Archive for February 2011
There are a number of other projects under act and consideration and on the assumption that the Ward budget will continue next year, there is room for further ideas. If you have any suggestions for other ideas or projects which can be covered by the budget, particularly if they are different from the ones already supported, please let us know. However, it is unlikely that further grants will be made to support the cost of providing funding for specific employments.
West One working on behalf of Westminster City Council has been carrying out streetscape improvement works in Regent Street and Hanover Street at the junctions with Maddox Street and Great Marlborough Street.
A series of night works are planned to repair and resurface the carriageway are due to start this Sunday night, 27 February for a period of four weeks. As a result of the works, parts of the carriageway will be closed to vehicular traffic and vehicles will be required to follow diversions around the work site in Regent Street and neighbouring streets. Details of the works site and diversions are shown on below. The footway and access to properties will be maintained at all times.
The Wardens have been enforcing against commercial occupiers who have failed to purchase commercial waste disposal bags from the Council or any other authorised provider. These people are thereby effectively stealing from the Council by expecting there commercial waste to be disposed of for nothing whereas legitimate businesses make the appropriate contribution.
In Fitzrovia action is being taken in Riding House Street and Foley Street to tackle commercial waste bins being left out on the highway to ensure compliance with the appropriate waste procedures.
Problems in Sackville Street and Piccadilly with advertising boarding’s illegally placed on the public highways have also been addressed, as have boards in Greens Court (Soho).
Current work includes working with residents and others to resolve the issues of dumped waste in and around Hanson Street and to upgrade signage to inform people of when and where the waste should be removed properly.
|On patrol with Soho Police|
Furthermore, the people that visit the West End are not the same people coming in week in week out and repeated messages on crime prevention relating to bag and telephone theft are difficult to disseminate.
The police work hard to get the message across, both to residents and visitors to prevent and deal with the consequences of crime. However, they need the communitiy's support and on this blog you will see links to the six SNTs which cover various areas of West End Ward. Those SNTs set the priority for the police at a local level and you are able to get involved and influence that decision by attending those meetings and making your views felt.
These cases have been viewed by the licensed trade as a test case and a victory in the Court of Appeal supporting the position of the Council, its policy and the ways in which the individual licences are determined by the sub-committees mean that views of residents can be taken into account.
In spite of the difficult weather conditions and various holidays progress is being made on the construction at a significant pace.
The latest newsletter setting out details attached.
Park House Newsletter - Feb 2011 -
Westminster has been working with other stakeholders and in particular the New West End Company to see an overall reduction of bus numbers passing through Oxford Street.
Although these buses serve the whole of London many of them pass through Oxford Street with low occupancy and what is required is a reduction and consolidation of the number of buses, and the number of routes which pass through Oxford Circus.
TfL have committed to a 10% reduction last year and a further 10% reduction this year to the number of buses. Leaving aside the complications caused by the utilities works undertaken at the east end of Oxford Street last year and those to be undertaken at the western end of Oxford Street later this year this permanent reduction should continue.
One of the approaches by TfL is to curtail some of the routes at Tottenham Court Road, Marble Arch or more worryingly at Oxford Circus. The way in which this is done is to re-route the buses in and around Oxford Circus so that some of them are being displaced into the side streets in a way which is totally unsuitable for their construction and traffic.
You will see from the video below the trouble that this has caused for the curtailed route 15, which now passes down Conduit Street, along Savile Row and rejoins Regent Street via New Burlington Street. Because of the weight of traffic during the day it is often impossible for the bus to do so, consequently the road is blocked and cars are taking to driving on the pavement. This is unacceptable in terms of safety and clearly shows why it is not a good idea to put these buses in the side streets.
TfL are now consulting on re-routing the 25, 55, and 8 in order to improve their circulation but the clear implications are that these will be re-routed to the north of Oxford Street with possible similar consequences.
Whilst I support the reduction of buses it needs to be a genuine reduction and not just a displacement into streets which are not suitable for buses. This may allow TfL to claim that it has reduced buses, but in reality it has increased the problems in and around Oxford Street rather than reducing them.
I am maintaining a dialogue with TfL to see how to address these issues in a proper way and taking into account the needs of residents and businesses affected.
From Monday 14th February until November 2011 the eastbound closure of Oxford Street will cause changes to bus routes and stopping arrangements. For further detailed information on how this could affect you, please view the PDF provided below.
Oxford Street Closure-FEB -