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St John's Wood Labour Action Report - May 2018

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

News from Hussain Ahmed, Janet Seale and Liam Taggart, your Regent’s Park Ward Labour Candidates

And Sam Gardner, Phillida Inman and Connor Jones, your Abbey Road Ward Labour Candidates

Grove End Road

We have asked the Road Safety Team to look in to this issue:

“Residents in Scott Ellis Gardens have raised the problem of there not being a pedestrian crossing across Grove End Road at or near the St John’s Wood Road Lord’s Cricket Ground bus stop (stop H). Lots of people, including commuters in a rush and elderly people looking to use the bus, cross Grove End Road at this point (rather than at the junction with St John’s Wood Road) and at present it’s very dangerous.”

Lorne Close 

We have asked the Council to investigate these issues:

“Residents living on the estate on Lorne Close have complained about the maintenance of the road before the entrance gates to the estate. Rubbish dumped on the side of the street is not removed quickly and the cobbled area in front of Park Lorne is often full of rubbish. Also, the Lorne Close sign was vandalised with graffiti some weeks ago and this has still not been removed.”

Acacia/Ordnance Roads

We have asked the Street Cleaning Team to investigate this issue:

“I live near the corner of Acacia and Ordnance.  We are in desperate need of more bins in this area.  There are too many people who use Acacia Road as a thoroughfare because of the tube station and many dog walkers in the area. There is nowhere to put waste on that street and it ends up under trees and on fences, front walls, etc.”

Bronwen Court

We have asked City West Homers to investigate this long-standing issue:

“We still have issues from the disastrous and costly major works carried out in 2014-15.At the time, we had several burglaries from the insecure scaffolding, and the repairs were of seriously low quality, even though the extortionate bills were never reduced, and forced some families, some who had lived there since pre-War, to sell to pay them off.Just this week contractors have contacted me, again, to inspect snagging, for at least the 4th time.”

Maida Vale

We have contacted A2 Dominion Housing Association about a missing drain cover and some broken tiles outside the entrance to a flat on Maida Vale.

Lodge Road/Oak Tree Road area

We have asked the Parking Team to investigate these issues:

“I write to you with an on-going issue we face as residents. Can we have better controls like on Match days so that residents like myself who pay for resident permit can actually park our cars in resident bays. Currently it’s free to park on resident bays after 18.30 weekdays and all day on weekends. Can we have that extended to midnight on festive days and match days, allowing residents to have priority on the parking available?” 

St John’s Wood Road

We have asked the Highways Team to investigate this issue

“The drainage grid is in St John’s Wood Road is blocked/defective and causes a huge pool of water that spreads way out into the road. Cars splash people on the pavement.   The large puddle also blocks the pedestrian crossing. This is also a hazard when cricket is staged at Lord’s as thousands of fans move through this junction and could be inconvenienced when raining. This has been reported many times, but real action has not been taken. I hope you people can pressure the right people at Westminster Council to take action. “

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

What you say

“Well done and thank you for being on so many cases for us”

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

Regards

 

Hussain Ahmed, Janet Seale and Liam Taggart,

Your Regent’s Park Ward Labour Candidates

regentsparklabour@gmail.com

 

Sam Gardner, Phillida Inman and Connor Jones

Your Abbey Road Ward Labour Candidates

Promoted by Andrew Whitley on behalf of Hussain Ahmed, Janet Seale and Liam Taggart, and Sam Gardner, Phillida Inman and Connor Jones, all at 4G Shirland Mews, London W9 3DY


Tachbrook Ward Labour Action Report - May 2018

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gillian Arrindell said:

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

Terry Harper said

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

Will Thomson said:

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

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

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

https://labourwestminster.wordpress.com/2018/05/01/tachbrook-conservatives-abandon-dolphin-square-residents-and-cave-in-to-westbrook/

Housing issues

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Labour’s Five Point Plan for CityWest Homes

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

https://labourwestminster.wordpress.com/2018/05/01/even-more-nightmare-stories-from-city-west-homes-another-20-more-stories-and-only-a-change-of-control-at-westminster-council-will-make-a-difference/

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

 What you say

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

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

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

Regards

 

Gillian Arrindell, Terry Harper and Will Thomson,

Your Tachbrook Ward Labour Candidates – Here to Help

tachbrook.labour@gmail.com

Promoted by Robin McGhee on behalf of Gillian Arrindell, Terry Harper and Will Thomson all at 4G Shirland Mews, London W9 3DY


West End Ward Labour Action Report - May 2018

 

News from the Labour Action Team in Soho, Fitzrovia and Mayfair – Pancho Lewis, Patrick Lilley and Caroline Saville

SOHO

Silver Place

We have asked the Council to investigate this issue:

“Last week one of the two lampposts in Silver Place was removed. Residents of Silver Place are anxious that it be replaced quickly. As you may know, there have been several break-ins in the last year in the immediate vicinity of this lamppost. Its absence is leaving that end, the western end, of Silver Place alarmingly dark.”

Denman Street

Following our enquiries, Sanctuary Housing has conformed that it will be replacing the broken glass in the doors and replacing the broken lift lights.

Wardour Street

Residents have told us of their unhappiness at the closure of another local shop due to a huge rent increase:

“I’ve just come back from Wardour News with this morning’s Guardian and bad news.  After 34 years the shop is closing at the end of May because the landlord is asking for a 50% rent increase. I’m both angry and depressed.  I don’t know who the landlord is, but 50% is excessively greedy and socially irresponsible. I like going there. There’s a wide variety of newspapers, a dazzling display of glossy magazines, and a friendly staff.  It’s part of our Soho neighbourhood and I’ve been happy to buy my newspaper there at full price rather than save a bit with coupons at Tesco.”

“Heartbroken to hear that they are having to close Wardour News due to rent increases in Soho. They opened the shop 34 years ago and he’s been one of the greatest stockists of fashion magazines ever! Truly gutted this has happened to one of the nicest human beings”

FITZROVIA

Hanson Street – what you say

“City West, they blighted the lives of people living in Hanson Street (where I live) for nearly a year in 2015 because the major repairs took so long. The contractor didn’t have skilled staff, and the quality of the work was appalling. I wrote this article for Fitzrovia news at the time:

City West Homes has poorly managed this maintenance programme and blighted people’s lives

I had a meeting with the CEO and he seemed to want to put things right. But to be honest, I have little confidence in the organisation as a whole. Interestingly, scaffolding has just gone back up on one of the City West buildings in Hanson Street that Axis worked on. “

Portland Place

We are supporting parents of children at schools in Portland Place who are concerned about road safety. Parents say:

“There are five schools in Portland Place, many with very small children (L’Ecole International Franco-Anglaise, Abercorn School, Portland Place School, Queen’s College Preparatory School and Southbank School). Road safety on Portland Place is unacceptable.”

Petition Links:

Overall safety review and request for Pelican Crossings/Pedestrian Light Sequence at the following locations:

  • Portland Place and New Cavendish Street (north side)
  • Portland Place Weymouth Street (south side)
  • Devonshire Street and Portland Place (south side)

http://petitions.westminster.gov.uk/safer-portlandpl/

Extension of time for pedestrians on pelican crossing at A501 and Park Crescent

http://petitions.westminster.gov.uk/lights-ParkCres/

Expanding current 20mph speed limit trials in Marylebone to include Portland Place

http://petitions.westminster.gov.uk/20mph-PortlandPl/

Queen Anne Street

Following our enquiries about a broken tree in Queen Anne Street, the Council’s Tree Officer tells us:

“I think we may have to wait until the autumn to replace this tree. It’s actually quite an unusual species of birch and only available from Hiller nurseries. I’ve asked our contractor to try an obtain one but been told that there are none available in the size we need until the autumn.”

MAYFAIR

Grosvenor Square Gardens

Residents have contacted us to raise concerns about the Grosvenor Estate’s plans for 15 commercial events a year. Residents say:

“Noise from Grosvenor Square Gardens reaches as far as the Brown Hart Gardens area and via Duke Street to Weighhouse Street, as well as going down other streets that actually lead off Grosvenor Square. We know this from when there were demonstrations penned against the hedges of the gardens – the noise arrived in Brown Hart Gardens, Balderton Street, Lumley Street. Demos restricted to the eastern end cause noise problems in Duke Street, Brown Hart Gardens, Weighouse Street.

Grosvenor wants to hold commercial events, 15 per year, which will probably be concentrated in the warmer months. They do not say how many unlicensed events they will hold, or how many non-commercial. Nor do they define ‘commercial’, but in Berkeley Square they hire out to private upmarket parties, causing noise nuisance, traffic problems, and damaging the grass.

Grosvenor Square should be a tranquil green space, not an events venue. Night time lights and noise will cause disturbance to wildlife as well as damaging residential amenity.”

North Mayfair

We are working with residents to investigate these issues:

“There are a lot of things that need looking into, for instance enforcement of weight restrictions on roads, vehicle idling, lack of traffic enforcement officers in some areas, bikes being chained to railings posts trees and other places, Oxford Street needs improvements/repairs. These are just a few of many problems facing residents and visitors in Mayfair.”

WEST END WIDE ISSUES

Oxford Street – where we stand

We continue to oppose the pedestrianisation of Oxford Street because residents’ concerns have not been answered by Westminster Council’s leaders, by Transport for London (TfL) nor by the Mayor of London.

Westminster Council are entirely responsible for Oxford Street. The plans could never have got this far in the face of residents’ fears without Conservative Council leaders fully supporting it.

We oppose the plans; they should be paused and all options remain on the table. We believe there has been:

  • insufficient information or planning on traffic displacement
  • a lack of ideas on how those with limited mobility will continue to enjoy Oxford Street
  • uncertainty on safety on Oxford Street at night
  • late night visitors to Soho needing buses would have to walk a few blocks north past Oxford Street increasing potential related ASB into Fitzrovia and other wards
  • the consultations appear to residents to be rushed and unprofessional. This has made residents fear they were not being listened to
  • ideas to improve Oxford Street need to include the whole area to reduce traffic, including how they could enhance life Fitzrovia, Mayfair and Soho and beyond.

Our position has consistently put residents of the West End first. For years of Conservative rule in Westminster residents have not been allowed a voice and the Council has had far too close a relationship with powerful property developers. The Conservatives had years to oppose pedestrianisation and put forward alternatives – and they have done nothing.

We have been listening to residents for over 2 years, having thousands of conversations. We have consistently said we would oppose the plans if residents’ genuine fears about traffic displacement are not addressed; if those with limited mobility are not able to access Oxford Street fully and if ASB is not reduced. We have raised these issue for many months with TfL and the Mayor.

It is now time to pause the scheme and continue to listen to residents. Failure to do so could ruin Oxford Street itself and the 1,000 businesses that are already threatened by out of town shopping malls and crippling rent and business rates.

Rushing could also ruin the wonderful character and lives of many in neighbouring areas of Fitzrovia, Soho and Mayfair who we seek to represent.

Residents want less pollution, cleaner air, less traffic and fewer accidents for the whole area, not just moving traffic around.

We have consistently passed on these concerns to TfL and the Mayor.  If elected we will continue to put residents of Soho, Fitzrovia and Mayfair at the heart of decisions, not the big property developers.

You can see the West End Extra’s report of our pledge at the recent election hustings:

http://westendextra.com/article/labour-candidates-oppose-sadiq-khan-over-oxford-street-pedestrianisation

Council Elections – Thursday 3rd May

You can read Andrew Murray’s latest ‘State of Soho’ blogs here:

https://stateofsoho.wordpress.com/2018/04/30/all-to-play-for/

https://stateofsoho.wordpress.com/2018/04/25/soho-manifestos-2018-local-elections/

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

What you say

“Very, very, very good luck this week”

“I think you guys are doing a great job of connecting with local people and getting your messages across. I’ve lived in Fitzrovia for nearly 10 years and I’ve never felt that local people were being listened to as much.”

“I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you.”

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.

