Archive for October 2016

@CityWestminster Enforcement Is Upheld

An appeal by Starbucks’, against the size of a recent fine from Westminster City Council, has been rejected.

The initial fine from the council was £160,000 but the appeal at Southwark Crown Court has resulted in Starbucks’ fine increasing to £175,000.

The initial fine related to four occasions where Starbucks’ had left rubbish outside their stores outside of normal collection times.

Upon increasing the fine for two of the four offences, the judge remarked that the behaviour undertaken by the company had been deliberate.

This result proves that the council’s approach towards enforcement is working, and shows the ability of the council to enforce against companies the size of Starbucks’.

I continue to work with residents and businesses to ensure that our area is clean, and that the West End remains an excellent place to live and work.

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The Start Up Britain Bus is coming to #Westminster on 17th October

The NatWest Business Bus is on a tour of London this month– and will be stopping off in Westminster to help support and connect people interested in developing their own business.

The classic 1966 Routemaster bus, that is home to the NatWest Mobile Business School, will visit Church Street on 17th October.

The bus will be in Church Street from 9am to 4pm, and there will be experts giving free, impartial business advice.

NatWest is working with its tour partner StartUp Britain – which is a campaign to encourage entrepreneurship.

For more information visit the Westminster Business Council website here: 

Mayoral devolution risks letting our cities fail: My recent article for @ConHome

Since the devolution revolution under the Blair government that gave Scotland its Parliament, Wales an Assembly, and London an elected Mayor, the politics of localism has been increasingly fashionable in the UK. But with a new wave of elected mayors due in 2017, are we at risk of locking communities behind a wall of socialism?

For the full article on the ConservativeHome website please click here.

Summer Streets Survey from @RegentStreetW1

As you may be aware the Regent Street Association has been organising Summer Streets for the past three years, where Regent Street is made traffic free every Sunday in July.  

They are currently looking to introduce Summer Streets as an ongoing feature in the London events calendar, and would love to hear your views.

The deadline for responses is 31st October.

You can download the form here, and send it back to: or post it to: Regent Street Association, Room 302 Linen Hall, 162-168 Regent Street, London, W1B 5TD.

Alternatively you can fill the survey out online by clicking here: