Elm Tree Road
We have asked the Council to investigate this issue:
“Please could you investigate very slow rubbish collection on Elm Tree Road. Often, the trucks pick up only some of the items – even if they are packaged properly, and have to return later. Doing it well once would save them time and save the council money. Please have the council improve vigilance of this service.”
We have again asked the Council and City West Homes to offer assistance to the homeless person who is sleeping in one of the sheds on the Townshend estate. The Council say:
“I have now received an update from the local Housing Services Manager who advised that he has visited the estate to check that the sheds are locked and secure and our Compliance Officers have also been asked to monitor the area.
In addition to this, we contacted Street Link to alert them to this and put this on their radar. They have advised that they had visited the area and confirmed that the person using the shed area was known to them and that they are taking steps to make contact and offer help.”
We asked the Council to fix a broken street light in Hill Road.
Dora House, St John’s Wood Road
We are making enquiries about the situation at Dora House which has been vacant for many years.
Thames Water road works
We are making enquiries about this issue:
“Thames Water up to their old tricks again causing 2 bus stops being the only stops between Abbey Road and Wellington Road stretch of Grove End Road No men on site weekend either! Thames Water repeatedly digging holes in the road St Johns Wood. How many more works are we to endure? Every time they work on water mains up to 2 bus stops become blocked. Affecting bus transport now for the 2nd batch of works in St John’s Wood in 2 weeks.”
Marlborough Place – update
Following our enquiries about the state of the property at 34 Marlborough Place, the Planning Department has given us the following update:
“An inspection of the property revealed that there was a large amount of vegetation in the front garden, which had become completely overgrown. Letters were sent advising that the site be tidied and all vegetation be removed. I am pleased to inform you that following this action from the Planning Enforcement Team, the site has been tidied as requested. There is an extant planning permission for ‘demolition of existing front boundary wall and erection of new front boundary wall with piers and gates, in association with re-positioning of vehicular crossover and new hard standing to the front garden’ (09/06431/FULL). The permission appears to have been partially implemented between 2012 and 2014 as evidenced by the fact that a vehicle crossover was installed at some point between 2012 and 2014 and because part of the wall had been demolished. It appears that works are now underway to continue the implementation.”
However, residents say:
“Yes, they did a bit of weeding but there is no work going on. House derelict and empty. It has been like this now for over five years. Council should put homeless in there!”
Tackling illegal short term lets
We have called for action to deal with the menace that is turning so many of our homes into hotels.
We have received strong support from Westminster residents for the idea of introducing a small ‘Tourist Tax’ on hotel and Airbnb room occupancy. In particular, residents support the idea of a ‘Tourist Tax’;
- To help 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
- To help to pay for specialist inspectors to crack down on illegal short-lets.
- To put Westminster in line with other capital cities across the globe which residents visit and pay a small ‘Tourist Tax’. For example, Athens, Paris, Rome and Florence charge a “progressive visitor levy” which charges a higher tax for a higher class of room. Rome charges €7 for a five-star room and €4 for a three-star room.
Introducing a small Tourist Tax on hotel bedroom occupancy could raise about £25 million a year, based on a flat rate of £1.60p per room
What you say
“We very much appreciate your swift and professional action in getting this done”