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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.”

You can read more here https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/somethings-right-state-randolph-surgery-henry-bewley

Please let us know your experience

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

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.

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

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.”

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

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Regards

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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Maida Vale Ward Labour Action Report - Late March 2018

 

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

 

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.

Find out more by clicking here.

Dibdin House

We attended a packed residents meeting at Dibdin House. Parking controls outside Milad supermarket on Maida Vale are a major issue. Also, Councillor Rita Begum introduced a new recycling incentive.

Tollgate Gardens

Following representations from Karen Buck MP and Councillor Rita Begum, City West Homes has agreed to waive all cleaning service charge costs and backdate them to when the regeneration works started on the estate. Karen told City West Homes:

“When I visited the site the communal areas were by no means clean and residents explained how it is currently very difficult to prevent dust from entering their homes. I’m sure you can see why some residents resent paying any charges at all at the moment.”

Several residents have also expressed their concern over the future of those who have been displaced by the development, as well as current tenants in housing need. Westminster Council have clarified that priority will first be given to those residents who were displaced and then tenants in housing need before the social housing in the new development is opened to Westminster’s general register.

Dundee House

We are assisting residents in Dundee House who have been without heating and hot water.

Maida Vale/Hall Road traffic lights

We have asked the Council and TfL to investigate the traffic light timings at the junction of Hall Road crossing Maida Vale. Residents say:

“There is an inevitable build up of cars at this traffic light coming from Warrington Crescent, Sutherland Avenue, Lauderdale Road, Randolph Avenue, Lanark Road and the petrol station, such that a seven-second green light doesn’t even begin to cover it!”

Essendine Mansions – update

Following our enquiries about the removal of satellite dishes, City West Homes tells us:

“I am happy to report that CWH will be removing the dish from the incorrect position at Essendine Mansions and installing a communal system in line with the planning restrictions to the block. The residents affected have been informed and we hope to be able to start works within the next month depending on the contractors lead in period.”

Sutherland Avenue

We have asked the Road Safety Team to investigate this issue:

I live on Sutherland Avenue and have noticed increasing road rage and speeding down this road recently. My guess is that the 20mile an hour on the side streets have had a knock on effect on the main road. Given that there are several schools and plenty of families with small children in this neighbourhood, would the council please consider making this 20 mile an hour too. This would reduce the angry motorists who want to use this as a thoroughfare. Twice now I have pulled over to park in front of my flat and have been victim to two incidents of harassment from motorists.  The speed signs don’t do anything to reduce the speeding, the cars and vans just drive past at frightening speeds.  The zebra crossings on this road as also hazardous as the motorists don’t want to stop at them.”

We have also made enquiries with Network homes about re-pollarding two Lime trees located within the front garden of 89 Sutherland Avenue.

25 more ‘Nightmare Stories’ from City West Homes

In January 2018, we unveiled a dossier of ’20 Nightmare Stories from City West Homes’. The reaction to this from tenants and leaseholders was overwhelming, with many more ‘nightmare stories’ coming to light from all over Westminster. Residents are angry with the very poor performance of City West Homes, particularly following the recent debacles over the new call centre and the repairs contract.

We have followed this up with ‘25 More Nightmare stories from City West Homes’ with details of:

  • Continued long waits on the telephone to report problems to the CWH call centre
  • Failure to deal with emergencies quickly
  • Lack of communication between CWH and its tenants and leaseholders
  • Poor communications between CWH and its contractors
  • Failure of CWH to return calls from tenants and leaseholders
  • Broken appointments by CWH contractors

https://labourwestminster.wordpress.com/2018/03/07/labour-launch-further-report-on-25-more-nightmare-stories-from-city-west-homes/

Welcome for extra police on the beat

We have welcomed 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 announcement that he is creating a brand new £45million fund to help young Londoners who are at risk of getting caught up in crime. The Mayor’s new Young Londoners Fund will see £15m invested in each of the next three years, beginning from April. Of the total new funding, £10million a year will make up a new fund into which local communities, charities and schools will be able to bid for funds, and £5million a year will be invested to scale up existing projects funded from City Hall that are already supporting young Londoners.

In addition, over 1,800 people have signed Westminster Labour’s petition to halt the Government’s further £400 million cuts to the Metropolitan Police budget.

The petition to Parliament, https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/203543, runs until 27th April.

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

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Maida Vale Labour Action Report - March 2018

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 Park Road and Shirland Road.  One of the (orange) lights on the belisha beacons is still completely out of action.  And the original black and white stripes on the road are now practically indistinguishable.”

 “Please could the zebra crossing on Shirland Road next to Brown’s chemist and Kilburn Park Lane be repainted. It is in constant use and is barely visible. It could cause an accident if a driver failed to see it was a crossing.”

We are told that Brent will be renewing the white lines and upgrading the belisha beacons.

Kilburn Park Road

We have asked the Council to investigate this issue with their colleagues in Brent:

“I walked westward along Kilburn Park Road from Dibdin House towards Kilburn Park Station last Saturday. Both sides of the road were lined with parked tipper lorries, queuing to enter the Gloucester House and Durham Court demolition site. There must have been at least a dozen lorries, queuing all the way back to the Maida Vale junction, including one lorry on the zigzags in front of the Kilburn Park Road zebra crossing, which greatly obstructed my visibility as I tried to cross the road – it was impossible for me to see oncoming vehicles or for them to see me. More lorries were joining the queue every minute.”

Essendine Mansions

We are helping residents resolve outstanding issues with City West Homes.

Randolph Gardens

We have asked the Council to remove a dumped mattress in Randolph Gardens.

Labour’s Five Point Plan for CityWest Homes

Residents are angry with the very poor performance of CityWest Homes. Service standards have clearly deteriorated after Conservative council cuts to the housing management budget, the closure of local estate offices and the bungled introduction of a new call centre and repairs contract.

A Labour Council would immediately put CityWest on notice so that if its performance does not rapidly improve it will be stopped from managing the council’s properties.

  • From day one, Labour will take action to end the repairs crisis and improve the way CityWest treats residents.
  • 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. 

Building genuinely affordable homes

If Labour win the Council we will create a new type of affordable housing –  Westminster Key Worker Homes. We will commit that, in addition to social housing, all new affordable housing built on council land will be at rents that are affordable to residents on average and below average incomes. We will ensure that these homes are focused on providing opportunities for long-standing residents of Westminster and key workers such as nurses, teachers, firefighters and the police.

Keeping the Council Tax low

If elected in May Westminster, Labour will keep Council Tax low. Labour will support the current proposals by the Council for a freeze in the Council Tax rate and a 2% rise in the adult social care precept in 2018/19. If elected, we will not raise the council tax and adult social care precept by any more than the Conservatives have over recent years.

Council Tax is always an emotive issue. 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 also has a long-track record of under-investing in its public services and its upcoming budget plans to cut over £3 million from services for children and young people and £2 million from rough sleeping and supported housing.

Due the impact of crippling Conservative Government cuts to local council funding, Westminster Conservatives have raised the Council Tax (including the adult social care precept) every year since 2016.

Giving residents a powerful voice in the planning process

For too long Westminster Conservatives have treated residents as an afterthought in a planning process geared towards the needs of major developers. If elected to run the Council in May, Labour will radically reform how the planning system operates to put residents first.

Labour’s reforms include:

  • Giving residents the right to speak at Planning committee meetings to present their case. Westminster is virtually alone amongst local authorities in preventing residents from doing so.
  • Providing more information explaining how the planning system works, including jargon busting, to help residents find the relevant information that explain what is being proposed for their area and have their say. The Council would also use social media to encourage resident engagement on key decisions.
  • Establishing a ‘Design Panel for Westminster’ to allow professional architects, other experts and interested residents to give external advice to planning committees on design aspects of major planning proposals.
  • Creating a new Strategic Projects Planning committee with a larger than normal membership to prevent major applications being dominated by the whims of over-powerful individual Councillors such as Tory Deputy Leader Cllr Robert Davis.

