NEWS AND ACTION FROM COUNCILLORS LIZA BEGUM AND SHAMIM TALUKDER & PIMLICO LABOUR ACTION TEAM MEMBERS ROBERT EAGLETON AND JASON WILLIAMS
Abbey Orchard Estate
We have again asked Peabody to remove scaffolding from the Abbey Orchard Estate. Following our enquiries, residents said:
“Miracle! Something worked – scaffolders arrived this morning. Wasted no time in removing everything except their rubbish. A heartfelt thanks as I don’t think it was a coincidence after my contact to you and my two phone calls to Peabody that the courtyard is now clear again.”
We have been contacted by residents of Morgan House who have raised concerns about the redevelopment of the community centre and its impact on Morgan House residents. We have asked the Housing Department to tell us what action is being taken to address residents’ concerns
“I’d like to register my very deep concern that the redevelopment of the community centre is not only going to be a dreadful experience for Morgan House, it is going to make living there in future worse. I’m hearing there are no promises of sound proofing, plans to have entry ways directly below our balconies, and plans to encourage gathering directly outside our flats. This might sound great in principle, but it’s not being done for the residents if it’s making living in the direct area worse. What is being done to ensure residents aren’t sacrificed in favour of a smart set of plans that the designer doesn’t have to live with?”
Flaxley House, Abbotts Manor Estate
We have asked the Housing Office if they can install automatic opening doors to Flaxley House to replace the current heavy doors which are difficult for elderly residents to use.
Hugh Street/Hugh Mews
We have continued to support residents who are plagued by regular early morning deliveries from contractors and battling for the replacement of a broken planter.
We have continued to support residents in Clarion House, Moreton Place in their efforts to get the Managing Agents of 92-94 Belgrave Road to fix a long-running problem with water leaks.
Nine Elms to Pimlico Bridge proposal
Wandsworth Council have spent £2.5 million on plans for the proposed Nine Elms to Pimlico Bridge which is opposed by many Pimlico residents, as well as the Council and the Mayor. A report to Wandsworth Council’s Finance Committee on 7th July reveals that the Council have so far spent about £2.5million of public money on it and they have still not entirely given up. The Wandsworth Council report says:
“The work to date leaves the Project in a good position for a Promoter to take forward in the future when there is more certainty.”
Vauxhall Bridge Road
In response from Charlwood House residents, we have asked the Noise Team to investigate reports on anti-social behaviour at a nearby restaurant.
Vauxhall Bridge Road – lowering speed limits
Transport for London (TfL) is asking for views on the next stage of lowering speed limits on the remaining TfL roads in Westminster from March 2022. Speed is a factor in at least 37% of collisions where a person is killed or is seriously injured on London’s streets. TfL say:
“We are planning to use raised tables to slow vehicles, along with signs and road markings to encourage drivers to slow down. We’ve provided more information about our proposals on our website at www.tfl.gov.uk/speed-westminster, where you can give us your views or send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
A map of the roads included and what the new speed limits will be can be found in the ‘Documents’ section along with maps showing where we are introducing the new measures in Vauxhall Bridge Road.”
Queen Mother Sports Centre
We raised these issues with the Sports Team:
“I use the pool almost every day at the Queen Mother. The showers have been bordering on useless for months – more? — in the “wet”/poolside women’s locker room. It was especially ludicrous during the Covid procedures as no distancing was possible in the showers. The spray cascades in a wide arc from the shower heads (that work). One dribbles and is useless. The other 6 that function barely spray in a direction that allows for shampoo/soap to be easily removed.”
Following our enquiries, the Sports Team say:
“We have had the shower heads recently de-scaled and later this Summer we have planned remedial works scheduled for Male & Female wet side showers to replace shower valves, head and push buttons.”
Residents say: “As ever, you are so effective in solving an issue that constituents have complained about for months. Such a delight to know that the showers at the Queen Mother Sports Centre will be fixed. Thanks for your help!”