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City Living, Local Life is a programme run by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea's Councillors and residents. Local people work together to explore new community projects or expand existing ones to improve neighbourliness and quality of life. See www.citylivinglocallife.org for more info.

Have your say on Council proposals to restrict hours of noisy working

A consultation has begun on Council proposals that would reduce the permitted number of hours noisy construction work can take place in Kensington and Chelsea during the week, and to prohibit noisy work on Saturdays. This would mean that contractors would no longer be able to carry out activities such as demolition work, piling or drilling, which are audible at the site boundary, on the weekend.

These are just two of the proposals contained in a draft Code of Construction Practice produced by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, which also urges construction companies to improve the way they communicate with neighbours who will be disturbed by noisy and dusty works.
If the Code is adopted the permitted hours for noisy construction work, defined as work audible at the site boundary, would be reduced by 30-minutes on weekdays with work expected to finish at 6pm.

At present construction work is allowed on a Saturday between 8am and 1pm in Kensington and Chelsea. If the Code is adopted after consultation any work that can be heard at a site boundary would be prohibited on Saturdays.

Comments on the draft Code of Construction Practice can be made until Wednesday 21 October 2015. At the end of the consultation period, all responses will be considered and the Code amended as appropriate prior to its formal adoption in late 2015.

For more information about the draft Code of Practice and to comment go to http://www.rbkc.gov.uk/draftcode

Councillor Tim Ahern, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s Cabinet Member for Environmental Health, said: “Construction work is part and parcel of everyday life, but in such a densely populated borough as Kensington and Chelsea it is very important that we do whatever we can to make sure disruption to residents’ lives is minimised.

“We think the proposals contained in our draft Code of Construction Practice are sensible and recognise the needs to undertake noisy and dusty work but focus the minds of developers and builders to the need to communicate clearly and mitigate, wherever possible, the impact their works are having.”

{ Guest blog } : An Other World

Written by Stan Moorcroft, City Living Local Life

Given the history of the last century the search for Utopia has understandably fallen out of fashion. Too many mass graves mark the most recent attempts to build a perfect society. Whilst on a more personal level one person’s Utopia can be another’s dystopia.

An Other WorldThus it was brave of the InTRANSIT Festival to co-produce An Other World, particularly when in conjunction with the Neo Futurist Collective, Futurism having been so badly tainted by its association with Fascism. The result was a collage of ideas, images, monologues, song and dance flirting with notions of Utopia. What the event lacked in coherence it made up for in moments of considerable beauty, as when Rebecca Evans and David Ogle produced a dance based on the Japanese tradition of Tanabata, in which people write their wishes for the coming year on scraps of paper…

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Pop-up Animal Farm, this Sunday at Meanwhile Baa-ardens

Meanwhile Gardens; the oasis of green that provides community, play and leisure space in Golborne are hosting a free pop-up Animal Farm this Sunday, from 1pm to 5pm for all the family. For more information please contact Meanwhile Gardens at info@meanwhile-gardens.org.uk!Meanwhile Pop-up Farm

Exhibition: I Spy With My Little Eye at the Mosaic Rooms this July.

Join the Mosaic Rooms month at their 226 Cromwell Road cultural hub for I Spy With My Little Eye – A New Generation of Beirut Artists, part of the Shubbak Festival.

Eye SpyI Spy with My Little Eye… explores the practices of a new generation of artists most of whom are in their late twenties to early thirties. All of them were born after the break out of the war in 1975, and thus none of them have experienced the time of peace and prosperity preceding the war. Some in this group don’t remember the Civil War at all, and those who do could have no adult recollection of the conflict that ended in 1990.

With materials that range from intimate personal memorabilia to the unconfined elements of nature, their work is imbued with a sense of fleetness, transience and fragility. In performances and installations that recruit conceptual and formal elements from painting, photography, sculpture and film, they are choosing to tease out the conventional boundaries that define the different disciplines from which they borrow.

The exhibition employs the metaphor of the game by which children secretively choose objects within their surrounding, highlighting the role of these artists as clandestine observers rather than public commentators. I Spy with My Little Eye… provides the artists with an opportunity to showcase their works within a generational context suggesting the rise of a young movement marked by new formal and semantic concerns.

The artists featured in the exhibition include Caline Aoun, George Awde, Mirna Bamieh, Nour Bishouty, Pascal Hachem, Charbel-Joseph H. Boutros, Aya Haidar, Geörgette Power, Joe Namy, Stéphanie Saadé, Siska, Lara Tabet and Tala Worrell.

The exhibition runs from July 11-22, from 11am-6pm and is free to visit.

Private View: Friday 10 July, 6.30 – 8.30pm. Free rsvp@mosaicrooms.org

Curators’ Tour: (Saturday 11 July, 12:00 – 1:00pm) Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath discuss the works and practices of the artists. Free rsvp@mosaicrooms.org

Artists’ Talk: (Thursday 16 July, 7:00 – 8:00pm) Some of the exhibiting artists discuss their work and practices.  Further details will be posted shortly. Free rsvp@mosaicrooms.org

Institutions and Emerging Artists: (Sat 25 July, 12-1pm) A discussion on the role of open submission exhibitions and awards for emerging artists in the region. Free rsvp@mosaicrooms.org

{ Guest blog } : Urban Beach

Another great post by Stan, one of our Community Reporters. The Urban Beach at Acklam Village (under the Westway) has also been so popular that it will remain open for a few more weeks. So grab your bucket and spade and get down there!

