Councillors Guthrie McKie and Tim Roca
Councillors Guthrie McKie and Tim Roca

NEWS FROM YOUR HARROW ROAD WARD LABOUR COUNCILLORS GUTHRIE McKIE AND TIM ROCA

Councillor Ruth Bush 

Councillor Ruth Bush has been elected the first Labour Lord Mayor of Westminster. Ruth will not take part in party politics during her Mayoral year and local casework will be undertaken by Councillors Guthrie McKie and Tim Roca. This is Ruth’s latest report on some of her Lord Mayoral activities:

“It continues to be an astonishingly busy period but, as always, full of immensely varied and interesting engagements.  Last week began with the State Opening of Parliament – no duties to fulfill, but the honour of sitting on the narrow red benches overlooking proceedings in the Chamber of the House of Lords. 

The previous Saturday, I laid a wreath in memory of Edith Cavell at the memorial near St Martin-in-the-Fields and Trafalgar Square. Around the wreath-laying, I visited a considerable number of care homes, many with residents with dementia, as well as other events, as part of Silver Sunday which celebrates older people’s contribution to society.  

In addition –  Japanese Matsuri in Trafalgar Square; visiting FunDay at Maida Vale Library; distributing awards at a Pimlico Puffins gala for swimmers with disabilities, which was really uplifting; with Karen Buck MP and a small child, opening Grand Junction community centre at St Mary Magdalene in Westbourne Ward; this Saturday, I was at a special ‘Open Shabbat’ celebrating Sukkot at West London Synagogue; this Sunday, watching Sea Cadets celebrate the Battle of Trafalgar on Horseguards Parade.”

Maida Hill Place

Councillors Guthrie McKie and Patricia McAllister are meeting Open Age in November to discuss likely solutions to offering those who gather at Maida Hill Place a safer environment.

Warlock Road/Tamplin Mews Gardens

We have asked the Council to take urgent action on this issue:

“The street light opposite Tamplin Mews Park at Warlock Road W9 isn’t coming on until 7 or 8pm and it’s causing serious inconvenience for pedestrians, elderly vulnerable peoples and whose who coming back from work late in the evening.” 

Walterton Road/Warlock Road

We have again urged the Council to take strong action against those responsible for the regular rubbish dumping by the black bins on the corner of Walterton and Warlock Roads:

“There is an extremely serious and grave heath and safety and fire hazard concerns in relation to the rubbish dumping around Warlock Road and Walterton Road and people, including local builders dumping all sorts of items anytime of the day and night causing serious disturbances for the local residents. Sometimes blocking the road with big furniture, freezers, mattresses and trees, heavy metal items, rotten food, etc. The irony is nothing has been done such as installing the CCTV to catch the culprits.”

“I completely share the sentiments of whoever graffitied this dumped fridge which I can almost guarantee will be gone in 24hrs. I’m feeling the anger a little more acutely that I normally do because I also have a broken fridge freezer. It’s currently sitting in my sitting room, because after I paid WCC’s waste removal contractor £30 to pick it up I have to wait 9DAYS for them to come and get it. I promise you- I was very tempted to just leave my fridge freezer by these bins as although there is always loads of crap there it is NEVER left there for 9DAYS. The injustice of this has really p*ssed me off today. £30! 9DAYS!” 

Saltram Crescent

We were delighted to hear this news from Harrow Road Police:

After two years of partnership working, Harrow Road Police recently managed to obtain a Full Closure Order for 3 months against a property on Saltram Crescent where the tenant was subjecting the local residents to serious levels of Anti-Social Behaviour.”

Fernhead Road

We have asked the Road Safety Team to investigate this issue:

“A group of us local residents have expressed concern that there is still no pedestrian crossing outside St. Luke’s School. We are particularly concerned about the safety of children, even though there is a lollipop lady present certain days. We think that a push-button pedestrian crossing should be installed just north of Saltram Crescent. This would also be the mid-way point between the two bus stops. Many folk using the buses have difficulty in crossing the road to get to or from the buses. Given the ongoing crimes of speeding sometimes to be witnessed in Fernhead Road, we think that such a crossing is long overdue. It would force drivers and riders to slow down. This would also be beneficial in other ways, for we now know that speeding increases noise and pollution hazards. We don’t think the proposed crossing would cause any problems for the emergency vehicles. “

Walterton/Shirland Road

We have again urged the Council to take action against those responsible for dumping by the bins in on the corner of Walterton/Shirland Roads. Residents say:

“This is now a daily occurrence. Today is particularly bad, with massive pieces of timber with 2 inch nails sticking out! Something more has to be done. I’m sick of having to look at other people’s rubbish everyday – too lazy and inconsiderate to dispose of it properly.”

Christmas Tree

A reminder that there is a big Christmas event on November 30th at Maida Hill Place when the tree will be lit up. A number of events have been arranged around that activity.

North Paddington Foodbank

The North Paddington Foodbank (NPFB) was started in 2014 by a group of local professionals and residents who had directly experienced or provided support to those experiencing hardship in North Westminster and saw the need for an organisation to provide short-term support. Using financial and food donations from across the community, the food bank aims to provide at least 3 days worth of food to a household.

NPFB was started as a voluntary endeavour, which is still reliant upon volunteers from any and all backgrounds to help carry out its service, with 40-60 volunteers currently active. By 2015, the need was rising enough to warrant the employment of a manager for 3-days a week. An admin assistant was added in February 2017, whilst the manager’s position became full-time in August 2018. Over this period, the number of people needing the food bank rose at an average of 100% year-on-year, to now, where NPFB gave food and essentials to 6-7,000 people in the last 12 months (January 2019).

You can make a regular donation to North Paddington Foodbank here https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/donation-web/charity?charityId=1015159&stop_mobi=yes

Food Waste recycling

Westminster Council is one step closer to introducing food waste recycling following lobbying by Westminster Labour group. The Council has announced it will be running pilots in Harrow Road and a number of other wards.

In its 2018 local government manifesto, Westminster Labour proposed to exploring the introduction of food waste recycling. The manifesto stated that: “Labour…will explore opportunities where appropriate to support community composting and the recycling of food waste.” Despite initial resistance, the Council has now taken forward Labour’s suggestion.

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.

Report It

The new Report It service has been unveiled. Let us know what you think https://www.westminster.gov.uk/report-it

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

https://www.westminster.gov.uk/what-can-i-recycle-home#can-recycle

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:

https://www.westminster.gov.uk/a-z-recycling

Please let us know if we can be of help or assistance on any local issues.

Councillors Guthrie McKie and Tim Roca.

Your Harrow Road Labour Councillors

 

Gmckie@westminster.gov.uk

troca@westminster.gov.uk

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