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

Luton Street

Work is finally to start at Luton Street as part of the Church Street Regeneration Programme. Westminster City Council, in partnership with Link City, will build 168 new homes. Of these, 59 will be affordable and 109 will be for private sale.

The main works will release funding payments from the Developer, which contribute towards the project costs of the Green Spine and other improvements to council-owned homes in the surrounding area. A three-court sports hall and community space will also be built on the site and will offer everyone pay as you go and membership access to sports equipment.

The building contractor will be preparing for the demolition of the empty buildings on the site. The demolition will take approximately 12 weeks. Construction which will begin later this year and is expected to take around two and a half years.

Cherwell House – update

Following our enquiries regarding meat being cut up in a van in the car park at the rear of Cherwell House, the Environmental Health Team say: 

“City Inspectors have visited the butchers shop and have spoken to the staff. We have advised that them not to continue with the practice of washing out the van after delivery in this area as this is not appropriate or on their property. They were informed of the complaints and the impact they were having on residents in the vicinity.City Inspectors have been tasked with monitoring these premises at the scheduled delivery times to ensure that the business is compliant an undertaking ad hoc checks at this location.  

A Food Hygiene Improvement Notice has been served on the business with regard to the inadequate disposal of animal by products. In the meantime, the owner has confirmed that they will cease cleaning the van out at the rear of the premises.”

Unfortunately, the problems have continued and residents say: 

“The overfull red bin is propped against the wall adjacent to the residents’ Salisbury Street entrance gate to Church Street Estate every day.   When full, they simply leave bags on the ground next to the bin standing in the sun all day, everyday. In addition to this health hazard, it encourages other rubbish to be left in the vicinity by other traders and/or market visitors.”

We have reported this to Environmental Health who say:

“We have already undertaken enforcement action against the business and are following this up at the moment. I have asked City Inspectors to check this on a daily basis in the meantime until we can achieve the appropriate levels of compliance from the premises”

Penn House

We are looking into a possible issue with non-functioning CCTV in Penn House.

Shroton Street

We have asked the Council to remove a dumped refrigerator along Shroton Street in front of Cosway Mansions and opposite the Seashell.

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