Councillors Matt Noble, Aicha Less and Aziz Toki
Councillors Matt Noble, Aicha Less and Aziz Toki

Lambourne House, Broadley Street

We have asked the Housing Department to check whether flats in Lambourne House are being used for unauthorised short term Airbnb lettings. There are 12 key boxes at the entrance to Lambourne House and we have asked for a check on how many of them are to enable carers to get access to help elderly residents.

Church Street Masterplan

We have called on Westminster City Council to deliver residents’ wishes on Church Street regeneration:

https://www.westminsterlabour.org.uk/westminster-news/2019/05/01/labour-call-on-westminster-city-council-to-deliver-residents-wishes-on-church-street-regeneration/ 

Lisson Green

Karen Buck MP loined the tenants and leaseholders living on the Lisson Green estate for their AGM at the end of April. Despite the best efforts of the (sadly much reduced) Safer Neighbourhood Police team, concerns about crime and anti-social behaviour are still very much on people’s minds, as are continuing problems with the Council’s repairs service and the impact of the ‘Masterplan’ for the wider Church Street area.

Shroton Street/Cosway Street 

We have asked the Council for the security be improved at the former school building in Shroton Street/Cosway Street.

St Mary’s Hospital, Praed Street 

The essential, long-delayed redevelopment of St Mary’s hospital is stuck on hold despite the state of its old buildings and the government must now act. You can read Karen Buck MP’s speech from a recent debate on the NHS in North West London.

https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2019-04-24/debates/19042441000002/NHSNorth-WestLondon

Youth Service Cuts

The press has interviewed former Stowe Centre youth leader, Michael Dipple on the impact of cuts to local youth services:

https://www.westminsterlabour.org.uk/westminster-news/2019/05/21/impact-of-youth-service-cuts-in-westminster/

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.

https://www.westminster.gov.uk/westminster-trust-apply-for-funding

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.

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