Councillors Nafsika Butler-Thalassis, Geoff Barraclough and Rita Begum
Councillors Nafsika Butler-Thalassis, Geoff Barraclough and Rita Begum

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

Dear Resident

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.

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

In these unprecedented times, we all need to care of ourselves and help our neighbours. For the latest information, visit the following:

Health advice

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

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

If you are concerned about anyone who you think requires care and support please phone 020 7641 1444 or 020 7641 1175 or email

If you or anyone in your household has symptoms you are advised to stay at home. If you are staying at home and need help please email

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

Business grants

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:

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

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.

‘The Warrington’

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”.”

On-Line shopping

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.” 

Carlton Dene

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.

Sutherland Avenue

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.

Fleming Court

We are very pleased Fleming Court has been fitted with an intercom system – something we have been campaigning for over recent years.

‘Westminster Extra’ 

You can now read the ‘Westminster Extra’ online

Refuse collection and Recycling collection times

Recycling bags can be ordered from

Bags will be delivered within approximately 48 hours of order.

You can check when refuse and recycling is collected from your street here

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

Report It 

The new Report It service has been unveiled.

You can register here 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

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Iman Less, Murad Qureshi and Sue Wolff

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