Queen's Park Ward Labour Action Report - April 2018

News from your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor and Hamza Taouzzale

Working hard for Queen’s Park residents

Over the last four years we have been working hard for residents in Queen’s Park Ward. We have:

  • Worked closely with the local police to tackle anti-social behaviour
  • Called on the Council to take tough action against those who dump rubbish in the street
  • Campaigned for 20 mph speed restrictions on local roads
  • Called for more youth facilities and supported the efforts of Queen’s Park Gardens FC
  • Helped hundreds of residents with housing repairs, benefits and other individual concerns

Kilburn Lane

Following our enquiries about speeding along Kilburn Lane, the Highways Department tells us:

“This section of Kilburn Lane is the responsibility of Brent to maintain. Brent are soon to commission some traffic and speed surveys along this stretch of Kilburn Lane to better understand the situation. 

The zebra crossing between Bravington and Portnall Roads is also the responsibility of Brent and I have recently referred the site to them for investigation.  Brent has agreed to refresh the white markings and investigate the status of the belisha beacons. “

78 Kilburn Lane

Following a recent fire at this address, we are pleased to say that there were no injuries.

Harrow Road/Bravington Road

We have asked the Council to investigate this issue:

“On the corner of Bravington Road and Harrow Road there is a fish shop, next to it a grocer’s.  It is about the latter that I wish to complain.  Not only are the owners stacking their goods further out from their allotted space outside their shop but for at least 6 months, they have placed trolleys on the pavement edge side from which they also sell fruit and veg.  Along with that their delivery lorry is parked outside for most of the day.  With constant heavy foot traffic along the Harrow Road this part is now a bottleneck and difficult to traverse, particularly if one is running for a bus.  It must be a nightmare for anybody in a wheelchair or electric buggy. It would be much appreciated if something could be done about this.”

Bravington Road/Kilburn Lane

We have asked Nuno, our local Inspector to take action on this issue:

“The dumping of rubbish at the end of Bravington Road/Kilburn Lane is a frequent occurrence. Clearly, not enough is being done to prevent this whether CCTV, clear signage and leaflets to local residents.”

Third Avenue

We have asked Nuno to investigate dumping outside 224 Third Avenue.

Marne Street

We have reported instances of anti-social behaviour in Marne Street to the Council and City West Homes.

Bruckner Street

We have promised to re-open the Bruckner Street estate office if we win the Council elections on 3rd May. As a resident has pointed out:

“The office located in Bruckner Street had been ‘temporarily’ closed three years ago to allow for the building of a couple of stories above (for residential housing). The building was completed more than 6 months ago but the ground floor area (meant for the local estate office) is still empty!”

Moberly Sports Centre

We are making enquiries with the Council about this issue:

“Residents are concerned that the Zumba class at the Jubilee is not going to continue at the Moberly. Apparently there are rumours this popular and well attended class will be stopped next month. 16 people attended at the most recent session at the Jubilee. One of the Everyone Active tutors is upset because they have all been told they will have to “audition” for their jobs before they will be employed at the Moberly.”

We have also asked if there will be gymnastics for young people at Moberly.

The Council say:

“Everyone Active will be a launching of a brand new timetable for the new site and EA have offered to incorporate all Jubilee instructors with their existing programmes (or a similar one if they are interested in up-skilling).  As for your second query regarding the Gymnastics offer, I happy to relay that the site has its own dedicated facility with state of the art equipment.”

Caird Street

A resident in Caird Street asked us to pass on this message following a recent attempted break-in

“I thought it would be useful for you to be aware, so you could warn people to be extra cautious about their security, I myself have been lax about my back door in the past as it does feel so private and secure out there.”

Chamberlayne Road

We have received this message:

“Cadent are working with Brent Council to plan the programme of work to replace the large diameter gas mains on Chamberlayne Road. This work is currently scheduled to begin on 7th May and will be completed before the Notting Hill Carnival.

We will be sending a letter to residents and businesses inviting them to get further information and to meet the project team. We will have a stall on Chamberlayne Road next to Minkies Deli on Saturday 21st April from 10am to 3pm. The local community can also contact the community relations team by emailing info@communityrelations.co.uk or by calling 0800 389 8261.”

Satellite dishes

We have had a number of enquiries about satellite dishes. The Council says:

“It is permissible to install up to two satellite dishes on a single family house (not a flat) without the need for planning permission subject to a number of conditions including but not limited to:

No satellite dish may exceed 1 metre in length. If the building is a listed building then listed building consent would be required prior to the installation of the dish or dishes.

In the case of flats, satellite dishes need planning permission as they constitute flats and not a single family house.

In the Queen’s Park conservation area, satellite dishes may not be installed on a chimney, wall or roof slope which faces onto or is visible from a highway (in other words – usually the front of the property). There is also a further condition which requires satellite dishes, so far as practicable, to be sited so as to minimise its effect on the external appearance of the building on which it is located.”

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

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

“Hope you guys have a great result in May.”

“I am delighted to receive the Queen’s Park Action Report and always read it with great interest” 

“Thank you, onwards and upwards”

“Many thanks for your email and your hard work!”

“Many thanks for the help you have given me.  I’m not quite there yet, but should soon have a start date for the works.  Hopefully all will be completed to my satisfaction. The whole process with CWH has been like pushing a boulder up a hill, so I’m very grateful for your input!!”

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Regards

Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor and Hamza Taouzzale

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