News from the Marylebone Labour Action Team
Marble Arch ‘Mound’
The Council says, “the current high-level indicative construction and operational costs for the mound are between £1.5 and £2m.” To put this into context, a few years ago the Council cut its entire youth budget – which was £2 million.
New Cavendish Street
We have asked the Parking Team to investigate this issue:
“Over the last few months, an unofficial “taxi rank” has developed for large parts of the day. At some periods of the day, this involves 20-30 cabs double-parking on New Cavendish Street from Marylebone High Street to Westmoreland Street. On Marylebone High Street the taxis are parking on a single yellow line along the west side of Marylebone High Street. The ‘taxi rank’ seems to be particularly bad from mid-afternoon onwards. This coincides with school collection time and is directly adjacent to a number of schools.”
Marks & Spencer, Oxford Street
Marks & Spencer have unveiled plans to redevelop their Oxford Street site at 458 Oxford Street to deliver a mixed-use building with retail space, including a new full-line Marks & Spencer Marble Arch store and offices. You can see the proposals here https://458oxfordstreet.co.uk/
New plans revealed by Marks & Spencer will take the amount of department store space on Oxford Street being converted to offices to more than 600,000 sq ft. John Lewis has planning permission to convert about half of its department store to offices which will add 300,000 sq ft of workspace. Publica Properties will convert 145,000 sq ft of the House of Fraser department store to offices. Debenhams is closing its Oxford Street location, and any conversion there could also see office space added. On Bond Street, Fenwicks is adding about 53,000 sq ft to its department store for office space.
Marble Arch Station
TfL will be carrying out escalator work at Marble Arch station from Monday 22 March until early July 2021. This means that there will be no down escalator service to the Central line. This maintenance work is essential to ensuring the continued safe operation of the escalators at Marble Arch station and will be completed within the shortest possible time frame.
Samaritan Hospital, Marylebone Road
There is a petition on the Council’s website calling on the Council to make better use of vacant land and buildings, including the Samaritan Hospital on Marylebone Road which could be turned into accommodation for essential workers.
We are delighted that, after a long campaign from local residents and Councillors, the Council has installed a zebra crossing on Rossmore Road. Councillor Aicha Less said:
“This was a long and hard campaign, as I know how it affected many residents on both sides of the street. Thanks to everyone involved to make the change happen.”
We have asked the Council to inspect a building site in Seymour Place after receiving this message from a resident:
“There are no Health & Safety measures in place, no protective hoarding around the site and power tools are being used whilst members of the public traverse along the pavement. At one stage the builders were mixing cement actually on the pavement. Building materials were being off loaded from trucks across the pavement.”
The final instalment of the four-part review of The Survey of London volume devoted to Oxford Street, focuses on numbers 164 to 212 — the area between Winsley Street and Great Portland Street.