Karen Buck

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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...

Residents have contacted local Labour Councillors about recent permission given by the Council’s Planning Committee for the building of underground rooms involving the digging out of gardens and removal of trees and greenery. Residents say that this damages drainage and the environment

Underground Basements

Residents have contacted local Labour Councillors about recent permission given by the Council’s Planning Committee for the building of underground rooms involving the digging out of gardens and removal of...

Local Labour Councillors have asked the Director of Transport to investigate the following issue which a local resident has brought to our attention;

 

“Cars coming from Maida Vale to turn right into Lisson Grove have their view blocked by traffic turning right from the opposite direction. Either one takes a chance and turn without a clear view or one waits until the lights change holding up the traffic behind. This is all caused by the fact that the arrows on the road are marked so that right turning traffic from both directions is signposted by arrows on the road to turn in front of each other if these were changed so that traffic was signposted to turn behind each other the problem would be solved.”

Junction of St John’s Wood Road and Lisson Grove

Local Labour Councillors have asked the Director of Transport to investigate the following issue which a local resident has brought to our attention;   “Cars coming from Maida Vale to...

As the major work winds down there are still serious problems in the towers which we are trying to get resolved. The water system keeps making loud "hammering noises" about which residents in Gaydon House have petitioned City West Homes. 

 

The television system in the towers still produces poor results or no signal at all, despite a lot of work on the system and some in individual flats. City West Homes has identified poor workmanship as part of the reason and may take the contractor to court. 

 

Even if the system did work perfectly, many of the channels which residents want to watch would not be available, but residents are banned from getting their own satellite dishes. City West Homes are now thinking about alternative ways of distributing television signals - IPTV - which we are encouraging.

Warwick and Brindley towers

As the major work winds down there are still serious problems in the towers which we are trying to get resolved. The water system keeps making loud "hammering noises" about...

Following representations from residents about speeding traffic along Fernhead Road local Labour Councillors asked the Council to investigate what can be done to slow down drivers. As a result, the Director of Transport has asked the London Safety Camera Partnership to investigate Fernhead Road as part of its campaign against drivers who regularly appear to be travelling too fast. In addition, in order to increase drivers' awareness that they are exceeding the speed limit, the Director has told us that he is considering two speed activated warning signs for Fernhead Road.

SPEEDING TRAFFIC ALONG FERNHEAD ROAD

Following representations from residents about speeding traffic along Fernhead Road local Labour Councillors asked the Council to investigate what can be done to slow down drivers. As a result, the...

Westbourne's three councillors, Rupert D'Cruz, Papya Qureshi and David Boothroyd, are setting up regular meetings with chairs of the residents associations in the ward. We hope to exchange information about the way City West Homes runs the estates, and provide a forum to allow us to be better informed when we represent views of residents to the council.

RESIDENTS ASSOCIATIONS FORUM

Westbourne's three councillors, Rupert D'Cruz, Papya Qureshi and David Boothroyd, are setting up regular meetings with chairs of the residents associations in the ward. We hope to exchange information about...

Residents have asked if the  CCTV camera in the vicinity of the junction of Aldridge Road Villas and Westbourne Park Road is being used to tackle their 20-year old outstanding request for CCTV to deter prostitution and drug dealing at the this location. Or is it, as many suspect, being used by the Council purely for parking enforcement and income-raising.

CCTV CAMERA AT THE CORNER OF ALDRIDGE ROAD VILLAS AND WESTBOURNE PARK ROAD

Residents have asked if the  CCTV camera in the vicinity of the junction of Aldridge Road Villas and Westbourne Park Road is being used to tackle their 20-year old outstanding request...

Many flats on Harford House have had failing central heating and hot water recently. Although the tenant management organization is well-run, the heating system is still run through City West Homes and the estate office at Sunderland House. We are taking this problem up with the estate office.

Harford House Heating

Many flats on Harford House have had failing central heating and hot water recently. Although the tenant management organization is well-run, the heating system is still run through City West...

Local Labour Councillors have asked the Council to investigate a range of environmental issues in Marylands Road, including rubbish on the street/dumping, noise levels from nearby mini-cabs waiting for calls at unearthly hours and early morning noise from council sweepers.

Environmental problems in Maryland Road

Local Labour Councillors have asked the Council to investigate a range of environmental issues in Marylands Road, including rubbish on the street/dumping, noise levels from nearby mini-cabs waiting for calls...

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