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

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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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  1. London areas to receive Covid-19 mass testing kits

    Twenty one areas in London are to get mass testing for coronavirus.

    The kits, which can deliver results within 15 minutes, are being rolled out to select areas across the country.

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the tests would help to detect asymptomatic cases.

    The areas in London getting the kits are:

    Barking and Dagenham, Bexley, Brent, Camden, City of London, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston upon Thames, Lambeth, Lewisham, Newham, Redbridge, Richmond, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest and Wandsworth.

  2. Residents 'disappointed' with Kensington development plans

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Hotel

    Residents are hoping the government will halt a plan for a £1bn, 30-storey hotel and flats in Kensington.

    The deputy mayor of London has given the green light to the Kensington Forum 749-bedroom hotel plan, despite opposition from from 800 residents and 30 residents and amenity groups.

    The scheme will create one of London’s largest hotels. It includes 62 affordable homes but residents in the nearby conservation area said the building would block their light and was over-development.

    It was initially turned down by Kensington and Chelsea council after a six-and-a-half hour meeting but called in by the Mayor of London who approved it.

    This was followed by a challenge at the High Court where the council won its bid to overturn the scheme.

    However, the London Mayor had the right to make the ultimate planning decision.

    Ward councillor Greg Hammond said he was disappointed that the Deputy Mayor “sadly approves the Forum Hotel application based on the extra affordable homes and hotel rooms and ignores the harm to the conservation area. Wrong decision!”

    Jason Kow, CEO of Queensgate Investments said: “Kensington Forum is an extraordinary scheme of exceptional quality, which will benefit both London and Londoners.”

    He added: “The new world-class hotel will establish a new benchmark for visitor accommodation in the capital that will doubtless become a landmark for the city.”

  3. New Covid-19 testing centre opens by Ladbroke Grove station

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A new Covid-19 testing centre has been set up by Ladbroke Grove Tube Station in west London.

    Kensington and Chelsea Council said the centre, which opened yesterday, will be open seven days a week from 8:00 to 20:00.

    Testing for covid-19

    It will be located in the Malton Road Hub, a set of offices normally used by the council’s social services department.

    “The centre significantly increases the number of tests available to residents in Kensington and Chelsea,” the council said.

  4. North Kensington Crossrail station plans 'back on track'

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Crossrail works

    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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. '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.”

  9. 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.

  10. New bike lanes and speed limit in Kensington and Chelsea

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Pavilion Road, 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.

  11. Council fights to keep heart hospital

    Julia Gregory

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Brompton Hospital

    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.

  12. 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
  13. Kensington residents dismayed by skyscraper decision

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Drawing of skyscraper

    Kensington residents have been left dismayed by a minister’s decision to approve a 17-storey skyscraper beside Notting Hill Gate station.

    Plans to demolish Newcombe House, a 1950s block with shops and offices, were approved by Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick on 25 June.

    This was despite complaints from Kensington and Chelsea Council and residents groups that the scheme was too big for the area.

    The scheme has gone through various amendments since first being submitted in 2015, but will involve six new buildings going up along Notting Hill Gate and Kensington Church Street with flats, shops and office space.

    In the latest version, submitted in 2018, the second-tallest building was raised from five to seven storeys in order to increase the number of flats to 55. The number of “affordable” rooms was also increased to 35%.

    Richard Payne, chair of the Pembridge Association – which has 80 local members – described the result as "disappointing", adding that “the majority of residents in Kensington, particularly in this area, were not in favour" as they "didn’t think that was the appropriate scheme".

    Newcombe House last hit the headlines in late 2018 when London Mayor Sadiq Khan gave it planning permission, having called-in the application from Kensington and Chelsea, whose councillors had rejected it.

    Mr Jenrick, who himself called-in the development from the mayor, said the skyscraper would not cause too much visual harm to the surrounding area, such as views from Kensington Palace and Kensington Gardens.

    Mr Jenrick also said the creation of 55 new flats in the borough had “significant weight” in his decision, because delivery of new homes in the borough had “not been very good over the last few years”.

    However, Kensington and Chelsea’s cabinet member for planning, councillor Johnny Thalassites, called the minister’s decision “a blow” to the community.

  14. Residents demand to know how Grenfell recovery cash has been spent

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Residents who lost their neighbours in the Grenfell Tower fire have told their council it needs to do more to tell them about how it is spending money to help the “recovery”.

    Last year Kensington and Chelsea council pledged to spend £50m to support the community affected by the fatal fire over the next five years.

    It included :

    * Dedicated Service for the bereaved and survivors * Ongoing housing support for survivors who had lost their homes* Ongoing support to the community, including direct support for individuals and families and emotional health and wellbeing services in schools and in the community Earlier this year residents voted how to spend £600,000 in the Grenfell Projects Fund for community-led ideas boosting people’s well-being, training opportunities, community or working with young people.

    David O’ Connell from the Lancaster West Residents Association – the estate which includes the Tower – told the council’s overview and scrutiny committee that he wanted more detail about how the recovery is funded.

    He said:“As a resident of Lancaster West I can say I don’t see any of this. There’s all these great programmes going on but I don’t know about any of them. I don’t see them happening.”

    Robyn Fairman, executive director of Grenfell said £6m so far has gone to helping the wider community, including the Curve which offers a range of well-being activities for the community, a community leadership programme which helped 450 people, and employment and commissioning and support for schools.

    She said “In some ways you may not have seen where the money’s gone. That’s our problem.”

    Ms Fairman said “we need to look at” residents’ concerns that they didn’t know where some money was being spent and they might not know about services commissioned to help individuals.

  15. London gets temporary mortuary to deal with Covid-19 deaths

    A temporary mortuary has been built in central London in preparation for a predicted rise in the number of deaths from coronavirus.

    temporary morgue set up in London

    The large white tent, next to Westminster Coroner’s Court in Horseferry Road, has capacity for 112 bodies.

    Similar arrangements were made following the Grenfell Tower disaster in 2017, in which 72 people were killed.

    A Westminster Council spokesperson said: “This is a precautionary step and similar arrangements are made during any London wide response to incidents.

    "We hope and trust that this will not be needed but it is sensible to prepare at this stage.”

    As of 09:00 on Thursday, Westminster had 68 confirmed cases and Kensington and Chelsea had 55. Southwark is now the London borough with the most cases, at 70.