Safety works on housing estate near Grenfell Tower finally start after 15 years of campaigning

Safety works on a housing estate near Grenfell Tower have finally begun after 15 years of campaigning by a community theatre based in the development. Kensal House’s SPID Theatre said it has been petitioning Kensington and Chelsea council since 2006 to restore the dilapidated community rooms where the company is based and fix leaks and other hazards.

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Leading art expert has criticised health research charity’s plans to build ‘pretty hideous’ office block

A leading art expert has criticised a health research charity’s plans to build a “pretty hideous” office building in South Kensington. Charles Saumarez Smith, the former head of the Royal Academy, said he was dismayed by the Wellcome Trust’s plans for a site in Pelham Street, close to the Victorian South Kensington tube station.

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Campaigners launch court bid to force council into reinstating controversial cycle lane

Campaigners have launched a legal challenge to Kensington and Chelsea Council’s controversial decision to scrap a major cycle lane. The route through Kensington High Street, separated from traffic by “wand” bollards, was removed by Kensington and Chelsea Council in late 2020, only seven weeks after it was installed.

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Fraudsters who pretended they lived in Grenfell Tower claimed nearly £1m in hotel accommodation

Fraudsters who wrongly said they lived in Grenfell Tower claimed nearly £1m in hotel accommodation and housing after the fatal disaster. Police and council investigators uncovered £945,000 in fraud after the blaze which claimed the lives of 72. Recently investigators have  pursued another 12 cases of fraud over the last two years by people who falsely claimed they lived in Grenfell Tower.

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