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

Regards

Pancho Lewis, Patrick Lilley and Caroline Saville

West End Ward Labour Action Team

You can contact Pancho, Patrick and Caroline at

pancho.lewis@gmail.com

patricklilley@me.com

Saville.caroline@gmail.com

 

Promoted by Robin McGhee on behalf of Pancho Lewis, Patrick Lilley and Caroline Saville all at 4G Shirland Mews, London W9 3DY


Tachbrook Conservatives abandon Dolphin Square residents and cave in to Westbrook

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

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

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

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

Gillian Arrindell said:

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

Terry Harper said

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

Will Thomson said:

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

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

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

Promoted by Robin McGhee on behalf of Gillian Arrindell, Terry Harper and Will Thomson, all at 4g Shirland Mews, W9 3DY


Help us in Westminster North on polling day

HELP US WIN IN WESTMINSTER

We can make history in Westminster on Thursday 3rd May 2018! But we need your help to do this. We need to speak to residents across Westminster to make sure they go out and vote.

In Westminster North we are running 5 campaign centres. If you are able to come along, any time between 10am and 10pm on the 3rd May, please do!

If you've never campaigned before we will pair you up with somebody who has, so please don't worry about that.

BAYSWATER: 1 St Stephen's Mews, London W2 5QZ

LANCASTER GATE: Flat A Devonshire Court, 101-103 Gloucester Terrace, London W2 3HB

LITTLE VENICE: 16 Hall Tower, Hall Place, London W2 1LN

MAIDA VALE: 44 Delaware Mansions, Delaware Road, London W9 2LH

REGENT'S PARK: 25 Hamilton Gardens, London NW8 9PT, UK

 


St James's Labour Team join bid to save the Empire Cinema, Haymarket

Zayna Ali, Dorothy Edwin and Georgina Newson, Labour candidates for St James’s Ward, have given their support to the battle to save the Empire Cinema – formerly the Carlton – on Haymarket. This building is the only remaining major cinema of the inter-war years in London’s West End which is both substantially intact and in use as a cinema and should be listed.

SAVE and the Cinema Theatre Association are vigorously opposing an application from the freeholder of the site, The Crown Estate, for an official Certificate of Immunity from the listing of the building.  A Certificate of Immunity would allow the destruction of the interior of the 1927 cinema. Only the façade on the Haymarket has a measure of protection from the fact that it is in the Haymarket Conservation Area.

SAVE say:

“The Empire is the only grand Hollywood film palace left in the West End where patrons can still experience the glamour and splendour of the 1920s: a large foyer along the width of the whole building with festive neoclassical décor and elaborate stairs lead to the auditorium, bars and upper foyer, also lavishly decorated.

Though the stalls at the Empire have been subdivided into two smaller cinemas, the main screen still occupies the major part of the former auditorium. Its historic ceiling is virtually intact and the opulent decoration ingeniously integrates ventilation installations. Together with the highly ornamental frieze and elegant light fittings the space evokes the monumentality of Renaissance interiors. Hollywood film makers loved grandeur and show.” 


West End Ward Labour Action Report - Late April 2018

News from the Labour Action Team in Soho, Fitzrovia and Mayfair – Pancho Lewis, Patrick Lilley and Caroline Saville.

SOHO

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.

William Blake House, Dufour’s Place

We have asked City West Homes to investigate a number of issues raised by residents of William Blake House.

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”

Denman Street

We have written to Sanctuary Housing and asked that the following be repaired:

  • the door on the top floor has glass missing from the top panel
  • the light in the lift is not working 

Standing up for Soho’s Small Businesses

Small businesses are integral to Soho’s unique identity and heritage. But they’ve fallen victim to rising rents and rates. The Conservatives in Westminster Council have chosen to side with powerful landlords and developers instead of helping small businesses.

We pledge to champion small businesses. We will stand up for small businesses and fight for them. We pledge to:

  • Send a strong message to developers and landlords. We will tell them that Soho’s existing small businesses need to be supported.
  • Oppose any development projects that give local residents and small businesses a bad deal.
  • Use the Council’s powers to create a Special Policy Area in Soho to protect and grow small businesses.
  • Work closely with small businesses to challenge rent reviews.
  • Lobby central government to bring down crippling business rates. 

Peter Street – what you say

“Temporary blacktop paving does seem best. About a year ago I saw men replacing concrete paving slabs, which, thanks to construction and other large vehicles, were crushed by the next day.  With a hotel on Hopkins Street traffic will be increasing around there.  What with that, maybe a shared street without kerbs and with rugged paving would be best.”

