Labour pledges to:
Protect and invest in our local high streets and end reliance on chain retail.
Support local business and local employment.
Create a community wealth-building strategy and put social value at the heart of procurement.
Revive the West End and protect it from over commercialisation to keep it special.
Fairer Council for a Fairer Economy
- Refocus the Council’s economic strategy to maximise the public benefit from economic activity in our city, linked to decent jobs for Westminster residents (at present only 1/3rd of Westminster residents in work have jobs here)
- Work with the Mayor of London to manage the unique role Westminster plays for the London and national economy, helping its economic powerhouse rebuild after the pandemic but making it work better for Westminster residents.
- Improve conditions for workers and support union recognition.
- Ensure that planning policies support local employment and the social value agenda.
Rebuilding Westminster for the Future of Work
- Encourage a 15-minute city, where daily necessities can all be reached within 15 minutes’ walk or cycle.
- Improve our public realm and keep our city a vibrant and exiting place to both live and work.
- Protect and strengthen local high streets and businesses centres, such as Harrow Road, Queensway, Westbourne Grove, Lupus Street, Edgware Road, Clifton Gardens, Elgin Avenue, Kilburn Lane, Formosa Street, Berwick Street and Shirland Road.
- Expand access to training and skills education for Westminster residents, with a focus on including marginalised communities in high-value jobs and supporting residents hurt by the changing nature of work.
Future of the West End and the Central Activity Zone
- Revive the West End and reduce overreliance on chain retail, protecting its unique character.
- Manage changing use in the CAZ to create new affordable housing and ensure conversions meet the required space and quality standards.
- Create new facilities, both Council and private sector, to support additional residents and mitigate tensions between new residents and existing commercial and hospitality uses.
- Focus the West End on new arts, leisure and culture uses, and encourage experiential retailing through planning policies to review the district.