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

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Maida Vale Nursery

Karen Buck MP and local Councillors have slammed Westminster Council plans to double the rent of the Maida Vale nursery in Carlton Hill and say parents could be priced out of childcare.

Maida Vale Nursery has been told in its latest rent review that it should be paying £120,000 rather than its current £60,000. The centre is run by the London Early Years Foundation (LEYF), a registered charity and social enterprise that offers a subsidy to parents on lower incomes.

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Oak Tree House

The Housing Department tells us:

“A joint estate walkabout was carried out with some of the residents of the newly formed Residents’ Voice for Oak Tree House. Having compiled a list of actions based on items identified, we are now in the process of compiling updates from the relevant teams to feedback to residents. Issues raised included the new development, security, major works and low-level anti-social behaviour.”

Tollgate Gardens. 

We are very concerned that the building works at Tollgate Gardens have been again delayed. Residents have had to endure living on a building site for 3 years and the completion of the works is now not expected until January 2020.

Lauderdale Parade – update

Following our item in last month’s Action Report regarding the planning situation at Muraski and Chello restaurants, Councillor Geoff Barraclough explains:

The problem with these two units is that they are beneath flats which have terraces at the rear. Both restaurants are ventilating their kitchens via extractors that either don’t have planning permission or don’t have permission for primary cooking. The smells are annoying the residents who feel they can’t use their terraces in the summer months. The changes needed are quite straightforward – mainly to route the extractors so they ventilate above roof level – but require some investment from the restaurant owners and it’s this that we’re pressing for action about. We want to encourage the restaurants and safeguard residents’ quality of life.

St George’s School, Maida Vale 

We are delighted that St George’s School will be sending its first pupil to Cambridge University. Yaseen Alkhazali, 18, son of Iraqi refugees, will study medicine after earning A* grades in maths, biology and chemistry at St George’s Catholic School.

Lauderdale Mansions

We have asked the Council to remove an abandoned Lime dockless bike outside Lauderdale Mansions.

Morshead Road

Following our enquiries about a Veloia refuse vehicle leaving rubbish on the pavement in Morshead Road after emptying a big black bin, the Council say:

“An instruction is being distributed to all Veolia waste and recycling crews reminding them of the contract requirement to clear all ‘spillage’ when emptying bins.”

Pedestrian crossing at Elgin Avenue and Maida Vale. 

Residents told us how difficult it is to cross Elgin Avenue and Maida Vale without a green man signal. The Council say:

“The good news is we are currently working through designs to have all-round pedestrian (green man) facilities.  This does take some time and subject to approvals, however we are confident of installing facilities here, and have the funding to complete.  I will update when the design has been approved and an installation date known. “

Lanark Road Development

We have received this update from the Housing Department:

“The landscaping and car park works are progressing well. Works at Glasgow House were due to be completed by end of July 2019. The concrete tiles around the Maida Vale side of Falkirk House have been put in place while diggers are currently working on the Lanark Road side of Falkirk House.” 

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