Everyone Should Know Their Status: Get Tested this World AIDS Day

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Next Tuesday, 1st December, is World AIDS Day, and G-A-Y have launched a ‘10k challenge’, in conjunction with 56 Dean Street.

56 Dean Street is one of the leading sexual health, contraception, and HIV care clinics in Europe, and is based in Soho.

As a matter of public and personal health it is important that as many people as possible, whatever their sexual orientation, are tested and know their status.

If 1000 people are tested at G-A-Y Bar in London between 1pm and 8pm on Tuesday, G-A-Y will be donating £10,000 to the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

For more information on the challenge, launched by G-A-Y owner Jeremy Joseph, please take a look at the graphic attached, or click this link and share the tweet from Jeremy.

Getting into the festive period across the West End

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Across the West End there are many Christmas lights switch-ons. Below is some brief information from across the area.

Oxford Street lights:

On Sunday 1st November the snowflake-themed Christmas lights in Oxford Street were officially switched on by Kylie Minogue. 

There were also performances by last year’s winner of the X Factor, Ben Haenow, and X Factor finalist Fleur East.

Regent Street lights:

On  Sunday 15th November, the Christmas lights along Regent Street were switched on by Strictly Come Dancing judge Darcey Bussell.

Performances from the cast of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the Philharmonic Orchestra topped off an enjoyable, traffic-free day for all.

Bond Street lights:

On Thursday 12th November the Christmas lights on Bond Street were switched on.

Returning from last year was the theme of peacocks, with large feathers being perched above festive shop windows. 

South Molton Street lights:

The Christmas lights in South Molton Street were switched on on Wednesday 11th November.

There will also be a Christmas Party in the street on Friday 27th November, with two DJ’s, outdoor bars and carol singers. The event will start at 8.00pm.

Shepherd Market:

The Christmas party in Shepherd Market will take place on Thursday 3rd December.

It will include live music, mulled wine, late night shopping, and Santa’s grotto.

Carnaby Street:

Carnaby Street played host to a Christmas Party on November 12th.

Along with live DJ’s and refreshments a number of local shops were involved in the event, with many providing introductory discounts to those in attendance.

Berwick Street:

The Berwick Street lights were switched on yesterday by film director Terry Gilliam. There was mulled wine and dumplings by Duck and Rice.
Mount Street:

The Christmas lights on Mount Street were switched on last Thursday, 19th November, by popular recording artist Rachel Stevens.

The lights are accompanied by a tree by Damien Hurst.


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Novikov Restaurant and Bar will be hosting the Mayfair Christmas Market on Saturday 28 November from 10am till 9pm. The event will see the whole of Mayfair Place closed off to traffic and turned into a festive event.

To find out more about this event please visit the following link: Mayfair Christmas Market

Crossrail Bond Street – Eastern Ticket Hall – Utility Diversion Enabling Works

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In order to install new services, both BT and UK Power Networks will be working within the Bond Street Eastern Ticket Hall site to complete service diversion works over the next month. This works will last until late-December. The majority of the works will be carried out within the existing CSJV footprint, however please see below for the information sheet which details what to expect as the works take place:

Crossrail - Gilbert Street Footpath Closure Between Weighhouse Street and St Anselm’s Place

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In order for CSJV to complete the next phase of works, including the ventilation shaft, the site boundary will be moved along Gilbert Street from today (9 November) until late December 2015. The footpath will be diverted. Please see below for further detailed information:

Basement Policy Change in Westminster

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Westminster Council has introduced a new policy, aiming to ensure only suitable and appropriate basement development takes place across the city.

As a Ward Councillor in one of the busiest parts of London, a number of residents and businesses have raised the issue of disruptive developments across the area, specifically relating to basement developments.

After many years of work on this new policy I am delighted that we will now be able to manage basement development appropriately, in West End Ward, and across Westminster.

Only new applications for residential basement developments will be subject to the new policy, and existing consents are not affected.

The full basements policy will be voted on at the Westminster Council Meeting on November 11, and if approved it will be submitted to the Secretary of State to begin the examination in public.

