Debenham’s, Oxford Street
We have put forward a bold new plan to convert the vacant Debenham’s department store into ‘The Oxford Street Art House’ as a way of drawing UK and international shoppers back to the West End.
The response has been very positive
We are supporting residents in Sherwood Court who have raised concerns about Supper Delivery Ltd which has set up location in the Sherwood Court car park. Residents say:
“The location of Supper Delivery Ltd in the basement of a residential block is not appropriate as it creates additional noise, the risk of antisocial behaviour and a marked increase in traffic which would result in injury to one of many local primary school children. Using Sherwood Court as a base for tens or hundreds of moped riders is not in the interests of local stakeholders including the school, it’s children and local residents.”
We have asked the Road Safety Team to investigate this issue:
“Portland Place has now become a race track especially over the weekend. I was walking to Regents Park and saw several cars racing each other – including a Lamborghini, Ferrari, Range Rovers etc. speeding from one end of Portland Place to the other at what I assessed to be close to 80mph. This is a regular occurrence now and I have also seen powerful motor bikes doing the same.
I am sure that a simple speed trap at either end of Portland Place signifying what the speed limit is and that there are speed cameras. This coupled with the threat of a very heavy fine and point deduction should be a deterrent.”
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.”
New Cavendish Street
We have reported this problem with the Highways team:
“We have an ongoing problem with standing water in New Cavendish Street on the corner with Great Portland Street. It’s really quite deep. It fills up every time it rains and takes ages to disappear because it doesn’t drain away, it just slowly evaporates. Passers-by get splashed by vehicles driving through it. There have barriers around it for weeks, but now those have been removed and the problem hasn’t been solved.”
Cleveland Street/Clipstone Street
The Council is consulting residents on plans to improve the public realm at the corner of Cleveland Street and Clipstone Street. Read more here https://fitzrovianews.com/2021/02/12/consultation-on-improvements-around-cleveland-street-site/
We are continuing to press the Housing Department to take action against those responsible for anti-social behaviour in Holcroft Court, involving drug dealing and stolen Santander bikes.