Archive for February 2015

Bond Street Station Western Ticket Hall Tunnelling Update

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Bond Street Station Western Ticket Hall Tunnelling Update.pdf

Redevelopment of 20 Albemarle Street - Public Consultation

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150217 The Royal Institution Presentation FINAL.pdf


The Royal Institution of Great Britain will soon be submitting applications for planning permission and listed building consent to Westminster Council for works within 20 Albemarle Street. Public consultation is sought on these proposals and a public exhibition is being held today (20th February) from 12pm to 5pm at the Royal Institution at 21 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4BS.

Please do visit the exhibition if you would like to view the proposals and have any concerns heard.

Gong Xi Fa Cai / Kung Hei Fat Choi

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Happy New Year to the Chinese community of West End Ward and beyond. Wishing you all a prosperous and happy new year.

Modern Times: Welcome to Mayfair

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This Sunday, BBC 2 will broadcast the latest in its series 'Modern Times' focussing on Mayfair.



The BBC described the show: "From the upmarket resident who dresses in Victorian clothing to the cabbie living in social housing, Welcome to Mayfair offers an intimate portrait of the characters who live, work and play in one of London's most famous areas. The most coveted square on the Monopoly board is a meeting place of fairy tales and conspicuous consumerism - more concentrated wealth than anywhere else on the planet, streets teeming with oligarchs and aristocrats, 20 Michelin-starred restaurants, nearly 4,000 five-star hotel rooms and the world's most expensive retail outlets. It's home to some of the UK's most famous institutions - Claridges, Christie's auction house and the Burlington Arcade - which sit alongside 1,000 social housing tenants and an army of 80,000 workers who service this exclusive enclave.

"This Modern Times film reveals a world full of surprise and deep contrasts - from the estate agent selling multimillion-pound mansions to the NHS doctor whose patients range from billionaires to people on benefits, and the craftspeople who keep the wealthy in their finery to the small café owners hanging onto their livelihoods by their fingernails. With the global super rich clamouring for an address in Mayfair, it is undergoing one of the biggest changes in its long history - but can Mayfair's unique cocktail of eccentricity, affluence and the everyday survive in the face of the relentless commercialisation of the area?"


Audience members wanted for BBC Free Speech

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Audience members are currently being sought for four episodes of BBC Free Speech, the political debate show on BBC Three. Leading representatives of our national political parties will be answering questions from the studio audience and they are looking for anyone aged between 16 and 34 who would like to ask a question and engage in the debate.

The four episodes will be based in London and the dates are:

Tuesday 3rd March

Tuesday 10th March
Tuesday 17th March
Tuesday 24th March

If you are interested in participating and would like to reserve your space, this can be done through the following link: http://www.freespeechaudience.co.uk/ 

More information can be found on BBC Free Speech's Twitter (https://twitter.com/bbcfreespeech) and Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/BBCFreeSpeech).


Patrick Murphy Art Installation

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If you wander through the streets of Soho in the next three months and spot people gawking and pointing, stop and take a look at the lampposts dotted along the route. Colourful pigeons are perched on street lights along Greek Street and Soho Square as part of a new art installation curated by the Sim Smith Gallery. According to the creator, Patrick Murphy, these colourful birds aim to raise questions surrounding acceptance, marginalisation and homelessness in urban environments. The exhibition runs for the next three months and certainly makes this area that much more colourful.

Capital Clean-up campaign

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Mayor Boris Johnson has once again launched the ‘Capital Clean-up campaign’ across London. The campaign calls on all Londoners to roll up their sleeves, get together with neighbours and family and smarten up their neighbourhoods. Groups such as community organisations, charities, small businesses and youth groups can apply for £50,000 worth of grants and tools to tidy up their parks, streets, residential areas and waterways.

The Mayor’s Office announced that last year’s campaign saw over 3,500 volunteers take part in 222 Capital Clean-up events, collecting 3,000 bags of rubbish and transforming an area the size of 104 football fields.


This campaign is a perfect opportunity to get to know your neighbours and help give your local area a sparkling makeover. To apply for one of the £500, £1,500 or tool-kits visit www.london.gov.uk/cleanup. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday, 16th March 2015.

Dismantling of Eduardo Paolozzi's Murals at Tottenham Court Road Underground Station

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I was disappointed to hear of the dismantling of Eduardo Paolozzi’s murals above the escalators at Tottenham Court Road Underground station. Despite assurances of the protection of 95% of the mosaics in the station from Transport for London and developers Hawkins Brown three of the four mosaics on the  arches have now been dismantled. Although the upgrading is crucial for the future of the station and the designs required the removal of the arches but I had hoped that  these sections of the mosaics could be saved. Transport for London have pledged to save a mosaic at the Oxford Street entrance which will be relocated to platform level and I intend to monitor this pledge and raise concerns when appropriate.


I will continue to hold relevant parties accountable at the next Tottenham Court Road Community Liaison Panel on 17th February.