News from your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Hamza Taouzzale
New Homes at Queen’s Park Court
Following consultation with surrounding residents, proposals for 23 new social rent homes at Queen’s Park Court have been finalized and will soon be submitted for planning permission. The key features of the proposals are:
- There will be 4 town houses and 19 flats
- New landscaping is proposed next to the proposed apartment block and townhouses. This will include planters, hard landscaping and tree planting, which will improve the appearance of the estate.
- The central car park is to be re-aligned to provide 25 spaces. This includes two disabled accessible spaces which will be for the residents of the new development and 23 spaces which will be allocated to the existing car parking licensees.
- The new residents will receive lifetime car club membership (25 years) enabling them to use a local car club
- The external fencing and razor wire at the Katharine Bruce Community Nursery is proposed to be upgraded, by replacing the existing fencing with a new red brick retaining wall. Wooden fencing is proposed to increase the height of the boundary, improving security but with a softer material
Details of the proposals are available at https://www.westminster.gov.uk/infill-projects
Moberly Sports Centre
We have again called on Westminster Council to order a clean up at the Moberly Sports Centre which opened in 2018 and has been the subject of regular complaints from users about the cleanliness of the changing rooms and pool. Also, some of the changing room lockers are broken and have not been repaired.
Jubilee Sports Centre
We presented a petition to the City Council meeting on 18thSeptember from Caird Street and surrounding area residents calling on the Council and developers to make a start of the new homes that were promised when the Jubilee Sports Centre closed over a year ago.
234 Portnall Road
We have again urged the Council to take action against the owner of the empty house at 234 Portnall Road which is increasingly getting in to a very poor state of repair.
We have asked the Council to take action against the people who regularly dump rubbish by the bins outside Holly House. Residents say:
“It’s every day and sometimes the refuse covers the whole pavement and it attracts vermin in the form of rats and foxes.”
We asked Nuno, our local Inspector, to investigate dumped rubbish in Coomassie Road. Residents say:
“We are drowning in rubbish in the Harrow Rd area. You could not walk on the pavement as this person had cleared their garden and thrown it on the streets. The opposite side of road also had a dump, the dump on Bravington continues. The council needs to do more to educate the communities who persist in this antisocial behaviour.”
Following the recent removal of a dead tree from outside 58/60 Bravington Road, the Council’s Tree Officer says that a new tree will be planted in its place this coming winter.
We have asked Nuno to take the necessary action to stop the regular rubbish dumping on Marne Street. Residents say:
“The problem is in front of numbers 37 and 39, under the lime tree in between these numbers. There is always some household waste dumped there and it often remains for weeks at a time.”
Kilburn Lane/Sixth Avenue
Following our enquiries, the Council has confirmed that the exiting single yellow lines at the junction with Kilburn Lane and Sixth Avenue will be upgraded to double yellow lines. It is planned to have this work completed as soon as possible.
We have asked BT to repair a telephone box by St Luke’s church, at the top of Ashmore Road by the zebra crossing. The glass has been smashed to pieces. BT say:
“I have now arranged for our engineer to attend as soon as possible to make safe and carry out the necessary repairs.”
We have also asked the Tree Officer to investigate this issue:
“A tree was recently removed outside 94 Ashmore Road. I was not sure why and after looking at your newsletter I see a dead tree was supposedly removed outside 86 Ashmore Road, however I think they have removed the wrong tree! I am very upset that what seemed to be a healthy, thriving tree has been removed. What I think is the dead tree is still standing. Please would you let me know if the removed tree will be replaced?”
In addition, we have asked Nuno to investigate this issue:
“So much mess, discarded casing, bottles and broken glass, outside Ashmore nursery and 189 Ashmore Road. This seems to be a recurring problem from the hostel there and it’s having a detrimental impact on the neighbours and the community.”
We asked the Council to investigate this issue:
“The construction workers really are making loads of noise and causing a disturbance on a Saturday morning. They were using a pavement cutter around 8.20 am and it’s was a terrible, loud, screeching noise. Is this construction company carrying out works on Ilbert Street allowed to do this on a Saturday morning?”
We have asked the Cleansing Team to give the Harrow Road pavements outside the shops a deep clean.
There are no crossing provisions outside Wilberforce Primary School for pushchairs and wheelchairs. A number of existing crossovers between numbers 21 and 35 are not up-to-specification and have no flush transition for pushchairs and wheelchair users. We are therefore supporting plans to introduce drop kerbs outside 29 Beethoven Street, where the existing speed hump is located. There are also plans to repave sections of the footway to remove trip hazards and reconstruction the crossovers.
We have also asked Nuno to take action to stop regular rubbish dumping outside 2 Beethoven Street.
Queen’s Park Estate – Conservation Area
We recently walked round parts of the Estate with Conservation and and Planning Enforcement officers in an attempt to better understand what is important to maintain the quality and character of the Conservation Area. We have been given the following general advice:
- Alarm Boxes – Either remove of relocate in line with left hand side window cill at 1stfloor level and paint white to match colour of cill
- Gas Meter Boxes – Drop below level of ground floor window cill and paint black
- Front Doors and Windows – Considered on a case by case basis but compliance with the Queen’s Park Estate Design Guide and Queen’s Park Community Council’s Design Guide expected as a prerequisite.
