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Westminster South Labour Action Reports - late April 2018

PIMLICO, SOHO, MARYLEBONE AND WEST END ACTION REPORT – LATE APRIL 2018

News from Westminster’s Labour Councillors

Soho GP practice

We have written to Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, to ask him to take action to save the Soho GP practice:

“We are writing to you to express our deep concerns over the ongoing situation at the Soho Square GP practice and the failure of the contract between the Central London CCG and the operator Living Care Medical Services. 

All the undertakings given by the operator in December 2017 have not been met. The GPs that had been working at the practice have left and been replaced by locums, which have on several occasions resulted in the practice having no medical staff who could see patients or authorise repeat prescriptions.

We are very concerned at the failure of the CCG to deal with these problems and call on you to investigate the serious issues at the Soho Square practice and difficulties in working with the CCG. We also urge you to request the Care Quality Commission to arrange an inspection of the Soho Square practice as soon as possible and to report to you with their findings as a matter of urgency.”

Berwick Street

We have asked the Council to urgently look into the situation behind the closure of what is believed to be the oldest shop in Soho – the lighting shop W Stich on Berwick Street (http://www.wsitch.co.uk/ ). This reinforces the need for urgent action on rates and rents for SMEs on Berwick Street and across the West End as a whole.

We have also asked the Council to fix a bent sign post on the pavement on Berwick Street, just north of the junction with Broadwick Street.

Green’s Court

We have asked City West Homes to take action to deal with mould and damp in a flat in Green’s Court.

Dufour’s Place

We are again supporting residents in Dufour’s Place who are battling with Soho Housing Association to allow them to control the heating in their flats. Residents say:

‘The building is already over-heating and with temperature increases forecast this week the boiler does not need to be on 24 hours a day. As has already been established, it is unnecessary for it to run 24 hours a day; even in winter. If the system was networked this adjustment could be easily achieved without incurring call out costs for a visit to the Plant Room”

Dolphin Square

The Twentieth Century Society has objected to the Westbrook proposals for Dolphin Square. They say:

“The Twentieth Century Society strongly objects to this application which will cause  harm to the significance of the Dolphin Square conservation area. The Society considers Dolphin Square to be of substantial historic and architectural significance. Dolphin Square is an impressive example of a type of large scale urban living which was pioneering for its day.  The self contained nature of the development, the first in Britain, continues to be unusual.  The building is remarkably intact, still displaying a subtle 1930s charm.  The proposals will irrevocably damage its heritage significance.

Dolphin Square has been recognised as an unlisted building of merit and heritage asset as it forms the majority of the built area of the Dolphin Square Conservation Area designated in 1990.  The conservation is designated entirely because of the significance of Dolphin Square. The demolition of Rodney House represents the loss of a substantial amount of the built area of the conservation area and the demolition of the top storey and replacement with two storeys that do not resemble the current form will affect almost all the remainder of the conservation area. The proposals in the current planning application also envisage the loss of the historic shopping parade, the loss of the original recreational centre and the related garden areas.”

Ponsonby Place

We have asked Peabody to investigate this issue:

“The communal TV aerial in Ponsonby Place was taken down carelessly in February. Since then many people in the entire terrace of houses have not had TV, and although Marysmith House (17 homes) have had a temporary aerial installed, many tenants there do not get several channels. Some people further up the terrace from 61 to 77 and beyond have no TV whatsoever, and in the meantime are paying their full TV licence.  

Despite scaffolding going up to replace the roof, Peabody have failed to replace the aerial and this has resulted in dozens of phone calls being made to the Housing Association who have not resolved the issue. Now that the scaffolding has come down, are they (as they have promised weeks ago) going to get the aerial contractors to send a cherry picker around to replace the aerial, or continue to leave tenants without their TV?”

Baltimore Court, Vauxhall Bridge Road

We have asked Peabody to deal with mould and damp in the kitchen in a flat in Baltimore Court.

Edric House, Page Street

We have asked City West Homes to repair a long-standing water leak in Edric House.

Smith Square

We were disappointed to hear about plans to close St John’s, Smith Square. In a commentary for The Times, Richard Morrison describes the plans as a cultural tragedy. He writes: “The venue is St John’s, Smith Square in the heart of Westminster. Bombed almost to oblivion in 1941, it was restored as a concert hall in the 1960s and has hosted more than 300 events in a year ever since. Closing this beautiful building now would no only be bad for music, it would also be an indefensible betrayal of the far-sighted donors who rescued it half a century ago.”

John Adam Street

Following our enquiry about cars parking on the pavement and causing damage, the Council has told us:

“I can confirm a site meeting has been arranged with a Highways Inspector to identify any immediate defects required. During this visit we will assess feasible long-term solutions to alleviate the repeated repairs required.”

Maiden Lane

We are continuing to liaise with local residents and businesses who are opposed to Capco’s plans to divert traffic down Maiden Lane.

Upper Berkeley Street

We have reported this issue to the Parking Department:

“I would like to complain about the number of Uber and Addison Lee cars that park outside my flat on Upper Berkeley Street during the day but mainly weekends. They continually have there engines running, talk loudly on their phones and the Parking Enforcement Officers just walk buy them. They are parking their without paying their fee and nothing is done. There also seems to be an upsurge in manned private cars where drivers wait while their owners go shopping or visiting again without paying their fee.

My main bug bare is the Tuk Tuk taxis that continue along Upper Berkeley Street with their music blaring out no matter what time or day.”

The Parking Department say:

“As part of their normal patrols, we will ask marshals to pay particular attention to the points raised, and enforce in line with our published policies and procedures.  I have also spoken with my colleagues in TfL who deal with the taxi trade and its compliance, to see if they can support.”

Harewood Avenue

We have met with residents on the Blandford Estate to discuss the continuing problems caused by taxi drivers queueing along Harwood Avenue with their engines running. Residents say that 6am to 10am is really bad, when taxis queue around the corner. We have continued to press the press the Council to take action.

Tate Gallery

Young people can take advantage of a new Tate Gallery scheme offering them exhibition entry for £5 after research found they were being priced out of its galleries. The Tate Collective, for those aged 16 to 25, is free to join and includes discounts at Tate cafes and shops. Members can bring up to three friends for £5 each.

http://www.tate.org.uk/tate-collective

And another 25 more ‘Nightmare Stories from City West Homes’

We have issued a new dossier of another 25 more ‘Nightmare Stories from City West Homes’ this year, following our first report in January 2018, which included 20 Nightmare Stories, and our second report in March with details of 25 more Nightmare Stories.

Once again, we have had reports from tenants and leaseholders living right across Westminster – from Pimlico to Paddington, from the West End to Westbourne – all expressing anger at the incompetent and heartless way in which City West Homes treats its 22,000 tenants and leaseholders.

Service standards have deteriorated badly following 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.

In 2018, it is hard to believe the almost Dickensian situation some people have to live in and which is summed up by this report about a 70 year old woman in Dowland Street, Queen’s Park who “has been without electricity for 6 weeks. Contractors turn up and never finish the job. She is now lighting her flat with candles.”

We will immediately put CityWest on notice so 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

https://labourwestminster.wordpress.com/2018/04/18/and-another-25-more-nightmare-stories-from-city-west-homes/

Westbourne Terrace – Update

Following our enquiries about coaches using Westbourne Terrace, TfL say:

Currently, only the A6 is authorised to use Westbourne Terrace. We have contacted National Express, who operate the A1, to advise them that they must remind their drivers that there is a designated overnight route that avoids Westbourne Terrace. If there are repeated incidents where this Isn’t being followed please report it to us on 0343 222 1234 or at tfl.gov.uk/contact so that we can take action with the operator. We are already in discussion with Westminster City Council and National Express to move both routes to Eastbourne Terrace once Crossrail complete their works, and remove the diversion, at the end of this year.”

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

Standing up for our EU residents

In the EU referendum in 2016, Westminster voted overwhelmingly to Remain.

If elected in May, Westminster Labour will fight to support our EU residents at this difficult time by expanding EU residents’ access to specialist legal advice and support services.

We will also play an active role in challenging the Government’s attempts to weaken EU citizens’ rights and demand that all existing rights are retained in the future.

We will appoint a Council Champion for the issues facing EU nationals and create a working group of local residents from the EU27 to help address future issues.

EU citizens are eligible to vote in the Council Elections on Thursday 3rd May.

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

Problems paying Water Rates?

Thames Water is running a project with Citizens Advice Westminster to help people who are having problems paying their Water Rates. They can help to access hardship funds and apply for grants to pay off water rate debts. They will provide budgeting advice and negotiate regarding other household debts.

Contact the Gateway helpline 03003301191.

There is also an on-line enquiry form at:

www.westminstercab.org.uk/advice/online-enquiry

What you say

“I’m struck by the astonishing tenacity of your team of Councillors.  High standards of service to residents: investigation of issues large and small, measured reporting, dogged follow-up, regular reporting back to us, over a sustained period, all this on behalf of a large and diverse population, with good results achieved from a mainly well-meaning but often complacent Council.  Well done.”

I do very much appreciate your efforts in making the Westminster Council respond to the request of its residents and I believe you have achieved a great deal in making Westminster a better place to live in. The reading of your reports led me to decide to vote Labour.”

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

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Regards

 

Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg

Labour Business and Public Realm spokesperson

Promoted by and on behalf of Westminster Labour Party at 4G Shirland Mews, London W9 3DY


Churchill Ward Labour Action Report - April 2018



News from your Churchill Labour Action Team – Councillors Shamim Talukder and Jason Williams and Andrea Mann.

Belgravia Police Station

The Conservatives are trying to blame Mayor Sadiq Khan for the threatened closure of Belgravia Police Station. But the reason is that the Mayor’s funding for the police has been slashed by the Tory government – forcing the Met Police to find more than £600m of savings.

By contrast, Sadiq has committed an extra £60m to help reduce the impact of these cuts. And Westminster Labour is committed to protecting residents against crime and antisocial behaviour by fighting Tory police cuts and investing in the Council’s community protection work.

Don’t be fooled by the Westminster Conservatives. When it comes to Belgravia Police Station, the people they should be pointing a finger at is their own government.

You can read more about the government cuts to the Met Police and the Mayor’s response here: london.gov.uk/…/…/mayor-provides-additional-60m-for-policing – and sign the petition calling on the government to stop the cuts: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/203543)

Westbourne House, Ebury Bridge Estate

We have reported problems with the communal lighting at Westbourne House. City West Homes say:

“We tested the lights and found they were working without any flickering. However, in order to double check this issue, we have raised a job to check there are no problems with the sensor. We also found that the light outside Flat 3 was out of order and we have raised a job to renew this light”

Anson House

We reported a water leak in the basement of Anson House.

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

City West Homes

We have been talking to residents in Churchill Gardens and heard yet more nightmare stories about CityWest Homes. Here are two recent examples of the poor service from City West Homes:

My elderly mother in Churchill Gardens has water coming in from the ceiling whenever it rains or snows. The repairs team send people around and as it is not a leak from the above flat they just say they will file a report. She has had repair men out on about 8-10 occasions and never is it resolved. It clearly needs a surveyor but this has never happened. This is a vulnerable old person who lives on her own and yet gets the usual response of go upstairs and speak to the people above (who also report water coming in!). She has had a litany of ‘we’ll call you back’ which they never do and when she calls back they claim there is no record of the call. She isn’t online so nothing is traceable! Shameless and shocking. Perhaps they are running down the services because the writing is on the wall for May! 

“Ms A’s ceiling collapsed on her as a result of a radiator flooding in the flat above her. She has had to put up with this and other issues in her flat, including the slabs outside her flat being dug up and left for months. She has made several trips to the office in Lupus Street only to be told to ring the call centre; when she does this, she doesn’t get any response or anyone to call round to investigate. Ms A has lived in Churchill Gardens for some decades, this is now affecting her health and it isn’t acceptable for her not to have received help when she has been trying to contact CWH over a number of weeks”

Problems paying Water Rates?

Thames Water is running a project with Citizens Advice Westminster to help people who are having problems paying their Water Rates. They can help to access hardship funds and apply for grants to pay off water rate debts. They will provide budgeting advice and negotiate regarding other household debts.

Contact the Gateway helpline 03003301191.

