#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.

#Soho Food Feast- July 2nd and 3rd

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Soho Food Feast is back for the sixth year running.

The event, which supports the Soho Parish Primary School, raised over £41,000 for the schools playground last year.

This years proceeds will be raising money for the schools healthy eating kitchen.

The event will involve restaurants including the Dean Street Townhouse and Ducksoup.

Tickets are available from £15, and under 16s are entitled to free entry.

For more information visit http://www.sohofoodfeast.co.uk/

Pride in London - Road Closures and Parking Suspensions

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                          Pride in London
      Road closures and parking suspensions

                                       (Courtesy of Baker Street Quarter Partnership)



Trafalgar Square
Pall Mall East will close at 6am to allow us to set up in Trafalgar Square. There will be access for residents of Suffolk Street and Suffolk Place. Traffic will be diverted via Cockspur Street bus lane, which will be suspended.

Golden Square                    
Golden Square will close at 6am to allow us to set up our family area. Traffic will be diverted via Beak Street to the north and Brewer Street to the south.

Parade route
The Parade assembles in Portland Place from 9am and starts moving at 1pm. It leaves Portland Place and travels along Regent Street (via Oxford Circus), through Piccadilly Circus, along Pall Mall and Cockspur Street, Trafalgar Square and Whitehall, before dispersing in Whitehall Place at around 4:30pm. Roads along the route will reopen behind the Parade, with all roads expected to be open by 6:30pm.
The Parade will assemble in Portland Place. This means the entire length between Langham Place and Park Crescent will be closed. All intersecting roads will be closed to general traffic. Any residents and businesses will be allowed access up to Portland Place.

Closed from 9am
Portland Place, Langham Place and Regent Street Northbound from Oxford Circus.
All roads crossing East / West including Duchess Street, New Cavendish Street, Weymouth Street, Devonshire Street and Riding House Street will also close. Any residents and businesses will be allowed access up to Portland Place and Langham Place.

Closed from 11am
Regent Street southbound between Langham Place and Oxford Street - all roads crossing east / west including Cavendish Place (between Cavendish Square and Regent Street) Mortimer Street (between Regent Street and Great Portland Street), Little Portland Street, Margaret Street (between Great Portland Street and Cavendish Square) Great Castle Street, John Princes Street, Oxford Street (between Great Portland Street and New Bond Street) with a Westbound outer closure at Tottenham Court Road & Eastbound outer closures at Portman Street and Orchard Street. Regent Street between Oxford Street and Piccadilly Circus.
Any residents and businesses will be allowed access up to Regent Street.
We will put up barriers along the parade route from Langham Place into Regent Street, Piccadilly Circus, Waterloo Place, Cockspur Street, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall and Horse Guards Avenue.
We need to place the barriers in the road at first, which means roads between Regent Street and Piccadilly Circus (including approach roads) will close from 11am. The rest of the route from Piccadilly Circus to Horse Guards Avenue will close from 12pm. All intersecting roads will be closed to general traffic. Any residents and businesses will be allowed access up to the Parade route. We try to keep roads open for as long as possible to allow for north/south movement.

