LADBROKE ASSOCIATION

The conservation and amenity society for the Ladbroke Conservation Area of the

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

  Charity No. 260627

 
                

 

 

 

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About the Association

 

About the area

 

History

 

Basements

 

Planning and conservation

 

News, views and events

QUICK LINKS

Map of the area

 

Streets: history and architecture

 

Listed buildings and Article 4 directions

 

Communal gardens

 

Opposing a planning application

 

Party wall matters

 

Newsletters

 

Become a member

 

Contact us

 

 

 

  

 

 

 ABOUT THE LADBROKE ASSOCIATION

 

 

    Planes in Ladbroke Grove                                                                                                                                                                  photoBECKET

     

    FOUNDATION OF THE ASSOCIATION

    The Ladbroke Association was founded in 1969, in the same year as the designation of the Ladbroke

    Conservation area. The original impetus for the setting up of the Association was a proposal by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to cut down and replace the plane trees along the southern end of Ladbroke Grove. Led by the well-known architect and town-planner Robert Meadows and other local residents, including Sir Angus Stirling, later our president, the Association was successful in opposing the proposals, and the trees remain. 

    The objectives of the Association are set out in its constitution.

     

 

 

 

CONSTITUTION

(including Amendments of 1971, 1972, 1976 and 1993)

 

 

NAME The name of the Society shall be The Ladbroke Association.

OBJECTS The objects of the Society shall be to promote and encourage the following objects by charitable means but not otherwise:


a) To encourage and promote high standards of architecture and town planning within the Ladbroke Estate Conservation Area


b) To stimulate and promote public interest in, and care for the beauty, history, and character of the neighbourhood


c) To encourage the preservation, development and improvement of features of general public amenity or historic interest.


provided that the Association shall not join or be affiliated with any political party.

MEMBERSHIP Membership shall be open to all persons who are interested in the aims of the Society. Membership shall lapse if the subscription be unpaid six months after it is due.

SUBSCRIPTIONS The minimum annual subscription shall be fixed by resolution at the Annual General Meeting and shall be payable on or before the 1st April in each year.

MEETINGS An Annual General Meeting shall be held in or about June of each year to receive the Executive Committee’s report and audited accounts, and to elect Officers and members of the Committee. The Committee shall decide when ordinary meetings of the Society shall be held, and shall give at least 14 days notice of such meetings to all members. Special General Meetings of the Society shall be held at the request of 20 or more members. 10 members personally present shall constitute a quorum for a meeting of the Society.

OFFICERS Nominations for the election of Officers shall be submitted to the Honorary Secretary at least two days before the Annual General meeting. Such nominations shall be made in writing, supported by a seconder, and the written consent of the proposed nominee must first have been obtained. The proposer and the seconder must be paid-up members of the Society. The Officers of the Society shall consist of Chairman, Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer. These offices may be set aside or combined if so approved by resolution at the Annual General Meeting. The Chairman shall be elected for a period of 3 years. All other officers shall relinquish their office every year, and shall be eligible for re-election at the Annual General Meeting.

COMMITTEE The Executive Committee shall consist of the Officers and not more than 12 further members. The Committee shall have the power to co-opt further members who shall attend in an advisory and non-voting capacity.

Nominations for election to the Executive Committee shall be made at least two days before the Annual General Meeting. They must be in writing, supported by a seconder, and the consent of the proposed nominee must first have been obtained. The proposer and seconder must be paid-up members of the Society. If the nominations exceed the number of vacancies a ballot shall take place. Members of the Committee shall be elected for a period of 3 years. The Executive Committee shall be responsible for running the affairs of the Society, and may take decisions on its behalf. A quorum for Meetings of the Executive Committee shall consist of three members.

VICE-CHAIRMAN At the first meeting of the Committee after the Annual General Meeting the Committee shall elect one member of the Committee to be Vice-Chairman for the year.

APPEALS The Executive Committee shall have power to make appeals, solicit donations and canvass monies for carrying out the objects of the Society.

EXPENSES OF ADMINISTRATION The Executive Committee shall out of the monies received by the Society pay all proper expenses of administration and management of the Society, and shall use the residue of such monies as it thinks fit for or towards the objects of the Society.

INVESTMENT All monies at any time belonging to the Society and not required for immediate application for its objects shall be invested by the Executive Committee upon such investments, securities or property as it may think fit, but so that monies subject or representing property subject to the jurisdiction of the Charity Commissioners or of the Minister of Education and Science shall only be invested in such securities as may for the time being be prescribed by the law.

BORROWING The Executive Committee may borrow for the objects of the Society such monies at such rate of interest and in such a manner as it may think fit.

