send the Dame your information, discretion assured.
Comments are welcome but do not necessarily reflect the view of the Dame.
Offensive/inappropriate comments will be deleted and the poster banned.

Thursday, 27 July 2017


Dear Dame 

Can you please urge ALL of your readers, TENANTS and LEASEHOLDERS alike to put their points into the inquiry team by email BEFORE 28th JULY 2017, to ensure KCTMO and RBKC are fully investigated and held to account.  

Group action should NOT be ignored, when we are all complaining about the same very OBVIOUS problems within both organisations that we suffer on a daily basis.


Everyone's experience counts and must be documented to provide a full account of the appalling RBKC and KCTMO

Extension of consultation period on terms of reference

11 July 2017
Sir Martin Moore-Bick extends the period for consultation on the terms of reference to 28 July 2017.
Sir Martin Moore-Bick and his team have now held discussions with many interested parties to the Inquiry, in particular with survivors of the fire and other residents of the Lancaster West estate. It has become clear that those affected need more time to respond to the consultation on the terms of reference.  Sir Martin is therefore extending the consultation period until Friday 28 July, an extension of two weeks.
Please send any comments to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry Team at:
Or by post to:
Grenfell Tower Inquiry Team
Royal Courts of Justice


Have your voice heard by signing-up as a member of Chelsea & Westminster Hospital. It costs nothing and you'll have the opportunity to shape the services the hospital provides to the borough. The LINK. 

In addition, you'll get invitations to health talks and social events at the hospital. 

It's important to be involved even in a small way to make sure we get the services we need when we need them.
If you have some spare time the hospital would love to have you as a volunteer helper. 
It's a rewarding activity in great company and really does make a difference. Details on the membership link.


This is the composition of the Task Force to advise the Council. Apart from Chris Wood none seem to be terribly relevant or dynamic.
Javed Khan is the £100,000 plus charity boss of Barnado's

Aftab Chughtai
Aftab Chughtai is chair of the West Midlands Police Independent Advisory Group. Aftab also runs a department store in East Birmingham. He received an MBE honours in this year’s New Year Honours List, awarded in recognition of his Services to Business and Community Relations in Birmingham.
Javed Khan
Javed Khan is Chief Executive of Barnardo’s which runs 1000 services in local communities and is the fifth largest charity in the UK. As a British Pakistani, he is the first non-white CEO in Barnardo’s 150 year history.  Previously he was CEO at Victim Support and before that Executive Director to the London Serious Youth Violence Board in the Government Office for London. In 2007 he was London Borough of Harrow’s Director of Community and Cultural Services and Director of Education before that. Previously Javed was Assistant Director of Education in Birmingham. He started his career as a Teacher in the West Midlands, is a member of the Advisory Board for the Children’s Commissioner for England and a lay member on a London Clinical Commissioning Group.
Jane Scott OBE
Jane Scott has been Conservative Leader of Wiltshire Council since its formation as a unitary council in 2009. As the seventh largest unitary council in the country, Jane has led a major programme of transformation that has focused on building strong communities, protecting those who are most vulnerable and growing the local economy. The council is recognised nationally for its approach to working with communities across Wiltshire; empowering local decision making and service delivery.
Jane is chair of the Wiltshire Health and Wellbeing Board, the Military and Community Integration Programme, the Wiltshire Public Services Board and is a member of the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Economic Partnership.
Jane was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2010 New Year Honours for services to local government. In August 2015, it was announced that Jane was to be created a life peer, giving her a seat in the House of Lords.
Chris Wood
Chris Wood is a partner at Altair housing consultancy. Chris has worked with numerous local authorities and a broad range of public and private sector housing organisations on strategic regeneration planning, asset management and capital programme delivery. Chris has been Director of Housing in three London boroughs and CEO of the London Borough of Newham, leading the borough’s contribution to the 2012 Olympic Games and the development of Stratford City. He was the architect of London’s largest estate-based regeneration scheme at Canning Town.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017


Dizzie Lizzie Campbell is rapidly becoming a sort of economic Mrs. Malaprop.

Here are just two of her great insights....more will doubtless follow!

"Holland Park School cost the taxpayer nothing"

Dizzie forgot that the school was paid for from the £100 million sale of the School’s playing field. She could not see that the playing field belonged to taxpayers so, in effect, the school cost local taxpayers £100 million.

"we have saved money by reducing the Cabinet"

It never occurred to the dimwit that reducing the number of members doesn’t justify creating a new and superflous post with the saving.


The Leader of the Council has graciously deigned to reply to the fabulous old Dame.

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In her reply, the leader notes the reduction in the Cabinet team has led to savings.
This begs the question as to why the Cabinet was so bloated in the first for the boys & gals?
Anyway, it seems that the two deputy leaders are now picking up, with their cllr allowances, close to £50,000 a year each.
This is more than any other UK council.

