Cllr Shamim Talukder & Cllr Andrea Mann on Ebury Bridge Estate
Cllr Shamim Talukder & Cllr Andrea Mann on Ebury Bridge Estate

NEW WEEKLY ADVICE SERVICE COMES TO CHURCHILL
Thanks to work by your Churchill Labour Councillors, Citizens Advice Bureau Westminster and Churchill Gardens Residents Association, a new, free weekly ‘Advice Shop’ service has started in Churchill Ward.

It takes place at Churchill Gardens Residents’ Hall, Churchill Gardens estate, SW1V 3AL, every Thursday 10am-12pm and is a free drop-in information and advice service for Westminster residents, or those who are homeless (with no connection to anywhere outside Westminster).

At the Advice Shop you can get help and advice on: benefits and income maximisation; housing and homelessness; debt and money; health and community care; employment; immigration and nationality; consumer rights; carers’ support; and crime and noise problems. Find out more here.

VICTORY FOR RESIDENTS & LABOUR COUNCILLORS AS CITYWEST HOMES IS SCRAPPED
We’re delighted that Westminster Council have finally listened to residents and Labour Councillors and decided to take Westminster’s Housing Services back in-house – closing its arms- length management organisation CityWest Homes.

For several years, residents and Westminster Labour Councillors have been sounding the alarm bell about the poor performance of CityWest Homes, highlighting many ‘nightmare’ stories of poor performance, lengthy waits for repairs, and raising deep concerns about its service and culture.

There is still much to be done to improve housing services in Westminster – but this move by the Council is a step in the right direction, and marks a real victory for residents and Labour’s campaign to bring housing back under direct council control.  We encourage residents to attend one of the upcoming CityWest Homes Open Door Days to give your views about the housing service going forward – and please don’t hesitate to contact us to share your thoughts.

NINE ELMS – PIMLICO BRIDGE
Churchill Labour Councillors continue to oppose plans for a proposed pedestrian bridge from Nine Elms to Pimlico. All of the three landing point options recently unveiled (above) will cut into what little green space exists in Pimlico and bring pedestrians and cyclists directly on to busy main roads. The western-most option also proposes landing right by Churchill Gardens estate – which will hugely impact residents living there.

The bridge is a vanity project led by developers and Wandsworth Council, and we will continue to speak up for Pimlico residents who would be affected by it.

We encourage local residents to have their say on the bridge proposal. Go to www.nineelmspimlicobridge.co.uk to find out more – and please don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like to share your views.

EBURY BRIDGE ESTATE REGENERATION
Churchill Labour Councillors are disappointed that Westminster Council is pushing ahead with its proposed regeneration scheme for Ebury Bridge Estate– which involves full demolition – without giving residents a ballot on the final plan. We will continue to support Ebury residents and be a voice for them over the coming months and years, throughout the regeneration.

We will also work to ensure that the views of other residents in the area are heard – and have already secured the involvement of the Westmoreland Triangle Residents’ Association in this process.

If you’re an Ebury resident and we can help you in any way – or if you are a local resident affected by the regeneration – please don’t hesitate to contact us.

HELPING RESIDENTS WITH HOUSING ISSUES
Churchill Labour Councillors recently pushed Peabody to improve security at Wellington Buildings, listening to the concerns of residents, meeting with them and staff at the estate – and getting Peabody to agree to necessary security improvements to the front gate. We will continue to monitor this.

We are also supporting residents during major works at Peabody Avenue, Lumley Flats & Coleshill Flats – and have also ensured that vital repair works take place at Peabody Close. We are supporting residents’ requests for double or secondary glazing at Lumley and Coleshill Flats – if you are a resident in one of these blocks, please get in touch.

And while CityWest Homes may be going, the nightmare stories of long waits for repairs and poor service continue. If you’re a CityWest Homes tenant and we can help you with a repair or other issue, please contact us.

SUPPORTING PIMLICO ROAD FARMERS’ MARKET
The weekly Pimlico Road Farmers’ Market in Orange Square is a great community asset – so we’re delighted that its future was recently secured for the next 5 years, with its trading hours extended until 2pm. We’re also pleased that a compromise was reached on its new set-up time, as we want to help ensure that local residents are not disturbed too early on Saturday mornings.

REACHING MORE RESIDENTS WITH OUR NEW SURGERY LOCATION
In order to be even more accessible to residents across Churchill Ward, from January 2019, our monthly surgeries will alternate between Churchill Gardens Residents Hall, SW1V 3AL and St Barnabas Church Hall, SW1W 8PF (see map below). Our surgeries are 7-8pm on the second Thursday of the month, and you don’t need to make an appointment – just come along and talk to us if you’re a Churchill resident with any issue we might be able to help with.

Our next surgery is on Thursday 13th December (7-8pm) at Churchill Gardens Residents Hall. Our surgery dates and locations for the first part of 2019 are then: January 10th – Churchill Gardens; February 14th – St Barnabas; March 14th – Churchill Gardens; April 11th – St Barnabas, May 9th – Churchill Gardens. Our surgery and contact details are always up-to-date on our website.

JOIN US FOR CHURCHILL WARD’S FESTIVE LIGHTS SWITCH-ON!
Everyone is invited to join us and the Lord Mayor of Westminster for the lighting of Churchill Ward’s Christmas tree on 4.30pm, Thursday 29th November at Churchill Gardens estate, in front of Langdale House (nearest entrance off Lupus Street by Pimlico Fish Bar – Google map). There will be carol singing led by Pimlico Musical Foundation and free, fun activities for children 3pm-5pmcourtesy of local youth charity Outbreak. We hope you can join us!

CAN YOU HELP DELIVER OUR WINTER NEWSLETTER?
We rely on volunteers to help deliver our newsletter throughout Churchill Ward. Can you spare an hour to deliver leaflets your block or street – or help us deliver to others across Churchill – in December or January? Please contact us if so! Thank you so much. – Shamim & Andrea

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