|Porchester Centre & Paddington Library
We are once again chasing long-awaited repairs at both sites. The following is the most recent information we have on the works:
Porchester Leisure Centre: The enabling works are now completed pending some issues being resolved today. The design is now completed and the contractor are pricing the works.
Paddington Library: The pre-start meeting was held for the enabling works before Christmas and the main works were due to commence today (16th Jan). However, an asbestos survey has revealed that previously encapsulated asbestos has been disturbed and this has resulted in significant delay. The asbestos removal is due next week. The council’s heritage officers requested planning and listed building consents for the installation of new air conditioning equipment to the building which is due to be installed in the lightwells. Before this can be submitted, an acoustic survey needs to take place to measure the impact on nearby residents and this cannot happen until the asbestos has been removed.
Porchester Road, Porchester Square, Gloucester Terrace, Gloucester Gardens
Maggie and Max were out on the doors speaking to residents earlier this month and picked up a number of issues including:
- Leak from a neighboring property
- Highway repair issues on Gloucester Gardens
- Questions about the food waste rollout
- Railway noise at night
- Homeless people sleeping in communal bin storage areas
- Bike and parcel theft
We are seeking resolutions to these issues with council officers.
- We are also attempting to help resolve serious anti-social behaviour and potentially criminal issues with residents and visitors in a Peabody housing block.
Berrington House, Hereford Road
Maggie and Max met with residents and housing officers to discuss problems with the heating system in Berrington House. Officers suspect that recent alterations to individual properties in the building have been detrimental to the heating system which serves 23 homes in total. Since the meeting officers have provided a schedule of works which will see electric combi boilers and secondary glazing installed in two Westminster tenancy flats. In the meantime, residents have been promised a refund for the temporary space heaters residents are having to use to keep warm. The communal system will be cleaned and flushed to improve the operation of the system, which will hopefully improve heating for the leasehold properties experiencing issues.
Notting Hill East Neighbourhood Forum
James and Max met with members NHENF and Council officers to discuss the draft Neighbourhood Plan, including trees, roof terraces, extensions and mansards, front and back gardens, rear extensions, restoration of architectural detail at the front of buildings, sustainability especially energy efficiency in listed buildings. Council officers will support NHENF with progressing the draft neighbourhood plan, ensuring that there is sufficient consultation with the local community.
Junction of Westbourne Grove and Chepstow Road
We also discussed with NHENF their proposal for a new improved junction and crossing facilities at the five way junction, on which there has already been some discussion with officers. We have asked officers to work with RBKC on progressing a feasibility study for the junction.
New Cycle Hangars To Be Installed
Subject to site inspections and local consultation, by the end of March new secure cycle hangars will be installed on Moscow Road, Alexander Street, Chepstow Road. These hangars will supply 18 spaces for standard bicycles. In January there were 126 Bayswater residents on the waiting list for secure cycle storage near their home. We are hoping to accelerate the roll-out of secure cycle storage across the city once the new budget is approved in March.
Max met with residents of The Colonnades about continuing issues with the service yard. A planning application for an access route to the resident bins is due to go to Planning Subcommittee meeting with officers on February 21st. Officers have recommended approval of the application, but there are a number of outstanding questions about the directness, accessibility and safety of the proposed route. Max has objected to the application and intends to speak against it at the Planning Subcommittee meeting on 21st February. Along with this, there are ongoing concerns about adherence to other elements of the existing permissions.
Talbot Road advanced stop line
A resident has been in touch to ask whether the Council can do anything to deter motorcyclists from entering the advanced stop line designed for cyclists, and using the advanced green light illegally. We have followed up with officers to explore whether camera enforcement is an option.
A resident wrote to us concerned about sweeping on Sunderland Terrace:
Over the last few months I have noticed that the streets are not being cleaned and I have not seen the road sweepers that used to work around here nearly everyday. As a consequence our pavements are piling up with rubbish, which is bringing down the neighbourhood.
Is the lack of road sweeping a change of policy by the new labour council or a result of technical difficulties. Can you let me know please and also look into when the road sweeping will be reinstated.
We were pleased to received the following response from the Council team managing street sweeping:
I can confirm there have been no formal changes to the scheduled sweeping in Bayswater or on Sunderland Terrace. Sweepers can sometimes re-order their routes, on a local level, if one street requires sweeping at a different time to normal, which then impacts on the time residents are used to seeing them on their street. I’ve attached two photos taken on Monday morning, which show the street to be in good order, so I hope the situation identified in the resident’s email has already improved. That said, I have asked the local managers at Veolia to monitor this section over the coming weeks to ensure it remains in good condition with regards to litter and detritus.
In November Maggie, James and Max met with officers and highway designers to discuss options for revising the Northumberland Place Play Street proposal in response to resident feedback received during the most recent consultation. Designers are preparing two options with the intention of informally consulting before amendments and proceeding to a formal consultation. We’re keen that an option is presented to the community which retains two-way traffic.
We’ve been following up on reports of dog fouling with the WCC Animal Warden, who has worked with our City Inspectors to identify irresponsible owners who have failed to pick up after their dogs.
Sgt Sam Wilkinson, the police sergeant covering Bayswater, Lancaster Gate and Westbourne wards has recently left his position to take up a new role outside of Westminster. We thank Sgt Wilkinson for his work and will let you know once a new sergeant has been appointed by the Met.
We have raised with council officers and parking wardens the issue of cars being parked outside the garage on Kildare Court (thus blocking the entrance/exit).
St Stephen’s Gardens
We have received a request for an additional cycle hangar to be placed on St Stephen’s Gardens.
Queensway Magnolia Trees
SEBRA Chair John Zamit flagged to us that the Christmas lights on the magnolia trees at the north end of Queensway hadn’t been removed by early February. These will be removed and stored so that the planned pruning of the trees can take place.
St Mary of the Angels – Unloc Academy
In early February Max spoke to Year 6 students from St Mary of the Angels about his role as a councillor, as part of their Unloc Enterprise Day. The programme is sponsored by Westminster Council. The students shared lots of great ideas about how to make Great Western Road a safer and more pleasant place to walk, scoot and cycle.