The Dame is an old fashioned thing. 
Thanks to a string of well-negotiated divorces the old thing is stinking rich.
Cllrs Taylor-Smith and Pascall are both nearly as loaded as the Dame and should thus forgo their £1,000 a week allowances. It's called public service.
Pooter Cockell

Sky high allowances were organised by the appalling Pooter Cockell whose greed knew no bounds. 

Tuesday, 25 July 2017


Last month 66,000 residents of the Royal Borough visited the Hornet's Nest. Without showing off the Dame can claim that the Nest has a reach greater than any local newspaper in the sense that those visitors are deeply committed to the interests of the Borough.
The other day The Dame wrote to Cllr Campbell asking the very simple question...."how much is each deputy leader being paid"? 
So far, not the courtesy of a response. No doubt her own £70,000 a year is useful to fund the hideaway on the IoW....the woman is a disgrace!
The other day Cllr Campbell announced on BBC Radio that she will spend a big chunk of the Borough’s £300 million reserve fund on social housing for the Grenfell victims. 

But is this lawful? 
The money came from hard pressed Council Tax payers.  Dizzie told the BBC that the Council reserves were “put aside for an emergency and that is what we will spend it on”. 
These are the words of any spendthrift housewife who suddenly needs to justify to her husband why she has raided the family savings account. 

Not a single other Local Authority taxes in order to create an emergency fund.

The Leader's new policy needs careful scrutiny. 

All infrastructure spending should come from central Government via the Central Grant. (Schools, hospitals, libraries, council housing). And this needs to be argued for. The Royal Borough is the only Council in the country operating with a big slush fund created by over taxing Council tax payers. 
It has been useful for subsidising Holland Park Opera to the tune of £1 million every year and paving Exhibition Road with pink granite from China imported at a cost of £30 million. 
And the practice of promising a decrease in Council Tax just before local Government elections. (In layman’s terms this is called a bribe). But these practices have to stop.

For the last ten years, the Country has been in austerity. It will be extremely difficult for Hornton Street to argue that the £300 million reserve was amassed from surpluses from the Central Grant. 

The Central Grant should cover what is agreed. And Council Tax should cover what is necessary for central services (garbage collection, the parks, street cleaning etc).

If there is an emergency such as flood, fire, or terror attack, then the established practice is for Central Government to find the necessary recovery resources.

As usual, our Lizzie is dipping her fingers into the nearest chocolate box. This is known as Sloane Square expediency.


In the light of Grenfell the Council is now reviewing its decision to lease the Kensington Library to Notting Hill Prep.

Monday, 24 July 2017


How despicable, at a time like this, to try to demolish much loved and much needed social housing.
We know Exford, the £300,000 a year of Affinity Sutton is a nasty piece of work but the Dame would have hoped this grasping little man would have had the decency to stop this vandalisation of a wonderful community asset. 
Everybody in the area....poor, not so poor, rich and not so rich love Sutton Estate.
The Planning Inspector needs to back the Royal Borough which has made very clear why consent was not given.


Notice of a Planning Appeal relating to:  William Sutton Estate, Cale Street, LONDON, SW3
Appellant: Affinity Sutton Homes Ltd   Agent: Trowers and Hamlins LLP
A Planning Appeal has been made to the Planning Inspectorate in respect of the Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for : Demolition of existing estate buildings (Blocks A-K and N-O) and ancillary office and  redevelopment to provide 343 residential units comprising 334 apartments and 9 mews houses within buildings of 4-6 storeys; provision of class D1 community floor space with associated cafe; class A1-A5 and B1 floor space. Creation of adopted public highway between Cale Street and Marlborough Street, vehicular access from Ixworth Place; creation of basement for car parking, cycle parking and storage and energy centre fuelled by CHP and works to adjacent pavement. (Major Application and EIA development). This appeal will be heard at a PUBLIC INQUIRY which you may attend and, at the discretion of the Inspector, will be able to speak at the Inquiry. The final date and location of the Inquiry has not yet been confirmed and we will write to you again once these details have been finalised

All comments should be submitted directly to the PLANNING INSPECTORATE in order to be taken into account at LINK TO MAKE COMMENT using the reference number App/K5600/W/17/3177810.  Your representations must be received by the Planning Inspectorate by 18/08/2017 at the latest. Any comments submitted after this date will not normally be taken into account. PLEASE DO NOT SEND YOUR COMMENTS TO THE COUNCIL  
Alternatively, you can send a hard copy representation quoting reference number App/K5600/W/17/3177810 to: Room 3/26, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, BRISTOL, BS1 6PN.  

Comments made in respect of the original planning application have already been copied and forwarded to the Inspectorate by us and will be considered when determining the appeal. If you made a comment which you no longer wish to be take into account please advise the Planning Inspectorate by 18/08/2017 at the latest.

You can get a copy of the booklet "Guide to taking part in planning appeals" free of charge from the Council or at  Documents associated with this appeal including the appellant's grounds of appeal are available online under the original application number at the Planning Search area of the Council's website:

Yours faithfully

Planning Appeals
Planning and Borough Development
Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea