Queen’s Park Ward

QUEEN’S PARK WARD ACTION REPORT – November 2017

From your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor

 

 

 

 

 

Queen’s Park Gardens 

We reported this worrying incident in Queen’s Park Gardens to the Parks Department:

“It was sunny, there were loads of people including many children using all areas of the park. A group of youths were in the rose garden. They began throwing things at each other and out of the rose garden, on to the path area leading to the MUGA and playground. Initially they were throwing bricks, then a glass bottle was thrown, sprinkling glass on the path and grass. Myself and two other adults went into the rose garden to tell the boys off. Some of the teenagers got the message that throwing glass was unbelievably stupid, but not all of them. They were asked to leave the park and refused.

It all settled down again, and that was that. We picked up the glass. But I’m raising it because it was one of those situations that felt as though it might have become violent and throwing a glass bottle in a crowded park full of children seems so unbelievably stupid that I find it hard to gauge what other behaviour whoever did that might be capable of.”

The Parks Manager says:

“I’ve instructed our parks contractor to deploy a visible patrol presence during the late afternoon / evening period (including weekends) until further notice.” 

Peach Road

We have reported this issue to the Refuse Collection Team:

“I am writing to complain about (i) the effectiveness of the refuse collectors who consistently leave a trail of rubbish when they collect garbage/recycling + (ii) the quality of the street cleaning service.  Both related to Peach Road.  The quality of these services has deteriorated considerably and I find that 2-3 times each week I pick up rubbish from outside our house and those of our neighbours. “ 

Nutbourne Street

We have asked Nuno, our City Inspector, to visit a number of addresses in Nutbourne Street where rubbish is regularly dumped. Residents say:

“Some residents continue to fuel the fox problem on the nights before our Wednesday (refuse and recycling) and Saturday (refuse only) services. We also have a few yobs who chuck out their fast food junk. The fox problem has grown through this year. There are many foxes and increasingly aggressive. The screaming and howling, generally between 2 and 4am, is an annoyance.”

We are pleased to see that the windows and lintels of a house in Nutbourne Street have been repainted white. The resident told us:

“The colour that was applied was a mistake by the builder.  He took the blue colour for the front door and applied it on the windows and lintels in error.  It happened while I was away on a trip for work. When I returned from my trip and saw the mistake I had it corrected as quickly as possible.”

Kilburn Lane

We are making enquiries about the vacant Kandana building on the Brent side of Kilburn Lane.

Jubilee Sports Centre

We have had complaints about cars mounting and parking on pavement outside the Jubilee Sports Centre in Caird Street, forcing pedestrians into the road. We have asked Nuno to investigate.

New Moberly Sports Centre

The Council say that the new Moberly Sports Centre will be open in June 2018.

Harrow Road/Kilburn Lane/Ladbroke Grove – update

We have received the following update from the Council: 

“The project to provide a ‘green man’ crossing facility is progressing and is at the initial design stage.  At present, a signal design and traffic modelling have been submitted to TfL for their approval.  Following this, the a detailed design for the junction will be developed with all three authorities.  The funding for the design and works will be made up of a combination of TfL funding, and funding from the three authorities (Westminster, Brent and RBK&C).” 

Beethoven Street 

We have asked Nuno, our local Inspector, to investigate this issue:

“At the corner of Kilburn Lane and Beethoven Street we have almost daily so much rubbish dumped and also rubbish often in open bags. There was a dustbin and now it has gone!! Every day when we arrive at our premises in Beethoven Street there is all sort of rubbish thrown on our forecourt.” 

We have also asked City West Homes to repair a dangerous garden wall at the entrance to 22 Beethoven Street.

Lancefield Street

We have asked City West Homes to investigate the use of the garden of a flat in Lancefield Street for storage. Residents say:

“The garden of this house continues to be jam packed with construction equipment and materials. Are they running a business from here? There is usually a big lorry loaded with scrap parked nearby. This must be a beach of tenancy/leasehold conditions and maybe environmental health since some of materials could be toxic or contaminated or provide shelter for rats etc. It’s also an eyesore for neighbours.”

We have also asked for a number of open utility boxes at 20c Lancefield Street to be closed.

Fifth Avenue

We are continuing to press the Council to remove an illegally parked motorbike outside a house in Fifth Avenue.

Ash House, Avenue Gardens

We have asked City West Homes to repair a faulty gate to the car park. Residents say:

“It is a new gate, it was stuck, it won’t open but someone forced it open, now the gate is wide open.” 

Queen’s Park Station 

We are continuing to support the local campaign for installing lifts and creating step free access at Queen’s Park Station. We have joined with colleagues in Brent to press Network Rail to include this in their investment programme. 

Paddington Service of Remembrance – Sunday 12th November 2017

The Paddington Service of Remembrance will take place this year on Sunday 12th November 2017 at 2.30pm at the War Memorial in Lancaster Gate. The Service is to remember all those residents of Paddington who gave their lives in the two World Wars and in conflicts since then.

The 2016 Service of Remembrance at the Lancaster Gate War Memorial was the first for many years. The Service was very well attended by residents, schools, local groups and Councillors and it is now an annual event.

The Service will be led by Father Paul Thomas, Vicar of St James’s Church, Sussex Gardens and is open to all faiths. Following the Service, a reception will be held in the Royal Lancaster hotel. Details of the War Memorial http://www.londonremembers.com/memorials/memorial-cross-at-lancaster-gate 

Air Quality

Citizens’ research into air quality in the Queen’s Park area has found illegal levels of air pollution, even in areas away from main roads. The study, carried out by a local resident on behalf of Queen’s Park Community Council in partnership with the London Sustainability Exchange, shows that levels of Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) on Harrow Road are higher than the European Union’s legal limit. At the junction of Ladbroke Grove with Kilburn Lane, the level is double the legal limit. Although Kilburn Lane shows lower levels of NO2, it is still above the legal limit. Queen’s Park and Wilberforce primary schools are also both above the EU legal limit, even though they are located away from main roads.

Poor air quality has a direct impact upon our health and life expectancy, and is linked to an estimated 9,500 premature deaths each year in London from long-term exposure to outdoor air pollution.

Tackling polluted air – Mayor introduces the T-charge

The Mayor of London has introduced the Toxicity Charge (T-Charge) in central London to tackle London’s polluted air. Research shows that polluted air contributes to approximately 9,400 premature deaths a year in London and costs the health service between £1.4 and £3.7 billion.

The T-Charge is a £10 supplement on the Congestion Charge for vehicles that do not meet certain environmental standards. The Mayor has set the standard at Euro 4 for both petrol and diesel vehicles, and applies to vehicles registered from 1 January 2006. The charge applies during the operational hours of the Congestion Charge Zone, Monday to Friday from 7am to 6pm.

There is a 90% discount for residents living in the Congestion Zone area, a 100% discount for blue badge holders and exemptions for emergency service vehicles and motorbikes. You can see the full details of the T-charge online  https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/emissions-surcharge

Call for halt to further Metropolitan Police cuts

We have launched a petition calling on the Government to halt its cuts in the Metropolitan Police budget immediately. Further police cuts will make it more difficult for the police to keep neighbourhoods in Westminster safe and secure, as well as dealing with the increase in everyday violence and the constant terrorist threat.

The petition to the Government says:

 

“Halt the cuts to the Metropolitan Police budget. Having lost £600 million in real terms over the past 7 years, the Metropolitan Police face a further £400 million cut over the next 4 years. 70 per cent of all police spending in London comes from the Home Office, meaning that any change in that funding has a disproportionate effect.”

You can sign the petition here https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/203543

Harrow Road forecourts – what you say

“Taking action and a proper licensing scheme will cost money.  I assume that the Council does not have any spare cash for such a project. If the traders have to have licences and pay for them they may well go bust in the process. I believe that the traders have got together and are trying to improve the area.  Would it not be better if they are the prime movers with the Council helping?  Do you think that perhaps peer pressure might get those who are decent and honest to discourage those that seek to wreck the Harrow Road and with some help, get them shut down?”

 What you say

“Many thanks for your action report.  It is brilliant as usual.”

Please let us know if there are any matters on which we can be of help.

