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.
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:
Queen’s Park Covid-19 Task Force
Queen’s Park Community Council has set up a Covid-19 Task Force with Paddington Development Trust, One Westminster, Westminster Connects, Queen’s Park Gardens Community Hub, The Avenues, North Paddington Foodbank, local schools and others. The Task Force will be coordinating help and support for local people.
For help or further information, you can phone 0208 960 5644and leave a message, or text 07511 590 997 or visithttps://queensparkcommunitycouncil.gov.uk/covid-19-response/. QPCC say:
- We have launched the QPCC Helpline, and distributed a flyer to every household
- We are supporting QPG Community and Sports Hub, and Ida’s restaurant, and Magic Breakfast to provide hot meals for elderly vulnerable people
- We are funding Hot Lunches for children in need via The Avenues Youth Project (1,000 hot meals)
- We are working with North Paddington Foodbank to refer people in urgent need of food (over 300 deliveries a week)
- We are working with Westminster Connects 020 7641 1222 to provide support for people self-isolating
- We provide emergency basic essentials for vulnerable residents
- We are a friendly voice or a visit for anxious and lonely residents.
Westminster 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://airtable.com/shrAXhe5ABMIlJCfQ
Westminster Connects phone line – 020 7641 1222
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
If you can help the foodbank or are in need of emergency support, please see the information here: https://www.npfoodbank.org.uk/
Can you help raise £4,000 to support QPG Community & Sports Hub in assisting the most vulnerable and shielded residents in our community of Queen’s Park during Covid-19.? Please donate to their JustGiving Crowdfunding Page:
Queen’s Park street properties – Major Works
In line with government advice on social distancing as a result of coronavirus, the Housing Department has temporarily suspended all major works to street properties until further notice. The Housing Department says:
“In line with government advice on social distancing as a result of coronavirus, we have postponed all planned works to our street properties until further notice. Some essential only elements of building work may continue where it’s safe to do so in line with government advice, to ensure safety and maintain vital services to homes.
At this stage, we do not know when works will be planned and rescheduled to start but we are reviewing the situation closely in line with government advice and will only plan out work to start onsite when it is safe to do so. Please contact us on 0800 358 3783 or email email@example.com if you have any questions”.
We have also called on the Council to halt building works on its regeneration projects during the current situation
Queen’s Park Gardens
Crissie Chambers reports:
“Nuno Reis and I have started back patrols from last week (of course walking 2mtrs apart) and will keep our eyes open in Queen’s Park Gardens. Over the weekend I was in the dog run and walked through the park and parents and others seem to be keeping their distance. In fact, I am quite proud how our local community has kept to the rules. At least the majority”
Queen’s Park Court
We have received complaints about the gardens at Queen’s Park Court being locked. We have asked why the gardens at Queen’s Park Court have been closed and when they will reopen.
We have raised this issue with the Council:
“I just wanted to flag an ongoing issue with people constantly hanging around the shop at 1 Portnall Road. There are often people sitting or standing by the wall, chatting, smoking, drinking – all ignoring social distancing. Particularly on hot days. They hang around chatting like they are exempt to the rule the rest of us are following, and putting others at risk. One of the workers from the shop sits outside all day, and he attracts people who stop and chat with him for hours. I really don’t think he should be there as it encourages these groups to gather.”
Noisy Building Works
We have called on the Government to allow Councils to restrict or prevent noisy building sites during the lockdown
Residents have started a petition calling for all noisy building refurbishment works to be postponed during the Covid-19 lockdown
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
Karen Buck MP writes, “We must act now to help young Londoners struggling under the lockdown”
More space for walking
We have asked the Council to consider a number of actions to keep everybody safe.Social distancing means we must walk at least two metres apart from other people. The need for wider pavements, slower vehicle speeds and better crossings for pedestrians is stronger than ever before.
We have asked Nuno, our local Inspector, if he can trace the owner of the white transit van who dumped the following by the recycling bins on Ilbert Street,“closet doors, broken mirrors, wood from a bed, metallic hangers for clothing, frames, construction waste bags”
An eagle-eyed resident saw the driver of the white transit van who dumped the rubbish and took his registration number which we have passed on to Nuno to make enquiries.
We have also asked Veolia to clear dog poo at the entrance to Queen’s Park Gardens at the Third Avenue end of Ilbert Street.
We have asked Nuno to investigate this issue and take the appropriate action:
“The litter/dumping and dog-poo (not all in bags) has been escalating at the top of Sixth Avenue (Oliphant Street junction area). More signage would be appreciated for the two trees at the very top of Sixth Avenue where the car chargers are.”
We have asked the Council to clear the area near the corner of Second Avenue and Harrow Road:
“Nobody cleans this area. It is full of rubbish and there are lots of rats, mice, cats, flies and a very bad smell. There are lot of children and people suffering because of the smell and the rats. Come to clean this area! This problem has been here for more than 5 years and is just getting worse.”
