Dolphin Square – Update
The Dolphin Square petition has now attracted over 1,500 signatures and the latest update questions the lack of affordable housing and calls on Westbrook’s Financial Viability figures to be made public:
“Westminster City Council refuses to divulge Financial Viability Assessments by developers and insists on keeping them confidential. The Mayor’s Office has called for these figures to be made public. It is surely in the public interest that such figures should be made public and open to question by interested parties.”
Pimlico Tube station
We have asked the Rough Sleeping team to give assistance to the regular sleepers in the tube subways. The Team say:
“I have had our outreach team focussed on the Pimlico underpass for the last two weeks and can confirm that every person sleeping down there hse been offered immediate housing or reconnection options. However – given the entrenched and complex nature of sleepers at this site, it is taking a concerted effort by multiple teams to ensure meaningful engagement. I will continue to coordinate a cross departmental response moving forwards.”
We asked the Council about this issue:
“I live near Tachbrook Street market and have heard a rumour that the council may look to close the public toilets there. Do you know if this is true? We are worried about an increase in public urination in our street if no alternative is available. “
The Council say:
“The toilets at Tachbrook were subject to anti-social behaviour. They were closed subject to a deep clean which took place. We are exploring options that enable the toilets to remain open while also preventing their misuse.”
We are pleased to hear that Peabody will be recovering a property which has been used for short term letting by the current tenant. The flat will be re-let to a family in housing need.
Nine Elms to Pimlico bridge
We have repeated our strong opposition to the latest proposals from Wandsworth Council for a bridge from Nine Elms to Pimlico.All of the three proposed optionswill cut into what little green space exists in Pimlico and bring pedestrians and cyclists directly on to busy main roads, raising safety concerns. What’s more, the western-most option proposes landing right by Churchill Gardens estate – resulting in a huge impact on residents living there, increasing demand for parking, and higher footfall and bike traffic, in and around the estate.
Dolphin Square – what you say
“Just to thank you for issuing the excellent leaflet concerning the Westbrook plans.As an extremely worried long time tenant of Dolphin Square I am grateful you are spreading the word as so many people seem totally unaware of the real consequences.I am particularly concerned about the local schools and the adverse effect of the inevitable increase in pollution from the destruction of Rodney House: dirt dust and probably asbestos, the increase in traffic; in the application plans we can see there are going to be 70 lorries a day during the rebuilding of Rodney.There are mature trees in the garden at Dolphin Square which reach the 5th and 6th floors and are planned to be destroyed, they are the perfect antidote to pollution.We have a thriving bird population and bats may be seen at twilight. These will be lost while everyone attempts to survive in a building site for many many years.”
“Thank you for taking on the challenge presented by the proposed redevelopment of Dolphin Square, which is both alarming and unnecessary. I would be very happy to join in the fight.I have lived here very happily for nearly 40 years, a splendid community, preserved by the Trust, set up by a once enlightened Westminster Council. The changes planned by Westbrook are already destroying all of this, and “rapid turnover holiday lets” is already becoming the order of the day. This morning, my next door flat had a trolley of fresh towels and sheets waiting outside, reminiscent of some kind of smart hotel. Or, as you describe, “a Central London holiday camp.”It would be wonderful if all the proposals could be voted down and abandoned. “