News from your Church Street Labour Councillors Aicha Less, Matt Noble and Aziz Toki
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.
Corner of Salisbury and Samford Streets
We have asked the Council to remove the dumped mattresses and furniture and multiple black rubbish bags which are overflowing at the corner of Salisbury and Samford Streets. Residents say:
“What will it take to get this problem resolved for good, instead of WCC simply waiting for residents to report – and complain – and report – again, and again. This is a health hazard. Is it too much to expect a sustainable solution, not just a temporary fix, time after time?”
Councillor Aicha Less has urged the Council to take action:
“This corner is becoming a serious hotspot for dumping rubbish. Proper signage needed and a possibility of remote cctv perhaps, to catch the culprits? You need to live in the area to know that the street is dark and enclosed, with very few passers by. “
We are continuing to press the Council to ensure the security of Padbury House. The latest news from the Housing Department is:
“the works for the doors at the above have now been approved and our contractors have ordered the required parts to resolve.”
The Housing Department tells us:
- Lisson Green– Some of the allotments on the estate have become under-used and overgrown so we have put in a place a plan to reissue the allotments to residents who would like the opportunity to manage one.
- Ashbridge Street –The Ashbridge Street car park site has been secured with gates and hording pending the forthcoming development of the Shroton Street site. This will prevent unauthorised access and parking, significantly reducing the anti-social behaviour issues we have been seeing on the estate for some time until now.
- Alpha and Earl House– Hording has been raised in the car park to stop people parking in places that block access.
We asked Westminster Council to deal with a drainage issue on Swain Street.
We asked Westminster Housing Department to clear the flat roof by Fingest House to be cleared of rubbish.
We have asked the Housing Department to take urgent action to fix the problems with mould, holes in the ceiling and broken bathroom extractor fan in a flat in Cottesloe House. The resident said “someone has visited her household and make an appointment to carry out the work but did not turned on the day. The condition of the ceiling is really dangerous and at any time could fall down.”
Luton Street development
We are continuing to push the Council on ensuring fair access to open space for the affordable housing on the new Luton Street development.
Church Street residents speak about their area
The sense of community and how most people living in Westminster’s Church Street ward like their area – Julia Gregory writes in the local press:
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
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.
Westminster Planning Department
We are concerned to read that Westminster Council has continued to allow senior officers to accept gifts from property developers and other private companies. A freedom of information request has shown that, between 2017 and 2019, council staff logged 240 records of individual gifts they received. The council’s Employees’ Code of Conduct says officers “must comply” with rules on the “declaration of hospitality or gifts offered to or received by them, from any person or organisation doing or seeking to do business, or otherwise benefiting or seeking to benefit from a relationship with the City Council”.
Please let us know if we can be of help or assistance on any local issues.
Councillors Aicha Less, Matt Noble and Aziz Toki
Your Church Street Labour Councillors