Maida Vale Ward Labour Action Report - April 2018


News from Councillor Rita Begum and the Labour Action Team in Maida Vale – Geoff Barraclough and Nafsika Butler-Thalassis.

Carlton Tavern – Update

The Planning Department has given us this latest update:

The injunction preventing further demolition on the site was varied last month to allow further demolition, but only as necessary to comply with the requirements of the enforcement notice.  There is a need to ensure the safe retention of the flank wall before any further demolition commences.

I have been advised by the architect appointed to act on behalf of the owner that works are due to start imminently; however, we have received similar assurances previously, which have not resulted in any works commencing.  It is likely that a cherry picker will be used initially, to remove the remaining sections of the front elevation above ground floor level and the exposed metal framing components.  Once this has been done and the area within the basement made safe, the foundations will be assessed by surveyors and engineers before any further work commences.

The enforcement notice is due to be complied with by the end of July 2018.  The City Council will be in a position to consider taking any further action once the compliance period for the notice expires in July.”

Kilburn Park Road/Shirland Road zebra crossing

Following our calls to Brent and Westminster Councils, Brent has now repainted the white lines at the junction of Kilburn Park Road/Shirland Road. We have also asked Brent to fix one of the broken belisha beacons.

Maida Vale – cycle hire

Councillor Rita Begum says:

“Fantastic news after many years of campaigning for a Santander cycle hire docking station in Maida Vale, finally, Community Infrastructure Levy funds have been approved by the Council for it to go ahead.”

Scottish Towers – update

Geoff Barraclough says:

“Remember the 35 flats in the Scottish Towers without gas since October….well, all but five are re-connected. Hooray. Another CityWest Homes shambles but the useless Cadent Gas can share the blame.”

Randolph Surgery, Maida Vale

We are following up this recent tweet from a local resident:

“Virgin Care, the way you are running NHS GP surgeries like The Randolph Surgery in Maida Vale is a disgrace. No GP’s, only locums, one month to get an appointment then an 8:50 appointment seen at 10:05. Our health is about more than your profits.”

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

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.

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 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.

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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.”

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Councillor Rita Begum, Geoff Barraclough and Nafsika Butler-Thalassis

Your Maida Vale Labour Action Team

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About Us

Councillor Rita Begum

Rita has been a Councillor for Maida Vale since 2014 and is Shadow Cabinet Member for Environment, Sports and Community. Her achievements locally include securing the 20mph speed limit pilot, gaining funding for a local Cycle Hire station and upgrading the toilets and baby-changing facilities in Paddington Rec.

Rita is married with 4 children and has worked for a local community organisation for 14 years.

Follow Rita on Twitter – @CllrRitaB

Geoff Baraclough

Geoff is a senior manager at a technology company and mentors start-up businesses. He is married with one child and has lived in Maida Vale since 1998. He has been active in local issues since setting up the Lord Elgin Twitter account in 2010. Geoff has served as Chair of Ashworth Mansions Ltd, honorary Vice President of Paddington Sports Club and Chair of the Friends of the Truscott Arms.

Follow Geoff on Twitter – @W9MaidaVale

Nafsika Butler-Thalassis

Nafsika is CEO of a local health charity. She is an EU citizen who came to the UK from Greece as a child and chose to make Britain her home. She has lived in Maida Vale for 23 years and is married with two young children. As the mum of a child with autism, she is experienced in trying to get the best out of local services. Nafsika has a PhD in the history of British military psychiatry, is passionate about fighting health inequalities and holding the government to account on the rights of EU citizens.

Follow Nafsika on Twitter – @NafsikaT


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