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Sunday, 14 January 2018


Having promised us all that she would be around for the duration our Borough Commander has decided, in her 40's, to take early retirement. Lovely if you can get away with it!

Ellie O'Connor was pretty hopeless so won't be missed. A 
measure of her dimwittedness..... 
On a visit to a local police station, she started to lecture fellow officers about being overweight! 
Considering that Ellie was built like a tank it caused much sniggering!
Anyway, now she's off with her £50k a year pension....

We seem to be plagued in K&C by the continual chopping and changing of area superintendents. When O'Connor was last absent with leave Tariq Sarwar held the fort. He was excellent and should have replaced her. Similarly, Superintendent Gwilliam was highly regarded but then shunted off to some admin job. The Met is top heavy and an embarrassment to good management. 


The other day the Dame was disturbed at her Noilly Pratt time by a visit from a Conservative candidate for Hans Town.
Her name was Soph McVey(sic?) and her enthusiasm and energy were in stark contrast to hopeless and lazy Mary Weale. Weale was given a Cabinet job after losing her day job at Lloyd's. Like some 19th C MP, Weale believes in being not seen and not heard. Residents have given up trying to contact her. Weale is famous for saying, dismissively,  of residents, " we hear but we do not listen". To try to give herself a connection to Hans Town she gushes in her silly Association biog, " Granny used to live in Cadogan Place. Well, the Dame's Bengal cat was born in a kipper box but it doesn't make it a kipper.
Deposed Paget-Brown and Coleridge had high reputations for always responding to residents.

The Association really should have de-selected Weale: she is not fit for purpose.


One of the Dame's gofers was advised by Mr. Stallwood that the Dame should not refer to officers by name in any of her vituperative pieces about Planning favouring 'Big Developer' over little residents. He took particular exception to the reference to Allison 'Flighty' Flight being flighty with DP9.
The Dame does not agree. Officers are fair game if they behave badly. After all, if we followed his dictum we would not be allowed to be nasty about Mr. Black of the TMO.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018


The Dame is often asked how to get a really controversial planning application through Mr. Stallwood’s planning officers.

You know, like creating a massive terrace where none previously existed.

Two routes exist to achieve this sort of seeming impossibility.

1.     Pick Le Lay architects noted for their cosy relationship with the Council planners....
2.     Or....make sure that Alison Long is the relevant planning officer.

Well, that might not work as Miss Long has moved to pastures new (where and why one ponders)
Keen readers might remember the other Allison was ‘Flighty’ Flight who got up close and excitedly personal with the DP9 team when Capco won Earls Court.
Mr. Stallwood claims 'allegedly' despite it being witnessed by 30/40 people. 
The Dame is pretty unshockable but was quite disgusted by the unseemly display of hanky panky.

But to the matter in hand.

In 2012  Miss Long recommended the Council allows a very rich Hong Kong-based socialite consent to build a massive terrace at his Pont Street flat.

Normally, anything so controversial would require neighbours to be thoroughly appraised of the risk; after all, 70/80 people carousing away on a summer’s evening is a recipe for a nightmare. 
It would also be counter to Core Strategy on the basis of noise and disturbance.

Miss Long, for reasons we can only guess at, decided to notify just a few neighbours.
Now, she could have been honest. She could have warned potential objectors a gigantic terrace was planned. 
She chose not to; she chose to help the applicant.

For reasons best known to herself she referred to the replacement of what she called a ‘lantern’.....

Not very illuminating....after all, who would know what a 'lantern' was? 

Even Mr. Slocombe from Le Lay architects said he was ‘simply amazed’ he got the permission through.

Miss Long is no longer around to be subjected to interrogation and neighbours now have to suffer blighted lives.

As far as Mr. Stallwood is concerned the matter is closed.

In May, there is an election. It's clear residents have concerns as to whose side Council planners are on.
Rich developers and non-locals, or people whose lives are spent living and working in the Borough?

A case like this does make one wonder....

Tuesday, 9 January 2018


The Dame has had a well-earned rest. 
She will kick the year off by taking a look at how to get a 'no hoper' planning application through Mr. Stallwood's planning department.

No, you don't need to employ Capco's DP9 at a cost of tens of thousands of £'s.

Watch this space.....

Friday, 15 December 2017


Cllr Robert Atkinson is a staunch Catholic but has clearly forgotten the message of Jesus....especially at this time.

Shane Carter writes

"I have total sympathy for the Grenfell survivors and for anyone who has lost family or friends or been in any way affected by the fire. 
I fully appreciate that things are impossible when it comes to dealing with the Council and the TMO. 
It is well known that I have no time for the TMO and regard it as a miserable, incompetent and deficient housing management contractor.

I am not a Christian but am pleased to hear Bishop Tomlin say that no one was excluded from the service. I was very disappointed to hear Councillor Robert Atkinson say on BBC Radio London that Elizabeth Campbell had been asked not to attend and he thought that she had made the right decision; adding "she has work to do." 

I was particularly struck by a point that the Bishop made during his address to those gathered at the service - we should all try to love each other- a truly Christian sentiment that we should all aspire to regardless of religious beliefs.

When I listened to the media comment about Elizabeth Campbell not being welcome at the service, I came to the conclusion that she was "unwelcome" just because she is the Tory Leader of RBKC. 

Declaring her unwelcome at an interfaith service says more about those who want her excluded than it does about anything she has or has not done. 

I have twenty years ' experience working in social housing in London mainly for Labour Councils. 
I can assure anyone who is dissatisfied with the RBK&C response to this situation that the London Labour Councils in which I have worked would have done no better in the aftermath of Grenfell Tower.

