We have asked the City Inspector to take action on this issue:
“I would like to report an ongoing situation at the entrance to a car park on Randolph Avenue in Maida Vale. The car park is just behind Simon Warwick salon, which is on the corner of Randolph avenue and Clifton Road.
There is a damaged brick wall at the entrance to the car park. It appears to have been hit by a vehicle. The entranceway has also become some form of rubbish dump. This has been like this for months. In addition to being very unpleasant to look at, it can also be dangerous if the bricks continue to crumble and fall on the pavement where people are walking. After several months, there is no indication that anyone is making any attempt to repair the wall or clear up the rubbish.”
The City Inspector said:
“Hazelvine have confirmed that they will be addressing this matter. However, they have not specified in what time frame this will be and so I have asked for clarification of this. If they do not provide an adequate timescale , or fail to respond, then I will be issuing them a section 215 (Town and Planning Act 1990). I will be making them aware of these next steps too.”
Warwick Avenue/Formosa Street
We have asked the Council when the tree on the corner of Warwick Avenue and Formosa Street which was chopped down recently will be replaced. The Council’s Tree Officer says:
“The tree was removed in connection with a subsidence insurance claim so I wasn’t intending to replace it there but will find another location nearby as part of this year’s planting programme.”
Little Venice Sports Centre
We are taking up the following complaint from a local resident:
“The present contractors, Everyone Active, are appalling. The place is filthy, reception is perfunctory. Showers don’t work.”
Also, some members of Little Venice Sports Centre are concerned that the Studio space in has been rented out to F45. They say they have written to Everyone Active but have not had a satisfactory response. We have written to the Sports Team for an explanation.
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.
Car scrappage scheme
Low-income Londoners have been offered £2,000 by the Mayor, Sadiq Khan, to trade in older cars in a £25 million initiative to clean up the capital’s toxic air. The scrappage scheme aims to help poorer residents avoid having to pay the £12.50-a-day ultra low emission zone (Ulez) levy. The Mayor has also promised to expand the Ulez zone beyond central London to the boundaries of the North and South Circular roads in October 2021 if he is re-elected next May.