We have for rubbish dumped by a tree in Caird Street to be removed.
St John’s Terrace
We have asked the Highways Team to fix a broken gulley outside Victoria Wharf Apartments, 26-28 St John’s Terrace.
Fifth Avenue/Kilravock Street
We asked the Council to remove builders’ bags, timber and carpet dumped at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Kilravock Street.
We have again asked the police and the Council to investigate a property in Ashmore Road where, according to residents“there were three cars and about eight men outside the property for about an hour, hanging around and cleaning their cars! They were visiting the two ladies who live in the top flat. Not only were they ignoring social distancing but also behaving in an anti-social way likely to provoke a negative response if challenged. “
We have asked the Council to clear up dog faeces and broken glass in Marne Street.
We have asked the Council to remove a number of offensive posters on the north side of Ha’penny Steps footbridge over the canal.
Avenue Gardens estate
The Council is planning broadband installation works on the Avenue Gardens Estate and we have raised concerns about carrying out these works during the lockdown. In response, the Council has told us the following:
“Operators have assured us that they can carry out their work in line with guidelines set out by Public Health England, particularly with regard to observing social distancing from our residents and we’ll be monitoring this on an ongoing basis.
Whilst infrastructure work on Avenue Gardens will take a few weeks to complete, the majority of site activity will have minimal impact on residents. The fibre cables will be run externally with activity on site including working externally to prepare the cables for placement, splicing of cables and work to fix cables externally via a working platform. Noise disruption associated with this work will be minimal and work in proximity to any individual resident’s homes will be of short duration.
There are five small digs associated with the fibre installation however this will be off short duration with each dig taking around 1-2 hours.
We are currently still working with operators and our capital programme team to agree how the broadband installation work will be coordinated with major works on the estate and; as such it’s unlikely work at Avenue Gardens will commence until June at the earliest.”
The Flora pub, 525 Harrow Road
Another planning application for the Flora pub has been refused by the Council. The proposal was for:
“Continued use as public house at basement and ground floors and conversion of upper floors into six residential units together with roof extension to existing building. Erection of four storey mixed-use building over beer garden restating Class A4 use at ground floor level and provision of three residential units on upper floors. Demolition of pub garden outbuildings and boundary wall to Harrow Road.”
We asked our colleagues in Brent to take action on this issue:
“any chance to ask for a “deep clean” of the area outside Tesco Local just around the corner from Bannister Road on Chamberlayne Road? It’s under a hang-over and, well… eugh. It might be “private” (Tesco/Nandos) but they also have some really dodgey paving slabs too.”
Brent Council tell us:
“I have had the pavement deep cleaned and jet washed by our street cleansing contractor Veolia. We have had to wait as the location is being used by Tesco to allow their customers to wait outside the business to help enforce social distancing measures for shoppers.”
20mph speed limit
We have welcomed Westminster Council’s decision to introduce a 20mph speed limit on all roads, following recent consultation when two thirds of the respondents supported the proposal. The 20mph speed limit comes after there were 3 deaths and 269 seriously injured casualties on Westminster’s roads in 2018 – the highest of any London Borough.
Food waste recycling
Residents have asked, “please could you let me know when there are plans to collect food waste. It is tragic that in 2020 Westminster Council still allow food waste to be disposed of with its regular rubbish. It is a certain way to ensure less rubbish and frankly it’s appalling that it isn’t at least in the planning. “
We have long campaigned for the Council to adopt a food waste collection and recycling scheme and late last year the Council agreed on a pilot scheme in various part of Westminster (not, sadly including Queen’s Park). Here are the details https://www.westminster.gov.uk/food-waste-recycling
We understand the pilot scheme is going well and we will be pressing the Council to roll it out across all Westminster as soon as the current Covid-19 situation is over.
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 of9 companies that reward you for donating unwanted things, from H&M to M&Shttps://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).
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 all you are doing and continue to do, very much appreciated.”
“I’d like to say a huge big thank you to our wonderful Westminster cleansing team. They are second to none – they keep our streets shining all year round. But this morning they are out in force – digging up the weeds from the pavements and then cleaning the pavements afterwards with their machine. I did shout out and thanked them as they were working outside our house. But I also wanted to officially thank them too. We are so, so lucky in Westminster to have such a brilliant cleansing team. Thank you for all your hard work. Please stay safe everyone.”
“I would like to convey the sincere gratitude of the residents to you all for the support you gave us with our petition to Westminster to oppose the proposal of installation of telecommunications mast base on Naylor House roof. The residents are delighted with your commitment and support for the well-being and the common goods of our community. We are very proud to have you all as our Ward Councillors. We Know you are all working very hard at this very challenging time to reach out to the vulnerable and keeping our community safe.”
Please let us know if we can be of any assistance.
Please feel free to pass this newsletter on to your neighbours.
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