Archive for November 2015

Everyone Should Know Their Status: Get Tested this World AIDS Day

Next Tuesday, 1st December, is World AIDS Day, and G-A-Y have launched a ‘10k challenge’, in conjunction with 56 Dean Street.

56 Dean Street is one of the leading sexual health, contraception, and HIV care clinics in Europe, and is based in Soho.

As a matter of public and personal health it is important that as many people as possible, whatever their sexual orientation, are tested and know their status.

If 1000 people are tested at G-A-Y Bar in London between 1pm and 8pm on Tuesday, G-A-Y will be donating £10,000 to the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

For more information on the challenge, launched by G-A-Y owner Jeremy Joseph, please take a look at the graphic attached, or click this link and share the tweet from Jeremy.


Novikov Restaurant and Bar will be hosting the Mayfair Christmas Market on Saturday 28 November from 10am till 9pm. The event will see the whole of Mayfair Place closed off to traffic and turned into a festive event.

To find out more about this event please visit the following link: Mayfair Christmas Market

Crossrail Bond Street – Eastern Ticket Hall – Utility Diversion Enabling Works

In order to install new services, both BT and UK Power Networks will be working within the Bond Street Eastern Ticket Hall site to complete service diversion works over the next month. This works will last until late-December. The majority of the works will be carried out within the existing CSJV footprint, however please see below for the information sheet which details what to expect as the works take place:

Crossrail - Gilbert Street Footpath Closure Between Weighhouse Street and St Anselm’s Place

In order for CSJV to complete the next phase of works, including the ventilation shaft, the site boundary will be moved along Gilbert Street from today (9 November) until late December 2015. The footpath will be diverted. Please see below for further detailed information:

Basement Policy Change in Westminster

Westminster Council has introduced a new policy, aiming to ensure only suitable and appropriate basement development takes place across the city.

As a Ward Councillor in one of the busiest parts of London, a number of residents and businesses have raised the issue of disruptive developments across the area, specifically relating to basement developments.

After many years of work on this new policy I am delighted that we will now be able to manage basement development appropriately, in West End Ward, and across Westminster.

Only new applications for residential basement developments will be subject to the new policy, and existing consents are not affected.

The full basements policy will be voted on at the Westminster Council Meeting on November 11, and if approved it will be submitted to the Secretary of State to begin the examination in public.

The new policy will ensure that basement developments to existing residential buildings, or buildings originally built for residential purposes, must:

-          Not extend beneath more than 50 per cent of the site area
-          Provide a satisfactory landscaping scheme
-          Not result in the loss of trees deemed as having townscape, ecological or amenity value
-          Use natural ventilation wherever possible
-          Incorporate sustainable urban drainage measures
-          Protect the character and appearance of the existing building, garden setting and surrounding area

Other elements were commented on during the public consultation. The council is proposing to apply the following elements of the new policy from November 1, in advance of the Examination in Public:

-          Limiting basement development to a single additional storey
-          Properly protecting heritage assets and safeguarding significant archaeological sites
-          Requiring a detailed structural method statement from a qualified engineer.

There are also further elements of the new policy which, in light of more detailed comments received regarding them, will be applied on a case-by-case basis from November 1, depending on how much weight can be applied to them in each instance:

-          Require basement applications set out a margin of undeveloped land
-          Require a minimum soil depth and volume

westminster demonstrations this week

There are two major demonstrations this week which may have an adverse affect on businesses and residents. There are full policing plans in place for each event. Please see below for information on both events:

National Campaign Against Cuts and Fees – Wednesday 4th November 2015

A number of student groups are holding a march and rally through Central London campaigning against student cuts . Police have increased the expected numbers to 300,000 people.

Areas around Charing Cross Road, the Strand and Victoria will be particularly affected with protesters assemble at 12:00hrs at Malet Street. Route includes Russell Square, Southampton Row, High Holborn, Charing Cross Road, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall, Parliament Square, Millbank, Smith Square, Horseferry Road and concluding at Great Smith Street J/W Victoria Embankment.

Million Mask March – Thursday 5th November 2015

The protest group Anonymous organised an annual, global event titled the Million Mask March. Numbers are currently anticipated to be in excess of 3,500.

The London event, described as a “friendly gathering of minds”, will take place at 18.00 hours in Trafalgar Square. However, some social media entries are actively trying to encourage attendees to cause trouble.

There is no intelligence to indicate anywhere in London will be specifically targeted or that there will be any antisocial or criminal behaviour during this event. Previously demonstrators have targeted Buckingham Palace, Soho, Trafalgar Square and Parliament Square.

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