News from the Marylebone Labour Action Team
The Council’s Planning Committee has given a one year planning permission to the Chiltern Firehouse for 10 tables and 20 chairs on the pavement outside the hotel on Chiltern Street. The original application for double the number of tables and chairs received many objections from residents and the scheme was revised to also reduce the hours of use. Residents, however, maintained strong objections on the grounds that outside pavement seating would result in significant further disturbance to local residents.
George Street/Gloucester Place – update
The Baker Street Two-Way Team say:
“The detailed design of the new signals layout, which includes green man crossings on all arms of the junction, was completed by Transport for London early this month. However, due to the current situation with COVID-19, a decision has been made not to start any new highway works on site, and regrettably this means we will not be able to start these works in the near future. Please be assured that the signal controlled pedestrian crossings will be introduced at this junction as soon as we are able to start construction work on site.”
For those wanting to know more about the history of Oxford Street, this article will be of interest:
Councillor Pancho Lewis has started a petition calling for action to clamp down on pedicabs
You can sign the petition calling on the Government to keeps it promise to regulate and control pedicabs here: https://bit.ly/petition-pedicabs
Reduce energy wastage in the West End
We are supporting a petition launched by a local resident to ‘Reduce energy wastage in the West End’
“We are all struggling through this lockdown and although it is tough, the environment is reaping the rewards. Air quality has improved, wildlife is thriving and there is no litter. However, as I walk through the West End most retail outlets and offices have all their lights on. Isn’t this a huge waste of energy and drain on natural resources? Let’s make the most out of this situation by saving these resources and asking businesses to turn down their lights. It’s a small ask that could make a big difference.”
You can add your name on the link below.
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.