News from your Church Street Labour Councillors Aicha Less, Matt Noble and Aziz Toki
We are continuing to urge the Housing Department to fix the door at Padbury House.
We have asked the Housing Department to take urgent action to fix a long-running leak in a house in Mallory Street. Following our enquiries, the leak has been fixed.
We have urged the Housing Department to refurbish the long vacant property at 123 Lisson Grove so that it can be re-let to a family in housing need.
We have since found out that, rather than refurbish this vacant flat for someone in housing need, the Council intends to sell the flat at auction
Marylebone Road/Lisson Grove
We have asked the Council to fix the street lights on this junction which had not been working for over a week. It is very dark and dangerous at this busy junction.
We asked the Council to remove two dumped mattresses which were blocking the pavement on Harewood Row.
Westminster Council tenants – Thames Water charges
We have received the following update from the Council:
“Thames Water have terminated their agreement with us for the collection of water charges with effect from 31 March 2020.From 1 April 2020 Thames Water will charge council tenants directly for their water services. This means we will stop adding fixed costs for water to our tenants weekly rent and service charge bills from this date. Tenants will then pay Thames Water directly for their water use.
We are writing to tenants this week to let them know about the changes.Thames Water plan to write to tenants later this month to set up their accounts in advance of their first bills which we expect they will receive in late Feb to early March for the period April 1 2020 to 31 March 2021. Thames Water will offer payments in instalments and offer social tariffs which could see some eligible tenants’ bills reduced by 50 per cent.
More information including advice for tenants can be found online here https://www.westminster.gov.uk/yourhousing/news/changes-tenants-thames-water-bills-and-how-save-50”
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
Reduce, reuse and recycle: Every year an estimated 350,000 tonnes of used clothing goes to landfill. Instead of buying new clothes, buy secondhand clothes from charity shops. It’s possible to find good quality clothes that often last longer than their new, often more cheaply made counterparts. If you’re looking for something in particular, check out Oxfam’s online shop: www.oxfam.org.uk/shop
If you like the idea of a clothes swap, where you bring something you don’t want any longer in exchange for something someone else is getting rid of, there are a few swap shops around London www.timeout.com/london/shopping/best-swap-shops-in-london and a few Swap events that take place at different locations www.eventbrite.co.uk/d/united-kingdom–london/clothes-swap/
If it’s difficult for you to get to a charity shop, or if you have items that are too heavy or bulky to carry, list them on Freecycle which is a great place to get rid of things, as people will come to you to collect https://freecycle.org/
We are calling on the Government to increase the Council’s powers to take strong action against those responsible for dumping rubbish on our streets. In 2016, the Government gave Local Authorities the power to issue fines of up to £400 for those responsible for fly tipping. But the current £400 fines barely cover the costs of clean up; do not cover the cost of Enforcement Teams; are less than the cost of a skip and do not provide sufficient disincentive to offenders. Fly-tipping has risen by almost 40% since 2012 – according to LGA figures. We believe that the Government should:
- Increase the fines the Council can levy to £2,000
- Make it compulsory that the Council is reimbursed for the costs of clearing fly-tipping in addition to legal costs from fines issued in court.
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
Please let us know if we can be of help or assistance on any local issues.
Councillors Aicha Less, Matt Noble and Aziz Toki
Your Church Street Labour Councillors