News from the St John’s Wood Labour Action Team
We asked the local Inspector to investigate reports of rubbish left on the street. He said:
“Regular inspections continue to be undertaken in Alma Square and the surrounding streets.Unfortunately, some residents do leave household waste overnight prior to the scheduled waste collection, even after conducting letter drops advising otherwise. This leads to foxes tearing the bags and contents spilling out. It is difficult to obtain evidence in such cases as majority of the time there are no evidence to link it to a particular offender (food waste, toiletry etc). These are cleared by Veolia street cleansing team.
However, I did investigate dumped waste on Friday 17th January which contained evidence and therefore a warning notice was issued to a local resident.”
We reported this issue to the Highways Team:
“On each side of Hamilton Terrace from about Numbers 63/61 until Numbers 79/80, there is what seems to be barriers left from various forms of work. It’s the type that are red or green when, say, BT or Thames Water are removing a drain cover and place some plastic fencing around to make it obvious. They’ve been here for about a week and seem to be attracting more random building rubbish. Could you forward to whichever team responsible and have these removed?”
The Highways Team say:
“An inspector has attended site and raised a Priority 1 job to remove the Red and White barrier that was causing a trip hazard. Additionally, we also have requested for the FM Conway barrier to be collected at the same time.”
Residents have raised the issue of the planning proposals for the New Inn Public House, 2 Allitsen Road. The proposal is for the “Demolition of the existing building behind the retained facades of Allitsen Road and Townshend Road and its redevelopment to provide basement, ground and three upper floors comprising a public house and ancillary guest accommodation, refuse and recycling storage and short and long-stay cycle parking.”
“We have lived in our flat for over 30 years and over time, particularly in recent years, have endured significant problems with anti-social behaviour and noise from these premises. The proposed redevelopment will significantly impact these problems as well as fundamentally change the look of the area and our privacy.”
The full proposed plans are on the Westminster Council planning site and the application reference number is 19/09835/FULL. https://idoxpa.westminster.gov.uk/online-applications/
We asked the Street Lighting Team to fix a broken street light in Henstridge Place. Residents say:
“It has not been working since Christmas and is making that end of the street extremely dark and is very frightening when we come home late at night, especially as there is normally a car parked with dubious behaviour going on. The street is often littered with silver canisters in the morning”
The Street Lighting Team say:
“I have checked on the system and there is an existing job which was raised in January. Unfortunately, there is a dead UK Power Network cable to the column and this is due to be repaired on the 24th February 2020. UK Power Networks are independent of Westminster City Council and therefore have no control over when faults are repaired.”
We have also asked the police to investigate the reports of anti-social behavior in this street.
Boundary Road/Abbey Road
We have asked the Refuse Collection Team to investigate this issue:
“I live in Boundary Road, end off Abbey Road. This part of Abbey Road has ten blocks, each containing of 5 flats above shops.Since the Council has decided to remove the 4 bins it has become a nightmare to dispose of small quantities of daily domestic waste. The pavement by late evening is full of scraps of food and rats rampaging over it. Please put the bins back.”
We asked the Street Lighting Team to fix a defective street light in Northwick Terrace.
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”
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/
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
“Many thanks for providing a bin near my door. I am much grateful to you.”
“Thank you for all the hard work you do as councillors and nice to know that residents can bring to your attention things that worry us locally and maybe can be resolved so as to enable keeping the local environment pleasant for everyone working or living here.”
“Nice to see that dead tree outside 80 St John’s Wood Terrace has gone but surprised to see that about 3 more trees nearby have also faced the chop?
I see that the pink advertising bike outside Pret a Manger, Circus Road has been removed now.”
“Thank you so much for dealing with this so promptly.”
Please let us know if we can be of help or assistance on any local issues.
Hussain Ahmed, Janet Seale and Liam Taggart,
Your St John’s Wood Labour Action Team