South Molton Triangle Online Survey

Following the drop in sessions run by Grosvenor at the end of January regarding the South Molton Triangle, they have now launched an online survey to hear views on their plans for the area.

The survey is open until 8th March.

To share your views visit their survey here.

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Apply for up to £10,000 to spend on community projects

Local groups are invited to apply for up to £10,000 to spend on community projects across Westminster as part of the #MyWestminster Fund.

The fund is open to all voluntary organisations, resident, faith and community groups within Westminster, which includes schools and other establishments which care for Westminster residents (such as residential care homes). 

The closing date for the current round of applications is Thursday 21st March.

To find out more please click here.

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Westminster Bike Loan Registration

Westminster City Council is running a bike loan scheme aimed at encouraging more residents to take up cycling.

As part of the scheme, residents have the opportunity to try a bike and associated equipment. They are also able to access the free training offered by the City Council.

To find out more click here.

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South Molton Triangle Consultation

Grosvenor are holding another consultation on the transformation of the South Molton Triangle.

There will be drop-in sessions on 29th, 30th and 31st January at 3 & 4 Davies Mews.

To find out more take a look at the consultation document here or visit their website here.

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Westminster Business Survey

Westminster City Council has extended the deadline of its business survey to 31st January 2019.

It is asking for the views of local businesses in order to shape future policy.

To complete the survey please click here.

For more information you can visit the Westminster Council website here.

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Rubbish Dumping

There have long been problems with rubbish being dumped on many of the streets in Fitzrovia and East Marylebone as well as issues with rubbish being left at the wrong times. 

Following a local consultation, Westminster Council are testing the removal of some on street rubbish and recycling bins on Riding House Street, where the issues have been particularly bad. In other areas, this has been found to help overall.

It has been decided to experiment with the temporary removal of these bins to see what would happen and we are very keen to hear from local residents whether this leads to an improvement in their view.

I am also liaising with Veolia to ensure that we ask them to improve the reliability of their timing for collections, and, if possible, improve street cleansing.

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New Mayfair Special Status in Future Planning

A newly revised version of the Westminster City Plan, covering 2019 to 2040, has been drafted following an extensive review process.

The plan sets out a long-term vision for the buildings and spaces where we all live, work and have fun.


Key to the plan is a desire to build more affordable homes, the regeneration of areas around Victoria and Paddington and the introduction of a neighbourly development policy.

Once this revision has been made, it will be the ‘local plan’ for Westminster. Throughout, the plan prioritises sustainability, and encourages walking and cycling. 

The plan also identifies ‘specialist clusters’, places whose character adds significantly to our community including Mayfair, St James and Savile Row in West End Ward.

The specific provisions for Mayfair and St James reflect the unique character of the area and the proposed new guidelines will protect and enhance the existing scale and type of buildings as well as the mixture of styles and functions.

This includes recognition of the prestigious buildings and activities located there. Mayfair has long been the epicentre of the UK’s art and antiques markets and galleries are highlighted as one key activity that mark out the area. The City Plan encourages the development of new gallery spaces.

Similarly, the tradition of bespoke tailoring is highlighted in guidance on future plans for Savile Row. The City Plan makes clear the desire of Westminster Council and local people to see that continue with a stated ambition to retain what is there and grow the workshops and retail facilities needed.

Mayfair is a gem in the heart of our city and its facets reflect centuries of tradition. Today it has a global reputation that we need to protect and enhance by allowing only for developments that will improve the area and build on its heritage and the City Plan goes a long way to ensuring that will happen.

For more information please click here.

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Local Casino Developments

Two recent proposals for casinos in Mayfair have met with strong local opposition by residents close to the developments. I have also written to Westminster Council in support of residents’ objections.

Residents living close to the new casinos proposed for Charles Street and Brick Street have raised real issues that must be considered and addressed. New businesses of this type can have significant negative impact on those nearby and we need to ensure that is minimised or – even better – stopped!

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Better Broadband across Soho

Westminster City Council and Community Fibre have announced the roll out of new “ultrafast” broadband across Soho. The faster, cheaper services will be available to residents and businesses. 

As the Lead Member for Broadband on Westminster City Council I have pushed hard for new services. 

Conservative-led Westminster City Council has campaigned for ultrafast broadband to be rolled out across our city for several years. We have worked with Community Fibre and other potential providers to bring this service to local residents that will open up a wealth of opportunities for everyone who lives here and local businesses that need ultrafast connections to be competitive.

BT has been the only option for most residents of Soho and their service has suffered from poor speeds and reports of terrible reliability. The Community Fibre option will bring competition, lower prices and faster service for all residents and businesses in the area.

The new service is expected to be available by the end of the year. 

If you want to be kept up to date with developments and learn when the services launch, please register here.

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New Soho Special Status in Future Planning

A newly revised version of the Westminster City Plan, covering 2019 to 2040, has been drafted following an extensive review process.

The plan sets out a long-term vision for the buildings and spaces where we all live, work and have fun.

Key to the plan is a desire to build more affordable homes, the regeneration of areas around Victoria and Paddington and the introduction of a neighbourly development policy.

Once this revision has been made, it will be the ‘local plan’ for Westminster. Throughout, the plan prioritises sustainability, and encourages walking and cycling.

The plan also identifies ‘specialist clusters’, places whose character adds significantly to our community including Soho, Mayfair and Savile Row in West End Ward.

This is the first time specific provisions have been made for Soho in planning policies in this way and the City Plan reflects its unique character and proposes new guidelines to protect and enhance the existing scale and type of buildings and the mixture of styles and functions. This includes support for small creative businesses and housing to meet the needs of Soho residents and workers. Music venues, specialist shops and other activities that make Soho what it is are all encouraged. 

By contrast, there will be a limit on the size of new hotels with none more than 2,500 sq m and new cafes and restaurants will be subject to greater consideration of the cumulative impact they make on the area. The green spaces of Soho Square, Golden Square and St Anne’s Churchyard are highlighted for protection and future enhancement.

For more information please click here.

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Volunteer at The Fitzrovia Centre

The Fitzrovia Centre, based in Foley Street, is looking for volunteers.

If you are interested in volunteering, the team have outlined 10 ways you can get involved here.

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PopUp Business School in Westminster from 26th November-7th December

The PopUp Business School is in Westminster from Monday 26th November to Friday 7th December, based at the Paddington Arts Centre.

To find out more about the support they offer for businesses please click here.

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Mount Street Christmas Lights Switch On- 22nd November

This year's Mount Street Christmas lights switch on and party is being held on Thursday 22nd November.

The lighting ceremony will start at 6.30pm. To find out more please click here.

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Consultation opens on plans for the future of the Oxford Street District

Westminster City Council is running a consultation until 16th December on plans for the future of the whole of the Oxford Street District.

The plan includes 96 projects across 87 streets and spaces, including Oxford Circus, Marble Arch and Cavendish Square.

As part of the consultation there are a number of exhibition events taking place. 

To find out more about the consultation please click here.

To find out more about the exhibition events please click here.

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