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Letter to residents regarding burglary’s in Maida Vale

Posted: 20/03/14

March 6th 2014

Dear resident,

I am concerned by a number of reports in the local area of a recent increase in both commercial and residential burglary, including a number of thefts of buggies and other items from the communal areas within blocks of flats.

The local police teams have been increasing patrols but I am very aware of the fact that this is probably not enough to increase their visibility sufficiently to provide reassurance- and this may have been true even before the reduction in size of our ward-based Safer Neighbourhood Teams.

I have, therefore, asked Westminster police to consider bringing in the mobile police station, to demonstrate an increased local police presence. I very much hope that this will be agreed soon.

Police are, additionally, advising people not to leave items, especially valuable items, in communal areas.

Here are some of the key points from my recent correspondence with police about these problems:

• " we are conducting targeted crime prevention patrols to the most burgled streets across the North Wards and this includes actively looking for open and vulnerable premises and highlighting them to the… » Read more

 

Karen’s comments on Jubilee Centre planning consultation

Posted: 29/01/14

Westminster City Council Planning Committee

Jubilee Sports Centre demolition and redevelopment proposal: Objection

I have a number of concerns about the overall Jubilee/Moberly package, which I believe are broadly shared by many of the residents who signed a petition against the Jubilee closure, and the majority of those who attended a public meeting at the Beethoven centre on January 16th.

It is also fair to point out that there are also residents who are positive about the scheme, believing that it will offer improved leisure and sporting facilities.

My main concerns are:

a. The loss of leisure amenity for Queen's Park residents
b. The lack of affordable housing on both the Moberly and Jubilee sites- which I believe cannot be justified by reference to the costs of the new sports centre, especially given the value of new property sales in the area.
c. Reduced accessibility and possible impact on local Queen's Park streets from additional parking demands`

a) The loss of leisure amenity for Queen's Park residents

Whilst the new centre on the Moberly will re-provision what is currently within the Jubilee, including the swimming pool,… » Read more

 

Karen’s letter on the Moberly Leisure Centre application

Posted: 23/01/14

January 23 2103

Mr Robin Sedgwick,
Brent Council Planning Department


Dear Mr Sedgwick,

Moberly Sports Centre planning proposal: Objection

Members of Brent Council may be aware of the controversy surrounding the proposed closure of the Jubilee Sports Centre and the re-development of both the Jubilee and Moberly sites to provide a new sports facility funded by the building of ‘market' housing.

I have many concerns about the overall package, which I believe are broadly shared by many residents (c5000) who signed a petition against the Jubilee closure, and the majority of those who attended a public meeting at the Beethoven centre on January 16th.

It is also fair to point out that there are also some residents of Queen's Park (Westminster) who are positive about the scheme, believing that it will offer improved leisure facilities.

I have three main concerns:

a. The loss of leisure amenity for Queen's Park residents
b. The lack of affordable housing on both the Moberly and Jubilee sites
c. Concerns about parking and accessibility at Moberly and possible impact on local Queen's Park… » Read more

 

Karen Supporting the Time to Cross Campaign

Posted: 18/12/13

 

Karen’s Letter to the Residents of Dibdin House

Posted: 08/11/13

Dear Resident -

Further to our meeting in at Dibdin House in May this year, I wanted to write again following a couple of new developments.

As you may already know, Genesis are no longer the Managing Agents for Dibdin House. The owners Grainger have now taken over the day-to-day running of the estate, and I am keen to know how you think they are getting on.
I haven't received any reports of Anti-Social Behaviour on the Estate at my office, which I hope reflects a real improvement to how things were earlier in the year.
However, the big issue to come out of the meeting was the future of Dibdin Hall and its use as a community venue rather than being converted into more private flats. I have asked Grainger about their plans for Dibdin Hall, but I wonder if residents might also be able to send their feedback to me using the form below. I would like to pass on your comments and strength of feeling to Grainger direct to alert them to how important the community space is to you.

Additionally, if there is anything else you would like me to take up about the… » Read more

 

Letter to Hallfield Residents

Posted: 09/10/13

Dear Hallfield Resident,

The history of the Major Works on Hallfield Estate has been a complicated one and stretches back over several years. During the last year a number of complaints have been made to me by residents (leaseholders, council tenants and private tenants). These range from leaseholder charges and errors to the continuing problem of poor insulation and heating problems during the winter months, mould, damp and ventilation problems, the length of time scaffolding has been in place in some blocks, which has left residents in year-round dark, security concerns linked to the scaffolding being in place for so long, and overall poor communications.

I realise that these are complex and long-standing issues, and residents have different views on the best way to proceed. However, whilst I have been receiving responses from CityWest Homes and Westminster Residential Environmental Health, I am acutely aware that many residents are still unhappy with the handling of many matters on the Hallfield, such as the slow pace with which many of the their concerns are dealt with.

Going forward I am looking to highlight key issues from the past year and press for improvements from CWH in certain areas.

• Windows: It is… » Read more

 

Karen’s Letter to Mike More Chief Executive of Westminster City Council

Posted: 04/09/13

 

Karen Buck MPs response to consultation on police premises and policing in London

Posted: 28/02/13

 

Basement Developments- Neighbours’ Survey-Westminster Results and Conclusions

Posted: 27/02/13

 

Harrow Road Survey; Results and Conclusions

Posted: 15/02/13

 

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