We have asked the Highways Team to investigate this issue:
“I would like to note that the preparations for road works on Sutherland Avenue happened last night in a very disruptive way. A number of large machines were moved into place at around 2-3am. For about 30 minutes, the vehicles created quite a lot of noise, including very loud beeping when reversing. I am hoping there is a good reason why this had to happen at 2:00am before people go to work and school on a Monday.”
“They were also at it last night around midnight. not moving vehicles this time, but it sounded like loading/unloading pieces of equipment. again loud enough to wake us. My son trying to sleep before school and me before work. It seems a really odd time to be doing noisy work next to people’s bedroom windows. “
We have received the following response from the Council:
“FM Conway have provided me with an update on this and advised that the first night was the delivery of plant to site and that the second was traffic management barriers being relocated ahead of the next stage of work.
Neither of these operations should be happening at this time of night and we have reminded FM Conway of this. FM Conway have asked me to pass on their apologies and have assured us this won’t happen again although I appreciate this doesn’t help with the unacceptable disruption that residents have suffered in this instance. I would also add our apologies for this disruption and assure you that we take such matters seriously and will continue to remind FM Conway of their responsibilities to residents in Westminster.”
Interesting fact: 80% of the new road surface is recycled material
Building site noise
We have made enquiries into noisy weekend building works on behalf of residents of Gilbert Sheldon House. Residents say:
“As I am sure you are aware, loud construction work is not allowed on Sundays. I complained to Westminster Council because there was loud and constant heavy machinery drilling from 8am. I contacted the noise team and initially the person I spoke to tried to play it down but when I insisted that they act on my complaint they sent someone to the site to tell them to stop. It is not the first time that work has been done on this site on Sundays and we have complained about it before. I am sure that there is an early finishing time on Saturdays too and that also has been completely ignored because they work with heavy machinery all day. I do think that because the site is situated next to a council estate the owners believe they can act as they choose. I am really angry about it and would be really grateful if you would look into this matter for myself and all the residents who are living with the constant noise.”
Porteus Road underpass
We are making investigation intoa report that the CCTV on the Porteus Road underpass has been tampered with. It’s a dark and slightly scary route and the CCTV does provide some reassurance to people. The Council say:
“Following internal investigations, it has been determined that this camera was not part of the previous on-street network that was transferred over to Police. It would appear as though this camera was put up some time ago, however it is no longer being monitored by Westminster City Council and we believe that it is out of use.”
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.
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.
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
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.”