Archive for March 2015

40 Beak Street Redevelopment Proposals

Below are the details of the public exhibition on the proposals for 40 Beak Street. The Developers, Enstar Capital, expect to shortly submit a planning application to Westminster City Council for the redevelopment of this site.

The existing building is currently vacant. Under these proposals, the site would be cleared for a new mixed use development consisting of a Restaurant unit and four floors office space above.

The developer is inviting views from local residents on the proposals. I would encourage residents to review proposals and provide feedback on the scheme which should be submitted to


Soho Square Bazaar - Sunday, 29th March

This Sunday, 29th March between 12 and 5pm The Soho Square Bazaar will be held in aid of St. Patrick’s Open House Outreach Programme.

This Bazaar is raising money for a great cause and will have stalls selling clothing, accessories, books, music, films and food.

If you would like to donate anything to the Bazaar or would like to bake biscuits or cakes to sell, please contact

Fitzroy Place Newsletter March 2015


The Mayfair Market - Upcoming Dates

Brown Hart Gardens will be hosting a fortnightly food market every other Wednesday in 2015. Food lovers are sure to find tasty treats from around the world and the hustle and bustle of the market atmosphere is bound to make it an enjoyable experience.

The market is next being held this Wednesday, 25th March from 11am to 4pm. Future dates for the market can be found at the following link:

New Fine Announced To Fight Air Pollution

Following many complaints from concerned residents and  business owners in  West End Ward I am pleased to see that Westminster Council has now announced a new step in an attempt to reduce air pollution and noise nuisance. The Council have announced that motorists who sit in a stationary vehicle with the engine running will be asked to switch it off leading to a £20 fine should they refuse. Many such vehicles in the West End are chauffeur driven cars that often park outside residential properties late at night and keep both their engines and sound systems running whilst waiting for their clients.

This measure may appear modest but is an important step in the right direction in improving both air quality and residential amenity. I welcome this change and look forward to many more measures to improve air quality to complement this one.

Broadband: What about the urban not spots?

London consistently tops the league of global cities on a whole host of measure from sustainabilityquality of lifetax competitiveness and most desirable place to live and work. London is truly  the world’s greatest city.
Yet surprisingly, at the same time London ranks 26th out of 33 European Capital cities in terms of internet download speed, averaging just 25.44 Mbps, compared to 80.14Mbps in Bucharest and 78.6 Mbps in Paris. To maintain our position as the world’s greatest city, we need to deliver not only superfast broadband tomorrow, but build a technical infrastructure fit for the long-term future.
Superfast broadband is defined as speeds of 24Mbps or above. The Government’s ambition is to provide 95% of the UK with those speeds or higher by 2017, but by the end of this decade, it is estimated that consumers and business will need 165Mbps average download speed.
We need to be planning now for the next generation of ultra-fast broadband and mobile network to ensure London can be a Capital city which maximises the opportunities from ever increasing demand for content on demand and on the go through to the prospects of an Internet of Things, connecting everything including the kitchen sink to the web.
The Mayor has already pledged to deliver 5G mobile capacity by 2020, with the possibility of download speeds up to 1Tbps, but as we stand today only 47 per cent of premises in Westminster have access to superfast broadband and download speeds can be very slow and variable.
Falling through the gaps between Government funding for rural broadband to meet the target for superfast broadband coverage to reach 90 per cent of the UK by 2016 and the market led implementation, a House of Lords report concluded last week “we find it unacceptable that there are still urban areas experiencing internet ‘not spots’, which is hampering…the UK’s international competitiveness.”
The report challenges the incoming Government in May 2015 to prioritise infrastructure delivery to secure the UK’s position as a digital leader. But even delivering this target, for the majority superfast broadband will only deliver 24Mbps, not the >165Mbps needed for the future.
When it comes to broadband speed, mobile coverage, and 4G the Capital’s infrastructure is creaking. For residents and businesses in Westminster this simply is not good enough. Failure to act now will store up even worse future problems, planning now for the next phase of technological development is critical. London as the World’s greatest City must be ready to defend that title.
With record numbers of people living and working in London, demand for download capacity will only grow. London has the highest rate of internet use within UK regions with 90.3 per cent of those aged 16+ having accessed the internet, compared with over 20% of people in Northern Ireland who have never used the internet. Tackling ‘not-spots’ to deliver seamless transition between fixed-line broadband, mobile internet and workplace will enable London to stay ahead of the competition.
While there is plenty of work to do, which I am delighted is being spearheaded by the Conservative Technology Forum, the good news is we are already taking the first steps with Virgin announcing £3bn of investment that will benefits areas with high demand. The network can offer broadband speeds of up to 152Mbps, and this investment will deliver much needed capacity expansion which has seen demand on its network grow at a rate of around 60 percent a year which – leading to a 10,000 percent uplift in demand in just 10 years. Residents and businesses should register at to ensure their area benefits from the single largest investment in digital infrastructure in the country for more than a decade.
Test your own download speed here.