Broadwick Street – what you say

“With repaving work in Broadwick St, as well as construction work in both Hopkins St and Peter St, and with both misleading and unreadable traffic signs at the top of Ingestre Place, traffic is a mess around here.  Much backing up and reversing by drivers trying to get out.” 

FITZROVIA

Haddon House, Hanson Street

The handrail on the top floor of the stairs at Haddon House is coming loose as one of the brackets has lost its screws. We have asked City West Homes to fix this.

Wells Street

We have repeatedly asked the Council to take action to stop regular rubbish dumping outside 24 Mortimer Street (which has an entrance on Wells Street). The piles of rubbish cause a hazard to pedestrians and residents.

Mortimer Street – update

Following our report about a blocked gully on Mortimer Street, the Council says:

“We have attended site, but unfortunately, the crew were unable to fully raise the gully lid as the kerb is leaning over the gully. We have already raised this as a defect and I will come back to you with a date for the works to be carried out on the kerb and the gully cleaned.”

Middleton Place

Residents say the Council does not seem to do regular sweeping on Middleton Place and we have asked the Council to investigate. Residents say

“The landlord at the Yorkshire Grey does his own sweeping within his premises, and it would help with upkeep of the area if the Council helped with its sweeping duties too. Can this be looked at? “

The Council say 

“Sweeping schedules are largely designed to match pedestrian footfall patterns. As a relatively quiet side street, Middleton Place is swept each Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Further sweeping can be provided if required on other days and this should be flagged by reporting litter on the Report It tab on the council website – this data is reviewed on at least a weekly basis and sweeping schedules adjusted in response to changing usage patterns.”

Langham Street

We have again reported rubbish dumping in Langham Street and called for cctv cameras to catch the dumpers and for stronger action by the Council:

“I’m becoming a bore on the subject of rubbish (corner of Gosfield Street andLangham Street particularly). Huge pile all yesterday afternoon and stillthere at 9am this morning. I see people on their way to work, justdropping off a bag as they go. They know it will be collected; this isthe place to leave it. *No one thinks of it as dumping*. we need biggerdifferent posters – “please don’t leave your rubbish here. Take itto…” or something. The other day I did call out from my flat tosomeone leaving bags there, pointed out the sign, which he hadn’tnoticed. said how I hated staring at a pile of rubbish. He said he wouldtoo, had missed the time when he was supposed to leave it outside thatmorning, and asked where to take it. I mentioned some bins in RidingHouse Street, and he kindly took them there. Threatening fines is ridiculous- who is going to catch them? and anyway they don’t think it applies tothem.” 

Foley Street

We have asked the Council to replace two lampposts which are broken on Foley Street

Queen Anne Street/Mansfield Street

We have asked the Council to move dumped rubbish at this location.

MAYFAIR

Brick Street

We have asked the Council to fix a dangerous pothole in Brick Street.

Mount Street/Berkeley Square

We have asked the Road Safety Team to investigate the crossing between Mount Street and Berkeley Square which is dangerous for pedestrians.

The Council say:

“We are currently developing a public realm scheme which will prioritise pedestrians and reduce vehicle dominance at the Mount Street/Davies Street junction.  Some of these include:

  • Traffic signals removal
  • Mini-roundabout installation
  • New wider footways
  • New narrow carriageways (shorter crossing points)
  • 3 informal crossing points 

The above will be implemented as part of the wider construction programme anticipated to commence in early summer 2018 and continue for a period of 12-16 months.”

Hanover Street

We have reported regularly rubbish dumping in Hanover Street.

Curzon Street

We are making enquiries with BT Openreach about the slow broadband speeds in Curzon Street.

WEST END WIDE ISSUES

Oxford Street – where we stand

We continue to oppose the pedestrianisation of Oxford Street because residents’ concerns have not been answered by Westminster Council’s leaders, by Transport for London (TfL) nor by the Mayor of London.

Westminster Council are entirely responsible for Oxford Street. The plans could never have got this far in the face of residents’ fears without Conservative Council leaders fully supporting it.