- Trellis –if used to support plant growth then fine but if no plants in situ this is unnecessary clutter and should be removed
- Satellite Dishes – seek removal or relocation to rear.
- Front boundary treatments – ideally metal railings but otherwise timber picket fence.
Here is the Queen’s Park Estate Design Guide http://transact.westminster.gov.uk/spgs/publications/Queens%20Park%20Estate.pdf
Queen’s Park Gardens
Staff at St Marylebone Bridge School on Third Avenue have told us they “are having a lot of strong cannabis smells in the school playground coming across from Queen’s Park Gardens and would be grateful if one of you would be able to raise this with the Park staff”.
The Head of Parks told us:
“We’ll pull in some other parks staff to increase visible deterrent. Will also flag to City Inspectors and Met Police to patrol the area. Any further intelligence on specific times etc. would be helpful in organising deployments.”
We have asked the police to investigate reports of drug dealing at the top end of Fifth Avenue near Third Avenue and around the junction of Marne Street and Sixth Avenue.
We have asked Nuno to investigate the recent increase in dumping on First Avenue, Fourth Avenue, Sixth Avenue, Portnall Road and Caird Street.
We also reported a dumped mattress outside 53 Lothrop Street and on the corner of Enbrook Street, as well as dumped fridge outside Croft House on Third Avenue.
We have reported a noisy motorcycle riding round and round the Avenues to the police.
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 doorstep recycling service concentrates on the recyclable materials most commonly produced by houses so that these can be easily separated into the different material types. The link below summarises what can be put in recycling bags
Lots of other materials can be recycled but not through the doorstep collection service. The A-Z list below gives details of what and where items can be recycled or re-used:
Ha’Penny Steps graffiti
We have again asked the Council to remove the graffiti by Ha’Penny Steps Bridge and on the side of Canal Terrace. He graffiti from the bridge has been removed but the graffiti further up on the wall of Canal Terrace remains as scaffolding is required to safely remove it.
A2 Dominion property
We attended the A2 Dominion Community Impact Day held in Queen’s Park last month. A2 Dominion say:
“Our approach in the Queen Park area, is to use our Great Place to Live project to gain a better understanding of the challenges face locally and how we can best work collaboratively with local services providers and people to create opportunities for local people to improve their life chances. Given the multiple challenges faced in Queens Park by residents, A2Dominion is committed to developing a 5-year plan at the end of the Great Place to Live project, which we believe will give us the best chance to make a difference.”
Skip lorries being driven through Fifth and Sixth Avenues– Update
Following our enquiries, the Council say:
“Powerday acknowledge and apologise that their drivers have been creating a nuisance on Fifth and Sixth Avenues particularly given the speed bumps present, which clearly exacerbates the problem. Powerday management have explicitly instructed their drivers not to use either street, and we would encourage residents to contact Customer Relations directly, if they observe any Powerday vehicles in these streets. They can send an email to us at: email@example.com”
“I very much support your call for action regarding the skip lorries on Fifth Avenue. They rocket along the street and woe betide anyone who wishes to cross the road.”
“I wholeheartedly agree with the comments about the Powerday skips and lorries using Fifth Avenue as a drive through. The houses and windows shake as they drive through. They need to use the main thoroughfare and not residential road. And be more respectful of the residents.”
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.
The new Report It service has been unveiled. Let us know what you think https://www.westminster.gov.uk/report-it
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.
The Guardian runs a story on John Phillips and the Paddington Printshop on Harrow Road, which revolutionised the promotion of squatters’ rights and housing campaigns throughout the 1970s and 80s. One major campaign saw Phillips create the Iron Man – a businessman with the face of a digger. It began in 1986 when Westminster City Council tried to sell the Walterton and Elgin estates to a private developer. John Phillips worked alongside residents to fight back, creating a range of images to support the campaign.
Carnival parking – what you say
“The parking on the Queen’s Park Estate gets worse every carnival. At one time they used to lift them by special vehicles, could this not be reintroduced? Concerning the entrance to Sixth Avenue from Kilburn Lane, the offending vehicle was parked actually in the pinch point.”
“The City Council put up the correct signs on the right parking places during Carnival this year and although there were vehicles parked in contravention there were also signs of enforcement taking place throughout the weekend. Thank you for your work on this.”
What you say
“Thanks for the action report, as always great to know what’s going on and heartening to hear about the efforts of our QP Councillors.”
“Many thanks as always for your informative newsletter – and all the support you give to local residents in our ward. We’re so lucky to have you.”
“Thank you for the swift action you took with regard to the replanting of a tree between in Bravington Road. I was certainly not expecting such a quick response.”
“Thank you so much for digging further for me. I really hope it’s not a mistake they make again, as it was so chaotic. I really appreciate your efforts”
“The dumped sofas have gone now so thank you very much if it was expedited by your intervention!”
“Thanks for all your efforts for the community.”
“Thank you so very much for your follow-up. Very much appreciated.”
Please let us know if we can be of any assistance.
Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Hamza Taouzzale
Your Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors – Here to Help