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

News from your Church Street Labour Councillors Aicha Less, Matt Noble and Aziz Toki

Church Street Masterplan – Update

The Council has adopted Option 3 as the preferred way forward for the Church Street Masterplan. This is the option favoured by the Neighbourhood Forum and includes retention of Kennet House, and retention of the shop frontage on Edgware Road, including the well-liked Dutch gable-ended buildings. Option 3 was also opted for regarding the Lilestone site, which is where the Health and Well-being hub will be sited.

Following our further lobbying, the Council has also committed to community space on Church Street and retention of open space on the Lilestone site.

We are continuing to campaign about the loss of the Westminster Adult Education Service (WAES) from Church Street Ward and re-provision of accommodation in the area is an ongoing issue. We met Stephen Lay, the external consultant carrying out the review of the Service and put forward the case for keeping WAES in Church Street and the requirement to continue to have the same level of service available for residents, especially given the economic benefits promised by the masterplan.

Other sites due to begin construction in the next few months are Ashmill, Ashbridge and Cosway. The Luton Street development site’s start date is still under discussion with the contractor. The Lisson Arches project completion date has slipped by another year to summer 2021 due to gas infrastructure issues. This is now a ‘full-house’ of utility delays, with electricity and water already having caused delays to construction start.

Bell Street

We have reported the regular rubbish dumping outside Burne House on Bell Street.

Play Streets

Two play streets have been chosen by members of the local community and will see Luton and Fisherton Street close weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from Monday 8 July – Saturday 28 September 2019. During the week closures will take place from 4pm -7pm and weekend sessions will run between 11am – 2pm.

Edgware Road/Harrow Road

Transport for London is consulting residents on proposals to extend the pavement outside Edgware Road Underground Station and remove a left turn slip lane to improve conditions for the many people who walk across the junction throughout the day. The plans also include introducing a 20mph speed limit on part of Edgware Road, giving people cycling an early start at the traffic lights and widening a bus lane.

Schools

A survey conducted by Labour Councillors has revealed the widespread impact that cuts are having on schools in the Westminster area. Councillor Tim Roca, Labour’s Education spokesperson, invited schools to take part in the survey, with 22 head teachers responding from primary, secondary and specialist schools across the borough. Most reported cuts to staffing, books and equipment with further cuts anticipated.

You can read the details herehttps://www.westminsterlabour.org.uk/westminster-news/2019/06/21/schools-survey-highlights-the-real-impact-of-government-cuts-in-westminster/

Street begging

We received this enquiry from a resident: 

“Have the Council investigated the circumstances of the many beggars around the same area, holding out near identical pieces of cardboard on which are written the same message “I am very hungry. God bless you”? They seem to be coordinated by someone and raise worries that they could even be victims of modern slavery.”

The Council say:

“The issue of coercion has long been debated amongst partners. The Police have investigated through a modern slavery lens and the issue they come up against each time is that the groups in question are more often than not family units. As a result, they are not willing to speak out against each other and insist that they are choosing to be there. We continue to monitor and offer alternatives to street begging and working with partners for a more meaningful solution to the challenge.”

Refuse collection and Recycling collection times

You can check when refuse and recycling is collected from your street here http://transact.westminster.gov.uk/env/streetsearch.aspx

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Councillors Aicha Less, Matt Noble and Aziz Toki

Your Church Street Labour Councillors

aless@westminster.gov.uk

mnoble@westminster.gov.uk

atoki@westminster.gov.uk

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