Heathrow consultation – make your views known

While I don’t claim to be an expert in the history of aviation a couple of key dates are lodged in my memory.

On the 17 December 1903, Orville Wright did something no human had ever done before by taking to the air in a powered airplane. He flew the prestigious distance of 120 feet at 6.8 miles an hour. There was to be no going back. Wilbur was next up and distances increased and things were never to be the same again. Continue reading

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In praise of Westway CT

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I sloped off early the other day, uncharacteristically I can assure you.  The reason was I wanted to watch the presidential inauguration from the comfort of my own sofa.  Anyway there I was, G&T in hand, mixed nuts at the ready, when by way of a warm-up the BBC showed a montage of highlights from previous inaugural speeches.  It was really interesting.  JFK’s famous “ask not what your country can do for you…” was included and so too was Ronald Reagan’s “government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”   But the inaugural phrase that really caught my attention was from a president not known for his soaring oratory: George Bush – H not W.

 

At his 1989 inauguration, President Bush spoke about “a thousand points of light” by which he meant the voluntary organisations “spread like stars throughout the nation, doing good”.  It was a fine simile.  I like to think that we in Kensington and Chelsea are similarly blessed with points of light, maybe not thousands of them, but hundreds certainly and sitting there on my sofa one of those that sprang most readily to mind was Westway Community CT, perhaps because I had recently been on a visit there.

Westway CT was 25 years old in 2016.  In that time, it has transformed itself from a small scheme with six minibuses, to a thriving, social enterprise with 48 vehicles, 60 or so employees, a huge pool of volunteers, 500 group members and 2,300 individual members.  But it wasn’t just the scale that impressed me, it was the good they do and how positively they get it done. Continue reading

Taking enforcement action against noise and eyesore

We all share the view that Kensington and Chelsea is a special place to live. It’s a fantastic borough in the world’s best city. From beautiful squares in sought-after residential areas to our wonderful markets, parks and schools there are many reasons why people want to be Royal Borough residents.

An awful lot of work goes into maintaining the quality of life in the borough and, where necessary, bringing people to book when their actions disturb the peace and quiet of a street or create a veritable eyesore.

This week I learned of two cases where action by enforcement officers, from two different departments, tackled a blight on the landscape and a noisy builder who paid no heed to warnings. Continue reading