Hyde Park Ward


St. Mary’s Hospital to build new outpatient building 

Plans to redevelop St Mary’s Hospital cleared a major hurdle when the NHS Trust which runs it was given permission to build a new outpatient building. Westminster City Council granted Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust planning permission in principal for the building on the eastern side of the estate at the location of Salton House, the Dumbell, and Victoria and Albert buildings. It will enable the trust to bring together the majority of St Mary’s outpatient services, and is intended to form the first phase of a redevelopment of the whole of the hospital’s site.

Paddington Cube

The controversial £775 million Paddington Cube is facing a second High Court challenge, this time over its impact on emergency service access to St Mary’s Hospital. Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust has lodged an application for permission to bring a claim for judicial review to supress Westminster City Council’s final planning approval for the office block. Last month SAVE Britain’s Heritage won the go-ahead for a judicial review of Communities secretary Sajid Javid’s decision not to call in the plans. AECOM’s review of the plans highlighted issues over visibility for ambulance drivers, potential delays and congestion and an increased risk of collisions. The Health Trust claims that these concerns, which are shared by the London Ambulance Service, have not been accurately reported or addressed and that the council’s report to the members of the planning committee was misleading.



Hyde Park Square

We have asked the Council to investigate this anti-social activity:

“I note the comments from a resident in Montage Square about taxi drivers urinating on the fence and bushes of the garden square. We suffer from the same problem on Hyde Park Square, where the smell can be so bad in parts of the garden that it literally renders them unusable.  The taxi drivers also pee in bottles and then for some reason decide to pour the contents out in the same location! For years, residents and the garden committee have lobbied Westminster, the police, the taxi association etc, but still the problem continues.  We have been asked to and provided photographs and video footage, all to avail. Several residents have been verbally abused including myself (quite violently), whenever they confront one of these drivers.  “

Hyde Park Ward Action Report – January 2016

Paddington ‘Pole’

We have welcomed the announcement of a delay in the Paddington Pole proposals, that we first called for in December when the developers first submitted their planning application and Westminster Council sought to push ahead with the application for a decision in early March 2016.

We have been clear that the scheme proposed failed to deliver for local people, changing the skyline dramatically but failing to to provide much needed affordable housing. The excellent campaigning work by local residents, the Skyline Campaign, SEBRA and others have helped now force the developers and the council to see sense and delay the project.

The designers must now go back to the drawing board and come back with a radically revised plan that dramatically reduces the height of any new building and significantly increases the number of social and genuinely affordable homes in Westminster generated by the scheme.

Labour group leader Councillor Adam Hug said:

“Westminster residents won’t accept only cosmetic changes to the Paddington Pole plans, shaving off just a few floors and hoping no one notices. There must be a real rethink about how this important site is used so that it benefits local people. We must all remain vigilant to ensure that this happens.”

Hyde Park Ward Action Report – December 2015

Proposed changes to the junction of Harrowby Street, Edgware Road and Burrwood Place

In partnership with the City of Westminster, TfL have developed proposals for a safer and more attractive cycle connection between Harrowby Street and Burwood Place across Edgware Road, and would like your views.

The proposals are part of the Central London Cycling Grid – a network of cycle routes in Zone 1. The junction forms part of the Edgware Road to Fitzrovia Quietway. The City of Westminster consulted on other parts of this route in October 2015. TfL say:

“This junction is already well used by cyclists. Our proposals aim to improve safety and create more space for cyclists, catering for the predicted increase in cycling along this route. Our proposals include wider footways, along with improved crossings and public spaces to accommodate the large numbers of pedestrians at this location. At construction stage the junction would also be resurfaced.”

You can see the details at https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/cycling/edgware-harrowby

Hyde Park Ward Action Report – October 2015

Praed Street

We asked the Council to investigate this issue:

“Please do something about the huge environmental problem of black cabs waiting with their engines running on the double yellow lines in Praed Street by Paddington Station exit and Hilton hotel. There are often as many as 10”

The Council told us:

“Just to let you know that we have done as you requested and directed our Marshals to focus on this area in terms of enforcement activity and I would hope that there has been some improvement by now. Please let me know if this is not the case.”

Hyde Park Ward Action Report – August 2015

Albion Gate, Hyde Park

We have asked the Royal Parks to investigate this issue:

“I wish to add more information regarding cyclists and Hyde Park. The beginning of the main pathway through the park which is listed on the map as “NO CYCLING” but the original lettering on the path to that effect has been eroded over time and I find that it is now mostly visitors using the “Boris Bikes” which cause the issue cycling at speed past pedestrians with children and dogs. Without any police attendance, I don’t know how you can improve on this but replacing the sign might at least help.”

