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
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North Kensington Crossrail station plans 'back on track'

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Crossrail works
Crossrail Ltd

Proposals for North Kensington to get its own station on the long-delayed Crossrail project have been put back on track.

Kensington and Chelsea Council has confirmed it is in talks with Network Rail on producing a feasibility study that could lead to the “Kensal Portobello Station” being built.

Also called the Elizabeth Line, the 73-mile underground route will link Shenfield in Essex to Reading, with branches to Heathrow Airport and Abbey Wood in south-east London.

The Conservative-run council has long been calling for the station to be built in the north of the borough, although little has been reported about the idea for several years.

A council spokesperson said that during 2020, its officers have “been talking to Network Rail about railway modelling to test the operational impact of a station on other rail services”.

Canal Way, near the Kensington Gas Works and a Sainsbury’s superstore, is being eyed up as a location for the station.

Parts of the Elizabeth Line were originally planned to open in December 2018.

In August, Crossrail’s board announced that the first section, between Paddington and Abbey Wood, may not be operational until 2022.

We asked the council for its view on whether the working-from-home culture that has emerged from the coronavirus pandemic might undermine the need for a new train line to central London.

The council spokesperson said: “This is an issue for the whole railway industry, and it is too early to know exactly what difference Covid-19 will make to business case assessments for new stations.”

TfL was approached for comment.

Kensington delays rent collection

Julia Gregory

Local Democracy Repoter, City of London

A west London council which normally gets £16.7m from its commercial tenants has told them it will look at their struggles to pay because of the pandemic on a case by case basis.

In the first quarter of this financial year alone Kensington and Chelsea council got just £1.1m of the £4.1m rent it was expecting from its 222 commercial tenants because of the pandemic.

It has decided to agree payment plans to collect arrears no later than December 2021 – but will assess businesses individually. And it will waive the interest allowed in the lease.

Deputy leader Kim Taylor-Smith said: “We cannot aggressively pursue rents, it is better to support tenants rather than lose them.”

He added: “The council has to show moral leadership on this.”

The council started a “tiered approach”, collecting rent from businesses which were not affected by the shutdown such as income from mobile phone masts, those which stayed open such as general stores and those which adjusted such as restaurants which offered takeaways.

Cycle lane along Kensington High Street to be installed

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A segregated cycle lane spanning the length of Kensington High Street will be in place by late October.

Kensington and Chelsea Council said the “experimental” route will be separated from other road traffic with “wands”.

And it will include “floating bus stops”, where the cycle lane cuts between the bus stop and rest of the pavement.

It will begin at the Olympia London, and run for one mile to the south-west corner of Kensington Gardens.

Work on “phase 1” of the plan will commence on 28 September and take about four weeks, the council said.

Phase 2 will involve changes being made to junctions along the routes, and will be undertaken by Transport for London and be complete “by winter”.

The council hopes it will encourage more people to visit shops and restaurants and commute to work without using public transport.

Kensington and Chelsea records highest coronavirus infection rate in London

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Kensington and Chelsea recorded the highest coronavirus infection rate of any London borough last week, figures show.

The rate was 24.3 per 100,000 cases and 38 new cases confirmed. Hammersmith and Fulham recorded the second-highest infection rate with 37 news cases of COVID-19 recorded in the west London borough. Its official infection rate per 100,000 people was 20.

The two boroughs also have the smallest populations of any London boroughs, with Hammersmith and Fulhan having a population of 185,000 and Kensington and Chelsea has 156,000.

The eight London boroughs with the following highest rates were:

  • Harrow – 19.1 per 100,000
  • Wandsworth – 18.8 Hackney
  • City of London – 16.8
  • Lambeth – 16.3
  • Barnet – 15.7
  • Waltham Forest – 15.5
  • Richmond Upon Thames – 15.2
  • Tower Hamlets – 14.8

While infection rates are rising, nowhere in the capital is at risk of being placed on the government’s “watch list”. This is when a part of the country or a city reaches a rate of 40 cases per 100,000. However, 20 cases per 100,000 is the threshold the government uses when considering whether to put restrictions on travelling home from certain countries.

There are currently 39 areas in England that were on the “watch list” last week, either because they had just reached the 40 cases threshold or had done so in a previous week.

'Our children need to get back to having fun again'

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Children at schools in Kensington and Chelsea will be told to self-isolate if one pupil from their year group tests positive for Covid-19.

As schools in the west London borough reopen this week for all year groups, they will operate in “bubbles” in order to minimise contact between pupils.

The bubbles will entail children from each year group and their teachers sticking together and only using certain classrooms or hallways at specific times, in order to limit the chance of passing on the virus.

Bubbles will also have separate lunch times, and times for arriving and leaving school.