There is also an on-line enquiry form at:

www.westminstercab.org.uk/advice/online-enquiry.

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

Find out what we’re doing in your part of Churchill Ward

Check out the new Your Area section of our website to find out more about the work we have been doing, and the projects we’ve helped fund, in your part of Churchill Ward.

What you say

“I hope you’ll use the new powers to fine those who use the litter bins to dump their household waste, especially by the bus-stop in Claverton Street, Pimlico.”

Please let us know if there are any matters on which we can be of help.

regards

Councillors Shamim Talukder and Jason Williams and Andrea Mann

Your Churchill Ward Labour Action Team – Here to Help

info@churchillcouncillors.co.uk

 

Promoted by Robin McGhee on behalf of Andrea Mann, Shamim Talukder and Jason Williams at 4G Shirland Mews, London W9 3DY


Hyde Park Ward Labour Action Report - April 2018

News from the Hyde Park Ward Labour Action Team – Barbara Hainsworth, David Lumby and Judith Southern.

Praed Street 

We are taking up this issue with the Council and the London Taxi Drivers’ Association:

“I suggest someone takes a look at the taxis idling on Praed Street outside Paddington Station? There are many residences very nearby with pedestrians walking along all day, and it is already an extremely polluted road, without constant unnecessary diesel fumes adding to this.

I know that future taxis hopefully be greener, but it doesn’t mean they can’t just turn the engine off for now, or go round to the proper place round the back of the station. This is just a suggestion for quite a small, but really annoying, issue for anyone walking along that road. It could be something as easy as a few signs to remind drivers, as every time I’ve asked, they have always been very willing to turn their engines off.”

Westbourne Terrace – Update

Following our enquiries about coaches using Westbourne Terrace, TfL say:

Currently, only the A6 is authorised to use Westbourne Terrace. We have contacted National Express, who operate the A1, to advise them that they must remind their drivers that there is a designated overnight route that avoids Westbourne Terrace. If there are repeated incidents where this Isn’t being followed please report it to us on 0343 222 1234 or at tfl.gov.uk/contact so that we can take action with the operator. We are already in discussion with Westminster City Council and National Express to move both routes to Eastbourne Terrace once Crossrail complete their works, and remove the diversion, at the end of this year.”

Bayswater Road – update

Following our enquiries about the congestion along Bayswater Road, TfL say:

“The recent changes at this location are due to the completion of the East West Cycle Superhighway. The EWCSH now provides segregated cycle lanes and has been designed to greatly improve safety and comfort for cyclists by reducing their conflict with motorised traffic. In order to accommodate the new cycle lanes, we have had to rebalance road space, this has resulted in the removal of some space from road users including traffic lanes. Due to this reallocation of road space there has been an increase in travel time whilst all road users grow accustomed to the new junction layout. We will continue to review these timings, and make further changes if required to achieve the right balance for all of London’s competing demands.”

Residents say:

“I take little comfort in the TfL statement.  Yes, we all know it is due to the Superhighway installation (which is barely, if ever used, by the way), and I have little faith in their assertion that they will review the timings.  In addition to the delays on buses/vehicles, it takes for ever for pedestrians to cross the road now at Lancaster Gate.  I have seen too many people dashing across when the lights are against them, as they have run out of patience.  I fear an accident or fatality in due course.”

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

Problems paying Water Rates?

Thames Water is running a project with Citizens Advice Westminster to help people who are having problems paying their Water Rates. They can help to access hardship funds and apply for grants to pay off water rate debts. They will provide budgeting advice and negotiate regarding other household debts.

Contact the Gateway helpline 03003301191.

There is also an on-line enquiry form at:

www.westminstercab.org.uk/advice/online-enquiry.

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

“Enough to make me cross the floor! Nice to hear the ambition”

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

Regards

Barbara Hainsworth, David Lumby and Judith Southern

Your Hyde Park Ward Labour Action Team

Promoted by Robin McGhee on behalf of Barbara Hainsworth, David Lumby and Judith Southern all at 4g Shirland Mews, London W9 3DY


St James Ward Labour Action Report - April 2018

News from the Labour Action Team in Covent Garden, St James’s and Victoria – Zayna Ali, Dorothy Edwin and Georgina Newson.