Labour’s pledge on Cleaner Streets

Mattresses and other household objects dumped on our street corners have become an all too common a sight. A Labour council will rigorously focus on fly-tipping and bulky waste dumping and we have made a number of commitments that will help tackle the problem. If elected in May 2018:

  • Labour will urgently reform the fees and charges for bulky waste collection, restoring a ‘first time free’collection and reducing costs for standard collections.
  • We will develop a new ‘express collection’bulky waste removal service.
  • We will look further at the use of mobile cameras to help enforcement at fly-tipping hotspots and at ways to increase fines for dumping.
  • As part of our support for a new Private Renters Charter we will improve the information provided to landlords, letting agents and tenants.
  • We will provide a smartphone App to make it easier for residents to make use of the Council’s ‘report it’ service, helping further target the worst affected areas.

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


Maida Vale Ward Labour Action Report - Feb 18

 

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 entry system in Falkirk House is still not working. It’s been out of action for months. As a result, the doors are left unlocked allowing anyone to walk into the block. People complain of anti-social behavior
  • Some people in Glasgow House are still relying on temporary boilers and heaters as the gas has not been reconnected.

St Augustine’s Primary School

Councillor Rita Begun was happy to help the School with preparing their Travel Plan and very pleased that the Parking Department received this letter:

“I am writing on behalf of the Parents, Staff and Goveronors to thank you for the support given by your department in ensuring the safety of our pupils and their families as they make their way to and from the school. This takes the form of assisting in the preparation of our School Travel Plan, with Carla Lowe being especially mentioned, and of course the regular attendance of the Marshals who ensure compliane with the regulations on Kilburn Park Road and the adjacent streets.”

Paddington Rec

We are delighted that the new lighting has been installed in Paddington Rec – a very good way to spend some of the Ward Budget.

Maida Vale replacement bus stop

Following our enquiries with the Council and TfL over many months, we have been told: “The new stop is being proposed immediately south of the junction with Vale Close for the southbound bus service.”

Cleaning up Westminster’s Planning system

We have pledged to clean up Westminster’s Planning system if we are elected at the Council elections on 3rd May.

There is a clear perception that senior Conservative Councillors have very close relationships with developers. For example, the Conservative Deputy Leader of the Council, Councillor Robert Davis, has disclosed that since the start of 2015 he has received hospitality related to his role as a City Councillor from developers, big business and other interests a record 514 times. This equates to a staggering 14 cases of declarable hospitality a month, peaking at 47 cases in December 2016. We believe that such an approach does not help build public trust that the Council will put the needs of residents before those of property developers and business interests.

If elected to run the Council in May, Labour will engage with industry representatives in open settings to share views and push for residents’ priorities, but we will do so whilst working to achieve the highest standards. Labour commits that:

  • Labour Cabinet Members and Councillors will not accept hospitality from individual developers and their agents.
  • Labour will require the Council to formally record all meetings between Cabinet Members and developers when discussing individual schemes. There will always be an officer present.
  • A record of these meetings will be posted on the Council website within two weeks.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/feb/19/westminster-councillor-received-gifts-and-hospitality-514-times-in-three-years?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+main+NEW+H+categories&utm_term=264724&subid=12834692&CMP=EMCNEWEML6619I2

Policing 

There is a new Chief Superintendent in charge of Westminster Police and we hope to meet with him soon to discuss his plans. We will keep arguing for more police to keep our streets safe and for the Government to halt the cuts to the Metropolitan Police budget. In particular:

  1. There have been huge real-terms cuts to policing budgets across the country. In London alone, £700 million has been cut from the Met Police’s budget.
  2. These cuts mean that in London, we’ve lost 2,495 Police officers and 3,261 Police Community Support Officers.
  3. The Met Police still needs to find a further £370 million of savings by 2022 – meaning police numbers could fall below 27,500 by 2021 – the lowest level since 2002.

We have started a petition to stop the police cuts https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/203543


WATCH: Labour fielding an EU citizen candidate for local elections

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: