Tips for the newly arrived
Page updated 21/11/2017
Welcome to one of London's nicest areas. However, it's only nice because we care about it and work together as good neighbours to keep it that way. On this page we intend to give newcomers valuable information to help them feel at home. The items below are just a few starting points. Feedback will hopefully make this page grow.
Never put any dustbins or refuse sacks on the pavement. It's unsightly, it's illegal, and it attracts rats and foxes (yes, we have foxes here!). The dustmen will collect from the property's designated refuse area, so refuse should never be put out on the pavement.
The collection days for household rubbish are Mondays and Thursdays in our area.
For more details about household refuse, garden refuse, collection of items too large for the bin, and collection of re-usable items by charities, see "Refuse collection" on the page with Useful links and phone numbers.
Crime and security
We live in a very calm and secure area, which is largely due to the hard work of our police liaison group. They give neighbours crime protection advise and are our liaison with the Police. If you want to know more, contact Ashley McNeile or Myrto Rochat (see Committee members).
Several residents are also subscribers to a private security scheme, which covers Palace Gardens Terrace, Strathmore Gardens, Berkeley Gardens, Brunswick Gardens, Inverness Gardens, Vicarage Gardens, and the upper part of Vicarage Gate (the part opposite Inverness Gardens). Myrto can provide information about that scheme as well.
Dogs must be on a lead at all times in our neighbourhood. And when your dog poops, pick the mess up and bring it home - or put it in one of the two special dog mess bins in our area. One is located in the junction of Brunswick Gardens and Palace Gardens Terrace, and the other can be found next to the bicycle hire stand on Vicarage Gate. Leaving dog mess is unacceptable, offensive and illegal.
The best way to quickly get to know our area and find new friends is to become involved in a few local associations beside the CTRAA.
For those interested in preserving and improving the amenities of Kensington, there is The Kensington Society, Friends of Holland Park and Friends of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens.
Those interested in St Mary Abbots Church may wish to join the church's supporters, and for music lovers there is of course Opera Holland Park Friends.
For mothers with young kids, there is Kensington Mums, a local mums network, started in 2012. It’s similar but separate from Mumsnet and has meetings a couple of times each month.
For the more mature residents, there are several organisations:
we have Age UK's Kensington and Chelsea branch,
Open Age, a tri-borough organisation which works to enable anyone aged 50 or older in Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham and Westminster to maintain an active lifestyle,
and the The Kensington and Chelsea Forum for Older Residents, which has some 1,450 members and began in 1996.
Those interesting in volunteering should take a look at the Community Engagement Services page within the Age UK Kensington & Chelsea website, as well at at the Team Kensington and Chelsea page, where various organisations regularly post their need for volunteers. That page is part of the council's activity website City Living, Local Life, where one can find out what's happening all over the borough as well as within our local ward, Campden.
It's also worth keeping an eye on the council's webpage Community Engagement, which lists upcoming community events.
Finally, have a look at the council's special webpage about our ward, Campden. Beside a useful community noticeboard, it has a fascinating ward profile page, which reveals that in 2011 (when the last census was made) 55% of the inhabitants ware born outside the UK, predominantly in other west European countries (21.6%), followed by North Americans at 9.5%.
72% of the Campden inhabitants live in flats, 41% are single households, 56% do not have access to a car (while 1% have access to four or more cars), 24.5% of all residencies are second homes, and 42.4% of those working work more than 49 hours per week.