Westminster Cabinet Reshuffle

Following a recent reshuffle of the Cabinet at Westminster City Council I have now been appointed Cabinet Member for both Housing and Property.

I am therefore standing down from my role as Deputy Cabinet Member for Parking and Transportation to concentrate on this portfolio.

Westminster has some 22,000 new homes which are operated by City West Homes which is an arms length management organisation tasked with running the portfolio on behalf of the Council. There are extensive regeneration schemes planned for many of the estates within the City and they should provide exciting and innovative ways of bringing new houses to Westminster.

On the property side, the Council owns a significant amount of properties from which it operates its various services and also has a substantial investment portfolio. There are a number of active issues affecting the portfolio including the proposed sale, by way of a lease, of Council House on Marylebone Road, the disposal of Berwick Street Market, again by a way of a lease in West End Ward, and the sale of the Council's interest at North Wharf Gardens.

Further down the line there will be issues relating to Moxon Street in Marylebone High Street Ward and how best to deal with excess space currently surplus to the Council's operational needs at City Hall in Victoria.

Whist I am excited by the new challenge I will very much remain a Ward Councillor for West End Ward. I will continue my work with community groups, the police and amenity societies across the whole range of issues which affect the Ward.

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