Marylebone House, 129-137 Marylebone Road
Beltane Asset Management have bought Marylebone House (the old BHS building) and are planning to extend and refurbish the building. You can see the plans and make comments via their website Marylebone House: Home. Comments can be submitted until Wednesday 2nd September.
Saving the West End
We have called on the City Council to mount a high-profile advertising campaign to encourage families from across the UK to visit the West End for a holiday, to shop and to enjoy the very many attractions that the West End and the rest of central London has to offer.
We say the Council should work closely with hotel groups, restaurants, pub and bar owners and landlords to offer a ‘great fun day out/weekend away/staycation holiday’ for families in London, the South East and the rest of the UK. Railway companies should be asked to introduce special deals for families travelling to London and West End hotels encouraged to offer attractive rates to visitors, too.
Parties at Airbnb premises
There have been a number of parties in flats let out as short lets. These are in part the result of the declining use of Airbnbs by tourists which have in turn been rented out by people hosting parties. A number of residents have experienced massive disruption as a result and it’s unacceptable. We’ve been working with residents, the police and the Council to try to stop them from happening.As soon as parties begin it’s crucial to both contact the Council’s Noise Team and the police so they can turn up to break up the party. Both need to be there to intervene effectively and preferably they should be called out as soon as possible (if they are called out late in the night it’s more difficult to deploy resources).
- Contact the Council’s noise team: https://www.westminster.gov.uk/report-it or 0207 641 2000
- Contact the police on 101 or tag them on twitter on @MetCC
Fitzrovia Air Quality
We have started a petition calling on the Council to improve air quality:
“Lockdown has led to a dramatic improvement in air quality in Fitzrovia and the West End.Westminster Council has a unique opportunity to build on this and avoid toxic air quality returning to our streets.Measures should be brought forward to prevent rat-running through residential streets. Other measures like greening streets, widening pavements, among others also need to be looked at.We call on the Council to engage with local people and hear our views about how to make these improvements.”
You can sign here https://www.westminsterlabour.org.uk/uncategorised/2020/06/18/petition-to-westminster-council-on-behalf-of-fitzrovia-residents/?fbclid=IwAR0U0lMTi40LHcUQmEi8i95DIkhu6z1fF8i55YLdwWSJWTrpJWFD8uWLyaY
Councillor Pancho Lewis has started a petition calling for action to clamp down on pedicabs
You can sign the petition calling on the Government to keeps it promise to regulate and control pedicabs here: https://bit.ly/petition-pedicabs
Summer Activities for Young People
The Young Westminster Foundation has organised summer activities for young people within the programme in the following link, which will be updated weekly: http://www.ywfoundation.com/2020/07/20/whats-young-people-westminster-summer/
Children’s Art and Poetry Competition
The Westminster Faith Exchange,a long-standing initiative to facilitate and encourage dialogue between the council and the different faith communities, has announced a Children’s Art and Poetry Competition.In this exceptional year, children are invited to send their artwork or a poem which fits the theme ‘Covid-19, Lockdown and My Faith’. The competition is open to children and young people of all faiths, entry is free and there are prizes to be won. Entries must be submitted by Friday 21 August. For more information and to submit your entry, click here.