Thursday, 27 May 2010

Kensington Housing Trust: THEY KNEW ...


Time is running out - but for who? Kensington Housing Trust officers are telling residents that if they do not accept the decants or permanent homes they are offered, they will be EVICTED. I predicted this in an earlier blog. (OK, I'm not psychic, this was LEAKED to me.) Many residents are very very scared. One resident has had a stroke, which is no surprise because the officers can be plain NASTY, even when a witness is present. One resident was told 'we will get the police and throw you out of your house'.

They are saying residents will get a Notice of Seeking Possession and get taken to court to be evicted, and they even put this in a recent Wornington News even though THEY KNEW that parts of the planning application are being redesigned and have to go back to Planning in September. So no one needs to leave their home until later in the year earliest, IF everything goes according to their plan. THEY KNEW that residents do not have to leave yet, there is no hurry, but they published ridiculous timelines stating they should be out by end July.

THEY KNEW this was not true.

But the joke may be on KHT. They have already had some of the funds from the Homes and Communities Agency towards Phase 1a, but this is only half the money they need to start, and the new government is slashing funding. THEY MIGHT NOT GET ANY MORE MONEY.


***STOP PRESS*** COME TO THE COMMUNITY PICNIC IN ATHLONE GARDENS, SATURDAY 5 JUNE, 3PM TO 5PM ONWARDS, RAIN OR SHINE.

BRING YOUR OWN PICNIC, RUGS, KIDS, GRANNIES, NEIGHBOURS, POP-UP TENTS, PARK GAMES, AND RELAX IN OUR BEAUTIFUL PARK.

Sunday, 2 May 2010

Worst Imaginable North Ken Landlord awards

Having just been re-elected for another four years in Golborne Ward with a doubled majority, we pledge to pursue inadequate landlords operating in North Kensington. No one should have to live with the results of such blatant incompetence. North Kensington Councillors hereby declare open season on bad stewardship. We mean to carry on as we started, by publicising on behalf of local residents the 'WINKLE' Awards, that were selected by Housing Experts.

INTRODUCING 'THE WORST IMAGINABLE NORTH KEN LANDLORD AWARDS'
The WINKLE Awards 2010 have been made after careful consideration by Housing Experts, to honour the level of care and maintenance of tenants in North Kensington, in four categories:
EMPTY HOMES
WORST OF THE WORST
ENVIRONMENT
EXTERIORS
The winners of the awards will be presented with Gold, Silver or Bronze Battered Paladin Awards, and the runner-up will receive a Black Bin-Bag Award.

Entries have come in from:
RBKC Council (RBKC)
Kensington Housing Trust (KHT)
Notting Hill Housing Group (NHHG)
Paddington Churches Housing Association (PCHA)
Westway Development Trust

FIRST CATEGORY:
WORST IMAGINABLE NORTH KEN LANDLORD AWARDS: EMPTY HOMES


First prize
RBKC, for their shocking untruths about Elm Park Gardens' basements. They are developing them to 'create new social housing from storage rooms' (to avoid tax), by selling off half. However, they have been lived in quite recently, so it was a porkie pie of the first order. OK not in North Ken, but it reduces our housing stock.


Second prize
RBKC again, for a rather sneaky 'writing a report on this building and if no other use can be found we will put it on the open market'. SO, why does the Council state there is nowhere to put additional social housing, then consider selling off a HUGE corner mansion with garden in W10 that could house several families??





Third prize
A worthy winner in KHT. This is 36 Faraday Road, that used to have six flats. It has been empty for months and months. When challenged they say, 'we are going to convert it'. Into what exactly?? We are watching ....





Fourth prize
A double for KHT. Just one example of a street property that has quietly been sold off, reducing the social housing stock yet again and raking in millions for the allegedly cash-strapped RSL. This is just one of several. We're watching ....

Second Category: Worst Imaginable North Ken Landlord Awards: 'The Worst of the Worst


This image says it all - doesn't it? The owner of this car has got so accustomed to have pigeons poop on it that he has been forced to create a pigeon-poop-cover. Residents asked over and again to have the area treated, to no avail. A quite exceptional entry by KHT.




This is what these awards are all about - a paladin battered to oblivion, overflowing with rubbish. Can be seen on just about any forecourt of any social landlord. Repulsive, unhygienic and unnecessary. Another top prize for KHT.









A street property in Ladbroke. You might think the house is derelict, but no, some unlucky people live there. Another flawless entry from KHT.







This quite spectacular security door, if indeed it is worthy of the name, is just one of many. No wonder kids get in and cause mischief in this block - KHT, residents are asking, when will you fix this??








Judging by the slime, algae and moss, this is not the first time this hopper has overflowed. It needs clearing out - so clear it out. KHT yet again.









This damp in a clothes cupboard is just one example of a flat that is riddled with damp because the landlord refuses to clear gutters and downpipes of years of gunk. A child sleeps a few feet away. Congratulations to KHT.

Third Category - Worst Imaginable North Ken Landlord awards: Environment


First prize
A blast from the past from KHT on a Wornington Green staircase; they continue their love affair with pigeons at The Boathouse Centre next to Sainsburys, which is generously bespattered with pigeon guano, quite disgusting and a health hazard.






Second prize
A typical basement entrance from NHHG, dank, mouldy, filled with rubbish. People live there.







Third prize
Westway Development Trust never fail to surprise with their weekly displays of visitor rubbish on Portobello Green: 'some people don't know how to use bins' is their defence!







Fourth prize
A favourite for some years now - how much more battering will this 'security' door take before it falls apart? A spectacular entry from KHT.



Fourth Category: Worst Imaginable North Ken Landlord awards: Exteriors


The first prize in the Exterior category, is for poor window maintenance: well done KHT.








The second prize is for potentially dangerous cable boxes - they've been like this for years: KHT again.







The third is a special for not keeping pathways clear for wheelchair users: no contest, PCHA.


The fourth is a classic example of 'the hanging gardens of Wornington Green': KHT yet again.