Campaign to clean up BT phone boxes
Following pressure from Westminster Labour urging BT to take extra steps to maintain and clean red phone boxes in the West End, BT have agreed to do more to ensure phone boxes are maintained to a better standard.
Help for young people and the homeless
The City of Westminster Charitable Trust is opening the Community Contribution Fund to applications from schools, voluntary and community organisations to support one of the following areas:
- Helping young people reach their full potential, including staying safe, contributing positively to their community and developing longer term skills
- Providing extra support for people who find themselves sleeping on Westminster’s streets
Organisations seeking funding for youth support projects can apply for up to £30,000. Organisations seeking funding to help people sleeping rough can apply for up to £10,000. Projects must help people in Westminster only and must be completed within 15 months.
More details can be found on the link below. The deadline to note is Friday 24th May.
Helping the homeless
Veolia’s ‘Road to Work’ programme will has helped 100 homeless and vulnerable people to get back into work. The scheme employs people in admin or street cleaner roles in Westminster, and provides specialised support services such as counselling and housing advice, as well as flexible working hours. The scheme has now become a permanent part of the company’s employment targets within Westminster and could be expanded into other contracts.
Airbnb – what you say
“Regarding short lets, I agree with you that only leaseholders or similar should be able to let their flats. In my view the spread of holiday lets through agencies is disrupting the local community and potentially harming the commercial activities of established and reputable hotels in the area. It is also reducing the availability of longer term tenancies for people who want to live and work in central London.”