Archive for May 2014

Four More Years

After a long campaigning schedule over the last few months, I was delighted to be re-elected and to again have the opportunity of representing West End Ward for the next four years.

I would like to congratulate my colleagues, Councillors Roberts and Church, with whom I look forward to working. We all share the vision of improving the West End for residents, businesses and visitors. We attend Surgery at St Anne’s every last Friday of each month which gives you the opportunity to voice your concerns that we can hopefully put right.


MOPAC newsletter - 28 May 2014


Welcome to the first MOPAC newsletter. A year on from the launch of the Mayor's Police and Crime Plan, we are now well on our way to delivering the promises set out within it. This newsletter updates our stakeholders on the work we have been doing recently to make London safer, including the roll-out of traceable liquid technology to help prevent burglary and a new pilot scheme to improve mental health provision in police stations. Next month we will be publishing our annual report which will detail the progress we have made against the Mayor's targets to cut key crimes by 20%, boost confidence in the police by 20%, and reduce costs by 20%. Thank you for signing up, and for regular news on our work follow MOPAC at @MOPACLdn.

Mayor to provide burglary busting liquid to 440,000 homes

Trials in five boroughs show traceable liquids delivered a reduction of at least 49 per cent over a six month period. As he prepares to roll out the scheme to 440,000 more homes, the Mayor has called on London boroughs to join the fight and invest in traceable liquids.

New policing ethics panel launches

Lord Carlile of Berriew QC will chair a new independent policing ethics panel for London. He has announced the names of a panel of experts who will support him, and the first set of issues that the panel will examine, including 'use of force by the police'.

Mental health teams to be in police stations and courts

A third of young people who have committed offences have mental health needs, and a fifth have a learning disability. A new pilot scheme will see mental health teams reach more than 2.5 million people in London's police stations and courts in a bid to cut reoffending.

Tackling serious and organised crime together

Over 150 delegates from law enforcement, local authorities, charities and other partner organisations attended City Hall to consider how the Government's new Serious and Organised Crime Strategy can be implemented by strengthening collaborative efforts in the capital.

Digital courtroom unveiled as justice enters the Wi-Fi era

Speaking at London's first digital court, Criminal Justice Minister, Damian Green, and the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Stephen Greenhalgh, outlined how digital technologies will make justice swifter and fairer. The Deputy Mayor announced that 500 Met Police officers will soon be equipped with body-worn video cameras.

Public Drinking Water Fountain in Soho's Ham Yard Hotel

Since I was elected in 2009 I have been campaigning for the restoration and introduction of public drinking water fountains in the West End. They provide free potable water without the need to ship in bottled and canned drinks associated with all the comings and goings required to deliver and remove such packaging. 

Drinking water from a fountain is up to 3000 times greener than alternative provision and provides a welcome facility for those just wanting to wet their whistle. Firmdale Hotels Limited, the developers of the new Ham Yard Hotel, accepted the challenge of creating a public drinking water fountain and have installed it in the new public space, shortly to be completed at their development.

I had a sneak preview with owner, Tim Kemp, today of the fabulous new facilities due to open on 1 June which will transform an area of Soho which was derelict for decades into a vibrant, welcoming and suitably quirky hotel, restaurant and artisans shops together with a bowling alley and theatre which will serve the local community. The developers have planted several semi-mature trees and incorporated some wonderful art both in the new public space created and the hotel itself.

 However, I am proudest of the drinking fountain which provides both for the needs of humans and dogs and is inscribed with Plato's quote “The madness of love is the greatest of heaven's blessings”.

 I hope the drinking fountain and the development will be a great success.

Fitzroy Place Development

Please see below the Fitzroy Place Newsletter for May 2014 for the latest works and upcoming activities:

Exemplar_Newsletter_May 2014 LR.pdf

Crossrail - Hanover Square Ticket Hall

Please see the Information Sheet below for the latest news on works being carried out at Hanover Square:


Election Campaigning

Westminster City Council Elections take place on 22 May 2014 on the same day as the European Elections.

For the last few weeks I have been out and about campaigning throughout West End Ward and today was in Soho with our MP, Mark Field MP and Stephen Greenhalgh, Deputy Mayor for Policing and fellow candidates.

We wanted to draw to their attention concerns which have been expressed in relation to a rise in the amount of on-street drug dealing which has been concerning local residents for some weeks and to seek their assurance that the necessary resource will be made available to tackle this problem.

In Fitzrovia we saw the huge number of building and construction projects which is transforming the area and met local residents to discuss their concerns and to put across our message.

Most residents were satisfied with the range and standard of services provided by Westminster City Council and supportive.