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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...

Local Labour Councillors have asked when the road will be resurfaced along the section of Kilburn Lane between Banister Road and Chamberlayne Road. Also, residents would like there to be a weight restriction notice at both ends of this section to stop the juggernauts making their lives a misery, and have asked for this be arranged.

Kilburn Lane

Local Labour Councillors have asked when the road will be resurfaced along the section of Kilburn Lane between Banister Road and Chamberlayne Road. Also, residents would like there to be...

The proposed major works were presented to residents in March and it was agreed that there would be a monthly meeting to update residents about the works. Once surveys are completed a ballot will be sent to residents to ascertain whether they would prefer the windows to be replaced or repaired. If residents choose for the windows to be replaced then a further open meeting will be arranged to present window designs for residents to select. The residents present at the meeting were keen to see the fence around the garden area changed. City West Homes are investigating whether or not there is a right of way across the garden. If there is no right of way then they will look to enclose the garden with a private entrance for residents only.

Fallodon House – Major Works

The proposed major works were presented to residents in March and it was agreed that there would be a monthly meeting to update residents about the works. Once surveys are...

Local Labour Councillors are supporting a suggestion that the bases of street trees are regularly pruned in order to keep them tidy and rubbish free. As one resident told us;

 

“I expect that you have noticed the growths from the bases of some of the trees on the avenues. I am convinced that if they are left as they are, they encourage people to dump beer cans and bags of rubbish on the bases. This also encourages dogs to do what dogs do. The general mess will encourage louts to leave more litter. This will encourage a general ‘don’t care’ attitude and the area can then get steadily more unkempt, go down in quality”

Environment Issues

Local Labour Councillors are supporting a suggestion that the bases of street trees are regularly pruned in order to keep them tidy and rubbish free. As one resident told us;...

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