MOPAC News: Mayor and Commissioner celebrate Met Police recruitment milestone

Mayor and Commissioner celebrate Met Police recruitment milestone 

  • Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Commissioner attend Hendon passing-out parade for latest Met recruits.
  • Met now at full strength of 32,000 officers.
  • Proportion of women & BME officers continues to rise.

New Metropolitan Police training centre takes shape

Stephen Greenhalgh, Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, joined Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe to commemorate the 'topping-out' of the new Metropolitan Police Training Centre in Hendon. The new Centre will provide state-of-the art training facilities for the Met at a significantly lower running cost.

More MOPAC News

Deputy Mayor Greenhalgh speaks out on cost of reoffending

Speaking at an event organised by Reform, Stephen Greenhalgh, Deputy Mayor for Policing, called for Mayoral oversight of the criminal justice system in the capital after revealing that a hard core of 4000 repeat offenders had cost London taxpayers £163m over the last three years.

Youth Reoffending Dashboard launched

At a visit to Redbridge Youth Offending and Targeted Prevention Service, Deputy Mayor Stephen Greenhalgh launched MOPAC's latest interactive Dashboard to allow the public to access the latest data on youth crime in the capital.

#HelpingHands to stop child sexual exploitation

At a meeting with the Safer London Foundation's EMPOWER team, a MOPAC-funded programme which supports young women and girls at risk of gang-related sexual exploitation and violence, Deputy Mayor Greenhalgh pledged his support to the #HelpingHands campaign to raise awareness of and stop CSE.

Community safety ideas in the Dragons' Den

Deputy Mayor Stephen Greenhalgh was one of the 'Dragons' at an event organised by the Community Ambassador Programme at City Hall. Three teams of Ealing young people pitched ideas for community safety schemes to the judging panel. After careful deliberation of three excellent pitches, team #SaferRoutesSaferYou - a scheme to promote safety on the bus network - emerged as the victors. All of the ideas will be rolled out in the Borough in the coming months. 

Coming up

Free mental health & safeguarding training available for front line youth workers - register now

Following a successful bid by the Metropolitan Police Service and MOPAC to the Home Office's Innovation Fund, we have launched the Mental Health Awareness and Safeguarding Training (MAST) programme available free of charge for front line staff who work with young people.  
The programme consists of two days of training, with a six month gap between each training day. The programme will run until in March 2016, with provision for 8,000 front line practitioners across London.
Click here to find out more and register for this training. 

Green Park Underground Improvement Works

L-Resident letter Green Park.pdf

Transport for London have announced improvements works at Green Park Underground which will commence on 6th April and will last for up to one month. Transport for London have said that they will minimise disruption and noise during the improvements which will take place mostly at night.

If you do have any concerns or would like more information on these works please do contact their helpline at 0343 222 2424 or email them at

Happy Saint Patrick's Day

Happy Saint Patrick's Day (Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona) to the Irish community of West End Ward and beyond.

