Archive for May 2015

Road Resurfacing Works - Mount Street, Hay's Mews, Rex Place, Balfour Place, Hill Street and Aldford Street

Over the next 6 weeks a series of carriageway resurfacing works will take place across the West End to repair and upgrade the road surface on Mount Street, Hay's Mews, Rex Place, Balfour Place, Hill Street and Aldford Street.

These works are scheduled for May and June, the detail of which is as follows:

Mount Street- Rex Place to Park Lane including junction with Park Street

Carriageway resurfacing on 26/05/2015

Hay's Mews- entire length (Chesterfield Hill to Waverton Street/Hill Street to Charles Street/Hays Mews to Chesterfield Hill)

Carriageway resurfacing on 28/05/2015

Rex Place- Aldford Street to South Street

Carriageway resurfacing on 11/06/2015

Balfour Place- Mount Street to Aldford Street

Carriageway resurfacing on 12/06/2015

Hill Street- South Audley Street to Berkeley Square

Carriageway resurfacing on 15/06/2015

Aldford Street- Park Street to South Audley Street including area beyond Park Street

Carriageway resurfacing on 23/06/2015

The works will be undertaken between 8am and 6pm to ensure minimal disturbance to residents.

Crime Prevention Advice to ensure your visit to the West End

The Metropolitan Police have issued useful advise for residents and visitors to the West End as we enter the peak summer tourist season. Over the last 12 months we have seen a reduction in theft from the person offences of 18.9% and a reduction in personal robbery offences of 32% across Westminster, following the straight forward advice from the Met we can reduce these even further.

Visit the Westminster Police Website

If you are planning to visit one of  Westminster's many entertainment venues over the coming weeks then please follow these simple crime prevention steps to avoid becoming a victim of crime:

1.Don’t drink too much
Drunk people look drunk.  If you drink too much it is obvious to people watching and you are more likely to become a victim.  Know your limit and stop!

2. Plan your journey home in advance
If you don't plan your journey home before you start drinking you are more likely to have to wait around and become a victim of crime.  Don’t use unlicensed taxis.

3. Look after your friends
You are more vulnerable when drinking.  Stay together and be responsible for each other.  If you see a friend drinking too much have a word with them.  Don't let them end the night in an ambulance or a police cell.

4. Protect your property
Don't give thieves an opportunity. Don't leave coats and bags on the floor or backs of chairs. Know where your phone is.  Use cloakrooms to store property safely.


- Ensure it's harder for thieves to get at your phone by making a habit of keeping it in a secure or zipped pocket
- If you are getting out your phone out in the street, don't attract attention to it - try to avoid texting/checking it as you are walking along and be especially alert when taking it out as you emerge from a train/tube station - these are often hotspots.
- Keeping both hands on the phone and holding it away from the road side of your body can make it harder from thieves on pedal or motorbikes to snatch it from you.
- Never leave your phone unattended in a public place and don't leave it lying in front of you on a table as you could become prey to distraction theft. A lot of thefts occur in pubs, restaurants or concerts where the phone is left in handbags or unattended jackets
- Don't leave your phone in an unattended car - if you must, lock it out of sight. It only takes seconds for a thief to smash a window and steal it

Take action to get faster broadband speeds in Westminster

As part of my ongoing efforts to address broadband urban not-spots , I am delighted that Westminster City Council have been pushing BT and other internet providers to improve the availability of superfast fibre broadband services in the West End and across Westminster on behalf of our residents and businesses.

I am delighted that BT have commitment to roll-out of fibre broadband where it can be demonstrated that there is sufficient demand. It is therefore vital that residents and businesses alike join forces with  Westminster City Council to help demonstrate the demand for faster broadband connections in the West End exists.

Westminster have therefore set up a website through which people can sign up to calling on BT to provide superfast fibre broadband in the West End (and other areas) for residents and businesses. Please visit to add your voice to the campaign.

For business users, it is also worth noting the Government's superfast broadband ‘connection voucher’ for small and medium sized firms (SMEs), worth up to £3,000, which is available for use with BT OpenReach companies and also with other broadband providers not tied into the BT OpenReach network. SMEs can club together within multi-occupation buildings to combine their vouchers and reduce the costs of connection. 

The Government’s broadband connection voucher web page for London is:

Fitzrovia Festival 2015

Fitzrovia Festival 2015 will take place from Wednesday 3 to Sunday 28 June with exhibitions, talks and walks.

The first event kicks off next week with an exhibition of textiles of quilts and other art and craftworks made by women at the Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Centre.

There is also an eBay auction of selected artworks to fundraise for future community development projects. Please have a a look at the lots on offer - happy bidding!

A full list of events for Fitzrovia Festival 2015 is here