Grove End Road
We have asked the Council to contact Thames Water about this issue:
“I am writing to you as a concerned and angry resident of Grove End House. We have had a leakage of fresh water from a Thames Water access point on the pavement for nearly 3 weeks now. We reported it to Thames Water and they have visited the site twice but have not stopped all this fresh water running into the street and joining the other pooled water as mentioned in your newsletter.
I resent paying such high water rates for it to be wasted by the only fresh water supplier in the area. We have reported the pooling of water at the crossroads repeatedly but to no avail. It has now caused damage to the curbstones. Any help would be appreciated in stopping this fresh water going to waste.”
The Council say:
“This leak has been attended by Thames Water and the leak has been found to be coming from the shared private pipes of Grove End House. Technically this is a private matter that should be dealt with by the managing agents/freeholder for the block. However, Thames Water are doing the work and I am not sure if they are recharging the freeholder or doing this as a good faith piece of work. Thames Water say they will be in attendance to complete this by 15thSeptember but if this hasn’t happened then residents should call Thames Water after that date to pursue.”
We have asked the street cleaning team to deal with this issue:
“Can anything be done out the pavement in Allitsen Road outside the Ivy Cafe and particularly the Chicken shop. The pavement is disgusting.”
St John’s Wood Terrace
We have asked the Council to take action against those dumping rubbish by the bins in St John’s Wood Terrace.
We also asked the Council to investigate this issue:
“The entrance to Robinsfield Infant’s School in St John’s Wood Terrace, is very busy with parents/carers going in and out. There is no litter bin outside school and every day litter accumulates, mostly sandwich/crisps packets, water bottles etc.Could Westminster supply a bin outside school on the street?Immediately opposite school there is a Westminster bin, outside a pub/restaurant and it is hardly used. Perhaps that bin could be moved to outside school to the pavement that most people walk along to and from school/St John’s Wood? Just an idea, as the pavements this end of the Terrace are always full of litter.”
The Council say:
“I suspect the bin was installed here due to the parking restrictions in terms of the cage vehicle pulling up but we can shift the bin across to outside the school and see how it goes.”
“Amazing, a bin appeared yesterday outside school and I think it will help keep litter down on this end of the terrace. Not only for school kids/parents but most people tend to walk up and down the pavement this side of street to avoid crossing road where it meets Charlbert Street. It is a tricky corner to negotiate crossing and will get a lot worse when so called Post Office is re-located in Charlbert Street and Royal Mail vans collect and deliver post/parcels to and from the Post Office regularly.”
Reynolds House, Wellington Road
We have asked the Council totake action against those dumping rubbish by the bins at Reynolds House
City West Homes – The Future
We are delighted that Westminster Council has finally listened to the long-standing concerns of local residents and Labour councillors by taking the much needed decision to take control of Westminster’s Housing Services back in house and closing its arms-length management organisation CityWest Homes.
For several years, but particularly since summer 2017, we have been sounding the alarm about the performance of CityWest Homes, highlighting many ‘nightmare’ stories of poor performance and raising deep concerns about its service and culture, including most recently in a July 2018 Council Motion calling for CWH to be scrapped.
There is, however, much still to do in order to improve the services residents receive but this is a welcome step forward.
The case for a Tourist Tax
We have estimated that introducing a small Tourist Tax on hotel bedroom occupancy could raise over £25 million a year and help to pay for the costs of keeping the city attractive and providing the everyday public service which visitors expect to see.
A Tourist Tax would help to pay for the cost of providing facilities which tourists enjoy – keeping the environment clean and tidy, maintaining parks, street lights and open spaces, public toilets, policing and emergency services, as well as cracking down on illegal short-lets.
In Westminster, the state of public toilets is appalling with many toilets in the West End and other parts of the city closed or poorly maintained by the private operator. The estimated £2 million a year cost of running Westminster’s public toilets to a high standard could be paid for via a Tourist Tax.
In addition, some of the revenue could also be spent on policing short term lettings to ensure that unauthorised short term letting is stopped. Currently, there are real problems across Westminster with unscrupulous landlords ‘turning homes in to hotel rooms’ because of the increased revenue they can generate.
What do you think of the idea of a Tourist Tax?
St John’s Wood Post Office – what you say
“There was an excellent turnout to the consultations that Post Office management held at the St John’s Wood church hall on Thursday 30th August. Not a single person was in favour of the dreadful plan to re-locate the Post Office from the busy hub at corner of Circus and Wellington Road to a little grocery store tucked away on mainly residential Charlbert Street. It just doesn’t make sense at all and the aim to move it there in November this year would cause huge upheaval to the Christmas rush.”
“I am strongly against the closure of the post office as it will affect my business badly. “
What you say
“Thanks again. Keep up the good work.”
“Thanks for this report. Best wishes and thanks for all the good work”
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