News from the St John’s Wood Labour Action Team
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.
In these unprecedented times, we all need to care of ourselves and help our neighbours. For the latest information, visit the following:
How to get help as an extremely vulnerable person
Westminster Council’s advice and response website:
The Council operates a ‘Local Support Payment’ scheme:
If you are willing and able to volunteer to help in the community support operations please register at https://airtable.com/shrAXhe5ABMIlJCfQ
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
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.
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
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/
We have called on the Government to allow Councils to restrict or prevent noisy building sites during the lockdown
We have called on the Council to take further action to help rough sleepers off the street
Karen Buck MP writes, “We must act now to help young Londoners struggling under the lockdown”
Andrew Murray shares his experience of walking to and through Regent’s Park in the lockdown
LordsAt the start of April, the MCC Foundation launched an emergency appeal to feed the 450 homeless in Westminster. MCC Members and MCC Foundation supporters have donated over £78,000 and this has funded more than 23,000 meals for those in most urgent need of support. The project has been providing hundreds of meals a day since the end of March, and will continue to offer support until the end of June.
We asked the Local Inspector to investigate the overgrown shrubs and weeds and other issues in Northwich Close, following which residents told us:
“Thank you so much for alerting Street Cleaning to the much-needed tidy-up and fly-tipping clearance in Northwick Close. The team did a wonderful job and I am – and I’m sure my neighbours are – most grateful.”
We have asked the Highways Team to investigate this issue:
“For some time, the pavement between the driveways of William Court at 6 Hall Road and the roadway back to the development just to the east had been dug up, and was “protected” by barriers. That was inconvenient, leaving only a tiny bit of pavement inland.But then the barriers fell over. The only thing that varies is the position of the barriers in the hole.I am very concerned about the risk this poses to the blind, and to people with difficulty in walking.”
A few days later, residents told us, “I’ve just come in past an immaculately smooth patch of sidewalk.”
We have asked the Parking Team to investigate a seemingly abandoned car in Circus Road:
“This car has been sitting with its bonnet open outside the Circus Road side of Wellington Hospital North for quite a while. I checked it this morning: the bonnet is shut, but all the parking fine notes are still attached to it. This time I noted its registration.It’s particularly badly placed, because the 46 and 187 buses have a tight turn from Wellington Road at the best of times.”
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.
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. We have started a petition to call for the reinstatement of free travel for under 18s https://action.labour.org.uk/page/s/keep-free-travel
For an independent view of the Government’s action read https://www.onlondon.co.uk/dave-hill-governments-tfl-power-grab-is-the-wrong-direction-of-travel/
Voting by post
Voting by post is an easy and convenient way of voting. You can use this form to apply to vote
You can email your completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org or post it to Electoral Services, Westminster City Council, 14th Floor City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 6QP.
You can now read the ‘Westminster Extra’ online
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
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:
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/
You can report dumped rubbish, potholes, uneven pavements and other hazards to the Council’s ‘Report It’ service 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).
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.
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Keep well, take care and look after yourselves and your neighbours.
Hussain Ahmed, Janet Seale and Liam Taggart,
Your St John’s Wood Labour Action Team