“Spaceship” extension plans for Kensington

Designs for a proposed two-story extension atop of the Cromwell Mansions, Kensington, have caused a stir among local residents who have said that the addition to the building would be “alien” to the character of the area. The “UFO extension,” so called because some have compared the designs to an...

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Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster residents encouraged to plan for their pensions

Since 6 April 2015, personal pensions have changed giving you more freedom to choose what to do with your pension pot. Pension Wise is a free government service that will help you go through your options so you can make informed decisions about your pensions that are best for you...

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Kensington and Chelsea named car theft capital

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) has been dubbed the car theft capital of England and Wales after experiencing a staggering number of vehicle thefts, with Westminster following closely behind. New data, analysed by Getwest London revealed that there were 773 vehicles stolen in  the Royal Borough in...

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Parks Police organise free microchipping session as new law requires that all dogs are microchipped

From Wednesday 6 April all dog owners must ensure that their pets are microchipped. The new law has been introduced by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and will require that all puppies aged over eight weeks are chipped. A free microchipping session for dogs has...

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Gentlemen, Stop Your Engines!

Residents of Knightsbridge suffering at the hands of noisy supercars racing through the area can finally fight back with boy racers found guilty of disturbing the peace being liable for fines of up to £1000 thanks to a new order. RBKC council introduced the Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) after...

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English classes for the homeless to run in RBKC’s librarys

The Royal Borough’s library service has been working with leading homeless charity Glass Door to run English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL) classes for homeless people living in Kensington and Chelsea. A pilot programme started in June with weekly classes being held at the Chelsea Methodist Centre.  The ten-week...

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Miki switches on market’s Christmas cheer

Paddington Bear features in a Christmas card designed to celebrate Portobello and Golborne Market’s 150th Christmas. Schoolgirl Miki Keric’s winning design was chosen by traders in a competition which attracted over 390 entries. Ten-year-old Miki, a pupil from St Barnabas and St Philip’s Church of England Primary School, celebrated her...

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Thousands sign petition to stop ‘gentrification’ of Golborne Road

More than 3,000 people have signed a petition against council plans to revamp Golborne Road due to fears of the plans promoting “backdoor gentrification” that will drive out independent businesses and steamroll the communities’ individuality.   The plans themselves involve an extensive program of civic improvements such as raising pavements, erecting...

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Kensington and Chelsea Council declaimed as “morally corrupt” in heated Marlborough School debate

   The Royal Borough was attacked with heavy accusations over its conduct during a debate on the controversial demolition of Marlborough School. Leading campaigner for the school’s preservation Jane Soloman made the accusation, claiming the council was “colluding with developers” and was “hell-bent on swelling its cash reserves” during an...

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Thameside Playground

Following a grand £390,000 investment, The Royal Parks (TRP) unveiled its newest playground next to the River Thames on the 21st August. The newly named ‘Horseferry Playground’ in Victoria Tower Gardens has technically been reopened following extensive improvement works which saw the installation of new equipment and a touch of...

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