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

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Carlton Dene

Carlton Dene Maida care home has received a second damning Care Quality Commission (CQC) report stating medicines were administered “unsafely” and it had not made improvements required after a 2018 inspection. The council has written to Sanctuary Housing, which took over the home and a number of others in the borough when they were out-sourced in 2015, to “express concerns” over the home’s management.

Castellain Road

We have taken up this issue with the police:

“I’ve reported to 101 yet again the loud youths I can hear talking on Castellain Road near the junction of Sutherland Avenue. They said they will send it to the Safer Neighbourhood team. This seems to happen on a semi regular basis. Two or more young men will gather outside parked cars and stand having a long loud conversation on the street (or in their cars). They have been talking loudly like this for over 25 minutes. Just now they spoke to someone in another car which drove off. As I have been writing this they have driven off. Another group returned and got into the two other adjacent cars before driving away.”

Edinburgh House – Cadent gas works

Westminster Housing report:

“Cadent completed the installation of new pipe works at Edinburgh House. The switch over of gas from the old system to the newly run pipes took place on 13 June 2019.  The installation and connection has now been completed on all three blocks, Glasgow, Falkirk and Edinburgh House. Cadent’s site office and all scaffolding has also been removed from all blocks. ”

Lanark Road Development

Phase 2 of the landscaping and car park works has started. All residents who had parking temporarily moved from Glasgow House, as well as residents with parking spaces at Falkirk House, were relocated to the newly installed car park at Glasgow House.

Paddington Rec

We reported a number of items of broken play equipment in the playground.

Kilburn Park Road/Maida Vale 

We have successfully lobbied the Council to replace single yellows with double yellow lines around the junction of Kilburn Park Road and Maida Vale. This should reduce congestion around Milad Supermarket.

Lauderdale Parade

We are working with residents and Westminster’s planning and environmental health officers about a possible breach of planning conditions at both Muraski and Chello restaurants.

Hanging Baskets

Some residents are asking what’s happened to the hanging baskets. Here is our response:

“As you know, local government finances are under a great deal of pressure and we’ve had to make some touch choices about where to spend our money. 

The Maida Vale Councillors have a small annual budget to spend on local projects. In the past, the Councillors had used a significant proportion of this to fund the hanging baskets which were changed twice a year. After we were elected, we took the decision to prioritise spending on social programmes as these have been badly affected by the cuts. For example, we paid for a new library at Essendine School and have made a grant to Age UK to fund digital classes for senior citizens. This is money that previously was spent on the hanging baskets.

We’re still doing the sums for our forward budgets and would very much like to fund the hanging baskets once more although it depends on a number of factors outside of our direct control. We know how much nicer the lampposts look when they are decorated.

You’ll still find hanging baskets on some roads managed by TfL and surrounding some of the City of Westminster Housing Estates. Also, south of Sutherland Avenue, the Conservative Little Venice Councillors have decided to keep funding the baskets but not to fund social programmes.”

Cycle Hangars

We’ve been calling for these for years but the first Cycle Hangars are imminent. We’re expecting them to be installed on Sutherland Ave near Delaware Road (1st August) and at the junction of Elgin Avenue and Castellain Road (9th August). Details of how to secure a place for your cycle will be posted on the hangars.


The Beachcroft building on Shirland Road is progressing well and we were able to participate in the “topping out” ceremony earlier this month. The new development will be a Westminster Council care home for vulnerable elderly people paid for by the sale of private flats. The new care home replaces Carlton Dene on Carlton Vale. We are expecting Westminster’s proposals for redevelopment of that site in the coming months. We’ve been told it will be sheltered accommodation for vulnerable adults.


W9W2 (also known as Paddington Waterways and Maida Vale Society) is the official amenity organisation for our area. It is consulted on all planning applications and publishes a regular magazine. Membership is free so please join if you’re interested in the local areas please sign up

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