On Monday 30th October Councillor Elizabeth Campbell, the new Leader of the Council of RBKC addressed a well-attended meeting of the Society about her responsibilities and her plans for the future, and answered questions on a range of subjects including Crossrail, Thamesbrook, Grenfell Tower, and the protection of the Chelsea riverside.
On Crossrail, she said that TfL did not yet have the necessary funding in place. They have to find savings of £4bn, more than a quarter of which could be found by not diverting the line through Chelsea and not constructing a station on the King’s Road. If and when TfL come forward with a firm proposal RBKC will consult with local people before deciding what their own response should be.
On Thamesbrook, she said that RBKC would use some or all of the money raised by the sale of this building to provide care for the elderly in a purpose-built unit on or near the land presently used for the car pound in the Lots Road area.
On Grenfell she explained that much of the Council’s accumulated reserves were being spent on acquiring dwellings for people made homeless by the fire. She said that many people were still traumatised, and it was not easy for them to make decisions on their future accommodation.
She committed the Council to doing everything in its power to protect the Chelsea Riverside. It was noted that the application by the owners of Cadogan Pier (not the Cadogan estate) for a certificate of lawful use, had recently been withdrawn.
Cllr. Campbell with Chairman Dr. James Thompson