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News from Councillor Rita Begum and the Labour Action Team in Maida Vale and Little Venice – Geoff Barraclough and Nafsika Butler-Thalassis. Kilburn Park Road/Shirland Road We have contacted Brent and Westminster Councils about this issue. Residents say: “The dilapidated (and increasingly dangerous) Zebra crossing on the corner of Kilburn...
  News from Councillor Rita Begum and the Labour Action Team in Maida Vale and Little Venice – Geoff Barraclough and Nafsika Butler-Thalassis   Scottish Towers, Maida Vale We have again contacted City West Homes about the situation at the Scottish Towers on Maida Vale where: The intercom on the...
Brexit is a big issue for residents across Westminster. Watch the video below to hear Nafsika Butler-Thalassis, an EU citizen standing as a Labour candidate for Maida Vale, and Cllr Adam Hug (leader of Westminster Labour Group) on the Sunday Politics discussing the issues facing EU citizens:    
Covering the centre of London Westminster is home to rough sleepers from all over the country, many of whom have found themselves on the street due to the impact of the Conservative Government’s harsh housing and welfare policies across the UK. It is a rough sleeping challenge tougher than any other...
A new analysis of Care Quality Commission (CQC) Inspections into care homes across the county, conducted by the charity Independent Age, shows that Westminster has the 10th worst care homes in the UK.
If elected to run the Council on May 3rd Labour will scrap Westminster’s current cruel homelessness strategy and instead work to ensure that Westminster residents who need temporary accommodation are supported closer to home where ever possible. Labour will seek to amend current banding structure to give long standing local...
Following the announcement of the latest consultation returns on the Oxford Street project, Labour’s Business and Public Realm spokesperson, Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg said: “The consultation results show that TfL and Westminster City Council still have a big job to do to demonstrate that the proposals will have local benefits. Around...
A shocking one-in-ten properties in Westminster is owned through an off-shore company, with the identity of who controls many of them currently unknown. This situation exacerbates the significant problem of housing under-occupation Westminster faces, where properties that previously housed local families are used only a few times a year by overseas investors....
For far too long Westminster Council has not built enough social or lower rent housing to respond to the huge need in our city, and all too often the ‘affordable’ housing that has been built is still too expensive for ordinary families. Labour is pledging, if elected on May 3rd 2018,...
One of the more insidious changes introduced by the Conservative Government since 2010 and driven hard during Boris Johnson’s spell as Mayor of London was the systematically undermining of the meaning of the word ‘affordable’ in affordable housing. Allowing the term to include anything up to 80% market rent gave...
For far too long Westminster Conservatives’ laissez-faire and overly cosy approach to private developments in our city have led to Westminster having one of the worst records in London on affordable housing. In the most recent official GLA statistics for ‘affordable’ house building Westminster averages a measly 12% (the 7th worst out of all London...
  In January 2018, Westminster Labour Group unveiled a dossier of ’20 Nightmare Stories from City West Homes’. The reaction to this from tenants and leaseholders has been overwhelming, with many more ‘nightmare stories’ coming to light from all over Westminster. Residents are angry with the very poor performance of...
Residents are angry with the very poor performance of CityWest Homes, the organisation that manages the homes of council tenants and leaseholders on behalf of Westminster Council. Service standards have clearly deteriorated after Conservative council cuts to the housing management budget, the closure of local estate offices and the bungled...
As Westminster Tories prepare to push through a further £38.5m in ‘savings’ for 2018/19 at the Full Council meeting on Wednesday 7th March, Westminster residents are fed up with the constant cuts to their services. Much of the Tory focus will be on their voluntary council tax payments for the owners...
  Westminster Labour has welcomed the Mayor’s decision to invest an additional £59m annually to support an extra 1,000 police officers by using income raised from business rates. This will help avoid falling police numbers due to Government cuts to the Metropolitan Police budget. We have also welcomed the Mayor’s...
We (the Labour Council Candidates for St James' ward) are opposing the Capital & Counties (Capco) planning application for The Roadhouse premises at 35 The Piazza, WC2. In a letter to the Council’s Director of Planning, John Walker, we say:
Mattresses and other household objects dumped on our street corners have become an all too common a sight in too many parts of Westminster. A combination of changes in the local housing market with an increase in private rented flats and HMOs with regularly changing residents, cuts to council services...
For such a vibrant city as Westminster ensuring waste is swiftly removed is a vital part of protecting our quality of life.
Council Tax is always an emotive issue in Westminster politics. Westminster Council receives the highest levels of parking revenue (£73.2m) in the country as well as substantial commercial income from its large Central London property portfolio (£42.8m) that help prop up its finances far more than in other boroughs. Westminster...
If elected to lead Westminster Council in May Labour Councillors will introduce a series of reforms to ensure the planning system works for the many not the few. For too long Westminster Conservatives have treated residents as an afterthought in a planning process geared towards the needs of major developers....
Westminster Labour Group are committing to scrapping the Conservative Council’s proposed approach to tall buildings if Labour are elected to run Westminster at the May 3rd Council Elections. In March 2017 Westminster Council launched a consultation on its plans entitled Building height: Getting the right kind of growth for Westminster where it extolled...
Labour believes that under Conservative control Westminster Council has put the needs of property developers first for far too long. For decades they have let developers get away with building far fewer ‘affordable’ homes than required under Westminster’s planning policy, they have pushed through controversial schemes and promoted an approach...
Westminster Labour are deeply concerned that the Conservative Council is considering closing the Bayswater Children’s Centre. Westminster Conservatives have taken huge amounts of money out ‘early help’ services for young people and families in Westminster- £7.42 million pounds in early help cuts since 2015 (as part of more than £10m...
Conservative Cabinet Minister Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, has used a major speech at the think tank Policy Exchange to attack a bill put forward by Westminster North Labour MP Karen Buck that seeks to restrict the spread of homes in Westminster being used...
Westminster Labour Councillors have published a dossier of ’20 nightmare stories’ from City West Homes’, based on the experiences of CWH tenants and leaseholders over the past few months. All have been reported to CWH for action and some problems have now been resolved – but only after a Labour...