AMENDMENTS The Constitution may be amended by a two-thirds majority of members present at an Annual or Special General meeting, provided that ten days’ notice has been sent to all members, and provided that nothing therein contained shall authorise any amendment permitting the expenditure of funds of the Society on any object which is not a charitable object.

WINDING UP In the event of the winding up of the Association, the available funds of the Association shall be transferred to such one or more charitable bodies having objects similar or reasonably similar to those herein before declared, as may be chosen by the Executive Committee, and approved by the Charity Commissioners of England and Wales.

(Revised 1993) 

©The Ladbroke Association
Last Revised:17/04/2009

 

 

 

 

 

MEMBERSHIP

Membership is open to all with an interest in the area, especially residents. We hope that as many residents as possible will join the Association. The annual subscription is £15, payable by 
standing order.

Over the last couple of decades, the value of property in the Ladbroke area has soared and money has poured into the area. Much of this money has gone to the restoration of dilapidated houses to their former glory. However, the financial boom in property has meant immense pressure on space. There have been cases of unsuitable dormer windows materialising to light improvised attic rooms; street views of communal gardens being sacrificed to building extensions; and attractive stucco shop-fronts being destroyed. The Royal Borough has been faced with a huge increase in planning applications and is less able than in the past to resist determined pressure from developers. So the Association’s role has never been more important, and the bigger our membership, the more effective we can be. 
We are also concerned that we should reflect the views of the broad community who live in the area, so that everybody's views may be heard in the debate on continuing issues in the area. 

Please click here for a membership form. Please print it and send the completed form to:

Paul Bastick

Hon. Treasurer

The Ladbroke Association

C/o 75a Ladbroke Grove

London W11 2PD

The form includes a Gift Aid Declaration form so that we can reclaim tax on your subscription.

 

                   

 

ORGANISATION

The President of the Association is Thomas Pakenham. The work of the Association is directed by a committee of three officers (Chairman, Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer) and up to twelve other members who are elected at the annual general meeting. There can also be co-opted members, usually councillors representing the two wards in which the Ladbroke Conservation Area lies, Norland and Pembridge. The current committee consists of: 

Chairman: Sophia Lambert 
Vice Chairman: Peter Chapman 
Hon Treasurer: Paul Bastick 
Hon Secretary: Anne Chorley 

Kay Broadbent 
Cllr David Campion (Pembridge ward councillor)

Tom Crofts

Catherine Faulks
Sandra Kamen
 
David Marshall 
Peter Mishcon 
Malcolm Pawley 
Peggy Post 

Newsletter Editor: Sophia Lambert 

 

                     

 

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The Society’s annual general meeting is held in the summer. All members are invited and it provides a forum for members’ views although we also welcome views by letter or email at info@ladbrokeassociation.net.

See the News, views and events page for AGM date and minutes.

 

                   

 

AFFILIATIONS

The Association is affiliated to the Kensington Society and the Civic Trust. It is the committee's policy to co-operate on matters of common interest with neighouring amenity societies such as the Norland Conservation Society, the Pembridge Association and the Notting Hill Improvements Group.

 

                   

 

ACTIVITIES


The Association receives notices of planning applications and inspects, discusses and comments on those which affect the Ladbroke area in any significant way. In addition, the Association has been involved in (and sometimes initiates) discussion with the planning authorities on wider questions of conservation policy, on which it is regularly consulted by the Council. Its biggest campaign has been fpr better treatment of those unfortunate enough to live next door to a property where a major basement development is taking place. It is also currently  engaged in an inventory of the streets and buildings in the area with a view to making recommendations to the Council and/or English Heritage on whether further buildings should be listed or be made subject to Article 4 directions removing permitted development rights. See Streets page.

The Association also arranges activities for members, including accasional guided tours of some of the communal gardens in the area; an annual party in one of the houses in the area; and occasional public lectures, most recently in autumn 2012 when our chairman, Thomas Pakenham, gave a lecture on Remarkable Trees of Ladbroke. We also aim on this website to provide information about the conservation status of buildings in the area and about its history, as well as information and advice on planning issues.

In the early 2000s, the Association commissioned a full photographic archive of the area, a copy of which is in the Local Studies collection at the Kensington Central Library. The Association organised an exhibition of the best of the photographs on 16th-17th October 2007 at the Twentieth Century Theatre in Westbourne Grove. Many of the photographs taken as part of this project have been used on this website.

                 

 

NEWSLETTERS


A newsletter is periodically circulated free to members, informing them of current activities and plans affecting the neighbourhood and giving advice on particular aspects of conservation and planning. Click here for past newsletters.

 

             

 

CONTACTS


Chairman: contact
Hon. Secretary: contact
Hon. Treasurer: contact
Newsletter Editor: contact

 

This page was last updated 19.3.2016.