News from Councillor Maggie Carman and the Labour Action Teams in Bayswater & Lancaster Gate
We are living in very difficult times and our usual monthly report includes the latest 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 help or assistance on any local issues.
In these unprecedented times, we all need to care of ourselves and help our neighbours. For the latest information, visit the following:
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
There is a Bayswater Mutual Aid & Community-based Response Group where resident volunteers are offering to shop or run errands. You can contact them on 020 8123 7839and firstname.lastname@example.org
We have had to cancel our regular advice surgeriesbut 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 taken to 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 Maggie Carman was asked by a carer who lives outside the area if it would be possible to get a parking permit to enable her to bring shopping to her elderly relative during the current crisis. Maggie made enquiries and received the following update from the carer:
“Thank you for your support. I received an email and was approved to park in Westminster Zone B or single yellow line for three months. This will be a tremendous help. Much appreciated”
Building works during the lockdown
We have taken up this issue with the Council:
“Like many others, I have been working at home this past week. That brings with it a range of difficulties, and it has not been made any easier by the very noisy work that has been taking place on houses along Moorhouse Road, along Sutherland Road, and whatever works are being done on Talbot Road. Those works, particularly the ones on Talbot Road, have involved very loud drilling and have been exceptionally disruptive.
I appreciate that under normal circumstances noisy works can be done during business hours, but given these exceptional circumstances (and the need to protect the health of those workers) I would like to know whether it would be possible to limit all building/roadwork to what is truly necessary while the lockdown lasts.”
Household waste collection
We have welcomed the Council’s decision to change the focus of waste collection services to concentrate on residential areas and away from commercial and tourist areas, to deal with the impact of the coronavirus epidemic.
How to get an Isolation Note on line
The Department of Health and Social Care has issued instructions on how to provide proof of coronavirus absence from work.
Following our enquiries, the builders have finally taken effective action to stop intruders getting access to the building site. The Local Inspector tells us the contractors,
“have decided to replace already removed boards and secure them properly in place, additionally roofing the top parts of the openings to the basement. Signs warning intruders to keep off will also be displayed on the hoarding. Hopefully, this new solution will keep them off.”
Cleveland Square/Chilworth Street
A petition has been started to remove the big black bins on the corner of Cleveland Square and Chilworth Street. The petition says the bins:
“have become a magnet for wider communal dumping. Local residents are walking past piles of food and other waste spilling into the street on a daily basis. Rats are seen regularly and have entered into our homes too. The council needs to address this problem with long term feasible solutions.
Not only is the square residential but it is Grade II listed and one of London’s prize stucco fronted garden squares. It currently looks like a scene from the undeveloped third world. This needs to cease. It is unhygienic, sickness promoting, a clear sign of anti social behaviour and unsightly.”
We have again raised this long-running issue with the Parking Team:
“Has any progress been made regarding the taxi problem in Praed Street/Craven Road. Recently I thought road traffic enforcement cameras had been installed and the situation appeared to improve for a few days. However, it’s now as bad as ever and we’re forced to inhale all the exhaust fumes from queueing taxis every time we walk round to the station or do any local shopping. When they’re out in force it only leaves one lane for moving vehicles in Craven Road and ends up creating a traffic jam in Westbourne Terrace for vehicles that want to turn left. The traffic wardens do an excellent job when they’re scheduled to stand outside the Hilton Hotel despite getting verbally and physically abused by the taxi drivers”
The Parking Team say:
“Praed Street (including Craven Hill and London Street) continues to be subject to special enforcement measures with hourly marshal visits being made, during controlled hours. In the majority of instances, the vehicles are progressing in a line of very slow-moving traffic. For this reason, and because they are not parked, it is not possible for the marshals to issue PCNs for parking contraventions or the engine idling restriction. A traffic camera has recently been installed by the Council at the location of Praed Street and Eastbourne Terrace, to monitor moving traffic contraventions in relation to the box junction, only. The Metropolitan Police also have a camera in Praed Street which, according to signage, is for the purpose of crime prevention and public safety.”
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:
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).
Porchester Road – what you say
“I agree with the person who said how difficult it is to find one’s way around by car with so many streets blocked off. I had to drive miles trying to find a way back into Newton Road from the section of the Harrow Road just beyond Royal Oak underground. Very frustrating and the signage cannot cope with these multiple closures.”
The broadband installation works were scheduled to end on 21st March.
Whiteley’s demolition – what you say
“Let’s have some action please regarding just how long it is taking for the Whitley’s project such inconvenience to the residents totally unacceptable. Vibration, noise, day and night, they just carry on regardless of the distressed elderly residents. No London citizen is going to get any benefit from this project, just multi millionaire from overseas, they should be paying for our inconvenience.”
What you say
“Many, many thanks to you and your persistence. At last there has been some proper action from the builders. We very much appreciate that you did not give up on us.”
“Thank you for your ongoing hard work with regards to rubbish & refuse dumping in our streets. Keep up the good work.”
“Thank you for the latest update. Very interesting and useful as always.”
“Thanks for the prompt response”
“Thank you for your speedy response. It’s amazing you’re extremely committed to helping everyone as I view your updates and there is so much going on. But your tackle it nonetheless. Thank you”
Please let us know if we can be of help or assistance on any local issues.
Councillor Maggie Carman, Dafydd Ellis and Max Sullivan
Bayswater and Lancaster Gate Labour Action Team
Angela Piddock, Elizabeth Whitmore and Simon Wyatt
Lancaster Gate Labour Action Team