Archive for October 2013

Fitzrovia Community Garden Project Launch

A special event to launch the Fitzrovia Community Garden project is being held on Thursday 31st October.

The Halloween Garden Party will be running from 1 - 4pm and will provide a great chance to socialise, get creative and get a final look at the courtyard garden before the designing, painting and planting starts.

Please see the flyer below for further information:

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Power Supplies - Ensuring Continuity

West End residents and businesses will be only to well aware of the problems that there have been in relation to the electricity supply affecting the Ward over the lat few years.

We have seen regular and prolonged blackouts effecting theatres, the entertainment areas of Soho and residential areas to the north and south of Oxford Street.

I have been in dialogue with UKPN in order to ensure that the complex system that supplies the entire power requirement of the West End is robust and reliable and that the issues of both capacity and
of future proofing are being addressed.

There are major works pending which should upgrade both the supply and its reliability.

As part of this I took the opportunity to go into the major substation which is beneath Leicester Square and see for myself what happens. This substation connects directly of that under Brown Hart Gardens and also interconnects with other parts of the city to provide the main high voltage intakes powering the West End. UKPN need further major substations of this kind to meet projected demand and Westminster are looking at the opportunity of providing them with under utilised space from within their own portfolio to meet such demand.

Bond Street Station Upgrade Project

Works to install monitoring equipment within the Mid level sewer and Westminster City Council sewer will now continue until late November. Please see the newsletter below for further information:

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Trenchard House Construction

Please see below the latest newsletter outlining the two road closures in Hopkins Street and Broadwick Street.

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On 22 October at 10:00am, the Mayor will be chairing the quarterly MOPAC Performance Challenge meeting. Holding the Met police to account for delivery against key performance targets is one of the most important roles of the Mayor in his capacity as the head of Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime. 

 The meeting will be held in Committee Room 4 at City Hall and will be webcast here

The Mayor and Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Stephen Greenhalgh, will be discussing performance against MOPAC’s 20:20:20 Challenge to reduce crime by 20% in the 7 key neighbourhood crime categories, boost public confidence in the police by 20%, and cut costs by 20%. A transcript of the last quarterly Performance Challenge meeting can be found here. 

There will be no papers for this meeting. Any presentations used during the meeting and will be made available on the website.

Soho‎– Public Realm Review

Westminster City Council have employed the services of expert Public Realm Consultants, Publica, to review the state of the Public realm within Soho and suggest ideas and priorities as to how it can be improved.

Attached are a number of plans showing existing, proposed and possible schemes upon which public consultation is now running. Public realm in Soho has suffered relative to other areas and now that the major schemes in and around Great Windmill Street and Denman Street, the Trenchard House Scheme and Berwick Street as well as Walkers Court are happening it gives an opportunity to trigger a major review of the look and feel of the pavements and roadways.

The recent upgrade of pavements from tarmac to paving stones on Dean Street show what an effect this can have and the resurfacing of the road way and works undertaken in Peter Street give us an idea of what can be achieved.

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Crossrail - Overnight concrete pour on Thursday 10 October

As part of the work to build the new Crossrail western ticket hall at Bond Street contractor, Costain Skanska Joint Venture (CSJV), will be undertaking a large volume concrete pour on the evening of Thursday 10 October 2013. Please see below for more information:

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Silver Sunday

On Sunday 6th October 2013 Bluebird Care Westminster will be calling on residents aged 65 and over to join them for a variety of free activities being held as part of Silver Sunday, an annual day to celebrate the valued role of older people in the community.

Bluebird Care Westminster in partnership with other local organisations, charities and individuals across the UK will be organising the events and activities to help raise awareness of loneliness among older people.

Please see the poster below for further details:

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