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Local Labour Councillors have been asked by residents in Oliphant Street to investigate the possibility of traffic calming and have asked the Director of Transport to investigate what can be done;

 

“There is a problem with scooters and motorcycles.  One of the racetracks is Oliphant / Peach / Ilbert and back to Oliphant…..Oliphant Street must have one of the highest percentages of young families in the city.”

 

“There was a car crash on the junction of Oliphant Street and Sixth Avenue last night. I saw the debris on the road and the crumpled car that obviously came in to the estate at 6th avenue and got rammed in the side by another car speeding down Oliphant from west to east.

Oliphant Street

Local Labour Councillors have been asked by residents in Oliphant Street to investigate the possibility of traffic calming and have asked the Director of Transport to investigate what can be...

Following the Icelandic Bank investment fiasco stronger standards of financial oversight must be applied by local authorities like Conservative controlled Westminster City Council say a cross-party committee of MPs, in a hard-hitting report of their recent inquiry into local authority investment practices.  Launching the report, Phyllis Starkey MP, Chair of the Communities and Local Government Select Committee, said,
 
“Our inquiry has exposed a significant level of misunderstanding, misinformation and complacency– not just within local authorities, but also amongst those who provide them with specialist investment advice. These failures put taxpayers’ money at unnecessary risk. Tougher regulation of treasury management advisers and tighter scrutiny around local authority investment decision making are needed to ensure that the emphasis is on security first, while also providing sufficient liquidity and profit.”
 
The Committee took evidence from Westminster Labour Councillors David Boothroyd and Paul Dimoldenberg which was acknowledged in paragrahs 45 and 46 of the report:

 

House of Commons Select Committee blasts councils like Westminster for Icelandic investments

Following the Icelandic Bank investment fiasco stronger standards of financial oversight must be applied by local authorities like Conservative controlled Westminster City Council say a cross-party committee of MPs, in...

Transport for London recently moved the bus stop on Shirland Road outside Charfield Court a few yards down the road, and then removed the bus shelter which many pensioners on the Amberley Estate (and non-pensioners too) used to rest while waiting for buses. Residents were concerned that it would be gone for good.

 

After we pressed for an explanation the Council has reassured us that it is part of a bigger scheme to try to stop Shirland Road being blocked up when buses can't pull in to the stop, and that the idea is to split the bus stops on either side of the street so that they are not near the refuge in the centre of Shirland Road used by pedestrians to cross. Unfortunately this scheme is still being prepared but they hope to work on it later this year. We will make sure pensioners are not left without their bus shelter for long.

BUS STOP OUTSIDE CHARFIELD COURT

Transport for London recently moved the bus stop on Shirland Road outside Charfield Court a few yards down the road, and then removed the bus shelter which many pensioners on...

Ten Harrow Road traders have signed up to the new shop fronts scheme and an architect is producing high quality traditional shop front designs which will help lift visual appeal of the Harrow Road shopping area. Implementation of first new shop front will take place late July with the remainder by March 2010. We hope that this will bring more customers to the area and encourage more retailers to open up along the Harrow Road.

Harrow Road shopfronts

Ten Harrow Road traders have signed up to the new shop fronts scheme and an architect is producing high quality traditional shop front designs which will help lift visual appeal of the...

Council would rather spend £1.8 million on Marble Arch fountains and £5.8 million on staff bonuses
 
Labour Church Street Councillors Barbara Grahame and Aziz Toki have demanded an inquiry into why Westminster City Council has stopped rebuilding work at Broadley Gardens which closed last year and also forced the removal of the long-standing IMPS Playgroup. The Gardens have been closed since last autumn after Westminster Conservative promised to give the Gardens a facelift and rebuild the nursery.
 
But, following the loss of £17 million in now-failed Icelandic Banks, Labour Councillors believe that the Conservatives have now run out of money for the rebuilding of the Gardens and the Playgroup building and have halted all building work. And earlier this year Mayor Johnson refused to give Westminster £400,000 for the rebuilding of the Gardens.
 
Councillor Barbara Grahame said;
 
"This part of Church Street is one of the mose densely populated areas in Westminster. Yet the Conservatives would rather spend £1.8 million on tarting up Marble Arch fountains and giving already well-paid senior staff over £5 million in bonuses then spend the money on local residents in Church Street."
 
Councillor Aziz Toki said;
 
"Once again the Conservatives have put Church Street at the bottom of the pile for improvements and at the top of the list for cuts in services."

