Archive for July 2015

West End Ward Surgery - Friday 31 July

Unfortunately I will be absent from this month’s Surgery due to unforeseen circumstances . However, my colleague, Councillor Glenys Roberts, will be representing the Ward at St Anne’s Church, 55 Dean Street from 5pm to 6pm.

If you are unable to attend this drop-in and have Ward issues to raise , Councillor Paul Church, will be taking a surgery on Saturday 1 August at 2pm at Danceworks, Balderton St.

Alternatively you can contact me via email to raise any issues or concerns that you may have on

I look forward to seeing you as usual at the next Surgery which will be taking place on Friday 28 August.

Fitzroy Place Newsletter - July 2015

Please see the latest newsletter below in relation to the Fitzroy Place development:

Fight the Flytippers in Westminster

Dumped rubbish on Westminster's streets is an ongoing battle within the Ward and 75 City Inspectors are now on our streets to comabt this issue.

Please help us keep our streets clean by reporting flytipping online. Either send details and photos to us on Twitter using #FightFlytippers or fill in our quick online form at

Crossrail: Tottenham Court Road - latest works information

Please see below to view the latest works notification about the closure of Dean Street to through traffic to facilitate the removal of a scaffolding structure around the Nellie Dean public house.

Please also note that contractor, Laing O’Rouke, will be receiving a large welfare cabin delivery at the Goslett Yard worksite on the morning of 22 July 2015 approx 6am. The large load will be brought in under escort.

West End Starved of High Speed Internet

Many residents and business in the West End and elsewhere in Westminster are frustrated by the inability to access cost-effective superfast broadband. Small and medium sized businesses which make up the bulk of those operating in the West End are told by BT that they should be able to operate on the residential standard basis which operate on a shared arrangement , not unlike the old party-lines which means that the limited bandwidth available is divided and rationed between many users. At busy times their access to the internet and email is effectively slowed down to make the running of a business in the 21st century practically impossible. As use of the internet increases and programmes need more band with the position will only get worse.

As Lead Member for Broadband and Connectivity my inbox is full of those complaining of the lack of service and whilst larger businesses can fend for themselves and have a wide choice of higher capacity providers , smaller businesses and residents are told that there is no prospect of upgrading the 4 exchanges in Westminster for a better service that can be provided by Fibre to the Cabinet as BT, who control the infrastructure state ”there is no demand” and it is prohibitively expensive to do so in central London because the residential population “not sufficiently dense”.

This is clearly counter-intuitive and , in my view, nonsense.

In order to address this, and enjoy the unheard of luxury of being able to watch a programme on Netfix without it constantly stopping for buffering we need to provide evidence of demand.

Please follow the link and this on the Westminster City Council website ( to show that there is indeed demand to help us get broadband fit for a World class city in the 21st Century.

An investigation, has shown that 341,592 residents across London are without high-speed broadband connection. London’s average internet speed is 25Mbps which makes it one of the worst capital cities in. It is important that we take the time to campaign and invest in this area to help bring the capital back up to a competitive international standard.

Surprisingly Westminster is the borough at the bottom of the pack with 103,000 of its residents without high-speed broadband connection. The map (below), recently produced by The Mayor of London, shows details of black spots across London. By visiting you will be able to search your postcode and will be given the chance to request faster broadband for the borough.

Soho Square - Hellman's Pop Up Garden - Wednesday 15 July 2015

Hellman's are creating a pop up Mediterranean garden which will be set up tomorrow in Soho Square. The garden will be open to the public and will contain chairs, hammocks, tables and a portable kitchen in which a chef will be undertaking cooking demonstrations. The north east quadrant of Soho Square gardens will be decorated with plants and garden accessories such as wooden barrels, shutters, gazebos. Details are listed below. 

Wednesday 15th July 2015
Soho Square Gardens (north east quadrant)
Event live: 12:00 – 20:00hrs

Crossrail: Bond Street Station – Hanover Square Works Update

Please see the document below for information on the latest works and progress being made at the Hanover Square ticket hall worksite.