As some of you may know, I have written a play about the events leading up to the Grenfell Tower fire, which will be performed in two public readings at the Playground Theatre in Latimer Road next month. The play is a documentary play, and uses contemporary blogs, emails and Council records to place these events in the context of austerity, deregulation, estate regeneration and local activism. More details can be found by clicking here.
If you’d like to donate towards the production, there is a crowdfunding page here.
RBKC is holding events in the coming weeks to allow local people to tell what’s important to them, and help set the council’s priorities. These discussions will all help shape the Council Plan that will be published next year. The events will be taking place at the following places:
Wednesday 5 December (6pm – 8pm) – Chelsea Academy, Lots Road, Chelsea, London SW10 0AB.
Thursday 6 December (6pm – 8pm) – Baden Powell Conference Centre, 65-67 Queen’s Gate, Kensington, London SW7 5JS
Monday 10 December (6pm – 8pm) – Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Road, Kensington and Chelsea, London, SW3 5EE
Tuesday 11 December (6pm – 8pm) – St Mary Abbotts Centre, Vicarage Gate, Kensington, London W8 4HN
Wednesday 12 December (6pm – 8pm) – St Cuthbert’s Centre, 50 Philbeach Gardens, Kensington, London SW5 9EB
Because of logistics, the number of spaces are limited so please make sure you register early. Each event will start promptly at 6pm and registration will open from 5.30pm. Teas and coffees will also be available.
The next Governance Review meeting of RBKC Council allows members of the Public to share their vision of the way RBKC ought to operate. It will be on 28 November at 6.30 pm at the Town Hall and they are urging the public to attend.
Key questions that will be covered include:
Thinking about decisions that the Council makes on council services, what decisions would you particularly want to be involved in?
In the past, did you want to be involved in particular Council decisions and didn’t get the chance. What were these?
Are there any examples of when the Council has involved local people in decision-making that you thought worked well?
In general, what more could we do to involve you in our decision-making?
If you did want to be more involved in local decisions, what stops you?
Universal Credit is due to hit North Kensington in December, a community still in suffering as a result of the Grenfell tragedy.
A protest has been organised on Saturday 1st December, 2p.m. at Ladbroke Grove station, as part of Unite the Union’s National Day of Action against Universal Credit. The action has been organised locally by Unite Community branches.
We hope you can attend to show solidarity and send a message to the Government that UC is unwelcome here.
Our MP, Emma, recently wrote to the Secretary of State for Work & Pensions and is lobbying against these measures in Parliament.