News from the St John’s Wood Labour Action Team
St John’s Wood High Street/Circus Road
We have asked the Parking Team to investigate this issue:
“This area has become almost lawless from a traffic point of view. On any given day, there are five or six cars or vans parked illegally, at least one delivery van from Panzer parked on double yellow lines at the corner of Circus Road and Cochrane Street, and a number of Uber vehicles sitting with engines on scouting for jobs or sitting on the middle of the road with hazard lights on. We need greater vigilance and sharper management because the situation is very unsafe. It’s only a matter of time before a deadly accident. “
The Parking Team say:
“The locations in question are already subject to regular visits by our marshals. According to our records, over the last 6 weeks, there have been a total of 1,516 enforcement visits to these streets, and 328 contraventions were recorded. I am sorry for the difficulties experienced, the resident’s concerns have been highlighted to the enforcement team for appropriate action and they will continue to ensure that these locations are closely monitored.
We would also encourage the residents to use the report it function in these instances, when necessary, as this is monitored 24/7 and it is possible to request for a marshal to attend at short. Alternatively, if they contact Parking Services on 020 7823 4567, Mon to Sat, 8am to 8pm, a member of staff will be able to arrange this for them. “
St John’s Wood Terrace
We have asked the Tree Officer to investigate this issue:
“The tree just outside 95 St John’s Wood Terrace has a couple of smallish dead branches in the canopy. I have reported this using Report It already but when the tree office reviews/schedules work for the tree at 80 St. John’s Wood terrace I would appreciate it if the tree officer would also look at 95 and take action.
The tree at 95 had previous shed a major branch into the road (a couple of years ago, in light wind at night, fortunately did not hit anything and I noticed it happening so dragged the branch out the the road). Recent polling of nearby trees in Ordnance Hill will allow tree at 95 to catch more wind, so may be more risk of additional branches dropping.”
We have asked the Council to investigate this issue:
“I thought I would email about a hotspot where recycling rubbish is constantly put out on a Monday and left for days, often gathering other litter. This is usually outside Grove Hall Court on the top of Hall Road. I noticed today that amazon packages with addresses have also appeared and thought I would flag this to you so that you could conduct an investigation and identify the offenders.”
We have asked the Street Lighting Team to fix the street lights in Northwick Close. Residents say, “Our street lights seem to be off – kilter. They are on during the day.”
Barrow Hill Estate
A new speed bump has been installed by the nursery entrance following residents concerns for safety.
Food Waste recycling
Westminster Council is one step closer to introducing food waste recycling following lobbying by Westminster Labour Councillors. The Council has announced it will be running pilots in Abbey Road and Regent’s Park wards and other wards. In its 2018 local government manifesto, Labour promised 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.
Bulky Waste collection
We have called on the Council to radically improve its bulky waste collection service as one way to stop the epidemic of dumped mattresses, freezers and furniture on many Westminster streets. Currently, the Council charges £30 to collect up to 6 items from residents. But it can take up to 10 days for the Council to collect the items leading to some residents dumping unwanted items in the street.
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.
Leading the way in Westminster
You can read how we have succeeded in getting the Council to implement many of our local election manifesto commitments.
Abercorn Place/Hamilton Terrace junction – what you say
“Whilst the Council’s reply that pedestrians do not have priority over vehicles is correct, the implication that therefore vehicles have priority over pedestrians is wrong. Neither has priority and the council should be clear about this”
“Can you please go back to Westminster council and tell them that their advice about pedestrians crossing the street (on Hamilton Terrace and elsewhere) is incorrect? According the Highway Code rule 170 (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-highway-code/using-the-road-159-to-203#rule170), pedestrians who have started crossing do have priority over turning vehicles. I live on Hamilton Terrace and have frequently seen and experienced cars honking at pedestrians who are exercising their right to safely cross the road. Given that there are no green men crossings (I would agree with the council that they probably are not necessary) and there is frequent turning traffic, it is not reasonable nor legally correct to state that it is up to the pedestrian to “seek a safe crossing opportunity”. Vehicles need to respect the existing law. I would love to see signage or a public awareness campaign to educate drivers but I am quite sure the council does not have money for this.”
What you say
“Thanks for your excellent report as usual”
“Thanks for your update, informative as usual.”
“Iappreciate your efforts and receiving your email updates. “
Please let us know if we can be of help or assistance on any local issues.
Hussain Ahmed, Janet Seale and Liam Taggart,
Your St John’s Wood Labour Action Team
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