News from your Church Street Labour Councillors Aicha Less, Matt Noble and Aziz Toki
Community against Knife Crime
An excellent Community against Knife Crime event in Church Street organised by Councillors Aicha Less, Aziz Toki and Matt Noble on Saturday 5thOctober. Respectful and genuine discussion. Lots of layers to this issue being raised by residents and good to see local MP Karen Buck listening to people’s concerns.
A very positive and constructive community event with many good ideas and suggestions for ending the scourge of knife violence. There is hard work to be done but this has been a great start.
Church Street Library
We have started a petition calling on Westminster Council to give a binding commitment that Church Street Library will be rebuilt and located on Church Street at the heart of the local community, as part of the regeneration plans. The activities and facilities currently housed in Church Street Library may be split up and located in a number of buildings across the area. We think this is a bad idea and we will continue to press for a new library located on Church Street at the heart of the community as it is now. Church Street Library is the busiest library in Westminster and we want to ensure its continued success for local residents.
Please sign our petition now to show your support for the campaign to keep our library on Church Street.
Support for Young People
We are working with London Tigers, the Church Street Youth Team, A2Dominion and Karen Buck MP to discuss how we might use some unused space in Church Street to develop outreach work with young people in the area.
Following our enquiries about cars parking on the pavement on Lisson Grove, the Parking Team has told us the following:
“The area directly in front of the premises is private property and the marshals cannot take enforcement action there unless the vehicle wheels are protruding onto the public footpath. Full details on how the Council enforces footway contraventions is detailed on page 60/61 of the Council’s Kerbside Management and Enforcement Code of Practice, which can be viewed on our website at; https://www.westminster.gov.uk/parking-policies-and-reports.
Upon review, additional enforcement patrols will be allocated to this location in order to target vehicles parking inappropriately on the footway, and we hope this will improve the situation. Whilst frequent enforcement visits will be made, we would be grateful if the residents could also continue to use the report it function, if necessary, as this is available 24/7 and it will be possible for the marshals to deal with any incident in real time. “
We have reported a number of repair issues to the Council that have been previously reported but not yet fixed, including problems with one of the entry doors and a leak down the outside of Block J despite scaffolding being up for 3 days, still continues. and the brickwork is saturated and the inside wall of a flat will now be damaged. Thus has been going on since September.
Alpha and Earl Houses, Lisson Grove
We have continued to request firm action from the Housing Department and police to stop unauthorized access to Earl and Alpha Houses from squatters and others who cause anti-social behavior.
Work has finally started to deliver 168 new homes on the Luton Street site, part of the Council’s Church Street regeneration programme. The project, which also includes a sports hall and community space, is being delivered by Linkcity, with Bouygues UK as the main contractor.
The site is currently composed of 14 vacant affordable homes and two vacant community buildings. In total the development will include 109 homes for sale and only 59 affordable homes. 40 of these will be for social rent, and 19 will be intermediate. There will be 76 underground car parking spaces, a three-court sports hall and a community space. Completion is expected in 2022.
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:
The new Report It service has been unveiled. Let us know what you think https://www.westminster.gov.uk/report-it
Ultra Low Emission Zone
We have welcomed the sharp fall in toxic gas since the Mayor introduced the Ultra Low Emission Zone. The level of a toxic gas produced by diesel engines has fallen by a third in central London since charges for the most polluting vehicles were introduced.
NO2 has fallen from 85 to 57 micrograms per cubic metre at the roadside in central London since October 2017, when Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, introduced a £10 daily toxicity charge. The charge increased to £12.50 in April 2019 as part of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ).
There were 13,500 fewer polluting cars driven into central London in Sptember 2019 compared with March 2019, a reduction of 38 per cent, according to a report by the Greater London Authority.
The amount of traffic in central London has fallen by up to 9 per cent since 2018, suggesting that the introduction of the charge has prompted some people to give up driving into the centre. The ULEZ levy has also caused carbon dioxide emissions from road transport to fall by 4 per cent.
What you say
“I just want to say thank you very much to you for your quick response and show of concern to my plea for help thanks once again.”
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Councillors Aicha Less, Matt Noble and Aziz Toki
Your Church Street Labour Councillors