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.”

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

Regards

 

Justin Maynard, Ananthi Paskaralingam and Henry Tufnell,

YourLabour Action Team in Vincent Square Ward

vsq@westminsterlabour.co.uk