News from Councillor Maggie Carman and the Labour Action Teams in Bayswater & Lancaster Gate
Chepstow Road/Westbourne Park Road
We reported to the Highways Team that a hire van has demolished the give way pole and keep left sign outside of St Stephen’s church at the junction of Chepstow Road and Westbourne Park Road. He drove straight off. There may be electrical wires exposed. Could this be attended to urgently.
There have been at least four accidents at this location in past few months, all demolishing the post and island.
The Highways Team said:
“The Westbourne Park Road/Chepstow Road junction island will be upgraded to a concrete ‘Triage kerb’ which is a larger and more robust kerb and should help to mitigate the issues of vehicles damaging the island.An order is on the system and is due for completion by 12 December.I have requested for the island to be moved back around three feet from the roundabout. We will continue to monitor this location and should it cause further issues, then this is something that we can revisit and discuss. “
Talbot Road and Chepstow Road crossing – update
We are delighted with the news that the funding bid was successful and works have begun looking into the feasibility of installing all-around pedestrian green-man facilities at the Talbot Road and Chepstow Road crossing. Residents say:
“That is wonderful news! Thank you so much for pursuing this!”
We are assisting residents in Moorhouse Road and urged Notting Hill Genesis to take urgent action to fix a water leak. Residents say:
“This was reported on 24th September and 9th October when she was promised a call back within 24 hours from a roofer. This did not happen. On 22nd October she completed an online complaints form. On 13th November she had an appointment for contractors to attend but nobody turned up. She has a continuing problem with water ingress and has mould and water stains in her flat.”
We have asked Westminster Housing to take urgent action to resolve outstanding repairs to the home of an elderly resident in Bridgefield House:
“Some work was carried out after he reported a leak problem. The works were left unfinished – There is exposed piping in the bathroom as the box covering was removed.There is exposed piping in a kitchen cupboard as the back panel was removed.There is damage to the bedroom flooring.An operative was due to return on 31st October but nobody turned up.”
Swanleys, Westbourne Park Road
We are continuing to support residents of Swanleys who say:
“The new security gates at the rear remain broken, now for probably 6 months, and despite our comments issued before their installation, they are not really fit for purpose at all – there is no disabled access for pedestrians and garbage trucks can’t get in.”
We asked the Highways Team to fix this problem raised by a Chepstow Road resident:
“They have been working just outside us on Chepstow Road and have not fixed the covers so we get a great double bang when busses and cars drive over. “
Councillor Maggie Carman hasmet with a group of concerned residents of the Colonnades about planning application 19/08437/FULL. There is a proposal to build a 1 storey roof extension on one of the blocks. There are 39 affected properties of which 11 leaseholders are requesting planning permission for this extra floor. This leaves 28 properties which would also have an extra floor added in the form of a “shell “ with fake windows.
The residents are concerned about the aesthetics of this, also the complications of having responsibility for the insurance and upkeep of these ‘shells’. They are also concerned about loss of light and privacy. The residents were unaware of this proposal and had not been informed prior to receiving the consultation letter from the Council. Not all leaseholders received letters. There are 240 flats and maisonettes in the Colonnades and many of them did not receive letters.
This development, if allowed, would be a major change to the Colonnades, affecting many residents who are alarmed at the possible repercussions. They feel that the consultation period should be extended and widened to include all 240 flats and Porchester Mews. This would allow time to consult an independent surveyor and a specialist light surveyor. Maggie has requested an extension of the consultation period which takes into account Christmas and the New Year period.
Lord Hills Bridge
The lights on the west side of Lord Hills Bridge are still not working. We have asked the Street Lighting Team to liaise with Network Rail to get the light working. The Street Lighting Team say:
“There is currently a UK Power Networks issue at this location.Unfortunately, this fault has taken longer to resolve due to UK Power Networks having difficulty working in the location, I can confirm we are continuing to chase UK Power Networks for a resolution date.”
Elsie Lane Court, Westbourne Park Villas
We are assisting a resident in Elsie Lane Court with a heating issue and have asked Notting Hill Genesis to fix the problem.
BT phone boxes
We are continuing to press BT to clean up their phone boxes. Residents say:
“Nothing has happened on the ground here in Lancaster Gate and Bayswater: No replacement door handles; No replacement of graffitied window panes; No replacement the missing window pane – on just four of your telephone kiosks.”
BT have replied:
“The engineers have advised that the door handles are getting stolen from these payphones and they have had to put the handles on order. They will be replaced as soon as they are in receipt of the stock of handles. I cannot specify a date I’m afraid. The kiosk that has graffiti and missing panes will also be repaired when they attend to replace the handles.”
The story of how two fake Bayswater houses show how the London Underground used to run
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.
Royal Parks are set to ban “rat-running” drivers after a massive majority of respondents to a consultation supported traffic restrictions.Parks such as Regent’s Park and Hyde Park are blighted by motorists using them as shortcuts, particularly during morning and evening rush hours.A Royal Parks survey on whether to discourage commuters from driving through the eight parks found 78 per cent support and 17 per cent opposition. Almost 7,000 people responded.
Youmanity is a local charity promoting social inclusion. Among the many projects they deliver is an annual photography award. Photographers tell important human stories by sending their works. Youmanity selects the winning images that are then showcased in exhibitions on themes ranging from human trafficking, gender discrimination, and age discrimination to disability. For their 2020 edition the charity will launch “Friend-Ship” – a project to help prevent suicide and mental health issues associated with loneliness and social isolation. If you would like to get involved, Youmanity is looking for volunteers to help them with the projects.
Please get in touch with Angelo Iudice,firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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”.
What you say
“Thank you for these reports over the years. I always read them and it is so useful to know what is going on in my area.”
“Thanks so much for keeping me up to date.”
“Many thanks for report and for all your work. I wonder how Westminster council were unaware of the misery the work on Whiteley’s would cause to a wide surrounding neighbourhood when planning permission was granted.”
Please let us know if we can be of help or assistance on any local issues.
Councillor Maggie Carman, Dafydd Ellis and Max Sullivan
Bayswater and Lancaster Gate Labour Action Team
Angela Piddock, Elizabeth Whitmore and Simon Wyatt
Lancaster Gate Labour Action Team