Marble Arch Mound
The Council is proposing to build a 25-metre high “Marble Arch mound” to attract shoppers back to Oxford Street. We have asked for details of the costs and the operation of the proposed ‘mound’:
Residents have been in touch to voice their concerns:
“How many nurses could be paid/or have bursary funding instead of paying for this. It is an absurd venture, and will surely prove an eyesore at an iconic London location. It will also encourage groups of people – and too many people – gathering together at a time when social distancing is imperative.
I am miffed that there has been no consultation on this, or the chance to object to a mound of earth. It is not exactly environmentally sound: lorries bring in the earth and plants, causing pollution/congestion. And all this will be dismantled after a few months. Here today, gone tomorrow, with our local taxes consumed inappropriately at a time of economic hardship.”
Travis Perkins site
Residents in Sheldon Square have raised concerns about the plans for a new development comprising 900 student flats on the Travis Perkins site. Residents say:
“This new building may directly impact the lives of all the residents here in Sheldon Square, and no doubt this proposed new building may also in fact change the amount of light that any of the canal side apartments may receive in the future, as this new building may in fact partially block all direct sunlight from coming into any or all the Sheldon Square residential apartments canal side”
We have contacted the Noise Team about this issue and asked for it to be investigated:
“The Tyburn Convent on Bayswater Road acquired a cockerel mid-January. It starts crowing at dawn around 0600, and continues regularly all day until it gets dark. I counted the cockerel crowing at least 40 times in one hour the other day. It is driving me demented, as I am working from home. My sleep has also been affected, as it wakes me up far too early for comfort.”
Following our enquiries, the Noise Team told us:
“I have been in contact with the Prioress and have been advised the matter is in hand and will be resolved, however at this time I do not have a timescale, but would hope this will be soon.”
However, the early morning cockerel noise continues, so we will continue to monitor the situation.
Edgware Road, Praed Street and Chapel Street
Work on providing a green man crossing started at the junction of Edgware Road, Praed Street and Chapel Street on 8 February 2021. The works, which are expected to be completed by the end of March, include the following safety improvements by Transport for London:
- New pedestrian crossings, with green and red man signals
- The addition of countdown timers to new crossings
- Providing new Advanced Stop Lines (cycle boxes) for cyclists.
The green man crossings are part of an extensive package of junction improvements along Edgware Road, announced in April 2019.