News from your Westbourne Labour Councillors David Boothroyd, Adam Hug and Papya Qureshi
We have been working to support residents on the Wessex Garden’s Estate raise concerns about the performance of Westminster Council’s Housing management, assisting with a meeting between residents and Director of Housing Neil Wightman. We have also raised concerns about loose paving (which we have been told will be addressed) and rubbish dumping in bin shute rooms.
We have raised concerns about the loose phone cabling along the walkways on the Great Western Road side of the estate.
Taxi House, Woodfield Road
We are told that the planning application from ‘The Collective’ for a hotel, offices and public space between Woodfield Road and the Grand Union Canal, will be decided at a Planning Committee meeting in January. We have previously raised concerns on behalf of residents about the bulk of the building and impact on Grand Union Close, while welcoming investment into the area. ‘The Collective’ have made several welcome changes after talking to their neighbours, and we are continuing to talk to them.
Illegally parked van on Elmfield Way
We have been working with residents on Elmfield Way to pressure NHS Property Services who own much of the road to take action against the longstanding van illegally parked on the road.
Ashgrove Court and Lockbridge Court
Over recent months we have been working with residents at Ashgrove and Lockbridge, the police, Westminster Council ASB teams and Catalyst housing to try to tackle anti-social behaviour taking place around the block.
313/315 Harrow Road
We have been with residents to try to improve the cleaning, decoration and maintenance of the block. We have also worked to deal with problems with the car park lighting.
Ark Atwood Primary School parking
We have been working to support parents in their efforts to set up a school street and attempt to tackle parents breaching school policy to drive to drop off kids. We have also arranged with Veolia so that rubbish collection doesn’t take place during the start of the school day.
Westbourne Place access
We supported residents in the Wood House social housing block run by Octavia Housing get access to the communal gardens at Westbourne Place (the old Harrow Road Police Station) to which Redrow and their site managers Pinnacle had barred access. We provided evidence to planning enforcement to act on this breach of planning permission and convened a meeting of Octavia and Redrow to successfully resolve the problem. (For coverage of the story in the Guardian please see hereand here). We are now working to assist residents in the private blocks on Westbourne Place get improved services from the site managers Pinnacle.
Conway Equipment on Bourne Terrace
After being alerted by a resident, we have asked why an FM Conway shed and building equipment have been on Bourne Terrace near Harrow Road, and seem to have been untouched for several months.
Storage sheds at Atherstone Court
We are investigating what has happened to storage sheds in Atherstone Court. The doors and frames were replaced in recent internal refurbishment work, but the work made the internal walls unsafe and some residents were stopped from accessing their property. Internal walls seem to have seen brick replaced by wood. The Council has told us that rent payments for the sheds should have been suspended during the major works but are checking that this was done.
Carlton Gate houseboats
We have been working with residents and the council’s planning team over the attempt by the freeholder of Carlton Gate to install six houseboats on the canal, which will look into residents’ bedrooms, and also involves closing off residents’ access to their communal garden.
Oldbury House Lift
We have been working with residents in Oldbury House to ensure the council keeps repairing the Oldbury House lift after it had failed to work properly on a number of recent occasions.
Warwick Paving Slabs
We have reported loose paving slabs near Wilmcote House on the Warwick Estate.
Clearing the cycle path
Following complaints from local residents about wet leaves being left uncleared on the cycle path between Harrow Road and St Mary Magdalene’s Church, we got the parks department to start clearing them so that people can ride safely near the canalside.
Across the Estate, we have pressed the council to take action to repair cracked and damaged paintwork and ceiling tiles as the state of many communal areas have been left in poor condition. We have also been working with different council departments to try and get action taken to repair dangerous paving slabs outside Aldsworth Close and will keep pushing until this is fixed.
We have heard reports about groups of youths causing problems with anti-social behaviour around the Amberley Estate. The housing department’s anti-social behaviour team have checked whether installing CCTV will be possible, but think the layout with multiple floors and entrances makes it difficult. Residents can report anti-social behaviour anonymously either to the Police (call 101 or use the form at https://www.met.police.uk/ro/report/asb/asb/report-antisocial-behaviour/) or to the council on 0800 358 3783.
The Council and housing associations in the area have decided that people found regularly trespassing and committing offences on an estate which they don’t live on, will be banned from the estate and the banning letter recorded by their housing provider who may consider seeking eviction if the problem continues.
Blomfield Mews development
Despite detailed analysis showing the council’s design for houses on Blomfield Mews would cause light loss to Westbourne Terrace Road in excess of the accepted guidelines, the majority on the Planning Committee voted to grant permission. Residents are now campaigning for the council’s housing team to revise the designs to minimise the light impact. Westbourne ward councillor David Boothroyd presented a residents’ petition to the Lord Mayor at a council meeting in December which 158 people from the area around Blomfield Mews have signed.
Please let us know if we can be of any assistance on any matters
Councillors David Boothroyd, Adam Hug and Papya Qureshi
Your Westbourne Labour Councillors