News from the St John’s Wood Labour Action Team
In these unprecedented times, we all need to care of ourselves and help our neighbours. For the latest information, visit the following:
- Health advice
- Westminster Council’s advice and response website:
- The Council operates a ‘Local Support Payment’ scheme:
If you are willing and able to volunteer to help in the community support operations please register at https://www.westminster.gov.uk/volunteer-help-your-community
We have had to cancel our regular advice surgeries but are available by email and phone. Also, here are some contact details for other advice agencies
We have issued the following statement on the coronavirus epidemic, with details of the additional actions we believe need to be taken to protect the most vulnerable
Elm Tree Road
We have asked the Highways Team for an update on the speed detector in Elm Tree Road and whether it Is now working. We have received this response:
“The vehicle activated sign in place is fully operational, and no faults have been identified. The sign does not flash unless the vehicle is travelling above the threshold of 33mph.Data analysed from the previous week shows that the average speed was below 30mph, and as such, the sign would not visibly indicate the speed has been recorded. However, the sign is still recording the speed data which will continue to be collated and reviewed.”
In addition, we have asked the Parking Team to investigate this issue:
“Over the past few months there are regularly brand new Range Rovers “abandoned” on Elm Tree Road where we live, on single yellow lines for days at a time. Over the past 2 weeks a Silver Mercedes SLK with a foreign plate has been Parked in the same place outside the old post office in St Johns Wood in a 30min bay. It hasn’t moved and is never ticketed. Again yesterday I noticed the Range Rover is back (with a foreign plate) in a residents bay on my road. The traffic wardens come and say they can only ticket once a day but this is crazy. Our roads are not “car parks”. We abide by the traffic laws!!!!”
The sign at the entrance to this close which says PRIVATE CLOSE has been destroyed, and we have asked the Council to arrange for a new sign.
Henstridge Place – update
Following our enquiries to the Council about anti-social behavior at night in Henstridge Place, the Council says:
“I have passed this information on to the Safer Neighbourhood Team who have advised that they were not previously aware of these issues. They will now be tasking the late/night shift team to pay attention to this area.
It is important that any crime and anti-social behaviour taking place is reported to Police via the official channels to ensure that resources are allocated to deal with these issues. If activity is taking place which requires immediate Police response, then residents must contact Police via 999. Any other incidents that do not require immediate Police response can be reported via 101 or the online Police reporting form (https://www.met.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime/).
I will ensure that this is kept under review at upcoming Neighbourhood Coordinator meetings.”
“Thank you for this update.This antisocial behaviour is really frightening. Coming home at night in the dark (without street lights working) and a car, sometimes 2 parked with music and obvious signs of no good is very daunting. I am so pleased that hopefully something will now be done to stop this! “
We have asked the Housing Department to take urgent action to replace defective entry doors to blocks in Wharncliffe Gardens. Residents say:
“Last year it took at least 3 months to replace the defective block entrance doors and associated entry systems of Elmton Court and Birch Vale Court, during which time there was complete freedom of entrance to both blocks. This attracted groups of persons from outside the estate to enter the premises. As far as I am aware both doors are now working satisfactorily. Now, other doors to blocks on the estate are suffering from the same problems.”
Reynolds House, Wellington Road
Following our enquiries, the Housing Department has agreed to bring forward the scheduled ‘deep clean’ of the common parts to get rid of the dirt that is regularly brought in to the block from the pigeon droppings and other dirt from outside.
Karen Buck MP says – “Homes are being turned into hotels. We need a national registration scheme for short-term lets”
Westminster City Council tenants and leaseholders
Westminster Housing Department as set up an online consultation group. There is a link to follow so that residents can join:
Climate Change Tips for the month
In order to reduce the amount of rubbish that goes to landfills, try using products that cause less of a footprint, for example there are some health food shops and zero waste shops where you can bring your own containers to refill things like laundry liquid, shampoo and soap. Liberté Cherie in Portobello Road is one such shop and Portobello Wholefoods nearby also offers this on some items. For those who have difficulty travelling, there is an online shop that does the same: www.plasticfreedom.co.uk/fill
Another option is to use environmentally friendly Soap Nuts, which people in India have been using for thousands of years and can be used for laundry, as well as other cleaning and even as shampoo. These will also save you money, as only a few nuts are required per wash and can be reused (tip for the soap nuts – if you soak them in hot water first, the nuts will release more soap, then you can use the liquid for your washing).
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:
Also, here are details of 9 companies that reward you for donating unwanted things, from H&M to M&S https://www.cosmopolitan.com/uk/worklife/g15049323/brands-reward-throwing-things-away/
The new Report It service has been unveiled. Let us know what you think https://www.westminster.gov.uk/report-it
You can register here https://www.fixmystreet.com/alert for alerts of everything reported in your area (just use your post code and it will offer you the option).
What you say
“Thanks. Keep up the good work.”
“I have noticed more electric scooters on the pavement… never mind the road. It’s only a matter of time before somebody is injured or killed. Why wait for central government to rule on this. Surely there must be something you can do.”
“I am really grateful for your time and helping me out”
Please let us know if we can be of help or assistance on any local issues. .
Keep well, take care and look after yourselves and your neighbours.
Hussain Ahmed, Janet Seale and Liam Taggart,
Your St John’s Wood Labour Action Team