NEWS FROM YOUR HARROW ROAD WARD LABOUR COUNCILLORS RUTH BUSH, GUTHRIE McKIE AND TIM ROCA
We are living in very difficult times and, 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.
Please feel free to pass this report on to any of your neighbours who may be interested.
Ashmore Road/Lydford Estate
Concerned and anxious residents of Ashmore Road and the Lydford Estate were in contact throughout Friday night 26th June about an unlicensed music event and street party. We met with the police on Saturday to raise residents’ concerns and be briefed about the police response. The gathering ended largely peacefully, with only one arrest, in contrast to other events.
Maida Hill Market Place – Anti-social behaviour:
We are in touch with the police and council officers about plans for further action to reduce anti-social behaviour on Maida Hill Market Place and hope to see these having an effect. Similar attention is being given to other parts of the Ward where residents are being disturbed. We’re glad that our police dedicated Ward Officers are now doing foot patrols again and hope some of you may have met them.
The Council has introduced temporary barriers in various parts of Westminster, reducing road widths to increase the space for pedestrians and cyclists. This has happened along the Harrow Road. In some stretches, it seems to have worked well, but it has not been clear to pedestrians that they have extra space and deliveries have been difficult for some of the stores. Following our representations, there is now some signage and cones have replaced some of the barriers to facilitate loading and unloading. However, some of the barriers have been removed without replacement cones, which goes against the aim of prioritising walking and cycling, which we support.
Harrow Road Shops Forecourts
The plan to de-clutter the Harrow Road pavements has emerged again. We will continue to urge that it actually happens this time.
Parking Enforcement on Council Estates
Now that Westminster Council has taken housing estates back into direct control, they will also carry out the parking enforcement. We will be liaising with the Lydford Estate Tenants and Residents Association to ensure that this is done strictly.
As everyone knows, there is a phenomenal amount of rubbish dumping throughout the Ward. Some of it is from outsiders, but much of it is from residents and local businesses and all of it is unacceptable. All businesses must have a Waste Contract arrangement and all residents should put their bagged rubbish out for the twice-weekly collections.
Recycling should be put out once a week or taken to a micro-recycling point. Any rubbish that cannot be bagged must be taken to a Big Black Bin and placed inside it (not alongside it). It is unfortunate that the Council charges £30 for a bulky waste collection (up to 6 items, so you can share with a neighbour) but fridges and TVs and so on should not be left on the street.
We are urging the Council to instruct Veolia to pick up dumped items as soon as possible but, bluntly, things shouldn’t be dumped!
The issue of some residents in supported accommodation disturbing other residents in their streets has been raised with us. This is a sensitive matter which we take up with Adult Social Care and housing providers as necessary
Shirland Road/Walterton Road
We asked the Recycling Team to investigate this issue:
“This has been a problem for quite some time now, people leaving their recycling in piles next to the bin as they are too lazy to post through the slot. Can these bins just be unlocked so the bags can be easily put in. The bins are actually both less than half full, but there’s such a mess next to the bins. I understand why they’re locked, but it’s just creating yet more mess.”
The Recycling Team say:
“We’ve previously run trials of leaving the recycling bins lids unlocked and also tested a ‘bag sized’ aperture on the bins but both just resulted in the recycling bins being filled with general waste which meant none of the contents could be recycled. Our communications materials highlight that recycling bags should be left on the ‘doorstep’ for collection and not dumped next to bins. I’ll ask the City Inspectors to continue to monitor and take enforcement action against anyone dumping waste around bin locations.”
We have asked the Council to contact TfL about this issue so that the bus company involved can be asked to instruct drivers not to leave their engine running:
“There is an ongoing issue that I’d like to raise with you about the 187 service at the south bound bus stop in Fernhead Road. This happens throughout the day, and the 187 sits at the bus stop with its engine idling, often for 5 minutes at a time, sometimes even longer. Not only is this both extremely noisy and dirty (they are diesel-powered vehicles), but it seems in direct contravention with all the current environmental directives. I would like you to ask TfL why the drivers can’t turn the engines off while they are regulating the service? Surely this is very easy for them to do, and it would alleviate what is both a constantly stressful situation and also a serious health issue.”
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/
You can now read the ‘Westminster Extra’ online
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.
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
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/
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.
Councillors Ruth Bush, Guthrie McKie and Tim Roca.
Your Harrow Road Labour Councillors