Archive for 2017

Soho Neighbourhood Forum AGM: 5th July

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The Soho Neighbourhood Forum are holding their Annual General Meeting on 5th July, from 6pm-8pm.

The meeting will take place at the NHS Soho Walk in Community Centre, 1 Frith Street.

For more information about the meeting, and how you can get involved in the Forum, click here.

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Walker's Court June Update

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Blenheim House Construction, the company carrying out the improvements at Walker's Court, have released their June newsletter, outlining their progress.

You can view the newsletter here.

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Register your interest for #MyWestminster on 18th June

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The first #MyWestminster Day is taking place on Sunday 18th June at Paddington Recreation Ground, with a programme of free events and family friendly activities.

Among other things, there will be entertainment from live acts and a food tent.For more information click here

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Have your say on the transformation of Oxford Street

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Transport for London (TfL) are currently undertaking a consultation about the transformation of Oxford Street, and they want your views.

Westminster City Council and TfL are working together to improve the area, and want to hear from as many people as possible who live, work, run a business, or visit the area.

While views are sought for the whole area, this initial consultation is mainly focussed around the section of Oxford Street from Orchard Street to Oxford Circus.

The deadline for submissions is 18th June 2017. To find out more and have your say please click here.

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Have your say on the progress of the Soho Neighbourhood Plan

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Residents are invited to have their say on the progress of the Soho Neighbourhood Plan.

The Soho Neighbourhood Forum has set up a short survey for residents and businesses to submit their views.

The deadline for responses is Wednesday 31st May 2017, and you can find out more here.

To pick up a paper version of the survey please visit House of St Barnabas at 1 Greek Street.

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Submit your feedback on the proposals for Hanover Square

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Following last week’s public briefings relating to the proposals for the Hanover Square public realm, residents are invited to submit their feedback.

Please fill in this survey to submit your thoughts.

The deadline to respond to the survey is this Thursday, 11th May.


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Register to vote in the General Election

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Don't miss your chance to register to vote in the General Election on Thursday June 8th.

You can register to vote until Monday 22nd May.


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Sign Up For The Westminster Mile

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The Vitality Westminster Mile will be held on Sunday 28th May.

There will be a series of races throughout the day, and entry is open until 5pm on 8th May.

For more information about the event, and to sign up to enter, click here.

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Hanover Square Public Briefings

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As part of the improvements to the public realm at Hanover Square there will be briefing sessions on 25th and 27th April, at 9.30am and 1.30pm.

They will be held at The Salvation Army, Regent Hall, 275 Oxford Street, London, W1C 2DJ.

You can register your attendance and confirm which session you would like to attend by emailing hanoversquare@wspgroup.com

Presentation materials will be on display at the venue between 9am and 4pm on both days as well.

If you would like further information about the improvements please look at the leaflet here.

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Road Closures as part of the London Marathon

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There are due to be a number of road closures as part of the London Marathon on 23rd April.

As part of increased security measures there will road closures throughout the weekend up until Monday.

The main areas affected will include Victoria Embankment, Whitehall, Parliament Square, Birdcage Walk and The Mall.

Access to the affected roads for businesses and residents in the areas will be through alternative routes, but it is likely that these road networks will be busier than normal.


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Tickets for this year's Soho Food Feast Now Available

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Tickets for this year's Soho Food Feast, which will be held on 10th-11th June at St Anne's Gardens, are now on sale.

To book your ticket please click here.

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Update on works at 90-104 Berwick Street

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Interserve Construction have released a new update on the demolition work taking place at 90-104 Berwick Street. 

They are now in the final stages of the major demolition works. 

For more information on the final works taking place and more, please click here

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April Update on Crossrail Works

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Over the next week there may be some disruption in and around Tenterden Street and Hanover Square as part of the ongoing Crossrail works.

Works are due to take place on 19th April, and should take around one day to complete.

For more information about the works please click here

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Mayfair Neighbourhood Forum AGM- 26th April

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The Annual General Meeting of the Mayfair Neighbourhood Forum will be held on Wednesday 26th April. 

It will be held at 6pm, at Forsters LLP, 31 Hill Street. 

For more information about the Mayfair Neighbourhood Forum you can visit their website here.

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Soho Police Team Launch Residents Survey

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The local police team in Soho would like to hear from residents, businesses and other important local stakeholders.

They have organised a survey, which you can complete here: http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/SohoEstates/

Please let other people know about the survey if you think may be interested. 

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Update on Berwick Street Market

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Soho’s iconic Berwick Street Market will be given a new lease of life under plans by Conservative-run Westminster Council

Local West End Conservative Councillors, Paul Church, Jonathan Glanz and Glenys Roberts called for a halt to the initial idea to bring in an external market operator to take over the running of the market on behalf of the Council.

Councillors Church, Glanz and Roberts asked for local residents and businesses to be consulted before any changes took place and met with the Cabinet Member to make a case on behalf of the local Soho community. 

Following this consultation and discussion, the decision was taken by the new Cabinet Member for Business, Culture & Heritage, Councillor Robert Davis MBE DL, to halt the tendering process and continue the Council’s management of the market - with new staff allocated to ensure its future success.

Your local Councillors Paul Church, Jonathan Glanz and Glenys Roberts, explained: “We are delighted that we have managed to secure a promising future for our iconic Berwick Street Market, which is so important to our local Soho community".

