Councillor Liza Begum
Councillor Liza Begum was elected as a Councillor for Churchill Ward at a by-election on 6th May 2021, following the resignation of Councillor Andrea Mann.
Cundy Street plans
Grosvenor have submitted revisions to the original application to Westminster City Council detailing the changes to the project, as follows:
- The top floor of Building A1 on Ebury Street/Mozart Terrace has been set back and reduced in height by 3.5m
- The floor-to-floor heights in Buildings A and C have been amended to reduce the overall height
- A floor has been added to Building A on Cundy Street, which is set back from the building edge
- Some architectural details on Building A have been revised, such as the pitch of the roof and treatment of the roof pavilions
- Five one-bed flats in Building B2/3 have been converted from Intermediate Rent to market housing.
You can view the details of the amendments by searching for reference number 20/03307/FULL on Westminster City Council’s online planning portal https://idoxpa.westminster.gov.uk/online-applications/, or by visiting www.cundystreetquarter.com.
Whitley House, Churchill Gardens
We are helping a family in Whitley House who are overcrowded and need a larger flat.
Charlwood House, Lillington Gardens
We are helping a resident who needs a new wheelchair and are making enquiries with the NHS.
We are making enquiries with TfL about this issue:
“Do you know if there is any plan to remove, or improve, the traffic junction travelling east along the Embankment and turning left over Chelsea bridge? The widening of the cycle lane feels slightly excessive for the use it gets and causes cars to sit in traffic back towards the Lupus Street turning which feels like it is causing more pollution and harm than good! I understand the risk of cars turning left there with cyclists but could this not be solved with a two stage set of traffic lights for cyclists and then cars.”
“The traffic restrictions put on the Embankment from Lambeth Bridge to Chelsea Bridge for the sole benefit of cyclists is having an intolerable effect on the whole of Pimlico as motorists try to find alternative routes, rather than sitting in long queues. They now use Lupus Street more, and little Rampayne Street is clogged up at peak times. I’m listening now to blaring car horns as drivers get so frustrated with the traffic lights.”
We have asked the Highways Team to investigate this issue:
“I wondered if you are able to let me know why there are travel restrictions on Abingdon Street in Westminster during certain times of the day? The cynic in me suggests that it may be to make car travel for MPs more convenient as that is the only set of people I can see that this helps! The road has never been particularly busy but removing that access means that Great Peter Street or Great Smith Street will likely have more traffic with people trying to avoid the restrictions”.
The Highways Team say:
“The Millbank-Abingdon Street-St Margaret’s Street corridor is one of Westminster’s busiest cycle routes; in pre-COVID conditions 2-way flow was around 1,000 cyclists per hour during the peak periods and recent surveys show that the 2-way flow is around 650 cyclists per hour despite the lock-down travel restrictions.
The corridor provides a link between Cycleway 8 along Millbank/Grosvenor Road to the south and Cycleway 3 along Victoria Embankment. The Abingdon Street corridor was therefore considered a strategically significant element of the central London cycle network, and if cycle volumes are to increase considerably then greater provision for the safety of cyclists was considered essential.”