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Earls Courtiers Meeting 7 December 2017

December 31, 2017

Here is the notice for our meeting on 7 December 2017:  Earl’sCourtiers7Dec2017Notice

Apologies to the many residents who weren’t notified as much as normal; hence the low attendance.

We are affiliated to the London Tenants Federation. Here is a report of the LTF conference in September 2016 on the Housing Act: LTFreportSept2016

The London Tenants Federation held a conference about the Mayor of London’s Housing Strategy on 28 October 2017: 

Here is Andy Bates, chairman of the National Federation of Tenant Management Organisations: 

Here is our Response to the draft London Housing Strategy: model response draft London Housding Strategy (f1)

Here is our submission to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry scope of Terms of Reference:   GrenfellTowerInquiryTermsSubmit30July2017

We have had help from ‘Defend Council Housing’ about facilitating a replacement alternative governance structure to the K & C TMO for the management of its 10,000 properties. They are the organisation behind the excellent Housing Summit on 25 November 2017: AxHousgActJustic4Grenfl25Nov2017  Local resident Bruno has set up an online discussion forum: http://rbkctenants.blogspot.co.uk/  We are part of Kensington Residents Alliance, and organised a motion calling for the adjournment of the KCTMO’s AGM on 17 October 2017: KCTMOmotion2Oct2017  Here is South Ken TMO resident’s site: PondHouseSite  In December it was announced that the K&C TMO is handing back the management to RBKC council. The housing expert Glyn Robbins is speaking at the Kensington constituency Labour meeting on 22 January 7:15pm at Colville Primary school, Lonsdale Road, W11 2DF. His latest well-reviewed book is “There’s no place ….”

We are part of the ‘Just Space’ progressive planning activity; our Grenfell Tower Inquiry submission was given credit. Here is Just Space’s response to the Mayor’s Housing Strategy:   https://justspace.org.uk/2017/12/07/housing-not-good-enough/

Some of us from Earl’s Court attended the Radical Housing Network meeting immediately following the Grenfell Tower atrocity in June 2017; they’ve just published a newsletter with their ‘demands’: RHNnewsletterDec2017 RadH’singNetwkDemands26Oct2017+comments
We decided to participate in the proposed merger between Notting Hill Housing Group, which has 1,200 properties in Earl’s Court, and Genesis Housing Association. There will be a peaceful protest on Tuesday 16 January at 5pm outside NHHG head office in Sussex Place, Hammersmith W6, which is underneath the flyover near the Apollo Theatre, whilst the shareholders meet to vote on the merger.
   Sean asked about the latest news for the 100 West Cromwell Rd (‘Tesco Tower site’); here are the Planning Inspectorate Appeal Decisions from earlier in the year: Appeal Decision 3134528 and  Appeal Decision 3146132
  I think that the best source of information regarding the Capco Earls Court Project is: https://westkengibbsgreen.wordpress.com  Here is the Planning magazine article: PlanningMag8Nov2017  Here is the Property Week magazine December article: PropertyWeekDec2017 Here is the Times article on 6 January 2018: TimesArticle
  The economic basis for the LBHF council’s justification for challenging the “poor deal” for the Conditional Land Sale Agreement is our Unlawful State Aid Complaint to the European Union in 2016: Complaint Summary
  Here is our complaint to the Local Government Ombudsman: LGO341AFF9C-F52A-4292-A42A-A0496C03CB75
  Our ‘Residents’ Charter’ is favoured; it needs a lot more work on it.
1. All residents will have the right to be consulted on any major repairs or maintenance work before any decision to carry out such work is made.
2. Any bills or requests for payments from the landlord – eg TMO – or its agents for repairs or maintenance will be required to contain details of the relevant work carried out.
3. When major works are proposed to their property, every resident will have the right to seek alternative estimates for the proposed works (providing they meet the necessary specifications) which the TMO or its agents will be required to take into account when deciding which contractors to use.
4. An independent panel will be established to hear residents’ complaints about service costs and/or the level of service they receive. This will be provided without cost to residents.
5. The TMO will assume responsibility  for the maintenance of all common parts, including, including stairwells, walkways, paths, greenery and lifts, all of which will be held in commonhold with all residents.
6. The TMO will assume responsibility for the provision of safety and security in all common areas.
7. Strict limits on sub-letting will be included in council tenancy and leasehold agreements to ensure that Council owned property, designed to provide social housing, is not exploited for profit.

Regarding the threat of closure of local hospitals, on 30 November 2017, NHS England announced that they will continue to commission congenital heart disease services at Royal Brompton, subject to conditions.   “We are pleased to announce that 14,000 children and adults who receive life-saving care for congenital heart conditions at Royal Brompton Hospital will continue to receive the care they deserve at the hospital they know and trust, for the foreseeable future.” At the Board meeting, NHS England said they will support a plan set out by our hospital Trust that will allow it, and we the charity, the opportunity to shape its own destiny in a planned and rational way in the best interests of patients.

This development will involve the Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust beginning a partnership with King’s Health Partners (the Academic Health Sciences Centre comprising Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts and King’s College London) to deliver world-class clinical facilities.

This is a long-term plan that will not come to fruition for several years. In the meantime, patients will stay put at the Royal Brompton hospital, which is why we take this news with a great deal of positivity.

Click here to learn more about this plan.

For the latest info about saving Charing Cross hospital, see: SaveCharingCross

‘Save Charing Cross Hospital’ and the current Shadow Chancellor came to Earls Court for the anti-MIPIM protest in 2014: antiMIPIM2014 There are other issues, which we should debate more, eg closure of Earl’s Court police station, and some local premises licensing progress can be updated.

  We have been involved in the recent successful campaign to restore the concessionary admission charges to the Fulham Swimming pool/gymn. Here’s the story of how we now can only pay £22 per month for unlimited use: https://hftuc.wordpress.com/2016/12/27/keep-fulham-pools-gym-public-18-january/  and https://hftuc.wordpress.com/2016/11/04/save-fulham-pools-protest-4-nov-8am/
  We campaign against the closure of the Earls Court Post Office; we provided the argument for the opposition’s speech at the RBKC full council meeting.
 Here’s the BBC radio 4 programme about Earl’s Court affordable housing crisis: BBCradio4May2015  and here’s the Guardian article: Guardian16Oct2014

Here’s our letter to Sadiq Khan in the Guardian: Guardian13May2016

In May 2017 some of us went to the Bartlett Planning School, University College London, for the launch of the new community-led Earl’s Court Masterplan, which has since been favourably presented to the London Assembly, City Hall: 170518_117

In the autumn 2017 RBKC council announced that the ‘regeneration’ planning of all estates has been put on hold; this is a great relief to the Warwick Road Estate residents.

The area of interest is the western periphery of RBKC; the historical background: an elevated “Ringway 1” motorway was planned in the 1950s to route abreast of the West London Railway Line from Harlesden to Battersea. Only the section between White City and the Holland Park Roundabout (originally the M41) was built. The motorway was going to route above the Earls Court Exhibition Centre. Here is a rough map:

West Cross route

Here is link: http://pathetic.org.uk/unbuilt/ringway_1/wcross%20large.jpg

There was an attempt to resurrect the motorway in the 1980s as the “Western Environmental Improvement Route” extending the M41 to Wandsworth Bridge.

Here is a diagram explaining all the major planning development schemes from January 2008: EarlsCourtierMarch2008

 

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