The new policy will ensure that basement developments to existing residential buildings, or buildings originally built for residential purposes, must:

-          Not extend beneath more than 50 per cent of the site area
-          Provide a satisfactory landscaping scheme
-          Not result in the loss of trees deemed as having townscape, ecological or amenity value
-          Use natural ventilation wherever possible
-          Incorporate sustainable urban drainage measures
-          Protect the character and appearance of the existing building, garden setting and surrounding area

Other elements were commented on during the public consultation. The council is proposing to apply the following elements of the new policy from November 1, in advance of the Examination in Public:

-          Limiting basement development to a single additional storey
-          Properly protecting heritage assets and safeguarding significant archaeological sites
-          Requiring a detailed structural method statement from a qualified engineer.

There are also further elements of the new policy which, in light of more detailed comments received regarding them, will be applied on a case-by-case basis from November 1, depending on how much weight can be applied to them in each instance:

-          Require basement applications set out a margin of undeveloped land
-          Require a minimum soil depth and volume

westminster demonstrations this week

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There are two major demonstrations this week which may have an adverse affect on businesses and residents. There are full policing plans in place for each event. Please see below for information on both events:

National Campaign Against Cuts and Fees – Wednesday 4th November 2015

A number of student groups are holding a march and rally through Central London campaigning against student cuts . Police have increased the expected numbers to 300,000 people.

Areas around Charing Cross Road, the Strand and Victoria will be particularly affected with protesters assemble at 12:00hrs at Malet Street. Route includes Russell Square, Southampton Row, High Holborn, Charing Cross Road, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall, Parliament Square, Millbank, Smith Square, Horseferry Road and concluding at Great Smith Street J/W Victoria Embankment.

Million Mask March – Thursday 5th November 2015

The protest group Anonymous organised an annual, global event titled the Million Mask March. Numbers are currently anticipated to be in excess of 3,500.

The London event, described as a “friendly gathering of minds”, will take place at 18.00 hours in Trafalgar Square. However, some social media entries are actively trying to encourage attendees to cause trouble.

There is no intelligence to indicate anywhere in London will be specifically targeted or that there will be any antisocial or criminal behaviour during this event. Previously demonstrators have targeted Buckingham Palace, Soho, Trafalgar Square and Parliament Square.

In case of any emergency always call 999.

Volunteers Needed - You Me Bum Bum Train

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200-300 volunteers per night are need to make this immersive theatre experience work. No experience is necessary and all are welcome to take part in a unique experience. Please see the poster below for further details:

Night Tube Benefits Should Be Reviewed in a Pilot Scheme

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Article for Huffington Post

One of the final major acts of Boris Johnson's Mayoralty will be the Night Tube: a success story for the Conservatives, for London's economy, for Boris himself, and for those who will use it.
London is the greatest City in the world deserves a transport network to match that meets the needs of London as a 24-hour city.
In introducing the night tube, TFL should also be aware of the impact of residents, especially those who live above tube lines and near tube stations that will form part of the 24-hour network. In my role as a ward councillor for the West End, I represent some of the busiest nightlife stops in the Capital which will be most affected by the introduction of the new service.