We oppose the plans; they should be paused and all options remain on the table. We believe there has been:

  • insufficient information or planning on traffic displacement
  • a lack of ideas on how those with limited mobility will continue to enjoy Oxford Street
  • uncertainty on safety on Oxford Street at night
  • late night visitors to Soho needing buses would have to walk a few blocks north past Oxford Street increasing potential related ASB into Fitzrovia and other wards
  • the consultations appear to residents to be rushed and unprofessional. This has made residents fear they were not being listened to
  • ideas to improve Oxford Street need to include the whole area to reduce traffic, including how they could enhance life Fitzrovia, Mayfair and Soho and beyond.

Our position has consistently put residents of the West End first. For years of Conservative rule in Westminster residents have not been allowed a voice and the Council has had far too close a relationship with powerful property developers. The Conservatives had years to oppose pedestrianisation and put forward alternatives – and they have done nothing.

We have been listening to residents for over 2 years, having thousands of conversations. We have consistently said we would oppose the plans if residents’ genuine fears about traffic displacement are not addressed; if those with limited mobility are not able to access Oxford Street fully and if ASB is not reduced. We have raised these issue for many months with TfL and the Mayor.

It is now time to pause the scheme and continue to listen to residents. Failure to do so could ruin Oxford Street itself and the 1,000 businesses that are already threatened by out of town shopping malls and crippling rent and business rates.

Rushing could also ruin the wonderful character and lives of many in neighbouring areas of Fitzrovia, Soho and Mayfair who we seek to represent.

Residents want less pollution, cleaner air, less traffic and fewer accidents for the whole area, not just moving traffic around.

We have consistently passed on these concerns to TfL and the Mayor.  If elected we will continue to put residents of Soho, Fitzrovia and Mayfair at the heart of decisions, not the big property developers.

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/

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

Latest on the West End Ward candidates

The ‘Mirror’ published this story recently:

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/tory-council-candidate-heart-britains-12374191

And Andrew Murray’s latest ‘State of Soho’ blog focuses on the local election issues

https://stateofsoho.wordpress.com/2018/04/23/some-thoughts-on-the-local-elections/

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 was most interested and (as always) very grateful to receive your latest action report, together with the very welcome pledges which you are making as we come up to the local elections – in which, as I am sure you know, I wish you the luck you so much deserve.” 

“Thanks once again for your report and for your support of local residents.”

“I want to wish the Labour Team well in the coming election – you know how much I hope you will all get in.  The situation in Soho is at crisis point – the behaviour of property developers in Poland Street who constantly obstruct the pavement, when added to the closure of Broadwick Street, has reduced at least one lady in her nineties to tears, because like me she has to use a shopping trolley and cannot get up and down the kerbs.  Added to this, cyclists are now using all available pavements, which is terrifying.” 

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

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

Regards

Pancho Lewis, Patrick Lilley and Caroline Saville

West End Ward Labour Action Team

You can contact Pancho, Patrick and Caroline at

pancho.lewis@gmail.com

patricklilley@me.com

Saville.caroline@gmail.com

 

Promoted by Robin McGhee on behalf of Pancho Lewis, Patrick Lilley and Caroline Saville all at 4G Shirland Mews, London W9 3DY


Churchill Gardens: Labour Councillors call for rebate on residents' parking permits

Labour Councillors Shamim Talukder and Jason Williams, and Labour Action Team member Andrea Mann, have written to Jonathan Cowie, CEO of CityWest Homes, calling for a rebate on residents parking permits in Churchill Gardens.

Parking on the estate was previously managed by Wings Parking, but this contract ended on 30 September 2016.

Churchill Labour Councillors lobbied CityWest Homes and the Council’s Head of Parking to begin enforcement patrols on the road immediately.

While warning letters were placed on cars we flagged up as being parked without a permit, no full-scale monitoring of parking has taken place until the recent CWH consultation on a Traffic Management Order (TMO) for the estate. This is due to come in force this spring, which will allow WCC Traffic Marshalls to enforce parking rules on the estate.

Councillor Jason Williams said:

“It is unfair that during this period between the end of the Wings Parking contract and the introduction of the TMO later this year that residents have had to pay for a permit. During that time there has been no monitoring and others have been able to park on the estate without paying.”

“We have written to Jonathan Cowie asking for a rebate on all residents parking permits for this period.

“Residents have often had problems finding a parking place despite having a permit. In addition, the resulting congested roads could have caused issues for emergency vehicles trying to access the estate.”


