Archive for 2018

Rubbish Dumping

There have long been problems with rubbish being dumped on many of the streets in Fitzrovia and East Marylebone as well as issues with rubbish being left at the wrong times. 

Following a local consultation, Westminster Council are testing the removal of some on street rubbish and recycling bins on Riding House Street, where the issues have been particularly bad. In other areas, this has been found to help overall.

It has been decided to experiment with the temporary removal of these bins to see what would happen and we are very keen to hear from local residents whether this leads to an improvement in their view.

I am also liaising with Veolia to ensure that we ask them to improve the reliability of their timing for collections, and, if possible, improve street cleansing.

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New Mayfair Special Status in Future Planning

A newly revised version of the Westminster City Plan, covering 2019 to 2040, has been drafted following an extensive review process.

The plan sets out a long-term vision for the buildings and spaces where we all live, work and have fun.


Key to the plan is a desire to build more affordable homes, the regeneration of areas around Victoria and Paddington and the introduction of a neighbourly development policy.

Once this revision has been made, it will be the ‘local plan’ for Westminster. Throughout, the plan prioritises sustainability, and encourages walking and cycling. 

The plan also identifies ‘specialist clusters’, places whose character adds significantly to our community including Mayfair, St James and Savile Row in West End Ward.

The specific provisions for Mayfair and St James reflect the unique character of the area and the proposed new guidelines will protect and enhance the existing scale and type of buildings as well as the mixture of styles and functions.

This includes recognition of the prestigious buildings and activities located there. Mayfair has long been the epicentre of the UK’s art and antiques markets and galleries are highlighted as one key activity that mark out the area. The City Plan encourages the development of new gallery spaces.

Similarly, the tradition of bespoke tailoring is highlighted in guidance on future plans for Savile Row. The City Plan makes clear the desire of Westminster Council and local people to see that continue with a stated ambition to retain what is there and grow the workshops and retail facilities needed.

Mayfair is a gem in the heart of our city and its facets reflect centuries of tradition. Today it has a global reputation that we need to protect and enhance by allowing only for developments that will improve the area and build on its heritage and the City Plan goes a long way to ensuring that will happen.

For more information please click here.

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Local Casino Developments

Two recent proposals for casinos in Mayfair have met with strong local opposition by residents close to the developments. I have also written to Westminster Council in support of residents’ objections.

Residents living close to the new casinos proposed for Charles Street and Brick Street have raised real issues that must be considered and addressed. New businesses of this type can have significant negative impact on those nearby and we need to ensure that is minimised or – even better – stopped!

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Better Broadband across Soho

Westminster City Council and Community Fibre have announced the roll out of new “ultrafast” broadband across Soho. The faster, cheaper services will be available to residents and businesses. 

As the Lead Member for Broadband on Westminster City Council I have pushed hard for new services. 

Conservative-led Westminster City Council has campaigned for ultrafast broadband to be rolled out across our city for several years. We have worked with Community Fibre and other potential providers to bring this service to local residents that will open up a wealth of opportunities for everyone who lives here and local businesses that need ultrafast connections to be competitive.

BT has been the only option for most residents of Soho and their service has suffered from poor speeds and reports of terrible reliability. The Community Fibre option will bring competition, lower prices and faster service for all residents and businesses in the area.

The new service is expected to be available by the end of the year. 

If you want to be kept up to date with developments and learn when the services launch, please register here.

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New Soho Special Status in Future Planning

A newly revised version of the Westminster City Plan, covering 2019 to 2040, has been drafted following an extensive review process.

The plan sets out a long-term vision for the buildings and spaces where we all live, work and have fun.

Key to the plan is a desire to build more affordable homes, the regeneration of areas around Victoria and Paddington and the introduction of a neighbourly development policy.

Once this revision has been made, it will be the ‘local plan’ for Westminster. Throughout, the plan prioritises sustainability, and encourages walking and cycling.

The plan also identifies ‘specialist clusters’, places whose character adds significantly to our community including Soho, Mayfair and Savile Row in West End Ward.

This is the first time specific provisions have been made for Soho in planning policies in this way and the City Plan reflects its unique character and proposes new guidelines to protect and enhance the existing scale and type of buildings and the mixture of styles and functions. This includes support for small creative businesses and housing to meet the needs of Soho residents and workers. Music venues, specialist shops and other activities that make Soho what it is are all encouraged. 

By contrast, there will be a limit on the size of new hotels with none more than 2,500 sq m and new cafes and restaurants will be subject to greater consideration of the cumulative impact they make on the area. The green spaces of Soho Square, Golden Square and St Anne’s Churchyard are highlighted for protection and future enhancement.

For more information please click here.

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Volunteer at The Fitzrovia Centre

The Fitzrovia Centre, based in Foley Street, is looking for volunteers.

If you are interested in volunteering, the team have outlined 10 ways you can get involved here.

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PopUp Business School in Westminster from 26th November-7th December

The PopUp Business School is in Westminster from Monday 26th November to Friday 7th December, based at the Paddington Arts Centre.

