Tachbrook Ward Labour Action Report - May 2018


COUNCIL ELECTION SPECIAL – Thursday 3rd May, 7am – 10pm            

News from Gillian Arrindell, Terry Harper and Will Thomson, your Tachbrook Ward Labour Candidates  

Dolphin Square – Tachbrook Conservatives abandon Dolphin Square residents and cave in to Westbrook

A leaflet circulated by Tachbrook Conservatives this week shows they have abandoned Dolphin Square residents and have caved in to Westbrook’s plans for a massive redevelopment.

The Conservative leaflet claims that Westbrook are “almost certain” to get permission for their plans to demolish Rodney House and build a massive 9 storey block at the back of Dolphin Square. This is long before the Council’s planning officers have even completed their analysis.

The Conservatives also wrongly claim that “any attempt to block the plans will make the situation worse for residents”

Only Labour’s candidates, Gillian Arrindell, Terry Harper and Will Thomson, are pledged to support residents and to oppose the Westbrook plans

Gillian Arrindell said:

“The Conservatives would have you believe the fight is already over, and residents have lost. The reality is that they are refusing to fight for Dolphin Square and misleading residents by suggesting Westbrook already have permission when they do not.

Terry Harper said

“If Labour is elected as the majority party on the Council we will work on the side of residents, in contrast to the current administration’s practice of serving the interests of the developers.”

Will Thomson said:

“After consulting with residents, we wrote to the Director of Planning expressing our concerns and raising questions about Dolphin Square. We will do everything in our power to support residents”

We have objected to Westbrook’s planning application for Dolphin Square on the following grounds:

  • Dolphin Square is a ‘building of special interest’. How can the demolition of the whole of the north side be allowed to go ahead? The unique character of Dolphin Square will be lost for ever.
  • The proposed new 9 storey building to replace Rodney House will be totally out of scale with its surroundings
  • The plans will destroy the unique Dolphin Square shopping arcade
  • The Spanish Garden will be swept away with a loss of light and sun and will be overshadowed by adding yet another floor to the building
  • How can residents be expected to live in a building site for five years? The noise from the building work would be unbearable.
  • Dolphin Square used to offer flats at moderate rents for those working unsocial hours in central London. The new plans include just 8 small houses at affordable rent and all the rest at market rent.
  • The plans are contrary to Westminster’s Unitary Plan policy which opposes the development of short-term let residential property


Housing issues

We are helping residents in Henry Wise House and Stourhead House with problems they are having with City West Homes.

Even more ‘Nightmare Stories from City West Homes – another 20 more stories and only a change of control at Westminster Council will make a difference

When we launched our first set of 20 ‘Nightmare Stories from City West Homes’ in January 2018 we thought that this would spur Conservative Councillors and City West staff in to action. But all we heard was first, a denial that there was a problem and then, ‘warm words’ that action would be taken.

Two months later, in March 2018, we published 25 more ‘Nightmare Stories from City West Homes, in the hope that Westminster Conservatives would sit up and notice the chaos around them. This time they blamed tenants and leaseholders for exaggerating the problems and blamed Labour Councillors for ‘making them up”.

But, the situation had not improved. So, a month later in April 2018, we launched a further 25 ‘Nightmare Stories from City West Homes’ to give a voice to many of CWH’s 22,000 tenants and leaseholders who are simply fed up with the incompetence, lack of care and ineffectiveness of City West Homes.

Now, a few days before the Council elections, we have published our latest batch of ‘Even More Nightmare Stories’. Predictably, the stories all echo those we have already published – unanswered calls, failure to respond to emails, promised repairs not completed, botched repairs, complaints about unbelievably sky-high major works bills and more.

Only a change in control of the Council will make the necessary difference.

We will immediately put CityWest on notice that if its performance does not rapidly improve it will be stopped from managing the council’s properties. We have set out our plans for change if we are elected to run the council on May 3rd.

Labour’s Five Point Plan for CityWest Homes

  • From day one, Labour will take action to end the repairs crisis and improve the way CityWest treats residents. If it doesn’t urgently improve Labour will scrap it.
  • We will re-establish local estate offices.
  • We will urgently look at further ways to improve the failing call centre system.
  • We will give residents a greater say over how their homes are managed.
  • We will introduce a new leaseholders’ charter to improve support to resident leaseholders and look to limit huge major works bills


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

“Many thanks for this and for supporting us over Dolphin Square.”

“I’ve enjoyed your emails to Westminster residents over the years”

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



Gillian Arrindell, Terry Harper and Will Thomson,

Your Tachbrook Ward Labour Candidates – Here to Help


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