Archive for February 2013

Centre Point - Public Exhibition

Almacantar in a joint venture with Frogmore, are holding a public exhibition to view the revised plans to refurbish Centre Point Tower, Centre Point Link, Centre Point House and build new modern well designed affordable homes on the pub site south of Centre Point house known as the Intrepid Fox.

The details of the exhibition are below:

Venue: Centre Point. The Atrium, CBI –

  • Saturday 9th March 10am to 2pm 
  • Monday 11th March 10am to 8pm
Please see attached a copy of the leaflet that is being distributed to local residents and businesses in the area for your information.

Centre Point Tower A5 -

Fitzroy Place Newsletter

Please see below the latest newsletter on Fitzroy Place.

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Next MOPAC Challenge - 28th Feb 2013

As part of my role as Non-Executive Adviser to the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime I am a member of MOPAC Challenge which publicly holds the MPS to account for delivery against key performance targets.
On 28 February at 2pm, Stephen Greenhalgh, the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, will be chairing a MOPAC Challenge meeting focusing on Crime Prevention as outlined in the Police and Crime Plan under the headings of “People, Places and Problems”.  
This is a public meeting which will be held in the Chamber at City Hall and will be webcast online here

Key stakeholders will be exploring the relevant issues from across the spectrum of crime prevention, policing, community safety and collaborative working across the criminal justice system.

The transcript of the last quarterly meeting (held on 22 January 2013) can be found here.

Reversal of Frith Street - Access into Soho Square

The two Crossrail tunnel boring machines, Phyllis & Ada, are well on their way from Royal Oak to Farringdon and are expected to pass under Dean Street in late Spring 2013.

Information Sheet - Frith Street No 2a -

Housing Benefit Policy Is Right

In a move designed to embed fairness into the system and limit the ballooning £22 billion-a-year Housing Benefit bill a cap on the total amount of Housing Benefit any family can receive was introduced last year. This limits the amount people in private rented accommodation can claim to (up to) between £250 and £400 a week depending on the size of home needed. When introduced there were 5,200 households in Westminster receiving HB above the cap levels.

Since the changes came into effect Westminster has seen an unprecedented number of families looking to be re-housed in more affordable accommodation. While this is obviously difficult for families who need to move home to a property within the cap, it is absolutely the right policy to ensure that taxpayers are getting value for money and to ensure out-of-work families are not prevented from getting back to work because of unaffordable housing bills.

We have seen media coverage this week of some extreme examples. In Westminster, we do not have the ability to put everyone who presents as homeless directly into self contained units or into social homes immediately. Therefore some families are given temporary accommodation and as an emergency measure some claimants are put in to Bed and Breakfast accommodation. Individual cases, like the Osman family - which has been highlighted by the BBC this week - are of course difficult and we quickly work to assess the needs of those families and find a more permanent home.
Putting families in B&Bs is a last resort, but the real issue here is the extremely high demand and lack of housing in London, which is a result of successive governments over the past 30 years simply failing to build enough homes. That is why the Mayor has been talking this week about new ways of funding new homes in the City – by the capital keeping revenues raised from Stamp Duty in London to build new homes - that can help meet the demand of our growing Capital.
In Westminster, we are currently building over 1,000 new properties through regeneration programmes, and creating new homes through innovative in-fill developments, making best use of small plots of council land.
But it simply cannot be right that hard working taxpayers continue to hand out over £36,000 a year in tax free housing benefit to families and it is right that we get a grip on both the housing crisis and sky high benefits bills.
The question we have ultimately to ask is whether the long term impact of the Housing Benefit cap will deliver much needed savings to the Housing Benefit Bill. I believe it will and we have already seen claims drop by 30% in Westminster saving £40m per annum for taxpayers.