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.”


We have welcomed the increased on-the-spot fines of up to £150 for dropping litter, including from vehicles.


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.


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:


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



Bren Albiston, Shelly Asquith and Andrew Taylor

Your Warwick Ward Labour Action Team


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