Bedfordbury

We are making enquiries about this issue:

I live on Bedfordbury opposite what was Scotts the sandwich shop (corner of Bedfordbury and New Row) which has now closed and is being turned into The Flying Pie. Please could you tell me how to oppose any licensing applications that they may be making? Scotts used to close at tea time and if they intended to stay open in the evening it would not be good news”

Huguenot House

We have asked the Planning Enforcement Team to investigate a number of flats being used for Airbnb short let flats which it is believed are not authorised for short lets. We have also asked City West Homes to investigate. Residents say:

“A few months ago, I emailed on behalf of some of my neighbours at Huguenot House regarding short-lets of council-owned properties. You were able to direct that to the right place for some attention. I am glad to say that we seem to have had some slow-down in those. Unfortunately, some seem to be up and running again. I write today about two council-owned flats which are let out by CWH, and had been on our list earlier. 

This is a secured block owned by the council. We have fob-entry and a caretaker on site, and these fobs have to be handed out to the ‘guests’, some seemingly mailed in advance.  We have had problems in past with ‘guests’ letting in less-desirable elements as well as verbally abusing our own residents.”

John Adam Street

We have asked the Council to investigate this issue:

“As a resident in John Adam Street, I am continually concerned as to the condition of the south pavement. The street is narrow and used by commercial vehicles for deliveries. This causes vehicles to straddle the pavement to pass parked vehicles, resulting in considerable damage. These often get attention, (I suspect to avoid compensation claims) but not properly and remedial works are soon dislodged and broken. This is a significant danger for pedestrians. The answer should be to make the narrow area a no parking / delivery area. There is ample parking and delivery options 50 m further up the road, which are currently used for this purpose.”

The Roadhouse, Covent Garden

A month long campaign has been launched to save Covent Garden’s live music venue the Roadhouse, which is hosting a series of free live events as part of its #SaveRoadhouse campaign, raising awareness of its risk of closure by welcoming up and coming talent to perform. More than 11,000 people have signed a petition urging Westminster City Council to save the venue, which faces eviction later this year. The Rolling Stones star Bill Wyman and London’s Night Czar Amy Lame have given their support. The Roadhouse has entertained music fans from its premises in the basement of Jubilee Hall on The Piazza for 25 years.

https://www.standard.co.uk/go/london/bars/campaign-launched-to-save-covent-garden-live-music-venue-the-roadhouse-a3800521.html

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 Conservative 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

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

Problems paying Water Rates?

Thames Water is running a project with Citizens Advice Westminster to help people who are having problems paying their Water Rates. They can help to access hardship funds and apply for grants to pay off water rate debts. They will provide budgeting advice and negotiate regarding other household debts.

Contact the Gateway helpline 03003301191.

There is also an on-line enquiry form at:

www.westminstercab.org.uk/advice/online-enquiry.

Key worker housing – what you say

“I think the keyworker scheme for housing allocation would be a very good idea. Many of the firefighters working from Soho Fire Station live in Bridgend. Accommodating the police has two problems. They tend to feel uncomfortable living in an area where they police because it can cause conflict of interest problems. Often the police are reticent to engage with people outside the force. When I was asked to suggest suitable people for keyworker housing in Covent Garden I approached a police housing association giving them my full contact details but they never got back to me. It is probably hospital cleaners, porters, catering staff and similar who are essential and amongst the lowest paid that need to be those considered.”

What you say

“Thank you for the action report.”

If you know anybody who would like to receive this report please ask them to email pdimoldenberg@hotmail.co.uk and we will add them to the list.

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Regards

Zayna Ali, Dorothy Edwin and Georgina Newson

Your St James’s Ward Labour Action Team

stjameswardlabour@gmail.com

Twitter @StJamesLabour

Promoted by Robin McGhee on behalf of Zayna Ali, Dorothy Edwin and Georgina Newson at 4G Shirland Mews, London W9 3DY


Marylebone High Street Ward Labour Action Report - April 2018

 

News from Cheyenne Angel, Barbara Johnston and Florence Kettle, your Labour Action Team in Marylebone High Street Ward.