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Regards

Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor

Your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors – Here to Help

 

 

 

QUEEN’S PARK WARD ACTION REPORT – October 2017

From your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor

 

 

 

 

 

Shirland Road/Ashmore Road

We have called on the Council to install CCTV cameras on the corner of Ashmore and Shirland Roads so that those responsible for dumping rubbish, furniture and builders’ material at this location can be identified and prosecuted.

Harrington Court, Dart Street

We have again asked Genesis to remove the abandoned cars in the Harrington Court car park. Genesis say:

“There is one car left that Nuno and I are working together to get removed. Nuno encountered some difficulties a few months ago trying to remove the vehicle so I provided him a new letter giving him permission to remove the car from our land as it was abandoned.”

Ilbert Street bike hangars

A planning application to make the bike hangars in Ilbert Street a permanent feature has been lodged with the Council. You can see all the plans and make comments on line. The application documents can be viewed online at http://www.westminster.gov.uk/planning. Please use the reference number 17/08223/COFUL

Lothrop Street 

We have asked the Council to investigate these issues:

“There is no evidence that the pavement sweepers have been around in the last week, with leaves and litter gathering along the pavement and not being cleared away. Also, the street lights seem to be late in going on, well after it gets dark in the evenings. I raised this point with the Council direct during the winter, but it seems to be an on-going problem at least sporadically and more noticeable again now with the earlier darkness.” 

Residents say:

“Many thanks for such a quick response – and the great news is that the pavements were cleared during the day and we have street lights (although I’m not sure when they went on). So, a big thank you.”

Ilbert Street lights 

We have asked the Lighting Officers to fix the street lights in Ilbert Streets.

Nutbourne Street 

We have asked the Planning Department to investigate this issue:

“I wanted to raise a concern around recent external alterations to the Queens Park Estate. I have noticed that 2 recent buyers on the south side of Nutbourne Street have made significant alterations to the front exterior which requires planning permission for such changes as the painting of the front elevation where visible from the highway. These two properties are now the only houses on the street with non-white window frames and window lintels and stick out like a sore thumb.” 

Harrington Court, Dart Street 

Following our report to Genesis about the abandoned cars in the Harrington Court car park, al the abandoned cars have now been removed after action from Nuno.

Queen’s Park Library area 

Residents say that the area to the side of the library is being used for anti-social behaviour at night. We have asked if the CCTV camera on the Avenue Gardens estate has picked up anything on the cameras. We have also asked that the gate to the playground is closed regularly.

Fernhead Road/Kilburn Lane 

Following our enquiries about pedestrian safety at this junction, the Council says:

“The junction sits on the borough boundary between Westminster and Brent and is where a scheme has recently been implemented by Brent to improve the pedestrian crossing facilities along this stretch of Carlton Vale/Kilburn Lane. The kerb line on the south-western corner of Fernhead Road and Kilburn Lane was built out to increase the available footway and reduce the crossing distance across Fernhead Road for pedestrians. To enable this kerb build out and retain lane widths, the central islands in Fernhead Road had to be removed. 

Fernhead Road will be included in the 20mph trials which should be commencing later this month, and the outcome of the trials will be reviewed before any further decision is made on further intervention here. The site will be kept under review, but it is expected that the reduced speed of vehicles should aid pedestrian crossing movements.” 

Harrow Road 

We have asked Nuno, our local Inspector, to investigate this issue:

“I would like to report an issue with the Charity Shop at 437 Harrow Road. Yesterday, I saw a rubbish removal van deliver some very old dirty garden furniture. Very early this morning I saw that this old dirty furniture, along with other items, had been left out on the pavement. In addition, rubbish from 457 and 459 Harrow Road is constantly left out on the pavement. The tree in front of our properties near the railings has now become a dumping ground for rubbish. I have rubbish outside my home nearly all the time and I’m pretty fed-up with it – particularly when it is old food not even put into bags. This is just filthy.” 

Lancefield Street

Genesis has now pruned the trees in the back garden of properties in Bruckner Street which were so overgrown that it was difficult to walk on the pavement. Residents said:

“The bushes have grown more and I am still having to walk in the road to get past. It is only a matter of time before someone gets hit by one of the many cars that speed along this road”

Fifth Avenue

We have reported problems with overgrown trees and hedges at the top of Fifth Avenue.

Droop Street

We asked the Lighting Department to investigate a street light in Droop Street which is on during the day. It has now been fixed.

Verdi Crescent

We have asked Nuno to investigate this issue:

“The rubbish and litter had been really bad since Carnival weekend. Take away food bags, bottles that have clearly been there for weeks. It’s got so bad I’ve gone out with a brush to clean it. I saw a cleaner from City West homes this morning she pick up a few bits of rubbish but that’s it.”

Weapons searches

We accompanied the Police on a ‘weapons search’ along the Harrow Road looking in the green areas along the canal between the Flora and Canal Flats.

Front Gardens

We have asked City West Homes if they have a volunteer scheme to give assistance to residents who have difficulty maintaining their gardens, after receiving this message:

“When I visit friends around Bruckner House I am always distressed by many of the front gardens.  I always longed for a small piece of garden when I lived in a flat. Now I have one it is my joy. Many of the front gardens are full of weeds; there is an old chair in one and rubbish is some of them. A little outdoor space is so precious in London. Could anything be done to encourage the tenants of those ground floor flats to enjoy their amenity? Could any volunteers be encouraged to help in the first instance? Imagine those gardens growing either colourful annuals, or, better still, some salad vegetables!”

Nutbourne Street

Following our enquiries about cars parking is residents’ bays, the Parking Department says:

“We have been sending Marshals down to this area to check on all the parked vehicles and in the whole the majority have been parked compliantly. I believe the issue is one where the vehicles are not displaying a resident’s permit but in our systems we can see that they do have one. In these cases, our marshals are instructed not to issue PCN’s to the vehicles, as although we do ask for permits to be displayed, due to modern day technology we can tell if a permit is in place or not, and so as we move more and more to a paperless system this requirement is no longer enforced, but do be assured if they didn’t have a relevant permit a PCN would be issued.”

Fernhead Road/Kilburn Lane

We have asked the Road Safety Team to investigate the possibility of locating a traffic island for the top of Fernhead Road where it joins Kilburn Lane. Residents say:

“This is a wide junction that is very dangerous for crossing pedestrians owing to traffic coming from different directions.”

Queen’s Park Gardens Community Hub

The QPG Community Hub on Kilburn Lane opened on 11th September. The building is owned by United Learning Trust and QPG recently won a successful bid to take over the venue in return for reviving an after-school club on site. The building will also play host to daily and weekly activities, including mother and baby yoga, toddler sports with London Sports Trust, homework clubs, free English language classes as well as evening pilates, yoga and kickboxing.

Infill Housing sites

Thanks for your suggestions for possible infill housing sites. So far we have had the following suggestions:

  • The wasteland next to the old Post Office site on the corner of Mozart street. It could potentially house a small building.
  • Car park land on Queen’s Park Estate

Vote for The Avenues! 

Help give The Avenues Youth Project an energy friendly home in Queens Park by voting in the M&S Energy Fund Competition! The Avenues has been shortlisted for a £10,000 Marks and Spencer’s Energy Fund prize to support community organisations to go green and needs your vote to win!

The scheme also promises to double donations made to our crowdfunding campaign to support our front-line activities for children and young people. We made a 2 minute film to explain why your vote matters to them. Watch the film here Visit: https://www.mandsenergyfund.com/projects.  Search for ‘Avenues’ and vote in just a few simple clicks!

Through the same scheme Avenues are crowd funding for activities with disadvantaged teenagers with all donations matched – doubling them automatically. https://www.mandsenergyfund.com/projects/the-avenues-youth-project-energy-makeover

Queen’s Park Station

New ticket machines are being installed at stations on the Bakerloo line. The Queen’s Park Station ticket office will stay open while customer use of the new machines is monitored or 3 months. A decision will then be made about the ticket office at Queen’s Park.

Harrow Road shops – forecourt trading

The Council has decided to take action against forecourt trading by shops on Harrow Road. The Council says:

“Our decision to enforce the law against illegal forecourt trading on the Harrow Road was a result of extensive research on the matter, including surveys of both customers and traders, data analysis and a high street vitality study. All of these indicated that the environment on Harrow Road was unattractive; feedback from consumers indicated the forecourt trading made the area look untidy and put people off shopping there. We have also received anecdotal evidence of the forecourts causing a bottleneck on the pavement, forcing pedestrians in the road, and affecting the ability of wheelchair users to travel through the area. Many of the shop owners have been using the forecourts to trade for a long time, so our enforcement approach is designed to give traders as much time as is reasonable to remove their goods from the streets prior to enforcement.”

Harrow Road shops – what you say

Last month we asked for views on this issue:

“It has got totally out of control. Most, but not all, are fruit and veg. During the day rubbish gets on to the footpath leaving it unsightly and dangerous. Stalls next to bus stops narrow the thoroughfare leaving it almost impossible to get past the bus queue. Wheelchairs and buggies have the most problems. Stall holders do not always clear up properly leaving the pavement stained, dirty and unsightly. Goods are hanging over on to the pavement causing a trip hazard. Rubbish left out can attract vermin. Whilst I think no-one objects to some street stalls, the place for them is on the Prince of Wales corner area.”

“I and many others are totally behind the Council enforcing this action as these shops look unsightly and scruffy often with milk crates or boxes piled in front of the shop. It may not be a problem if there were just one or two and they had custom built frontages but the whole section is plagued by these shops selling the same produce and the general down-trodden feel of this thoroughfare will never change unless we can take a step to tidy up the whole street”

“I agree that the plastic bowl-fruit shops should be cleared from Harrow Road along with the furniture shops – anything that is messy & makes the street look like a junk yard should be off limits. They really downgrade the area – we need to smarten up this street and put a limit on certain types of shops.  We need variation and shops that are useful to the ‘whole’ community – so no more shisha cafes, betting shops or tacky plastic £1 shops.”

“I agree with the observation that many of the forecourt displays add “a lot of character to the road”. Some of the fruit and veg stalls are beautifully presented and add life and colour. The problem is when goods are shabbily displayed and overspill the forecourts on to the pavement (as is the case with the second-hand shops on the corner of First Avenue) or when shops with NO forecourt put their goods on the pavement. This causes obstruction on the public pavement and is particularly difficult for mums with prams and those who use mobility frames or scooters. The issue is with shops that either abuse and overspill their forecourts or use the pavements when they have no forecourt at all.” 

Bike Hangars – what you say

“Me and my husband are thrilled with the bike locker on Ilbert street (which we only found out about through your update!). Hopefully the council will see fit to extend the scheme to other local streets, we know lots of people who have tried to get spaces and not been able to get them so still plenty of pent up demand.”

What you say

“Congratulations on the CCTV at First Avenue. Hopefully that should sort the problem out.”

“Thank you for your brilliant updates.”

“Thank you and please thank Nino too for all he does.”

“Thanks for the informative emails.” 

“Thanks as always for the update” 

“Thanks – great update again” 

“Thank you for the report – useful in parts.”

“Thank you for your informative newsletter.”

“I am very pleased to hear that work will commence on the Chippenham/Shirland Road junction. Also delighted to hear the good news about the Truscott Arms pub. Many thanks for keeping us up to date!” 

“Thank you for the newsletters. Always interesting.”

“Thanks as ever for this interesting report.” 

“Thank you for the very useful update. It’s great to see how much you clearly listen to and take action on the issues residents raise.” 

“Many thanks for your support”

Please let us know if there are any matters on which we can be of help.

Please feel free to pass this Report to any of your neighbours who might be interested.

 

Regards

Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor

Your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors – Here to Help

 

 

QUEEN’S PARK WARD ACTION REPORT – September 2017

From your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor

 

Harrow Road/First Avenue

CCTV has now been installed to cover the Harrow Road/First Avenue junction where furniture continues to be dumped on a daily basis. Let’s hope those responsible have been captured on film so that this can be used as evidence.

In addition, we have asked the Council to take action against this regular occurrence:

“The usual storing of second hand furniture on the Harrow Road corner and First Avenue outside All Stars, as a kind of outdoor showroom, continues. In addition, the shop two doors down also had a whole line of chairs opposite, in which they were sitting, conversing etc.  A wheel chair user was only just able to pass through when they moved out of the chairs. This is clearly an obstruction of the footpath. They also seem to be able to park their storage vans for ages outside the shops on the Harrow Road and First Avenue.”

Third Avenue

We have asked Nuno Reis, our local Inspector, to investigate an unkempt front garden in Third Avenue. Residents say:

“The house is disgusting with rubbish all over the front yard. There are always problems with the different tenants at this address and these current ones are worse than ever. The house is a health risk and will start attracting rats and vermin and foxes if this is not sorted out.”

We have also asked Nuno to take action on an illegally parked motor bike and an illegally parked van in Third Avenue.

Nutbourne Street

We have asked Nuno to clear the cans dumped in a tree guard in Nutbourne Street.

Ilbert Street/Kilburn Lane

We have also asked Nuno to prune the base of the trees at the junction of Ilbert Street and Kilburn Lane where rubbish is dumped.

Ilbert Street bike hangar 

The Council is currently assessing the trial bike hangar in Ilbert Street. From our point of view it appears to be a great success. We have only had good words from users and local residents. We have had no words of complaint or opposition from anyone and hope that the Council will take this in to account when making its assessment. Do you have any comments? 

Oliphant Street 

We have asked the Council’s Tree Officer to investigate a tree in a garden in Oliphant Street which neighbouring residents believe to be in a dangerous condition.

Residents say:

“I just wanted to let you know the tree issue has been resolved. The owner of the rear property has removed the tree and debris. Once again, many thanks for your timely assistance and intervention. “

Galton Street 

We have reported a case of anti-social behavior involving the activities of residents in a property in Galton Street.

Lancefield Street

We have asked City West Homes to prune back the overgrown bushes on a property backing on to Lancefield street which are overhanging the pavement and making it difficult for pedestrians.

CWH say

“We have contacted Genesis Housing who we believe are the landlord for these properties and requested they arrange for the overgrown hedges to be cut back as a matter of urgency.” 

20mph trial

We have asked the Highways Department to look into this issue:

“I noticed a new sign on walking to Queens Park tube the other day. It’s a 20 mile speed limit sign as one leaves the Queens Park Estate. Seems sensible I thought, but then when I was walking home from the tube it is 30 miles on the other side. That is the side you see as you approach Queens Park.

All the Avenues and streets around here, except Lothrop and Marne, have speed bumps. There are lots of children here too and young families walking the streets. It seems ridiculous to have a sign as you approach this area encouraging drivers to speed up! I think it’s great that there is an attempt to reduce traffic speeds around here and so in an ideal world both sides should say 20, but at the very least the sign should be turned the other way round.”

The Council say: 

“Unfortunately we have to find entry/exit locations for the various limits. 30mph is the default speed limit and my preference would be not to erect 30mph signs but in order to provide a legitimate 20mph speed limit trial we are required to install terminal signs.  There will be locations arising like this and as the trial progresses we will look at options to address confusing signage and other local concerns. “

Harrow Road

We have expressed our concerns about the Council’s proposed action to stop shops trading from the forecourt of their shops. Residents say:

“We were aware of efforts to reduce the impact of the furniture dump on the corner of First Avenue and Harrow Road, but would be very sad to see the fruit and veg stalls go. These add a lot of character to the road, which would otherwise be a bland thoroughfare and play an important community role as the stall holders always exchange a few words with people passing by, which has a very positive affect of bringing people together for a word and smile – something that is very rare in so much of London. “

What do you think?

Kilburn Lane/Fernhead Road

We have asked the Highways Department to investigate this issue with their Brent Council colleagues:

“I’m wondering what I can do about damage to my vehicle caused by the newly created elevated road ramps at the junction of Fernhead Road, and Kilburn Lane adjacent to The Falcon public house? My suspension has failed due to incorrect camber on this junction both on entry and exit, and it is going to be hundreds of pounds to correct. Buses and other vehicles are going to have similar problems and the hazard could be extremely dangerous if such a vehicles suspension was comprised. I urge the Council to take action to correct this fault as soon as possible before more of us incur damage to our vehicles.”

New housing sites

We are looking for small sites in the ward where new affordable homes might be built. We are calling on the Council to offer new homes to families who are currently overcrowded or to older people who want to downsize to a smaller flat. In particular, we are looking at

  • Underused garages, car parks, shed, storage areas on Council land
  • Converting non-residential Council buildings
  • Vacant Council land

If you have any suggestions, please let us know.

Sixth Avenue bins – update

We have asked Nuno to investigate this issue further after receiving this message from a resident:

“I might have a clue as to where the black bins keep disappearing!  I was just trying to tidy up my front garden when I saw two chaps coming along the road with ours. I’m not usually one to tackle people but I am fed up with builders using it as a tip. Anyway, I asked where They thought they were taking it and they said it was for rubbish, well we all know what sort so I told them I was going to report them and to put it back.  To my surprise they did but there was a foreman further up the road who was looking on. “

Kilburn Lane

We asked the Highways Department to take action after receiving this email from a resident about the closure of Kilburn Lane for emergency works:

“The warning of the closure needs to be much further East along Kilburn Lane than Bannister Road, in order to allow people to take a different route to reach Harrow Road, Ladbroke Grove etc. Currently you only discover the closure when you reach Banister Road. Which means either turning round or trying to find a route around the other side of Chamberlayne Road. If the sign was before Sixth Avenue – explaining there was no access to the Harrow Road via Kilburn Lane, then people could divert down there.”

Drugs

We have reported properties in Droop Street and Kilburn Lane where neighbouring residents suspect drug dealing.

Lothrop Street

We have asked Nuno to investigate continued rubbish dumping by a tree which has a ‘Don’t Dump’ sign attached.

First Avenue 

We have asked the Council’s Tree Officer to investigate this issue: 

Someone appears to have been swinging on the tree on the street in front of 38 First Avenue. The tree is now damaged and at a dangerous angle.” 

Queen’s Park Gardens

We have asked the Parks Department to to take action on this issue:

“There is no ‘no smoking’ signage in the children’s park currently and a number of adults are smoking in the park as a result.”

Queen’s Park Action Workshop – 25th September

On September 25th we will be holding a half yearly review meeting, ‘Queen’s Park Action Workshop’ at The Avenues (corner of Third Avenue/Droop Street) from 6.00pm – 8.00pm, to discuss issues affecting the ward. The event will be a forum to discuss the ward budget and residents’ issues. We hope that you will take the opportunity to attend and join in what we hope to be a lively and informative discussion about current and future local priorities in Queen’s Park ward. If you would like to attend please RSVP to Lexi Cotoulas, Member Support Officer, at lcotoulas@westminster.gov.uk.

Open Age, Third Avenue

Open Age’s Queen’s Park Hub has now moved to The Avenues on Third Avenue, where the majority of classes are now based. There are two dedicated rooms as well as a café at the centre during the day. The Hub’s new programme has an extensive variety of activities, including a wide array of health, social and wellbeing activities ranging from exercise to dance, socials, trips to singing, IT, French and everything in between for residents 50+ living in Westminster!

If you have any questions about any of the programme please contact Claire Hoggan on 07717201791 CHoggan@openage.org.uk.

What you say

“Very many thanks for sending these extremely useful reports”

“Thanks as always for this report”

“Thank you for the Queen’s Park Ward Action report. It’s great that you provide such regular updates and are working hard to make the ward a better place to live and helping community in such a positive way by the facilities, support and events that you promote.”

“I have just reviewed your news letter which is extremely informative, and I’m surprised I’ve not seen it before.” 

“We find your ward Councillor updates very useful and interesting – very succinct and solution focused: an excellent communication.” 

“I was very interested in reading the Queens Park Ward Action Report and it is reassuring that there are people trying to ensure that this area continues to be a positive and welcoming place to live. I have lived in the area for 30 years and am pleased to be part of the local community.”

Please let us know if there are any matters on which we can be of help.

Please feel free to pass this Report to any of your neighbours who might be interested.

Regards

Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor

Your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors – Here to Help

 

 

QUEEN’S PARK WARD ACTION REPORT – August 2017

From your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor

 

 

 

 

 

Kilburn Lane

We have received this information from Westminster and Brent Councils:

There is a collapsed sewer outside 13 Kilburn Lane and unfortunately Kilburn Lane will need to be closed from the junction with Harrow Road to the junction of Regent Street to allow Thames Water to complete their urgent and essential repair. Kilburn Lane will be closed from 31st July to 18th August and traffic will be diverted via:

– Northbound – Harrow Road, Elgin Avenue, Maida Vale, Carlton Vale, Kilburn Lane.
– Southbound – Banister, Kilburn Lane, Carlton Vale, Carlton Hill, Abbey Road, Hall Road, Sutherland Avenue, Harrow Road.

The diversion route will be clearly signed for the duration of this scheme. This section of Kilburn Lane falls under Westminster Council’s control but please be assured that both Brent and Westminster’s officers will work with Thames Water to reduce the duration of this road closure. The impact to the road network is expected to be severe, especially in peak times.”

Following the start of the works, Westminster and Brent have instructed the contractors to:

  • Put cones across half way across the road on Chamberlayne Road (southbound only) at the junction with Bannister Road to get traffic to turn left onto Bannister Road away from the area.
  • Put a yellow advanced warning sign on Kilburn Lane (junction with Bannister Road) stating that Kilburn Lane is closed and there is no access onto Harrow Road.
  • Put cones across half way across the road on Chamberlayne Road (southbound only) at the junction with Kilburn Lane and also a yellow advanced warning sign stating that Kilburn Lane is closed and there is no access onto Harrow Road.
  • Put a yellow advanced warning sign on Chamberlayne Road (at “All Souls Avenue”) stating that Kilburn Lane is closed and there is no access onto Harrow Road.
  • We have taken the decision to close Regent Street at the junction with Kilburn Lane and allow access via Wellington Road. This is the only way to fully stop vehicles using this street as we have to allow reasonable access into Kilburn Lane for businesses. Regent Street will be made two-way to allow access but with no traffic from Kilburn Lane it will be safe.

Sixth Avenue

We have asked Nuno, our City Inspector, to investigate the disappearance of bins at the end of Nutbourne and Oliphant Streets, on Sixth Avenue. Nuno says:

“I have already requested for a replacement bin to be installed at the mentioned location, in the meantime I will look around in the area to locate the missing litter bin.”

Lancefield Street

We have reported this issue to the police:

“I wish to bring to your attention that as a resident of Lancefield Street and no doubt other streets in the Avenues that a few boys have motorcycles that they race daily and nightly to the late hours of the night and morning. Many of us sense this is a serious accident waiting to happen.

Ilbert Street

We are continuing to urge the Council to review the location of the big black bins on Ilbert Street which continue to attract fly-tipping and rubbish dumping on a daily basis.

Nutbourne Street

We have asked the Parking Department to investigate this issue:

“For some time now a number of cars have been parking in the residential bays – especially Nutbourne Street – without licenses from the council. Not displaying any window badge I presume that they have not paid. I feel aggrieved by this as I pay my “Respark” annually and the fee is being increased from September. I rang Westminster Parking three times requesting them to show the presence of parking attendants in the area, without avail.  Could I kindly ask you to look into this and ensure that some action is taken?”

The Parking Department says:

“We have sent marshals to this road to check on all the vehicles parked, and they report back that all the vehicles do have valid residents permits. Vehicles do not need to display a permit anymore as all the details of any permit held is contained within the marshals’ hand held devices that they carry.”

Queen’s Park Court

We are supporting residents in Queen’s Park Court who have been sent very large bills by City West Homes for major works to the block. Residents dispute the excessive costs involved and believe that CWH is ‘overcharging’ for the works involved.

Leeve House Allotments

We have asked City West Homes to repair the broken lock on the allotments shed. We are also supporting allotment users in their request for new gardening equipment.

We are delighted that that the Leeve House Allotments obtained a Green Flag community award in 2016. Winning the Green Flag community award for a second year is a great achievement. Congratulations!

Anti-Social Behaviour

We have reported a number of cases of individual anti-social behaviour in Fifth Avenue and Oliphant Street to City West Homes for investigation and action.

Juniper House

We are also supporting residents In Juniper House who are having continuing anti-social behaviour problems from one of the residents.

Harrow Road/First Avenue

We have continued to urge the Council to take action against those responsible for dumping furniture on the street.

Queen’s Park Summer Festival – Saturday 5th August 2017, 12-6pm

The Queen’s Park Summer Festival is taking place on Saturday 5th August 2017 12-6pm, at Queen’s Park Gardens. We have allocated £6,500 from our Ward Budget towards the cost of the Festival. 

Trees

Following our enquiries, the Council’s Tree officer has told us:

“We have had a few young trees that have come adrift from the supporting stake or blown over with the stake, and not just on the Queens Park Estate. I think it’s a combination of the high winds we had a few weeks ago and the fact that the climate this year has been very favourable for growth producing larger and denser canopies than usual.  Our contractor has now dealt with all the re-stakes on the estate but if any more arise our contractor is on hand to respond.” 

St Marylebone Bridge School, Third Avenue

We are helping parents at the school who are “starting a school garden, hoping to do lots of great projects with the kids. I’m starting from scratch, and need a bench, tools, seeds etc.” We have put them in touch with the Friends of Queen’s Park Gardens and the Parks Department.

Queen’s Park Children’s Centre

The Council has updated us on the damage sustained to the Queen’s Park Children’s Centre in Bravington Road:

  • The damage to the ceiling at Queen’s Park Children’s Centre occurred overnight on the 16 June, No one was hurt, but this has caused the Centre to be closed.
  • The damage to the ceiling was fairly extensive to the plaster, though it is not believed to be structural. The damage was caused by cracks, wear & tear and potentially recent repair work, which is being investigated.
  • It is a Westminster City Council owned building and it is believed that Property Services recently completed a safety check on the building and the damage leading to the plaster coming away from the ceiling was not logged. The damage occurred in an area used by the public.
  • A survey was completed on Wednesday 21 June and the report was provided on 28 June, including any emergency works needed.  There was a meeting on 29 June to confirm the works and timescales involved. Works are expected to take 4 – 6 weeks.
  • Children’s services delivered at the site have been relocated or suspended.
  • A notice has been placed at the site saying that the site is closed until further notice.
  • The Centre has contacted families by telephone, email and a notice has been placed on the gate. A message will also be placed in Queens Park Voice and information will be placed on the Early Help Information System.

Gas mains replacement, Chamberlayne Road.

If you have any issues with the the current gas mains replacement on Chamberlayne Road, the community relations team number is 0800 389 8261 and it will be displayed on hoardings surrounding the work. We are informed that the work will be ongoing seven days a week, until the works are completed.   Hours to be confirmed, but likely to be 8am to 10pm with noise restrictions at certain times (shorter hours on the weekends).

HS2

HS2 have been in touch to tell us about their Community Fund & Environment Fund and Business & Local Economy Fund. These two funds are available to local communities to help with the disruption caused by construction works https://www.groundwork.org.uk/Sites/hs2funds

HS2 have also published a ‘HS2 Residents Charter’, which sets out HS2’s ten commitments and explains the roles of the Residents’ Commissioner and Construction Commissioner.    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/hs2-residents-charter.

HS2’s 24/7 Freephone community engagement helpline is 08081 434 434. There is a new Freephone mini-com number for callers with hearing and speech difficulties.  This number is 08081 456 472.

Contact the Elderly

Contact the Elderly is a national charity solely dedicated to tackling loneliness and social isolation among older people.  They are supported by a network of volunteers and organise free monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for groups of older people who live alone. They currently have 6 groups across the Westminster which have all been very successful.  The Westminster 38 group has been active for 47 years and has been run by the same committed group of volunteers. They very much want this group to continue to run and are therefore looking for new people to join this group, to volunteer as either a volunteer tea party host, volunteer coordinator or volunteer driver.

For further information contact Christina Jackson on 020 3865 3382
Christina.Jackson@contact-the-elderly.org.uk

www.contact-the-elderly.org.uk

Housing Advice for Private Tenants 

Mick Beirne and Robert Newton provide a Housing Advice and Tenancy Relations service for private tenants and licensees living in Westminster. They give free legal advice to occupiers in the private rented sector – that includes security, repair, rent, etc.,and can take up their cases depending on the issue. They also enforce the criminal law as it relates to the landlord and tenant relationship – harassment, illegal eviction, etc.

To contact them call 020 7641 1000 and their colleagues will put the call through.

Mick Beirne and Robert Newton
Housing Adviser/Tenancy Relations Officer
T:020 7641 1000
F: 020 7598 1720
E:mbeirne@wcchos.org.uk and rnewton@wcchos.org.uk

Also, Noreen O’Neil of the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) helps with prevention of eviction and debt problems. Appointments can be made via 020 7641 1000.

Please let us know if there are any matters on which we can be of help.

Please feel free to pass this Report to any of your neighbours who might be interested.

Regards

Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor

Your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors – Here to Help

 

 

QUEEN’S PARK WARD ACTION REPORT – July 2017

From your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor 

 

 

 

 

 

Grenfell Fire

Thank you to all Queen’s Park residents who volunteered and made donations to help the people who were affected by the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy. It has been a true community effort by so many people.

Many residents have been asking questions and we, together with Karen Buck MP, have been putting these questions to Westminster Council Officers and CityWest Homes staff. A summary of these questions can be seen here:

https://labourwestminster.wordpress.com/2017/06/17/tower-blocks-in-westminster-what-labour-have-been-asking-on-behalf-of-residents/

https://labourwestminster.wordpress.com/2017/06/28/labour-calls-for-further-answers-on-fire-safety/ 

In a comment piece for the Guardian, Karen Buck MP writes:

“We already know that councils with substantial numbers of high-rise blocks need financial support to complete all necessary safety checks and remedial works. Yet local government has borne the brunt of central government spending cuts. Kensington, dependent on grant for almost three-quarters of its spending in 2009/10, has seen its budget shrink by 38 per cent from £253m to £156m. Westminster City Council’s has been cut by 48 per cent, Manchester’s by 37 per cent, Hackney’s 35 per cent, and Birmingham’s by 34 per cent (Surrey’s, which has fallen by 6 per cent, is another story): the list goes on. So councils need to know that the new costs imposed on them will be underwritten by Whitehall. And then the government needs to look at the impact of spending cuts on, among other things, environmental health inspectors, who are the front line of defence against many hazards in rented housing. The tragedy of Grenfell Tower exposes the over-stretched state of social housing, especially in London. Survivors must have priority for decent, affordable local homes. But that shouldn’t be at the expense of others who are homeless or in desperate housing need, although I fear it will.”

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jun/25/bill-protect-tenants-grenfell-housing-government

Kilburn Lane/Bannister Road

We reported this issue to the Council:

“I am writing to ask you to investigate the effectiveness of the traffic management systems in place for the building site at the corner of Kilburn Lane and Bannister Road. This morning there were three very large vehicles waiting in Bannister Road directly beside the site hoardings and a further two vehicles waiting on the other side of the road. The net effect of this artificial chicane was that traffic was reduced to a single lane. Busses in particular were effectively left unable to pass without great effort. The impact was tailbacks up and down Chamberlain Road and down both parts of Kilburn Lane, as well as significant delays for all involved. Some variation on this situation has occurred almost every morning over recent weeks. Three of the site’s banksmen were present but if anything were adding to the confusion giving poor direction and remonstrating with drivers.”

The Council told us:

“There is an agreed construction management plan which seeks to manage and minimise the kind of issues described in your email. We will raise this with the contractor and ensure that the movement of vehicles relating to the construction is in line with the agreed plan.”

Trial 20mph areas

Following our long-standing road safety campaign, the Council has designated the following as trial 20mph areas: 

  • Outside St Luke’s Primary school, top of Fernhead Road and the top of Saltram Crescent
  • Outside Queen’s Park Primary School, Droop Street
  • Outside the Dorothy Gardner Centre, Shirland Road

Over the next few months 20mph signs will go up and the trial 20mph areas will go ‘live’ on 27th November, National Road Safety Week.

Parry Road

We have reported further anti-social behaviour in Parry House to the Council, City West Homes and the Police. Residents say:

“There’s still large groups of youths at the end of the road playing loud music, shouting, fighting, throwing rubbish, smoking weed, etc. This happens daily on a small scale during the day and is multiplied many times from 10pm till 2am. Parry Road is a small road that is only for pedestrians and no cars, the end of it is connected to 3 exits which makes it a crime hot spot as well as a large area that is free from any cars and only residents of the road would enter it.”

We have also asked the Police, the Council and City West Homes to take strong action against those responsible for late night noise and anti-social behaviour at a recent party in Parry Road. The police say:

We received many calls about the party and attended at the time. The problem was nearly all noise and ASB as opposed to crime. The people at the party were not willing to stop the party and due to the numbers and mood of the people there it was decided by out duty officer that trying to disperse the partygoers against there will would need far more officers than we had available. We have identified who is responsible for organising the party and appropriate action will be taken. I will make sure that my colleagues are briefed about this so extra attention can be paid to the area.”

Mozart Street – update

Following our enquiries, the Council’s Tree Officer tells us:

“I’m sorry that Mozart Street wasn’t included in last year’s programme. However, 26 new trees were planted in Queens Park Ward. An inspection of Mozart Street reveals that there are services long each pavement which could preclude planting. So rather than replace just one tree, which always appears somewhat random I think it is worth digging a few trail pits to ascertain what the conditions are beneath the pavement. If successful I would hope to plant up to four trees on each footway this autumn.”

Ilbert Street

We have reported this issue to the Council’s Tree Officer:

“There seem to be a few new trees in the estate which are now at angles! I don’t know if this is malicious damage but they need straightening and securing. Definitely a new one on Ilbert Street across from the football pitch. “

Avenues Youth Club

A ‘pop-up’ café has started at The Avenues Youth Club, 3-7 Third Avenue, W10, in partnership with Open Age and Petersham Nurseries, from 10.30am – 3.00pm, Monday to Friday. All welcome!

Crime Report

Following a recent shooting on the Brent/Westminster border and a number of knife incidents, we have urged the Council to increase its resources to the Gangs Unit so that additional efforts can be made, in liaison with the police and local schools, to tackle the increased gang-related crime involving young people.

First Avenue/Harrow Road

Continued efforts are being made by the Council and the police to stop the daily dumping of furniture at the corner of First Avenue and Harrow Road and to catch those responsible for this anti-social behaviour.

Queen’s Park Children’s Centre, Bravington Road

We have received this message and we are pressing the Council to undertake the repairs as a matter of urgency: 

“Queen’s Park Children’s Centre has had to close. Ninety per cent of the ceiling came down in the child health clinic and luckily this happened when no one was in the building. The health and safety officer has demanded a full health and safety audit of the building before we can reopen. I am told that it will take at least 2 weeks to complete the survey, then the repairs will need to be done.  The centre will not be opened anytime soon. We are hoping to hire Lydford Hall to run some services and St Jude’s for some offers, also to open the drop ins, at either Westbourne or Bayswater. In a months’ time we will be able to offer Dorothy Gardner or Mary Paterson as a viable space until the building is deemed fit to work in.”

Bruckner Street

We were disappointed to hear from City West Homes that the new purpose-built offices on the ground floor of the new block of flats in Bruckner Street are not going to be used by the Queen’s Park & Mozart Estate office team, which is now staying in Glasgow House in Maida Vale. City West Homes says:

“With regard to the future use of the ground floor at Bruckner Street, Westminster City Council are actively looking at options to use this space and we expect a decision on this over the next two months” 

Oliphant Street 

We asked Nuno, our City Inspector, to investigate this issue: 

“The bin at Oliphant Street has been missing for two days so far. It is at the junction of Sixth Avenue. This street particularly benefits from the bin. There have been lots of complaints about abandoned poop bags that the bin solved: it is easily accessible, visible and useful. It is always in full use, and requires regular emptying. There is no way that one could say it wasn’t needed: the exact opposite!!”

Later that day the resident told us:

“Thank you for your very speedy response. The bin has reappeared! I always read the monthly reports and I appreciate being represented by such passionate individuals who sincerely care about local issues. “

Crossrail

We have received the following update on Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea’s proposal for a Crossrail Station at Kensal Gas Works: 

“The Council agreed to fund a feasibility study by Network Rail earlier this year, and this is due to conclude shortly. The early signs are positive, which means we will need to proceed to a more detailed study, and I hope this will begin by the end of the summer. We are still some way off reaching a point in the Network Rail process for new rail infrastructure that would allow all relevant parties to give approval to the station, but I would say we are in a better position now than previously.”

Harrow Road – dog fouling

We have asked Nuno, our local Inspector, to investigate this issue:

“I go to the newspaper shop in Harrow Road (Huxley Street end) every morning around 7.30 am and virtually every day there is the most unbelievable amount of dog mess all over the pavements which is really unacceptable and a health risk. I’m at a loss to understand why owners don’t take responsibility for their dogs – sadly putting up notices with threats of fines & court action is ignored by ignorant people.  There are some pretty fearsome dogs in this vicinity & I’d obviously be extremely wary of any sort of confrontation but can you think or suggest any way this matter could be dealt with satisfactorily as it’s rapidly going from bad to very much worse.”

Harrow Road – parking

We have reported this to the Council for investigation:

“Double and indiscriminate parking has become even more of a major problem in Harrow Road – particularly in view of the recent fire which has slowed traffic down to practically a standstill and making the public’s life hell to try and get anywhere. Seems to me that double parking on yellow lines is the norm with no thought for traffic flow and never a warden in sight. “ 

Queen’s Park Summer Festival – Saturday 5th August 2017 12-6pm.

The Queen’s Park Summer Festival is taking place on Saturday 5th August 2017 12-6pm, at Queen’s Park Gardens. We have allocated £6,500 from our Ward Budget towards the cost of the Festival.

Chamberlayne Road

We have been informed that National Grid will be starting work on Monday 17 July in Chamberlayne Road to replace the old, large diameter, metal gas mains with new pipes made of more durable material. They will be working between Wakeman Road and Wrentham Avenue and expect to complete the work by the end of October 2017. Because of the scale of the project and to ensure everyone’s safety, they need to close Chamberlayne Road to northbound traffic from Banister Road (Kilburn Lane – B413) to Wrentham Avenue. To find out more, please call or email the Community Relations Team on 0800 389 8261 or info@communityrelations.co.uk. For 24-hour operational enquiries please call 0800 096 5678.

Westminster Reporter

A resident has started a petition calling on the Council to cease publication of the Westminster Reporter. We agree!

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

What you say

“The vehicle on Sixth Avenue has been removed. So thank you very much for actioning this” 

“Thank you for keeping us so informed” 

“Your efforts are greatly appreciated” 

“Good news bulletin as always it is, and good to see fewer issues in the season than the last few years. Good work!!!” 

“Always interesting thank you.”

I am so glad you are on the case with HS2, I too have been worried about the drilling (right across the road from us, at the junction of Fifth Avenue and Oliphant Street). How can they contemplate going under our historic estate which is already unstable? “

Please let us know if there are any matters on which we can be of help.

Please feel free to pass this Report to any of your neighbours who might be interested.

Regards

Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor

Your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors – Here to Help

 

 

 

QUEEN’S PARK WARD ACTION REPORT – June 2017

From your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor

 

 

 

 

 

General Election – Thursday 8th June

You can read about Karen Buck’s General Election campaign priorities here https://labourwestminster.wordpress.com/karen-buck-for-westminster-north

Sixth Avenue 

Following our enquiries, Nuno has told us that “the abandoned vehicle reported​ at Sixth Avenue outside 111 Oliphant Street has been reported to DVLA. They have taken action by clamping the vehicle and they will process the removal.”

We have also asked the Council’s Tree Officer to investigate this issue:

“The small tree outside 21 Sixth Avenue is leaning into the road because the black strap supporting the trunk has snapped. My neighbor has put a strap in place, but the wind is causing problems.  The ground is very wet.”

