Archive for 2010
The New Year begins with the closure of Davies Street and traffic diversions for South Molton Street and Stratford Place. Please see the information sheet below which provides important information on the works taking place and how it could disrupt your travel.
Davies Street closure - traffic diversions for South Molton Street and Stratford Place -
The work of the Westminster licensing enforcement team on behalf of residents continued last week. The team has been to inspect the premises listed below:
Major progress can be seen on the re-construction of Park House. Please see the Decemeber 2010 Newsletter which provides detailed information on the works that have taken place over the last month.
Park House Newsletter December 2010 -
|Hog In The Pound|
Hog in the Pound, South Molton Street, W1
Premises queue & smokers had no order, blocking entire pavement & causing problems to traffic in the area. The team spoke to the DPS who appreciated the point made & agreed to rectify immediately.
Observation of premises to see how the queue was being managed. Extremely orderly, well managed queue & smoking area.
The Shaftesbury, Shaftesbury Avenue, W1
|Cirque De Soir|
Evening works will be taking place at Hanover Square on the 15th December 2010. This will be followed by the same works being carried out on the 21st December 2010 at Davies Street. For further information on what to expect, please see the information sheet below.
Evening works at Hanover Square and Davies Street sites -
This means that the local residents and community that have experienced the development can now look forward to less dust and more peace and tranquillity as the remaining works, which are an extensive internal fit-out are confined to the interior.
In terms of the public access to the building the final work on the huge art work entitled The World which fills the space in the cyclorama and under the bridge to Hallam Street is very nearly complete.
|Highlighted - The Former Middlesex Hospital Site|
The plans will include a mix of open market residential apartments, affordable homes, retail, Grade A commercial space and amenity for local occupiers including a health centre and an education facility.
To view the press release for further information please follow this link.
Weekends of the 11th/12th and 18th/19th December 2010 will see changes to the site hoarding and the removal of traffic lights on Davies Street. This is in preperation for the closure of Davies Street in the New Year.
For further information on the works please see the information sheet displayed below.
Site hoarding changes and removal of traffic lights on Davies Street -
|The Golden Lion|
McDonalds - 291B Oxford Street: Full inspection of late night refreshment premises. Premises fully compliant with licence conditions and were promoting the licensing objectives.
Café Libre - 22 Great Marlborough Street: Visit following invalidation of TEN to provide licensable activities between terminal hour of 00:00 and 02:00. Premises closed at time of visit and last customers leaving. Manager confirmed TEN not to be used.
Movida - 8 Argyll Street: Joint visit with Metropolitan Police. Welfare check and met with Head of Security (Profile Protection Security). Observations on outside area, strong presence of SIA who were managing the patrons in queue/smoking area.
Amalfi Restaurant - 29 Old Compton Street: Visit to meet new DPS. Not there at time of visit, but spoke with assistant manager. General advice given re: licensing objectives.
|British Luxury Club|
The transformation of Bond Street Station is well under way. Demolition works, road closures and bus route alterations have been taking place since the end of November 2010 and will be lasting throughout 2011. The information provided from Crossrail below includes current updates and what to expect in the future.
Transforming Bond Street station Autumn 2010 -
Westminster would be interested to hear your views on this parking review. You can see the reviews at https://www.westminster.gov.uk/services/transportandstreets/parking/review-of-parking-policies/ and also by clicking here. Please make your comments.
This is a matter which will really affect the West End and the more comments that are made the more the views of those living and working in the West End can be included.
The work site surrounding Hanover Square is being extended. There will be major changes to the traffic flow for both vehicular traffic and for pedestrians. The information sheet below provides important updates that are useful to residents, pedestrians and vehicle users who use the area.
Hanover Square changeover - 5th December 2010 -
(Image courtesy of Crossrail)
The properties on Dean Street fronting Oxford Street and Great Chapel Street as well as those on both sides of Diadem Court were acquired by Crossrail under compulsory purchase powers and have now been demolished. They included the old Bath House pub (a listed building) which was demolished together with offices and homes.
The new development is going to reflect both the properties that have gone and a balance between this site and the Tottenham Court Road site under Westminster City Council’s policy of providing mixed use developments. Dean Street will have not only the station entrance in a newly pedestrianised Dean Street Piazza but shops at ground floor and then residential accommodation above. It is anticipated that new flats will be created on both sides of Diadem Court and will include both private and subsidised housing.
Unlike the Crossrail process itself any over station development will have to go through a full planning process requiring approval by Westminster after consultation with all the usual statutory consultees.
Although work will not be completed until 2017/2018 preliminary plans are now being put forward to allow people to have their say as the construction methodology will need to take account of the work taking place below ground.
An exhibition of the plans can be seen at Crossrail’s Visitor Centre in St Giles Circus.
To view an information sheet about the demolition works taking place at Dean Street please click here.
|Left to right - Kit Malthouse, Superintendent Loxley,|
Me and Superintendent Alan Horton (in charge of MSCs)
There are currently 4000 Specials in London of whom 350 are working in Westminster. The target is to achieve 7000 by the time of the Olympics in 2012 and if you are interested in volunteering to help and are able to give up 25 hours per month on your time then you can contact the Recruitment Office www.metpolicecareers.co.uk/specials.
Utility works on Gilbert Street will be taking place from the 1st - 4th December 2010. Please see the information sheet below to see how this could effect you.
