On Thursday 28th April Queen's Park and Harrow Road Labour Councillors were joined by over 60 residents at a public meeting at St Luke's Church.
They were joined by Graham King of Westminster City Council's Planning Department and Lizzie Williams representing the Campaign opposed to HS2.
Graham King made the following observations and comments:
•That the Queens Park Estate has two levels of Heritage status - Heritage protection of some properties in Fifth Avenue and Conservation Area Status elsewhere.
•That many properties in other parts of Westminster also lie above underground lines and have similar poor foundations to… » Read more
The revised route for the planned High Speed Rail link has caused concern amongst some residents in Queen's Park, with worries being expressed about the deep tunnelling under the Queen's Park estate.
I will be joining Queen's Park ward councillors at a meeting to discuss these concerns and try and get answers to resident's questions. The meeting will be held at:
St Luke's Church (at the top end of Fernhead Road by the junction with Kilburn Lane)
Thursday April 28th
7:00pm» Read more
Launching the rally against youth violence in the Harrow Road on Saturday March 5th , Karen welcomed the parents and voluntary groups coming together under the banner ‘It takes a whole community to raise a child'.
Postcode-related gang violence has been worsening in the last two years, and it was especially heartbreaking to hear the plea for help from the mother of murdered local 22 year old Daniel Smith, who it is thought died as a result of mistaken identity. Too man y of our young people are living in fear, too many are being hurt and some are dying… » Read more
40 students from the City of Westminster College joined Karen for a discussion about the impact of the abolition of the Educational Maintenance Allowance. Top of their list of concerns was how they would be able to afford to travel to college in future. Many chose City of Westminster because it offers specialist courses not available elsewhere, which would prepare them for university. Others said they made a deliberate decision to break away from schoolfriends who were not supporting their efforts to get on in education.» Read more
Karen criticised the failure to consult and engage with parents using Westminster Children's Centres at a packed meeting at the Stowe club last week. Around a 100 parents attended, only to find no Majority Councillors there to explain their planned cuts, no figures and no hard information about what Westminster Council is planning. Parents told powerful stories about how the outreach, drop-in and other services at the network of Children's Centres had changed their own and their children's family lives. What kind of false economy is it to cut these services and leave parents adrift?» Read more
Westminster's Commander of Police has assured Karen that there will be no ‘major changes' to Safer Neighbourhood Police Teams, after several months in which the vision of the Met police service for SNTs has been unclear. Karen questioned plans to merge wards under a reduced number of sergeants, arguing that this would risk losing the unique local knowledge and leadership which has helped make Safer Neighbourhood Teams successful. However, new information indicating an overall loss of 28,000 staff from the police service could mean throwing everything back in the air.» Read more
Westminster City Council has decided to cut over £1 million from Voluntary Sector grants over the next two years, according to figures obtained by Labour Councillors.
The figures show that over £630,000 of grants is being cut from the Adult and Community Services budget and £425,000 of grants cut from the Children's Services budget.
The biggest cut is £169,000 from the Arts and Recreation budget which represents a 34% cut, followed by a £94,000 cut from the Older People grants to voluntary organisations.
Nearly £60,000 (39%) is being cut from the financial support given to Information and Advice agencies at… » Read more
On Monday I pledged my commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day by signing a Book of Commitment in the House of Commons to honour those who perished in the Holocaust.
With 27th January marking the 66th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and extermination camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Holocaust Educational Trust places a Book of Commitment in the House of Commons every year to give MPs the opportunity to remember those who were persecuted and murdered during the Holocaust - and to support a ‘Legacy of Hope', learning from Survivors' experiences to help create a future free from hatred and… » Read more
Over 1,250 young people set to lose as Coalition Government scraps Educational Maintenance Allowance
The winning idea at the ‘Dragon's Den' style contest for best community initiative last Friday night was for a series of ‘Strictly' -styled dance classes, pitched at older residents but with a specific aim of promoting inter-generational involvement. The hoped for outcomes? Older people will have an enjoyable local activity (and useful exercise) and, because young people are involved too, their fear of teenagers might be reduced. The team putting this forward? A group of exactly those teenagers from whom too many people shrink when encountered on a dark evening on a street corner.
The young men who designed this… » Read more
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