Maida Vale Councillors Rita Begun, Geoff Barraclough and Nafsika Butler Thalassis
Maida Vale Councillors Rita Begun, Geoff Barraclough and Nafsika Butler Thalassis

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

And the Little Venice Labour Action Team – Iman Less, Murad Qureshi and Sue Wolff

Widley Road

The Widley Road garage developer has lost its appeal on all grounds. We’ve supported local residents since the start of their formidable campaign. Cllr Geoff Barraclough spoke against the plans at the Westminster’s Planning Meeting last year and again at the Planning Appeal in July this year.

The building is too large for the site and the Planning Inspector rejected the plans on the grounds of:

  • Damage to conservation area
  • Too close to neighbouring flats, taking daylight and sunlight
  • Substandard accommodation in the new building itself

To read the Inspector’s Report click here

We’re keen for the site to be developed for (affordable) housing but the new building needs to be a reasonable size and designed in keeping with its surroundings.

Maida Vale Studios – Update

Historic England has issued its consultation report. It looks like it is leaning towards recommending listing, although it is not clear whether for all or part of the structure.

A few facts about the studios:

  • They were originally built in just 3 months as a roller skating rink
  • The rink went bust in less than three years as the craze evaporated
  • The building was designed by architects who normally built banks, hence the Edwardian baroque facade

More information here.

Scottish Towers 

It’s taken a while but we’ve finally got double yellows painted across the emergency entrances to the Scottish Towers. Hopefully will deter some of the thoughtless parking but we’re still waiting for the long-promised Traffic Management Orders. These will allow Westminster’s parking wardens to issue tickets inside the estate. 

Mobile base station – Ashworth Mansions

We have written to object to a proposal to put this mobile base station on top of Ashworth Mansions on Elgin Avenue.

We need to upgrade mobile broadband in Maida Vale but this apparatus is not acceptable on the rooftops of the conservation area. 

Widley Road 

We have asked the Council to take the necessary action to deal with the overgrown foliage in the former tree pits in Widley Road. We have reported the dead tree and the Council has scheduled a replacement during the winter season, the best time to plant trees.

Carlton Hill Nursery

More than 100 people have signed a petition to stop Carlton Hill Community Nursery having its rent doubled by Westminster Council. Karen Buck, Westminster North MP has written to Westminster City Council about the review.

Cllr Geoff Barraclough and Cllr Rita Begum handed the petition to the Lord Mayor of Westminster at September’s Full Council Meeting.

Landlord to pay £530k over illegal bedsit

A rogue landlord who illegally carved up a Marylands Road shop and maisonette above into eight tiny bedsits has been ordered to pay £530,000. He illegally converted the entire property, from the basement to its third floor, into eight flats, some only the size of one small room. Over 10 years, he was able to raise “huge profits,” by charging the monthly rents of £1,000, the Council said.£400000

Tollgate Gardens

Further delays have hit the rebuilding of Tollgate Gardens Estate. The latest information we have is that the first private flats will be occupied in October but that the redeveloped social housing now won’t be ready until the New Year.

Formosa Street 

A great article about the Real Ale bar in Formosa Street.

“Real Ale in Formosa Street opened two years ago as a bottle shop selling craft beers to thirsty Maida Vale drinkers. But it’s since diversified into offering wine and spirits and serving drinks on site – a kind of hybrid between a shop and a pub that suits modern lifestyles. Josh Bryant, who manages the shop and taproom, says customers might drop in for a take-out then stay to try one of their eight lines of freshly kegged draught beer, or one of their wines by the glass.” 

Paddington Green Police Station.

We have asked the Planning Department about the future of the Paddington Green Police Station. Residents say:

“That place has attracted rough sleepers, some/one of which have/has set up a tent in the drive way, it’s being used a dump for rubbish and is in general a very unpleasant, dark place to walk around when coming from Edgware Road tube station. What are the plans for this vacated building? Will it be torn down, refurbished or left untouched?”

Road signs

We are delighted that, following our requests to the Council, two road signs are back up in Little Venice ward – along Warwick Avenue on corner of Formosa St and on the corner of Crompton Street and Maida Vale.

20 mph speed limit consultation 

Do you support 20mph speed limits across Westminster? The Council is finally proposing 20mph speed limits to make Westminster a safer, healthier and cleaner environment for everyone. Reducing speeds reduces the severity of accidents and makes it safer to walk and cycle around Westminster.

The Council has already introduced 20mph speed limits around 39 schools in Westminster following a successful trial. Lower speed limits were supported by an overwhelming majority of residents, who felt it would be safer to walk and cycle in their community. Map of affected areas (PDF, 1.5MB)

You can have your say by completing a short survey.


Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London has banned adverts promoting short-term lettings within the TfL network as part of a crack down on firms that encourage landlords to flout the 90-day annual limit for short-term lettings in London.  

Refuse collection and Recycling collection times

You can check when refuse and recycling is collected from your street here

Report It

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