Councillors Guthrie Mckie and Tim Roca
Councillors Guthrie Mckie and Tim Roca

NEWS FROM YOUR HARROW ROAD WARD LABOUR COUNCILLORS

Councillor Ruth Bush

Councillor Ruth Bush has been elected the first Labour Lord Mayor of Westminster. Ruth will not take part in party politics during her Mayoral year and local casework will be undertaken by Councillors Guthrie McKie and Tim Roca.

https://www.westminsterlabour.org.uk/westminster-news/2019/05/20/councillor-ruth-bush-elected-first-labour-lord-mayor-of-westminster/

Ruth says:

“I’ve taken part in many school leaving services and ceremonies recently – at St George’s, Hanover Square for their associated Primary school, two more next week in St Stephen’s, Rochester Row.  Last week, I was at Westminster School’s and Westminster City School’s events – very different from each other, both impressive.  And I’ve just come back from Paddington Arts’ stunning summer show launching their campaign: Let’s Dance, Not Fight! “

Ruth also attended the Civic Service at Westminster Abbey. “I was glad it proved possible to include prayers read by people of other faiths and denominations, and many people appreciated this”, she said.

https://www.westminster-abbey.org/abbey-news/civic-service-2019

Maida Hill Piazza

We have asked the Parking Team to take action on this issue: 

“Idling engines – can you ask the Council to enforce it around us – there’s a minivan office in the Maida Hill piazza and all drivers are sitting right outside our windows in Walterton Road, idling, all the time!”

Lydford Estate garages – update 

Westminster Housing Department has told us:

“We have secured funding for a complete regeneration of the garage sites on Lydford estate. This will address the ongoing issues of anti-social behaviour. The project is to be delivered by our contactors Morgan Sindall this summer 2019. The project will include an overhaul of the security gates leading to the garage sites, replacement garages doors with additional security added to each door (including ground fitted door defenders and side padlocks) and increased lighting and fire protection measures. We will arrange for letters to be sent to residents on Lydford estate once we have obtained a start date for these works.

Randolph Surgery

Randolph Surgery will be hosting a Health & Wellness Open Day at Lydford Community Hall for all members of the public on Monday 22nd July 2019 between 4.00pm and 7.00pm – all are welcome to attend.  The event aims to promote the role and benefits of Randolph Surgery, as well as to raise awareness about and allow patients to experience a number of local healthcare service providers accessible through the surgery for patients and residents of Westminster.

Lydford Community Hall, 74 Fernhead Road, London, W9 3EW

https://www.westlondonpractice.co.uk/randolph-health-wellness-open-day-on-monday-22-july-2019/

Police funding

During question time at the Council meeting on 1 May 2019, Harrow Road Councillor Tim Roca asked Conservative Councillors if they had lobbied the government regarding funding pressures facing the Metropolitan Police – the vast majority of police funding comes from the Home Office not the Mayor of London. Despite claiming they had, Conservative Councillor Ian Adams was subsequently forced to correct the record at the Council meeting on 26 June and admit Conservative Councillors never asked the Home Office to reverse their cuts to police funding. In fact, they’ve not raised the issue of police funding with the Government at all.

https://www.westminsterlabour.org.uk/westminster-news/2019/06/30/westminster-council-fails-to-lobby-for-increased-police-funding/

Fraud Warning from the Police

Online Dating Fraud happens when a person thinks they have met the perfect partner through an online dating website, app, or through social media, but in fact a fraudster is using a fake profile to form a relationship with them. They will gain the person’s trust and ask for money or enough personal information to steal the victim’s identity.

  • Don’t rush into an online relationship – get to know the person, not the profile and ask plenty of questions
  • Analyse their profile and check the person is genuine by putting their name, profile pictures or any repeatedly used phrases and the term ‘dating scam’ into your search engine.
  • Talk to your friends and family about your dating choices. Be wary of anyone who tells you not to tell others about them.
  • Evade scammers by never sending money to, or sharing your bank details with, someone you’ve met online, no matter what reason they give or how long you’ve been speaking to them.
  • Stay on the dating site messenger service until you’re confident the person is who they say they are. If you do decide to meet in person, make sure the first meeting is in a public place and let someone else know where you’re going to be.

Computer Software frauds are all very similar, with fraudsters phoning the victims and claiming that they were internet providers, (E.g. Talktalk, BT, EE) and getting the victim to install “team viewer” a program which gives the fraudster remote access to the victim’s computer. So remember

  • Your service provider will never contact you out of the blue because of unusual activity on your computer.
  • Never give someone remote access to your computer.

Your bank, the police, or tax office will never ask you to attend your bank, withdraw, transfer or pay money over the phone or send couriers to collect your card or cash. Nor would they ask you to buy goods or vouchers. This is a scam. 

  • Hang up – Never give details or money following a cold call
  • Take 5 – Seek a second opinion, tell someone what has happened
  • Verify– if concerned, contact the company via a pre-confirmed method

Police videos and electronic leaflets can be found on the following link; www.met.police.uk/littlemedia

Edbrooke Gardens – what you say

“Renewed congratulations to the Park Services for their interventions in Edbrooke Gardens. The children’s playground, with its new and well planned facilities, has become very popular with young families and the very recent installation of two benches on both sides of the Stonehenge-like stones, is a most welcome facility at this time of the year. Thank you! Renewed and grateful congratulations too to the indefatigable Sylvester who maintains the horticultural aspect of the park to the highest standards.”

Maida Hill Piazza – what you say

“I have lived at this address for the last 34 years and have walked through Maida Hill Piazza on an almost daily basis at all hours of the day and evening.  Neither as a relatively young woman nor as the old person I now am, have I felt threatened by the residents who gather on said Piazza. Nor have I ever witnessed any untoward gesture or action towards passers-by. I fully appreciate that for people who live right there, some nocturnal noise must prove a nuisance but threat? Never.” 

Climate Emergency

We are calling on the Council to declare a Climate Emergency and has launched a petition to present to the Council at its next meeting on 18thSeptember. The petition reads:

“We the undersigned support the call by Westminster Labour for Westminster City Council to declare a Climate Emergency at the Council Meeting on 18 September 2019. The Council must set out a Plan of Action which is both ambitious and deliverable to show how our City can make a real difference in the urgent fight against climate change. 

Cutting carbon emissions must be at the heart of the decisions the Council makes including on planning, house building, energy supply, procurement, freight consolidation, investments, transport and green spaces.”

You can sign the petition here:http://bit.ly/climate-emerg 

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

Recycling

Many people have askedwhere Westminster’s recycling is sent for processing. Virtually all of what is collected is reprocessed within the UK.  Further details can be found at:

https://www.westminster.gov.uk/where-does-all-my-household-recycling-go

What you say

“Very many thanks indeed for your sustained and systematic efforts to address and, most of the time, resolve residents’ questions and issues. It is much appreciated.”

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