Recently there have been reports of Greenpeace activists scaling some of London’s most iconic statues, including Nelson’s Column, to affix giant gas masks to the faces of those atop the plinths. Whilst these minor acts of trespass and vandalism are of course to be discouraged, these activists do focus attention on one of the most serious issues facing our capital: air pollution.
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A public consultation has been launched for the planned refurbishment of The Hilton London Green Park, 27-41 Half Moon Street.
There will be a public exhibition tomorrow, Saturday 23rd April, from 10am to 2pm.
The exhibition will be held at St James’s Piccadilly, St James’s Church, 197 Piccadilly, London W1J 9Ll.
You are also able to take part in the consultation online, and view all the exhibition material, by visiting http://www.27-41halfmoonstreet.co.uk/
This weekend there is a planned demonstration which may have an adverse effect on businesses and local residents.
Supporting St Anne's Church & Grosvenor Chapel, Berwick Street Market- Potential Changes, Welcoming Affordable Housing in the West End
Supporting St Anne's Church, Soho, and Grosvenor Chapel
St Anne’s Church is seeking funding to improve the building’s entrance. The new design, which has been produced by architecture students from Central St Martin’s: the University of the Arts London, will include neon signage and clear glass doors.
The Grosvenor Chapel, in Mayfair, is seeking funding for a community art project.
The project will include local art workshops across the area, to take place until the end of April.
Council officers have reviewed the market, and have decided that the responsibility of running it will be transferred to a private operator from June this year, and there may be long term benefits for the Market in doing so.
I believe that wherever possible we should promote our small businesses or risk the character of the West End changing forever.
A consultation is due to take place which will include existing traders and local residents, and I will report back when the results of this are announced. Please make your views count in this process.
I believe that parking restrictions should be fairly enforced in the street, and across Westminster, and have been working with council officers and colleagues to address the issue.
If you notice any issues relating to this please report them to Westminster City Council using the 'report it' function here: www.westminster.gov.uk/report-it-vehicles
A number of tents are being put up by rough sleepers across the ward, and I have been working alongside officers to tackle these issues.
As a result, a series of operations are taking place across the area to remove the tents, and an enforcement strategy has been agreed for all similar issues in future.
All new tents emerging are being tackled using the agreed strategy as well, but it may take some time for them all to be removed.
I have been working alongside council officers and the police to ensure that residents and shoppers have the best possible experience whilst in the ORB area, and to ensure that the local tube stations are not obstructed.
Officers have been liaising with local residents and businesses, and this is helping the enforcement teams to identify hotspot areas.
As a result of our action six penalty warnings have been issued, with the vast majority of issues being resolved fairly quickly.
If you have any information relating to anti-social behaviour in the ORB area do not hesitate to contact the local police team. Their details can be found here.
The Greater London Authority are currently in the process of setting up a licensed busking system, and I will be working alongside officers, residents and businesses to ensure this does not negatively affect our area.
The units will cost less than £230,000 per unit, and will be adjoining Kemp House, in Berwick Street.
This initiative, negotiated by CityWest Homes on behalf of the council, will be a welcome addition to our area.
Too many of the next generation of homeowners are being priced out of the market, especially here in London, and I believe that anything we can do to reduce the cost of housing in London is to be welcomed.
Please note that this month’s Surgery will not be taking place on Good Friday due to St. Anne’s Church closing for Holy Services.
In the meantime, if you have any urgent queries please do not hesitate to contact me via firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to seeing you at the next Surgery on 29 April.
Working To Improve Broadband Access Across Westminster, Crossrail 1 To Be Named The Elizabeth Line, Working To Reduce Begging Across Mayfair
As the Lead Member for Broadband on Westminster City Council I highlighted the sometimes inadequate service that residents and businesses receive across many parts of Westminster.
I also made the point that whilst larger companies in the area are able to organise their internet service, it is the smaller businesses which need the support, along with residents unable to get a good enough service to watch iPlayer or Netflix.
The aim of the session, which can be viewed using this link: http://bit.ly/1UvZMxw, was to take evidence from local authorities and delivery companies, as part of its inquiry into establishing world-class connectivity throughout the UK.
Although the issue in our area is different to that of rural areas, I believe that residents and businesses everywhere should be able to access cost-effective high speed broadband, and in my role in Westminster I will continue to lobby to that end.
I can now report that over recent weeks and months there have been 32 warnings issued to beggars, and 7 penalty notices issued.
As a result of our work, begging has been reduced by 17% compared with the same period last year.
I will continue to work with local residents, the Police and the Council to ensure this issue is dealt with.
The East-West route will officially become the Elizabeth line when trains begin running through Central London, and the first section, between Liverpool Street and Shenfield, is due to open next May.
Works are continuing on both the Bond Street site and the Tottenham Court Road site, and I will continue to update residents on the progress of these sites as the developments take place above them.
All the money raised is split into three amounts, £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000, and the public had the chance to vote in store between 27th February and 6th March to determine who receives each of the above awards.
The FitzWest Neighbourhood Forum intends to spend the money on new green oases across the area, after it polled top of their recent surveys on community infrastructure.
The chapel will be open, free of charge, for quiet contemplation from 11.00am - 4.00pm on 16th, 19th, 23rd and 30th March.
Pursuant to their Planning obligations for the old Middlesex Hospital site, the developers have paid for the setting up of The Fitzrovia Chapel Trust, who hope that the Chapel will soon be open on a more formal basis, once a process of staff recruitment has taken place.
For more information visit their website: http://fitzroviachapel.co.uk/