BAYSWATER ACTION REPORT – JUNE 2023
News from your Westminster Labour Councillors
ST MARY’S HOSPITAL LATEST: “Hugely damaging for health and healthcare of hundreds of thousands of people.”
The Government has broken its promise and announced that it is no longer investing in the redevelopment and much-needed refurbishment of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington.
St Mary’s Hospital includes one of the busiest trauma and emergency centres in the capital, as well as providing extensive clinical services. Its planned upgrade and refurbishment is vital to continuing healthcare provision in Westminster.
Karen Buck MP explained, “St Mary’s inclusion on the list of the ‘40 new hospitals by 2030’ pledged by the government at the last election was welcome, if already overdue, news. St Mary’s, alongside Hammmersmith and Charing Cross in the Imperial NHS Trust, has the biggest maintenance backlog in the country, and the state of the buildings is a serious concern.”
Rebuilding, including a new hospital on the St Mary’s site, was supposed to be completed by 2030. Yet two weeks ago, the government dropped Imperial from the committed programme, a move which the Chief Executive of Imperial described as “hugely damaging for the health and healthcare of hundreds of thousands of people”
Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust has stated this announcement ‘does not reflect our understanding of next steps on the urgently needed redevelopment of our hospitals’.
Nafsika Butler-Thalassis, the city councillor and Cabinet Member for health services said, “we share the view of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust that it is not viable to wait until 2030 to begin works on a new St. Mary’s, as it simply can’t keep being patched up.”
Councillor Butler-Thalassis has written to the Secretary of State for Health, Steve Barclay for clarification on the situation. “We will work with the Trust to help secure the full rebuild needed to protect this vital health resource in the heart of our city, with the necessary investment that has been promised for so long.”
Please show your support for St Mary’s. Register your name on our petition and call on the Secretary of State for Health to reverse this terrible decision
Public Participation at Full Council Meetings
As part of our Fairer Westminster Strategy anyone who lives, works or studies in Westminster is now invited to pose a question or present a petition in-person at Ordinary Full Council, this can be about a local issue or a wider question about the council. A 30-minute slot at the start of each meeting will now be dedicated to public questions and petitions. Each person speaking will be given up to two minutes to ask their questions and cabinet have up two minutes to respond. Check out the website for more information: Public participation at Full Council meetings | Westminster City Council
Improving Our High Streets – We Want To Hear From You
Westminster Council is investing £10M in improving high streets in Paddington and Bayswater including Edgware Road, Praed Street, Queensway, Westbourne Grove and local centres in between. This means over the coming years we will work with the local community to identify a range of projects the Council can invest in so these high streets can serve you better. Find out more and share your thoughts here:
Poppy Appeal Organisers
As Armed Forces Champion, Cllr Ormsby wanted to highlight a vacancy with the British Legion. In Westminster there is currently a vacancy for a Poppy Appeal Organiser to coordinate Appeal activities within the NW1 postcode around Marylebone and Camden Town. Poppy Appeal Organisers will make a difference by raising vital funds to help support the Armed Forces community, by coordinating the collection of donations from the public during the two weeks at the end of October. Organisers will also raise awareness, helping people find out more about what RBL does. Organisers do not need to be an RBL member or have links to the Armed Forces community. If you’re interested, call 0345 845 1945 or follow this link.