Working To Improve Broadband Access Across Westminster, Crossrail 1 To Be Named The Elizabeth Line, Working To Reduce Begging Across Mayfair

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Working to Improve Broadband Access Across Westminster

I recently gave evidence to Parliament's Culture, Media and Sport Committee to highlight issues with broadband provision across Westminster.

As the Lead Member for Broadband on Westminster City Council I highlighted the sometimes inadequate service that residents and businesses receive across many parts of Westminster.

I also made the point that whilst larger companies in the area are able to organise their internet service, it is the smaller businesses which need the support, along with residents unable to get a good enough service to watch iPlayer or Netflix.

The aim of the session, which can be viewed using this link:, was to take evidence from local authorities and delivery companies, as part of its inquiry into establishing world-class connectivity throughout the UK.

Although the issue in our area is different to that of rural areas, I believe that residents and businesses everywhere should be able to access cost-effective high speed broadband, and in my role in Westminster I will continue to lobby to that end.

Working to Reduce Begging Across Mayfair

I have become increasingly concerned over recent months with begging in and around the Mayfair area of the Ward.

A number of residents have contacted me, and I have been working with the Council, as well as with the local Police, to deal with the issue.

I can now report that over recent weeks and months there have been 32 warnings issued to beggars, and 7 penalty notices issued.

As a result of our work, begging has been reduced by 17% compared with the same period last year.

I will continue to work with local residents, the Police and the Council to ensure this issue is dealt with.

Crossrail 1 to be Named the Elizabeth Line

Crossrail 1 will be named the Elizabeth Line in honour of the Queen.

As Chair of the Bond Street Station Community Liaison Panel I was delighted that Bond Street Station played host to the Queen last week, accompanied by Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin, to officially announce the name.

The East-West route will officially become the Elizabeth line when trains begin running through Central London, and the first section, between Liverpool Street and Shenfield, is due to open next May.

Works are continuing on both the Bond Street site and the Tottenham Court Road site, and I will continue to update residents on the progress of these sites as the developments take place above them.

Funding FitzWest Neighbourhood Forum's Green Oases

I am delighted that the FitzWest Neighbourhood Forum has been selected to receive funding from Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme.

The scheme, which provides grants of up to £12,000 to community groups, sees the 5p bag charge distributed to local projects.

All the money raised is split into three amounts, £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000, and the public had the chance to vote in store between 27th February and 6th March to determine who receives each of the above awards.

The FitzWest Neighbourhood Forum intends to spend the money on new green oases across the area, after it polled top of their recent surveys on community infrastructure.

Visit the Fitzrovia Chapel This Month

The Fitzrovia Chapel, which has undergone a £2 million refurbishment, has released some dates that it will be open during this month.

The chapel will be open, free of charge, for quiet contemplation from 11.00am - 4.00pm on 16th, 19th, 23rd and 30th March. 
The chapel opened it doors for the first time since restoration in September of last year.

Pursuant to their Planning obligations for the old Middlesex Hospital site, the developers have paid for the setting up of The Fitzrovia Chapel Trust, who hope that the Chapel will soon be open on a more formal basis, once a process of staff recruitment has taken place.

For more information visit their website:

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