From 07:00am on the 6th December, both Gilbert Street and Weighhouse Street will be closed for 24 hours. For further detailed information please click here
Utility works - Gilbert Street -
A number of recent changes have been made to the redesign of the gardens in Golden Square. Following the consultation procedure with residents and local businesses, proposals have been developed to retain the statue of George I, open out the spaces for lunchtime use during the week, and provide a leisure space for local residents with additional seating, planting, and potential for sculptural works. Please take a look at the information below. There is still time to comment on the revised proposals by sending your views to Rebecca Cloke at email@example.com.
Golden Square Public info board. pdf -
|Entrance Hall at Tottenham Court Road|
(Image courtesy of Crossrail)
Tottenham Court Road tube station was not designed for, and struggles to cope with the almost 150,000 passenger journeys that are now made through the station every day. Once Crossrail services begin to operate, passenger numbers are expected to rise to over 200,000.
Crossrail has released new designs for Tottenham Court Road Crossrail station, one of the biggest stations on the Crossrail route. The updated designs not only provide Londoners with a first glimpse of the new station but also an indication of the scale of the station's eventual size. The new Crossrail station will be integrated with the Tube station to form a combined station that will stretch from Soho to Centre Point.
The new development will have a mix of uses including retail office and leisure and envisages the creation of a new open space between the buildings and fronting the theatre. The style and materials of the works will be closely coordinated with the works envisaged on the other side of Charing Cross Rd (which is in the London Borough of Camden) so as to create a feeling of a new destination worthy of the location.
Planning Applications will be submitted as the project further develops so keep following for more information. Resident's views and queries are a key part of the consultation process so please comment or contact me to get your points heard.
Follow the link to the latest Tottenham Court Road Newsletter or for more information on the new design and anything else Crossrail related please click here.
|The Starlight Fairiesz|
On the evening of the 16th November 2010, The Christmas lights were switched on at Brook and South Molton Street.
This year the lights were switched on by TV personality Gaby Roslin. A number of shops that line the streets were offering a selection of free food and drink throughout the event. The night of festive entertainment took place in support of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood.
Inevitably the people that come to the Olympics will be looking to West End Ward to provide their entertainment before, during and after the games.
2012 will also see the Queens Diamond Jubilee, World Pride and the Paralympic Games, so we can expect approximately 100 days of major celebration to be focused on the Ward.
The Olympic route network (ORN) has yet to be finalised but it will involve closure or partial closure of Park Lane and major restrictions on the timing of deliveries.
There will also be a moratorium on non-essential road works throughout much of 2012, prior to the games.
Recent years have seen the introduction of Pedicabs (sometimes called ‘Rickshaws’) to our streets. To some people they may provide an interesting and amusing way of getting around the West End. However, to others there is a real concern as to the way these unlicensed, uninsured vehicles ply for trade on the Public Highway and block or delay other forms of transport.
Pedicabs have caused particular problems where they park in the bus lane outside Hamley's on Regents Street, and where they ride slowly on Oxford Street where they slow down buses and other traffic.
Also, waiting outside theatres, particularly the palladium in Argyll Street and the Prince Edward Theatre in Old Compton Street.
I am working with the Council, London Organisations, Transport Department of the TfL and our MP Mark Field to help create a legislative and regulatory framework ( because no satisfactory one exists at present) to ensure that any Pedicabs are properly licensed, supervised and operate legally given that they are taking passengers for profit.
3. The Only Running Footman - Charles Street, London W1. The team inspected the premises to see whether there were any problems with outside drinking causing an obstruction to traffic and pedestrians. There were no problems at the time of the inspection.
5. Katies - Lansdowne Row, London W1. A visit to ensure that there were no breaches of the Health Act (relating to smoking) there were no breaches evident on this occasion.
6. Cafe Lazeez - Dean Street, London W1. We visited to ensure that the fire door was not being wedged open. It was not.
7. The Groucho Club - Dean Street, London W1. The premises were visited as there had been a suggestion that there had been a change of management and possible non-compliance with the license conditions. There was no evidence of this but further investigation will be made.
8. DIU - Greek Street, London W1. The premises were visited to ensure that the CCTV was working properly and a test was run. Further investigation will be made. Also the license holder was reminded that they must not "tout" for business as a condition of their license.
9. Millennium Britannia Hotel - Grosvenor Square, London W1 and Adams Row, London W1. A visit was undertaken (to deal with concerns with relation to noise nuisance) to residents in Adams Row caused by customers leaving through the rear doors. The matter was discussed with the manager and further action will now be taken to ensure compliance.
TfL have produced a handout with detailed information regarding utility works on Oxford Street in preparation for the Bond Street Station Upgrade and the Bond Street Crossrail Station. Please follow the link provided below to view the document.
TfL - Marylebone Area Handout
|Existing Fascia (Left) - Proposed Scheme (Right)|
Marcol House - Proposed Plans
|Barbara doing the honours|
The trees help to improve air quality and provide habitat for birds and insects which maintain biodiversity as well as adding to the visual attractiveness of the area.
Miss Barbara Windsor, MBE, actress and local resident, was a guest at the event and planted a tree to mark the arrival of 53 new chanticleer pear trees. Cllr Harvey Marshall as Lord Mayor Locum Tenens unveiled a commemorative plaque to mark the occasion.
Although this is not in Westminster, Westminster and the Council are able to make representations given its proximity to the border.
To view the planning applications please follow the two links below. All of the necessary application documents are available.
Middlesex Hospital Annex - Planning Application 1
Middlesex Hospital Annex - Planning Application 2
Click on the link to view a brochure representing proposal plans for the redevelopment of the former Middlesex Hospital Annex Site.
Middlesex Hospital Annex Site