Kensington and Chelsea London Borough Council

All of the seats in Kensington and Chelsea were up for election this year. Find out more about these elections.

Election 2018 Results

CON HOLD
Party Elected in 2018 Total councillors Change

PartyConservative

Elected in 2018 36 Total councillors 36 Change-1

PartyLabour

Elected in 2018 13 Total councillors 13 Change+1

PartyLiberal Democrat

Elected in 2018 1 Total councillors 1 ChangeNo results
Councillors change compared with 2014

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Notting Hill school’s car ban hailed a success

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Road outside school
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A scheme to stop parents driving their kids to a school in Notting Hill has been deemed a success on its first day.

In a bid to improve air quality and make the school run “safer and more relaxed”, Colville Primary School has started placing barriers at the end of its road during peak times with the six-week trial beginning on Tuesday.

Mother of two girls, Nadia Feiner, 43, was helping to supervise the barrier in Colville Road, which will go up at between 08:35-09:05 and 15:00-15:30.

“I think anything that helps improve our air quality is really important,” Ms Feiner said.

Another mum, Emma Kwan, 41, from Westbourne Grove, said: “This road would normally be chockablock, totally bumper to bumper with cars. I think it’s brilliant because I’m quite conscious of pollution, especially being close to the A40."

Hailing the scheme’s early success, head teacher Jagdeep Birdi said he would "advocate this for schools all over London. We want to reduce the number of children developing asthma. By doing that, we think this will improve attendance and outcomes for the pupils."

At the end of the trial, it will be reviewed by Kensington and Chelsea Council, which worked with the school on the plan, and could make it permanent.

Buskers protest over clampdown in tourist hotspots

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Buskers have staged a protest against a ban on performing live music in some of London’s busiest tourist hotspots and plan to raise money to challenge the first fines for performers caught out.

They also predicted new rules which will ban sound in some key busking spots could see streets transformed with the clinking of coins for mime artists dressed as Star Wars figures such as Yoda, rather than the sound of music.

Chester Bingley predicted a change in the type of performers on the streets which attract the high tourist footfall.

“You will probably find a dozen living statues all along the street,” he said.

Street performers headed to South Kensington near the major attractions of the Natural History and Victoria and Albert Museums to draw attention to new rules which ban music in some traditional busking spots.

Some areas – including close by the museums and South Kensington Tube and Hans Crescent beside Harrods are designated as ‘red’ areas where sound, including music will be banned.

However mime and magic is given the thumbs up in these areas covered by the Public Spaces Protection Orders brought in this summer.

Cem Kemahli, the councillor with responsibility for the environment, said: “The council supports responsible busking by talented musicians but with so many people living and working here, we need to strike a balance between what works for both residents and street performers.

“Our goal is to make sure street entertainment doesn’t cause a nuisance whilst supporting busking in the right areas.”

Flouting the rules risks a fine of £100 and buskers could face bills of up to £1,000 if they breach the PSPO.

Chester Bingley
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Busker Chester Bingley

Grenfell scrutiny meetings launched

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Community assembly meetings to discuss what’s happening to help the recovery after the Grenfell Tower fire were unveiled after politicians voted to scrap a scrutiny committee which examined progress.

Kensington and Chelsea council voted to bring in changes to the way it does scrutiny, which will see an overview and scrutiny committee with four other committees looking at the authority’s services.

The move to scrap the Grenfell Recovery Scrutiny Committee after two years was opposed by Labour which tried to get an amendment through to keep it and set up a panel to consider residents’ calls to devolve some decision-making to communities across the borough.

Instead last night residents heard Grenfell Community Assembly Meetings will take its place.

Some were vocal in making their anger heard, with shouts of “we don’t want it”.

A placard was also held up opposing the move.

Councillor Anne Cyron, communities lead member who has responsibility for Grenfell, said the meetings will mean issues such as concerns over soil contamination, air quality and the Grenfell Memorial Commission will be addressed.

The first meeting is scheduled for late September and will look at health issues affecting the North Kensington community after the fatal fire, which claimed the lives of 72 people in 2017.

Residents and working researches are fed up with loud noise from buskers in Kensington.
Kensington and Chelsea will introduce red and purple zones to cut street musicians' performances.

RBKC leader issues warning to next prime minister

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Grenfell Tower
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The leader of Kensington and Chelsea council has delivered a message to the next prime minister – to honour commitments made to people who were bereaved or survived the Grenfell Tower fire.

Conservative politician, Elizabeth Campbell, used her leader’s statement at full council to warn the next person to take the helm at Number 10 they must deliver.

She warned the current and former Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson – who are both vying for the top job – they must step up to the plate when the winner of the leadership contest takes over at the end of July.

Councillor Campbell said: “Grenfell needs to remain a clear priority for the next government. The next prime minister needs to walk into Number 10 knowing that this community and this council is expecting to see commitments honoured.

