Archive for 2014

Grosvenor Chapel Community Carol Service – Tuesday, 16th December

All are welcome at a Community Carol Service in Grosvenor Chapel on South Audley Street on Tuesday, 16th December. Beginning at 6:45pm, this service will see performances by The Grosvenor Chapel Choir, the Mayfair Community Choir, St George’s School Choir, The Dorchester Choir and the UK-Japan Choir

Temporary Closure of Central Line Access in Tottenham Court Road – 3rd January to December 2015

Local residents and other users of Tottenham Court Road station should be aware that from Saturday, 3rd January to early December 2015 Central Line services will not stop at the station. This closure is needed for important modernisation work which, when completed will make the station more accessible and more user-friendly for all local residents and all commuters with the installation of eight new escalators, five lifts, new CCTV, better lighting and contrasting handrails for the visually impaired. These improvements are crucial if the station and the Central Line are going to be able to cope with the estimated 200,000 daily commuters using the station once Crossrail is complete. Those using Tottenham Court Road on a daily basis will alternatively need to use Holborn or Oxford Circus stations and local bus services.

Charing Cross Road has also been reopened for the first time since 2010, giving pedestrians direct access from Charing Cross Road to Oxford Street and traffic access north onto Tottenham Court Road.

Regeneration of Hanover Square Exhibition – 4th December

Great Portland Estates will shortly be submitting a planning application to Westminster City Council for the regeneration of its Hanover Square Estate.  The application will make a number of amendments to the original master-plan which was granted consent in May 2011.  If approved, the amendments allow Great Portland Estates to deliver a bold scheme worthy of its status as being one of the first sites that new visitors will see when they exit the new Bond Street Crossrail Station when it opens in 2018.  The mixed use scheme would also include a brand new public space, an increase in retail provision and upgrades along the adjoining section of Bond Street and a new roof terrace amenity space.

Great Portland Estates welcome you to have a look at the details and have your say on the proposed scheme at the public exhibition which is currently running at 23 Hanover Square between 2pm and 7pm on Thursday 4th December. A team representing the landowner, developer and architect will all be on site to answer any questions that visitors may have.

Full Re-Opening of Bond Street Station Brought Forward to 5th December

I am sure all of us who use Bond Street as our local station will be as pleased as me to hear  confirmation that the full re-opening of Bond Street Underground station is being brought forward to this Friday, 5th December. Transport for London have confirmed that following the early return of Jubilee Line services in the station, Bond Street will be fully operational with both Central and Jubilee lines. As well as this, passengers will once more be able to both enter and exit the station, which should be of great relief to those living and working in the area. 

Crossrail Tottenham Court Road Station Update

Crossrail Tottenham Court Road Station Update

Fitzroy Place Newsletter November 2014

Fitzroy Place Newsletter November 2014

Crossrail: Bond Street Station autumn update


Reducing rough sleeping in Hanover Square Gardens

A joint project between Westminster Council, Crosstail and the Metropolitan Police has seen success in tackling the prevelence of rough sleepers in Hanover Square Gardens. 

Redesign work, which has now been completed, has been undertaken in the Gardens to reduce the opportunities for rough sleepers to store bedding materials and sleep in the gardens overnight. 


The works were completed after advice from a Crime Prevention Design Advisor at Westminster, and have seen Crossrail increase the hoarding on the west side of the park where there was an encampment of bedding materials, the hoarding is now flush with the fencing to reduce opportunities for rough sleeping and storage of materials.


Crossrail have also provided flood lights on the north side of the gardens at night in order to make it less attractive for rough sleepers.

These welcome improvements should help combat the problem of rough sleeping in the Gardens.


If you have any concerns about rough sleepers, or are in need of assistance, please contact the rough sleeping hotline on 0207 641 3841 or via email

Bond Street Tunnelling Update - November 2014

C300-XRL-Z1-XBU-C125-50002 - Bond St tunnelling update_ Nov 14.pdf

Regent Street Cinema: Key milestones reached & £1.3m left to raise!

Construction work on the redevelopment of Regent Street Cinema has this month reached a critical milestone - the half way point.

Visitors and passers-by will have noticed the huge picture hoarding is up at no.307,and the project has begun recruitment of a Director of Cinema, who will be responsible for curating and delivering a unique and original programme of content and establishing the Cinema as a leading centre for film in the heart of London’s West End. 

