NEWS AND ACTION
Grosvenor Road/Chelsea Bridge
We have asked TfL to review the current arrangements along Grosvenor Road after residents told us:
“The no left turn off Grosvenor Road onto Chelsea Bridge has resulted in huge queues of vehicles on Grosvenor Road, and forces traffic through residential areas of Pimlico in order to approach Chelsea Bridge from the north. Surely a phased traffic light could be installed which gives cycles a turn and then traffic.”
TfL have told us the following:
“We are shortly due to begin some safety critical waterproofing work on Vauxhall Bridge. We have undertaken some further traffic management planning which means that traffic diversion will work in a slightly different way to that originally communicated to local residents and stakeholders.
All southbound general traffic, private vehicles and private hire vehicles will now be directed via Grosvenor Road, Chelsea Bridge and Nine Elms Lane. We will be reinstating the recently banned left turn for motor vehicles from Grosvenor Road onto Chelsea Bridge by installing temporary traffic lights. They will operate a phase for cyclists to ensure that westbound cyclists have enough time to safely manoeuvre ahead to Chelsea Embankment and left onto Chelsea Bridge.
As a result of the additional planning work we have undertaken, we will now start the Vauxhall Bridge work a week later (at 20:00 on Sunday 9 August 2020) than originally communicated to local residents and stakeholders. The work is due to be completed by the end of November 2020. More information about the weatherproofing work and travel advice is available on our website at tfl.gov.uk/vauxhall-bridge.”
We will continue to monitor this situation over the coming months.
We have asked the Council to remove the plastic rubbish dumped by the Thames riverside at Grosvenor Bridge.
Walden House and Cundy Street Flats
Churchill Ward Councillors Shamim Talukder and Andrea Mann have welcome the creation of new social housing in the Cundy Street Quarter development and the right to return to the new scheme which has been offered to Walden House residents, whose homes face demolition.
“However, we would like it noted that we regret the break-up of the long-standing community at Cundy Street Flats as a result of the current plans, and we request that Grosvenor directly factors these tenants into its plans for the new development. This is because, unlike the residents of Walden House, Grosvenor’s Cundy Street Flats tenants have not been offered a right to return to, or even first refusal on, any of the new housing being built on the site of their current properties. We believe that a commitment from Grosvenor to offer this – a specific solution for those tenants for whom Cundy Street Flats is their only home and who wish to return to the new development.”
The Westbrook proposals for Dolphin Square were discussed by the Planning Applications Sub-Committee on 4th August. Planning Officers were seeking clarification regarding the Committee’s rejection of the application in July 2019 due to the upcoming appeal. Planning Officers were seeking an answer to the question ‘Does the Committee agree with officers that the demolition of the amenity block to the rear of Rodney House and this part of the gardens would be harmful to Dolphin Square Gardens (a Grade II Registered Park and Garden) and to the Dolphin Square Conservation Area?’
After a short the debate the Committee reaffirmed their opposition to the Westbrook scheme and unanimously agreed with the Planning officers.
St George’s Square
Following our enquiries, the table tennis tables have been returned to St George’s Square by the Parks Team and the “Friends of St George’s Square” residents group are working on the bird table to see if it can be repaired otherwise it’ll be replaced.
We have asked the Housing Department to investigate residents’ concerns about regular and growing drug dealing on the estate.
We are continuing to press Sanctuary Housing to take action to deal with the mice and bug infestation at a property in Denbigh Place. We have also asked Environmental Health to inspect the property.