To find out more about the support they offer for businesses please click here.

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Mount Street Christmas Lights Switch On- 22nd November

This year's Mount Street Christmas lights switch on and party is being held on Thursday 22nd November.

The lighting ceremony will start at 6.30pm. To find out more please click here.

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Consultation opens on plans for the future of the Oxford Street District

Westminster City Council is running a consultation until 16th December on plans for the future of the whole of the Oxford Street District.

The plan includes 96 projects across 87 streets and spaces, including Oxford Circus, Marble Arch and Cavendish Square.

As part of the consultation there are a number of exhibition events taking place. 

To find out more about the consultation please click here.

To find out more about the exhibition events please click here.

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Extended deadline to submit your ideas for Grosvenor Square

The team looking after Grosvenor Square have extended the deadline for people to submit their ideas and opinions on how to improve the area. 

You can submit your ideas, schemes and projects until Sunday 4th November 2018.

You can find out more by clicking here, and you can submit your ideas by clicking here.

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Apply for a primary school place for 2019

If your child is due to start reception in primary school in September 2019, you are able to apply for places online.

The national closing date for applications is Tuesday 15th January 2019.

To find out more visit the Westminster City Council website here.

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Report Issues including Dumped Rubbish

Residents can report a variety of issues online, including dumped rubbish and graffiti, to Westminster City Council.

To find out more click here.

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Rubbish and Recycling in Westminster

If you would like to know any information relating to rubbish or recycling in Westminster, the Council's website outlines a lot of different information.

To find out the collection times and cleaning schedules for your street, click here.

You can also order recycling bags by clicking here.

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Support for Start-Ups and Businesses

If you run a business in Westminster, the Council is on hand to provide support in a number of different areas.

Below I have listed some of the support and information available, but you can also visit the Council's website here.

General Information
You can sign up for Westminster Council's business e-newsletter by clicking here and view the Westminster Business Handbook by clicking here.

There is also a dedicated Westminster Business Unit, which you can find here.

Pay your Business Rates Online
You can find out more about paying your business rates online by clicking here.

Commercial Waste
If you would like information about organising commercial waste, click here.

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Find out about local Crossrail work

Crossrail’s contractors continue to provide updates for local works, including at Bond Street Station's Western Ticket Hall site.

To view their updates for Bond Street Station please click here, and to view their updates for Tottenham Court Road please click here.

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Westminster Street Markets Consultation

Westminster Council is asking residents to give their views on a strategy for markets, including Berwick Street Market.

A number of events are being held to provide more information. The event covering Berwick Street Market will be held on Tuesday 16th October, from 11am-7pm, at Soho Centre, Westminster Kingsway College, W1F 0HS.

To submit your views online, find out more information about the consultation, or find out about the events being held, please click here.

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Westminster Open Forum Meeting: 26th September

Residents are invited to attend the next Westminster Open Forum Meeting, which will be held on 26th September.

It will be held at Regent Hall, 275 Oxford Street, London, W1C 2DJ.

The meeting will give residents an opportunity to raise their issues and concerns through a question and answer session.

Doors will open at 6.00pm for a prompt start at 6.30pm and the meeting will close at 8pm.

If you would like to attend please RSVP to openforum@westminster.gov.uk

For more information you can visit the Westminster Council website here.

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Working to deal with rough sleeping

I have been working alongside Conservative colleagues on Westminster City Council to deal with rough sleeping across the West End.

Action by Westminster Conservatives to tackle rough sleeping across the West End and the city means that 75% of those contacted do not spend a second night out on the street.

The Council spends over £6m a year to help rough sleepers find sustainable accommodation and to tackle mental and physical problems.

Despite the work already being done to reduce the issue I continue to raise concerns with officers when I see tents or other rough sleeping-related incidents.

If you come across any related issues please do not hesitate to contact me.

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Bond Street Station Western Ticket Hall Update

Crossrail’s contractor for the Bond Street project has released an update on the work at the western ticket hall site.

Works continue and a full update can be viewed online here.

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July Update for 90-104 Berwick Street

Interserve Construction, the company carrying out the work at 90-104 Berwick Street, have released their July newsletter outlining their progress.

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Apply for up for £10,000 to spend on community projects

Local groups are invited to apply for up to £10,000 to spend on community projects across Westminster as part of the #MyWestminster Fund.

The fund is open to all voluntary organisations, resident, faith and community groups within Westminster, which includes schools and other establishments which care for Westminster residents (such as residential care homes). 

The closing date for the current round of applications is Monday 27th August.

To find out more please click here.

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Submit your ideas for Grosvenor Square

The team looking after Grosvenor Square are asking for ideas and opinions on how to improve the area. 

You can submit your ideas, schemes and projects by Friday 26th October 2018.

You can find out more by clicking here, and you can submit your ideas by clicking here.

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June Update for 90-104 Berwick Street

Interserve Construction, the company carrying out the work at 90-104 Berwick Street, have released their June newsletter outlining their progress.

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