Hyde Park Ward Labour Action Report - April 2018

News from the Hyde Park Ward Labour Action Team – Barbara Hainsworth, David Lumby and Judith Southern.

Praed Street 

We are taking up this issue with the Council and the London Taxi Drivers’ Association:

“I suggest someone takes a look at the taxis idling on Praed Street outside Paddington Station? There are many residences very nearby with pedestrians walking along all day, and it is already an extremely polluted road, without constant unnecessary diesel fumes adding to this.

I know that future taxis hopefully be greener, but it doesn’t mean they can’t just turn the engine off for now, or go round to the proper place round the back of the station. This is just a suggestion for quite a small, but really annoying, issue for anyone walking along that road. It could be something as easy as a few signs to remind drivers, as every time I’ve asked, they have always been very willing to turn their engines off.”

Westbourne Terrace – Update

Following our enquiries about coaches using Westbourne Terrace, TfL say:

Currently, only the A6 is authorised to use Westbourne Terrace. We have contacted National Express, who operate the A1, to advise them that they must remind their drivers that there is a designated overnight route that avoids Westbourne Terrace. If there are repeated incidents where this Isn’t being followed please report it to us on 0343 222 1234 or at tfl.gov.uk/contact so that we can take action with the operator. We are already in discussion with Westminster City Council and National Express to move both routes to Eastbourne Terrace once Crossrail complete their works, and remove the diversion, at the end of this year.”

Bayswater Road – update

Following our enquiries about the congestion along Bayswater Road, TfL say:

“The recent changes at this location are due to the completion of the East West Cycle Superhighway. The EWCSH now provides segregated cycle lanes and has been designed to greatly improve safety and comfort for cyclists by reducing their conflict with motorised traffic. In order to accommodate the new cycle lanes, we have had to rebalance road space, this has resulted in the removal of some space from road users including traffic lanes. Due to this reallocation of road space there has been an increase in travel time whilst all road users grow accustomed to the new junction layout. We will continue to review these timings, and make further changes if required to achieve the right balance for all of London’s competing demands.”

Residents say:

“I take little comfort in the TfL statement.  Yes, we all know it is due to the Superhighway installation (which is barely, if ever used, by the way), and I have little faith in their assertion that they will review the timings.  In addition to the delays on buses/vehicles, it takes for ever for pedestrians to cross the road now at Lancaster Gate.  I have seen too many people dashing across when the lights are against them, as they have run out of patience.  I fear an accident or fatality in due course.”

Litter

We have welcomed the increased on-the-spot fines of up to £150 for dropping litter, including from vehicles.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-43609325

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:

www.westminstercab.org.uk/advice/online-enquiry.

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.

https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/labourclp250/pages/1096/attachments/original/1521622381/Westminster_Labour_2018_Manifesto.pdf?1521622381

Register to vote

The local Westminster City Council elections are on Thursday 3 May.

If you aren’t already registered to vote, you need to do so to vote in this local election.  The deadline to register at gov.uk/register-to-vote is Wednesday 17 April. It only takes a few minutes. Anyone who is already registered to vote does not need to re-register. If you have moved home in the last few months and have not registered to vote at your new address you still have time to register at this new location.

The other key dates are the postal vote application deadline which is 5pm, on Wednesday 18 April and the proxy vote application deadline is 5pm, Wednesday 25 April.

EU citizens are able to vote in these local elections.

You can get more information by visiting www.westminster.gov.uk/westminster-city-council-election-2018

What you say

“Enough to make me cross the floor! Nice to hear the ambition”

Please let us know if we can be of help or assistance on any local issues.

Regards

Barbara Hainsworth, David Lumby and Judith Southern

Your Hyde Park Ward Labour Action Team

Promoted by Robin McGhee on behalf of Barbara Hainsworth, David Lumby and Judith Southern all at 4g Shirland Mews, London W9 3DY