Karen Buck

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Climate change is a big deal I thought I'd make a big deal with residents of Westminster to tackle it.

That's why I am spearheading a new local campaign with Oxfam to build public support in the run up to Copenhagen.

The campaign kicked off on Monday at Oxfam in St. John's Wood High Street. We held a 'Big Deal' on the day with local residents. The idea was that residents help us fight climate change by buying items provided by Oxfam, but that they could also get those items for free by signing the local petition which Oxfam and myself will present to the Rt Hon Joan Ruddock MP, Minister at the Department of Energy and Climate Change, in November. Oxfam and I will also be collecting signatures for the petition over the next month at various spots in the constituency.

We need to make sure that the Government campaigns for a global deal on climate change in Copenhagen. Popular grassroots pressure is essential if we are to emerge from Copenhagen in December with a strong global deal to meet the threat of climate change. We all need to do our bit and Oxfam's Big Deal initiative and the petition we are rolling out will ensure that Westminster rises to the challenge.

Get in touch at k.buck@rpkn-labour.co.uk if you think you could help collect signatures to the petition.

Karen launches local campaign with Oxfam for a global deal on climate change

Climate change is a big deal I thought I'd make a big deal with residents of Westminster to tackle it. That's why I am spearheading a new local campaign with...

Labour Councillors have called on Westminster City Council to provide more larger flats in order to meet the needs of over 860 families who are registered by the Council for a transfer because they need a larger property. The latest figures from the Council show that 867 families are registered by the Council for a transfer because they need a larger property. Of these, 66 have been assessed by the Council as statutorily overcrowded 835 households need a move to a property at least one bedroom larger but are not classified as statutorily overcrowded. Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Leader of the Labour Group, said; "Overcrowding is a major problem in Westminster and the Council should be providing more larger properties so that those families who need an extra bedroom have the opportunity for a transfer. Building only 1 and 2 bed room flats will not help those families where teenagers are have to share a bedroom or where adults are forced to sleep in the living room."

Labour Councillors call for action to tackle overcrowding

Labour Councillors have called on Westminster City Council to provide more larger flats in order to meet the needs of over 860 families who are registered by the Council for...

Local Labour Councillors have asked the Council to liaise with Brent Council so that the existing dangerous route from the station across to Fernhead Road can be improved. As a resident told us:

'My concern, and that for the majority of residents in this area, is the appallingly dangerous route from Queen's Park station to Fernhead Road. A roundabout (surrounding the Falcon pub) with traffic flowing at high speed in several different directions, and with a fast route entering from Carlton Vale, has no zebra crossing, indeed there are no pedestrian crossings of any kind. It is dangerous in the extreme'

At the request of residents local Councillors asked for information about safety at this roundabout. In the three years ending 31 December 2008 there have been eight reported injury accidents (seven slight injury, one serious injury) at this roundabout. Four of these accidents involved pedestrians, although these are distributed around the roundabout, and were not concentrated in anyone area of the roundabout. The roundabout is the responsibility of the London Borough of Brent, and they have confirmed that they will be looking at this roundabout as part of a Local Safety scheme later this year.

Route from Queen’s Park Station to Fernhead Road

Local Labour Councillors have asked the Council to liaise with Brent Council so that the existing dangerous route from the station across to Fernhead Road can be improved. As a...

Local Labour Councillors continued to raise the issue of speeding cars along Fernhead Road. As one resident told us:

"I write having yet again witnessed the sickening screech of tyres and thud of metal contacting as two vehicles impact each other at the Marban Road junction. Thankfully no one was injured but if this problem continues to go unchecked then sooner rather than later the sickening screech and thud is going to involve not just metal making contact."

Fernhead Road

Local Labour Councillors continued to raise the issue of speeding cars along Fernhead Road. As one resident told us: "I write having yet again witnessed the sickening screech of tyres...