I am delighted that the project, which has been supported by the West End Ward budget, will see the restoration of one of the most important cinemas in Britain to its former glory, evoking its 19th century heritage, while looking to the future. 

The Cinema is on schedule to re-open in spring next year.

Having recently celebrated success in securing 75% of the £6m funding required for the capital project and engagement programme, just over £1.3 million is still needed. There are plenty of opportunities for West End residents and businesses to get involved and play their part in the restoration of this landmark venue for the British film industry now, before the Cinema launches. For more about that visit the project website at

Further information on the project from the latest edition of the campaign newsletter is copied below, and you can sign up here to ensure you receive future issues directly.

Industry names gather for our milestone celebration
Friends and supporters gathered on Wednesday 15 October to celebrate progress on site and to acknowledge all those who have so far supported our £6 million fundraising campaign, enabling it to reach its three-quarter mark. We had great pleasure in welcoming guests from the film, television and arts industries including Sandi Toksvig, broadcaster and producer, Greg Dyke, chair of the BFI and Nick Kent, former director of the Tricycle Theatre and Cinema Advisory Board member. As we enter the final stages of our campaign to raise the remaining £1.3 million there is still time to get invoved, through naming a Cinema seat or by becoming one of our individual or corporate founders.  

British film - a lecture with alumnus John Woodward
Join us on Tuesday 4 November when John Woodward, Managing Director at Arts Alliance (formerly Chief Executive Officer of the UK Film Council and Director of the BFI), will deliver his lecture on 'The Rise (and Fall and Rise Again) of the British Film Industry’. John graduated in Media Studies from the University (PCL) in 1983 and will be coming back to our Regent Street headquarters to share with us his insights and inside knowledge of both the highs and lows of the British film industry. 
Name a seat and join us in spring 2015
Thanks to our supporters and friends nearly half the seats in the restored Cinema have now been named. By choosing to name a seat you will be invited to join us in spring 2015 for a special reception and screening in the newly restored Cinema and to view your seat and personalised name plaque. You will also receive recognition on our website and a one year membership to the Cinema.  You can name a seat for £750 or an exclusive Director’s seat for £1,500.
Behind the scenes at the Cinema site
Take our picture story tour of the Cinema under construction and see how the new design scheme, created by Tim Ronalds Architects, is bringing to life the historic fabric of the Cinema and transforming it into a state-of-the-art auditorium. The current construction site office will be transformed into a dedicated learning room at the rear of the auditorium, while a café, bar and foyer space opening onto Regent Street will provide a comfortable social area for all audiences and offer a unique and engaging visitor experience.


Retracing the Cinema's history 
Further research into the history of this unique space is being undertaken for a special upcoming book, to be published next spring in conjunction with the Cinema’s launch. To reflect the rich history of the Cinema itself, several specialist authors will contribute chapters on architecture, legal history and our rich heritage of innovation and film education. If you visited the Cinema and would like to share your memories as part of our oral history programme, we would love to hear from you.  

MOPAC Update - Track Crime Data in Your Area


Track Crime Data in Your Area

Last week I was delighted to launch the MOPAC crime dashboard. This interactive tool makes it easy for everyone to make sense of crime data across the capital and see what's happening in their area.

The dashboard clearly shows that we are on target to reach the 20% crime reduction target set in the Police and Crime Plan, and that London is leading the way in crime reduction. There is still more work to do in specific areas and on specific crime types, and the Mayor and I discussed these issues with the Met at our recent MOPAC Challenge.

The MOPAC crime dashboard is the first of a series of interactive data tools that we will launch in the coming months and is part of the Mayor's ongoing commitment to make police data more user-friendly.

Stephen Greenhalgh, Deputy Mayor for Policing & Crime

Get involved

MOPAC Local Policing Roadshows

The Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime is revisiting every London borough in 2014 with senior Metropolitan Police officers to talk about local policing, tell you how we've been putting the Police and Crime Plan into practice and to answer your questions. 
The first 16 events took place earlier this year. The second 16 events started in September and are happening throughout London until the end of the year.
In November, we will be visiting Croydon, Barking & Dagenham, Hounslow, Waltham Forest and Redbridge and in December, we will be in Enfield, Harrow, Bromley and Lewisham. All the information - including dates and venues - are on our website. 

Take part in the London Survey 

Our friends at the GLA want your views on everything from policing and crime to housing, jobs and more.

Your feedback from this new All London survey will be presented to the Mayor and his team to make sure City Hall meet your needs over the next two years. 

