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News from the St John’s Wood Labour Action Team

St John’s Wood Road/Grove End Road

We have asked the Highways Team to investigate this issue:

“The drain grid in the gutter located at St John’s Wood Road and Grove End Road, adjacent to Grove End House, is still blocked. It is perpetually blocked.  There was a pre-match downpour before the cricket World Cup match on Sunday 13 July. A large pool was formed with cars splashing over the many cricket fans, of which many are visiting from all over the world.  A poor impression indeed. This needs sorting once and for all.” 

Elm Tree Road

We asked the Road Safety Team to investigate this issue: 

“Some months ago a speed control visual measuring device was installed in Elm Tree Road   However it does not appear to be functioning”

We have received the following response:

“The Vehicle Activated Signs has been inspected and while there does not appear to be anything physically wrong with the sign, it appears to be a technical issue with the sign monitoring system. An engineer has been arranged to resolve the issue, which should result in the sign back up and running by the end of next week.If you have any further enquiries, please contact our Customer Relations team at

Townshend Estate – update

Following our enquiries about a rough sleeper sleeping in one of the sheds on the estate, the Council says: 

“The Housing Services Manager has recently visited the shed and confirms that this remains locked with the original lock, put on to secure the shed following the eviction. St Mungo’s have also visited the shed and confirmed that in their view, the gentleman in question is no longer there.  The area continues to be monitored.”

Cochrane Street/St Anne’s Terrace – update

Following our enquiries about speed traffic along Cochrane Street and St Anne’s Terrace we have received the following update from the Road Safety Team: 

“I have asked for 2 speed and volume counters to be placed, but appreciate that they may be impacted by the school holidays. Once this data is in we can determine if the values are abnormally high for this location” 

Reynolds House

We have asked the Enforcement Team to investigate a report of unauthorized short term letting in Reynolds House. 

Hill Road

We have asked the Council to fill a large pothole in Hill Road, near the junction with Alma Square. The Council say:

“Inspectors have put in an emergency make safe (will be completed within a couple of hours of now) and are arranging for a full investigation to be carried out as to the cause of the depression.”

Carlton Hill Nursery

Karen Buck MP and local Labour Councillors have slammed Westminster Council plans to double the rent of the Carlton Hill nursery and say parents could be priced out of childcare.

Carlton Hill Nursery has been told in its latest rent review that it should be paying £120,000 rather than its current £60,000. The centre is run by the London Early Years Foundation (LEYF), a registered charity and social enterprise that offers a subsidy to parents on lower incomes.

You can read the story here

Police Report 

In recent weeks over 15 offenders have been arrested, numerous weapons, and five high powered stolen vehicles seized, as part of the concerted effort to tackle criminality.Detective Chief Inspector Christina Jessah from Westminster CID said:

“We are aware that numerous residents in Westminster, and in particular the St. John’s Wood area, were heavily impacted by a series of violent offences. We are pleased that working with officers from across the Metropolitan Police Service we were able to severely disrupt these offenders.There is much hard work to come in the weeks and months ahead but we will endeavour to keep you updated with the investigations as we seek to bring justice to the victims in our community.”

Tackling knife crime

Queen’s Park Councillor Hamza Taouzzale was one of a group of young people who called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to take urgent action to tackle the knife crime crisis and make it a “top priority”. Delivering a letter to Downing Street on Thursday 8thAugust, which was signed by more than 100 young people, Hamza and his colleagues also presented a 12-point manifesto on what they think would make the streets safer.

In the letter, they said: “More and more of our generation are still dying. More needs to be done, as soon as possible. As Prime Minister we need you to make this problem your top priority.”The manifesto includes calls to tackle what the group believe are underlying causes of violent crime, such as lack of housing, youth services and jobs, as well as a bid for more community police officers to build relationships in neighbourhoods.

Official figures show knife crime in England and Wales hit a record high in 2018/19, up 8% on the previous year. For more information visit

Refuse collection and Recycling collection times

You can check when refuse and recycling is collected from your street here


Westminster City Council is consulting on its homelessness strategy. Details and feedback survey here: Have a read and make your views known. 

Tenancy fraud

The Council’s Anti-Fraud Team has recovered four properties which have since been allocated to people in genuine need of support and assistance.

If you have any concerns regarding fraud, please contact the fraud hotline 020 7361 2777, or send details by email to the shared service mailbox address

Please be assured, all information is held in strictest confidence.

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