Councillors Rita Begum, Geoff Barraclough and Nafsika Butler-Thalassic
Councillors Rita Begum, Geoff Barraclough and Nafsika Butler-Thalassic

Scottish Towers

Tenants in Maida Vale’s Scottish Towers were furious to discover the CityWest Homes estate’s most recent fire risk assessments detail a litany of “high and medium priority” issues that, almost a year later, have not been dealt with. Read the story here

Carlton Tavern

The owners of the Carlton Tavern who illegally demolished the building, have put it up for sale before they have finished rebuilding it. You can see the agents’ advert here:

You can read the story here

And ‘Time Out’ reports on the continuing campaign to rebuild the Carlton Tavern ‘brick by brick’

We’re urging the Council to work with local residents and the Hampstead & Westminster Hockey Club to ensure the Carlton Tavern re-opens as a community pub.

Shirland Road recycling bins

The recycling bins on Shirland Road have been removed. We asked for them to be re-located but Westminster Council told us;  

“Unfortunately there aren’t any suitable sites nearby to temporally relocate these recycling bins, we have selected a site for relocation, which is within the new development and developers are working on the detail drawings.”

Fly tipping – please give your views

Westminster’s SWAT team spent some time in Maida Vale. We’ve not noticed a difference but maybe you have? Give your views direct to Westminster with this short survey:

Junction of Sutherland Avenue and Shirland Road

Local residents asked us about a zebra crossing at this junction which many people find dangerous. Westminster Council replied:

“We have received a number of requests for improved pedestrian facilities at this location. We have submitted a CIL bid to introduce green man crossing facilities on all arms. We hope to know next month if the bid is successful.”

Santander Cycle Hire on Maida Vale

We’re delighted that this has finally opened following years of pressure from Councillor Rita Begum. We’re keen for more cycle hire in Maida Vale. Where do you think the next hire station should go? 

Paddington Rec

We areconcerned that Paddington Rec management has removed the no-cycling signs from the entrances at Paddington Rec. They say this is to align themselves with the Active Westminster team which is working to permit cycling in all parks and open spaces. Paddington Rec simply isn’t configured for people on bikes and people on foot to share the same space. Permitting cycling would likely increase accidents and general annoyance and we have asked the Council to ensure this does not happen. The Council say:

“It is the case that, in line with the Active City for All Strategy strategy, the team will work with partners to try to promote a more physically active environment and this includes parks and open spaces.  However, we also recognise that there will be a balance and in some cases and locations, this won’t be possible (for good reason) and also that any changes will require careful consideration.

To provide some reassurance, the no cycling rule continues at Paddington Rec and hasn’t changed.  The security team will continue to enforce this arrangement.  Can I suggest that we monitor the situation at Paddington Rec (we receive monthly reports from the security team on the number of interventions and any incidents) and take a view in a few weeks regarding any required changes.”

We support the Active City concept but are struggling with the logic of removing the no-cycling signs but still prohibiting cycling.

Randolph Avenue street lights 

We have asked the Street Lighting team to fix the defective street lights in Randolph Avenue. 

Tackling illegal short term lets

Labour Councillor Geoff Barraclough calls for more powers for local authorities to deal with the menace that is turning so many of our homes into hotels.

Maida Vale Ward Budget

We have approved Ward Budget contributions to the following organisations:

  • St John’s Hospice
  • Paddington Youth Enterprises
  • Working with Men
  • 6thEast Paddington Brownies and Guides
  • South Westminster Community Choir
  • Dutch Pot Social and Lunch Club
  • Neighbourcare
  • Munro Health
  • Essendine Primary School
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