CONSERVATIVES STOP WORK ON BROADLEY GARDENS REBUILDING AS MONEY RUNS OUT

Council would rather spend £1.8 million on Marble Arch fountains and £5.8 million on staff bonuses Labour Church Street Councillors Barbara Grahame and Aziz Toki have demanded an inquiry into why...

Local Labour Councillors are working closely with Wesssex Gardens Residents Association and had a productive meeting with City West Homes to discuss various shortcomings in the quality of repairs and maintenance on the estate. Four issues were identified:

  • The performance of Linbrook - Quality of Work;  Poor communication with residents about repair works and a failure to follow through on promises
  • CWH’s poor record when it comes to contract letting, particularly with Linbrooks and the cancellation on two occasions in the recent past of the contract for the estate’s heating system

Wessex Gardens

Local Labour Councillors are working closely with Wesssex Gardens Residents Association and had a productive meeting with City West Homes to discuss various shortcomings in the quality of repairs and...

A semi-mature North American Sweet Gum tree has been planted at the junction of Kilburn Lane and Ilbert Street following a long campaign by residents led by Julie Power and her neighbours. The tree, which has maple-like leaves that turn a bold crimson in the autumn will add a vibrant splash of colour to the area. In addition, the area at the junction of Kilburn Lane and Ilbert Street has been repaved and de-cluttered, with railings and signs removed to make way for the gum tree and two smaller ornamental Chanticleer Pear trees. The next stage is to persuade BT to remove the telephone box which is constantly being vandalized and used by drug dealers.

Along with the new gum tree, which can grow up to 60ft high, the junction at the start of this section of Kilburn Lane by Chamberlayne Road has been narrowed to help stem the flow of traffic and deter drivers from using it as a short-cut for cars and lorries making their way between the main section of Kilburn Lane and Harrow Road.

”The trees at the end of Ilbert Street are, indeed, an excellent improvement. Thank you so much.”

 

Resident of Ilbert Street

New trees at the corner of Kilburn Lane and Ilbert Street

A semi-mature North American Sweet Gum tree has been planted at the junction of Kilburn Lane and Ilbert Street following a long campaign by residents led by Julie Power and...

Local doctors surgeries are now open extended hours.

  • Dr Ahmed and Dr Nagarajan at the Queen’s Park Health Centre on Dart Street are now open on Monday evenings from 6.30pm -8.00pm. Call Dr Ahmed on 8964 9990 and Dr Nagarajan on 8960 5252.
  • Dr Garfield and Dr Sarnicki at The Medical Centre at 321 Shirland Road are open on Monday evenings from 6.30pm – 7.30pm and on Friday evenings from 6.30pm – 7.30pm – phone 8969 2626

Extended surgery times for local doctors

Local doctors surgeries are now open extended hours. Dr Ahmed and Dr Nagarajan at the Queen’s Park Health Centre on Dart Street are now open on Monday evenings from 6.30pm...

Local Labour Councillors are supporting the St John's Wood Society and the Violet Hill Residents Association who are concerned about the continued daily use of the gardens by many hundreds of children attending Abercorn School. We have written to the Council to ask why a commercial concern is being allowed to make very regular use of this facility which is depriving local residents of the quiet enjoyment of the garden. We have pointed out that there are alternative locations for the Abercorn School children to play, including the nearby Paddington Recreation Ground which is much larger and a more appropriate location.

The garden was built on the site of an old school in 1952 and opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother the same year. The garden has recently undergone a number of works which include an upgrade of the 1950's public convenience to include disabled and baby changing facilities.

Violet Hill Gardens

Local Labour Councillors are supporting the St John's Wood Society and the Violet Hill Residents Association who are concerned about the continued daily use of the gardens by many hundreds...

Karen Buck MP has written to the Council about the Brunel Youth Project. Karen says;

 

“Although this project has never been located in the most attractive location, it seems now to have been neglected to the point where it is an eyesore. The surround in scruffy in the extreme, with bits of old paper tacked onto the outside, and as an advertisement for youth services it leaves a great deal to be desired.  Residents are also saying that they think it is very poorly used.”

 

Karen has asked the Council to liaise with City West Homes to see if the façade could be made more welcoming, and to let her know exactly what services are offered from here, and the plans are for future. The Brunel and Wessex Gardens estates are home to many children and young people from deprived and challenged backgrounds and they deserve rather better than they appear to be getting.

Brunel Youth Project

Karen Buck MP has written to the Council about the Brunel Youth Project. Karen says;   “Although this project has never been located in the most attractive location, it seems...

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