News from your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Hamza Taouzzale
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.
You can read our latest news on http://labourwestminster.org.uk
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:
How to get help as an extremely vulnerable person
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
Westminster Connects COVID-19 phone line – 020 7641 1222
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 taken to protect the most vulnerable
Self-employment Income Support Scheme
Parking for Key workers
NHS workers and care workers can park for free and without time limit in pay-to-park bays in Westminster until further notice.
- If this applies to you, to enable Marshals to identify who should be granted this concession we ask that supporting evidence be placed in your windscreen, such as photocopies of your work pass with sensitive information removed, or a letter of evidence on headed paper from your employer.
- Should you receive a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) whilst carrying out your critical work, please tell us using the information on the PCN and with your supporting evidence and it will be considered sympathetically.
We have also 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/
Beware the Coronavirus scammers
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.
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
QPG Community & Sports Hub
We have received this message from QPG Hub who are based at 254 Kilburn Lane:
“We are currently looking at supporting the 84 children reliant on free school meals from next week and need to kindly ask you for a donation, if possible, however big or small, in order for us to stock up on much needed ingredients such as rice and tinned foods. We have partnered with Chefs in Schools who have volunteered to come in daily to make food for the children, which can be safely delivered. Felix Foods will deliver to us what they can, however we need to ensure that other items like take-away boxes are also purchased. We are also in need of some volunteer support too. If you can donate we would kindly ask you to share the following link – www.paypal.me/qpghub”
The Avenues is also providing meals for children receiving free school meals at Queen’s Park Primary School.
The Street Lighting team tells us that the lighting has now been repaired outside 257-259 Portnall Road, and has been upgraded to an LED lantern. Residents say:
“Took a while but happy it’s now sorted.”
Queen’s Park Station bus stop
We asked TfL to repair the bus shelter at the bus stop in Queens Park which was vandalized. The replacement glass has now been installed following our intervention.
John Fearon Walk
Wehad reports that the street lights on John Fearon Walk on the Mozart Estate are not working and have reported this to the Street Lighting Team.
We are delighted that the planning application for a mobile phone base station on the roof of Naylor House has been refused. The proposal included the installation of twelve antennas, three cabinets and ancillary works at roof level. We supported residents’ objections.
Jubilee Sports Centre redevelopment – update
We have contacted the developers, EcoWorld following reports from residents in Caird Street and First Avenue that the demolition works are causing cracks in their homes. One resident says, “the house reverberates and shakes during the demolition process and the internal cracking of the plaster only started once the demolition started earlier this month. I am concerned this will only get worse once pile driving for the foundations of the new buildings start.”
Following enquiries from residents in Caird Street/First/Second/Third Avenues, we have also asked for additional street cleaning to deal with the increase in dust, rats and debris in the area. The contractors say:
“Northeast Demolition UK Ltd are doing everything in their power to minimise dust as a result of the demolition by spraying water on the rubble as it is being reduced. Air quality measurements are also taken three times a day – 9.30am, 11.30am and 2.30pm, to make sure any impacts of the works on the surrounding area are reduced.
Regarding the observation of rats close to the site. We have notified Northeast Demolition who will closely monitor this. The site buildings are cleaned on a daily basis and the contractor has also confirmed that they have reminded everyone working on the site to properly dispose of any food waste. The observation has also been reported to the council’s Environment Health department.”
If you have any enquiries about the demolition please contact Andrew Hinkins or Laura Montgomerie on 0330 166 2281 (Mon-Fri), or Bradley Harris on 07841 993093, or Joseph May, Site Manager on 07702 260235.
Moberley Sports Centre
Concerns have again been raised about the standards at Moberly Sports Centre. Recently, a parent wrote:
“I wanted to bring to your attention the temperature of the pool over recent weeks. All the kids in the swimming class emerged shivering with cold and complaining after their 30 minute lesson. This has been happening increasingly over the last few weeks. I appreciate that it is cold outside but this is not acceptable given what we pay when the kids don’t want to go swimming because of the cold. I went to reception to complain but ‘Jack’ who is apparently in charge of these things could not be found. Whilst I stood there, a number of other people came to complain as well but no manager could be found to discuss these issues with”
The Leisure Team say:
“Unfortunately, over a period of 3 days there were contractors onsite performing routine checks and services. The contractor appears to have made a mistake in not turning the heat exchanger back on after each check, which is why the pool continued to drop in temperature to below 27.5 degrees in some instances. Everyone Active have contacted this contractor to highlight their mistake, which we are reassured will not happen again.”
Queen’s Park Court
The planning application to build 23 new social rent homes for local families has been given permission by the Council. The development comprises four, three storey houses and a 5-storey block of nineteen flats. Start on site is expected to be in winter 2020/21 with completion expected by Winter 2022/23.
The Housing Department will be keep residents updated throughout the programme, including holding a “meet the contractor” event in advance of the ground works and early stages of the building work.
We have also asked the Housing Department to introduce better parking controls to ensure that residents have priority.
Harrow Road, Kilburn Lane and Ladbroke Grove – Highway and Junction improvements – update
The works are to introduce a pedestrian crossing ‘green man’ phase at the junction, in addition to footway and lighting upgrades around the junction. Works are expected to take five months, and were supposed to start on 23rdMarch.
Due to the coronavirus epidemic, the works have now been delayed
Harrow Road – speed limit
We asked the Highways Team to respond to this enquiry:
“Is Harrow Road 20mph or 30mph? The signs are still flashing up in a contradictory manner.”