 

Cleveland Street

We are helping residents in Howard House who are having difficulties with anti-social behavior and have asked Genesis Housing to investigate.

Bolsover Street

We have asked the Council to replace a broken tree in Bolsover Street.

New Cavendish Street/Marylebone Street

We have asked the Council to replace a missing street sign on the corner of New Cavendish Street/Marylebone Street. Residents say:

“This has been missing (fell off) for two years. It’s been reported numerous times.”

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

Problems paying Water Rates?

Thames Water is running a project with Citizens Advice Westminster to help people who are having problems paying their Water Rates. They can help to access hardship funds and apply for grants to pay off water rate debts. They will provide budgeting advice and negotiate regarding other household debts

Contact the Gateway helpline 03003301191.

There is also an on-line enquiry form at:

www.westminstercab.org.uk/advice/online-enquiry.

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

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

 

regards

Cheyenne Angel, Barbara Johnston and Florence Kettle

Your Labour Action Team in Marylebone High Street Ward

Promoted by Robin McGhee on behalf of  Cheyenne Angel, Barbara Johnston and Florence Kettle, all at 4G Shirland Mews, London W9 3DY


Warwick Ward Labour Action Report - April 2018

News from Bren Albiston, Shelly Asquith and Andrew Taylor, your Warwick Ward Labour Action Team.


Charlwood Street

We have contacted Sanctuary Housing about this issue:

“I am a Sanctuary Housing Association tenant, and for some time (some years on and off) we have been having problems with raw sewage bubbling back into our toilet sink, and sometimes the toilet itself. This sewage is a mixture of kitchen sink effluent, washing machine content, and sometimes smells of toilet sewage. I rang Sanctuary maintenance on 28 March 2018 and impressed upon the call operator that this was an environmental health issue. I was finally told that I would be given an appointment by closing time tonight, but nothing has happened. It does seem to me that raw sewage poses a health threat, especially as the bedrooms are in the semi basement, at the same level as the toilet.”

Sanctuary told us:

“I can confirm that one of my colleagues has spoken with both Southern Drains and the tenant; an appointment has been agreed”

Residents comment:

“Thank you so very much for your help in getting our drains sorted. Less than 15 minutes after we received your email we had an appointment, with a choice of days and the main work was done today. As we thought the stack up to flats above was severely clogged and badly needed attention. As far as we remember, no such work has been carried out in the 37 years of my tenancy. We are sorry to have to rely on you on occasion for help with Sanctuary, but would like to tell you how grateful we are for your on-going support, and the care you provide to public housing tenants in Westminster.”

Winchester Street/Lupus Street

We have made enquiries with the Planning Department about this issue:

“Would Westminster Council give an update on this building that has been shrouded in grey boards for a number of years. The work for which, no doubt, planning permission was granted should have been completed and boarding dismantled some time ago. It is a disgrace and an eyesore and the pavement is largely obstructed. Could Westminster provide information on what issues are outstanding and when it is anticipated they will be resolved?”

The Planners say:

“There is an ongoing enforcement investigation open with regards to untidy land at 74 Lupus Street and the condition of the hoarding at this property. The existing hoarding was erected in 2012. The works on site has seen very little progress over the last few years but the owners have been making enquiries to the planning department regarding other proposals for the basement area. We have issued warning letters to the owners of the site of our intention to issue a Section 215 Notice requiring the land to be tidied-up.  I am also liaising with the Highways Department in order to seek the removal of the existing hoarding from the public highway.”

Hugh Street

We have asked the Environmental Health team to inspect a house in Hugh Street where the tenants have reported mice infestation.

Victoria Library

We have received this enquiry:

“I have been trying to track the progress of the promised Library in Victoria Street/Bressenden Place but only seem to see reasons for delays.  When I first viewed the plans I was more than sceptical that this part of the development would go ahead and still think that the council will opt for the payment once the plan has timed out.  I see it as highly unlikely that a public library and social housing will be welcome on such a ‘cash cow’ of a site and we will be fobbed off with more housing in the North of the borough and an ‘upgrade’ of a current library. “

Following our enquiries about the proposed new Victoria library as part of the Nova development, the Council has told us:

“Land Securities has until 30 September 2019 to implement the revised version of Permission 2 (which is three years from when the applicant took back the land from the Victoria Upgrade Scheme). The default position set out in the legal agreement is that the council would receive a payment in lieu of £6.92m (index linked) if the revised Permission 2 was not implemented and the library not provided.”

