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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.”
We are helping residents resolve outstanding issues with City West Homes.
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 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
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.”
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.
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:
- 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.
- These cuts mean that in London, we’ve lost 2,495 Police officers and 3,261 Police Community Support Officers.
- 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
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: