News from Councillors Rita Begum, Geoff Barraclough and Nafsika Butler-Thalassis
And the Little Venice Labour Action Team – Iman Less, Murad Qureshi and Sue Wolff
General Election result
Karen Buck was re-elected as Member of Parliament for Westminster North on 12thDecember. The full result was:
- Karen Buck, Labour, 23,240
- Jamie Macfarlane, Conservative, 12,481
- George Lee, Liberal Democrat, 5,593
- Holly Robinson, Green, 1,064
- Cyrus Parvin, Brexit Party, 418
- Gabriela Fajardo Palacios, Christian Peoples Alliance, 115
She said afterwards: “It’s an absolute honour” to be re-elected to represent Westminster North.
“Whilst I am delighted tonight it is clearly a very bad night indeed for the party I represent and love and while some of that is due to the challenges of Brexit which have divided us in Labour, divided the country it is clearly not the only reason we performed so badly and starting tomorrow we have to learn the lessons of this defeat and face up to it.”
We’re supporting residents at Lauderdale Mansions West who are fighting plans by the absentee freeholder to build an extra storey. The freeholder pocketed £3m in lease extensions but has left the leaseholders to pick up the tab for a long history of subsidence. Residents say:
“Our lovely Victorian mansion block in the Maida Vale Conservation Area is under threat from a planning application for an ugly development of 9 flats on the roof. It’s easy to object at the Westminster City Council Planning site. Please express your feelings in your own words.
Subsidence movement caused a lot of damage to the building in the 1990s and the 2000s and is likely to do so again due to the extra loading from the new flats. The additional floor also mars the appearance and character of the mansion block and the Maida Vale Conservation Area, particularly when viewed from the rear. The previous restoration was only completed in 2017 and the building was an eyesore for decades. We are desperately worried that this development will undo all the millions of pounds spent on restoration and send us back to the bad old days. Our Conservation Area faces a nightmarish scenario of a structurally compromised, unsafe mansion block with no funds available for repairs.”
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Lanark Road Development
The landscaping and parking works are ongoing around Scottish Towers. Allenbuild have recently advised that practical completion of the works is now due to be in early January 2020. Once the works are completed, parking spaces will be offered to residents currently on the waiting list and the surrounding environment will look much more appealing.
The new locations for bike hangars are:
- On Lauderdale Road near the Sutherland Avenue roundabout.
- On Grantully Road near the junction with Biddulph Road.
- On Biddulph Road, at the junction with Elgin Avenue.
- On Randolph Avenue near the junction with Carlton Vale.
- On Delaware Road outside the BBC Studios.
As far as possible, hangars are placed where the demand is strongest but they do take up space and not every location is suitable.
Consultation will conclude in January 2020 with installation to follow in March 2020.
Each bicycle hangar can store up to 6 bicycles and they are approximately 2030mm wide, 2250mm long and 1365mm high. They are made from galvanized steel with perforated side panels to allow light in and are painted black to match existing street furniture. A gas sprung door opens from the footway and is locked with a key. Residents are allocated a space on a first come first serve basis and there is an annual fee of approximately £80 plus a one-off payment of £25 for key deposit.
You can register interest in having a hangar installed near you by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Bike Advert at Maida Vale Station
We have asked the City Inspector to intervene to remove the bike advert at Maida Vale Station. This is taking up space that a local resident could use to park their bicycle.
Lanark Road – community centre
We raised residents concerns about possible noise nuisance from the new community centre being built on Lanark Road. The Council replied:
“I have consulted colleagues in the noise team and will raise the neighbour’s concerns with them. I can confirm that we take these matters very seriously and my technical colleagues will be assessing the technical details in due course.”
Kilburn Park Road
We are continuing to press the Council to agree a way forward with Brent Council on parking on Kilburn Park Road. Residents say:
“I wonder if it’s possible to do something about parking on Kilburn Park RoadThe Brent residents seem to take the parking space in Westminster side making parking very difficult evenings and weekends. I have contacted the council about this problem but it’s still the same. I think the hours need to be extended.”
Ward Budget– St Augustine’s High School
We have agreed to fund St Augustine High School £3,248 from the Ward Budget to build a new garden. The garden will have three sections: woodland, relaxing sensory area and a pond. The garden will also be used by College Park special school once a week.
We are taking up this issue with the Council’s Tree Officer:
“The tree cutting service in Maida Vale was back this past week. As has sometimes been the case in the past, they took a very aggressive approach to tree trimming. Two relatively young trees (planted about 3 years ago) have been cut down almost completely on Warrington Crescent. I would like to understand what has happened here and ideally get an explanation of how these trees are now meant to survive given their current condition”
We have asked the Housing Departnment to clean a badly vandalized door on a flat in Parsons House.
John Aird Court
Contractors will be writing to residents soon to notify them that the works to replace the fencing around the playground at John Aird Court will be starting. This fencing will be much more robust and will help prevent anti-social behaviour and vandalism taking place in the playground.
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.
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
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Please let us know if we can be of help or assistance on any local issues.
Councillors Rita Begum, Geoff Barraclough and Nafsika Butler-Thalassis
Your Maida Vale Labour Action Team
Iman Less, Murad Qureshi and Sue Wolff
Your Little Venice Labour Action Team