Local Labour Councillors fear that much of the prostitution problem on Westbourne Park Road is connected to drug misuse. With this in mind we have met Estate office staff on the Brunel Estate who have agreed to a scheme to open up the bin stores on the estate, which are secluded areas known to be used for drugs. There are some flats on the Brunel and on Wessex Gardens which are used for long-term drug misuse, and closing them down is a matter on which City West Homes has our support. Tackling the drug problem on the Brunel and Wessex Gardens estate is also a priority for the Safer Neighbourhoods Team.

Brunel and Wessex Gardens Estates

Local Labour Councillors fear that much of the prostitution problem on Westbourne Park Road is connected to drug misuse. With this in mind we have met Estate office staff on...

Local Labour Councillors have been working closely with the police based at Harrow Road police station and pressing Westminster council to help solve the problem of prostitution which have bedevilled the Westbourne Park Road area for many years. They have heard from local residents that police operations have been successful in keeping prostitutes largely away from the streets during the daytime, but that later at night they are present in large numbers - sometimes up to 6 AM. Residents have told local councillors that the aggressive behaviour by prostitutes has stopped, but that their controllers can still be confrontational.

 

Local Labour Councillors understand the police are bringing in a specialist team from the Clubs and Vice squad who have experience in other areas of London. They are also beginning an action on the kerb crawlers who use prostitutes. The Harrow Road police have already been increasing their street presence and are still doing so. They are bringing in six Special Constables and a Special Sergeant to help them on the prostitution problem

Tackling Prostitution

Local Labour Councillors have been working closely with the police based at Harrow Road police station and pressing Westminster council to help solve the problem of prostitution which have bedevilled...

Karen Buck MP and local Labour Councilors attended the Queen’s Park Interfaith Event on 20th June. This event which has been running successfully for a number of years and attendance has been growing year by year. The group is managed by the North Westminster Interfaith Group, a steering group of religious leaders active in the local community.The event brings together the different faith communities in Queen’s Park with the wider community and provides the opportunity for people from different backgrounds to learn more about each other’s traditions, culture and beliefs. The Queen’s Park Ward Budget provided £500 towards the cost of this event.

Queen’s Park Interfaith Event – Saturday 20th June

Karen Buck MP and local Labour Councilors attended the Queen’s Park Interfaith Event on 20th June. This event which has been running successfully for a number of years and attendance has... Read more

Residents have contacted local Labour Councillors about nuisance and anti-social behaviour caused by young people who sit around the communal area and intimidate people who live in the block. We have asked the police to increase their patrols.

 

We have also asked the Council to monitor the water pressure after reports that the pressure has fallen again.

Queen's Park Court

Residents have contacted local Labour Councillors about nuisance and anti-social behaviour caused by young people who sit around the communal area and intimidate people who live in the block. We...

The long-awaited Dog Control Orders will be in force in Queen’s Park Ward soon and this will enable the police to take action against owners who do not control their dogs. Local Labour Councillors are liaising closely with the police and City Guardians about owners who allow their dogs to foul the pavements and believe that firm action should be taken against anti-social owners.

 

On a brighter note, Crissie Chambers will be holding another Dog Show on 25th July as part of her dog socialising class initiative. This year there is a new category – Pup Idol – which is open to children to enter their dog.

Dogs

The long-awaited Dog Control Orders will be in force in Queen’s Park Ward soon and this will enable the police to take action against owners who do not control their...

The market at the Prince of Wales Junction has opened and offers quality take away food including paella, crepes and roast meats, flowers and organic fruit and vegetables. The new market has about 20 stalls offering a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables, clothes and daily essentials, as well as a store run by local youth club, The Stowe Centre, to encourage young people to become entrepreneurs.It is hoped the new market which will run on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays until 8 pm.

Have you been to the market? What do you think?

Prince of Wales Junction Market

The market at the Prince of Wales Junction has opened and offers quality take away food including paella, crepes and roast meats, flowers and organic fruit and vegetables. The new...

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