Dart Street

We have again asked the Council when the long-promised replacement tree outside Mundy House will be planted.

We have also asked Nuno to contact Genesis Housing to remove a number of abandoned cars in the Harrington Court car park.

Naylor House – Update

Following our enquiries with Karen Buck, about the poor state of the Naylor House ground floor area, City West Homes say:

“I can confirm that the plaster work has been completed and is now drying. A member of the team has confirmed that the plaster is nearly dry and we anticipate redecorating works to commence later in the week.”

First Avenue

We have again reported dumped furniture at the corner of First Avenue and Harrow Road and we have asked Nuno to organise the removal of an abandoned van.

St John’s Terrace

Residents in Steve Biko Court, managed by L&Q, have contacted us about the impact of the next door building site on their homes where cracks have appeared. We reported this to the District Surveyor who said:

“At the moment, the cracking of less than 2mm width is not a concern from a structural point of view. The developer will have served Party Wall Act notices on L&Q which means that any damage caused would be rectified at the developer’s expense. The L&Q surveyor would have been satisfied that the slight cracking so far does not pose a structural concern and can be repaired cosmetically once the ground works are all complete.”

Royal Lancer, Lancefield Street

We have asked the Council to acquire the long-vacant and derelict Royal Lancer Pub in Lancefield Street and redevelop it for social housing, after receiving this reply to our enquiry to the Planning Department:

“This public house has been vacant since 2009, it did have a temporary permission in 2011 for use as a site office and construction workers welfare facilities, in connection with works to refurbish residential properties in Bravington Road, Portnall Road and Ashmore Road. This was limited for a period of 18 months. We did have a pre-application query back in 2013 for the demolition of No’s 14 and 16 for 24 flats, but nothing recent.”.

HS2

We have asked the Council for any information on the HS2 test tunnelling after receiving this enquiry:

“As you are no doubt aware, at the top end of Portnall Road (by Kilburn Lane), a tunneling machine has been boring holes to test the ground for HS2. I’m particularly concerned about this on a number of levels. Firstly, I was under the impression that the tunnels would be situated further north.  Is it the case that the tunnels will now be running along this route? Is it possible that the proposed housing development on the Queen’s Park station car park has forced this change (perhaps the installation of an underground car park?

I talked to a chap working on the boring. He said they were tunneling 55 meters down and had found ‘loads of soft stuff even near the surface’ and that he wouldn’t want his house onto of this.  He then went onto say this wasn’t the end of it as they would be digging to test the ground further south of Portnall Road! On behalf of all the residents in the area, could you please keep monitoring the situation. “

Banister/Chamberlayne Roads

Residents say that as a result of the construction works at the Moberly site, the traffic lights at the corner of Banister and Chamberlayne Roads are badly out of sync and causing big delays for traffic. As a result, some drivers are going ahead on the red light. We have asked for this to be investigated. We asaked the Council to investigate and they told us the following:

“Our team raised a fault to the contractors (Site 28/146 Reference TEL0136653) who attended site last night and identified that a third party contractor has erected scaffolding that is blocking the detector. A new fault has now been raised to request our contractor to attend and relocate the detector to a pole that is not obscured so that it will detect traffic on that approach.  This will be rectified as soon as practical.”

News from The Avenues Youth Project

  • Five supporters ran the London Marathon this year to raise funds for our Saturday Homework Club.   The Homework Club, which is oversubscribed, was at risk of closure owing to cuts. The runners hit their target raising £7,000 and saving the service for another 12 months. If you, or someone you know, might be interested in running the Marathon next year emailfabian@avenues.org.uk
  • At the Annual Meeting of the Queen’s Park Community Council (QPCC), the Avenues Youth Project was presented with a cheque for £20,000.  The Community Council prioritised their support for young people’s services in the wake of huge cuts to youth work budgets.   This contribution will be the second of a three-year commitment.  The first year’s contribution was offered as matched funding and saw The Avenues raise £2 in private donations for every £1 committed by QPCC.
  • In March, The Avenues hosted 111 guests for dinner in the (partly) refurbished premises.  Supporters raised £35,000 with the help of volunteer auctioneer Alex Proud.  This provides a life-line for the youth project in 2017.
  • Congratulations to Susan Aglionby OBE, Founder and Patron of the Avenues Youth Project, for having a lifetime’s dedication to children and young people deservedly recognised in this year’s Queen’s Honours. Susan founded the Avenues Youth Project in 1979 while working as a nurse at St Mary’s Hospital.

Caird Street

We asked Nuno to deal with this issue:

“I came home last night to find that someone had left a couple of mattress and some wooden furniture propped up against the lamppost outside my house in Caird Street.  I have come home today and see that it is still there, so wasn’t sure if I should be reporting it to the Council or what should happen? “

Citizens Advice Bureau

The funds raised this year from the CAB Legal Walk will go towards the Foodbank Advice Project which loses its funding in July.  You can donate here: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Westminster_CAB2017

This is a really essential service that the CAB provides to the users of the North Paddington Foodbank providing debt, housing and benefits advice. Many people are there because their benefits have been stopped for some reason and the CAB advocates on their behalf to help challenge the decision, with many of them being overturned on appeal!

Faulty Pavements

If you have ever fallen on a faulty pavement you can contact the Council via this link: https://www.westminster.gov.uk/accidents-and-insurance-claims-against-council

My Westminster Day – Sunday 18th June

The inaugural #MyWestminster Day is taking place on Sunday 18th June at Paddington Recreation Ground, with a programme of free events and family friendly activities. The event will celebrate the diversity of Westminster’s neighbourhoods and people, recognising all that unites everyone as one community in the heart of London. The event is part of a UK wide celebration of everything we have in common in memory of Jo Cox MP who was murdered a year ago.
There will be free food tasters from around the world and live entertainment from Ebony Steel Band, Rosie Holloway, The Blend Choir and the Time Loves quintet amongst others.

Sporting activities include beat the goalie, quick feet challenge and other football taster sessions run by QPR in the Community; there will also be tennis coaching, bowls, a parkour course and bungee trampolines. Additional highlights include face-painting, storytelling, plant potting, free bike checks and repairs, and free dog microchipping.

Sunday 18th June is Father’s Day, so there will be a special Father’s Day card making stand and a Father’s Day race.

All activities will be free. Free transport will be available from across Westminster.

You can register your interest in attending, receive updates or organise free transportation by visiting – www.westminster.gov.uk/mywestminster

What you say

“Thank you very much for the update.  It’s great to know about all the work that goes on behind the scenes”

“Thank you for your email circular which is always very useful and informative.”

“Thanks for all your hard work for the community.”

Please let us know if there are any matters on which we can be of help.

Regards

 

Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor

Your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors – Here to Help

Published by Andy Whitley on behalf of Karen Buck, both a 4g Shirland Road, London W9

 

QUEEN’S PARK WARD ACTION REPORT – May 2017

From your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor

 

 

 

 

 

Lancefield Street

We have again asked the Council to investigate the scrap metal lorry parked along Lancefield Street. The Council say:

“I have investigated and established that this vehicle is untaxed (since 15 August 2015), and also without MOT (22 October 2015).  It is therefore subject to removal by the DVLA as an Untaxed Vehicle. I have therefore reported it to the DVLA for removal action.  This generally takes 10 – 14 days to be processed by the DVLA and assigned to a removal agent for pick up.”

Bravington Road

We have asked the Council to investigate these issues:

  • Pavements –  a number of pavement slabs on Bravington Road (from Kilburn Lane to the corner of Shirland Road) are uneven and they wobble; when it rains they get filled with water and as you step on them they tilt and your entire foot is immersed and your clothing splashed as well as being easy to stumble upon.
  • Fly tipping – there’s an abandoned pile of rotting wood panels on the pavement at 102 Bravington road (lamp post number 16), it’s two weeks that is there and it would be great if someone could help to take it away. .
  • Tree – a new beautiful tree has been planted on the pavement in front of 129 Bravington road but unfortunately it is growing at a 45 degrees angle with the road, it would be great if it could be straightened it?

The Council say:

“Tree planting crew is in Westminster on Friday so I’ll instruct them to re-stake the tree.” 

