Archive for May 2013

Policing and crime at the State of London debate #MOPAC

If you're passionate about policing and crime in your area, and want to have your say on the Mayor's annual report, you can join the discussion at the State of London debate.

On Wednesday 12 June the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, will be taking your questions on all areas of London life, from policing to jobs, housing to transport and much more.  
The event will be presented by LBC 97.3's Nick Ferrari and will take place from 7:30-9pm in the Central Methodist Hall, Westminster (SW1H 9NH).

Register now for your free tickets

Regent Street Closure This Weekend

A section of Regent Street will be closed this weekend for urgent repair works to leak on an 18” water main.

Works will start on Saturday and are expected to be completed by the middle of next week, if close up inspection of the leak does not reveal greater damage than first thought.

Diversion route will be in place, as follows:

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Opening of Churchill Gardens Football Pitch

This week I attended the opening of a news maxi-pitch on the Churchill Gardens Estate in Pimlico. To mark the return of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Women's Champions League finals to London, and in recognition of the English Football Association's (FA) 150th anniversary, UEFA has donated the pitch the local community.

This is a new community facility, gifted from UEFA and the FA, which will be owned and managed by the community through the Churchill Gardens Community Pilot, which will be led by residents through a management committee to ensure it is used to the benefit of the community.

With Steve McManaman at the opening

The pitch has been funded by the UEFA grassroots programme commemorating the UEFA Champions League Final in London and the 2013 UEFA Grassroots Day – an annual pan-European celebration of football.

This pitch will make a great contribution to our community and open more opportunities for our youth to get involved in football.

The pitch is open to the children within the community to use both through community groups and local schools during the week. The site was chosen to make a positive impact in the community and help engage young people and increase participation in sport where participation rates have been poor.

Fitzroy Place Newsletter

Please see below the latest newsletter on Fitzroy Place.

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MOPAC Challenge cancelled

As a consequence of the events in Woolwich this afternoon the MOPAC Challenge scheduled for tomorrow morning has been postponed.

The meeting will be rescheduled for some time in the near future. Please accept any apologies for the inconvenience this may cause.

Soho gets a new Landmark

The new sculpture of Selene, a piece of public art created on the fa├žade of the Nadler Soho Hotel in Carlisle Street was revealed last week.

The work is by Hew Locke from Guyana and represents Selene, Goddess of the moon and of magic. Locke was inspired by Soho’s long tradition of association with the creative arts and Selene represented as a black woman is surrounded by a galaxy of floating stars. The sculpture incorporates the masks associated with drama since Greek times as well as representing Hypnos, sleep, which will hopefully be available to the guests in the hotel behind triple glazed windows!

The work was further inspired by the artist witnessing a group of tall glamorous drag queens parading down the road in Soho at three in the afternoon but also has references to Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream as well as the Queen of the Night and to Ziggy Stardust representing the range of diversity, activity and influences in Soho and the surrounding area.

It is great to welcome such an important piece of public art in Soho and I hope it will become a new landmark as well as setting a new quality threshold for future works on other new developments.

Completion W1W Tree Planting Initiative

As part of the W1W Street Tree Initiative, the latest tree planting on Great Portland Street will be completed today (15th May). The W1W Initiative is supported by the Big Tree Plant which was launched by Defra and the Forestry Commission in 2010 with the aim of planting one million trees by 2015.

So far, 475,000 trees have been planted and funding has already been allocated to 152 groups for almost 965,000 trees. In the West End we have played our part in this great project and the tree planting on the 15th May will celebrate the achievements of the W1W Street Tree Initiative which won an award for the best street tree project in 2013.

Since the project started in 2009 over 600 trees have been planted thanks to the hard work and dedication of volunteers in the community, especially Mark Gazaleh, who has inspired others to get involved in the project, and has also been recognised with his own award.

The W1W Street Tree Initiative has been supported by a £10,000 grant from the Big Tree Plant, which has helped plant 240 street trees in East Marylebone and Fitzrovia. I am delighted by the success of the project and the achievements it has reached in greening the West End.

This award is a due recognition of the hard work everyone has put in and I give me whole hearted congratulations to those involved. This project has transformed parts of Marylebone” This morning there will be a ceremonial planting of a very distinct liquid amber tree (Liquidambar styraciflua) to celebrate our success in greening this Central London neighbourhood.

Next MOPAC Challenge on violence against women and girls (VAWG)

On 23 May at 10am, the Deputy Mayor will be chairing a thematic MOPAC Challenge. The theme of this MOPAC Challenge will be violence against women and girls (VAWG) and it will coincide with the launch of the Mayor’s draft second VAWG strategy for consultation along with the publication of ‘Capital Exploits: A Study of Prostitution and Trafficking in London’.

The meeting will be held in the Chamber at City Hall and will be webcast livehere

W4 Development Newsletter

Please find attached the latest newsletter for the W4 development.

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