Fitzroy Place

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Please see below the September Newsletter for the latest information on the Fitzroy Place development.

Exemplar_Newsletter_September_2014_AW_LR.pdf

Hymns and Pimms

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In October, the Grosvenor Chapel is launching a new service in aid of Dementia sufferers, and also for relatives of and carers for people who have this illness. This service is called “Hymns and Pimms”, and the details are set out in the below document.

Hymns Pimm's _V3_.pdf

Urban Regeneration and Designing Out Crime

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This week saw the launch of the Rupert Street Food Union market on Fridays and Saturdays.

Street Food Union was created in 2013 by three traders keen to champion the best up and coming talent on the street food scene and offer fresh, exciting and above all delicious products.

The founders of Street Food Union wanted to create a food market with a cool, community vibe and so they hand-picked the very best traders and scouted for the very best chefs and encouraged them to become street food traders. Through their support and assistance many first-time traders have brought their products into the Street Food Union and built a lively, diverse food market.

Westminster council provided the site on Rupert Street, with the aim of encouraging more people to come from Shaftesbury Avenue, through Soho and up to Oxford Street.

Rupert Street is in a corner of Soho best known for bars and clubs, and has seen a 40-fold increase in the number of people visiting Rupert Street on days the market is trading*, accompanied by a significant reduction in crime.

The new market is a great success story and I would encourage you to pay it a visit.


Crossrail - Works on Regent Street

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Please see below for information regarding 4-5 days work to remove monitoring equipment in the northbound carriageway of Regent Street near Oxford Circus.

Regent_street_removal_of_tunnel_monitoring_equipment-september_2014.pdf

Dean Street – Crossrail Welfare Cabins

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Crossrail is working on a very tight site at the top of Dean Street and have proposed the creation of additional facilities to be placed on a high level gantry at the top end of Dean Street. This proposal caused great concern to the long suffering nearby residents and businesses who would effectively lost daylight, visibility, access and the ability to undertake their business had the proposal proceeded.

Through the Community Liaison Panel, which I Chair, these expressions of concern were made clear to Crossrail who have now come up with an alternative proposal to include increased on site provision (within their existing perimeter hoarding) and an alternative arrangement meaning that the proposal will not now proceed.

We all understand that Crossrail have a difficult and complex job in delivering the railway by the due date of 2018 and on budget. However, this is a great example of where that imperative needs to be tempered by the needs and requirements of local residents and businesses and this alternative solution has now been found allowing the railway to proceed and residents and businesses to continue to enjoy their premises.

Fitzroy Place Redevelopment

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Please see attached this month's Fitzroy Place newsletter for the latest works and information on this development:

Exemplar_Newsletter_Aug_2014_LR.PDF

MOPAC Update: New Met recruits to come exclusively from London

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Focused on the needs of victims

At the 7/7 memorial event last month, I witnessed the devastating effects of crime and terrorism, and the steely resolve of victims to rebuild their lives. Our victim services review, led by Baroness Newlove, found gaps where the criminal justice system needs to do more, but as we spend time with family and friends this summer, we mustn't lose sight of all that the police and others do to keep Londoners safe and prevent victimisation.
Stephen Greenhalgh, Deputy Mayor for Policing & Crime

News

Mayor secures extra £2.4m for London crime victims

MOPAC has secured an additional £2.36 million to fund improvements to victims services in London, bringing the total to £6.7 million for the period from October 2014 to March 2015. This will allow MOPAC to plug the gaps in provision identified in a major review led by Victims' Commissioner Baroness Newlove.

New Met recruits to come exclusively from London

Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe and Mayor Boris Johnson have announced that the MPS will recruit exclusively from Londoners to fill the ranks of new police constables. From August 1 new criteria for applicants will help ensure the force is more resilient and more reflective of the city it serves.

Compulsory sobriety launch

Launching the first compulsory sobriety scheme in the UK Boris Johnson said: 'I pledged to tackle this booze culture [and] this is an approach that has seen impressive results in the US, steering binge drinkers away from repeated criminal behaviour.'

Mayor welcomes big crime drop

Official crime figures demonstrate the clear progress being made by the Metropolitan Police compared to the rest of England and Wales.  London saw a total of 698,729 offences in 2013/14 - down by over 70,000 offences in a single year.

Get involved

MOPAC Challenge - Sept 23

You are invited to attend MOPAC Challenge, where our panel will be joined by partners and experts to consider how we can reduce youth reoffending in London.

Volunteering with MOPAC

We are looking for volunteers to join our dedicated team of Independent Custody Visitors, who check the welfare of those in custody, and our Stop and Search Community Monitoring Groups.

Publications

Business Crime Strategy

MOPAC's Business Crime Strategy, endorsed by the Metropolitan Police Service, the National Crime Agency, and the City of London Police, outlines how London will tackle fraud and economic crimes against businesses.

Review of Victim Services

Baroness Newlove has completed a major review into the treatment of victims and witnesses of crime in London, which comes ahead of MOPAC taking on responsibility for the funding of victim services in the capital from October 2014.


WATCH: New BBC series on Crossrail

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The BBC has aired two episodes of a new series on the ongoing Crossrail project which will run through the heart of London. The series takes an up-close look at the project and the 10,000 strong team of engineers working on the project which will connect East and West London through Bond Street in the West End.





The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway, 1. Urban Heart Surgery: http://bbc.in/1jR1M3L
The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway, 2. Tunnels Under the Thames: http://bbc.in/1nVLQbk


Crossrail - Hanover Square Ticket Hall Excavation Update

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Please see below the latest information sheet, which provides an update about the excavation works at the eastern ticket hall on Hanover Square.

hanover_square_ticket_hall_excavation_update_jul_14.pdf

Fitzroy Place Newsletter

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Please see the latest newsletter below for further information on the project:

Exemplar_Newsletter_July_2014_LR.pdf

Soho Square General Practice

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NHS England will be holding two drop-in sessions on 22nd July 2014. This is a great opportunity to voice your concerns and thoughts as this will provide feedback on the options for the future of the GP services you currently receive at this practice.

Please see the poster below for further information on the drop-in sessions.
Soho_poster.pdf

Bond Street Station Western Ticket Hall and Tunnelling Update

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Please see the latest information sheet below which provides an update about the works at the western ticket hall on Davies Street and the upcoming tunneling works for the escalator barrel and cross passages.

bond_street_station_western_ticket_hall_and_tunnelling_update.pdf

FitzWest Neighbourhood Forum Meeting Tonight

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The Fitzrovia West Neighbourhood Forum Meeting meeting takes place tonight and discussion topics will include the following

  • Pressure for Development in the area, including Crossrail.
  • The Local Economy, including the role of small businesses in the area.
  • Environmental Issues, including air quality, noise, street maintenance and refuse.
  • The Local Environment, including open space, leisure facilities and greening issues. 
  • Traffic and Transport, including Tottenham Court Road.
  • Residential Issues, including cost and provision of housing.
  • Licencing and the night time economy.
  • Approaches to the development of the Neighbourhood Plan, including consultation with Forum members. 
The meeting starts at 6:30pm and is being held at 115 New Cavendish Street. this is a great opportunity to come along and give us your views.

Crossrail - Emergency Repair Works

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As part of the work to build Crossrail's new Tottenham Court Road station, it has become necessary to allow UK Power Network (UKPN) to carry out some emergency repair work to replace their faulty cables at the western ticket hall site.

Please see the Information Sheet below for further details:

emergency_repair_works_at_western_ticket_hall.pdf