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


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.


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:
The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway, 2. Tunnels Under the Thames:

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.


Fitzroy Place Newsletter

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


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.

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.


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:


MOPAC Update: Mayor hosts summit as London turns a corner on gangs

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Freedom to love, not to hate

I am proud to say that our capital is home to one of the largest and most visible LGBT populations in the world, and this month I had the honour of speaking at Pride in London and unveiling our first rainbow crossing on behalf of the Mayor.
However, some people are still targeted by criminals just because of who they are. It's wrong, and that's why MOPAC is consulting on a new Hate Crime Reduction Strategy.
Stephen Greenhalgh, Deputy Mayor for Policing & Crime


Mayor hosts summit as London turns a corner on gangs

London is a safe city, and is getting safer. At a major international summit at City Hall the Mayor said: 'London has turned a corner with gang crime and serious youth violence down in the capital but I recognise we have more to do. This is about taking a nose to tail approach... working to ensure they are not drawn into gang culture in the first place'.

£125 million raised from Met estate sales to reinvest in policing

The sale of 32 buildings that were no longer operationally required raised £124.5m against an original target of £40 million and delivered full year savings of £12.5m in running costs -- enough to pay for the employment of over 200 police officers annually. 700 residential units have been created on former police sites, supporting over 2,000 jobs.

Get involved

MOPAC Challenge - 14 July

You are invited to attend MOPAC Challenge, where our panel will be joined by partners and experts to consider how the Metropolitan Police Service's recruitment practices can be improved to build a force that looks more like London.

Hate Crime Reduction Strategy

That London is one of the most diverse cities in the world is cause for great celebration, and we must continue to confront discrimination head on. MOPAC is consulting on a new Hate Crime Reduction Strategy, to stop further victimisation.


MOPAC Annual Report 2013/14

With 120 fewer victims of crime every day and savings made of £240 million in 2013/14, we have laid the foundations to reduce crime and boost confidence, whilst cutting costs. MOPAC's annual report outlines the progress we have made to date.

Speech: 'Principles for Policing'

Speaking at the ACPO conference on 18th June, Stephen Greenhalgh, Deputy Mayor for Policing And Crime, outlined how the police can adapt to the  new challenges they face, setting out five 'Principles for Policing in Austerity'.

Liberalising short term rentals risks a housing time bomb

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Back in February the DCLG put proposals out to consultation to remove the restrictions on London property owners wishing to rent a home on short lets (90 days or less) from doing so without planning permission. This week the House of Commons backed a change to the Deregulation Bill and gave it its third reading.
The DCLG proposal has good intent but risks further overheating and distorting the central London property market. These plans have been drawn with a view to liberalising short-term rentals and giving freedom to property owners to make the most of websites which help holiday makers find alternatives to hotel accommodation in the Capital. But these plans have potentially dangerous side effects.
First, by removing planning restrictions on short terms lets the investment yield on a property balloons exponentially. Take a typical one bed flat in the West End, which might rent on the open market on a normal Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST) for £500pw. The very same property listed as a short term/holiday rental can reach £500 + a night.
Instantly the property has gone from a rental return of 3% to a potential 15 %+ (even allowing for vacant periods, and additional management costs). This hugely increases the value of the investment return of such properties and will inevitably lead to a further substantial increase in the capital value of the asset, further inflating London property prices that are already at record highs.
Second, by increasing the return available to landlords, the incentive to replace stable ASTs with more lucrative nightly lets will be irresistible to many. This will serve further to hollow out communities in Central London and flood neighbourhoods with a transient population who have little or no interest in the community.
A report by Westminster City Council found that where rules are already being abused to facilitate short-term lets the impact on local communities is overwhelmingly negative.
The effects, particularly on mansion blocks, of having daily or weekly changes of occupier will be felt most closely by those who remain living in such properties as their homes. They will be faced with increased service charges for the wear and tear on lifts, corridors and common parts. They will face the noise and disturbance from those who are holidaying rather than working and it is they who will have to deal with consequences if such flats are being used as pop-up brothels, venues for sex parties and other anti-social behaviour as has already been experienced where regulations have been relaxed.
Third, as more landlords chase a return and opt for nightly lets rather than stable tenancies, the number of AST rental properties available is reduced, yet with demand remaining high rental prices inevitably rise, pushing up costs for regular residents and working families.
DCLG Ministers point to the way the internet has changed our lives since the introduction of the rules in 1970s, but the truth is that while the internet has made it easier to find a short-term tenant and therefore created greater demand for short-term lets in London, this is even more reason for keeping the rules to protect communities, not abolishing them.
This week ministers conceded this was a sensitive issue, but still chose to push ahead. Responding to concerns raised by London MPs the Solicitor-General said “…London is a super-city: it is an enormous city and it does have unique circumstances. The Government recognise the necessity of working with the London boroughs to design the provision to ensure we achieve the right balance between increasing the freedoms for Londoners and protecting London’s housing supply. We would not want that to be undermined. We are trying to ensure that speculators are not able to buy homes meant for Londoners and rent them permanently as short-term lets.”
Rightly so, at a time of great housing pressure in the UK, where we are still not building enough new homes to meet demand, adding additional pressure by removing existing homes from the rental market will only serve to add to the problem Londoners face.
If these proposals go ahead without adequate safeguards, renters will lose in higher rents; buyers will lose as prices are pushed even higher and communities will lose as they are hollowed out.
What is trumpeted as a desirable liberalisation of rules which will allow homeowners to make a little extra cash, could in fact be an ill-conceived housing time bomb. The Government has said “measures will be put in place to prevent abuse of such reforms or the permanent loss of residential accommodation” but they have yet to demonstrate how this will be achieved.

Jubilee line trains will not stop at Bond Street until December

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As part of the station upgrade at Bond Street, from Monday 30th June Jubilee line train will not be stopping at Bond Street Station until December. 

This is part of a new phase of improvement works started in late April which will provide greater capacity at the station, step-free access from street to platform and an interchange with the new Crossrail station which
will be completed in 2018.

The information leaflet below provides further details

Bond Street Station Upgrade

Mayfair Neighbourhood Forum update

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Update from Mike Dunn at Mayfair Local:

In January 2014, Westminster City Council formally acknowledged the designation of the Mayfair Forum, a business and residential neighbourhood forum with the statutory right to create a Neighbourhood Plan outlining general planning policies on development and land use in the neighbourhood.

To most of us, the UK planning system is a dark art. However, thanks to the Localism Act 2011, local neighbourhoods now have the power to strip away all of that ‘mystery’, and create local planning policies that can make a very real difference to their communities. This new power to create neighbourhood plans is the most fundamental change to planning policy making for a generation. It’s finally given local communities a seat in the front, alongside the local planning authority, to drive forward planning policy on a wide range of issues (see below).
To this end we have appointed Tibbalds Planning consultants who will help us undertake a study phase, collecting the views and opinions of local people on the place they would like Mayfair to be. This will then be used to develop a Neighbourhood Plan setting out how we safeguard Mayfair’s special character whilst building long-term vitality. The plan will influence across a spectrum of issues including development, conservation and public space whilst also expressing a view on matters such as licencing, air quality and traffic management.
The Neighbourhood Plan will cost in the region of £100,000 to prepare and implement. Therefore we need your help:
1. Join the forum and work with us in creating a shared vision for Mayfair.

2. Support the future success of Mayfair through making a contribution to the Neighbourhood Plan.

Joining the Forum gives members the ability to influence the future of Mayfair. This will be achieved through helping to create a Plan that reflects local needs. Once adopted the Plan will have statutory status giving local residents and businesses real power in shaping the development of our neighbourhood.
Mayfair Local is also a forum for a shared agenda on non-planning issues where businesses and residents will implement ideas to drive long term success and community vitality.
Details regarding membership can be found on the website at For corporate membership please go to
All members will receive regular updates of the forum’s progress and activities, including how to get involved in preparing the plan. In the meantime, we would also love to hear from you, so please feel free to email on and we try to answer any questions you may have.
To find out more, please come and see us at Summer in the Square in Grosvenor Square on 17th,18th and 19th July. You will have the chance to sign up, as well as share with us your views on how we can make Mayfair amazing.
Yours truly
Mike Dunn



Crossrail 2 route changes - have your say

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TFL have announced that following public consultation last year, they are proposing some variations to the potential route of Crossrail 2. 

Transport for London and Network Rail are seeking your views on the revised proposals.

Crossrail 2 is the proposed high‑frequency rail line which would provide improved connections and more transport options through London and into Surrey and Hertfordshire.

For details and to share your views, please visit the tfl Crossrail 2 website

This consultation will run until Friday 25 July 2014.

Fitzroy Place Newsletter

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Parts of the new development can now be seen from Nassau St. Please see the latest newsletter below for further information on the project: