#NightTube Launch this Friday

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This Friday, 19th, the first stage of the Night Tube is due to launch.

As many will be aware, Friday will see the launch of services on the Central and Victoria lines, with services on other lines following in the autumn.

Transport for London have been in communication with residents living near tube stations that will be part of Friday's launch, and I would like to extend this information to all residents.

If you have any concerns or issues with the Night Tube, such as disturbance from noise, please contact the Customer Service centre on 0343 222 1234. Alternatively you could visit www.tfl.gov.uk/contact or write to: TfL Customer Services, 4th Floor, 14 Pier Walk, London, SE10 0ES 

The Night Tube will be a great addition to London's international appeal, and to its economy, but as a councillor my first concern has to be for the area and residents that I represent on Westminster City Council.

My Huffington Post blog, published towards the end of last year, outlines my thoughts about the Night Tube. You can view that here.


Work taking place at 90-104 #BerwickStreet this week

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Below is an outline of the work taking place this week at 90-104 Berwick Street.

The contractors will continue to remove all equipment and materials off site, and road sweepers are booked in at 3pm on Wednesday and Friday.

The remaining demolition is limited to additional works instructed within the basement, and the palisade fencing installation was due to begin today.


Congratulations to everyone at @Yard_Soho

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Congratulations to everyone involved at The Yard, who have successfully campaigned to keep the bar open, after both recent appeals by the landlord were refused.


@Grosvenor_LDN film festival moves to #BrownHartGardens this week

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The Grosvenor Film Festival continues this week, with Brown Hart Gardens playing host to the next set of screenings.

The festival began in July with screenings in Grosvenor Square, and this next set in Brown Hart Gardens will see four films on offer.

For more information, and to buy tickets, visit http://www.grosvenorlondon.com/whats-on/grosvenor-film-festival/


#Soho Drugs Survey

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The Soho Safer Neighbourhoods team are conducting a survey to gain a better insight into the reality of drug use and dealing, from the perspective of the residents, employees and businesses in Soho.  

There are only 10 questions and a link to the survey can be found here: http://a.cly.cx/a/HpFEJsFnx8y


Consulting on how to tackle #London’s air pollution

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If you would like to get involved there is an online survey to submit your views.

To fill in the survey, click on the link here, choose a username and enter an email address to create a Talk London account.

The consultation will close this Friday, 29th July.


#BondStreet Improvements- Last formal briefing this evening

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Westminster City Council is embarking on a major project to upgrade Old and New Bond Street in time for the opening of the Elizabeth Line (Crossrail) in 2018.

The final formal briefing session with local businesses and residents will be held today from 6.30pm to 8.00pm at The Grosvenor Chapel, South Audley Street, W1K 2PA.

For more information on the project please take a look here:


My letter in @WestEndExtra last week on Accommodation for Met Police officers

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Last week I had a letter published in local newspaper, West End Extra, which read as follows:

‘There have been real efforts to find affordable accommodation for Met Police officers’

I have noted some letters in relation to the issues surrounding the difficulty of police officers being able to find accommodation in or close to the boroughs in which they serve. 

While I was working as adviser to the former Deputy Mayor for Policing, Stephen Greenhalgh, for the last four years, we undertook a project working with Peabody Housing to provide homes for serving police officers in and around central London, including Westminster.

The pilot has been successful and it was proposed to broaden this to the other major housing associations to ensure that there was a reasonable supply of affordable homes available to police officers.

It should also be noted that some police officers have significant reservations about living in the boroughs in which they serve due to concerns as to personal security and that of their families.

To see the original article please click here.


Have your say on the @MayfairForum draft for the #Mayfair Neighbourhood Plan

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After the release of their draft planning policies for the Mayfair Neighbourhood Plan, The Mayfair Neighbourhood Forum held two feedback events earlier in July.

If you were unable to make it to either of these feedback events, the Forum would still like to hear from you.

You can provide your feedback by completing their online survey at https://kwiksurveys.com/s/G6Kh0Cz6#/

This survey will be open until this Thursday, 21st July.

Please feel free to forward this link to anyone who may wish to input thoughts on the draft policies.

@Grosvenor_LDN Film Festival- Final Days Tomorrow and Saturday

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The Nomad Cinema, in conjunction with Chestertons and Grosvenor, has been running the Film Festival in Grosvenor Square.

The final two evenings of the festival are tomorrow and Saturday.

There are open-air screenings of various films, and headphones will be provided to create a silent cinema experience.

To buy tickets for the last two screenings please visit http://www.grosvenorlondon.com/whats-on/grosvenor-film-festival/


@Grosvenor_LDN Summer in the Square: Royal Tea Dance Tomorrow

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In conjunction with the Octavia Foundation, the Summer in the Square programme will host a tea party tomorrow, Thursday 14th July.

The event, which will begin at 3pm and end at 5pm, is being held in honour of Her Majesty’s 90th birthday.

There will be a traditional tea dance band, food and drink, and Pimms cocktails.

Places will be limited so please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

'The Great Bluebird Care Bake-off' 20th July

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'The Great Bluebird Care Bakeoff'

20 July 2016 from 14.00-16.00 at the Grosvenor Chapel
Come along for a freee Grosvenor Chapel





Eat cake for ‘Bluebird Care Bakeoff’

Hymns and Pimms is a local community project based at the Grosvenor Chapel in Mayfair. Open
to all, it is for people living with dementia and those who care for them; coming together to share
friendship, singing and refreshment.
Bluebird Care are proud to support this local initiative and to help raise funds for the group we will
be holding ‘The Great Bluebird Care Bakeoff’ event on July 20 at 2.00pm at the Grosvenor Chapel.
Based around the Great British Bakeoff TV show, our team of carers will be pitting their culinary
skills against each other and vying for top place in our bake-off contest. Our three judges and the
audience will help judge the cakes. Our care workers will help at the event, so carers can enjoy a
well-earned break.
Refreshments and plenty of cakes available! Please call 0207 976 6163 or email
westminster@bluebirdcare.co.uk to book a space. Open to all we'd love to see you there for an

afternoon of fun, cake eating and raising money for Hymns and Pimms!

#Mayfair Sports Day- 8th July

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This Friday, as part of the Summer in the Square, there will be sports day in Mayfair.

The event will run from 3pm to 5pm, and registration will run from 2.30pm.

Residents of Mayfair are invited to form teams of 8 people for competitions including:
- Three-legged race
- Space hopper race
- Egg and spoon race
- Wheelbarrow race
- Tug of war

Prizes will be awarded.

To put a team together, and for more information, contact lianne.scott@grosvenor.com


Reminder: @PlanforSoho AGM Tonight

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A reminder for the residents and businesses of Soho: The Annual General Meeting of the Soho Neighbourhood Forum is this evening.

The meeting begins at 6pm, and will be held at the Soho Centre for Health, 1 Frith Street, London, W1D 3HZ.

You will be able to vote for your 2016/17 Steering Group as well as hear about the progress of the Forum so far.