Councillors Ruth Bush, Tim Rosa and Guthrie McKie
Councillors Ruth Bush, Tim Rosa and Guthrie McKie

NEWS FROM YOUR HARROW ROAD WARD LABOUR COUNCILLORS RUTH BUSH, GUTHRIE McKIE AND TIM ROCA

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. We have been supporting local volunteers and you can contact them at https://www.westminstermutualaid.co.uk

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

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/ 

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.

https://www.westminsterlabour.org.uk/westminster-news/2020/03/25/westminster-labour-welcomes-change-to-waste-collection-arrangements-to-deal-with-increased-household-waste/

Building in works during the lockdown

Residents have started a petition calling for all noisy building refurbishment works to be postponed noisy building works 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/ 

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/

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 

Warlock Road 

We have again urged the Council to take tough action against those responsible for the regular rubbish dumping by the black bins at the corner of Warlock and Walterton Roads. 

Marylands Road 

We are making enquiries with the Planning Department on behalf of residents regarding roof extensions in Marylands Road.

Cycle hangars

We are calling on the Council to speed up the expansion of cycle hangars in residential areas and to increase the number of Santander Cycle docking stations in North Westminster.

https://www.westminsterlabour.org.uk/westminster-news/2020/05/25/westminster-labour-call-for-more-cycle-hangers-and-santander-docking-stations/

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

Voting by post

Voting by post is an easy and convenient way of voting. You can use this form to apply to vote

https://www.westminster.gov.uk/sites/default/files/postal-vote-application-form.pdf

You can email your completed form to electoralservices@westminster.gov.uk    or post it to Electoral Services, Westminster City Council, 14th Floor City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 6QP.

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 options) 

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/ 

And finally

To mark the 75th anniversary of Labour’s 1945 General Election victory, Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg has written a new book, ‘Cheer Churchill. Vote Labour’ – The story of the 1945 General Election. Starting with the creation of the wartime Coalition Government and the harnessing of the entire machinery of the state to serve the war effort, the book charts the political currents and events which led to Labour’s sensational General Election victory on 26th July 1945.

‘Cheer Churchill. Vote Labour’is available in e-book and paperback format at https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08975HFS7/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1590583600&sr=1-3

All proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to Foodbanks in Westminster.

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

Please keep well, take care and look after yourself and your neighbours.

Regards

 

Councillors Ruth Bush, Guthrie McKie and Tim Roca.

Your Harrow Road Labour Councillors

 

rbush@westminster.gov.uk

Gmckie@westminster.gov.uk

troca@westminster.gov.uk

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