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Elm Tree Road – update

Following our further enquiries about the non-working speed indicator on Elm Tree Road, the Council has told us: 

“I can only apologise for the delay is resolving this issue and disruption it has caused. We have been changing over IT with the control of all 100 units, however the current location remains an issue so we will be relocating the sign to outside Elm Tree Court on Lamp Column 9.This location should afford better detection, but do note that from engineers attending site observed comparatively low traffic volume, low vehicle speeds and the signs only trigger when approaching vehicles reach 33mph. We will be able to recalibrate to 24mph should the recent consultation of a City Wide 20mph speed limit prove favourable.”

St John’s Wood Terrace

We have asked the Council’s Tree Officer to take the necessary action on this issue: 

“As you have a good rapport with the Westminster Team dealing with roads/trees can you let them know that there is a rotten dead quite tall tree outside the first gate of 80 St John’s Wood Terrace that drops dead branches off which lie around and are never removed! In fact, the tree looks very sick and if we had a strong wind it could fall over onto the pavement.” 

Townsend Estate 

We have again asked the Housing Team to assist a rough sleeper sleeping in one of the sheds on the Townsend Estate.

Alma Square 

We have asked the Cleansing Team to investigate this issue: 

“Although the council advises when rubbish is collected all too often residents put out their black bags the night before if not several days earlier. I have also seen dead rats in Alma Square. There is no enforcement as when bags are actually left on the pavement so it is inevitable that vermin and foxes help themselves with resulting mess all over. Also pedestrians leave food wrapper/contents on the pavement. It is awful. Why should the street sweepers have to clean up after the thoughtless. Unless there is strict enforcement the mess and hazards to health will continue.” 

Hill Road/Nugent Terrace 

We asked the Council to instruct their contractor Conways to remove the cones on the corner of Hill Road and Nugent Terrace which have been there for six months now. The cones were removed the next day.

Hill Road

We have asked the Parking Team why residents parking spaces have been suspended on Hill Road eight times this year.

St John’s Wood underground station 

We have again asked the Council and Thames Water to fix this problem:

“You may recall local residents and traders complaining to you and others about the failure of the main drain outside St. John’s Wood underground station.  There was an issue with “responsibility” and I thought that the problem (basically a build up of earth rubble and silt) had been resolved.  But it has not! 

Can you please encourage all authorities to do whatever is required to clear the train to remove this dangerous and disruptive hazard?”

Abercorn Place/Hamilton Terrace

We have asked the Road Safety Team to investigate this issue: 

“The junction of Abercorn Place and Hamilton Terrace (St Mark’s on the corner) can be quite dangerous in that I have a few times had to jump back to the kerb.  When the lights tell me ok to cross i.e. on red I have sometimes found that a car is turning into my path but has not indicated.  The latter is I guess the main issue but these days many cars do not indicate their intention so the pedestrian either makes a mistake or plays safe to see what happens next.  Some cars may indicate then not turn.Do you think a green man might help here?  I doubt you can educate people re indicating but this is a problem.”

The Council say:

“The junction does not have a ‘green man’ pedestrian phase at the traffic lights, so there is no signal that invites pedestrians to cross at any stage. As there is no formal pedestrian crossing stage here, pedestrians should be aware that they do not have priority over vehicles and have to seek safe crossing opportunities when traffic is held on a red signal.

At the moment there are no plans for the junction to have a pedestrian phase included, as this is a considerable undertaking that comes at significant cost. Highways interventions are prioritized by the available road safety record, and as the junction has no recorded injury collisions in the last three years’ available data, it is not at present being considered for any highways measures.”

Refuse collection and Recycling collection times

You can check when refuse and recycling is collected from your street here

The doorstep recycling service concentrates on the recyclable materials most commonly produced by houses so that these can be easily separated into the different material types.  The link below summarises what can be put in recycling bags

Lots of other materials can be recycled but not through the doorstep collection service. The A-Z list below gives details of what and where items can be recycled or re-used:

Report It

The new Report It service has been unveiled. Let us know what you think


Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London has banned adverts promoting short-term lettings within the TfL network as part of a crack down on firms that encourage landlords to flout the 90-day annual limit for short-term lettings in London.  

Refuse collection – what you say

Half the time the dustmen will ONLY collect black bags from bins and stack them outside on the pavement outside for collection and fail to completely empty bins, and if they collect the bin more often or not they leave it on the pavement outside the curtilage. If the owner is an active business traveler, the bin can remain on the pavement for 7,10 even 14 days obstructing the pavement AND flagging that the property is empty inviting burglary. In view of the tremendous increase recently in crime in the area this is not desirable.”

What you say 

“Thanks for the usual report very good as usual.” 

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



Hussain Ahmed, Janet Seale and Liam Taggart,

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