News from Maida Vale Councillors Rita Begum, Geoff Barraclough and Nafsika Butler-Thalassis
And the Little Venice Labour Action Team – Iman Less, Murad Qureshi and Sue Wolff
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:
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 support operationsplease register at https://airtable.com/shrAXhe5ABMIlJCfQ
Councillor Rita Begum explains how she is helping vulnerable residents in these very difficult times
Westminster Mutual Aid Group
Westminster Mutual Aid is a group of local volunteers (Westminster Covid-19 Mutual Aid group) trying to help the local community. You can contact them at https://www.westminstermutualaid.co.uk
Westminster Connects COVID-19 phone line – 020 7641 1222
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 been helping a number of local businesses get the Government grants they are entitled to. If you think you are entitled to a grant because you run a qualifying small business but haven’t receive a payment yet, please get in touch.
For details of how small businesses can get access to Government financial assistance.
We have also been assisting traders at Paddington Basin who are asking Canal River Trust to provide rent relief during the Covid-19 emergency. Karen Buck has written the Business Minister in their support.
Self-employment Income Support Scheme
North Paddington Foodbank
Labour Councillors have agreed that any underspend in our 2019/20 ward budgets (the Council’s funding pot for small projects in each ward) should be used to support the foodbank. Three wards had underspends and were able to assist, led by us Maida Vale Councillors, we provided £14,953.53; Harrow Road supported with £5,171.96 and Westbourne gave its remaining £309.58 – for a total grant of £20,405.07.
If you can help the foodbank or are in need of emergency support please see the information here: https://www.npfoodbank.org.uk/
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:
“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
Noisy Building Works
Residents have started a petition calling for all noisy building refurbishment works to be postponed during the Covid-19 lockdown
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.
We were very disappointed to read how the owners of ‘The Warrington’ have treated their staff. The Guardian reported about;
“A 46-year-old chef at the Warrington Hotel, a plush pub in the leafy west London district of Maida Vale. On 18th March, he and two kitchen porters were sent a letter from their bosses announcing “some extremely difficult decisions” had to be made that meant their positions had “been made redundant”. No furlough, no 80% wage subsidy for his £10-an-hour pay packet; a man with four children to support has been thrown into extreme hardship.
It gets worse. Rather than being paid for their outstanding holiday, the workers have been ordered to use it up during their notice period: a straightforward violation of the law. When their trade union, the Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB), asked the pub’s owners why the workers were being dismissed “despite having the ability to pay the wages and its bills after the government’s help package” and announced legal action, the only reply they received was “Noted”.”
For those residents who cannot get out or who are concerned about social distancing, here are some links to on-line shopping:
What you say
“I know that the bin-men and street-cleaners are not allowed to accept gratuities, but is there some way that we can acknowledge their continued work through this crisis? I know their jobs are secure, so that’s good, but they are at increased risk.”
Maida Vale Medical Centre
The Maida Vale Medical Centre (the GP on Elgin Avenue in Biddulph Mansions) is rated inadequate by the Care Quality Commission and is now in “special measures.”The report is not good, for example, “We found that patients being prescribed various high-risk medications such as Methotrexate, Azathioprine, Warfarin and lithium, had not received all of the appropriate blood tests.”
Gold Care Homes has taken over Carlton Dene Residential Care Home in Kilburn Road following the termination of Westminster Council’s contracts with Sanctuary Care after its Garside Nursing Home was rated ‘Inadequate’.
New facilities in Paddington Recreation Ground
Westminster’s Planning committee has approved plans to build a new multi-use games area in Paddington Recreation Ground. This will be in the “D” behind the hockey pitch where there’s a little-used shot-put area today. There will also be some new Parkour equipment and a special running track for sprinters built in the strip between the 400m track and the main football pitch. We very much welcome the investment which is paid for from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) – a tax on new property developments in Westminster. However, we do continue to remind Park Management that they must take action to reduce noise – especially loud music – which annoys residents living adjacent to that corner of the park.
You also might like this interesting view of Paddington Recreation Ground and environs from 1923
Elgin Avenue – central reservation
We are supporting the Maida Vale & Paddington Waterways Society – our local amenity society – to bid for CIL money to improve infrastructure in Maida Vale. Their first approved project is a feasibility study to upgrade the central reservation of Elgin Avenue, especially the part between Lanark Road and Maida Vale itself to include more trees and more residents’ parking.
All lamp posts along Sutherland Avenue are now also electric vehicle charging points. Following work by Siemans, together with Ubitricity and Westminster City Council, all 24 lamp posts in Sutherland Avenue have also been converted into EV charging points. A further two adjoining roads are due to be completed shortly.
We are very pleased Fleming Court has been fitted with an intercom system – something we have been campaigning for over recent years.
You can now read the ‘Westminster Extra’ online
Refuse collection and Recycling collection times
Recycling bags can be ordered from https://webforms.westminster.gov.uk/order-recycling-bags/
Bags will be delivered within approximately 48 hours of order.
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. 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).
What you say
“Once again, thanks for your email with all the news of this area. Thanks also for your hard work – always so impressive.”
“Brilliant and essential reading as ever….”
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.
Councillors Rita Begum, Geoff Barraclough and Nafsika Butler-Thalassis
Your Maida Vale Labour Action Team
You can read our news here
Iman Less, Murad Qureshi and Sue Wolff
Your Little Venice Labour Action Team
You can read our news here https://www.westminsterlabour.org.uk/your-ward/little-venice