Archive for March 2012

Ziggy Stardust Honoured with First Black Plaque

David Bowie's legendary creation Ziggy Stardust was honoured today by the unveiling of a Black Plaque on Heddon Street, off Regent Street in London’s West End.

40 years ago David Bowie was photographed outside the furriers K.WEST for the iconic album cover which created a character which influenced a generation of music lovers.

The Black Plaque was supported by the Crown Estate and Westminster Council who wanted to honor the fictional character but could not put up a more traditional blue or green plaque.

Crossrail - Goslett Yard grout shaft works commence

As part of the works to ensure neighbouring buildings are protected during the tunnelling works for the new Crossrail Tottenham Court Road station, a grout shaft is to be constructed in the corner of Goslett Yard. This work will be carried out by our tunnelling contractor BAM, Ferrovial & Kier (BFK) who is already working in Soho Square on four similar grout shafts.

To ensure that the works are carried out safely the existing hoarding on Goslett Yard will be extended to allow the works to proceed and to protect the public. For more information on the upcoming works see below.

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London Marathon

On Sunday 22nd April I will be taking part in the London Marathon 2012.

I have been threatening to run the marathon for years although I have done a number of half marathons. This year will see me reach a milestone which makes my reason to do so in 2012 very special. Eight days after the marathon I will be older than my father was on the day he died and I want to celebrate being alive and hopefully around for a while to come.

Training has been tough yet enjoyable and I am currently up to 19 miles as the map below shows.

I also want to help those who come to Westminster with high expectation that it will lead to a better life for them and often face the bitter disappointment of not being able to find a job, a home or happiness. The Connection at St Martin's in the Fields helps those who are excluded from other services put their lives back on track and I am proud of the work that they do in my Ward, in Westminster, and to help those who come from all over the world.

Please see my JustGiving page for further information. If you feel that it is a worthy cause please dig deep and donate now.

Training Route 

Park House - March Newsletter

Quick progress is being made on the redevelopment of Park House. Please see the latest newsletter for up to date information and pictures.

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It's Probably Nothing, But...

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Fitzroy Place Newsletter March 2012

Please find below this month’s newsletter informing of the development activities taking place on the site of the former Middlesex Hospital, newly named Fitzroy Place.

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Back Boris 2012

Campaigning for Back Boris 2012 started in earnest in Soho last night when together with fellow Councillors, JP Floru and Alastair Moss and a contingent from LGBT Tory and CF, we picketed the fundraising event organised by Ken Livingstone at the Shadow Lounge.

We distributed leaflets like those attached to show people Ken's true record on gay issues and entered into a lively debate with many of those attending his function.

 Originally it was to be a £2,500 per table fundraiser but, not surprisingly, there were no takers. Eventually it became a £10 a ticket function and was poorly attended. Even Ken himself was unprepared to run the gauntlet of discussions with us and sneaked in via the back entrance to the club to avoid us!
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Free Pizza Tasting - Tuesday 13th March

Made in Italy at 14 Old Compton Street, Soho, will be holding a pizza tasting event. Please see the invitation below for further information.

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Crossrail - Sewer Works in Davies Street

Crossrail are undertaking works to the sewer in Davies Street. Please see below for the latest works information.

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Crossrail - Haunch of Venison Yard Grout Shaft - 24 hour working

Crossrail are undertaking works in the Haunch of Venison Yard grout shaft. Please see below for the latest works information.

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Block W4 Project Update: March 2012 Newsletter

Please see the latest Newsletter below.

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Crossrail - Utilities on Dering Street

Crossrail are undertaking utility works on Dering Street as part of the construction for Bond Street Station. Please see below for the latest works information.

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Number One Oxford Street

There is a current Planning Application to rebuild the corner of Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Street following completion of the Crossrail works and the related application to the south to create a new pedestrian piazza linking Charing Cross Road with Sutton Row. The application also anticipates the construction of a brand new theatre (replacing the Astoria which was lost to Crossrail demolition), new retail and offices on the ground and upper floors.

This is a unique site which can form a new gateway to Soho and address some of the problems of narrow dark spaces which have been part of the former buildings on the site.

There are unique challenges to build above a huge underground station which requires large ventilation ducts above ground in order to work. Consequently some of the architectural treatments have had to take this into account.

You may want to comment on this application whilst still under consultation as this will be the unique opportunity to improve this large and important site.

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Police Information Update - Operation Hawk

Please see below for a Police update on Operation Hawk.

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