We are continuing to assist tenants and leaseholders in Holcroft Court with various issues and concerns.
We have asked the Street Lighting Team to increase the number of lights in Wythburn Place where there have been many incidents of Anti-Social Behaviour and crime in the mews. The police believe that improved lighting will deter criminals and others intent on illegal activities.
We are helping residents in Knox Street who are concerned about the increase in traffic using the street as a ‘rat run’. Residents are also concerned that the plans to extend and refurbish the former BHS building will further increase traffic.
Marylebone House, Marylebone Road
Beltane Assets have posted up their second stage of online consultation for the redevelopment of Marylebone House and are inviting comments on their proposal. It runs until the 21 October: http://marylebonehouse.co.uk. If you have any further comments on the proposals, they invite you to share them via the ‘Have Your Say’ section of the website, or to email@example.com. Any feedback will be considered before they submit their planning application to WCC. One of the main issues of concerns for residents is that the increased size of the new building will lead to an unsustainable level of traffic in the area.
Following our enquiries about the Installation of and internally illuminated fascia sign and projecting sign at 14 Melcombe Street, the Planning Enforcement Team tell us:
“An inspection of the property and an examination of the City Council’s planning records revealed that internally illuminated advertisements were being displayed at the property without express advertisement consent from the City Council, and was therefore unauthorised. An application submitted for the retention of the two signs was refused advertisement consent on 23rd March 2020. The owner has provided written verification that the illumination to both signs had been disconnected and would no longer be used, and it was verified at a site inspection on 11th August 2020 that the signs were not illuminated”
Edgware Road begging
We have asked the Council to investigate this continuing issue:
“I often go to the Waitrose on Edgware Road opposite the Water Gardens, at 8am on Saturdays. On the west side of the road is an encampment, or rather two, who start packing up just before 8am. There must be 10 or 12 of them sleeping rough. They are clearly a gang as I encounter them begging along different stretches of Edgware Road.
These are not homeless people, but a gang. I watched one of them carry a mattress down Burwood Place, turn left into Park West Place and dump it on the corner. I challenged him as he returned, but he ignored me. I’ve twice seen one of the women walk down Burwood Place and turn right into Norfolk Crescent and dumping something behind a wall.
This has been going on all year, and probably longer. Apart from the fact that they are probably up to no good, they put people off donating to the genuinely homeless people who lie in doorways along Edgware Road. There must be hygiene issues too. I am no xenophobe, but don’t understand how these gangs can get away with anti-social behaviour over many months.”