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Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Kensington and Chelsea
Shown within Greater London
Geography
Status London borough
Royal borough
Area
— Total
Ranked 325th
12.13 km2 (4.7 sq mi)
ONS code 00AW
Admin HQ Kensington
Demographics
Population
— Total (2008 est.)
Density
Ranked 92nd (of 326)
180,300
14,864 /km2 (38,498 /sq mi)
Ethnicity
White British
White Irish
Other White
White & Black Caribbean
White & Black African
White & Asian
Other Mixed
Indian
Pakistani
Bangladeshi
Other Asian
Black Caribbean
Black African
Other Black
Chinese
Other
(2005 estimates)[1]
50.2%
2.7%
24.2%
0.8%
0.6%
1.2%
1.4%
3.0%
1.1%
0.9%
1.4%
2.2%
3.5%
0.6%
2.7%
3.6%
Politics
Kensington and Chelsea London Borough Council
Logo of Kensington and Chelsea London Borough Council
Leadership Leader & Cabinet
Mayor Cllr Timothy Coleridge
Executive Conservative
MPs Karen Buck (Lab)
Malcolm Rifkind (Con)
London Assembly
— Member
West Central
Kit Malthouse (Con)
Coat of Arms
Coat of arms of Kensington and Chelsea London Borough Council
Official website http://www.rbkc.gov.uk/

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (often abbreviated to RBKC, usually pronounced 'RBK and C') is a London borough in the west side of central London.

It is an urban area and was named in the 2001 census as the most densely populated local authority in the United Kingdom, with a population of 158,919 at 13,244 per square kilometre (the land area is approximately 12 square kilometres).

The borough is immediately to the west of the City of Westminster, which is at the heart of modern London, and itself contains a substantial number of city centre facilities such as major museums and universities (in "Albertopolis"), department stores like Harrods, and embassies. It also contains many of the most exclusive residential districts in London, which are also some of the most expensive in the world.

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History

It was created in 1965 from the former boroughs of Kensington and Chelsea. Kensington's Royal Borough status was inherited by the new borough. The new borough was originally to be called just 'Kensington' - the inclusion of Chelsea was locally supported.[2]

Districts in Kensington and Chelsea

The borough includes the areas of:

Demographics

According to the 2001 census, the borough has a population of 158,919. It is 79% white, 4% Black African and 3% Black Caribbean. 44% of households are owner–occupiers. As of October 2004, statistics released[3] by the Office for National Statistics show that life expectancy at birth for females in Kensington and Chelsea was 84.8 years in 2001-2003, the highest in the United Kingdom. Male life expectancy at birth for the same period was 79.8 years, third highest in the UK. The figures for Kensington and Chelsea during 1991-1993 were significantly lower: 73.0 years for males (ranking 301st in the nation) and 80.0 for females (ranking 129th). Further investigation, however, indicates a 12 year gap in life expectancy between the affluent wards of Chelsea (Royal Hospital, Hans Town) and the most northerly wards of North Kensington (Golborne, Dalgarno) which are categorised by high levels of social housing and poverty.

Kensington and Chelsea's affluence is demonstrated by the fact that it has the largest number of high-earners (over £60,000) of any local government district in the country — 16.6%.[4] It has the highest number of workers in the financial sector and the lowest number working in the retail sector.

In December 2006, Sport England published a survey which revealed that residents of Kensington and Chelsea were the fourth most active in England in sports and other fitness activities. 27.9% of the population participate at least three times a week for 30 minutes.[5]

Politics

Originally two separate metropolitan boroughs with their own town halls and administrations, it has today a single united local government authority, the Kensington & Chelsea London Borough Council, based in Kensington. One of its more notable (and controversial) Leaders was Nicholas Freeman, who was Leader from 1977 until 1989. The present Leader of the Council is Merrick Cockell. He was elected in April 2000. Currently there are 45 conservative councillors, 8 Labour and 1 Liberal Democrat.

The borough is divided between two constituencies represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom:

A London Underground train departing from Earl's Court station in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London.

It is intended that the constituency be divided so that Kensington becomes independent of Chelsea while Chelsea joins Fulham.

