Park West, Edgware Road
We are pleased Westminster Council is investigating Park West after residents claimed that more than 100 flats there are being ‘illegally rented’ on Airbnb to guests who throw parties and treat the place like a hotel. The council says it has reason to believe that 106 of the 530 flats at Park West are being used as Airbnb locations. The apartments are supposed to be residential but with so many Airbnb sites has caused disruption to neighbours, who say that guests are not ‘protective or careful’ of the block.
Oxford Street proposals – Labour’s 12 key questions
Oxford Street is vital to Westminster’s and London’s economy. The retail sector faces huge challenges and it is imperative that the Council works with retailers, landowners and Transport for London to set a positive framework for the future. We want to see thriving businesses, busy shops, well-paid staff and satisfied shoppers from home and abroad.
As Councillors representing the West End and further afield, we understand the pressure that Oxford Street can be put on the surrounding communities in Soho, Fitzrovia, Mayfair and Marylebone. We welcome plans to extend environmental improvements north and south of Oxford Street and the Council’s broad ambition for the future of Oxford Street.
In our discussions with residents and businesses we have picked up concerns – “it’s alright as far as it goes – but the ‘devil is in the detail” is an oft repeated comment. We share that concern and await the Council’s response to 12 key questions.