News from the St John’s Wood Labour Action Team
We asked the Planning Department if they know what is happening at the former old people’s home on Abbey Road which is becoming ever more derelict. We received the following reply:
“We granted planning permission on 23 April 2019 for the demolition behind retained central bay facade and redevelopment to provide a new building comprising basement, lower ground, raised ground and three upper floors to provide an elderly care facility, communal and welfare/medical areas, cycle storage, landscaping and tree works and associated works. We currently have in a number of approval of details applications in to discharge a number of the planning conditions.”
Elm Tree Road
We have asked the High Ways Team to relocate the speed warning device in a more appropriate location where it can actually be seen by drivers to warn them they are driving too fast! At present, the sign is hidden by the trees in the street.
Wellington Road Estate
We are making enquiries about the removal of asbestos from the boiler room on the estate.
We asked the Council to investigate this issue:
“I found a large fat dead (headless) rat in my drive in Carlton Hill. My garden is now also regularly filled with odd bits of food, meat bones etc. in paper and plastic brought in by the numerous foxes which now live round here. I have been here for 45 years and although there has always been some fast-food refuse in the streets, I have never before seen a rat or found food remnants in my garden. I think this is caused by Westminster’s new system of leaving black food bags outside the house instead of collecting them from closed bins. Many people leave out the black bags the night before and foxes, crows and presumably rats just rip into them for the content.”
The Council say:
“The council hasn’t made any changes to its waste collection arrangements in NW8 for a number of years so I’m not aware of any new system that has been put in place. The council has strict limits on when residents can place bags or bins of waste on the public highway but we do not regulate how residents store waste on their own private property unless it becomes a health hazard. I have asked the council’s City Inspectors to liaise with the Pest Control Team to jointly investigate the likely source of problems and to speak to residents directly where their waste is causing a nuisance to others.”
According to the ‘Daily Mail’, “Sir Paul McCartney has lost a battle with council bosses to prune protected trees in the garden of hisLondon home. He lodged two applications to cut back several trees. These include cutting back the thin crown of a Birch tree, a Hornbeam and two Sycamores to allow for more light in the rear garden, along with three protected lime trees at the front of his property. The council told him that the works in the back garden could not go ahead after not giving the council enough detail about what he intended to do to them.”
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
The new Report It service has been unveiled. Let us know what you think https://www.westminster.gov.uk/report-it
20 mph speed limit consultation
Do you support 20mph speed limits across Westminster? The Council is finally proposing 20mph speed limits to make Westminster a safer, healthier and cleaner environment for everyone. Reducing speeds reduces the severity of accidents and makes it safer to walk and cycle around Westminster.
The Council has already introduced 20mph speed limits around 39 schools in Westminster following a successful trial. Lower speed limits were supported by an overwhelming majority of residents, who felt it would be safer to walk and cycle in their community. Map of affected areas (PDF, 1.5MB)
You can have your say by completinga short survey.
What you say
“Many thanks as ever for continuing to compile and issue the Labour Action Report.”
Please let us know if we can be of help or assistance on any local issues.
Hussain Ahmed, Janet Seale and Liam Taggart
Your St John’s Wood Labour Action Team