News from your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Hamza Taouzzale
Harrow Road/Ladbroke Grove/Kilburn Lane junction – update
We have received the latest update from the Highways Team:
“The primary objective of this scheme is to provide pedestrian improvements by implementing an “all red” phase for general traffic allowing “green man” time on all four arms of this signalised junction, which is heavily trafficked, and hazardous for pedestrians, reflected in the poor safety record with 14 personal injury collisions over 36 months. The proposals for the junction include:
- A single ‘green man’ pedestrian (‘all red’ traffic) phase on all four arms of the junction, with improved crossing facilities for pedestrians.
- Resurfacing of the junction and all approaches, including 80 metres of Ladbroke Grove, and 75 metres of Harrow Road, with anti-skid surfacing on all signal approaches.
- Renewal of footway materials where required.
- New dropped kerbs at signalised crossings.
- Improved bus accessibility on the western footway of Kilburn Lane by the removal of the existing triple height kerb.
- New street lighting
- Widening of the carriageway on the east side of Kilburn Lane, cutting back the wide footway, to improve the network resilience at the junction.
- Minor amendments to loading restrictions on Harrow Road and Kilburn Lane.
The intention is to complete the detailed design and gain the necessary approvals to start construction in early March 2020. “
Jubilee Sports Centre redevelopment – update
We again asked a question at the last Council meeting in November about the long-delayed start to redeveloping the Jubilee Sports Centre. We are told that work will start in January on the next phase on the corner of Lancefield Street, with the demolition of the sports centre starting in March. We will keep a close eye on this.
Crime alert – Third and Fifth Avenues
We have had an anonymous report about a burglar who is accessing properties on Third and Fifth Avenues from Hope Hall on Kilburn Lane.The alleged burglar has been knocking on doors enquiring about “Dave”. Described as ‘tall blond, young, around late 20s’.
Portnall Road – parking
We have asked the Parking Team to investigate this issue:
“I welcome the electric charging units at the north end of Portnall Road onto Kilburn Lane. However, unlike Biddulph Road in Maida Vale, there is no designated parking. This does little to encourage people to buy electric or allow for existing owners to charge them on their home street. Is this something that the council is planning to implement? I understand the loss of 3 residential parking spaces may need to be mitigated elsewhere in the area, but the designation should be something that is standard across the borough and not just in Maida Vale.”
We have received the following response:
“The two blue point charge points, which have been installed in Portnall Road, are intended for dedicated Electric Vehicle (EV) use. Charging columns have already been put in place and the next step is for the Council’s highways contractor to add the relevant signs and lines, to confirm that the designated spaces are for EV charging vehicles only. The outstanding works will be completed within the next two weeks.”
Portnall Road – environmental issues
We have asked Nuno, our City Inspector, for these issues be investigated?
“I have observed owners of dog poo culprits to not have their pets on leashes – this may also be safety issue for the large dogs I’ve seen. The owners aren’t even aware of what their dog is doing (plausible deniability!) so I believe making sure all dogs are leashed may help.
Street dumping has increased in the last month – mattresses, furniture, large toy sets. Sometimes these are left out for days so I hope the new charging and penalty scheme impacts on this.”
234 Portnall Road
We have also continued to urge the Council to take action against the owner of 234 Portnall Road which has been in a shocking and derelict condition for very many months. The owner should be required to repair and refurbish the house so that it is fit for human habitation as a matter of urgency.
Bravington Road – update
Following our enquiries about broken street lights in Bravington Road, the Street Lighting Team say:
“There is a dead UK Power Networks connection at this location, as this is UK Power Networks a resolution is not under our control. However, they will be attending on the 6th of December which should then resolve the fault at this location.”
Kilburn Lane/Bravington Road
We have asked Nuno to take action on this continuing issue:
“I would like to address the filth which has become the norm for the surrounding streets of Kilburn Lane. Every day there is rubbish placed under the tree on the corner of Bravington road and Kilburn Lane. Sometimes it is just dumped along the Bravington Road near the Kilburn Lane end.”
Kilburn Lane – street sweeping
We have asked Nuno to investigate this issue:
“Do we still have a road sweeper anymore? I work from home so I’m here a lot and I haven’t seen one in months. Both my road (which is Brent on one side and Westminster on mine) and Ilbert seem to have been forgotten about. The bin by William Hill has gone and so everyone is just dumping their rubbish bags. The Westminster side of my part of Kilburn Lane is strewn with litter constantly. I have no idea how often rubbish is picked up by bin men. I think only once or twice a week now although the signs allude to every day?”
Harrow Road – speeding
We have asked the Road Safety Team to investigate this issue:
“The behaviour of vehicle users on Harrow Road is of ongoing concern to many residents and a while ago, I was cheered to notice that a couple of what I call ’speed activated warning signs’ have been installed in a couple of hot-spots. I feel these speed signs are very affective when used properly.
However, in the case of the newish Harrow Road signs, they are activated at any speed over 20mph but the sign flashes up to read 30mph. I worry that this mixed message will be mocked and ignored by those who seek to flaunt it. Is it a simple mistake or a new strategy for these signs? I confess I am indeed confused about the current speed limit between Maida Hill and Ladbroke Grove but stick to 20 for mine and everyone else’s safety.”
Harrow Road – street lights
We have asked the Street Lighting Team to fix these lights:
“Now the clocks have changed this week and walking after dark with children I noticed that two lights in Harrow Road are not operating. The first is the canal side opposite Queen’s Park library and the second is the same side, outside the shops by the crossing opposite 6th Avenue. Any chance these could be fixed as both near crossings.”
The Street Lighting Team say:
“I have raised a job for the column opposite the library. In regards to the column opposite Sixth Avenue, there is a current job and there is a dead UK Power Networks service on this column which is due to be repaired by UKPN on the 20th November. Unfortunately, on UKPN repairs it can take up to 6 weeks.”
Harrow Road – planning
Proposals for the change of use to a 8 bed house in multi-occupation at 459 Harrow Road has been refused permission on the grounds of over intensive use and substandard accommodation on the top floor.
We have asked the Street Lighting Team to fix the broken lights on the bridge. Residents say:
“Most of the lights are completely gone out on the bridge. There is one working light on the Hattie road side when you start climbing the bridge and no other lights on until you get to the foot of the Kensal side. Most of our parishioners at Our Lady of the Holy Souls Saturday night service are older parishioners with piles of slippy leaves it is an accident waiting to happen. Also it’s frightening walking in the pitch black. A few of us walked to and fro together. The lightening on Third Avenue from Harrow Road to Third Avenue is also very dimly lit.”
The Street Lighting Team say:
“These lighting issues on the bridge have been reported and should be restored to light shortly. I have been advised by our structures team that further works to the steps and bridge are programmed in for the budget 2020/21.”
We have asked the Council to take action on this issue:
“There is a tree outside 166 Ilbert Street with a tree guard that I don’t think is needed any more. It is full of bottles and waste. Because the guard goes into the ground it is impossible to get any rubbish out.”
We have received the following response:
“I have asked our Arboriculture Team, to address the tree guard and cut an aperture into the guard as well as remove all the waste before replacing the guard. The aperture will allow any waste that’s collected in future to be removed via the opening.”
We have also asked Nuno to arrange for dumped fridges and freezers to be removed from the corner of Ilbert Street and Third Avenue.
Following our enquiries, the Council’s Tree Officer tells us:
“The tree outside 69 Marne Street was removed as is was in poor condition and a replacement will be planted over the winter. The tree pit has been temporally capped with tarmac to prevent a trip hazard.”
We have asked the Council to take speedy action to enable emergency works to enable the power to be restored to a property in Peach Road.
Dart Street/Third Avenue
We asked the police to investigate a vehicle where suspected drug dealing was taking place at the corner of Third Avenue and Dart Street.
The Avenues – Street Sweeping
We have reported to Nuno that the Harrow Road end of First, Second and Third Avenues need urgent attention. They are littered and look as if they haven’t been cleaned for a very long time. There are household items dumped on Third Avenue.
Fifth Avenue – rubbish dumping
We have asked for urgent action to be taken here:
“Disgusting and insanitary dumped/fly-tipped rubbish was left in Fifth Avenue (between 36 and 48) and on the corner of Fifth Avenue and Ilbert Street yesterday morning. We also reported dumped/fly-tipped rubbish last Monday. This is becoming a chronic problem and it seems highly likely the delinquent behaviour is originating from a small number of addresses in this part of Fifth Avenue. Can we request that a targeted campaign to prevent this serious problem happening in future – striking at the root rather than merely clearing up afterwards – is urgently undertaken? It is seriously impacting on the quality of life in what should be a beautiful street in an exceptional Victorian conservation area.”
Fifth Avenue – pavements
We have also asked the Highways Team to investigate the pavement outside 150 Fifth Avenue. Residents say:
“I’m worried about the condition of the pavement outside 150 Fifth Avene. Water is collecting daily, a massive puddle that you have to walk through. This has been there about a year now and nothing is being done about it. My concerns are winter is coming fast this water turns into ice the elderly and disabled could have a serious accident.”
The Highways Team say:
“We have today inspected the area in question and there is definitely a ponding issue, this may require some footway reprofiling works potentially including relaying slabs and kerb stones. To gauge the extent, we will need to return tomorrow with a straight edge and level. We will then programme the works and confirm the action taken. In the meantime, we have asked that Veolia attend sweep the excess water away.”
Oliphant Street/Sixth Avenue area
We have asked that action is taken against dog owners who dumped ‘poo-bags’ by the trees in the area. Residents say:
“Who are the monsters that keep doing this day-in-day-out around Oliphant/Sixth to Kilburn Lane? Every day, typical elsewhere. Dog signs have been ripped down, too.“
We have asked the Street Lighting Team to fix the street lights outside numbers 81 and 115 Oliphant Street.
Farnaby House – update
We are pleased that following the recent anti-social behavior, a CCTV camera has now been installed in Farnaby House so that if it occurs again, those responsible can be identified and the appropriate action taken.
We have asked Nuno to investigate this issue:
“On Saturdays and Sundays the bin next to the bus stop at Fernhead Road is full of house bin bags. I saw one woman putting one bag last weekend and told her why she’s doing so so she replied that “someone throws bins next to her door” and then I saw her doing the same yesterday.”
Wilberforce School – Revised plans for a Multi Use Games Area
Following further consultation with residents and a change of design as a result, a revised planning application has been submitted for the construction of a Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) with artificial grass and four 5m high floodlights enclosed by 5m high wire fence/net over and part acoustic fence, within existing school playground, which is to be part excavated, together with creation of new pedestrian access gate and new vehicular emergency access gate from Beethoven Street.
The application documents can be viewed online at www.westminster.gov.uk/planning. Please use the reference number 19/08892/COFUL as the primary search criteria.
Wilberforce School/St Marylebone Bridge School
Planning permission for a new building for St Marylebone Bridge School to be built in the grounds of Wilberforce School was granted by the Planning Committee on 12thNovember
Queen’s Park Gardens Community and Sports Hub, Kilburn Lane
The Community and Sports Hub is providing an excellent range of programmes for children aged 4-16 years, including a wide selection of physical activities and help with Key Stage 2 English and Maths. They are also providing a Breakfast Club and After School Club for Wilberforce School and surrounding schools. Importantly, they are providing clubs throughout all school holidays.
You can read more about them here https://www.qpghub.com
Queen’s Park Court
Following consultation with residents, the Council Housing Department has submitted a planning application for 23 new homes (19 flats and 4 houses) on the western car park site at Queen’s Park Court. The homes will be for social rent and will be let to local residents who are currently overcrowded or want to move to a smaller flat.
The plans also include amenity space, refuse storage, cycle parking, and estate works including the realignment of Droop Street; reconfiguration of the existing central car park, and a new boundary wall to the existing nursery.
The application documents can be viewed online at http://www.westminster.gov.uk/planning. Please use the reference number 19/07659/COFUL to see the documents and make comments.
As part of National Tree Week, we are supporting the need for more trees in the area. Trees help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions: trees create more space for nature, supporting hundreds of species of insects, birds and mammals. Trees are also great for public health, helping clean the air and providing access to nature that’s important for our wellbeing.
If you have any locations where you would like to see extra trees planted please let us know.
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”.
Climate Change Tips for the month
- Switch to renewable energy.Choose companies who offer 100% green electricity, as well as those who oppose fracking and are making efforts to end the use of fossil fuels. Some recommended suppliers are Ecotricity, Good Energy and Octopus.
- Bring your own containers for lunches and takeaways.Everyone knows about reusable coffee cups, but what about re-usable lunchboxes or takeaway containers? Bring your own when picking up food from takeaway outlets and pack your lunch in reusable containers. You can buy reusable sandwich wraps that have an inner lining that’s washable and a velcro fastener to keep your sandwich intact. Alternatively, use baking paper instead of cling film or tin foil.
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
What you say
“Thank you for today’s ever informative update”
“Thanks for the update on the Falcon Roundabout development by Brent Council – very helpful for local residents! Please share any further developments that Brent disclose such as purchase of the Falcon public house or Premier House… hoping for a resolution soon.”
“Thanks so much for this newsletter. I’ve lived here 10 years and read them all regularly. Great to see when your action delivers real improvements!”
“Many thanks as always for the very interesting update on what’s happening in our area. An amazingly wide range of topics and issues. The updates on the Queen’s Park Court development and Jubilee both sound very positive.”
“Many thanks as usual for the excellent Action Report. As well as being informative, it is heartening to read that so many residents take an active interest in what is happening in our community.”
“Thanks so much for the update.”
Please let us know if we can be of any assistance.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Hamza Taouzzale
Your Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors – Here to Help