Reverse the Cuts to Youth Services

You can help reverse the cuts to Youth Services by signing the petition started by Hasan Patel, aka corbynistateen on Twitter, by clicking here.

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Council Governance Review Panel-Wednesday 28 November

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?

Standalone bid advertisement for Kensington and Chelsea College

The Save Wornington College Campaign and KCC are looking for 2 people to put a bid together for the college to standalone.

There is a bid on the table from Morley College for a merger with them.

The decision will be made in February by the board of governors as to which bid will be the best for the future of the college.

The advertisement with the job specifications is on the KCC site. The closing date for applications is 27 November 2018.

Fundraiser for the Kensington & Chelsea Refugees Welcome Committee

The RBKC Refugees Welcome Committee, in partnership with local charity Migrants Organise, invites you for an evening of powerful testimony, encouraging us to take action in our communities. Fundraising Event at the Mosaic Room in Earl’s Court on 30th November 2018 from 6.30PM-9PM.

Details on Eventbrite.

Campaign Day-Sat 3 November 2018

This Saturday 3 November 2018 is a Labour Party “National Day of Action” and we would be delighted for you to join us.

We will be holding a street stall in Earl’s Court, our most marginal ward, from 10am until lunchtime where we will be talking to local residents and distributing leaflets.

We are meeting outside Earl’s Court tube station (Earl’s Court Road entrance) at 10am and erecting the stall nearby.

We were only 100 votes off winning Earl’s Court in the local elections this year so a continuous Labour presence is vital. We hope you can come and support our “shadow councillors” Bruno de Florence and Sam Batra in the ward.

North Kensington to get new secondary school

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?

Save Wornington Green: Exclusive interview with an original architect of the estate

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…

Councillor Emma Dent Coad with Peter Deakins

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”…

Written by Amir Akhrif. For more information, you can read his blog at http://amirakhrif.wordpress.com