Bayswater & Lancaster Gate Labour Action Team
Bayswater & Lancaster Gate Labour Action Team

News from Councillor Maggie Carman and the Labour Action Teams in Bayswater & Lancaster Gate

Dear Resident

We hope you are well. We are all 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
https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-guidance
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

How to get help as an extremely vulnerable person

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable

If you are concerned about anyone who you think requires care and support please phone 020 7641 1444 or 020 7641 1175 or email adultsocialcare@westminster.gov.uk

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 covid19volunteerswcc@westminster.gov.uk

Westminster Council’s advice and response website:
https://www.westminster.gov.uk/coronavirus-advice-and-information

Support for businesses

We are helping a number of local businesses get financial support. You can get details here:

https://www.westminster.gov.uk/coronavirus-support-your-business

The Council operates a ‘Local Support Payment’ scheme:
https://www.westminster.gov.uk/supporting-my-family

If you are willing and able to volunteer to help in the community support operations please register at https://airtable.com/shrAXhe5ABMIlJCfQ

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 bayswatercovid19@gmail.com

https://www.mylondon.news/news/west-london-news/london-coronavirus-bayswater-volunteer-says-18038326

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, including in the Lancaster Gate area. You can contact them at https://www.westminstermutualaid.co.uk

Westminster Connects COVID-19 phone line – 020 7641 1222

https://www.westminsterlabour.org.uk/westminster-news/2020/03/26/westminster-connects-covid-19-phone-line-020-7641-1222/

We have had to cancel our regular advice surgeries but are available by email and phone. Also, here are some contact details for other advice agencies

https://www.westminsterlabour.org.uk/ward-news/2020/03/19/advice-surgeries-important-message-from-westminsters-labour-councillors/

Self-employment Income Support Scheme

https://www.businesssupport.gov.uk/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:

“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 

https://www.westminsterlabour.org.uk/westminster-news/2020/03/27/beware-the-coronavirus-scammers/

Building works

Residents continue to contact us about noisy building works:

It’s stressful enough being in lockdown, without having to contend with obtrusive building works, especially in a very built up area.  With the hot weather, it now means that windows have to be closed, which is intolerable.Unfortunately, workers on the site are not observing the 2 metre distance rule.  Nor are contractors abiding by an 8am start: engines are left running idle and collection of soil by mechanical means starting sometimes 20 minutes earlier.”

Councillor Maggie Carman raised concerns with Notting Hill Genesis about workmen turning up to renovate a property in Hereford Road without PPE. Notting Hill Genesis eventually took notice and sent out firm instructions to the contractors.

We have called on the Government to allow Councils to restrict or prevent noisy building sites during the lockdown

https://www.westminsterlabour.org.uk/ward-news/2020/04/29/westminster-labour-call-for-government-to-give-councils-the-power-to-stop-non-urgent-noisy-construction-works/

Residents have started a petition calling for all noisy building refurbishment works to be postponed during the Covid-19 lockdown

https://www.change.org/p/westminster-city-council-postpone-noisy-refurbishments-during-covid-19-lockdown

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/

https://www.westminsterlabour.org.uk/westminster-news/2020/03/29/westminster-labour-councillors-back-the-north-paddington-foodbank-with-20k-grant/

We and Karen Buck MP are calling on Westminster Council to step up its support for foodbanks and other local organisations that are providing vital support for communities at risk and that will need to do so for many months to come. We are demanding that the council develops a coherent strategy to address food poverty and hunger in Westminster and ensures the resources are provided to deliver it.

https://www.westminsterlabour.org.uk/westminster-news/2020/05/11/westminster-labour-calls-for-clear-strategy-and-urgent-action-to-tackle-food-poverty-in-westminster/

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.

Rough sleepers

We have called on the Council to take further action to help rough sleepers off the street

https://www.westminsterlabour.org.uk/westminster-news/2020/05/10/westminster-labour-calls-for-further-efforts-to-help-new-rough-sleepers-off-the-street/ 

Young People 

Karen Buck MP writes, “We must act now to help young Londoners struggling under the lockdown”

https://www.onlondon.co.uk/karen-buck-we-must-act-now-to-help-young-londoners-struggling-under-the-lockdown/ 

OTHER NEWS

Porchester Road

We have asked the Highways Team to investigate this issue:

“I am currently in considerable distress on account of the extremely noisy roadworks that are going on in Porchester Road. This is absolutely interminable and at a time when it is completely impossible to escape form the noise because of the lockdown.I do not know who makes these decisions, but it seems incredible to me that we are subjected to such noise precisely when we are required to work from home (which I can’t do since it involves online meetings render impossible by the noise).”

The Highways Team say:

“Ican advise you that TRIIO have encountered a substantial gas leak on the main at this location They need to remove and replace a large section of the pipe prior to further resurfacing works continuing, and unfortunately in their attempts to do so damaged a water pipe which exacerbated issues somewhat.” 

Orsett Terrace 

We have asked the Highways Team to investigate this issue: 

This noise is going on all day in Orsett Terrace. It’s insane and apparently for extra internet providers! Certainly not essential and so noisy the noise barriers do nothing as no one lives at street level. I can’t think nor hear my thoughts let alone to work! We can’t leave the flat, we have been in since 20th March and this can tip over the edge anyone”

Porchester Square 

We have reported a suspected breach of planning regulations in a property in Porchester Square which has been converted to six bedsits. One of the rooms is a 7×7 ft box room which used to house heating and water tanks.

Gloucester Terrace

Residents have pointed out to us that there are a number of empty Council flats in Gloucester Terrace, so we have written to the Council to ask when they will be re-let to people in housing need.

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.

https://www.westminsterlabour.org.uk/westminster-news/2020/04/24/westminster-labour-welcomes-20mph-speed-limit/

‘Westminster Extra’

You can now read the ‘Westminster Extra’ online

https://edition.pagesuite.com/html5/reader/production/default.aspx?pubname=&pubid=09649383-4dbb-4a3d-b164-9d26398578f3

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

https://www.westminster.gov.uk/what-can-i-recycle-home#can-recycle

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:

https://www.westminster.gov.uk/a-z-recycling

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/ 

Report It 

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 the option).

What you say

“Thank you Ms Carman, you have been brilliant and efficient.”

Please let us know if we can be of help or assistance on any local issues.

Keep well, take care and look after yourself and your neighbours.

Regards

Councillor Maggie Carman, Dafydd Ellis and Max Sullivan

Bayswater and Lancaster Gate Labour Action Team

mcarman@westminster.gov.uk

Bayswater@westminsterlabour.org

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Angela Piddock, Elizabeth Whitmore and Simon Wyatt

Lancaster Gate Labour Action Team

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