“We expect the millions for the refurbishment of the Lancaster West estate we expect the families to receive NHS support and funding for the future. We expect the Inquiry to move quickly, be thorough and find the truth.”

Shortly after the fire in June 2017 prime minister Theresa May visited the area in North Kensington and promised to rehouse the traumatised survivors within three weeks – a pledge which proved undeliverable.

Rise in rough sleeping in wealthy borough

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The number of rough sleepers camping out in wealthy Kensington and Chelsea reached 265 last year, after increasing for two years in a row.

Research by City Hall and homeless charity St Mungo’s shows the number of rough sleepers increased by 16%, from 229 people in 2017/18.

While in 2016/17 the number was 211. Of the 265 people seen in the borough last year, about 36% had slept rough for two years in a row.

And about 20% were known to have been on the streets for more than two years. In London’s most affluent borough, Knightsbridge, South Kensington, Kensington High Street and North Kensington were areas where rough sleepers were most commonly seen.

Across the whole capital, 8,855 people were seen sleeping rough, which is 18% higher than the 7,484 seen during 2017-18.

A Kensington and Chelsea Council spokesman said: “Unfortunately, we are not alone in facing this challenge, rough sleeping has been increasing in many central London boroughs.

“We’re doing everything we can to prevent and combat homelessness, including committing to building at least 600 new homes in the next five years, at least 300 of which will be social housing.”

Petra Salva, St Mungo’s director of rough sleeping, said: “It’s alarming to see another rise in rough sleeping of 18% in London this year, with a 24% increase of new people to the streets. This highlights the real challenge around prevention.

“These figures also highlight a rise in the number of people returning to rough sleeping after at least a year away from the streets. This shows the importance of getting the right long term accommodation and support in place for people who have slept rough in ensuring people can rebuild their lives away from the street for good.”

Pledge to revamp 'historic' estate after campaign

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Boarded up homes on the Sutton Estate
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A housing association has pledged to go back to the drawing board to bring most of the homes on a historic Chelsea estate into the 21st century after it lost a planning appeal over its controversial plans to demolish the whole estate.

Clarion Housing Group promised to save most of the homes on the Sutton estate and said some blocks will be redeveloped.

The 10-year campaign to save the Sutton Estate in Chelsea united politicians from all sides and included celebrity support from actor Felicity Kendal and comedian and activist Eddie Izzard.

Clarion Housing Group lost a planning appeal in December to knock down the estate of 15 blocks of flats and replace them with a mix of 270 social homes and 96 for sale on the open market.

The plans had been turned down by Kensington and Chelsea Council.

London mayor Sadiq Khan also said he was concerned about potential loss of social housing.

Clarion has just announced that it will not resubmit the plans rejected by the Secretary of State for Housing, James Brokenshire.

Instead, it plans to redevelop four blocks which are standing empty.

Clarion said the 159 vacant flats in blocks A-D, which are currently boarded up “cannot meet decency standards for accommodation”.

A spokesman said he could not provide more details about plans for the empty blocks but added: “Priority for the new social homes will be given to residents currently living on the estate.”

Clarion said that it is now ruling out redeveloping blocks E-K and N-O on the estate with 462 flats on Cale Street.

In scrapping its plans to knock them down, it said that instead it aims to “invest in the properties, for the benefit of existing and future residents”.

Tests on soil surrounding Grenfell Tower begin

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Soil near Grenfell
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Further environmental tests for possible contamination from the fall-out from the Grenfell Tower fire are getting underway this week, shortly before the second anniversary of the disaster.

Scientists are doing the first “exploratory” tests today, with more to take place on Wednesday and Thursday.

They follow months of campaigning by residents for further tests following revelations by fire toxicology expert Prof Anna Stec of chemicals which could cause cancer and breathing problems in the soil near the Tower.

A team from AECOM are doing the first tests and are planning to share their preliminary findings at community workshops this month. They will produce a report next month detailing what they find.

The 20 test locations include the communal area between Barandon and Testerton Walk very close to the Tower, as well as Kensington Memorial Park and Avondale Recreation Ground.

Other test sites include Henry Dickens estate, the West London Bowling Club and community gardens at Darfield Way and the St Quentin Community Kitchen Gardens.

Two soil samples 5cm (2 in) deep will be taken from each spot and experts will take more samples 10-15cm (4-6 in) deep at Waynefleet Square, because it is close to the Tower and was in the “plume area following the fire and where debris was found”.

Meanwhile, residents on a housing estate just over half a mile from Grenfell are also due to hear the results of what scientists discovered there.

Hammersmith and Fulham council commissioned RPS Consulting to carry out tests at the Edward Woods Estate.

Public Health England advised residents that: “People with gardens in the local area should continue to use their fruit and vegetables as normal, ensuring that they are washed and peeled before cooking or eating.”