#SilverSunday- 2nd October

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There are over a number of events taking place, including tours and afternoon tea at Lord’s Cricket Ground, and a celebration of Broadway musicals at the Royal Albert Hall.

For more information on the events that are running, or to book tickets, please click here https://www.westminster.gov.uk/silver-Sunday


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The #NightTube- @JubileeLine Launch on October 7th

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Recent weeks have seen the launch of the first night tubes in London, on the Victoria and Central lines.

In the run up to the launch I raised my concerns over the impact of the night tube on residents across the West End, and was pleased to hear that there were only four reported incidents on the opening weekend of the service.

On October 7 the Jubilee line will become the third part of the Night Tube service.

The Night Tube is 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.

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 


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Hints & Tips for Applying for @CityWestminster Primary or Secondary School Places

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Primary:
For children born between 1st September 2012 and 31st August 2013 you will need to apply for a primary school place by 15th January 2017.


Secondary:
For children in Year 6 of primary school now, who will be moving to secondary school, the deadline for applications is approaching: 31st October 2016.

Offers for secondary schools will then come on 1st March 2017, known as National Offer Day.



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New @CityWestminster Team To Deal With Issues With Basement Developments

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Residents from across the West End, and Westminster as a whole, have been in touch with myself and other councillors, highlighting issues and concern over local basement developments.

In response I am pleased that Westminster City Council launched a new initiative on September 1st to help deal with these issues.

As part of the new initiative there is a new team dedicated to dealing with issues caused by basement developments.

Importantly, this new service will be funded by a levy on those building the new basements, which will work in conjunction with the council’s new ‘Code of Construction Practice’, which sets out the best practices for building sites including basements.

I will keep residents updated on any developments with this new team.

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Apply for Tickets to the @CityWestminster Tea Dance by 19th September

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It will be held in the Great Room of the hotel, and just 1,000 tickets are available.

The deadline for applying for tickets is Monday 19th September.

If more than 1,000 people apply for tickets they will be allocated through a prize draw.

You can apply for tickets here: https://www.westminster.gov.uk/tea-dance

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Cycle to Work Day- 14th September

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This Wednesday, 14th September, will be National Cycle to Work Day.

Westminster Council has been encouraging more commuters to travel by bike, and as part of this a number of cycle stations across Westminster have been installed.

These stations ensure that residents are able to get advice about their bicycles and about their maintenance.

For more information about cycling and any events run with Westminster Council, please visit www.westminster.gov.uk/cycling-events 

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#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.