Sheldon Square, Paddington Central

We are taking up a number of issues raised by residents living at Sheldon Square about noisy building works and other environmental issues. One resident says:

“The noise is heard from within my bedroom with the double-glazed window closed.”

Hyde Park Ward Action Report – May 2015

Albion Gate

We are taking up this issue raised by the Connaught Village Forum with The Royal Parks:

“Long before anyone had dreamt of reserving dedicated parts of the public realm for cyclists, the park notice board & map at Albion Gate was placed in the centre of the footpath. Since the introduction of the cycle lanes some years ago, either side of the noticeboard, it has been impossible for someone wishing to read the notice board or map without obstructing the cyclists. Moving the noticeboard to one or other side would seem to be a sensible course of action, and is long overdue.”

Cycling on the pavement

We are liaising with the Council and the Police on this recurring issue:

“I have written to you previously about people cycling on pavements. I am particularly aware of it on the Edgware Road and Bayswater Road where I walk daily. I have seen policemen in the vicinity of these cyclists but they seem to take a blind eye. I also see them cycling in Hyde Park where there are clear ‘NO CYCLES’ signs but I suppose that is a matter for the Park Authorities who seem to be equally indolent. Although I realise you may have many more pressing and noble causes to fight, I would be most grateful if you could give this problem your attention; perhaps a few high profile and hefty fines may be a deterrent.”

Star Street

We are making enquiries about this problem;

“My neighbours and I have continually complained to Westminster Council about short lets in this street. There are two agencies (that I know of) involved in this nefarious activity. Groups of people congregate at all hours outside these offices and I have it on good authority that cash changes hands with no record kept to people who stay for a short length of time in our area. Who are these people – who are the landlords? This is a conservation area and buildings are listed and expensive. We are fed up to the back teeth with Westminster doing nothing about this problem which brings our street into disrepute and mess. Can you do anything about this?”

Hyde Park Ward Action Report – June 2014

Albion Gate

We are making enquiries with the Royal Parks about this issue;

“Anyone who uses the park via Albion Gate over the next few weeks (especially during rush hours) will need to be careful. Someone has blocked off the North Carriage Drive crossing immediately ahead of Albion Gate. Pedestrians have now to walk along the footpath a few yards to the left and through a small gap in the barriers – which have appeared overnight – to cross the road. I am not certain who is responsible for this stupid arrangement – obviously no one who comes into the park via Albion Street with a couple of small children or a dog.”

Hyde Park Place

We have asked the Council to investigate this problem;

“There are several hot-spots where dumping in Hyde Park Ward takes place on a regular, almost daily basis. Which is why I don’t understand why these locations are not effectively monitored, and why nothing is done unless I report that dumping has taken place!”


Hyde Park ward election campaign moves in to top gear

Residents have told us of the key issues for Hyde Park residents;

Short term lets

“Yes it is a problem but only in certain buildings. Things are being done but not certain how effective it has been (the summer will tell) – there are still short lets in Coniston Court and there are still many at 25 Porchester Place. Most of them are ‘medical tourists’. The only way these can be eradicated is by the managing agent of the buildings to take a proactive stance.”

Commercial Waste and other rubbish dumping

“Commercial premises putting their rubbish, which includes food, out in the street in plastic bags last thing at night. They are rummaged by foxes and contents are spilled out all over the pavement and road – even if it is eventually cleared up it is sometimes there for the most part of the day. It looks horrible.”

“The spillages of rice & old bits of chicken remained on Connaught Street for the majority of the day yesterday”

“The daily dumping of bags, loose rubbish, by the trees in Hyde Park Place, Bayswater Road, W2”

Dog Mess

In Connaught Street, Kendal Street, Albion Terrace and Porchester Place

Proliferation of shisha cafes

“The proliferation of shisha cafes with all the open charcoal burners being left unattended on the pavement or being swung around in the air, I can’t believe that they aren’t a health and safety hazard”

Hyde Park Ward Action Report – January 2014

Paddington Basin

We are making enquiries about this issue;

“I’d like to report the state Paddington Basin is currently in. We can see that it’s going to be drained & renovated but it’s now full of water, fenced off & filled with rubbish (the rubbish moves with the breeze to cover the lake or all sit in one corner) & looks awful. We question the timing of fencing off the area earlier than needed when work over Christmas has not commenced on the end we live. Can it be kept clean while it’s being worked on? It’s embarrassing having our visitors see our swamp rubbish tip lake view currently”

The Canal & River Trust told us;

“The area in question falls outside of our remit but I will speak with the developers ask them to clear their area of responsibility and assist in clearing any windblown rubbish in the main basin area. Hopefully you will see some improvement in the future.”