Housing Organisations and Councils are only as good as the people who work in them. 
I can assure you that the calibre of Councillors and staff at RBK&C and the calibre of TMO workers is not all that different to any other local authority in London."

Wednesday, 13 December 2017


The Dame rarely censors comments....she's a bit of a libertarian.

Today, she was furious to see a comment on Moylan which was not only untrue but defamatory.

Can people please remember that it's easy to be defamatory when posting anonymously.
Just don't do it or the Dame will get her techie team to block the offender/s


This reader clearly does not have much love for Mr Moylan, but then it's doubtful that there will be much groaning and gnashing of teeth.
Moylan and Cockell were very bad news for K&C. 
Mrs. Mills does need to start introducing the revivalist candidates. 
Let's hope that they are as good as she claims.

Dear Dame,

I intended to be hypocritically English in writing about the departure of Mr. Moylan.
I planned to talk of his Churchillian oratory and his kindness to little old ladies like you, dear Dame; I am, however, unequal to the task.

No Loss
He's going and this is the real reason. 
He needs money....and loads of it.
As the possibility of becoming leader became ever more remote Moylan decided to do a 'Pooter' Cockell and garner a raft of consultancies to keep himself afloat.

The going of Moylan, Warrick and others of their ilk might mark a watershed in the fortunes of the Conservative Party in K&C.

The tragedy of Grenfell Tower has been ruthlessly exploited by the extreme left in a way that leaves a sour taste in the mouth. 
Labour councils throughout the UK have used similar cladding to that of Grenfell. 
Had a similar tragedy occurred in Labour territory it's doubtful that they would have been subject to the same slings and arrows this council has.
But politicians across the spectrum have never been noted for their moral 'tone'

Cllr Julie Mills has used a wrecking ball in clearing out the old guard: it's now time for her to show her hand and her candidates. 
Let's hope that they are of the quality needed to fight the existential and fascistic menace of Momentum.

With the kindest regards, my dear Dame

A man in the street.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017


The Dame is very grateful for Bishop Tomlin for contacting her and correcting the misrepresentation of the facts surrounding the Memorial Service,

Here is his letter to the Dame....some journalists are just driven to write click bait and ignore the truth.
This was an example of False News and the Hornet is glad to have the truth.
The Dame has highlighted his key points: not the Bishop.

Dear Dame,

I'm afraid this story has been misrepresented by a journalist. No decision was taken to exclude anyone, and there certainly is no veto on Conservative Councillors. As you'll notice when the journalist quotes me directly, in discussions with the local community it became clear that many from within that community were uncomfortable with the presence of representatives from RBKC, from whatever party, due to ongoing tensions with the Council. This situation was explained to senior members of RBKC (both Labour and Conservative) who voluntarily said they would choose not to attend, to respect the feelings of the local community. Exactly the same message was given to Conservative and Labour councillors regarding the negative community sentiment that had been expressed towards RBKC's attendance as a whole - irrespective of party. Councillors, both Conservative and Labour, were specifically told that no one was excluded and it was left with those councillors to make their own decisions regarding their attendance. If some have chosen to stay away and some have chosen to attend that service that is their decision not mine or anyone within the church. 

I do hope you will feel able to correct any false impressions on your blog.

With very best wishes,


The Rt Revd Dr Graham Tomlin

Monday, 11 December 2017


Guy Oliver is a world-renowned interior designer celebrated for his inspired work. 
He was one of the campaigners fighting to save the Odeon, High Street Kensington, from greedy vandals. 
You can read more about Guy HERE
Mr. Moylan would do well to learn about good taste from a master!


Dear Dame,

I have thought long and hard about this and I do not think that the site should be sold. 

Likewise, I don't think that the borough should be split up, despite its mismanagement in recent years ( but more about that later..... ) 

Firstly, the library and underground parking should be retained ( the latter supporting the former ). 

Second, the council should retain a freehold ( say 120 years ) and then work up a scheme for a 50:50 private/ social ( key worker ) mix in an appropriate architectural language 
(complimenting and not fighting with the buildings opposite) and built ON TOP of the car park.

I calculate there could be 240 units on the site planned  around a central square / green space and creating a truly mixed community.

The existing council buildings are a monument to Nicholas Freeman's arrogance after he demolished the 19th C Town Hall overnight knowing that it would be listed.

These are brutal and hideously ugly buildings with Orwellian interiors and should be cleared away. 

The council chamber, in particular, is like something out of 1984 or Animal Farm, with the names of previous councillors in jumbo text with a jumbo scale council coat of arms!
One of the supporting animals is, appropriately, a pig - (well a wild boar - but you get the sentiment! ) 

Vandalised by Ritblat

Let's clear away all of that negative energy.

The council should acquire the cinema site ( where the façade and marble staircases are still intact ) and build a new mixed use arts facility with cinemas, a large auditorium and a studio theatre which would double up as a conference hall and a council chamber.
This could also house Opera Holland Park. 

It would form an amazing ARTS HUB with the new design museum and become a big economic driver for our flagging High Street.

Finally, we could give over a lease so a developer could fully and sympathetically restore Holland House and use it as a boutique hotel at the centre of our glorious park.
I could get the investors and support to do that - sound like a good set of ideas ??? 

Let's improve our borough for everyone, not sell it off for yet more empty luxury flats

I want something better for ALL of our community and for OUR Borough and will work to make that happen.....

Let's do something positive with what we have instead of selling the family silver ( again ) dearest Dame.

Yours sincerely ( Very ) 

Guy Oliver