TfL consultation on proposed changes to 23 bus routes serving central London

Transport for London has launched a consultation on proposed changes to 23 bus routes serving central London. Tfl say:
“The proposals will help buses get to and through central London quickly and reliably and better match bus services with demand across the city.
 
Ensuring that we have the right level of bus provision is crucial in ensuring central London works well and these proposals ‎respond to the changing ways people are travelling across central London. Improved services on the Tube and Overground, Night Tube and the new one-hour ‘Hopper’ bus fare have affected how our customers travel. The opening of the Elizabeth line in 2018 will further transform how people move about in Central London. 
 
In response, we are reviewing bus services so we can provide the right level of service, and boost frequencies outside of central London where new developments and increases in population need more services. We also need to ensure there are a sufficient number of buses serving each station on the new Elizabeth line, both in Central London and at outer London stations.
 
The Elizabeth line is particularly significant for bus services on Oxford Street, with the two new stations at Tottenham Court Road and Bond Street set to further reduce bus demand on the street. The Mayor is also working with City of Westminster to make Oxford Street more pedestrian friendly. Our proposals for changes to bus services in central London are therefore also designed to start reducing the number of buses running along Oxford Street. The proposals in this consultation would reduce the number of buses going along Oxford Street by around 40 per cent.
 
This consultation sets out our proposals to change the bus network in central London on routes 3, 6, 8, 15, 22, 25, 23, 46, 73, 137, 172, 242, 332, 390, 425, 452, C2, N2, N3, N8, N15, N22 andN73. Our proposals range in scale depending on the route to help us better match future demand with space available on the bus.
 
Please visit our website www.tfl.gov.uk/west-end-bus-changes for further detailed informaiton about our proposals to change bus services in central London and to provide your views. Alternatively email us at consultations@tfl.gov.uk
 
The consultation ends on 29 January 2017.”
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Westminster Conservatives reveal where the Libraries axe will fall as part of £750,000 cuts

Seven jobs, half of the staff at Marylebone Library, will be axed as part of Westminster Conservatives’ plans to cut £750,000 from the Libraries budget, according to figures released by the Council this week.

In addition, 2 jobs will go at Charing Cross library, 2 jobs will go at Victoria Library and over 4 jobs will go at Music, Archives and Reference Libraries.

Labour Councillors have organised a petition opposing the cuts calling for a full public debate before any decisions are taken.

“We the undersigned petition Westminster City Council to halt its planned cut of £750,000 from the library service budget that would see the equivalent of 17 ½ full-time members of staff, mostly librarians, lose their jobs. The council should open a full public consultation and find alternative methods for raising the funding required in order to protect Westminster’s vital library service.”

http://petitions.westminster.gov.uk/libraries/

Earlier this month, Labour Councillors revealed how Council Tax payers have had to foot a £1,387,000 bill for Westminster Conservatives’ failed attempts to build an underground library in Luxborough Street as a replacement for the long-delayed Marylebone Library.

Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Labour Environment spokesperson, said:

“These latest figures show how the cuts will fall on each library. Residents in Marylebone, Charing Cross and Victoria have been hit particularly hard and their libraries will have fewer staff to help maintain the library service. One again, Westminster Conservatives are hitting local communities and reducing local services.”

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Tell Karen Buck MP what you think of Airbnb short term lettings – complete the survey

Complaints about “nuisance” noise from Airbnb properties have increased more than seven-fold over the past year. Labour MP for Westminster North Karen Buck said:

“Residents in some apartment blocks are effectively living in a hotel. The comings and goings and their general expectation of being on holiday often add up to disturbance. And unlike in a hotel, there is no one there to manage the situation when problems occur.” 

Karen wants to know your views and has organised a survey which you can complete here http://www.karenbuck.org.uk/my_short_term_lets_survey

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Another petition calls for a halt to Westminster Council’s proposed £750,000 cut from the libraries budget

marylebone-library-demoFollowing the demonstration outside Marylebone Library, Councillor Adam Hug has organised another petition calling for a halt to Westminster Council’s proposed £750,000 cut from the libraries budget:

“We the undersigned petition Westminster City Council to halt its planned cut of £750,000 from the library service budget that would see the equivalent of 17 ½ full-time members of staff, mostly librarians, lose their jobs. The council should open a full public consultation and find alternative methods for raising the funding required in order to protect Westminster’s vital library service.”

You can sign here

http://petitions.westminster.gov.uk/libraries/

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Protect the leisure and health services at the Queen Mother Sports Centre on Vauxhall Bridge Road

queen-mother-sports-centreCouncillor Jason Williams has organised a petition to protect the leisure and health services at the Queen Mother Sports Centre on Vauxhall Bridge Road which is planned for redevelopment by Westminster City Council.

“We the undersigned petition Westminster City Council to protect the leisure and health services currently offered by the Queen Mother Sports Centre on Vauxhall Bridge Road, and raise concerns about the current Council consultation for the site and surrounding areas.

We want a sports centre to remain on the site with the same square footage and space with no reduction in size for the gym, pool, health clinic and other facilities presently offered.

The Queen Mother Sports Centre is an important community asset which is much used and valued by local residents and workers. Any changes should only seek to improve facilities rather than reduce them, and ensure that charges remain affordable for the majority of current users.”

You can sign the petition here

http://petitions.westminster.gov.uk/QueenMother/

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Westminster residents to pay £1,387,000 bill for failed Luxborough Street library project

Westminster Council Tax payers have had to foot a £1,387,000 bill for Westminster Conservatives’ failed attempts to build an underground library in Luxborough Street as a replacement for the long-delayed Marylebone Library.

The £1,387,000 bill comes at the same time as Westminster Conservatives are planning to cut £750,000 from the libraries budget which will mean over 35 librarians will lose their full and part-time jobs. https://labourwestminster.wordpress.com/2016/10/08/westminster-labour-anger-at-tory-plans-for-huge-library-cuts/

The £1,387,000 bill for the failed library project was incurred between 2012 and 2016 and was spent on professional fees, design work, development management costs and other costs, and was revealed by a Council question asked by Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg.

Councillor Dimoldenberg said:

“This £1.387 million bill is a direct result of Conservative incompetence and Westminster’s hard-working and dedicated librarians are now paying the price with their jobs and livelihoods”

“Those Conservative Councillors responsible for this financial debacle should hang their heads in shame at this horrendous waste of money, all of which had been swept under the carpet until I asked my Council question”

“We are now calling for a full-scale inquiry into the failed Luxborough Street library project with those Conservative Councillors responsible called to account for their costly actions”

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Tackling drug crime in Soho

The West End Labour Action Team were on London Live tonight talking about their 5 point plan to help tackle drug crime in Soho.

To give your views on the plan, please click here.

The West End Labour Action Team will be working with the community to take its plans forward and will be reporting back to residents on progress made.

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