Marylebone High Street
We have taken up this issue with the Council:
“Marylebone High Street is closed to traffic until the 1st of November and many other nearby streets have been narrowed by huge areas being taken up, again for weeks and months on end, apparently mainly for storage of materials. Most of the work is being carried out by Conway and at any one time on any one site, very little work is being done.”
“Marylebone High Street is a mess.The new work that is being undertaken is taking forever.Further, it is going to make retail in the High Street even more difficult to survive and is forcing more cyclists on to the pavement”
According to Fitzrovia News:
“Community groups in Fitzrovia and Marylebone are bracing themselves for another battle with Westminster City Council in advance of crucial decisions being taken on the future of Oxford Street this autumn and winter. While full pedestrianisation of Oxford Street is off the agenda the council have been pushing forward with a plan to pedestrianise part of the street and restrict private vehicles including delivery vans during peak traffic periods.”
Plans have been announced to develop the car park under Cavendish Square as an ‘underground shopping centre’.According to the press, “initial interest has ranged from technology-focused retailers, global office occupiers, leisure brands and medical providers attracted by the Harley Street proximity.”
We have asked the Housing Department to action on this issue:
“Would you please try to help us, we are so desperate and no-one at Westminster is helping us. We have had a noise issue from the boiler house which goes on day and night. We have emailed, made calls but no-one has dealt with the problem and GEM are lying to Westminster Council stating that they cannot hear the noise. I do not know where to turn, it is so difficult without sleep and trying to work. “
We have asked the Highways Team to look in to this issue:
“We live on Weymouth Street. For 2 years we have witnessed cars driving the wrong way down the road. Primarily this is cars turning right out of Beaumont Street and to a lesser extent Beaumont Mews, onto Weymouth Street. The majority drive all the way to the High Street. The problem has become increasingly worse in the last year, when at least one car an hour would violate the one-way direction, which is always more frequent in the evenings and weekends. There are 3 types of violation:
- Vehicles turning making an illegal right turn because of genuine mistake (despite adequate road signage). Once they are beeped at or shouted at, they turn around.
- Vehicles deliberately turning right, then accelerating towards the High Street before oncoming traffic blocks them.
- Deliveroo and Uber Eats mopeds and cyclists deliberately going the wrong way to travel to ‘Sushi Shop’ for collections.
Increasingly there have been minor crashes. Pedestrians crossing and looking one way are increasingly taken by surprise (especially the elderly, children and mothers with buggies) and there have been numerous near misses!”
“In 15 minutes stretch over the weekend I witnessed three cars going the wrong way down Weymouth Street, and one near collision. I realise that all of this is highly anecdotal but as I have previously said it appears to me that it is only a matter of time before there is a serious accident due to this poor signage.”
The Highways Team say:
“Works were completed 12th September to install a number of ‘ahead only’ arrows to deter motorists from driving against the one way flows in the area.As this was only recently completed, it will take some time to have the full impact, and I would welcome further feedback from residents in a month or so on the effectiveness of the measures.”