Royal Oak Coach Station proposal
We are opposed to plans to locate a coach station at the former railway sidings at Royal Oak. Victoria Coach Station is due to close to make way for Crossrail 2 and Transport for London is considering moving services to a number of sites around London, including Royal Oak.
We are continuing to support Genesis tenants in Hereford Road following the Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for new windows. Residents are concerned that the existing windows let in draughts and the Impact of the old weather on residents’ health was not taken in to account by the Council’s planners.
We have also asked the Parking Team about the disabled parking bay outside 71 Hereford Road which has not been in use for over a year. The bay was for the use of a Genesis tenant who has been moved out of the property to allow for repairs. The Hereford Road Residents Association has requested that the parking restriction on this bay be suspended until such time as the tenant returns.
In addition, residents raised concern about scaffolding being used to gain entry for burglary at a property in Hereford Road. We contacted the contractors and the scaffolding has now been alarmed.
Westbourne Park Villas
We have asked the Street Lighting Team to arrange for the street light at the entrance to Elsie Lane Court, Westbourne Park Villas, to be investigated as it is not working.
We are making enquiries about a tree in Northumberland Place which is threatened with being felled. The Council say:
“Trees in Northumberland Place are located in a conservation area which provides protection for almost all trees. A written notification is required if the resident wishes to carry out works to trees or remove any trees. More information and a link to the application form are available on our website.”
We are supporting residents who are concerned about the planning application for the addition of two storeys on top of six-storey Queen’s Court in Queensway.
A local bee-keeper asked us for help finding a site for hives. The Porchester Centre has kindly agreed, subject to a risk assessment.
Palace Hotel, Princes Square
Following our enquiries, further inspections have been carried out by Environmental Health and Fire Safety officers.
Following a recent break-in at a property in Kildare Passage, we are supporting calls for CCTV to be installed in this and similar vulnerable areas.
St Petersburgh Place
We have asked the Parking Team to investigate this issue:
“Nuisance is being caused to local residents on a daily basis by a private taxi service parking at the top of St Petersburgh Place, serving the Double Tree Hilton Hotel guests. The taxis are parking in residents’ parking bays and on single yellow lines all day, in a constant contravention of parking restrictions. The taxis are also parking on the private road owned by the hotel. This is their prerogative but the ramifications are that the cars now block space for hotel deliveries. As a result, we have, on occasion, lorries parked outside St Olave’s Court, taking up residents’ parking bays and even blocking the entrance to our garage, which is clearly demarcated with a “Keep Clear” sign. “
The Parking Team say:
“Our marshals have been monitoring the area since and we have now asked them to increase their visits due to the continued concerns that have been raised. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and additional measures are also being considered at this time. This includes having Council officers visit the Hotel, to discuss the residents’ concerns with the Management, as well as to try and find a solution that will limit any further disruption. We have also asked TfL to see if there is any additional action that they may be able to take with regards to the Taxi’s / Private Hire Vehicles parking inappropriately.
No formal application has been made by the Hotel to extend the relevant yellow line parking restrictions. Even if an application were to be submitted we would be required to publicly consult with the local residents / business, as we all other parties, on any proposed amendments to the existing Traffic Management Order. In this case, the Council would be likely to resist such an application due to a lack of available evening parking in the area.”
“This is most reassuring and greatly appreciated. Thank you so much again for your kind help.”
Craven Road/Craven Hill
We have asked the Road Safety Team to investigate this issue:
“The Council has just finished some work in Craven Road/Craven Hill to turn it into a quiet cycling road – now marked Q2. Some work has been done at the Craven Road/Devonshire Road junction. Nonetheless the traffic continues to drive at high speed down from Craven Hill. Despite the Q2 demarcation, and the small works at the junction, this remains quite a dangerous road. Craven Hill is downhill cars and taxis speed through it putting cyclists at risk. I would urge the Council to add to Craven Hill speed bumps in order to reduce the speed that cars and taxis drive on this road hopefully making it safer for cyclists.”
The Road Safety Team say:
“I have looked at the most recent collisions data for this section of highway and there have been no collisions across the most recent 36 months of accident data. However, there would be an option to install a Vehicle Activated Sign (VAS) at this location to help to reduce speeding at this location. “
Westminster Almshouses Foundation
Westminster Almshouses Foundation is a charity which owns and maintains 41 almshouse flats in Rochester Row, SW1 designed for independent living. The flats are self contained and a weekly maintenance charge is payable. Vacancies arise from time to time for applicants who are single, over the age of 60, have been living in Westminster for at least 3 years at the time of their application, have an acute housing need, and are on of modest incomes with less than £100,000 in savings or capital. For more details call the Clerk, Cristina O’Halloran on 0207 828 3131 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Praed Street taxis – what you say
“I think widening the pavement might make the road too narrow and could create difficulties for delivery vehicles/ ambulances on their way to St Mary’s Hospital. What about painting in a cycle lane instead which might also be a cheaper option? This is assuming that taxis aren’t allowed to stand with engines idling on top of a cycle lane?”
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Councillor Maggie Carman, Dafydd Ellis and Max Sullivan
Bayswater and Lancaster Gate Labour Action Team
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Lancaster Gate Labour Action Team