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

Falkirk House

We have asked City West Homes to fix broken fire doors on the fifth and tenth floors of Falkirk House. 

Carlton Tavern

The local press reports that the Carlton Tavern will reopen around April.

And this article traces the history of the Carlton Tavern, including its bombing of the original building during the First World War in May 2018.

Paddington Rec

The playground in Paddington Rec is being upgraded and will be closed for four months while the work is done.

Railings outside Maida Vale tube station

We asked Westminster why the railings had been removed. The Highways team told us:

“Over the past decade, and in light of studies, efforts have been made across London (and the UK) to remove guard railing in order to align more with ‘shared space’ principles. This is where drivers become more cautions in situation where the environment contains more variables to deal with. In this instance the removal of guard railing improves visibility between drivers and pedestrians. This results in reduced vehicle speed and increased driver awareness.  

Additional benefits include freeing up the pedestrian space as guard railing takes up significant footway and prohibits movement. Where we want to deter pedestrian movement the use of cycle stands as a means of deterring, or deflecting, but also providing a useful feature is utilised.

There are locations where we will retain guard railing (or similar feature), these are opposite entrances to parks and act as a measure to slow/ those more vulnerable, for example, children on scooters from travelling directly into the carriageway.”

New Social Group

We attended the first meeting of Maida Vale Socials with Purpose, a new community group. You can find out more on their Facebook page.

Scottish Towers

Concerned tenants and leaseholders are looking to start a residents’ association for the Scottish Towers. The first meeting is on 29 January at 7pm in the RMO Office at Braemer House on Maida Vale. More information on their Facebook page:

New social housing on Lanark Road

After years of Labour campaigning, Westminster is starting to build a small number of new council houses. Eight family sized homes will be constructed in place of two separate sets of garages on Lanark Road. An exhibition of the designs will be held on 28 & 30 January in the Pavilion in Paddington Rec between 4pm and 7pm.

Elgin Avenue – parking

We have taken this issue up with the Council:

“Residents’ parking was suspended for tree works on Elgin Ave between Morsehead Road and Biddulph Road on both sides and most of the centre. The actual work done was only two trees out of ten, one at the corner of Elgin Avenue and Biddulph Road, and the other outside Biddulph Mansions roughly midway along the blocks. Work started around 9.30am and finished about 12.30pm. with labels stuck on the suspension notices saying the suspension has ended. Given the inconvenience suspensions cause, particularly for such a length of road and volume of vehicles would it be possible in future to plan more exact locations of works of this sort to limit the amount of disruption ? 

Elgin Avenue – pavements

We have asked the Council to investigate this issue:

“Please note that several paving stones in Elgin Avenue are broken with others sinking into the subsoil. This is particularly true along the section between Shirland Road and Castellain Road; outside numbers 138, 140, 142, 144, and Elgin Court.  In some areas it looks as though the coal storage spaces under the pavements is insubstantial causing uneven surface for pedestrians.”

Faulty Street Lights – Update

We have received the following update from the Street Lighting Team:

“I would like to confirm that there is currently an issue with the lighting management system which controls the lighting on Warrington Crescent, and that our service provider FM Conway are in the process of changing the columns to photocells so that they react to the changing light rather than a centralised signal. I would also like to confirm a number of other streets where there have been issues noted will also be converted by the end of November and they are as follows:

  • Elgin Avenue
  • Biddulph Road
  • Castellain Road
  • Morshead Road
  • Wymering Road
  • Delaware Road”

Local notable

Maida Vale resident, Graham Parker has a new album which includes the song  – Maida Hill  via @YouTube

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