The Kensington Society news blog

The Kensington Society annual for 2021-2022 is here!

The Kensington Society annual for 2021-2022 has just been distributed to all members and is, as usual, full of interesting articles about art, history and planning. Those who haven't received it, can download it or read it online.

Update: Decision about the Notting Hill police station delayed

The bidding for the Notting Hill police station has been extended to 13 May, which means that the decision whom to sell to won't be taken before the middle of May. The reason for the extension isn't known (this will be the third extension), but it's probably a combination of lack of bids and the restrictions on taking politically sensitive decisions during the weeks leading up to an election, in this case the local elections on 5 May. This extension means that the ongoing petition to keep the police station for continued community use can run for several more weeks.

The 2021 newsletter is here!

The 2021 issue of the Kensington Society newsletter has just been mailed to all members, but it can also be read and/or downloaded here. It is something of a bumper issue, 28 pages, whereof 16 pages focus on the commitment to be net zero by 2050 and what this means for Kensington, the UK and the world.

12 month e-scooter trial has begun in Kensington

In early June, TfL began a 12 month trial with rental e-scooters in Kensington and Chelsea and four more London boroughs. RBKC has set up 20 e-scooter rental bays across the borough, used by the three participating rental companies. The rental e-scooters have a much lower maximum speed than most private e-scooters, but they are legal to use on public roads, which the private ones aren't.

Update: Pavement licences extended to autumn 2022

In order to help kickstart pubs and restaurants when they, hopefully, will be allowed to serve customers outside from 12 April, the temporary pavement licence scheme, which enables many of them to erect temporary outdoor serving areas on the pavement, will be extended to the end of September 2022.

Campaign against 344-350 Old Brompton Road

Eight organisations, among them the Kensington Society, are campaigning against the proposed development of 344-350 Old Brompton Road, at the south end of the vast empty space left after the Earls Court Exhibition Centre, urging residents to oppose it before the deadline on 25 March.

Virtual event about electric cars was a great success

More than 40 members took part in a Kensington Society virtual event on 24 February, where councillors Johnny Thalassites and Cem Kemahli talked about the council’s efforts to help residents to switch over to electric cars.

Today the lockdown ends – and also the cycle lane trial

Today, Wednesday 2 December, is not only the day when the second national lockdown ends, but also the day when the council begins to remove the temporary cycle lanes from Kensington High Street, which were introduced in October. The removal of the many metal “wands” will be done at night time and is expected to take five days.

The 2020 newsletter is here!

The 2020 issue of the Kensington Society newsletter has just been mailed to all members, but it can also be read and/or downloaded here.

In Memoriam: Christopher Buckmaster

Christopher Buckmaster, who was councillor for the Campden ward from 1994 to 2014 and RBKC mayor twice, very sadly died from Covid-19 at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital on 2 November. While in hospital, he turned 82.

In Memoriam: David Campion

On 18 August 2020, Councillor David Campion passed away after a long illness. He was 86 years old. When he retired from his councillor seat in 2018, he had been representing the Pembridge ward residents for an impressive 51 years. He was also one of the founders of the Pembridge Association and its longest serving chairman.

Borough-wide 20mph speed limit from tomorrow!

RBKC may have been the last borough in central London to introduce a 20mph speed limit, but when they did, it was very swift: on Thursday 12 November the council suddenly announced that all roads controlled by the borough would have that speed limit - from the very next day, Friday 13 November!