Carol Kirkwood BBC 1 builds a sandcastle on Urban Beach Carol Kirkwood BBC 1 builds a sandcastle on Urban Beach

Written by Stan Moorcroft, City Living Local Life

Ever been stuck on a crowded tube, jostled, pushed and prodded, your face pushed into the armpit of a serial shower shirker? Have you then looked up to see those head height adverts of a sandy beach and a couple, lightly dressed, caressed by the sun as they hold hands watching the water lap in whispers to the shore? How you would love, in such moments, to step off the tube and out onto a sandy beach.

20150623_154438Well if you got off at Ladbroke Grove on Friday evening you could have found a beach a short distance away in Acklam Village. Think deck chairs, sandcastles, wind breakers, beach huts, ice cream, chips in paper cups, bunting, puppet shows, boat making, face painting, circus acts and live music, with an Edwardian theme, all…

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{ Guest blog } Los Voladores de Papantla & Oxlajuj B’aqtun

James Yabut, one of our excellent Community Reporters looking back on the launch weekend of this year’s InTransit. Great article James!

Written by James Yabut, City Living Local Life

The first weekend of this year’s InTRANSIT Festival literally got off to a flying start with a visit from the Voladores de Papantla.

Los Voladores de Papantla at InTRANSIT Festival Los Voladores de Papantla at InTRANSIT Festival

These Mexican bird men brought some much welcome colour and daring to a grey and drizzly Emslie Horniman’s Pleasance as they performed this ancient ritual in the UK for the first time.

The ceremony sees five dancers in traditional costume scale a 20-metre mast. At its apex the group’s captain plays a flute and drum, bowing in all four directions of the universe to begin an invocation dance to the sun god before the group spins back to earth on ropes.

The evening’s programme was put together by Border Crossings who specialise in international and multi-media theatre. Associate Director Lucy Dunkerley said: “I really hope that visitors felt they experienced something…

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{ Guest blog } : Literary Walk offers glimpse into rich cultural history of Notting Hill

Another great article, by one of our Community Reporters! Keep it up, Stan!

Written by Stan Moorcroft, City Living Local Life

Tom Vague Tom Vague

Notting Hill and Portobello Road have been feeding writers, both creatively and figuratively, since the Edwardian era. From G. K. Chesterton and Wyndham Lewis to Colin MacInnes and Martin Amis, the area has provided the inspiration for numerous literary dramas. Whilst liquor from a number of local pubs, sadly some now demolished, has served to inspire many a great writer.

Such was the theme of Tom Vague’s entertaining and informative Literary Walk: significant writers with connections to the area reads like a who’s who in the world of letters. Much less well-known than Bloomsbury, west London’s Campden Hill too boasted a literary set that, besides Wyndham Lewis, included Ezra Pound, Joseph Conrad, John Galsworthy and Ford Madox Ford. The Magazine of Vorticism ‘Blast’ was produced in this area, containing contributions from an emerging talent, T. S. Eliot.

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Portobello Daydreaming

by Stan Moorcroft, Kensington and Chelsea Community Reporter

I used to have a daydream. It consisted of me walking down Portobello Road being greeted by all the stallholders and cheekily pinching an apple with a wink as I nod to friends and acquaintances. Some people may indeed experience Portobello like that, in fact I’m sure some do, but not me.

Portobello Market
Photograph by Lalli Kwok, Portobello Market from http://www.facebook.com/rbkcmarkets

But though the daydream has faded into the past Portobello Market still shines as brightly as ever, turning what would otherwise still be an attractive and creative area, into a vibrant one. Festive and upbeat, it is the artery linking Notting Hill Gate with Golborne. The two separate worlds meeting amidst the buskers and the flea market clothing of Upper Portobello and Golborne. Portobello, a major London tourist attraction, drawing visitors from across the globe.

So, back to my relationship with the market. This morning I am buying my cheese from the wonderful French Cheese kiosk, fresh bread from the wide array of choices available at the corner bread stall. Then some wild mushrooms and olives from the stalls between Talbot Road and Westbourne Park Road. In such moments Portobello belongs to me. Though soon I will head home for coffee and Camembert spread on freshly baked bread, leaving the market to the sunshine and tourists.

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Photograph by Gunwoo Kim, Portobello Market from http://www.facebook.com/rbkcmarkets

If there is one word that is greatly overused in contemporary life it is the word ‘community.’ The word conjuring up visions of neighbours chatting over the garden fence, doors happily left open, the street party or community trip to Margate. Life however is rarely like that these days. Cities consist of atomised individuals, or families who interact, if at all on the communal ground created by shopping. Portobello represents the finest example of such communal ground, a place for atomised individuals to interact and to connect with others. So on those mornings that I weave my way through the crowds of tourists, say hello to the woman who works in Poundland and exchange pleasantries with the young French guy in the cheese kiosk, I am community, and I am Portobello.

So to Portobello and Golborne on their 150th Birthday, I say HAPPY BIRTHDAY, and long may the market prosper. I won’t be around for the 200th but I am sure there will be one.

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Photograph by Gunwoo Kim, Portobello Market from http://www.facebook.com/rbkcmarkets

The Field @ Chelsea Theatre

You are invited to the screening of THE FIELD on Monday 2 June at Chelsea Theatre, 7 World’s End Place, SW10 0DR. Drinks will be available from 6.30pm, the screening will take place at 7pm and there will be a Q&A session at 7.10pm. Click the flyer below for more information.

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