We have urged the Council to take action to deal with problems with rats on the Blandford Estate. Residents say:
“We informed the council of how we have rats running all over the estate all day. They sent the rat people and he told me that we will never be rid of the rat problem until they repair all the bin cupboards by putting a steel protector across the bottom of all the bin cupboards and repair the holes at the bottom of the doors. The rat man told me that a job would be put out. That was two months ago and nothing has been done.”
We have asked the Parking Team to investigate this issue:
“Some time ago, road and pavement works changed drastically the pavement areas in front of Selfridges on Duke Street and have also affected the flow of traffic. The pavement has been widened substantially and a couple of lay-by areas have been marked onto the pavement, in addition to smaller lay-by areas for taxis and disabled vehicles.
These lay-bys (including disabled) have essentially become free car-park areas for luxury private-hire vehicles and privately owned vehicles that drop off customers at Selfridges. In spite of the double yellow lines, I have noticed that routinely and throughout the day drivers park in these lay-bys for long periods of time, sometimes waiting in their cars with engines idling. Traffic wardens, in general, are nowhere to be seen.”
Marylebone High Street
At the request of residents, we have asked the Noise Team to investigate the situation at the Home pub at 79 Marylebone High Street. Residents say:
“They are open till 12 midnight, 6 nights a week. The customers coming in and out to smoke. Congregating round the 2 telephone boxes outside. Laughing, screaming and of course getting more drunk as the evening wears on. After Midnight customers leave at different times. This lasts to at least 12.45 am. The noise in the street is not acceptable. The Management pay no attention to what’s happening.”
£6 Million Marble Arch Mound
Westminster Council has released its internal review of the £6 Million Marble Arch fiasco which saw costs escalate from £2 million to £6.6 million in a matter of months. As the report finds, “despite clear and repeated warnings”, the Mound was left unfinished and plans to recoup costs with entry charges had to be scrapped. The review has found:
“There was a breakdown of project management of the Mound which, amongst other issues, led to confusion over roles and responsibilities, a lack of communication between staff and contractors working on different elements of the Marble Arch Mound project and a basic lack of project coordination and documentation.”
The Council rejected Labour’s call for a full independent inquiry of how and why the costs had increased and why there was a basic lack of financial control. The subsequent ‘internal review’ has failed to ask key questions about the Council’s failure to apply basic financial controls on this high-profile project. The ‘internal review’, as expected, also fails to ask questions about the involvement of the Leader of the Council and Cabinet Members in making decisions regarding the cost increases.
For a report on the Scrutiny Committee meeting held on 27th October, see
We spotted a lamppost with the wires exposed on Chapel Street near the side entrance to M&S and have asked the Street Lighting Team to arrange for it to be fixed.
We have also asked the Street Lighting Team to fix two non-working streetlights outside 38-47a Chapel Street. Without these streetlights working properly the street is very dark at night and a danger to the safety of residents and visitors walking to and from buses and the underground station.
We are also continuing to press the Housing Department to install cycle parking stands in the basement car park for residents who have bikes.
Old Marylebone Road
The Zen Al-Sham restaurant at 269, Old Marylebone Road, was given a hygiene rating of zero after an inspector discovered staff did not follow appropriate hygiene standards and there was not even soap in food preparation areas. You can read more here: