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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
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

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

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

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 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/

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 https://www.westminstermutualaid.co.uk

Self-employment Income Support Scheme 

https://www.businesssupport.gov.uk/self-employment-income-support-scheme/

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.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-business-support-grant-funding 

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/

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/

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/

Building works

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/ 

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/ 

Postal Services 

Karen Buck MP reports:

“Whilst the number of complaints about delays in postal deliveries has fallen significantly, it is obvious that some areas continue to have problems. Royal Mail continue to say that they are doing their best to ensure a consistent service, whilst also ensuring staff safety and managing the impact of sickness and self-isolation. I will be having further talks with local operational managers in the next week to discuss outstanding issues, and of course, continue to raise individual complaints.”

OTHER NEWS 

Grove End Road/Abbey Road

We asked the Council to investigate the water ‘ponding’ at the corner of Grove End Road/Abbey Road Junction, opposite Garden Road.NW8.It iscausing water ‘ponding’ at the other end of the zebra crossing and is quite high affecting the pavement and road. The ‘ponding’ has now been fixed.

Elgood House 

We are delighted that long-delayed works to a flat in Elgood House have now been completed, following our enquiries.

Reynolds House

We are continuing to assist residents in Reynolds House who are experiencing continued problems with their heating.

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/

Bus and Tube fares

The Government has told the Mayor that, in return for additional funds to keep London’s public transport system operating, bus and tube fares must go up next January. The Government has also insisted that free travel is temporarily suspended for Freedom Pass and 60-plus cardholders at peak times and all the time for those under 18.

https://www.westminsterlabour.org.uk/westminster-news/2020/05/16/conservative-government-increases-the-cost-of-bus-and-tube-fares-in-london/ 

‘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

“Once again, we thank you for your constant help and endeavours to help all residents with your queries and concerns” 

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.

Regards

 

Hussain Ahmed, Janet Seale and Liam Taggart,

Your St John’s Wood Labour Action Team

regentsparklabour@gmail.com

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