|Unlicensed Music Events On Alfred Road
Westbourne Labour Councillors reported an organised but unlicensed music event that took place on two Thursdays in mid-May. Following these reports the Council’s enforcement team were able to identify the perpetrator’s car registration and prevent further gatherings taking place through enforcement against the individual responsible in early June.
Maida Hill Market
We continue to work with neighbouring Harrow Road Ward Councillors, Council Officers and the Police to try to address ongoing serious noise, anti-social behaviour problems and suspected drug dealing on Maida Hill Market. Progress has been slow due to the lack of police response to enable noise enforcement teams to operate but the police have confirmed they are increasing patrols.
Now demolition of Westmead has finished, we have been keeping in contact with the council team managing the build. We have resolved one neighbour’s problems with broadband connections and looked into issues with emails to the Resident Liaison Officer bouncing back. This should be resolved but if you have problems with email@example.com, the email firstname.lastname@example.org is monitored daily.
Graffiti And Waste Dumping
We have reported graffiti and damage to the BT phone box outside Oldbury House which was repaired at the end of May.
At time of writing we have recently reported a number of graffiti sites on Harrow Road, the Network Stadium blocks on the Brindley Estate and a number of other places for action.
We have attended meetings with residents and the police to discuss anti-social behaviour across the ward.
Westbourne Bus Garage Redevelopment
We have been approached by representatives of Tower Transit, as owners of the red brick Westbourne bus garage on Great Western Road. For many years we have been told they were considering redeveloping the site but they had not spoken to us or explained what they want. They assure us they are at a very early stage, and have had meetings with other groups locally; we have helped put them in touch with nearby residents.
Ward councillors are helping resident resolve a persistent noise problem in their flat.
Hanmer House Lift
On a recent visit to Hanmer House on Tavistock Crescent, we discovered the lift had been out of action for many weeks. Southern Housing, who now own Hanmer after a series of mergers, have assured us that their lift contractor has been instructed to supply and install a replacement door belt and gate contact and check over the door gear.
Aldridge Road Villas
We have been helping with problems caused by unpruned trees in residents’ gardens drooping over the pavement and blocking people from walking down the street.
Among individual items of casework, we have made sure a leaseholder on the Warwick Estate got a refund after overpaying their service charge, and we are pressing Westminster Community Homes to complete cosmetic repairs to a flat in one of the Warwick towers which has been damaged by water penetration.
Westbourne Green Canalside
Your councillors and the cabinet member for planning and economic development attended the exhibition outside the Grand Junction Cafe showing the future developments alongside the canal. Display boards illustrate the transformation of the area into an exciting resource which will , we hope, be a place that will be somewhere that the community will want to linger in and use as well as encourage walkers and cyclists. The planned planting of an orchard will also help improve the air quality. The session was a chance for locals to discuss these developments and ask questions. It was an extremely useful session for all concerned. A subsequent event took place in the space under the Westway in conjunction
Edward Wilson School
Children from Edward Wilson Primary School took part in a concert at the Royal Albert Hall organised by the Music Hub.This was attended by the Lord Mayor and councillors. The Council has also been successful in its bid to receive £30k from GLA to support a School Superzone partnership centred around Edward Wilson school and possibly others to improve health and wellbeing
We were able to help a resident in Harford House with their bathroom ventilation.
Ward Cllrs reported a blocked drainage gully that was subsequently cleared by FM Conway and is now running clear.
After many years of calling unsuccessfully for the NHS (who used to own the road) to take action to improve the Elmfield Way area, since the Council took ownership of the road last Spring and following the change of administration last year works are now moving forward to bring the road up to the standards residents expect. Since late June work has been underway repairing footways, renewal of street lighting and resurfacing the carriageway between the eastern junction with Harrow Road and the Woodfield Road Med Centre and it is expected to last 6 weeks. There will be short periods where cars will not be able to access car parking areas while we work across entrances (local residents will be notified in advance) but access will be facilitated otherwise.
Great Western Road
Work is now underway to widen the footpaths on Great Western Road near the Canal Bridge and work will soon be implemented to introduce a mini-roundabout at the junction with Elkstone Road to ease congestion problems.
Westbourne Summer Festival
This Summer there was another successful Westbourne Fair organised by Westbourne Forum with financial support from the Westbourne Councillors ward budget. Families braved the heat to enjoy live music,visit a variety of stalls representing community organisations,enjoy donkey rides and bouncy castles and take part in various activities. This is an annual event which provides an opportunity for the community to enjoy a day out at the same time as finding out what is going on, and being provided locally by organisations such as Community Champions and Grand Junction.