First let's take a look at what the Night Tube actually means.
Demand for tube services has soared over recent years, with passenger numbers on Friday and Saturday nights up by around 70 per cent since 2000, we all know about the rush to get the last tube at night and the often overcrowded night bus services.
For West End Ward, the introduction of the night-tube will offer an alternative to many who come to the West End for the array of theatres, restaurants, bars and clubs. This will be welcomed by local business, particularly in area like Soho who have faced challenging times in recent years. We have 10 tube stations in or around my ward - some of the most iconic and busiest stations on the network; All 10 of these tube stations will be part of the Night Tube service.
As a councillor, my first concern has to be for the area and residents that I represent on Westminster City Council.
Night Tube unlock the potential for longer opening hours for bars, clubs and other venues, and this must be managed in a way that allows businesses to flourish and customers to benefit without a detrimental impact on local residents. The West End is already a hot spot for nights out, and with longer opening hours comes the potential for more alcohol-fuelled nights out, and the consequences that follow.
This is where the responsibility of license holders will come into play in partnership with the council and police who have the responsibility for public order.
Westminster Council, and indeed any council affected by the Night Tube across London, needs to ensure that those asking for later licenses provide the adequate security to ensure customers can enjoy later hours in a safe and responsible environment, and that ensures the area is not negatively affected by their increased license.
One of the major advantages of the extended tube services will hopefully be improved safety for passengers, with access to later reducing demand for illegal minicabs, making night buses in turn less crowded and more comfortable and improving the safety of taxis at night.
London is the best city in the world, and like other world-class cities it deserves and warrants a night tube, but it needs to be well staffed, and the safety of Londoners, and local residents, needs to be at the forefront of delivery of the new service.
In my role as an advisor to the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC), I know what great work London's Police are doing to safeguard our city.
TFL have already promised an enhanced policing presence during the overnight services, with more than 100 officers to patrol the 144 stations that will be open throughout the night each weekend when the Night Tube services begin. With addition Transport Police Community Support Officers also out on the network to assist passengers, and support police officers. I will be looking to TFL and the Metropolitan Police to take swift action to deal with disturbances both on the network and in local neighbourhoods affected by the night tube.
The other real concern that I have for the West End is not about the people getting home after a good night out but about people arriving in the West End after a good night out. It is not clear what modelling, if any, underlies the assumptions that have informed TfL's predictions as to usage. However many people will now be tempted to go to their local pubs and clubs in the evening and decide, possibly at 2am, to head "up West" to continue their entertainment. This could see large numbers of very drunk people arriving in the West End in the early hours going in search of late night clubs and running the real risk of being refused entry and taking out their disappointment not just of the security staff at the venues but on the West End and its residents.
Safeguarding residents, the local area, and those visiting Central London, is of paramount importance. There are many potential benefits from the Night Tube which will cut late night journeys times and extending London's night-time economy. However, in unlocking these benefits we must be prepared to review and react to the unexpected and ensure the advantages of longer tube opening are not lost by damage done elsewhere. I feel a pilot scheme and more honest figures from TfL are essential if we are to face up to these problems and the implications for the stretched resources of the Council and Police.
As many wise licensees say it is the tenth pint which gives you 10% of the profit and 100% of the problems.

Frith Street Proposals - Public Exhibition Boards

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Benesco Charity Ltd will shortly be submitting a planning application to Westminster City Council for the refurbishment of 53-55 Frith Street and 8-10 Bateman Street.

The proposal is to extensively refurbish the buildings to provide improved office, residential, retail and restaurant accommodation.

If you would like further information or a separate briefing on the proposals, please do not hesitate to contact Matthew Richards on 020 3697 4294 or via email 55frithstreet@fourcommunications.com.

Crossrail - Hanover Square Ticket Hall Update

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Please see below the Information Sheet about the latest works taking place at the Hanover Square Ticket Hall.

Crossrail - Alternative Vehicle Routes for Davies St

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Please find below the latest Information Sheet about alternative vehicle routes and the demobilisation of the BFK tunnelling works in the Crossrail Bond Street western ticket hall.

Who should be the Conservative candidate for Mayor of London?

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The Conservative Party is holding an online primary to select its candidate for the 2016 London Mayoral Election. Anyone in London who is on the electoral roll can register to vote to help the party choose who will stand for the Conservatives in the election next year.

The current Mayor of London Boris Johnson was selected as the Conservative candidate in 2007 using a primary and the party is again giving all Londoners the opportunity to be involved in the process.

Four candidates have been shortlisted to stand in the primary. Andrew Boff, Zac Goldsmith, Stephen Greenhalgh and Syed Kamall

Voting will take place online during September following an official hustings, with the result announced at the end of September, ahead of the Conservative Party conference. 

The election for Mayor takes place on Thursday 5th May 2016.

Demobilisation at Bond St Crossrail Station

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Please see below the latest Information Sheet about the demobilisation of the BFK tunnelling works in the Crossrail Bond Street western ticket hall.