Archive for December 2015

New Years Eve - Information for Businesses

With 2016 celebrations just around the corner, there are, inevitably, a number of impacts on businesses and the public within the area. Businesses are encouraged to review and ensure that they are familiar with their security and contingency plans as criminals and terrorists use the cover of crowds to commit crime.

Road closures in central London start from 14:00hrs.A map showing the areas and times for road closures being implemented in central London on New Years Eve is on the Safer Westend Twitter feed @saferwestend.

Around 3,000 officers will be on duty across central London, both within and outside the ticketed areas to prevent crime and disorder; and keep everyone safe.

To find out more about tonight's events and, the New Year's Day Parade, please follow this link:

Keep safe and I wish you a happy New Year!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for 2016.

There will be no surgery in December, but please feel free to contact me as usual.

My surgery will resume in January.

Thoughts on 2015

A long time ago (in the 1960s) in a galaxy far far away (Bristol) my parents went to the theatre (The Old Vic) and sat next to the Prime Minister (Harold Wilson).

I had thought, until last week, that this kind of thing was the remnant of a kindlier and more civilised society where pre-IRA bombing campaign and security issues meant that the Prime Minister of the day could enjoy a night off and an evening out without an accompanying cast of armed security guards and fixers.

That was until last week when I went to the premiere of The Force Awakens and was pleasantly surprised to see the Prime Minister, his wife and children, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, his wife and children all having a family night off to enjoy this latest blockbuster. Even though David Cameron was due in Brussels to re-negotiate Britain’s terms of membership of the European Union for the following morning he was able to join in the escapism for a few hours and just be a father with his kids enjoying a family film.

Do not let the stories about 'booing' the Chancellor fool you. When J.J Abrams confirmed that the Prime Minister was present there was general cheering and likewise when he confirmed the Chancellor’s presence. There were some very limited, pantomime boos, in full seasonal spirit, which were far from any considered expression of political disapproval. From where I was sitting, it certainly did not seem to spoil their enjoyment.

Most of the film and the post production work was undertaken in England because of benign tax rules created or maintained by the Chancellor. Whilst the finer and more arcane points of film finance tax legislation were probably lost on most (if not all of the audience) the very real contribution that the creative industries make to this country, and its reputation, as a result of the current fiscal structures was not.

So last week I had an element of my faith restored and was delighted that as we draw to the end of 2015 with all its trials and tribulations that the world did not stop turning as the two most powerful men in the country chose to spend their evening watching a film with their families.

Crossrail: Installation of track - Bond Street - Tottenham Court Road

The Crossrail contractor appointed to provide the power, utilities, track systems and other services within the central tunnel areas (known as the Systemwide works) has begun enabling works within the tunnels below the new Crossrail Bond Street station. This marks the beginning of work to install rail tracks within the central section of Crossrail.

From 12 January 2016 night time concreting will commence for the construction of the rail track, which is specially designed to minimise operational noise and vibration transmission. Concrete pumping equipment will be enclosed within an acoustic shed in order to mitigate against potential noise disruption.

Pumping concrete to construct the rail track between Bond Street and Tottenham Court Road, will take place from January to July 2016 every fourth night. The night time working has been chosen to reduce daytime traffic congestion in the vicinity of the work site.

 For further details regarding the works, please see the information sheet below:

Stop The War March Tomorrow, Saturday 12th December

Stop The War Coalition have initiated a National Call Out following the decision to begin airstrikes in Syria.

The group will be meeting near the BBC in Portland Place, and the march will begin at 1.00pm.

The route of the march and final rally point is yet to be confirmed.

Local police do have a plan in place for the day, and will endeavour to minimise the impact of this action on local businesses and residents.

For more information please click here

Fitzrovia Centre Winter Party Tomorrow

The Fitzrovia Centre will be holding their Winter Party tomorrow, 10th December, from 6pm to 9pm.

There will be nibbles and drinks, and the event will launch the new exhibition by their artist in residence, Mir Gwilliam-Parkes.

Tottenham Court Road – New Glass Tube Entrance

The new south plaza entrance to the station is now open in what is a major milestone for the stations upgrade.

The 15 metre tall glass entrance to Tottenham Court Road has also been greeted by the announcement that Central Line trains will now be stopping at the station again from Monday 7 December.

These works are part of TFL’s £500 million upgrade to the station and will be fully completed in 2016. Please follow this link to find out more about the new entrance and details of what the station will feature in the future: Tottenham Court Road Upgrade

Crossrail - Slip form works at Bond Street Western Ticket Hall

Please see the information sheet below which gives information about the slip form works which are currently taking place at the Bond Street Western Ticket Hall over the next two weeks.