News from your Church Street Labour Councillors Aicha Less, Matt Noble and Aziz Toki
We are living in very difficult times and our usual monthly report includes mostly information about the Coronavirus pandemic.
Along with Karen Buck MP, we are doing all we can to help the local community and individual residents and their families.
Please let us know if we can be of any help or assistance.
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 surgeries but we 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/
How to get an isolation note on line https://www.westminsterlabour.org.uk/?p=1289&preview=true
North Paddington Foodbank
The 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
We asked the Housing Department to clear debris on the roof of Fingest House
Wycombe Square, Lisson Green
We asked the Housing Department to clear rubbish from Wycombe Square.
Lisson Green allotments
The Housing Departments tells us they are re-opening the two allotment areas on the estate. The areas have been cleared and applications have been invited from those who are interested in managing an allotment. TARA will be responsible for drawing the names out of a hat to ensure the successful applicants are picked fairly. The allotments will be free of charge but residents will be asked to sign an agreement to ensure the spaces are used properly.
Edgware Road Station (Bakerloo line)
Planned maintenance work on both lifts at the Bakerloo Line Edgware Road station started on Monday 23 March and continue until early June. The work will improve the reliability of the lifts.
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).
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 options).
Please let us know if we can be of help or assistance on any local issues.
Keep well, take care and look after yourself and your neighbours in these difficult times.
Councillors Aicha Less, Matt Noble and Aziz Toki
Your Church Street Labour Councillors