Sloane Street – we are exploring options

web-sloane-st-south-view-01-fSloane Street has an international reputation as a high-end retail destination. It is also a thriving residential area.

It’s a fabulous street boasting some fine architecture and it also has the wonderful Cadogan Place Gardens which are much loved by residents and the many visitors attracted to the area each day.

Despite this praise of Sloane Street’s virtues, the Council thinks the street has drawbacks and could, with some alterations, be improved. It competes with some of the finest shopping streets in Europe and needs to present an attractive face to both shoppers and residents. This could be done by reducing the dominance of traffic and improving what some refer to as the public realm but many people might recognise as the pavements and street furniture. Continue reading

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Delighted at New Year’s honour for Clare

clarechamberlain-webIt’s safe to say that 2016 was a good one for Andy Murray, or Sir Andy as he is now. A Wimbledon title, an Olympic Gold, BBC Sports Personality of the Year, a baby girl and then to cap it all a letter from the Palace requesting him to attend an investiture.

The New Year’s Honours list makes for great conversations and occasional controversy. To my mind it is a wonderful way to recognise hundreds of people, right across the country and indeed right across society, whose efforts have had a positive impact. Whether that’s entrepreneurs creating jobs, sports stars providing wonderful role models of determination and dedication, scientists broadening our knowledge or someone quietly volunteering to help the lonely or elderly, the honours system is a way for a society to show its appreciation and gratitude.

Given my admiration of the honours system I was particularly delighted to discover that the current and a former head of our Children’s Services department had both been appointed CBEs in the recent New Year’s Honours list. Continue reading

We tried something different and it was rather good

Our last Council meeting was a bit different.  Rather than the Council chamber, we opted for the less intimidating small hall; rather than the declarations, petitions and motions that are the stuff of the normal agenda, we focussed instead on a single issue.  And rather than Councillors holding sway we invited in residents and gave them the floor. Continue reading