Doctors’ Surgeries

Seven day GP opening service has been extended to the following surgery;

The Connaught Square Practice
41 Connaught Square, London, W2 2HL
Tel: 020 7402 4026
Open 10am to 6pm

You are able to walk in or book a same day appointment at theis practice. You do not have to be a member of the practice to use the service, and registration with your own GP will not be affected.

Paddington Station/Eastbourne Terrace Entrance – what you say

“There are two other entrances to Paddington Station from the West, which I use all the time but I hardly see another soul there. Maybe “officially” they are for people who use the station car park, but there is certainly no notice to say that only car park users may enter that way. One can walk down into the station car park either at the vehicle entrance on the junction of the Bishop’s Bridge and Eastbourne Terrace, or at the vehicle exit halfway down Orsett Terrace, and thence up onto the very long Platform One, which takes you straight into the station with no barriers and takes mere minutes to walk. I have to say I do not recommend it for those with mobility problems due to the steep steps, road humps and no pavements.”

Hyde Park Ward Action Report – December 2013

Gloucester Terrace

We have asked the Council to examine the suggestion of a pedestrian crossing after receiving the following enquiry;

“A crossing would be needed at the south end of the street, between Westbourne Crescent and the southern end of Gloucester Terrace. There is a regular flow of pedestrians crossing from the east side of the street to the west, as the west is the side one must be on to then cross to the traffic island where Lancaster Gate tube station is located. Due to the lack of any form of formal crossing from Craven Road south, the pedestrians do so by crossing the road without the protection of lights or a zebra crossing. There is the facility to cross the road at its very southern end, but this is very dangerous as traffic approaching from the west speeds around the corner. Due to a bus shelter, it is very difficult to see such traffic coming. A zebra crossing or a set of traffic lights midway between the southern end of the street and Westbourne Crescent would alleviate this problem. It is a highly residential area and the flow of pedestrians is constant.”

Paddington Station – Eastbourne Terrace entrance

We asked the Council about this enquiry;

“Can I raise the matter of the pedestrian entrance to Paddington station from Eastbourne Terrace; this has been closed to construct Crossrail. For those who live in the middle of either Westbourne Terrace , Gloucester Terrace and even further west, walking, especially if disabled or partially disabled , to the either of remaining entrances is a serious difficulty. We need to seek Crossrail and Network Rail assurance that this Eastbourne Terrace entrance will be reinstated as soon as possible, and that it does form part of the eventual completed Crossrail proposal.”

The Council told us;

“The entrance by the relocated seated Brunel statue will be returned to public use when the construction of the new entrance to the Crossrail station is complete and improvements along Platform 1 are finished in 5 years’ time. Then there will be steps and lifts from the new Eastbourne Terrace highway down to both Network Rail platform level and further down to the Crossrail platform below. From February 2014 the western part of Eastbourne Terrace will be returned to highway use but the area closer to and adjacent to the station will still be a work site so pedestrian access cannot return until those works are completed and the new Crossrail station bought into service for December 2018.”

Hyde Park Road Action Report October 2013

Connaught Village – Rough Sleeping

Jack Gordon tells us;

“Following on from the discussion on the Forum regarding the unfortunate circumstances surrounding the instances of rough sleeping around the Connaught Village area, Nick Johnson, HPEA Chair and myself are looking towards a multi-agency approach to try to alleviate the problem. This will involve primarily the police under the supervision of Ken Taylor the SNP Sergeant but also the Safer Streets Homeless Team and the St. Mungo’s Charity who work in the area. We shall also be discussing the issue as a matter of urgency at the next Safer Neighbourhood Ward Panel meeting on Monday October 21st at the Edgware Rd. Hilton Hotel. Apart from the police we will look to have council officials and councillors in attendance to add further weight to our efforts here.”

Hyde Park Square

We have asked the Police to look into the problem of this Square (and others in Westminster) being used as a toilet;

“We have had an issue with urinating taxi drivers in Hyde Park Square for many years and have dealt with everyone from the carriage office, the police, Westminster etc and we even ended up with CCTV footage of guilty parties, however no one was ever fined and no progress was ever made. It’s obviously a serious problem across London!”

Al-Dar, 61-63 Edgware Road W2

We have asked the Council to investigate the following concerns from residents;

“This restaurant continues to ruin my life and to some extent lives of others in my building too. They always run (open or closed) well in to the night on weekdays and weekends well above their allowed opening hours and bang and drag furniture and other equipment on/across their marble/granite/tiled floors and against walls too.”


One Response to Hyde Park Ward

  1. Adam says:

    Good luck!!

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