NEWS FROM YOUR HARROW ROAD WARD LABOUR COUNCILLORS GUTHRIE McKIE AND TIM ROCA
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 supportoperations please register at https://www.westminster.gov.uk/volunteer-help-your-community
We have had to cancel our regular advice surgeriesbut 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 takento protect the most vulnerable
Parking for Key workers – We have received the following information from Westminster Council’s Head of Parking:
“At this time, the Chief Executive has agreed that parking disregards can be issued for GP’s, nurses, Pharmacists and other hospital workers, those WCC staff in Children’s and Adults Services supporting vulnerable people and those teachers supporting vulnerable children and those of key workers. Parking dispensation permits parking in Paid for Bays and on Single Yellow Lines where sensible to do so.”
For details of how to apply see https://www.westminsterlabour.org.uk/westminster-news/2020/03/23/parking-for-key-workers-in-westminster/
Councillor Ruth Bush
Councillor Ruth Bush has been elected the first Labour Lord Mayor of Westminster. Ruth will not take part in party politics during her Mayoral year and local casework will be undertaken by Councillors Guthrie McKie and Tim Roca.
This is her latest report about her activities as Lord Mayor. TheLord Mayor’s engagements came to a halt in mid-March, as event after event was cancelled. Future arrangements have not yet become clear. But in the month since mid-February, Ruth carried out or hosted some 30 engagements ranging from:
- International Mother Tongue day and Bangladesh Independence Day with Queen’s Park Bangladesh Association at the Beethoven Centre to the annual Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey. She also laid a wreath at the Commonwealth Memorial on Constitution Hill.
- She spoke at a three International Women’s Day events: a Westminster Business Council event for women professionals in the property sector; a breakfast panel for women in business; and St Marylebone Rotarians’ annual dinner, at which she was presented with a modest donation for Paddington Law Centre, one of her Lord Mayoral charities.
- The Royal Society of St George, whose annual lunch she attended, have also donated to Paddington Law Centre.
- A Wales-themed fundraising concert for The Passage in Methodist Central Hall and the Methodists’ own Daffodil Day Spring Celebration
- Enjoyable times with children and young people, presenting the Children’s University Graduation Awards, listening to small children singing at an ‘Infant Voices’ concert, hosting a visit to the Lord Mayor’s Rooms of Year 6 children from Fairley House School and attending the President’s Reception of St Andrew’s Youth Club
- Student performances at the visit of the Prince of Wales to the Royal College of Music
North Paddington Foodbank
The North Paddington Foodbank is in dire need of support in these very difficult times. If you can spare a few pounds to help replenish the Foodbank stocks it will be very welcome and much appreciated. You can donate here https://www.npfoodbank.org.uk
Owners of The Squirrel have had their redevelopment plans rejected for a second time in less than a year. Freeholder, The Cowell Group (TCG) had hoped to turn the empty pub into a pharmacy but its plans were refused by Westminster Council on March 4. Westminster Council said the pub’s loss ‘would be to the community’s detriment’ and that the pharmacy proposals ‘would fail to preserve or enhance the setting of the neighbouring Maida Vale Conservation Area’.
The Housing team have been working with both the RSPCA and dog wardens following concerns raised by neighbours of negligence and noise nuisance. Joint visits were conducted, to ensure the living conditions were acceptable. The dog owner has been provided with advice on how to take care of the dog and ensure it receives sufficient exercise. They were also advised that if the noise nuisance persists, they will have to explore re-homing the dog.
We have asked Trading Standards to investigate reports of a shop on Harrow Road charging £20 for hand sanitizer. If you are aware of other examples of price hikes in the area, please let us know.
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:
Karen Buck MP says – “Homes are being turned into hotels. We need a national registration scheme for short-term lets”
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).
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 options).
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/
Please let us know if we can be of help or assistance on any local issues.
Please keep well, take care and look after yourself and your neighbours.
Councillors Guthrie McKie and Tim Roca.
Your Harrow Road Labour Councillors