News from the Pimlico Labour Action Team – June 2020
Ebury Bridge Road
We have asked the Highways Team why the safety railings around the crossing on Ebury Bridge Road were removed recently. The Highways Team say
“Westminster City Council actively seek to reduce street clutter where possible and at this location the guardrail was considered excessive. Originally the guardrail was thought to provide protection but on balance its removal is considered a better option for the following reasons.
- Eliminated cyclists being squeezed/trapped and allows escape.
- Allows pedestrians more room, especially with new requirements to social distance
- Improved inter visibility between pedestrians and motorists
- Reduces the drivers ‘right of way’ mentality as it’s no longer a ‘vehicles only’ length of carriageway. This uncertainty improves driver attention and awareness of environment. This should have a positive impact on speed and incidents.
- Improved aesthetics of the junction by reducing clutter.
- Mitigates against possible crush of pedestrians who walk on the wrong side of the railings”
We have asked the Highways Team to fix a large pothole in the road in Guildhouse Street. They say:
“An inspector has attended site and confirmed that the carriageway depression is at approx. 20mm in depth, which does not meet our current intervention levels of 50mm for the carriageway. We will continue to monitor this location and should it deteriorate further, we will issue the required remedial action. I will also bring this to the attention of our Waste team and ask that they monitor this location for the excessive dumping of rubbish.”
We have urged Sanctuary Housing to fix the constant leaks at a house in Denbigh Place where residents say:
“I have been up to see the resident in Flat B as the water is coming through her electric fan into her bathroom and now I have water coming through into my living room in Flat A. In Flat C it’s absolutely pouring through all the light switches and ceiling. It’s a terrible mess”
Sanctuary have responded as follows:
“An operative has visited site and electrics have been made safe.The Head of Housing-London, is looking into this matter and will provide you with a full response once the investigation is complete.This matter is part of a larger complex issue which we are trying to rectify as a matter of urgency. An emergency works order has been raised to thoroughly investigate the root cause.”
We asked the Highways Team to investigate reports of blocked drains and flooding in Hugh Mews. Following the inspection, residents said:
“Just wanted you to know how efficient and professional the team were from Conway to clear the blocked drain which flooded for 2 years or more and flushed/cleared the drain that stinks for years.”
Vic Keegan reveals the building which previously stood on the site of Victoria Station
We have asked the Highways Team for an update on this issue:
“With social distancing not looking to go away anytime soon, and with wider talk nationally of increasing space for pedestrians and cyclists during this difficult period, I think it is a good time to question the positioning of what has become the seemingly permanent anti-terrorism barriers which has reduced the width of the cycle lane across Vauxhall Bridge. Currently they sit inside the cycleway reducing the width by about a third of its original size.”