St John
St John's Wood Labour Action Team

Elm Tree Road

We have asked Road Safety and Parking Teams to investigate these issues: 

“Early last year we got approval for a 20 mph speed limit in Elm Tree Road NW8. Speed tests were done and the signs for a 20 mph zone were due to be installed. But the council failed to install them. It is now March 2019 and we should not have to wait any longer. Please can you have the 20 mph zone signs installed at both ends of the street. We are worried about road safety.

Parking wardens have slackened presence on Elm Tree Road recently. A collection of expensive cars such as Range Rovers, Porsches and Mercedes have been left all day and do not get tickets. Please ensure regular patrols.” 

The Highways Team say:

“Thank you for your email forwarding residents’ concerns with road safety in Elm Tree Road. Within the email it was stated a 20mph sign would be installed. Unfortunately, we did not include this road within the ’20mph Trial’, however speed and volume data collected in December 2017 indicated that the current average speeds were very low, less that 17mph. 

In order to further monitor the location we are able to install a ‘Vehicle Activated Sign’ which will flash the speed limit and a ‘slow down’ message. These signs are also capable of recording all approaching vehicle speeds. This would be installed in the coming weeks.We will also keep the residents request for introduction of 20mph as we are looking at options following the successful conclusion of the 20mph speed limit trial.”

Barrow Hill Road 

We have reported this to the Council for action: 

“Why isn’t the council doing something about the bird droppings on the pavement in Barrow Hill Road opposite the news agents and other pavements. Also, in Barrow Hill Road near the high street there’s a dangerous object in the tarmac, in line with the opticians and the old Carlucio’s. “

Woronzow Road

We have asked the Tree Officer to look into this issue:

“I brought to your attention some time ago that a tree had blown down and been removed in the section of Woronzow Road and Norfolk Road and Queens Grove – there are still a couple of cones where the tree used to be but no attempt to replace or replace another tree that blew down in the same section of road a couple of years ago.”

Circus Road

We have alerted the Parking team to this issue: 

“The paying parking spaces in front of Tesco’s Circus Road are active till 6.30pm – but on numerous occasions Tesco arrange a series of yellow cones to stop cars parking there in preparation of a delivery truck – whilst I appreciate blocking after hours, is it permissible/legal for them to use these cones during the day?” 

The Parking Team say:

“Our officers will be visiting this store to inform them that the placement of cones on the highway, in the manner described, is not permitted.”

Abbey Gardens/Nugent Terrace/Hill Road/Alma Square

We have contacted the Police to urge increased surveillance in the Abbey Gardens/Nugent Terrace/Hill Road/Alma Square area following a series of break-ins and robberies in the area.

Wellington Road estate

We have asked City West Homes to install barriers to stop unauthorized vehicles parking near Fettes and Reynolds Houses. Residents say: 

“At no point has Westminster council made any efforts to oversee this car park and how it is managed daily. It is free for all. Non resident visitors use this small confined space behind Reynolds House and Fettes House like a parking lot free of charge. Boynton House and Elgood House have an electric barrier gate with codes for residents only. This should be installed at the entrance to Fettes House and Reynolds House to stop free parking”

City West Homes say: 

“At this time, we do not have anyone monitoring at the parking on Wellington Estate.   However, an officer has been visiting the estate regularly and has placed notices on three vehicles that he has found parked in the area, more than twice.He has arranged for the DVLA to be contacted to obtain ownership details for these vehicles. Once this information is received, he will request that our legal team to write to the owners pointing out should they continue to park on Wellington we will apply for an injunction in order to prevent them.”

Hamilton Terrace

We have again asked the Council to take action against those responsible for the persistent rubbish dumping outside 77 Hamilton Terrace.

Street Lights

Westminster Council has finally revealed why half of its street lights have been blazing away for 24 hours a day. According to the Council, “our lighting operator contractor Harvard Technology Limited went into administration, resulting in some lights remaining on through the day.” However, Harvard Technology went in to administration in December 2018, according to the trade press, which reported on 13thDecember: 

“Harvard Technology Limited, a smart wireless lighting specialist called in Grant Thornton UK on 10 December 2018 to handle the administration processes. Primarily, the company produces LED lighting drivers and engines and creates wireless control solutions for both indoor and outdoor spaces, generated via its EyeNut and LeafNut systems. In the financial year ending 31 October 2017, Harvard Technology Limited reported a turnover of £21.1 million with a pre-tax loss of £4.2 million.”

We have asked the Council for an urgent explanation as to why it has taken the Council nearly three months to fix this serious problem, how much the Council has paid to get the street lights working properly and how are street lights will be managed in future so that this kind of problem does not arise again.

Electric charging points

You can request an electric charging point near you. The Council has a new scheme to install electric charging points in lamp posts across the city. If you own or plan to buy an electric vehicle you can apply to have a charger installed in your road. The council plans to install over 100 new lamp post charging points across the city. The charging points can be installed in just 20 minutes. Priority will be given to those who already own electric vehicles.

Ultra Low Emission Zone

To help improve air quality, an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will be introduced in central London from 8 April 2019, covering the same area as the Congestion Charge. Most vehicles including cars and vans will need to meet the ULEZ standards or be liable for a daily charge to drive in the area. The Mayor of London has launched a new vehicle scrappage scheme to help small businesses. Eligible micro businesses and charities can apply for funds to scrap up to three vehicles that do not meet the new criteria.

Energy Efficiency assistance

Residents on low incomes can get help to improve energy efficiency in their homes. Some householders in older properties and those on benefits or low incomes may qualify for extra financial assistance through the Energy Company Obligation (ECO), further details are available at

If residents meet any of the following criteria they can be signposted to the SHINE London fuel poverty referral network, who provide free energy advice via their helpline. SHINE accepts self-referrals and third party referrals for households of any tenure.  Referrals can be made to SHINE services for households with an income below £16,190 or where a household’s member falls under a SHINE target group:

  • Has a disability
  • Has a long-term health conditions worsened by the cold
  • Is a child under 15
  • Is an adult over 60

Residents can contact SHINE via: 0300 555 0195 / CONTACT@SHINE-LONDON.ORG.UK. Alternatively, contact Heat London on 020 8037 6050 – – to see if you are eligible for any support.

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