How do we keep our neighbourhoods clean and vibrant? How do we make sure our children have the best possible environment to grow up in? How do we look after the neediest amongst us? How do we make decisions about the world around us?

LocDemSome of the most important decisions that affect our lives happen at a local level. In celebration of this, and to help promote the importance and vibrancy of local democracy, Kensington and Chelsea is promoting a range of activities celebrating European Local Democracy Week

Up and down the country, and across Europe, local governments are running open meetings, inviting children to shadow local politicians, and opening up the institutions of local government to their publics.

Here in Kensington and Chelsea, we are taking this opportunity to promote our local democracy and help people find ways to meaningfully have their say in their areas.

Find us at stalls in the Borough

The Community Engagement Team will be out and about around the borough during the week asking “what does local democracy mean to you?”.  We will also be speaking to people about ways they can get involved in local democracy and transform their local areas through City Living, Local Life.


This is where you can find us:

Tuesday October 14th: Chelsea Library from 1130 to 1400

Wednesday 15th October: World’s End Piazza from 1000 to 1330 and Gloucester Road Station from 1500 to 1800

Friday 17th October: Portobello Road Market from 0930 to 1700


Ask Nick Five

Royal Borough Residents can meet the Leader of the Council at  Ask Nick on 21 October in the Dalgarno Trust’s Centre.

This Ask Nick is the fifth in a series of public meetings for residents, community groups and local businesses. Come along and suggest ways that the council can improve what it does or bring new ideas for the future of the Borough.

Places are limited and booking is essential. Register at or call us on 020 7598 4633.


Kensington and Chelsea Students Shadowing Councillors

Over the next few weeks, students from local schools will be shadowing councillors: getting to know them, attending meetings, and learning about how local government works.


Workshops on Democracy

During Local Democracy Week, EPIC CIC will be running youth workshops engaging young people in practical dilemmas about how to spend public money, how decisions are made with finite resources and how our voting system works.


Come along and speak to us, let us know what local democracy means to you by emailing or tweet @KCLocalLife and use the hashtag #LocDemRBKC