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

Community against Knife Crime

Following the recent fatal stabbing on Edgware Road, Church Street Labour Councillors Aicha Less, Matt Noble and Aziz Toki have organised a’Community Against Knife Crime’ event on Saturday 5th October, 2pm-5pm, at the Greenside Community Centre, 24 Lilestone Street, NW8 8SR

There will be a discussion about knife crime and anti-social behaviour to help shape the future of the Church Street community

For further details contact Councillor Aicha Less at aless@westminster.gov.uk

https://www.westminsterlabour.org.uk/westminster-news/2019/09/22/church-street-labour-councillors-organise-community-against-knife-crime-event-on-5th-october/

Church Street – CCTV cameras

After many requests and lobbying by local residents, businesses and community representatives, two new Met Police CCTV cameras have been installed on Church Street. These will be a valuable tool in the deterrence/detection of crime in the area as well as provide reassurance to the nearby businesses and residents.

Alpha and Earl Houses, Lisson Grove

We are supporting residents who have asked the Council to take action on the following issues:

A ground floor property of Alpha House has been generating illegal activity and anti-social behaviour over a period of ten or more years, linked to the current occupants and their associates (cuckooing of the worst kind). Fearful residents have to endure open heroin use and drug dealing, gang crime, prostitution, defecating, shouting, screaming, window smashing on a sometimes weekly basis, and violent, anti-social behaviour of every possible kind. Window repairs have had to be carried out on a regular basis by WCC. 

The continued illegal parking on the estate road and to the rear of Alpha House has not been dealt with effectively. The AEHRA has frequently drawn attention to the resulting lack of access for emergency vehicles to the estate road.

Rough sleepers are living nightly in the garage area, making use of WCC’s running water and electricity, defecating, urinating, and cooking. These activities are being conducted in the garage area directly beneath Earl House. This is an environment not fit for human habitation. It also poses a very serious environmental health risk to the residents of the estate. The Street link rough sleeper service has proved completely ineffectual.”

56 Church Street

We have again asked the Environmental Health Team to take after residents reported:

“I am sorry to trouble you again about the behaviour of the butcher shop at 56 Church Street, but his actions over the weekend have concerned more residents.    Yesterday afternoon a resident reported the overflowing red fresh meat bin left on the public footway with the lid open. It was full of black bags containing fresh waste and there were two bags of the same on the ground alongside the bin.The bags were being attacked by multiple pecking birds.It is clearly a health hazard. “ 

Portman Centre – update

Following our enquiries, the Council has updated us on the plans for the Portman Centre:

There is security hoarding in place at the Portman Centre as we have had an incident of squatters trying to force their way in to the building.There is a proposed refurbishment planned for the Portman Centre. A concept design has been agreed with the Portman Service End Users and takes into consideration the following proposals:

  • Two-storey rear extension, which will give all weather access to play areas
  • Safety Works regarding existing Staircase removal and replacement.
  • Extend Lift Cap to give access to the play area on the existing roof terrace and meet DDA and safety criteria regarding access.
  • Rationalisation of some internal staff spaces.
  • Pram park facility.
  • Installation of efficient LED lighting
  • Full decorative upgrade throughout.
  • Provision of new lift 
  • Renewal of heating system throughout”

Padbury House, Lisson Green

We have again asked the Council to fix the door at Padbury House. Residents say “the door is heavy to pull open and needs much effort to get it open”

Begging

We have asked the Council and the police to take action on this issue:

“I see that the Metropolitan Police have put up little notices advising people not to give money to the beggars, but to the homeless charities. However, they continue to occupy Church Street and the Edgware Road in large numbers.

I know the library staff have found life extremely uncomfortable; I feel very sorry for them. These people shout and argue with each other in public places, disturbing other in-library users; they repeatedly smoke and drink alcohol in the front area despite repeated requests not to. Police and other public officials have confirmed to me that it is all organised begging, with the organisers being established criminals.”

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 investigations@rbkc.gov.uk

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

Airbnb

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London has banned adverts promoting short-term lettings within the TfL network as part of a crack down on firms that encourage landlords to flout the 90-day annual limit for short-term lettings in London.

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.

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 

Report It

The new Report It service has been unveiled. Let us know what you think https://www.westminster.gov.uk/report-it

Please let us know if we can be of help or assistance on any local issues.

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