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

Problems paying Water Rates?

Thames Water is running a project with Citizens Advice Westminster to help people who are having problems paying their Water Rates. They can help to access hardship funds and apply for grants to pay off water rate debts. They will provide budgeting advice and negotiate regarding other household debts.

Contact the Gateway helpline 03003301191.

There is also an on-line enquiry form at:

www.westminstercab.org.uk/advice/online-enquiry.

Please let us know if we can be of help or assistance on any matters

 

Regards

Bren Albiston, Shelly Asquith and Andrew Taylor

Your Warwick Ward Labour Action Team

 

Promoted by Robin McGhee on behalf of Bren Albiston, Shelly Asquith and Andrew Taylor all at 4G Shirland Mews, London W9 3DY


Tachbrook Ward Labour Action Report - April 2018



News from Gillian Arrindell, Terry Harper and Will Thomson, your Tachbrook Ward Labour Action Team.

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

Lillington and Longmoore Gardens – Gardening Service

We have launched the following petition:

“We the undersigned, being residents of the Lillington & Longmoore Gardens Estate, wish to protest against the contracting out of the gardening service. The decision to privatise the service was taken without resident consultation, just as there was no resident consultation on the closure of the estate office, or the so-called “security” railings installation on Longmoore Gardens, which, in due course, is to be rolled out across Lillington Gardens. Due to the hard work of the in-house gardeners the estate has been awarded the coveted Green Flag for the 11th year running. The gardening team offer invaluable support to the allotment holders and to those who volunteer to run the children’s gardening club. They also facilitate the annual Open Garden Squares Event. We therefore ask that Westminster City Council and CityWest Homes, place the same value as the residents do on the gardening team, rethink their decision and keep the gardening service in-house.”

Dolphin Square

We have written to Westminster City Council to object to Westbrook’s planning application for Dolphin Square on the following grounds:

  • The planning application is contrary to Westminster Unitary Plan policy H2 which opposes the development of short-term let residential property because of the acute shortage of full-time residential accommodation.The planning application seeks to increase the number of serviced apartments from 124 to 205 serviced apartments, almost double the existing. Nowhere in the planning application is the Use Class C1 referred to, despite the serviced apartments in the Dolphin House hotel clearly falling into this category since they are available by the night as apartment hotel units.
  • The proposed new building to replace Rodney House will be out of scale with the surroundings and will interfere particularly with the easterly view of the listed terrace in St George’s Square and St Saviour’s church.
  • The plans seek to replace the internal Dolphin Square shopping arcade with large retail units along Chichester Street which will have a profound adverse effect on the character of the Conversation Area. Also, the shops are likely to attract mainly secondary food take-away outlets due to the general retail shopping downturn. This will have a negative effect on the Conservation Area and provide unhealthy food facilities for children attending Pimlico Academy on the other side of Chichester Street.
  • The Dolphin Square Gardens are already used by residents from the Pimlico area as there are no locked gates, except late at night. For Westbrook to claim that making the gardens ‘public’ would be a gain to the community is clearly false.

Bessborough Place

Following the snow in February and March, residents asked us to contact Peabody to urge them to improve the gritting on the pavements and roads. Peabody has now told us the following:

“Regrettably, Tenon, our cleaning contractor at Bessborough Place did not adequately grit the property. When we inspected and found this to be the case, our in house caretaking team attended site to improve the situation. We have met with Tenon to discuss their performance and confirm what we expect during periods of heavy snowfall. A plan is now in place to ensure a more wide spread gritting programme if the bad weather returns. Thank you for bringing this matter to our attention”

Henry Wise House

We have reported a water leak outside Henry Wise House to City West Homes who have told us the following:

“Wehave relayed the constant on-going issue for our residents to Thames Water. Residents have been suffering as a consequence of failures to the burst water mains at Henry Wise House. Thames Water say they are dealing with Emergency situations across all of London off the back of two week’s severe weather across all of London.I can assure you we are doing everything we can and will follow up on this daily.”