Westminster North Labour Action Reports - Late April 2018

NEWS FROM WESTMINSTER’S LABOUR COUNCILLORS.

Burne Street

We have asked the Council to investigate this issue:

“As you will know, Burne Street has had the exit blocked to Marylebone Road. This is fine but it makes Burne Street even more negative in the sense it goes nowhere. It is also impossible for Deliveries or Taxis to find us even though we give Bell Street and Penfold Street are andmarks.  Is there anyway that Burne Street cane have some greater indication other that the two Street names on either side of the road which are not immediately visible?  I would also mention that with the regeneration of the area the BT Building is a disgrace and looks like an abandoned slum dwelling building no matter from which angle it is viewed.”

The Council say:

“We have instructed our service provider to move the nameplate on Burne House down half a metre so that it is more visible. Concerning the nameplate opposite, this is located in line with the Bell Street nameplate which is located on the same corner, in a commonly agreed location, and we do not propose to move this street nameplate.”

Lavendon House, Lisson Green

We have urged City West Homes to take urgent action to restore water to Lavendon House. City West say:

“Thames Water were doing some planned work at Lavendon House which has affected the drinking water. No drinking water since Friday the 20 April. Gem attended yesterday and confirms the roof tanks were full. Morgan Sindall are currently on site to try and diagnose the fault. Bottled Water has been delivered to the homes and we are investigating currently.” 

Elgin Avenue

We have asked the local Inspector to investigate this issue:

“We live opposite a prolific ‘dumper’. They dump their street food business rubbish amongst other things (a large mattress earlier in the week) just outside the property. If I complain to the Council, they come along and take it away. This just encourages them to carry on dumping if they are not being spoken to about the issue. Currently they have a few more boxes of rubbish including a large blackboard outside on the street and consequently it encourages more ad hoc dumping by passers by.” 

The Chippenham

Several residents have contacted us worried about the signs indicating some sort of demolition works at the site of the former Chippenham Hotel. We haveasked the City Inspector to make an urgent visit to the site which is happening to ascertain precisely what is going on.

Maida Hill Piazza

The property at number 4 has been empty for a while so it’s good to see a cafe opening soon on Maida Hill Piazza. 

The Stowe Centre

Now would be a good time for Westminster Council to reverse its axing of youth services. We could have the Stowe reopened in time for the summer holidays.

Metropolitan pub

The planning application to convert the upper floors of the Metropolitan Pub to flats is in: go to http://idoxpa.westminster.gov.uk/online-applications/search.do?action=simple&searchType=Application …and type in 18/02488/FULL to see it and comment.

Woodfield Road

Woodfield Road has been blocked for some weeks and we think residents should know why. It is connected to the excessively tall Hathaway House development, which ward councillors opposed but the current majority on the council gave permission. The construction team excavating the site damaged one of the sewers in the area, so Thames Water have been forced to carry out emergency works. The worksite is in the middle of the road and so it has closed.

Westminster’s Roads team tell us: “The current work on street by Cappagh (on behalf of TW) is to repair the sewer which was damaged by the building works. It is planned that the street will be open by 9th May at the latest on completion of these works. One of my Officers has been on site and he has spoken to the contractor. They have confirmed there are no other problems with the sewer along the length of the street. The area where they are working is the location of the only damage.

There are areas of failing setts and depression in the street. Some of this is already identified for repair (the rest has been picked up now) and none of it is thought to be due to any damage to the sewer. My guys are arranging for anything that can be done by our contractors while the road is already shut to be completed at the same time so we minimise the pain for the residents.”

As residents know, Woodfield Road is one-way, so blocking it would mean people can’t drive in to the eastern part of Woodfield Road or access the eastern part of Elmfield Way (including Athlone Care Home). We have been told that “usually if a street is one way and closed then it becomes two-way for access.” Officers are checking that action has been taken. The ‘No Entry’ sign from Harrow Road may be covered over for the time being so it’s clear.

Cleaning up the Canal

We have been chasing the Canal & River Trust about rubbish issues along and in the canal and have received the below update:

“The reason for the high level of floating litter and noticeably more litter on the canals in general at this time of year, is ‘spring turnover’. Essentially, as the water warms up in spring, litter, debris and other detritus that has been lying on the bottom of the canal all winter floats to the surface. The warmer water temperature means this happens pretty well everywhere at the same time, making the canals thick with floating rubbish, especially at obstructions like lock gates or where the canals narrow, like at bridges.  

We’ve got teams working along the Grand Union Canal to get this litter cleared as soon as possible, and have also had help from teams of volunteers. It’s massively frustrating that this litter makes its way into the canal in the first place, as it gets blown in by the wind or thrown into the canal deliberately.

Please see this report on litter on BBC London, featuring the Trust (forward to 10m30s) https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b09x06sb/london-news-evening-news-27032018

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/

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. 

Carlton Tavern – what you say

“Concerned about the Carlton Tavern and the delaying tactics from the architects and developer. Please don’t let them get away with flagrant disregard for conservation and planning laws generally.”

What you say

Thank you for April Westminster North Action Report. To me. everything Karen Buck MP and our Labour Councillors do is amazing. The Action Reports show how much detail you follow persistently to get results from the Council. I am hoping Westminster will be Labour from May.” 

“Renewed appreciation for the remarkable and most useful work you conduct.” 

“The free-of-charge public toilets of Maida Hill Piazza (top of Fernhead Road) have re-opened, which must be due to your intervention. This situation does not affect me but, on behalf of stall holders, we should thank you for this success.” 

“Happy to leave the flat this morning and see a contractor starting on the ponding areas at the corner of Penfold Street and Broadley Street” 

“Yet again I will be voting Labour. I know you have our best interests at heart”

“Many thanks for your interesting and informative report Good luck and fingers and toes crossed for the 3rd May”

“Huge thanks for this and all your hard work fighting the good fight. Here’s to turning Westminster RED on May 3rd

“Good luck in the upcoming elections and thank you for being such helpful representatives.”

“Thank you for your manifesto. Though what the council does matters so much to our daily lives and I am grateful for the work of our Labour councilors”

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

Regards

 

Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg

Labour Business and Public Realm spokesperson

 

Promoted by Andrew Whitley on behalf of Westminster Labour Councillors and Candidates at 4G Shirland Mews, London W9 3DY


Knightsbridge & Belgravia Ward Labour Action Report - Late April 2018

News from Peter Heap, James Thomson and Marini Thorne, your Knightsbridge & Belgravia Ward Labour Action Team.

Wilton Place/Lowndes Square

We have asked the Council to investigate this issue:

“Over the past 18 months, the works carried out to completely knock down the whole block of buildings (excluding the facade) from the corner of Wilton Place to the corner of Lowndes Square is rapidly making my house unliveable.When they start piling, it’s as if I’m living in an earthquake zone.And the dust- I literally hoover and wash the terrace daily.But it’s unthinkable to go and sit out there, opposite an open building site under clouds and clouds of dust.

The air quality is beyond appalling.It’s truly toxic. I can’t rent or sell under these circumstances.Surely, builders aren’t allowed to create this much filthy pollution in a residential area?It’s truly disgraceful.We are used to a bit of pollution and noise but this is at a whole other level.” 

Ebury Bridge Road/Saint Barnabas Street

We have asked the Council to investigate this issue:

“I’d like to raise the issue of the nuisance caused by the Belgravia Garage on the corner of Ebury Bridge Road/St Barnabas street.  The site is used as a hand car wash and all the dirt from washing the cars is allowed to flow from the garage forecourt on to the road and pavement on St Barnabas street, none of the water is recycled or collected.  Furthermore, the employees throw the litter from inside the cars that they valet on to the forecourt floor and allow this then to be the blown away by the wind to litter the general area. If you walk along the pavement you will often receive a light spraying of dirty water coming the noisy hand jet washers that they are using to spray the cars.”

Belgravia Police Station

The Conservatives are trying to blame the Mayor 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, the Mayor 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 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/

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

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

 

Regards

 

Peter Heap, James Thomson and Marini Thorne

Your Knightsbridge & Belgravia Ward Labour Action Team

  

Promoted by Robin McGhee on behalf of Peter Heap, James Thomson and Marini Thorne, all at 4G Shirland Mews, London W9 3DY