MOPAC Challenge - 26th Nov

On 26th November, MOPAC Challenge will look at Criminal Justice Performance. As part of this, we will be launching the second of our interactive dashboards on Criminal Justice Timeliness.
The MOPAC Challenge will take place on 26th Nov at 10am in the Chamber at City Hall. It will also be screened live as a webcast.


MOPAC takes charge of funding to support the capital's victims

MOPAC is now responsible for commissioning over £15m of victim services in the coming 18 months. This extra money means that MOPAC can provide funding to address the specific needs of victims in London.
Following an independent review of victim services in the capital overseen by Baroness Newlove,  MOPAC will focus this funding on putting the victim at the centre of support services in the capital.

Ethical Challenges of Policing in London

The London Policing Ethics Panel has been established by Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, to provide him with independent advice on ethical issues that arise from operational policing.
The Panel, headed by Lord Carlise of Berriew, published their essay into Ethical Challenges of Policing London in October.
Read it here.

Are you aged between 16 - 34? This could be for you...

Are you aged between 16 - 34? BBC3's Free Speech programme is offering young Londoners the chance to question the Deputy Prime Minister in front of a live studio audience. 

This is a great opportunity for young people from across the West End ward to raise questions and issues at the top of Government. 

The topics for the show are chosen by the audience with plenty of ways for people to get involved in the show, by submitting a question in advance, on the night, as well as through the show's Facebook page or through the application form. The audience drives the agenda so whatever issues the audience wants to discuss will form the basis of the discussion with Nick Clegg.

The application is open to people from across London and is broadcast live from York Hall, 5 Old Ford Rd, London E2 9PJ  at 8pm on 4th November.

I would encourage anyone interested in applying to be an audience member, you can apply at

As always, if you have any questions or issues about Westminster City Council or the West End, you can always get in touch with me directly via the contact page on this site.

Dlyan Thomas - Festival Weekend

This weekend will see a festival taking place in Fitzrovia to celebrate the centenary of Dylan Thomas's life and work.

Please see the attached leaflet below, or visit the website at, to view all the events taking place and to purchase tickets.

Dlyan Thomas festival.pdf

Fitzroy Place

Please see attached this month's Fitzroy Place newsletter.


Soho Arts Fair

On Saturday 11 October the Art Alive Trust will be holding the Soho Arts Fair.

There will be live music performances and many other activities throughout the day. Make sure pay a visit to support your local community.

Please see the leaflet below for further information about the event:

Soho Arts Fair flyer.pdf

Recruiting: Executive Assistant

Executive Assistant – Commercial/Political

Salary: Competitive, according to experience

To apply, please send a CV and covering letter to stating salary expectations and notice period with current employer.

Overview of role
Challenging and fulfilling role working across a busy commercial office providing executive support to Managing Director with wide ranging political interests as elected councillor.

Working in a small team, based in the West End, you will work flexibly across the property business while providing political support.

You will be self-motivated and have a keen attention to detail, willingness to learn, and strong team ethic.

Key Responsibilities

  • Providing a full range of secretarial and administrative support, including: telephone and visitor enquiries, responding to email and letters, efficient data and file management, and management of diary commitments.
  • Providing support for practical management of mixed commercial and residential property portfolio, including facilitating tenancy changes, statutory compliance, and oversight of maintenance and repair obligations via in-house and external teams.
  • Drafting correspondence and reports; set up and maintain spreadsheets and undertake research. Dealing with all correspondence in a sensitive and confidential manner and ensuring all records are kept or destroyed in accordance with data protection principles.
  • To liaise with relevant groups/personnel both for Westminster City Council and MOPAC commitments, including liaison with outside organisations and the general public.
  • Liaising with agents, tenants and third parties to ensure efficient management of property portfolio
  • Provision of secretarial services and support to special interest groups as required.
  • To create and maintain databases, archives and records
  • Competent use of IT including Microsoft Office package, email and internet including website and social media (blog, twitter, etc).

Fitzroy Place

Please see below the September Newsletter for the latest information on the Fitzroy Place development.


Hymns and Pimms

In October, the Grosvenor Chapel is launching a new service in aid of Dementia sufferers, and also for relatives of and carers for people who have this illness. This service is called “Hymns and Pimms”, and the details are set out in the below document.

