It’s both troubling and pleasing for me to note that since the beginning of the year legal cases taken by the Council have seen landlords and property companies fined in excess of £237,000.
Of course in an ideal world all landlords would meet their obligations to tenants and everything would be just so. Unfortunately this is not always the case. Amongst all the good, law-abiding landlords you will find some bad apples out there in the private rented sector: we certainly have and some tenants’ experiences were highlighted in a recent report into the sector by the Kensington and Chelsea Social Council. Continue reading
What links the Battle of the Somme, the Hundred Years War and the Peasants’ Revolt? Well, before you send your answers on a postcard or spend too much time on the internet, let me say they are just some of the topics that will be discussed in Kensington Central Library as part of the London History Festival in November. Continue reading
Politicians, even local ones like me, tend to spend a lot of time on bold initiatives and big capital projects. But, very often there is as much progress to be had from the everyday bread-and-butter business of government as there is from high-profile grand projects.
Our recent road traffic accident figures are a case in point. Recently released by Transport for London (TfL), they show that Kensington and Chelsea had fewer road traffic accidents and injuries in 2015 than in any year since records began in 1990. Continue reading
Every now and again the fascinating film Victim gets an outing on TV. But there is no need to wait until then to see it because the entire thing is on YouTube.
It stars Dirk Bogarde and the beautiful Sylvia Sims, her of Ice Cold in Alex. Sylvia plays Dirk’s wife with a sadness borne of the fact that she knows the man she loves can never quite return her love in full. Continue reading