Closed from 12pm
Regent Street St James’s, Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, Shaftesbury Avenue, Pall Mall, Cockspur Street, Trafalgar Square, Strand, Whitehall, Parliament Street and all approach roads.
As per website with East of and West of Regent Street and the rest is also correct as it’s the same as the last few years.
Any residents and businesses will be allowed access up to the route where possible.
West of Regent Street: Piccadilly underpass (eastbound), Piccadilly (eastbound from Hyde Park Corner except buses and access, and between St James’s Street and Piccadilly Circus), Burlington Gardens (between New Bond Street and Vigo Street), Pall Mall eastbound (between St James’s Square and Haymarket), Waterloo Place (between Regent Street and Carlton House Terrace), Car Charles II Street, Jermyn Street.
East of Regent Street: Shaftesbury Avenue (westbound between Charing Cross Road and Great Windmill Street), Haymarket, Panton Street (between Oxendon Street and Haymarket), Norris Street, Carlton Street. Charing Cross Road will be closed southbound if the crowds around Trafalgar Square affect traffic flow.
Between Regent Street and Whitehall: St Martins Place (between Duncannon Street and Strand), Strand (westbound from Lancaster Place, with residents/businesses allowed access up to Charing Cross Station), Northumberland Avenue (residents allowed access in and out). Craven Street, Northumberland Street and Villiers Street (access out via Adam Street and Strand), Great Scotland Yard, Whitehall Place, Whitehall Court (residents and businesses allowed access), Horse Guards Avenue, Whitehall, Parliament Street. The closure of St Martins Place will be extended to William IV Street if the crowds around Trafalgar Square affect traffic flow. There will be a suspension of no entry from Horse Guards Avenue into Whitehall Court.
When will the road closures end?
The floats from our Parade will disperse on Whitehall, Whitehall Place and Horse Guards Avenue between 3pm and 6pm. Roads along the route will reopen behind the Parade once it is safe. Portland Place will reopen as it is cleared. Crossing points, Oxford Circus and Oxford Street will reopen after the end of the Parade has passed. All approach roads will reopen when Piccadilly Circus is clear. Trafalgar Square will open once all approach roads are open. We expect all roads to be open again by 6:30pm.

Traffic will be restricted from Charing Cross Road – Oxford Street – Regent Street – Berwick Street – Poland Street, starting from 6am. This is to help ensure public safety as we set up the Parade and crowds start to gather.
Roads affected
Air Street, Archer Street, Bateman Street, Berwick Street, Brewer Street, Bridle Lane, Broadwick Street, D’Arblay Street, Dean Street, Frith Street, Glasshouse Street, Great Paultney Street, Great Windmill Street, Greek Street, Ingestre Place, Lexington Street, Manette Street, Moor Street, Noel Street, Old Compton Street, Peter Street, Rupert Street, Sheraton Street, Soho Street, Soho Square, Wardour Street, Winnet Street

Parking suspensions
There will be parking suspensions along the Parade route from midnight on Friday 24 June. Suspension signs will be in place at all affected locations. Any vehicles that remain in suspended bays will be removed.
If your vehicle is parked in any of the car parks in Soho and you need access to it on Saturday 25 June, you will need to move it by midnight on Friday 24 June. Otherwise, you will not be able to access your vehicle until after Pride has finished and roads have reopened in the early hours of Sunday 26 June.

Any questions?
Please get in touch if you have any questions about road closures and parking suspensions.

#Fitzrovia Centre Open Day- 2nd July

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The Fiztrovia Centre Summer Open Day will be held on 2nd July.

The event, which will run from 11am to 3pm, will give attendees the chance to take part in free taster sessions and exhibitions along with workshops and games.

The open day will be held at the centre, and the address is:
2 Foley Street, W1W 6DL.

For more information please call 020 7580 8680 or visit fitzroviacentre.org 

Plans for 21 Soho Square and 3-11 Sutton Row

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There is due to be a public exhibition on the proposals for 21 Soho Square and 3-11 Sutton Row.
The intention is to:

  • Comprehensively refurbish the existing buildings
  • Modify the profile of the mansard roof at 21 Soho Square
  • Construct a new two-storey roof extension at 3-11 Sutton Row

Attached here are the exhibition boards for the proposed developments.

The document also includes details for contacting those submitting the application.

Summer Garden Party in #Mayfair on 22nd June

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The Residents' Society of Mayfair and St James's will be holding a Summer Garden Party in Mayfair on 22nd June 2016.

The event will take place in Mount Street Gardens, W1K 2PB, and will begin at 6pm.

While it will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, the party will bring residents, businesses and friends of Mayfair together.

The event, which will run until dusk (around 9pm), is supported by a number of local businesses, and there will be a selection of drinks and food on offer, along with many forms of entertainment.

Tickets are priced at £30.00 for members, and £35.00 for non-members, and can be bought online via www.rsmsj.com or by completing the form on the final page of the leaflet below.

Community Newsletter 1-3 Grosvenor Square

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Copied below is the June Newsletter for 1-3 Grosvenor Square, courtesy of McGee: