News from the St John’s Wood Labour Action Team
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.
WARD NEWS AND ACTION
We have asked the Tree Officer to repair a tree and its wooden support on Charlbert Road which has been knocked over and needs to be reinstated in an upright position.
Manor Apartments, 40-42 Abbey Road
Residents contacted us about this issue:
“We have scaffolding erected on the roof of our building (since March 2020) yet no workers or builders are attending at all. the developer who was building a penthouse on the rooftop stopped the work but left the scaffolding unattended. we spoke to the council and they said it is the developer’s responsibility but we don’t know who the developer is”
We made enquiries with the Council and were able to tell residents the name and address of the developer
We have again asked the Housing Department to fix a recurring leak in Reynolds House. A leaseholder tells us:
“The flat above me has a leaking pipe which has been going on since August. I’ve called the council on 28th of August in order to rectify the issue and 3 plumbers have been by since, finally an appointment was made for the works to be carried out last Friday and the plumber came and left stating that a gas man was needed, I’ve called both Morgan Sindall and the Housing office there going around in circles. The leak is still ongoing, I just called the office and was told there trying to get a team together for the job, same thing I was told last week, my flat is continuing to be damaged and the brick work of the building has also been effected due to weeks of leaking.”
Residents have raised this issue with us:
“Can something be done to stop cyclists riding on footpaths in Regent’s Park. Some go quickly and speed past walkers. Plus, the gaggles of Boris bikers. Now being joined by electric scooter riders. Will anyone have the courage to take on this increasingly dangerous problem.”
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/
Eat Out to Help Out
The Government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme government ended on 31 August. However, some Westminster restaurants, cafes and bars have opted to extend it throughout September. The scheme offers diners the chance to get up to 50% off their food and non-alcoholic drinks up to a total value of £10 per person, when they eat or drink in on specific days during the week.
You can see a full list of restaurants and venues that have opted to extend the scheme here https://westminster.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a50c8b0dd980669ef713b4cca&id=37f33b5340&e=49e8db8b98
Bus and Tube fares
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
Transport for London Travel App
Transport for London has launched a new travel app, TfL Go, to help everyone get around London. The app is now available to download for Apple devices and can help you to plan your journeys and follow the safer travel guidance. An Android version will be released in Autumn 2020 and TfL continue sharing data with other travel apps.
For every station TfL is sharing real-time train times, plus peak travel times for the busiest stations, to help you travel during quieter times. As well as the fastest public transport routes, the app offers alternative routes to give you more travel options and provides walking and cycling routes to consider for all or part of your journey.
TfL Go features the latest service status for all Tube, Tram, London Overground and TfL Rail lines. Real time bus arrivals will also be added later. With step free mode you can customise the map to show step free access to train and platform, and plan journeys accordingly. New information on toilet availability, platform access and lift status will also be added in the coming months.
If you have an Apple device, you can download the app from the Apple App store. If you need larger type, use your phone in landscape mode, or make use of iOS’s VoiceOver capability. You can send your feedback about the app to email@example.com
What is the future for Westminster?
We believe the current economic situation has placed the West End in a very precarious position which, if decisive action is not taken urgently, could threaten its survival as an economic engine for London and the rest of the UK, as well as create serious problems for the local economy.
We have set out a series of Emergency Actions that we believe need to be taken by the City Council in order to attract more families to the West End to replace the missing office workers and overseas tourists. We have also set out a series of Actions for the City Council, the Mayor and Government to take.
Finally, our document also looks at issues which the City Council should consider if office workers, tourists and shoppers do not return to the West End in the numbers necessary to sustain the area’s economy in its current form.
There is a need for wide debate and we plan to organise a ‘virtual conference’ in September to discuss these issues. If you would like to attend please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can read our paper here https://www.westminsterlabour.org.uk/westminster-news/2020/08/21/what-is-the-future-for-westminster/
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 email@example.com 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).
Coronavirus (Covid-19) UPDATE
Volunteer to help find the vaccine for COVID-19
You can be part of the fightback against the virus by volunteering to be contacted by researchers to take part in COVID-19 vaccine research. There are a number of vaccines being identified and safety-tested at the moment, but only large-scale studies can give researchers the information needed about how effective they are.
The NIHR is working with the NHS and aims to recruit half a million people onto the registry by October, which will allow people to be put in touch with the vaccine studies in the coming months. Researchers are looking for people from all backgrounds, ages and parts of the UK – including both people with or without existing health conditions – to take part in vaccine studies, to make sure that any vaccines developed will work for everyone.
The service is available to anyone aged 18 or over, living in the UK. There is no obligation to join in any study, if you are contacted. But by taking part, you could help researchers find vaccines to protect us all more quickly – which in turn could help the NHS and save lives. You can sign up herehttps://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/research/coronavirus-vaccine-research/
Westminster Council’s advice and response website:
Westminster Connects COVID-19 phone line – 020 7641 1222
Beware the Coronavirus scammers
What you say
“Well done as always”
Please let us know if we can be of help or assistance on any local issues.
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