News from the Pimlico Labour Action Team
Building works during the lockdown
We have called for GNetworks broadband installation roadworks on the junction of Winchester Street, Lupus Street and Gloucester Street to be stopped, after residents wrote:
“With COVID-19 guidelines stating that people should stay in their homes, it feels unfair that road works should continue to take place on Lupus Street outside our homes. We have been subjected to drilling noise pollution from the road starting at 0830 every day. I have reached a point of despair as I am not allowed to leave my house due to having suspect C-19. This seems so unreasonable when we have been asked to stay in our homes. For us this is a flat; no garden, no back room to go.”
“I appreciate that these companies are not doing anything against the law. But under the new rules of having to stay at home is there some sort of happy medium like 1000-1400, rather than 0800-1700/1800!?”
A resident in Denbigh Street wrote:
“Almost immediately the lock down was announced the contractors, Conway, set up shop in Denbigh Street, apparently digging to install ultrafast broad band cables for G Network. This cannot be said to be essential work since we already have very fast and secure broadband speeds, having been upgraded only recently by BT. There have been large digging vehicles akin to pile drivers and hand held pneumatic drills drilling every day from 8.30 to 4.30. They make an incredible racket in a narrow street with tall houses either side.”
Cundy Street and Walden House
Dave Hill writes about Grosvenor’s proposal to knock down five blocks of flats in Belgravia – four for private rent, one for Westminster Council tenants – and build a new mixed-use development to be called Cundy Street Quarter.
Ebury Bridge Road/Chelsea Bridge Road
We have contacted the Council and the police about traffic issues on Ebury Bridge Road and Chelsea Bridge Road, particularly in relation to cars speeding down Chelsea Bridge Road, and have asked if a speed camera can be located in the area.
Dolphin Square – update
The public inquiry into Westbrook’s appeal against the City Council’s refusal of planning permission, which was due to begin on 12th May, has been postponed until September 22nd because of the coronavirus outbreak. The delay will mean that the referral of the Inspector’s recommendation to the Secretary of State is unlikely to take place until the end of the year.
Both Westbrook and the Council will be represented by leading planning lawyers at the inquiry, which is expected to last 6-7 days, and interested parties will be permitted to speak and put their objections to the Planning Inspector. The time-table for the principal parties submitting their proofs of evidence to the Planning Inspectorate has now been extended until 25th of August.
We have asked the Council to remove the accumulated rubbish outside a house in Hugh Mews.
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
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.