Claverton Street 

We have raised this issue with City West Homes: 

“I have asked a number of times as to why the street properties in Claverton Street have not been decorated external for over ten years, and can never get a reply just avoidance of the topic, and consequently the houses are looking very sad, neglected and shabby. They were due to be done when Pimlico School was being demolished and rebuilt, so it was decided that due to the dust – the procedure would be delayed and then commenced once the school was finished. Well it hasn’t as yet been done!!!!”

Malcolmson House 

We are helping residents in Malcolmson House housing issues and have written to Peabody. 

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

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

Dolphin Square – what you say

“Westbrook’s proposal does nothing to increase the availability of affordable housing in Westminster.  For the duration of the works, which are almost certain to exceed the 5 years projected by Westbrook, the health and well-being of Dolphin Square residents, residents of neighbouring housing and pupils and staff at the Pimlico Academy, is likely to suffer.

While the new homes proposed may be decent, they are unlikely to be affordable to the majority of people who live or work in Westminster, even those earning twice the national average income.The plans envisage Dolphin Square becoming a collection of apartments let on short-term term contracts, with the erosion of the existing community, which will be replaced by a transient population with no stake in the neighbourhood.”

What you say

“Thank you so very much for dealing with this and also chasing – much appreciated indeed!”

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

 Regards

 

Gillian Arrindell, Terry Harper and Will Thomson,

Your Tachbrook Ward Labour Action Team – Here to Help

 

tachbrook.labour@gmail.com

Promoted by and on behalf of Westminster Labour Party at 4G Shirland Mews, London W9 3DY


Vincent Square Ward Labour Action Report - April 2018

News from Justin Maynard, Ananthi Paskaralingam and Henry Tufnell, your Labour Action Team in Vincent Square Ward.

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

Ponsonby Place 

We have asked the Council to improve the refuse collection service in Ponsonby Place. Residents say: 

“When I walk the dog I regularly pick up rubbish left outside in sacks that are ripped open with content blown on to the street. There are Primary and Secondary Schools nearby and lots of tourists are passing through this street towards the Tate.” 

Greycoat Place 

We are helping a local business who has been subjected to a large increase in Business Rates, we believe wrongly, and have given him details of how to appeal to the Valuation Office.

Willow Place

We have contacted Network Homes following complaints from residents in Willow Place that the Rubbish Chute was blocked.

Abady House, Page Street

We have asked the Parking Department to contact a resident Abady House about making an application for a disabled parking bay.

Tothill House, Page Street

We reported a constantly ringing alarm bell to City West Homes and asked the problem be fixed.

Grosvenor and Regency Estates

Grosvenor & Regency residents have voted to reject City West Homes’initial proposal for a Residents Voice estate-wide group but they will continue to work with CWH to refine. They say:

“At meeting tonight to hear CWH proposal for an estate wide resident group to monitor CWH performance. Not impressed that CWH refusing to give Resident’s Committee any financial support to coordinate over 800 flats. Back to drawing board.” 

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 

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

What you say 

“Many thanks for this latest update and for looking into my concerns about beggars outside the Sainbury’s in Marsham Street.  We are seeing far fewer beggars since your intervention.” 

“Thank you. Nice to hear from the team and regularly.  Will certainly vote Labour come the May elections.”

“Thank you once again for following up. I find it incredible that they’ve contrived to make this so complicated. I will be voting Labour in the local elections. I am a life-long Labour voter (since 1983) who occasionally flirts with the Greens” 

“Yourpledges here are welcome – particularly those for:

  • building genuinely affordable homes;
  • tackling the City West Homes debacle; and
  • giving residents a powerful voice in the planning process.”

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Regards

 

Justin Maynard, Ananthi Paskaralingam and Henry Tufnell,

YourLabour Action Team in Vincent Square Ward

vsq@westminsterlabour.co.uk


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!!”

If you do not wish to continue to receive this newsletter you can unsubscribe below.

Regards

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

Your Queen’s Park Ward Labour Team – Here to Help

Promoted by and on behalf of Westminster Labour Party at 4G Shirland Mews, London W9 3DY


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.”

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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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