Crossrail : Work on Bond Street Western Ticket Hall Update

Bond Street Western Ticket Hall Tunnelling Programme Rev 4.pptx

Crossrail have provided an update on the progress of the tunnelling under the Army Reserve Centre and Grays Antiques which can be seen on the above plan. The concourse tunnel will be constructed by the widening of the pilot tunnel meaning that from as early as 13th March there could be noise and vibration caused by the breaking of concrete and from machinery. This work will continue 24 hours a day for around three weeks. This work will then be followed by the beginning of work on four cross passages on 3rd April for six weeks.

Crossrail have said that they will do their very best to minimise noise and vibrations but some may be unavoidable. The Crossrail helpline number is 0345 602 3813.

MOPAC Update: Mayor pledges £5 million to create first London-wide service to help domestic violence victims and boost convictions

Mayor pledges £5 million to create first London-wide service to help domestic violence victims and boost convictions

• Mayor announces £5m investment at Havering refuge visit
• First ever pan-London domestic violence service will support victims' recovery and help them navigate the criminal justice system
• Reported domestic abuse incidents rose last year in London by 23 percent 
• Number of perpetrators brought to justice up 18.6 percent since 2012, but conviction rates for DV cases in London remain below national rates

MOPAC launches Domestic & Sexual Violence Dashboard

To coincide with the Mayor's announcement on the new pan-London domestic violence service, MOPAC has launched its Domestic and Sexual Violence Dashboard. The sixth such resource to be launched, the Dashboard allows the public to access the data used by MOPAC to assess police performance on Domestic and Sexual Violence in London, including reporting levels, incident rates, repeat victimisation and justice outcomes.

More MOPAC News

Council tax cut for London Special Constables

Stephen Greenhalgh, Deputy Mayor for Policing, has written to London's Special Constables to confirm that all serving Specials who live in the capital will be eligible for a £150 council tax cut, as Mayor Boris Johnson delivers on his pledge to reward those uniformed volunteers who support policing.

Major expansion of services for victims of gang-related violence

At a visit to King's College Hospital, Deputy Mayor Greenhalgh announced a new £600,000 initiative with youth charity Redthread to put specialist youth workers into all four Major Trauma Centres in London to support victims of gang violence.

Local Policing Model Review 

The Metropolitan Police Service has completed an operational review of the Local Policing Model introduced across London in 2013.
MOPAC has also assessed the impact of the new local policing arrangements on crime and confidence in London, and with the MPS undertaken a joint evaluation of police contact points, which were established as a result of the Mayor's Police and Crime Plan 2013-16. 
You can read the Review here.

Gangs Dashboard Launched

Earlier this year, as part of our ongoing focus on open data and transparency, MOPAC launched the Gangs Dashboard.
This new tool lets you access and explore the data used by MOPAC to track serious youth violence and gang related incidents across London. All gang crime and serious youth violence indicators are currently showing a reduction since March 2012.
You can access the Gangs Dashboard here

Coming up

MOPAC Challenge - Performance - 18th March 2015

Every month as part of our oversight of the MPS, MOPAC holds a public challenge board. This month, the MOPAC Challenge is on police performance. It will be held in the Chamber at City Hall on the 18th March between 10-11.30.

Public are welcome to attend the event as it happens. MOPAC Challenge is also available to watch live as a webcast. 
Watch MOPAC Challenge  

Pavement Improvements in Fitzrovia

There are lots of developments taking place in Fitzrovia and were possible the Council encourages or requires developers to upgrade the pavements and public realm around their buildings. Examples include Pearson Square (Formerly Fitzroy Place) and the Middlesex hospital.

However many of the pavements have not been upgraded for years and, given the new vibrancy of the area do not reflect the quality we would expect for central London.

I identified a number of streets and recommended to the Cabinet Member for the Built Environment and his team that they should be upgraded and mam delighted that work has commenced in Mortimer Street and Great Titchfield Street to upgrade the pavements from tarmac to paving stones.

These upgrades together with those triggered by developments and Crossrail etc… will see a significant improvement of the quality of the public realm in Fitzrovia