Hymns Pimm's _V3_.pdf

Urban Regeneration and Designing Out Crime

This week saw the launch of the Rupert Street Food Union market on Fridays and Saturdays.

Street Food Union was created in 2013 by three traders keen to champion the best up and coming talent on the street food scene and offer fresh, exciting and above all delicious products.

The founders of Street Food Union wanted to create a food market with a cool, community vibe and so they hand-picked the very best traders and scouted for the very best chefs and encouraged them to become street food traders. Through their support and assistance many first-time traders have brought their products into the Street Food Union and built a lively, diverse food market.

Westminster council provided the site on Rupert Street, with the aim of encouraging more people to come from Shaftesbury Avenue, through Soho and up to Oxford Street.

Rupert Street is in a corner of Soho best known for bars and clubs, and has seen a 40-fold increase in the number of people visiting Rupert Street on days the market is trading*, accompanied by a significant reduction in crime.

The new market is a great success story and I would encourage you to pay it a visit.

Crossrail - Works on Regent Street

Please see below for information regarding 4-5 days work to remove monitoring equipment in the northbound carriageway of Regent Street near Oxford Circus.


Dean Street – Crossrail Welfare Cabins

Crossrail is working on a very tight site at the top of Dean Street and have proposed the creation of additional facilities to be placed on a high level gantry at the top end of Dean Street. This proposal caused great concern to the long suffering nearby residents and businesses who would effectively lost daylight, visibility, access and the ability to undertake their business had the proposal proceeded.

Through the Community Liaison Panel, which I Chair, these expressions of concern were made clear to Crossrail who have now come up with an alternative proposal to include increased on site provision (within their existing perimeter hoarding) and an alternative arrangement meaning that the proposal will not now proceed.

We all understand that Crossrail have a difficult and complex job in delivering the railway by the due date of 2018 and on budget. However, this is a great example of where that imperative needs to be tempered by the needs and requirements of local residents and businesses and this alternative solution has now been found allowing the railway to proceed and residents and businesses to continue to enjoy their premises.

Fitzroy Place Redevelopment

Please see attached this month's Fitzroy Place newsletter for the latest works and information on this development:


MOPAC Update: New Met recruits to come exclusively from London

Focused on the needs of victims

At the 7/7 memorial event last month, I witnessed the devastating effects of crime and terrorism, and the steely resolve of victims to rebuild their lives. Our victim services review, led by Baroness Newlove, found gaps where the criminal justice system needs to do more, but as we spend time with family and friends this summer, we mustn't lose sight of all that the police and others do to keep Londoners safe and prevent victimisation.
Stephen Greenhalgh, Deputy Mayor for Policing & Crime


Mayor secures extra £2.4m for London crime victims

MOPAC has secured an additional £2.36 million to fund improvements to victims services in London, bringing the total to £6.7 million for the period from October 2014 to March 2015. This will allow MOPAC to plug the gaps in provision identified in a major review led by Victims' Commissioner Baroness Newlove.

New Met recruits to come exclusively from London

Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe and Mayor Boris Johnson have announced that the MPS will recruit exclusively from Londoners to fill the ranks of new police constables. From August 1 new criteria for applicants will help ensure the force is more resilient and more reflective of the city it serves.

Compulsory sobriety launch

Launching the first compulsory sobriety scheme in the UK Boris Johnson said: 'I pledged to tackle this booze culture [and] this is an approach that has seen impressive results in the US, steering binge drinkers away from repeated criminal behaviour.'

Mayor welcomes big crime drop

Official crime figures demonstrate the clear progress being made by the Metropolitan Police compared to the rest of England and Wales.  London saw a total of 698,729 offences in 2013/14 - down by over 70,000 offences in a single year.

Get involved

MOPAC Challenge - Sept 23

You are invited to attend MOPAC Challenge, where our panel will be joined by partners and experts to consider how we can reduce youth reoffending in London.

Volunteering with MOPAC

We are looking for volunteers to join our dedicated team of Independent Custody Visitors, who check the welfare of those in custody, and our Stop and Search Community Monitoring Groups.


Business Crime Strategy

MOPAC's Business Crime Strategy, endorsed by the Metropolitan Police Service, the National Crime Agency, and the City of London Police, outlines how London will tackle fraud and economic crimes against businesses.

Review of Victim Services

Baroness Newlove has completed a major review into the treatment of victims and witnesses of crime in London, which comes ahead of MOPAC taking on responsibility for the funding of victim services in the capital from October 2014.