News from Maida Vale Councillors Rita Begum, Geoff Barraclough and Nafsika Butler-Thalassis
And the Little Venice Labour Action Team – Iman Less, Murad Qureshi and Sue Wolff
Lanark Road Community Centre
There will be some good quality community space included in the Lanark Road development when it opens later this year. We are working closely with Westminster Council officers to evaluate ideas to make sure it’s used regularly. This may include some low-cost managed workspace for local small businesses.
We have asked the Council to prune the Pear Trees on the Delaware Mansions side of the road. These haven’t been cut back for a number of years and residents are concerned that they are growing too large.
St Augustine’s School, Kilburn Park Road
We are working with the Highways team on some improvements outside St Augustine’s School. These should make life easier for pedestrians and reduce the chance of accidents during the morning and afternoon crush. The proposals include a better pedestrian crossing, wider footways and rationalised parking/loading spaces.
Chat Benches, Paddington Rec
We have set up two benches in Paddington Recreation Ground as “happy to chat” benches. This is a pilot programme on behalf of Thrive LDN, a charity which aims to fight loneliness. If you see someone sitting on one of these benches, feel free to stop and chat.
We arranged for a blocked drain outside 123 Dry Cleaners to be cleared. With all this wet weather, please let us know of any other blocked drains in the area and we’ll get the Council on the case. Further down Shirland Road, we got the City Inspector to remove an estate agent’s board that had lingered many weeks after a flat was sold.
Kilburn Park Road – parking
We have been pressing Westminster Council for action to ease the problems parking on Kilburn Park Road on evenings and weekends. They told us:
“Whilst extending C zone permit holder controls is the obvious answer, we would only be able to do this after a full consultation exercise with, and the support of, local WCC residents, businesses and stakeholders. It should therefore be noted that whilst extending controls would benefit C zone permit holders, it could conversely be to the detriment, in parking terms, of other Westminster residents who require casual visitor parking during the evenings and weekends, or those Westminster residents who value the freedom of parking at these times without the need for a permit: we cannot assume that all vehicles not displaying a Westminster C zone permit are from LB Brent.We are therefore looking into potential solutions and will come back to you soon.”
We visited Tollgate House with residents and Council officers. The work still isn’t complete and, in many areas, the finishing is shoddy. We’ve pressed Westminster Council not to sign off the works until residents are satisfied. We’re also seeking assurances that leaseholders won’t be hit with major works bills in the future to pay for repairing the contactor’s slapdash finishing.
Santander bike hire
We are investigating this suggestion from a resident:
“Would it be possible to install a Santander Red Bike hire Point at Paddington Rec? Given this is a destination for the local community and there are plenty of local residents like me who would like more use of the bicycle hire if it were more convenient, I am sure this would be popular.”
BBC Maida Vale Studios
We have been asked if we have any news on the BBC Studios. They say they are still planning to move out in 2022 or 2023 but we’ve heard nothing on what they would like to do with the site. We keep in regular contact with Westminster planners so will know as soon as the BBC makes a move.
After a series of poor CQC reports for care homes run by Sanctuary Care in Westminster, the council has ended the firm’s contract to run two homes, including Carlton Dene in Maida Vale. Read the story here
Following enquiries from residents, we have asked the Cycling Team to look at Randolph Avenue as a potential location for a bike hangar when new locations are being considered. The Cycling Team say:
“I have logged this request for a cycle hangar and will investigate location in 2020/21 roll out.”
Paddington Green Police Station
Paddington Green Police Station was recently occupied by climate change activists. According to the press:
“Under the banner of what they call the Green Anti-Capitalist Front, the activists at Paddington Green are planning a week of action at the end of February, including protests in the City. The activists, drawn from groups including Anarchist Federation, the Industrial Workers of the World and Reclaim the Power, all of which were named in a controversial counter-terrorism document, hope to establish themselves as a radical alternative to Extinction Rebellion.”
Rita Begum selected as Labour candidate for West Central
Maida Vale Councillor Rita Begum has been selected as Labour’s Candidate for West Central at the London Assembly elections on 7thMay 2020. Rita’s priorities are:
- Homes fit for Londoners– I will campaign for more good-quality council homes and to protect residents from the developers and councils that try to short-change them. I’ll work alongside the mayor’s campaign to introduce rent controls and a universal landlord register to crack down on rogue landlords.
- A green new deal for London– I will invite the distinguished economist Ann Pettifor, as well as other experts, to advise the mayor and the London Assembly on the creation of London’s green new deal – from the small ideas that make our lives greener and healthier to a city-wide plan for transition.
- Fight to keep London global– London is a global city and should be open to all. We must fight against racism, anti-semitism, Islamophobia, homophobia, and any kind of prejudice. I will stand with the mayor to fight for fairness for all, regardless of race, gender, background, or disability. I will fight for you.
- Really tackle crime– The Tories cut 91% of the youth services budget in Westminster – and the same story has played out in Tory-run areas across London. To truly tackle crime, we need to restore these services, better housing, jobs with a future, and more community-based police.
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. https://www.westminster.gov.uk/report-it
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Councillors Rita Begum, Geoff Barraclough and Nafsika Butler-Thalassis
Your Maida Vale Labour Action Team
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Iman Less, Murad Qureshi and Sue Wolff
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