Do you live in a household that earns an average of £150,000 a year? Do you want to buy an average house in Kensington? Sorry mate, you’re too poor…
The wonderful, hardworking people at Shelter have released their latest Housing League Table, and yup, you’ve guessed it, Kensington has ranked as one of the worst for affordable housing in London. No surprise there, but some of the figures are eye watering!
You would have to earn £158,400 per year in order to afford to buy an average-priced house in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea area.
There are 6,687 households on the waiting list for affordable housing in Kensington – at current letting rates this will take 11.20 years to clear.
Independent experts say your area needs to build 3,663 homes per year. The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea planned for 85 new affordable homes to be provided in your area last year.
Thank you Shelter for exposing the Council’s complete and utter failure in providing affordable housing.
At long last, young people in North Kensington are to get a new Secondary School. The site earmarked for the non-denominational Academy with its own sports facilities is by Kensington Leisure Centre sports pitches. The Labour government’s Building School’s for the Future programme has guaranteed funding of £30 million…
Local resident and local Labour candidate Beinazir Lasharie says “for years many of our local young people have had to go to schools outside the Borough. They will go to school in North Kensington thanks to many years of lobbying by Labour Councillors and local parents”.
Yet our Liberal Democrat opponents try to claim responsibility for the new school in their newsletters. We have a track record of achievement and don’t need to take credit for others hard work. We would like to ask for them to exactly just ‘how’ they achieved what they have claimed?
Let’s face it, there are serious air quality issues in London, and North Kensington doesn’t get off that lightly. Our main roads like Ladbroke Grove, and especially the Westway flyover, have excessive recorded levels of nitrogen dioxide coming from vehicles…
That’s why your local Labour Councillors are championing the idea of a Low Emission Zone (LEZ) that keeps the most polluting vehicles out of central London, protecting local people – especially children – from dangerous airborne particles. The proposal focuses on health, rather than congestion, with no charge for ordinary cars driving in and out of the area around Portobello Road, like there is for the Congestion Charge Western Extension Zone.
But wouldn’t you know it. As soon as Labour Councillors started asking the Council to support a LEZ, the idea appeared in the Liberal Democrats newsletter. The fact that Labour Councillors have been the only councillors in our Borough to vote in favour of this practical idea is however not mentioned by our opponents.
It’s a shame that the local Liberal Democrats can’t come up with their own campaigns. I just hope they would stop nicking all of you local Labour Councillor’s ideas!
Everyday’s a good day to campaign on something you believe in. Even more so when it’s an issue as important as saving 1,700 residents homes in Wornington Green, at the top end of Portobello Road…
The Conservative-run borough’s planning committee decided last Tuesday to allow the 538 social rented houses on the estate to be knocked down over 12 years, to include 300 privately owned homes.
This is just another example of just how out-of-touch Borough planning is, when it comes to the community of North Kensington. Labour has backed local residents, who believe that knocking down the estate and displacing 1,700 people, to make way for an additionl 300 private homes fetching £300,000 for a 1 bedroom and £1.2 million for a town house, effectively ruins our community for a decade.
At the committee hearing, all of the Labour Councillors opposed the redevelopment and sided with the majority of residents. It is worth noting that every single Councillor that voted in favour of redevelopment were Conservatives. Even though North Kensington remains largely Labour, with no Conservative Councillors.
In response, Labour Councillor Emma Dent Coad, invited the architect of one of the 1960s blocks, Peter Deakins, to come down to Portobello this morning and speak about his views on the redevelopment plans.
Colville Ward candidate Amir Akhrif, was there to film the interview.
If you’d be so kind, do us a little favour next time you look at your street, whether you live on an estate or not. Ask yourself one simple question… “do you feel secure that the Council will protect your home against property developers?”….
After the Council’s decision last Tuesday, we don’t feel secure anymore. That’s why we need Councillors who can sit on these committees and make decisions that listen to local peoples views. That is what Labour intends to do. That is why we are standing for election in May. That is why we are asking for your vote.
“Power back to the people, not to the property developers”…
Petitioning Kensington & Chelsea is always a good thing. In fact, Kensington Labour Party thinks any sort of democratic involvement by active citizens is a good thing. But if we really want to protect Portobello Market, as local residents, we have to “put our money where our mouth is”. We need grassroots action, not just words…
That’s why your Labour politicians in Colville and Golborne Wards have launched the Shop local… Shop small… campaign, to raise awareness amongst local residents about just how useful Portobello and Golborne markets are. Starting Monday 8th March, your Labour teams will be doing three things to help the market thrive…
We’ll be collecting price comparisons for various everyday items from Portobello Market, and pitching them against the high street names. Because we want to promote the value for money of Portobello to more locals.
We’ll be developing a poster campaign in as many Portobello shops and stalls as possible to remind everyone to ‘Shop local… Shop small…’ Because sometimes we all need reminding.
We’ll be delivering a price comparison leaflet to thousands of residents in Colville Ward. Because we want to advertise some of the savings residents can make by shopping on the ‘bella versus the high street names.
Every extra pound we as local residents spend on the market goes some way to helping to protect it. That’s the impetus behind the campaign and that’s us “putting our money where our mouth is”.