Working to Remove Problem Pedicabs, £500 Million Worth of Investment, Changes to Rathbone Street Development, Marylebone Neighbourhood Forum AGM

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Working to Remove Problem Pedicabs from the West End

Over recent months I have become increasingly concerned about the pedicabs in use across Westminster, and I can now provide the following update.

The long term solution requires primary legislation, and after extensive lobbying we have now received a commitment to include the necessary legislation in the next Parliamentary session.

There have been reports of pedicab riders charging extortionate rates for journeys across Westminster.

I have relayed my concerns to officers, the police, and the council's enforcement team, and, as a result, a number of operations have taken place to deal with the pedicab issue.

Most recently, 137 riders have been stopped, with 65 being given written warnings. 39 summonses were also issued, and in total over £2000 in fines have been handed out since October.

As a result of the action mentioned it has been reported that pedicab usage is down 20%, and a real solution is in sight.

£500 Million Worth of Investment in Our Area

As a Councillor representing the West End, I am delighted to be working alongside the West End Partnership, officers, businesses and residents, as we look towards over £500 million worth of investment in the area- mainly triggered by the arrival of Crossrail in 2018.

Over the next few years improvements will be made to the area, and residents will be consulted throughout the process. Schemes for Bond Street, Hanover Square, Soho Square and others are well advanced.

Since my initial election to the council in 2009, and throughout my time to-date, I have been making representations on behalf of residents and our community, especially with regard to improving air quality and reducing congestion.

The projects taking place will mostly focus in and around Oxford Street, specifically to help improve the street's air quality and safety, as there will be a significant increase in the number of pedestrians as capacity on the Tube increases and population growth will see greater footfall.

Changes Made to Rathbone Street Development Proposals

In September a public exhibition was held to provide information on proposals for 39-35 Rathbone Street.

The proposals included refurbishing the building to provide improved offices and introduce a restaurant on the ground floor.

The initial plans also outlined proposals for the basement space to be renovated and used as office space.

However, since the exhibition in September these plans have been altered, and now a different application is being submitted to Westminster City Council.

The new plans, which would involve extending the building, would mean that the basement will now house a gym, and that residential accommodation would not be included.

For more information on the new proposals, please contact Four Communications on 020 3697 4385 or email

Broadwick Street - Soho Development

Residents may be aware that an application was submitted towards the end of last year to regenerate 57 Broadwick Street.

The building, which is set within the Soho Conservation Area, dates from the 1960s, is currently Jaeger's offices, and is in need of an upgrade. Sterling Court sits immediately above it.

The new scheme will provide new frontages for the building, and bring new retail and restaurant offers into the building.

I believe that while planning applications must balance the residential amenity with commercial activity, and look to improve the street scene of the area, they must also adhere to the rules of any conservation area they are a part of.

I lobbied accordingly, and can report that although the planning application was given consent, a number of conditions relating to the venting of the restaurant and the replacement of street trees were imposed to address those concerns.

Don't Lose Your Right to Vote in May 2016

I have been working alongside council officers to ensure that local residents do not lose the right to vote in the upcoming London Mayoral and London Assembly elections.

In the Mayoral contest between Zac Goldsmith and Sadiq Khan, and others, on 5th May, every vote will count, and the winner will be responsible for the Police, Transport, Strategic Planning and many other public services across London, affecting you directly.

Those who have a European Union or Commonwealth passport are able to vote in the Mayoral elections, and I would urge all those people eligible to vote to get in touch with Westminster City Council.

If you have friends or neighbours who are unaware of the entitlement to vote please encourage them to contact the Electoral Registrars or email the council on

The Marylebone Neighbourhood Forum Holds Annual General Meeting

Residents in East Marylebone may be aware that The Marylebone Neighbourhood Forum held their first Annual General Meeting at the end of January. It is one of the four Fora which include part of West End Ward alongside those for Mayfair, Soho and Fitzrovia West.

Over one hundred members attended, with the main purpose of the meeting being to elect the management committee, who will work on the Neighbourhood Plan for Marylebone.

My congratulations go to the Chair, Kevin Coyne, and his team, and I look forward to working alongside them, and local residents and businesses, as they develop the Neighbourhood Plan for that part of West End Ward.

To get involved in the Marylebone Forum please visit

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