Evolution of Parliamentary constituencies in Kensington and Chelsea
From 1885 From Feb 1974 From 1997 From next election
Kensington North Kensington Part of Regent's Park and Kensington North Kensington
Kensington South Kensington and Chelsea
Chelsea Part of Chelsea and Fulham

Religion

A typical mews in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

The Royal Borough has a number of notable Christian churches, including:

It is also home to a small Spanish and Portuguese synagogue, several mosques and the Sikh Central Gurudwara in Holland Park.

Economy

Playfish, an online video game company, has its head office in the borough.[6][7]

Education

Social services transport provided by the Borough

Within the council, the education department finances state-operated schools in the borough.[8] Some of them are:

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Primary schools

Lycee Français Charles de Gaulle, a primary and secondary school
  • Ashburnham Community School
  • Avondale Park Primary School
  • Bousfield Primary
  • Chelsea Open Air Nursery
  • Christ Church CofE Primary
  • Colville Primary
  • Fox Primary
  • St Thomas
  • Holy Trinity CofE Primary
  • Instituto Español Cañada Blanch, also secondary school and Spanish Bachillerato.
  • Marlborough Primary
  • Lycee Français Charles de Gaulle, also a secondary school.
  • Middle Row Primary
  • Oratory RC Primary
  • Our Lady of Victories RC Primary
  • Oxford Gardens Primary
  • Park Walk Primary
  • Servite RC Primary
  • St Barnabas and St Philip's CofE Primary
  • St Charles RC Primary
  • St Clements and St James CofE Primary
  • St Cuthbert with St Matthias CofE Primary, a voluntary aided Church of England School in Warwick Road, Earl's Court teaching children from age four to 11 and consisting of two large playgrounds, a 150 year old Victorian building and a more recent extension.
  • St Francis of Assisi RC Primary
  • St Joseph RC Primary
  • St Mary Abbots CofE Primary
  • St Mary's RC Primary
  • St Thomas CofE Primary
  • St Philip's School
  • Thomas Jones Primary

Secondary schools

Kensington and Chelsea College (Hortensia Centre) in Chelsea
  • Kensington and Chelsea Pupil Referral Unit
  • Ashbourne Independent Sixth Form College
  • Holland Park School
  • Queen's Gate School

Chelsea academy

Universities

Public libraries

Libraries include the Kensington Central Library, Chelsea Library, Kensal Library, Brompton Library, North Kensington Library and the Notting Hill Gate Library. http://www.rbkc.gov.uk/leisureandlibraries.aspx[9]

References

  1. ^ Data Management and Analysis Group, Greater London Authority, Demography Update October 2007, (2007)
  2. ^ Chelsea Name Retained: New Decisions on Three Boroughs. The Times. 3 January 1963
  3. ^ http://www.statistics.gov.uk/statbase/Product.asp?vlnk=8841 statistics.gov.uk
  4. ^ http://money.guardian.co.uk/print/0%2C3858%2C4965695-110144%2C00.html money.guardian.co.uk
  5. ^ http://www.sportengland.org/index/get_resources/research/active_people/active_people_survey_headline_results.htm sportengland.org
  6. ^ "About Playfish." Playfish. Retrieved on 2 November 2009.
  7. ^ "Summer in the Borough." Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Retrieved on 2 November 2009.
  8. ^ http://www.rbkc.gov.uk/az/az.asp?searchletter=F&orgid=1372 rbkc.gov.uk
  9. ^ "Libraries." Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Retrieved on 13 January 2009.

External links

Coordinates: 51°30′N 0°11′W / 51.50°N 0.19°W / 51.50; -0.19


Simple English

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is a London borough, west of central London.

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
[[Image:|200px|Kensington and Chelsea]]
Shown within Greater London
Official website http://www.rbkc.gov.uk/
Geography
Status London borough
Royal borough
Area
— Total
Ranked Ranked 353rd
12.13 km²
ONS code 00AW
Admin HQ Kensington
Demographics
Population
— Total (2005 est.)
Density
Ranked 67th (of 354)
196,200
16,175 / km²
Ethnicity 79.0% White
7.0% Afro-Caribbean
4.9% South Asian
1.6% Chinese

Expatriate Origins: 5.1% United States, 3% France

Politics
Leadership Leader & Cabinet
Mayor Cllr Andrew Dalton
Executive Conservative
MPs Karen Buck (Lab)
Malcolm Rifkind (Con)
London Assembly
— Member
West Central
Angie Bray (Con)
Greater LondonLondonCity of London



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