the feared Dame have become a force for good in Hornton Street. The old girl has achieved more than the Labour opposition has in 50 years and put fear into the heads of the rotten Councillors - of whom there are currently too many

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  18. Ninety percentof this blog has ben written by Labour Councillor Emma Dent Coad. The Hornet has become a Labour organ

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    1. "BECOME" --- No always has been

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    2. Cllr Dent Coad (Labour) loves to blog. She runs her own blog and spends hours every day feeding it with tripe.The style is identical to the trash that she also throws up on the Hornet. Dent is a compulsive blogger - on her own blog and in the closet on the Hornet. But now she has been exposed

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    3. FRIEND OF THE DAME7 April 2014 at 12:56

      It seems the Dame is really getting to you.....!!!

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  19. Your plaintive cry is noted....and of course, rejected. If anything, the Dame is an old fashioned Tory. She holds to values no longer core to the Tory Party.
    Your silly protestations that the Dame's sacred organ is written by the admirable Emma Dent Coad exist only in your bizarre mind. The lady has more than enough to do serving her ward....something, perhaps you might focus upon, rather than spending council meetings looking after your share portfolio.
    If the truth be told there are a number of Conservative councillors who believe that you and your puerile antics bring this council into disrepute. They are honourable and hard working and are correct in thinking you are slightly unhinged.
    Were Labour in control the Hornet would be equally vociferous in attacking them if they behaved in the same way.However, they are not and thus have no power.
    Rather than behaving like a clown why not do more to sort out the democratic deficiencies made so apparent in the way the Planning Dept operates?

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    1. Sloane Square Veteran7 April 2014 at 10:55

      Well said Dame! The Planning Committee could take a massive step towards democracy by abandoning the practice of the Chairman's pre meeting for Tory Councillors to decide how they should vote at the meeting. Why not let the Councillors hear the arguments, including objectors, and make up their own minds at the meeting. Why on earth should the whip be applied to planning?? It is not a party political matter

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    2. Why waste time and money on a meeting if the decisions are decided before the meeting? Am I missing something?

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  20. Tory democracy in Hornton Street sucks

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  21. This is the 37th comment on this thread. Perhaps a record for the Hornet and certainly an indication of the scale of residents' anger at what passes for a planning system in the Very Rotten Borough.

    RBKC tory councillors are routinely whipped to vote on each case, before committee meetings. So every year thousands of residents are denied due process. Presumably such a practice is unlawful.

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  22. Retired Chief Executive7 April 2014 at 12:54

    This has been a very enlightening blog. There is no reason why there should not be an "open vote" at Planning Meetings. Councillors should listen to the evidence, hear objectors, read the papers,and then come to an individual decision. The Chairman should manage the contributions, seek points of clarity/explanation and then go around each Councillor and asks for his or her opinion. And that should be the result.

    I once attended a Planning Applications Committee and was surprised to observe two things. First, the tired look on Officers and Councillors faces when objectors were called to speak for their three minutes. And second, The Chairman (Cllr Warwick) started the summing up by indicating his vote and then asked Committee Members for their vote. This is unheard of behaviour for a Chairman. His job is to draw out the opinion of members and find the common ground. Anything else is an
    abuse of process. Quite extraordinary that such corruption has become so entrenched. But this blog explains it all. Decisions are fixed before meetings and the meetings themselves are a charade. What s the point of wasting public money on this scale? What is the point of hoodwinking residents on this scale? What is the reason for such base dishonesty?

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  23. Thank you sir. You speak from knowledge and experience. The answer to all this is another question. Who benefits? To which the answer is, follow the money.

    You have answered my query. You describe the way RBKC planning committee meetings are routinely conducted as "dishonest" and "corrupt." By definition, corruption is unlawful. So it's time residents wrote to Mr Holgate, RBKC's Chief Executive drawing his attention to this most serious matter.

    By the way, until recently 2 objectors were allowed 3 minutes each for every application. That 6 minutes was recently reduced to 3 minutes in total.

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    1. Kensington Society Member7 April 2014 at 14:20

      The 3 minute rule is believed to be illegal. The Kensington Society is taking Counsel's opinion about this

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    2. Speaking for three minutes, or any other length of time, makes no difference. The decision has been decided beforehand at the Chairman's pre meeting. It is black theater. The pathetic Cllr Warwick exercising power. Thank goodness Warwick was not a resident of Berlin in the 1940's

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