Archive for September 2014

Fitzroy Place

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Please see below the September Newsletter for the latest information on the Fitzroy Place development.

Exemplar_Newsletter_September_2014_AW_LR.pdf

Hymns and Pimms

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In October, the Grosvenor Chapel is launching a new service in aid of Dementia sufferers, and also for relatives of and carers for people who have this illness. This service is called “Hymns and Pimms”, and the details are set out in the below document.

Hymns Pimm's _V3_.pdf

Urban Regeneration and Designing Out Crime

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This week saw the launch of the Rupert Street Food Union market on Fridays and Saturdays.

Street Food Union was created in 2013 by three traders keen to champion the best up and coming talent on the street food scene and offer fresh, exciting and above all delicious products.

The founders of Street Food Union wanted to create a food market with a cool, community vibe and so they hand-picked the very best traders and scouted for the very best chefs and encouraged them to become street food traders. Through their support and assistance many first-time traders have brought their products into the Street Food Union and built a lively, diverse food market.

Westminster council provided the site on Rupert Street, with the aim of encouraging more people to come from Shaftesbury Avenue, through Soho and up to Oxford Street.

Rupert Street is in a corner of Soho best known for bars and clubs, and has seen a 40-fold increase in the number of people visiting Rupert Street on days the market is trading*, accompanied by a significant reduction in crime.

The new market is a great success story and I would encourage you to pay it a visit.


Crossrail - Works on Regent Street

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Please see below for information regarding 4-5 days work to remove monitoring equipment in the northbound carriageway of Regent Street near Oxford Circus.

Regent_street_removal_of_tunnel_monitoring_equipment-september_2014.pdf

Dean Street – Crossrail Welfare Cabins

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Crossrail is working on a very tight site at the top of Dean Street and have proposed the creation of additional facilities to be placed on a high level gantry at the top end of Dean Street. This proposal caused great concern to the long suffering nearby residents and businesses who would effectively lost daylight, visibility, access and the ability to undertake their business had the proposal proceeded.

Through the Community Liaison Panel, which I Chair, these expressions of concern were made clear to Crossrail who have now come up with an alternative proposal to include increased on site provision (within their existing perimeter hoarding) and an alternative arrangement meaning that the proposal will not now proceed.

We all understand that Crossrail have a difficult and complex job in delivering the railway by the due date of 2018 and on budget. However, this is a great example of where that imperative needs to be tempered by the needs and requirements of local residents and businesses and this alternative solution has now been found allowing the railway to proceed and residents and businesses to continue to enjoy their premises.