Little Venice Labour Action Team
Little Venice Labour Action Team

Works on Sutherland Avenue/Lanark Road

Residents have asked:

“What the heck are they doing? Their circular didn’t really explain why they’re closing roads and causing massive upheaval. I’ve asked for plan and none has yet been supplied. Can you give them a kick and explain about getting the locals on-side?”

We replied: 

“This is a series of roadworks designed to make the junction safer. In particular, cars going north along Randolph from Clifton will be obliged to turn left at the Warrington and go right around the roundabout. Southbound, there won’t be any restrictions. The road is also going to be resurfaced as far as Maida Vale and some of the parking spaces will be moved to make the cycle way clearer.”

Tackling illegal short term lets

Labour Councillor Geoff Barraclough calls for more powers for local authorities to deal with the menace that is turning so many of our homes into hotels.

https://www.westminsterlabour.org.uk/ward-news/maida-vale/2018/11/09/labour-calls-for-action-to-deal-with-the-menace-that-is-turning-so-many-of-our-homes-into-hotels/

Castellain Road 

We have asked the street lighting team to investigate this issue:

“I’ve noticed that the section of Castellain Road running between Sutherland Avenue and Formosa Street is really dark at night, certainly on the side of the Prince Alfred pub, which is the side I usually walk down. I think there is street lighting but maybe it’s not very adequate or is obscured by trees. I recommend that someone review this as it feels quite unsafe walking down this street in the dark.”

The Lighting Team say:

“The lighting in the Little Venice area is being considered for an upgrade to LED lighting in 2019/2020, this is awaiting Westminster City Council approval.  Should this be agreed it will improve the lighting levels in Castellain Road and surrounding streets, and be a long term resolution.”  

Warwick Avenue and Sutherland Avenue junction

We are supporting residents’ suggestions for stronger action against those responsible for rubbish dumping:

“Frankly the situation is disgraceful, and unacceptable to residents. The mess, the rodents, the blocking of the pavements, and the lack of civic pride cannot go on.  And, ultimately the use of CCTV as deterrent has to be considered.  After all we are apparently the most videoed country in the world, and a few more cameras will not be resented.

  1. Residents should be strongly encouraged to use the excellent twice-weekly doorstep collection; or alternatively cancel the doorstep collections, and concentrate resources on the street corner recycling bins.  Very few people along this street actually use doorstep collection on a regular basis.
  2. With the huge growth in online sales, there has been a concurrent growth in the volume of cardboard and associated packing materials.  This needs to be accommodated. And further, the problem of increased volumes has been exacerbated ever since the mixed recycling bins at the Sutherland Avenue end of Delaware Rd were removed.  The frequency of clearing the recycling bins needs to be increased to cope with this. 
  3. People need to be educated to break down cardboard boxes into flat items, and be told that all non-recyclable packaging material (largely expanded polystyrene it seems) should not be put into the recycling bins, but put into landfill bins.  This is a real problem.
  4. A fair chunk of the ‘recycling’ dropped around theses bins is mixed recycling – as there is no provision for mixed recycling here.  I suggest a significant improvement in the situation would result if mixed recycling bins were provided here instead of the separate bins.  It is confusing for residents to see mixed bins in some areas and segregated bins in other areas.”

Warrington Crescent

We have reported this issue to the Street Lighting Team:

“There are currently three lamp posts that aren’t lit on Warrington Crescent (in front of 10,15 and 29 Warrington Crescent} Could you kindly refer this information to the appropriate team so they can ensure lamp posts are lit again when it is dark? 

Warwick Avenue – did you know? 

Warwick Avenue is named after Jane Warwick of Warwick Hall, Cumberland. In 1778, she married Sir John Frederick who leased this land from the Bishop of London. He laid out the street and named it in Jane’s honour. 

Edgware Road street lights

We have asked the Street lighting team to investigate the broken street lights – one opposite Frampton Street in front of Parsons House and the two either side of the 18 bus stop and the bus shelter. All out for over a year now!”

Tourist Tax – what you say

Great idea. I have a couple of Gites in the countryside in France and pay €0.50 – €1.50 per night for people staying there. I believe that under an agreement with big City councils (Paris, etc) Airbnb automatically deducts the local Tax de Sejour. Press for this – it’s a no-brainer

Rubbish dumping – what you say

“All too often there are complaints about members of the public dumping rubbish. Of course this is sometimes true, but there are more frequent instances where the fault lies with the council. The existing ones are not emptied frequently enough. People have tried to dispose of rubbish in a responsible manner but have been thwarted because of overflowing bins. Mostly the streets round Elgin Avenue are swept efficiently and the hanging flower baskets are well tended and appreciated.

What you say

“Very many thanks for the information and hard work as usual!” 

“Thank you for all you do”

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