Your readers may remember that after three years of denial, RBKC acknowledged its 'mistake' in overpaying its contractors for market waste.
On June 12, RBKC Cabinet voted to 'repay' the street traders £748,000 of residents' money. The agenda states "this action reduces the risk of complaint and litigation against the Council" and "is likely to be in the council's best interests".
It took RBKC only four weeks to vote the funds through, but four months to send out offers of compensation. It will doubtless be well into 2009 before street traders receive any money.
There is no money for Christmas lights again this year and midweek, the markets are dying.
In early 2006 the Market Streets Action Group asked RBKC to re-open the Talbot Road public lavatories. The council has just announced that it will seek funding to investigate the site.
RBKC has no plans to approve these funds till 2011 at the earliest.
Residents' finances, the future of the markets and the proper provision of public facilities are the victims. Where are the local councillors in all this?
Marion Gettleson Portobello shopkeeper