St John's Wood Labour Action Report - April 2018












News from Hussain Ahmed, Janet Seale and Liam Taggart, your local Labour candidates for the Council elections on May 3rd.


Circus Road

We have asked the Council to fix the footpath on Circus Road adjacent to the John and Elizabeth Hospital. Residents say:

“In parts this is now at 45 degrees owing to tree roots. It makes walking highly hazardous especially for the elderly and the disabled both walking en route to the hospital.  Could somebody look into this please?”

Cochrane Street

We have contacted Octavia Housing on behalf of residents in Cicely and O’Neil Houses about various repairs and maintenance issues.

Lorne Close NW8

Some residents on Lorne Close were concerned about drug dealing continuing in the car parking area despite recent action taken by the police. There was also concern about young people entering the estate and damaging things. The local police team said:

‘We patrol the area whenever we are on shift, as it is a high priority area. Where possible/if grounds exist we will always carry out a stop and search as we have done so in the past. If residents are still concerned about drug dealing, please ask them not to ignore but to call 999/101 and a unit can be sent round. 

‘Residents should understand that there are only 2 police officers covering the entire Regents Park ward. Also it would be great if A2 dominion could put cameras up and/or a gate leading to the underground car park. That way, less people can cause damage to property.’

We are pressing A2 Dominion to fix the broken entry gate and CCTV.

There is also a very dangerous situation outside Durham House where there is severe damage to one of the paving slabs directly in the path up to the door and the hand railings are completely unstable.  We have also raised the issue of fly-tipping on the estate that needs to be addressed

Elm Tree Road

We have asked the Parking Team to investigate this issue:

“The end of Elm Tree Road at the corner with Grove End Road suffers from illegal parking of vehicles overnight, on double yellow lines or so far from the kerb even on single yellow lines so as to make passing through very difficult. For a reasonable length of the road from the corner coming into the road, for example until the door to number 1A, please could you make the parking lines double red to discourage people to block the road overnight. It is a single lane road and bad parking on both sides makes it impossible to pass through. “

The Parking Team say:

“The location is not on and nor it is adjacent to a red route so the painting of red lines specifically for this junction would not be an option.  The junction is already protected by double yellow lines and Marshals are able to enforce on single yellow lines when vehicles are parked more than 50cm from the edge of the carriageway on a single yellow line.  As part of their normal course of duties we will ensure Marshals who regularly patrol this area are aware of the feedback below, and take appropriate enforcement action in line with policy should they come across vehicles parked in contravention.”

Elgood House, Wellington Road

We have asked City West Homes and the Refuse Department to review the location of a number of refuse bins following requests from residents. City West Homes say:

“The bins belong to WCC and we have raised this issue with the Environmental Action Line. We have requested that Veolia go on site today to remove any loose waste. We have also requested that they move the bins to another location based on the feedback from the resident. “

Townshend Estate

We have asked the Council to investigate reports of a homeless person sleeping in a shed on the Townshend Estate and to offer the necessary assistance.

St John’s Wood High Street

We have asked the police for a report on recent incidents in the High Street area.

We have renewed our call for the Government to reverse the cuts to the police budget. The government have cut the Metropolitan Police/ Greater London Authority budget by £650 million so far, with another £350 of cuts now under way, and Westminster has lost almost a third of their police strength since 2011. Most of the cuts in our police numbers happened before the last Mayoral election. On top of this, the Council grant from Central Government has been halved, which helps explain why they decided to close down their City CCTV programme.

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Circus Road/St. Ann’s Terrace

We have asked the Parking Team to investigate this issue:

“In the morning “rush”, pedestrian access is blocked by cars waiting or parked, while the owners frequent Pret or other nearby shops.  This includes blocking the dropped kerb. This area (which has double yellow lines) should not be used for waiting/parking.  It might be helpful if the double yellow lines were reinforced with double yellow kerb markings to discourage waiting and further aid enforcement by making violations even less ambiguous.  

Perhaps you could also encourage Pret/Starbucks to have educational signage in their shops and on outside tables to highlight the impact of blocking the corners/dropped kerbs for less able pedestrians?”

Scott Ellis Gardens

We are continuing to help residents in Scott Ellis Gardens with repair issues and take up their concerns with City West Homes.


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

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.

What you say

“Well done! Very much appreciate receiving the updates.”

“Thank you for this report. It does seem as though you are trying to make a tangible difference in real time.”

“Could you please ask the Council if they could put in speed restrictions (flashing light signs) on Hall Road.   This has become a very busy road with loads of lorries now using it.  A rat run.  With all the building that continues apace in this area I seriously think that we need traffic calming before a major accident. “

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



Hussain Ahmed, Janet Seale and Liam Taggart,

Your Regent’s Park Ward Labour Action Team