Westbourne Ward Late Summer Update from Councillors Adam Hug, Papya Qureshi and David Boothroyd
We have been working with a local family to restore their disabled parking space that had been lost in the implementation of the new parking controls on the Warwick Estate. The bay has been restored and signs being introduced soon.
ASB: Lapworth Court
We have been working with residents of Lapworth Court to call on the police and Westminster Council to take action against anti-social behaviour taking place around their block.
ASB: Oversley and Princethorpe Houses
We have been working with residents on the Warwick and Brindley Estates to tackle anti-social behaviour issues in Oversley and Princethorpe Houses.
George Lowe Court
Over the summer we worked with local residents to get graffiti on the George Lowe Court bin store removed.
We are working with the Council and the team at the newly opened Grand Junction to find ways to repair the sundial on the canalside near the Warwick Estate.
300 Harrow Road
We are putting pressure on the Council to significantly improve their plans for redeveloping the Warwick Community Hall and nursery site on Harrow Road. On the positive side the Council’s current proposals are that the scheme should provide 50% affordable homes, deliver much needed improvements to the nursery, provide new affordable workspace and a new community hall (though the current one is fine for local needs). There are two major concerns firstly the height, fourteen stories at its highest point which will have a real impact on the Harrow Road streetscape and for residents in Wilmcote House and Polesworth House. Secondly at the moment 18 of the 56 ‘affordable’ units planned will be for households earning between £60,000 and £76,000 (average household income in Westbourne is £31,300), while only 17 will be for social rent that is desperately needed to house overcrowded and homeless families.
Concierges and the living wage
In July, the Council (after years of campaigning by Labour) agreed that all staff working for it through contractors should be paid the London Living Wage. We have been discussing with the council how they will implement that policy for concierges in the tower blocks on the Warwick and Brindley estates and in Keyham House.
We have been calling the Council’s housing team to take action on flytipping on Brunel Estate and around the bin store at Gaydon House on the Wessex Gardens Estate.
Amberley sports pitch
We worked with Westminster Council Housing to secure and fix an area at the edge of the Amberley Estate sports pitch where the wall has been damaged.
Shirland Road/Sutherland Road junction
The Council is working with TfL to design new and better traffic lights where Shirland Road and Sutherland Avenue meet, to make it safer for pedestrians. Some local people were concerned workers turned up and did not change the lights, but it was part of the preparation and the new lights are expected to be installed between April and June next year.
We have raised concerns about a breach of planning permission for houseboat moorings at Carlton Gate as the developers have started work after the three year permission had expired and without adequate plans to protect trees in the area.
ASB: Ashgrove Court and Lockbridge Court
We are working with local residents to put pressure on the housing managers Catalyst and the local to address the problem of anti-social behaviour within the carpark area and around the site.
After pressure from your Westbourne councillors, the council has added more and better signs around Woodfield Road, where it is temporarily closed around the Hathaway House development. The Council is stepping up site monitoring to make sure the Hathaway building works comply with noise restrictions. We have also been tackling complaints of anti-social behaviour and repeated damage to the security gate at the Notting Hill Genesis blocks at the junction of Woodfield Road and Harrow Road.
While there has been some progress in reducing height and other problems with the proposed development on the old LTDA site on Woodfield Road there is still more that need to be done to improve proposals before the council debates giving the scheme planning permission. We have submitted our objections and concerns that focus on height, impact of the frontage on Woodfield Road, length of stay at the hotel and noise issues. On the latter three concerns we have been led to believe the developers are making further changes in response to comments.
Tower Transit graffiti removal
Over recent months we have been supporting efforts to tackle the on-going problem of graffiti on the Tower Transit site on the canalside near Great Western Road.
Over the summer, after almost two years of work by your Westbourne Councillors and residents with the council’s planning enforcement team, the illegally placed containers have been removed from next to the Tower Transit site near Great Western Road.
We are working with local residents and the council’s planning enforcement team to ensure that demolition works recently announced for the site are done in compliance with the requirements of the planning application.
Lifts on the Wessex Gardens Estate
The Council has confirmed to us that the lift replacement contract is on hold for the moment. Westminster has appointed an independent expert to look at the works and the proposed costs, and the housing department are arranging meetings with residents to discuss their concerns.