News from your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Hamza Taouzzale
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.”
Portnall Road between Kilburn Lane and Marban Road
We have asked the Highways Team to investigate this issue:
“Prior to the resurfacing earlier this year, this section of Portnall Road was one way, entering from Marban Road and exiting to Kilburn Lane. After resurfacing, there is was an assumption that this would be returned, and for the most, the one way is followed. Today, though, I was almost in an accident with another vehicle that was exiting Protnall Road at Marban Road. It appears that after resurfacing, the contractors who painted on the street markings marked the street as if it was two way – speed bumps marked with arrows on both sides in opposite directions of travel and a give way marking for cars to exit onto Marban road. The street is definitely not wide enough to be a two-way carriage, with very little passing space. Can you please get clarification as to whether it is one way or two-way and if it is two way, have the street markings corrected. I fear even more accidents at this intersection, as it is already an area where we see many cars come into contact.”
Bravington Road – rubbish dumping
We have reported this issue to Nuno, our local City Inspector:
“I know the intersection with Kilburn Lane has been an issue but I live on the section between Kilburn Lane and Marban Road. There has been an increase of rubbish dumping – household goods and bags of rubbish. This has caused an increase of litter across the whole length of the street, often coming into properties. It’s a disgrace to walk down my own street and to be honest, hate asking people to come to my house. Can something please be done about the increase of dumping on the street and the lack of street cleaning?”
Following our enquiries, residents say:
“I can confirm that the street looks 100% better than it has the last couple of weeks. Sod’s law, the day I actually email you about it, is the day they come out to clean it up. If the dumping returns and street starts to look the way it did before yesterday, I will let you know. Again, thank you so much for following up so quickly.”
Bravington Road – street lighting
We have asked the Street Lighting Team to investigate this problem:
“I am writing regarding an issue with street lighting on Bravington Road which makes it really hard to get in as there is no lighting at all and quite unsafe, even at reasonable evening times. I have tried to put a request twice on the Council’s website but got an error message both times.
May I ask if there is anything you could do as I have seen people sliding on the pavement, as my window is directly opposite the very dark patch, which can be really unsafe with passing cars and I have myself felt not at ease and not very safe trying to get to my house in the evening where it is really pitch dark. I am also a mother and even my son is scared because we cannot see a thing. Obviously this raises many residents’ worries regarding possible burglaries as it would be easy not to be seen.”
The Street Lighting Team say:
“The lighting column opposite 191 Bravington Road was not working and a job had been raised to repair this and this was repaired on the 3rd of December 2019. I have also noted that unfortunately column 8 outside 179 Bravington Road has a dead service and is awaiting UK Power Networks, we have chased them in respect to this repair and hope to have response soon.”
Following our enquiries, residents told us:
“The light was attended to yesterday and was working last night. Thank you for your help in this.”
We have asked Nuno to arrange for the following dumped items to be removed
“There is old carpet and duvets at the top of the road leading onto Kilburn Lane, and a little further down there is a huge pile of boxes and a rusting clothes horse outside number 218. “
We have contacted Octavia about this issue:
“Wondering whether you could contact Octavia Housing about the scaffolding outside their many properties on Ashmore Road that have been erected FOR OVER 2 YEARS NOW! I’ve contacted the City of Westminster planning department but there is nothing they can do.
Not only is it wasteful to have scaffolding up for such a ridiculous length of time, 2 years of rain bouncing off has completely undone the fresh paint job on the facade they did within a few weeks of erecting. It is unsightly and creates bad feeling from their residents and neighbours alike. I’ve never seen this behaviour from private Landlords, it appears Octavia are exploiting the position of their social tenants. Something has to be done this has gone on for long enough.”
“Octavia housing have systematically erected scaffolding up in Ashmore Road for the last 2 years as part of our energy cyclical works.We have replaced roofs, boilers and windows and also erected external wall insulation at the rear of the properties and we have carried out cyclical decorations and draught proofing to the front of the properties to increase the comfort levels for our residents and to reduce the energy emissions.
As of today we only have 6 of the 25 scaffolds standing and we are finalising the finishing touches to these properties. We intend to have more scaffolds down this week but we are dependent on the weather and resident access to be able to complete the works.These works have taken longer than envisaged and we aim to improve on our lessons learned for future programmes, but for the time being we may still have four scaffold up until the middle of January 2020.”
Ashmore Road – abandoned bike
We have asked Nuno to remove an abandoned bike outside 155/157 Ashmore Road. Residents say: “It has been there several weeks and is causing obstructions to pedestrians.”
We have asked the Parking Team to take the appropriate action on this issue:
“Right in front of Queen’s Park Primary school there clearly marked area to keep clear and not to park in at any time. Unfortunately, during the school run this is blocked most of time. It not safe for kids nor for the pedestrian parents crossing the street. Also, as the street is narrow it blocks the traffic whenever you have 2 cars from opposite direction.”
We have asked Nuno to investigate the regular rubbish dumpingby the tree outside 55/57 Fifth Avenue. Residents say:
“Last week a large bag of clothes was dumped there and now there is a broken hoover and a black bin bag.”
We have again asked for action to be taken against those responsible for dumping rubbish by the bus stop on Fernhead Road. Residents say:
“Today is a typical example with 5 bin bags surrounding the overflowing bin – 3 of these bin bags are large recycling bags. People seem to think it is acceptable to leave their household rubbish here. As it it right by the bus stop it often gets kicked over and sometimes rubbish is strewn over the pavement.”
Harrow Road crossing by Third Avenue – update
Following our enquiries, TfL say the pedestriancrossing time has been increased to 9 seconds, and also the waiting time has been reduced from 48 to 44 seconds. Hopefully these two combined will make a difference for pedestrians crossing at this location. Residents say, “Thank you very much for the update and your time spent pursuing this.”
We have asked for street sweeping in Beethoven Street to be improved.
Moberly Sports Centre
We have asked the Sports Team for an explanation why a class as the Moberly Sports Centre was suddenly cancelled:
“It with crippling sadness and intense frustration that I am writing with respect to the termination of the Total Body Conditioning class at Moberley Sports Centre. This is a popular class with good attendance. Therefore, we need to know why this decision has been taken? Can I point out that there has been no consultation of the fee-paying members whatsoever”
Following our enquiries, The Sports Team told us:
“Following a further review with the Fitness Manager the General Manager has agreed to reinstate the class and will remain on timetable into the New Year.”
Moberly users say:
“On behalf of the Moberly members, please accept my deepest thanks for your prompt action in response to our concerns.”
The Council’s Anti-Fraud Team has recovered three properties in Birch House, Sixth Avenue and Portnall Road as a result of investigations into non-residency and subletting. If you have any concerns regarding Council housing fraud, please contact the fraud hotline 020 7361 2777, or send details by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Wilberforce School – proposed multi use games area
Following consultation with residents, the Sports Unit is proposing the following hours of use for the proposed multi use games area at Wilberforce School:
“As part of the extensive consultation process held earlier this year, in addition to the face-to-face meeting held with residents, we have taken into account feedback and have brought the proposed closing time forward from 21:00 to 20:00 on weekdays and to 18.00 on weekends. We believe that bringing the proposed closing time forward is the right thing to do for the local residents, even though it means reduced hours of availability for those who want to use the pitch. We consider the reduction in available hours for use to be an acceptable loss, to mitigate any possible concerns of those nearby.”
We have asked the Refuse Collection Team to investigate this recurring problem:
“Regarding the dumped mattresses and broken furniture in the Avenues and around, I had some against my house a few weeks back which a neighbour said had been unloaded at around 1:00 am from a van or truck. I got them cleared by Westminster and another one appeared the next night. These were very similar to four other mattresses dumped nearby at two different houses with similar amounts of broken desk type furniture. I have noticed the same style of rubbish continued. I suspect the recent uptick over the last few months was commercial dumping finding the Avenues a convenient place.”
Three more bicycle hangars are planned for the Queen’s Park Ward at:
- Portnall Road, near the junction with Shirland Road
- Huxley Street, near the junction with Ilbert Street
- Dart Street, near the junction with Bravington Road
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. Local residents can register interest/request a space in a bicycle hangar by contacting Cyclehoop, who currently manage and maintain the bicycle hangars on behalf of the City Council.
Westminster Council wants people to help it improve air quality by reporting drivers running their engines when parked but does not know where the worst offenders are located, according to a Freedom of Information request made by a resident. You can read more here:
Climate Change Tips for the month
Save any Christmas wrapping paper to reuse next year. Smaller pieces can be cut up to make decorations for homemade Christmas cards or gift tags. Remember, metallic and sparkly wrapping paper can’t be recycled. Save your Christmas wreath and spray it with gold or silver spray paint to have a wreath that can be used for longer. Red ribbons or ornaments can be added to give it some more colour.
Consider reducing your meat and dairy intake. Commercial farming is one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gases, biodiversity loss, water usage, eutrificaion and soil acidification. Try Veganuary, a month-long commitment to going vegan for the month of January, with help and recipes at uk.veganuary.com. Already half a million people from 178 countries have taken part. If that’s too daunting, go for Meat-Free Monday, www.meatfreemondays.com an idea set up by Paul McCartney in the UK, but is already popular in many other cities around the world, with some cities such as Ghent, Cape Town and Los Angeles declaring a meat-free day once a week.
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 again for the very informative update. It’s probably the only regular newsletter that I read from beginning to end.:
“Thanks for all your valuable support to the neighbourhood”
“On my way to the tube station the other day I was delighted to see that a new tree had been planted near my home in Bravington Road. Thank you so much for that.”
“Excellent update, thank you”
Please let us know if we can be of any assistance.
Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Hamza Taouzzale
Your Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors – Here to Help