The Highways Team say:
“The speed limit along Harrow Road is 30mph.The vehicle activated sign (VAS) will not flash unless the vehicle is travelling above the threshold of 33mph. However, the sign will still record the speed data of all passing vehicles, which will be collated and reviewed.In light of the concerns raised, the sign will be inspected and recalibrated to ensure that it is in perfect working order.”
We have asked Nuno, our local Inspector, to remove rubbish dumped by the railings at the junction of First Avenue and Harrow Road.
Bikes that were chained to the lamp post outside of 57/59 Fifth Avenue, were removed from the highway.
We have asked the Highways team to ensure that these concerns are taken into account as part of the Kilburn Lane/Harrow Road junction improvements:
“I wanted to raise a concern about the forthcoming road works to Harrow Rd/Ladbroke Grove/Chamberlayne Rd junction, and whether the Highways Department is aware of the potential impact that it will have on road safety on Sixth Avenue.
Whenever road works take place involving these main roads which involve cars being diverted near Sixth Avenue, our street becomes very dangerous with high volumes of vehicles trying to get both up and down the narrow street. As you can turn off the Harrow Road onto Sixth Avenue, and at the other end of the street turn off Kilburn Lane onto Sixth Avenue, it can become log jammed with vehicles trying to use it, either as part of the diversion or their own cut-through.
During road works last summer we’d have cars backed up in both directions, with aggressive drivers beeping and getting angry with each other as everyone struggled to get up and down the street. My part of Sixth Avenue is only wide enough for one car to drive up or down the street, two vehicles can’t pass each other.”
We have reported this anti-social behaviour incident to the police:
“Unfortunately, some lunatic kicked in the sides of about six cars at about 10.30 on Thursday night, Very expensive damage. If you publish this it might deter all the people who don’t live in the street but park their cars here on weekends.”
We reported a broken lamppost at the top of Bravington Road. The Street Lighting team told us “there was also a sign regarding traffic camera enforcement which I have asked our service provider to reinstall.”
The Street Lighting Team has been installing LED lanterns around the Queen’s Park Ward to reduce our carbon footprint and energy usage. This should have been completed by the end of March.
Light pollution from offices on the Kensington side of the canal
We have asked the Environmental Health team if they can use their influence with Kensington & Chelsea Council to get them to take action against the owners of the office buildings on the Kensington side of the canal who leave blazing lights on all night.
Queen’s Park Book Festival
This year’s Queen’s Park Book Festival has been cancelled and will be held next year on 26th and 27th June 2021.
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:
Queen’s Park Bangladesh Association
We attended and spoke at an event organized by the Queen’s Park Bangladesh Association to celebrate International Mother Language Day and 50th anniversary of Bangladesh’s independence on 7th of March 2020 at The Beethoven Centre, Third Avenue.
‘No cold-callers’ stickers
A resident raised this issue with us:
“Lately there has been so many charity cold callers in this area. It’s a shame Westminster don’t give out the “NO COLD CALLERS” stickers for front doors for the elderly. The Beethoven Center doesn’t have them, the library doesn’t supply them nor the council. They can of course be bought online but there are still many people that don’t use the internet or shop online.”
We contacted the Council who told us:
“Westminster Trading Standards does have a limited number of No Cold Calling Stickers. I would be happy to pass some onto the person who contacted you if you are able to supply me with their contact details.”
We passed this information to the resident who commented:
“Thank you so much, I contacted them and they sent me quite a few “No Cold Caller” stickers. I will distribute them along the street to the most vulnerable.”
We have reported the following for action:
- Anti-social behaviour/late night noise in Lothrop Street
- An uneven pavement in Sixth Avenue– “My son tripped on a paving slab between 36 and 38 Sixth Avenue. The pavement slab is not level. My son is currently in hospital with a fractured hip.”
- Water flowing down Third Avenue to Harrow Road, starting in the middle of road outside 56 Third Avenue.The Highways Team told us, “An inspector has attended site and confirmed that Thames Water have been to site and marked up for remedial action already.”
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).
You can keep an eye on the latest local crime information through the Met Police website:https://www.met.police.uk/a/your-area/met/westminster/queens-park/
What you say
“Thank you so much for this. We are actually moving around the corner to Brent in the next few weeks and we will really miss having you as our councillors. Many thanks for all your continued efforts for the community. Thrilled the rubbish was cleared from Ilbert Street tree but more broadly just very appreciative of all you do. “
“Thanks for the email, great job as usual.”
“We are so delighted to read about the amazing work our councillors are doing in our community. We are looking forward to working with you to make Queen’s Park Ward a desirable community for others to emulate. We acknowledge and appreciate your continuous support for our community.”
“Thanks for your report. Really helps with the creating a community-feel to the area.”
“Tfl has put back the digital bus arrivals screen at the Allington Rd stop! Hooray.”
“Many, many thanks for your kind assistance in restoring the Countdown board. Good to know that you still have influence.Keep it up”
“Thank you so much for keeping me in touch – much appreciated!”
Please let us know if we can be of any assistance.
Keep well, take care and look after yourself and your neighbours.
Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Hamza Taouzzale
Your Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors – Here to Help
We deal with many issues raised by residents for which Westminster City Council is responsible, including Education, Planning, Social Care, Street Lighting, Waste Collection, Rubbish Dumping, Parking, Traffic Problems, Trees and Anti-Social behaviour and Housing.