Little Venice Ward Labour Action Report - April 2018

News from the Little Venice Labour Action Team – Iman Less, Murad Qureshi and Sue Wolff.

Blomfield Road/Formosa Street

We have asked City West Homes to take action on this long-neglected issue:

“Further to your most recent report, the small garden at the corner of Blomfield Road and Formosa Street that is under the control of City West Homes. CityWest has the obligation to keep up this small garden, but does nothing.  Multiple e-mails and calls to CityWest have achieved nothing.  It just ignores its obligations under the leases.  I appreciate that it is a small issue compared to some of the horror stories CityWest has been responsible for, but it is indicative of how CityWest is no longer fit for purpose.”

City West Homes say:

“A member of our estate service team is going to clear the area the area this afternoon”

Gilbert Sheldon House

We have again asked City West Homes when this long-standing issue will be fixed:

“I live in Gilbert Sheldon House, Edgware Road.  For over a year I have been contacting City West Homes because they sellotaped the bin chutes in my block shut after a blockage. I live on the top floor and have a disabled Mum who has been struggling with this for the over a year now. I have contacted them multiple times; at first they said they’d sort out the issue but after giving them weeks to do something about it, I emailed them back and since August 2017 they have been ignoring my emails.”

City West Homes say:

“Tests were completed by a previous contractor, Fire Safety Solutions, to the dry riser last year to ensure the system was compliant. In order for this to be done holes were made in the wall next to the bin chute. This meant that the integrity of the fire compartmentalisation could have been compromised so the chute needed to be sealed up. It would also appear that there were also some issues with blockages. 

Works need to be completed to the dry riser valves and the contractor will then close up the holes. Once the holes have been blocked we will then arrange for the bin chute hoppers to be overhauled and the bin chute reinstated.  We are sorry for the delay in resolving this matter and for the inconvenience caused to residents by the bin chute being out of action.”

St Mary’s Churchyard

We have asked the Parks Department to replace the crumbling wooden logs in the Churchyard near to the Sports Centre entrance.

Warwick Avenue

Following our request to the District Surveyor to inspect the potentially dangerous front garden wall at 28 Warwick Avenue, he has told us:

“Our area surveyor looked at the wall yesterday and we found that the wall is leaning slightly. It has been tied back to the trees with a temporary restraint. We will issue a ‘Defect Notice’ on the wall but the trees are protected.”

Sutherland Avenue

We have asked the Planning Enforcement Team to inspect a house in Sutherland Avenue which has been painted grey/blue.

Crompton Street

We have asked the Council to replace a missing Street sign at the corner of Crompton Street and Maida Vale.

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

Fighting Anti-Semitism

Karen Buck MP says:

“I was one of a number of Labour MPs who joined the demonstration against anti-Semitism which took place in Parliament Square.

Anti-Semitism is racism, pure and simple, and has no part in my party, our politics or our society more generally. Anti-Semitic attacks have been on the rise in recent years and there can be no equivocation in condemning them for what they are. It is deeply distressing to me that we have reached a position where so many Jewish people clearly feel unwelcome, uncomfortable or worse, in Labour, and where those speaking out on the issue risk being abused for it. That there is a problem to be dealt with can be in no doubt.

I pledge my total commitment to ending this intolerable situation and it is right that we are now held to account for turning words into action. I am already an officer of the All Party Parliamentary Group for British Jews and am signed up to the All Party Parliamentary Group against anti-Semitism, but I welcome further suggestions. We have a strong record of tolerance in this local community and I will do all I can to ensure that this is upheld.”

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

Maida Vale/Hall Road traffic lights – what you say

“I disagree with increasing the timings – we should be discouraging all traffic down the Warrington Crescent/Sutherland Avenue/etc. rat-runs…not encouraging more cars.  I think I am not alone.  Also discourage the Blomfield Road Road rat-run.  During rush hours, it gets positively dangerous.”

Sutherland Avenue – what you say

“Yes, 20mph would be good, but it needs to be enforced.  An information sign that lights up telling you you’re over the limit really does not cut the mustard.  We have a 30mph sign currently, and far too many cars exceed the speed limit – especially during rush hours.”

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

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Regards

 

Iman Less, Murad Qureshi and Sue Wolff

Your Little Venice Labour Action Team

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