PIMLICO LABOUR ACTION REPORT – July 2020
News from your Westminster Labour Councillors
Churchill Labour Councillors Andrea Mann and Shamim Talukder have raised residents’ concerns about the temporary pavement widening on Lupus Street with Westminster Council – which has resulted in the loss of the cycle lane along Lupus Street, and many resident parking bays.
Ebury Food Bank
Churchill Labour Councillors Shamim Talukder and Andrea Mann are delighted to have helped their local foodbank, Ebury Food Surplus, with Ward Budget funds to buy a van for deliveries and fridge-freezers for food storage.
Cundy Street area
Grosvenor have submitted their plans for the redevelopment of the land bounded byEbury Street, Pimlico Road, Avery Farm Row, Ebury Square and Cundy Street. The proposals involve the demolition of Kylestrome House, Lochmore House, Laxford House, Stack House, Walden House and the erection of new flats varying in height from five to 11 storeys to provide homes for sale and for rent (including affordable homes). (Class C3), market homes (Class C3), senior
You can see the application documents and make comments on line at www.westminster.gov.uk/planning. Please use the reference number 20/03307/FULL as the primary search criteria.
Dolphin Square – Update
Westbrook is in advanced talks with the AXA investments group for the sale of Dolphin Square at a figure of £850 million, according to the online trade publication, Serviced Apartment News. The report claims that other buyers are interested in the property and that Westbrook is also considering refinancing their loans on the property which amount to more than £500 million.
You can read more here https://www.change.org/p/westminster-city-council-save-dolphin-square-and-its-beautiful-listed-grade-ii-gardens/u/27178210?cs_tk=AgKY-Q9IrW1uAN3xAV8AAXicyyvNyQEABF8BvPfgHlV327n_n1SAP7eah2Y%3D&utm_campaign=9779da1df3f54430880a8a8243023910&utm_content=initial_v0_4_0&utm_medium=email&utm_source=petition_update&utm_term=cs
Residents have passed on this message to us:
“I wanted to let you know about the noticeable improvement to the estate that has been caused by the recent closure of the slope on the Tachbrook Street side of Morgan House. We had one delivery bike try to come through today, but otherwise they appear to have communicated the closure of the cut through, and we’re not having motorbikes come through the gardens at all, which is wonderful. I’m also hearing fewer arguments/general shouting from people passing through, and the whole experience of living here has improved.”
We are continuing to help residents resolve a long-standing issue with rubbish accumulation outside a property in Hugh Mews.
Victoria Library – Computer and internet access
Some residents rely on using the public computers at Westminster libraries, because they don’t have their own computer or internet access at home. During the lockdown, computers are now provided in special areas at Victoria library, 160 Buckingham Palace Road, SW1W 9UD, to help those residents access essential services.
Residents can use a computer for up to 45 minutes from Monday to Friday, between 10am and 4pm. Each computer and work station is carefully cleaned after each customer and there is a 2-metre distance between desks. Staff are on hand to help with IT queries and to ensure that safe social distancing is observed at all times including queuing when demand is high.
The rest of the library will remain closed until after 4th July, and there will be no access to printers or other services.
Chelsea Bridge – social distancing
We have raised this issue with the Council:
“I want to draw your attention to the situation on Chelsea Bridge where there are clear notices to walk Southwards on the left-hand side and Northwards on the other. Yesterday evening these notices were being completely disregarded with walkers and cyclists meandering in both directions both sides. I suppose it is unrealistic to suggest some kind of policing of this but think it is the same with other bridges and hope it might be possible to install larger notices to ensure more compliance. It seems such a simple solution to social distancing and I cannot understand why it is being ignored.”
The Council say:
“The City Council has no powers to enforce social distancing of pedestrians or cyclists at this time. It is also worth being aware that Grosvenor Road at Chelsea Bridge is part of the Strategic Road Network and managed by Transport for London.”
For details of how to get help from the Westminster Foodbank or to donate and volunteer, go to https://www.westminsterchapel.org.uk/ministries/foodbank/
Currently offering home delivery only. Referral required (see link for organisations that can refer). Donations accepted Monday and Thursday 9am-4pm (email in advance).