Councillors Rita Begum, Geoff Barraclough and Nafsika Butler-Thalassis
Councillors Rita Begum, Geoff Barraclough and Nafsika Butler-Thalassis

News from your Maida Vale Labour Councillors Rita Begum, Geoff Barraclough and Nafsika Butler-Thalassis

Lanark Road Garages

We’re campaigning for new council homes so we’re pleased that Westminster’s Planning Committee has given the green light to two small new social housing blocks on Lanark Road. Located on the site of under-used garages, these will offer eight new homes for local families on the housing waiting list. 

Tollgate Gardens 

We’ve learned that the Cabinet Member for Regeneration will be making an official visit to Tollgate Gardens on the afternoon of 11thDecember. The visit will include meetings with residents and a Christmas party in the new Community Centre. We will be pressing the Cabinet Member not to sign off the Tollgate House project until residents are satisfied with the standard of the works.

Torridon House

Following the recent round of consultations, we continue to work with residents and Council officers to ensure the proposed new blocks, to be built in the large car-park, cause as little disruption to residents as possible. Key issues are security of the site and future availability of car parking spaces.

We are pressing Westminster to ensure that the new blocks contain as much family accommodation as possible and are 100% social housing.

Scottish Towers

Community Fibre Ltd has begun installation of fibre optic cables to the Scottish Towers. The full installation should take approximately two weeks.   The installation was previously postponed, whilst Cadent were carrying out gas works on the towers. The fibre optic cables are run on the external of the building, so disruption is kept to a minimum for residents. Once the main installation has been completed, residents will have the opportunity to sign up for the ‘Gigafast’ fibre optic service, which offers fast download speeds, international telephone calls and access to local services and information.

Meanwhile, Allenbuild are now progressing to phase 3 works, in between Falkirk and Edinburgh House. Residents who were previously parking in Edinburgh have been temporarily located to the new bays situated in Falkirk House. The project is on track to be completed by November 2019.

Ashworth Mansions

We are supporting residents of Ashworth Mansions who are opposing plans to place a large and rather ugly telecom mast on their roof. We have urged Westminster Council to refuse planning permission.

We need extra mobile data capacity in Maida Vale but the telecoms companies need to produce designs in keeping with the conservation area.

Beachcroft, Carlton Deane and Westmead

Beachcroft, in Shirland Road, is the first new build development in Westminster’s Specialist Housing Strategy for Older People. It is a state-of-the-art building and has garden space designed to stimulate residents suffering from dementia. Beachcroft, which will be ready for 2020, will accommodate everyone living at Carlton Dene and Westmead. There will be 81 beds in the Care Home with the development funded by the sale of 42 private flats next door.

Westminster Council is drawing up plans for the redevelopment of the Carlton Dene site. Early indications are that this would become sheltered accommodation for vulnerable adults. Again, this would be funded by the sale of private flats. We’re looking forward to scrutinizing the detail to make sure Westminster is making best use of valuable public land.

Oaktree House

Oaktree House is adjacent to the Beachcroft site and residents were promised upgrades and refurbishments as compensation for two years of disruption. We have been working with the new Residents’ Association at Oaktree House to get Westminster to honour its promises.

Junction of Shirland Road and Sutherland Avenue

After lobbying from Councilors in Little Venice, Westbourne and Maida Vale, the Council has allocated money to upgrade this junction for pedestrian phases at all four crossings. Work should start in the Spring.

Electric Vehicles 

If you’d like an electric vehicle charging point installed at a lamppost near your home, please register your interest here: https://www.westminster.gov.uk/electric-vehicles

Shirland Road

We are opposing an application to turn Le Petit Venice café into residential accommodation. We need to support businesses in Maida Vale and the success of Bread Boutique and Weza shows that demand is there for the right retail offer.

Carlton Hill Nursery

We’ve learned that the London Early Years Foundation and Westminster Council have now come to an agreement on the rent for Carlton Hill and other nurseries in the City. Thanks to everyone who signed the petition. It made a difference.

Grantully Road

We arranged for the Council to cut back the hedge within Paddington Rec that has overgrown the footpath.

Hamilton Court

We arranged for extra leaf weeping on Maida Vale outside Hamilton Court.

Paddington Service of Remembrance

The Paddington Service of Remembrance will be on Sunday 10 November at Paddington War Memorial in Lancaster Gate. All are welcome to come and pay their respects. For more information please contact pdimoldemberg@westminster.gov.uk.

Kilburn Park Road & Shirland Road

We’ve been working with Westminster traffic engineers to find a solution to the build-up of cars and buses at this junction. After analyzing the traffic and looking at various options, it seems the simplest and most effective will be to relocate the some of the stop lines. More news when we have it.

Bike Hangars 

The recently installed cycle hangars are popular with waiting lists of more than 30 for the racks on Elgin and Sutherland Avenues. We’ll be getting some more in the New Year and the initial plans would be to locate them on Lanark Road (near Scottish Towers), Elgin Avenue (near Biddulph Road), Lauderdale Road (near Sutherland Avenue), Randolph Avenue (near Carlton Vale) and Grantully Road.

If you’ve not already registered your interest, please send an email to cycling@westminster.gov.uk

Lauderdale Parade

Yummy Licks has rebranded as Yummy. Still sells ice cream but now also bread, sandwiches etc. The chef is called Matthias and says he used to work a Michelin started restaurant.

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