Archive for July 2011

Crossrail - Dering Yard - Extended Working Hours on Saturdays

For the latest updates on works by Crossrail please see the Information Sheet below.

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Crossrail - Transforming Bond Street Station

For the latest updates and to see how progress is being made please view the Summer 2011 Newsletter from Crossrail below.

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HMS Westminster

Westminster has a long and proud tradition of an affiliation with the frigate HMS Westminster and I was delighted to have had the opportunity to visit the ship in Portsmouth and to have a day at sea to learn more about how the ship works.

It was fascinating to meet the men and women who crew the ship and to learn more of what they do. It was also humbling to see the conditions in which they live in for weeks and sometimes months at a time. At times there can be thirty to a room with triple deck bunks that offer little or no privacy but they make do without complaint whilst serving their country. It is something of which we can all be proud.

The officers and crew showed us around the ship and demonstrated its capabilities and effectiveness. It has state of the art sonar, guns and a helicopter to allow versatility of operation. The ship is some four and a half thousand tonnes but can still travel, on its gas turbine engines, at some 28 knots which is very impressive.

The ship will be in Portsmouth later this year preparing to go off on active duties elsewhere and I thank all of the officers and crew for not only their hospitality, but for all the hard work that they undertake. 

Crossrail - Surveys at Davies Mews and South Molton Lane

Please see below the latest Information Sheet provided by Crossrail.

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BBC - Portland Place Redevelopment Update

The year-long fit-out of Broadcasting House is now at the half-way stage, with progress well advanced on all floors. Please see the July 2011 Newsletter below for further information.

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Mayfair - Tadao Ando Water Feature

A new water feature has been unveiled in West End Ward. The Feature, designed by Tadao Ando and named Silence, can be seen outside the Connaught Hotel on Mount Street.

The feature has also been marked by a memorial to the late Deputy Mayor of London Sir Simon Milton. The Bronze Plaque is set into the pavement next to the water feature.

The works that have taken place enhance the experience for all those who live, work and visit the area, particularly pedestrians. Unnecessary signage has been removed and pavements upgraded and extended, with two new pedestrian areas introduced to the street.

Crossrail - Bond Street Station - Ground Treatment Works

Please view below the latest works notification from Crossrail which are due to begin on 20th July 2011.

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Mayfair - Oxford Street - Park House Redevelopment

Progress is being made on the redevelopment of Park House. Please see the July newsletter below to get the latest updates and pictures.

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Crossrail - South Molton Lane - Water Utility Installation

Please see below the latest update from Crossrail.

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Pride - London 2011

Over a million people visited West End Ward on Saturday 2nd June to celebrate Pride 2011. The parade and festivities, which included bright and colorful costumes and floats, started from the BBC Broadcasting House making its way down through Regents Street and Piccadilly to finish at Trafalgar Square.

This event has support from all major political parties and was led by the Deputy Mayor of London Richard Barnes and other political representatives.

An eclectic mix of music, stalls and a good lineup on the main stage in Trafalgar Square kept the crowd entertained throughout the day and speeches were also given from the likes of England rugby union player Ben Cohen. Further entertainment was provided in Soho as the streets were closed to traffic allowing a street party to take place. Soho Square also played home to the official Pride Dance Stage.

Ronald Reagan Statue - Grosvenor Square

A statue of former US President Ronald Reagan has been unveiled at a ceremony outside the American embassy in Grosvenor Square to mark what would have been the former US president’s 100th Birthday.

The bronze statue stands at 10 foot tall and was specially built to recognise Mr Reagan's contribution to ending the Cold War and stands opposite the statue of President Dwight Eisenhower. A piece of the Berlin Wall will also be installed in front of the plinth.

Have Your Say on Policing in London

The Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) is consulting on London's policing priorities. Please make your opinions known by taking part in a short questionnaire sharing your views. To complete the questionnaire online please follow this link.

Please feel free to pass details of the consultation on to your friends, family or colleagues. The consultation closes on Friday 25 November 2011.

Pride 2011 - AIDS Memorial Quilt - On Display in West End Ward

The AIDS Memorial quilt is currently on display in West End Ward to mark this year's Pride celebrations.

The UK AIDS Memorial Quilt is made up of 48 large panels, each comprising six to eight smaller individual panels. Every individual panel commemorates someone who died with HIV ranging from Freddie Mercury to a three month old baby. Inspired by the World AIDS Memorial Quilt started in 1985 by long-time San Francisco gay rights activist Cleve Jones, the UK AIDS Memorial Quilt was created in the early 90's by The UK Names Project.

The quilt can be seen a t 26 Berwick St for the rest of this week .As well as a creative means of remembrance, the quilt aims to educate people about HIV prevention, fight stigma and bring home the message that this is no time for complacency. The complete AIDS Memorial Quilt now weighs an estimated 54 tonnes and is the largest piece of community folk art in the World. Thousands of individuals have contributed to the Quilt and it is still growing today. Each panel is 3 foot by 6 foot, approximately the size of the average grave.

The quilt can be seen on show from now until 2nd July in a space which has been provided by Shaftsbury Estates to whom I would like to express sincere thanks.