News from your Churchill Labour Action Team – Councillors Shamim Talukder and Jason Williams and Andrea Mann.
Belgravia Police Station
The Conservatives are trying to blame Mayor Sadiq Khan for the threatened closure of Belgravia Police Station. But the reason is that the Mayor’s funding for the police has been slashed by the Tory government – forcing the Met Police to find more than £600m of savings.
By contrast, Sadiq has committed an extra £60m to help reduce the impact of these cuts. And Westminster Labour is committed to protecting residents against crime and antisocial behaviour by fighting Tory police cuts and investing in the Council’s community protection work.
Don’t be fooled by the Westminster Conservatives. When it comes to Belgravia Police Station, the people they should be pointing a finger at is their own government.
You can read more about the government cuts to the Met Police and the Mayor’s response here: london.gov.uk/…/…/mayor-provides-additional-60m-for-policing – and sign the petition calling on the government to stop the cuts: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/203543)
Westbourne House, Ebury Bridge Estate
We have reported problems with the communal lighting at Westbourne House. City West Homes say:
“We tested the lights and found they were working without any flickering. However, in order to double check this issue, we have raised a job to check there are no problems with the sensor. We also found that the light outside Flat 3 was out of order and we have raised a job to renew this light”
We reported a water leak in the basement of Anson House.
We have welcomed the increased on-the-spot fines of up to £150 for dropping litter, including from vehicles.
City West Homes
We have been talking to residents in Churchill Gardens and heard yet more nightmare stories about CityWest Homes. Here are two recent examples of the poor service from City West Homes:
“My elderly mother in Churchill Gardens has water coming in from the ceiling whenever it rains or snows. The repairs team send people around and as it is not a leak from the above flat they just say they will file a report. She has had repair men out on about 8-10 occasions and never is it resolved. It clearly needs a surveyor but this has never happened. This is a vulnerable old person who lives on her own and yet gets the usual response of go upstairs and speak to the people above (who also report water coming in!). She has had a litany of ‘we’ll call you back’ which they never do and when she calls back they claim there is no record of the call. She isn’t online so nothing is traceable! Shameless and shocking. Perhaps they are running down the services because the writing is on the wall for May!
“Ms A’s ceiling collapsed on her as a result of a radiator flooding in the flat above her. She has had to put up with this and other issues in her flat, including the slabs outside her flat being dug up and left for months. She has made several trips to the office in Lupus Street only to be told to ring the call centre; when she does this, she doesn’t get any response or anyone to call round to investigate. Ms A has lived in Churchill Gardens for some decades, this is now affecting her health and it isn’t acceptable for her not to have received help when she has been trying to contact CWH over a number of weeks”
Problems paying Water Rates?
Thames Water is running a project with Citizens Advice Westminster to help people who are having problems paying their Water Rates. They can help to access hardship funds and apply for grants to pay off water rate debts. They will provide budgeting advice and negotiate regarding other household debts.
Contact the Gateway helpline 03003301191.
There is also an on-line enquiry form at:
Labour’s Manifesto for the 2018 Council Elections
After decades of the Conservatives taking Westminster for granted, residents have a real chance to change the future of this city. Years of cuts have taken their toll on local services, particularly for the most vulnerable.
The Conservatives have put the needs of developers above the needs of the vast majority of local residents. For generations they have failed to build the Council (social rent) and lower (intermediate) rent homes that Westminster needs to give the City a viable future.
Labour has a credible alternative plan that can be delivered today despite the damage being done by the current government. Our communities are calling out for change, and in this manifesto Labour sets out a vision for how things could be run differently, how we will deliver a Westminster for the many not the few if we are elected to run the council on May 3rd 2018.
Find out what we’re doing in your part of Churchill Ward
Check out the new Your Area section of our website to find out more about the work we have been doing, and the projects we’ve helped fund, in your part of Churchill Ward.
What you say
“I hope you’ll use the new powers to fine those who use the litter bins to dump their household waste, especially by the bus-stop in Claverton Street, Pimlico.”
Please let us know if there are any matters on which we can be of help.
Councillors Shamim Talukder and Jason Williams and Andrea Mann
Your Churchill Ward Labour Action Team – Here to Help
Promoted by Robin McGhee on behalf of Andrea Mann, Shamim Talukder and Jason Williams at 4G Shirland Mews, London W9 3DY