Kensington and Chelsea Council issued a statement saying: “If any adult or child within the bubble tests positive for coronavirus, the entire group will self-isolate at home to limit the spread to others.”

The rule will apply to “maintained schools”, which are non-academy state schools, including primaries and secondaries, that are run by the local authority.

Other plans to stop the virus spreading include allowing children to have frequent hand-washing breaks, and installing hand-sanitising stations throughout schools.

Pupils could also be asked to wear masks in classrooms and throughout the school day if there is a local spike in cases.

Sarah Newman, the council’s head of children’s services, said it was important for children to return to "face-to-face teaching to understand new concepts and being able to interact socially with other children and with staff – but most of all – and I think we can all relate to this – our children need to get back to having fun.”

Hospital trust gets 'winter pressure' cash

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A central London hospital trust will be spending £1.5m getting ready for winter pressures.

The cash for Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is part of the government’s £300m for hospitals in England to help their A&E departments cope with winter pressures.

Overall trusts in London got £49m to weather the winter storm of extra demand for services.

The trust has casualty departments at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in Fulham Road and at the West Middlesex University Hospital in Isleworth. Chelsea and Westminster’s casualty department has got a new major treatment area, emergency observation unit, new imaging suite, including a CT scanner and a new fracture clinic as part of £12m improvemernts.

The move is also part of the government’s aim to make people feel more confident to get help from A&E after the number of coronavirus cases reduce.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is urging people to go to A&E if necessary and stressed strict social distancing and hygiene measures are in place to protect patients.

New bike lanes and speed limit in Kensington and Chelsea

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Pavilion Road, Chelsea
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

New bike lanes and a 20mph speed limit are part of a £500,000 package to encourage people to get out and about in Kensington and Chelsea.

It means pavements in some of the area’s most iconic shopping streets in Notting Hill Gate, High Street Kensington and King’s Road will be widened for the time being. There will also be a temporary bike lane at Kensington High Street and Queen’s Gate.

The council is putting in £343,000 and it got a £185,000 grant from Transport for London (TfL), with £100,000 from the Department of Transport.

It gives the green light to schemes to help people maintain social distancing and encourage them back to businesses across the borough.

The features the money will be used for include a 20mph speed limit to be introduced across the borough, temporary bike lanes on Kensington High Street and Queen’s Gate and upgraded cycle lanes.

Tom Frost, who chairs the Kensington Business Forum, one of the groups which talked to the council about ways it could help said: “Everything’s trial and error and everything’s temporary.”

He said a new rule book is being created to adapt to the post lockdown rules, adding thatL "people are happy that the high street is back operating".

Johnny Thalassites, the politician in charge of transport said he hoped the moves will help revitalise the borough’s economy.

“Cycling’s an option people might not have considered before and we are doing all we can to instill confidence in both new and experienced cyclists.

"For pedestrians, safer speed limits and trial road closures can also bring about new, local walkable neighbourhoods,” he said.

Council fights to keep heart hospital

Julia Gregory

Local Democracy Reporter

Brompton Hospital
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Politicians are lobbying health bosses to keep a world leading heart and lung hospital in Chelsea after they claimed a merger was being brought forward “under cover of Covid”.

Kensington and Chelsea council is fighting to keep the Royal Brompton in the borough. It has been at the forefront of the battle to save some of the most seriously ill patients from coronavirus.

The council has asked Kensington MP Felicity Buchan and Chelsea and Fulham MP Greg Hands to lobby health secretary Matt Hancock to stop the move from Stanley Street. And its adult social health and care committee were due to meet NHS England to raise concerns.

Recently governors were told the planned merger with St Thomas’ and Guys in Southwark will happen early in the new year – earlier than they expected.

Earlier this year the Brompton said “an agreed merger, is the best and most positive way” of integrating services offered by both trusts.

The plans include a hub for clinical academic cardio-respiratory services at St Thomas’s.

Borough's note 'small increase' of Covid-19 cases

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Three West London boroughs have seen only small increases in the number of recorded coronavirus cases since the start of July, despite the easing of lockdown.

The boroughs of Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea, and Hammersmith and Fulham, have seen increases of 3.3%, 2.3% and 1.6% respectively since July.

As of Thursday, Westminster had a running total of 895 confirmed cases. Kensington and Chelsea, with a much smaller population, had 572 cases and Hammersmith and Fulham had 767.

It suggests Londoners have succeeded in containing the spread of the virus by taking precautions such as wearing masks, social distancing and working from home in order to keep transmission levels low.

However, health experts warn that the true number of cases in the community could be higher due to the limitations of Covid-19 testing.

Graph showing coronavirus cases in Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster
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