Cabinet Member for Business, Culture & Heritage, Councillor Robert Davis MBE DL said: "I am convinced that Berwick Street Market can, once again, become a thriving market, adding to the vitality of Soho as the jewel in the golden crown of our great City of Westminster".

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West End Community Trust Seeks New Volunteers

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The West End Community Trust, which runs the West End Time Bank in association with the Chinese Community Centre, is looking for extra volunteers.

As part of the project, each Thursday a volunteer will go along to the Chinese Community Centre after lunch and help older members at the centre understand their smartphones better.

If you are interested in volunteering for just one hour then please contact me and I will send your details on.

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Public Exhibition for the proposed In and Out Hotel

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On Wednesday 22nd March and Thursday 23rd March, there will be a public exhibition to present the proposals for the redevelopment of the former In and Out Club in Mayfair.

The exhibition will be held at 105 Piccadilly, 2nd Floor, Mayfair, London, W1J 7NJ, and will run from 15.30-19.30 on both days. 

For more information take a look at the leaflet here

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Update on Ongoing Crossrail Works

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Over the coming weeks there may be some disruption in and around Goslett Yard as part of the ongoing Crossrail works.

Part of Goslett Yard is closed, and work is taking place between 8am and 6pm Monday-Friday, and 8am-1pm on Sunday's.

For more information about the works please click here

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Community Event With The Leader Of Westminster City Council

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What matters to you?

An Open Forum community meeting is taking place on Monday March 20th at Lords Cricket Ground.

At the meeting, the Leader of the Council, Cllr Nickie Aiken, will be joined by the Cabinet Member for Environment, Sports and Community Cllr David Harvey, and the Cabinet Member for Adult Social Services and Public Health Cllr Heather Action, as they answer questions from residents and share their vision for Westminster.

You are able to arrive at the Grace Gate Entrance of Lords Cricket Ground from 6.30pm, and the event will begin at 7pm. The event will end at 8.30pm.

For more information about the event, and to register to attend, please click here.

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Upcoming Works at 90-104 Berwick Street

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Work continues at 90-104 Berwick Street, and an update has been released which outlines what will be happening over the coming month.

To view this monthly update please click here.

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Footpath Closures around Tottenham Court Road Station

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There are due to be works taking place in the area around Tottenham Court Road Station between 28th February and 4th March.

Footpaths along Great Chapel Street and Dean Street need to be closed temporarily, with the work taking place at night.

For more information please click here.

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Soho Food Feast- Back on 10th and 11th June

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Soho Food Feast will be back this summer for the seventh year.

The event, which raises money for Soho Parish primary school, will be held on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th June.

For more information click here.

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Bond Street Station Works As Part of The Crossrail Project

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As part of the on-going works to prepare the area for Crossrail, information about work taking place at Bond Street’s eastern ticket hall is attached here.

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Nominations Open For Westminster Community Awards

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Nominations are now open for the Westminster Community Awards.

The awards recognise people who have made life better for others by donating their time and skills.

The deadline for nominations is Wednesday 22nd March.

For more information, including for details of how to nominate someone, please click here.

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Part Of Oxford Street To Be Closed This Weekend For Crossrail Works

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On Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 February there will be disruption in Oxford Street as part of the Crossrail works.

Between 5am on 11th and 10pm on 12th Oxford Street will be closed between Newman Street and Charing Cross Road.

For more information please take a look at the Crossrail update here.

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Vote For Your Next Youth MP

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Voting is underway to elect Westminster’s representatives at the UK Youth Parliament.

The two winners of the election will serve a one-year term, and will represent the views and voices of young people across Westminster.


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The Prime Minister, Theresa May’s Chinese New Year Message

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The Prime Minister, Theresa May, sends her best wishes to everyone in Britain, China and around the world celebrating Chinese New Year.

To view her video message click the link below, or you can read her message below.


I want to send my best wishes to everyone in Britain, China and around the world celebrating Chinese New Year. 
From the fairs in Beijing, to the fireworks in Hong Kong and the parades here in London, families and communities will come together and look to the year ahead – the Year of the Rooster. 
And what a year it is set to be – particularly for the relationship between Britain and China. 
Our starting point is stronger than ever before. 
We had the historic state visit of President Xi just 15 months ago.  
We receive more Chinese investment than any other major European country. 
We’ve got around 150,000 Chinese students studying here and the number of Chinese tourists visiting has doubled in five years. 
Meanwhile, as permanent members of the UN Security Council, our countries are working together on the most pressing global issues. 
This year also marks some important anniversaries: 20 years since the handover of Hong Kong to China; and 45 years of ambassadorial relations between our countries. 
I want us to take this chance to build on all the ties we share – in business, diplomacy, education, tourism and culture – as we forge a new role for Britain, as the most outward-looking, free-trading nation in the world. 
Indeed, I look forward to making another visit to China, following my trip to Hangzhou last year, which was my first visit outside Europe as Prime Minister and my first meeting with President Xi. 
And it is an auspicious time. The Rooster – the Fire Rooster – represents so many of the characteristics we need to employ in that endeavour: openness, confidence, hard work and leadership. 
These aren’t alien concepts to any of us. 
Indeed, they are characteristics demonstrated day in, day out by the British Chinese community. 
For this is a community that makes an enormous contribution to our society – proving that the strength and success of this country rests on dedication, diversity and a deep spirit of citizenship among our people. 
So as the lanterns are lit and the dumplings are served, let me wish you and your family, wherever you are, a very happy and healthy New Year. 
“Xin Nian Kuai Le”