Councillor Maggie Carman
Councillor Maggie Carman

We are living in strange and difficult times and I applaud the efforts of all our NHS staff, Care workers and Council staff and the thousands of local volunteers.

Everyone is working together and here are some examples of the casework I have been doing over the past few weeks. Some of the issues are Covid-19 related, while others are more like business-as-usual

Covid-19 related

I have made enquiries on behalf of some people who are on the ‘shielded’ list but who have not been contacted yet by the Council.

I was contacted by a Westbourne Park Road resident who has carers twice a day and is worried that they are not issued with PPE. Some of the carers buy their own masks.

Neighbours of a couple who came over to work in a restaurant to earn money towards a house back home, contacted me about their predicament. The restaurant closed so they had no work and were threatened with eviction. I managed to intervene and the eviction was stopped and the rent halved. The wife has now got a job cleaning in a hostel.

Some people have contacted me because they are worried about social distancing, and the behaviour of joggers/runners in the streets and Royal Parks.

I have been asked questions about the homeless who are being housed temporarily in hotels locally. How often do they get meals? Are there any support services provided? What provision is there for those with mental health issues? What about those who are alcohol or drug dependent? I’ve put these questions to the Council but no reply yet.

Other issues

I am still getting a few complaints that noisy construction is going on, especially at Whiteley’s.

Also, I am dealing with a number of ASB reports, including one man who chucked a TV out of the window and another one who plays loud music and shouts from the balcony. I’ve been working with neighbours and Notting Hill Genesis housing officers who are taking steps to resolve these problems.

You can contact me at mcarman@westminster.gov.uk

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