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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...

A long-running graffiti problem on the canal side of the Westbourne bus garage may be about to be cleaned up for good, after we got the council to intervene. They ordered the bus company to clean up their building, and the bus company contacted the local Inspector who has arranged to work with the Probation Service to clean it as part of community service for young offenders.

 

The Probation Service told local Labour Councillors that the offenders who will be cleaning up the graffiti include some who were responsible for putting it there in the first place. If it returns after it is cleaned off, the bus garage management now knows the contact number for the Probation Service, and it is on their regular round of community jobs needing doing - so whenever graffiti appears, it is likely to be cleaned off quite quickly

Graffiti on canalside of bus garage

A long-running graffiti problem on the canal side of the Westbourne bus garage may be about to be cleaned up for good, after we got the council to intervene. They...

Last month Westbourne ward councillors compiled a detailed report on the crime and security issues in Westbourne ward and raised these at a Council meeting. We sent copies of the report to residents and these are some of your comments;

 

“I thank you for the update you have provided and for the efforts and the contribution you are making”

 

Thank you for forwarding these notes. I remain convinced that the only means of resolving the Aldridge Road Villas/Westbourne Park Road prostitution & drug dealing problem is to install a CCTV camera, as Kensington & Chelsea have a few streets away.”

Tackling Crime in Westbourne Ward – What you told local labour councillors

Last month Westbourne ward councillors compiled a detailed report on the crime and security issues in Westbourne ward and raised these at a Council meeting. We sent copies of the...

A plan to build an eight-storey residential development in St Edmund’s Terrace, with underground car park and a private gym, overlooking Primrose Hill has been refused by Camden Council. Many St John’s Wood residents said the scheme would wreck views from Regent’s Park.

Primrose Hill Development Plans Thrown Out

A plan to build an eight-storey residential development in St Edmund’s Terrace, with underground car park and a private gym, overlooking Primrose Hill has been refused by Camden Council. Many...

A new housing, welfare and debt service has been launched in Queens Park ward to support residents who are struggling to cope in these difficult economic times. You can get free and confidential welfare benefits advice, benefit entitlement checks, debt and housing advice. The advice sessions are run at the Beethoven Centre every Monday afternoon between 1.00pm – 4.00pm. The funding comes from the Queen’s Park Ward Budget, as well as from the Dolphin Square Foundation, A2Dominion and Paddington Development Trust.

You can book an appointment by calling 7723 5928.

New housing, welfare and debt service launched

A new housing, welfare and debt service has been launched in Queens Park ward to support residents who are struggling to cope in these difficult economic times. You can get...

Residents have alerted local Labour Councillors to the problem of mini cabs illegally parked, causing an obstruction and not making payment when parked in paid for parking bays. We have raised this with the Council and the area will be monitored by the Council’s on-street enforcement contractor.  The location has also been placed under special enforcement for four weeks.

Marylands Road

Residents have alerted local Labour Councillors to the problem of mini cabs illegally parked, causing an obstruction and not making payment when parked in paid for parking bays. We have...

A large stretch of the railings between the canal towpath and open space by the Warwick Estate have been removed as part of the work on the Canalside Open Space - encouraging cyclists to go very fast down the path. Geese from the canal have been "leaving messages" on the grass which is a health problem if children play there. 

 

After the Warwick Estate Residents Association raised this issue, we have been working with Westbourne Forum and the Council’s Parks department to make this area safer for everyone. A new chicane to slow down cyclists has been installed but we know cyclists are still going too fast. Other changes are coming soon, including line markings and signposting. 

Railings by the canalside

A large stretch of the railings between the canal towpath and open space by the Warwick Estate have been removed as part of the work on the Canalside Open Space...

Anti-social behavior continues to be a problem and local Labour Councillors are helping residents in Third Avenue and Fifth Avenue with problems with their neighbours. We were very disappointed to hear that a recently-planted tree at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Ilbert Street was destroyed just two weeks after being planted.

Local Councillors supported the introduction of a Dispersal Zone in the Dart Street area in order to deal with potential problems caused by organized gangs of young people. We are liaising closely with the local police who are monitoring the situation closely.

Anti-Social Behaviour

Anti-social behavior continues to be a problem and local Labour Councillors are helping residents in Third Avenue and Fifth Avenue with problems with their neighbours. We were very disappointed to...

Many residents around the Prince of Wales Junction have had to live with high levels of anti social behaviour in their basement areas, particularly at night and in the early hours. Through pressure from us money was found from the Crime Protection fund to provide secure entrances to these basement areas.  This has had a major beneficial effect for people living in that area.  If you are a tenant and your basement area is used for anti social activity please get in touch with us.

Safer area for resident

Many residents around the Prince of Wales Junction have had to live with high levels of anti social behaviour in their basement areas, particularly at night and in the early...

 Bikers in Harrow Road Ward, and visiting bikers, are now being charged to park.  This is despite the fact that motorbikes are exempt from the congestion charge, and take up far less space than do cars.  Westminster’s Labour councillors liaise with the bikers’ campaign against the new charge, and Councillor Ruth Bush, together with her Westbourne Ward colleague Councillor Rupert D’Cruz, vigorously made the case against the new charge at the Built Environment Committee meeting on 31 March.

Motor Bike Parking Charges

 Bikers in Harrow Road Ward, and visiting bikers, are now being charged to park.  This is despite the fact that motorbikes are exempt from the congestion charge, and take up...

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