St John’s Church Playgroup and Welfare Advice Service

A new weekly play group is starting on Tuesday May 9th at St John’s church, at the junction of Harrow Road/Kilburn Lane. Meeting every Tuesday from 10.30 to 11.30 am the “stay and play” will include songs, toys and refreshments.

The Rev David Ackerman, Vicar of St John’s, said: “We hope that this new group will bring people together, with the church hosting play for children and an opportunity for parents and carers to meet for a coffee. It would be wonderful to see children of all backgrounds playing together. Although we ask for a donation of £2 to cover the cost of refreshments no one should feel unable to come because of money. Everyone is welcome”.

St John’s is also hosting a new welfare advice service. A drop in advice service from 11am to 2pm on Mondays has begun in the church office for people with problems with debt, benefits or social and welfare matters. Father David commented:

“The church has recently completed refurbishments, including a new kitchen, and we are now able to offer more to our local community. I am so pleased that we are opening our doors more and more to those who need support and encouragement”.

For further information: Rev David Ackerman 020 8969 2615

Mozart Street

We have continued to press the Council to replant the long-promised tree that was badly damaged in the storm in 2013. 

Parry Road

Following our enquiries on behalf of residents, CCTV cameras will be located in the Parry Road area to film any ASB activity in the area, including all drug-related activity.

Sixth Avenue

We have asked Nuno to remove a vehicle which has been abandoned on the western side of Sixth Ave between Kilburn Lane and Oliphant Street.

First Avenue/Harrow Road

We are continuing to press the Council to take strong action against those responsible for the persistent dumping of furniture at the corner of First Avenue and Harrow Road. We have called on the Council to use CCTV cameras to identify those responsible so that legal action can be taken against them. Residents say:

“Can you please tell me what is happening in regard to blocking the pavement, dumping rubbish and now using loading area to dump their van and use it for storage. This has been going on for a long time”

The Council say:

“The local City Inspectors continue to pay extra attention to the area in an attempt to find people responsible for the fly-tipping. Officers have been working different hours to try and trace the offenders and resources from our 24 team have also visited ‘out of hours’ regularly to the locality, to no avail. It appears that the people doing the fly-tipping are clearly aware of what they are doing as we never find anything to identify them on the waste that is found. 

Despite our best efforts, we have seen little or no action being taken by the freeholder of the property. We have made contact their representative and will be meeting them to discuss the problems in last ditch attempt, before we seek to take formal action by way of serving appropriate notices. 

I am however pleased to report that, following a conversation with City West Homes, and due to the fact that their residents are also adversely affected by the waste, they have agreed that one of their cameras can be fitted in the Harrow Road opposite the junction with First Avenue. This will require some further approvals and work to fully understand the viability in terms of the electricity supply, but we are positively moving forward with this.  We will confirm a timeline as soon as we can and in the meantime we will continue with our regular patrols in the area, our local City Inspectors have kindly agreed to continue to change their hours of working to enable them to target the area when the fly-tipping is more endemic.”

The Flora, 525 Harrow Road

Yet another planning application has been submitted for The Flora:

“Continued use as public house (Use Class A4) at basement and ground floors and conversion of upper floors into six residential units together with roof extension to existing building. Erection of four storey mixed-use building over beer garden restating Class A4 use at ground floor level and provision of three residential units on upper floors. Demolition of pub garden outbuildings and boundary wall to Harrow Road.”

The application documents can be viewed online at http://www.westminster.gov.uk/planning. Please use the reference number 17/02609/FULL as the primary search criteria. You can submit your comments electronically via the ‘Comments’ facility by 10th May.

Mulberry Court, Ashmore Road

Following our enquiries, Octavia ay that they expect the cyclical repair works to begin at the end of July or early August. Octavia say:

“Residents who came to the drop in meeting were able to choose their front door and book appointments for the measurements, those who did not have had hand delivered samples left and can respond back to us.” 

Crime Alert

Please be aware of fake locksmith stickers.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/10456785/Thieves-using-fake-locksmith-stickers-to-mark-houses.html

Queen’s Park Court

Following discussions with residents, we have asked the police to investigate reports of;

  • Speeding/racing cars in the car park.
  • Gangs of youths congregating in the vicinity.
  • Possible drug dealing

Kilburn Lane

Residents in Kilburn Lane opposite the Moberly construction site say that there are rats in the area following the demolition and construction works. We have asked City West Homes to investigate.

Queen’s Park Station

We were disappointed to hear that the promised lifts at Queen’s Park Station have been delayed. Lifts at Queens Park Station have recently been postponed from the promised 2017/18 to 2019/20. We have written to Network Rail to urge them to reinstate these new lifts in 2018 as promised.

Third Avenue

The St Marylebone Bridge School, 17 – 23 Third Avenue, has submitted a planning application for:

“Erection of a temporary modular two-storey building on playground to the rear of the school for period of 2 years.”

The application documents can be viewed online at http://www.westminster.gov.uk/planning. Please use the reference number 17/03194/FULL as the primary search criteria. You can submit your comments electronically via the ‘Comments’ facility.

Report from Debbie Heath, Problem Solving Coordinator

Drugs – a resident complained of drug dealing occurring in the car park area of his estate. The Police investigated and arrested a young man who lives on a nearby street. CWH and I agreed to send a banning letter to this young person and his family, advising that he could not go on the estate, as he has n reason to be there. The Police case is being taken to Court within the next couple of months.  

Canal side weeds – a complaint was made that people are going into the small park near the Flora Pub and hiding drink and drugs in the vegetation by the canal here, outside of West minster land. I contacted the Canal and River Trust and asked them to look into getting this land cleared. They stated that it is scheduled to be cut back and cleared in the next month.

Rogue Landlords

Rogue landlords will be “named and shamed” by a new online database set up by the Mayor to protect private renters. They will be able to check whether prospective landlords and letting agents have been previously prosecuted for housing offences before they move into a property. They will also be able to report suspected rogue landlords and agents whose accommodation and service falls below acceptable legal standards. The database, to be published on the Mayor’s website, will enable the Council to easily share information on enforcement and investigations and act as a deterrent.

Register to Vote

The deadline to register is Monday 22 May and residents can register at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Anyone who is already registered to vote does not need to re-register. If you have moved home in the last few months and have not registered to vote at your new address you still have time to register at your new location.

The other key dates to note are the postal vote application deadline which is 5pm, Tuesday 23 May and the proxy vote application deadline is 5pm, Wednesday 31 May.

More information can be found by visiting www.westminster.gov.uk/general-election-2017

What you say

“I do appreciate you sending the Queens Park ward action report each month.”

Please let us know if there are any matters on which we can be of help.

Regards

Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor

Your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors – Here to Help

 

 

 

QUEEN’S PARK WARD ACTION REPORT – April 2017

From your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor

 

 

 

 

 

St Luke’s Primary School, Fernhead Road

We have started a petition calling on Westminster City Council to install a Zebra Crossing on Fernhead Road near St Luke’s School to allow pedestrians, particularly parents with children and those with mobility problems, to cross the road safely. Traffic on Fernhead Road has increased recently making it very difficult to cross the road, especially for parents taking their children to and from St Luke’s School. A Zebra Crossing near the school is urgently needed. You can sign the petition here:

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

Barfett Street 

We have asked the Council’s Tree Officer to take action here:

“I note that you have assisted residents in getting trees replaced on the estate. There has been one missing in Barfett Street for some time. I should be grateful if you could raise this with the appropriate council officer. It is about half way down on the even side of the road. There is a gap in the paving to accommodate it.”

Harrow Road

We asked Transport for London to fix the faulty pedestrian crossing on Harrow Road between Second and Third Avenues. Residents say:

“This pedestrian crossing is a vital crossing point for children and the elderly to access North Kensington/Goldborne Road. It is extremely dangerous to cross at this point on the Harrow road due to a large number of vehicles regularly driving in excess of 30mph.”

Marne Street

We asked Nuno, our local Inspector, to investigate this issue:

There is a broken-down Lister Glass van outside 5 -7 Marne Street on a single yellow line and it’s been there months. Is there anything you could do?” 

We are pleased to say that this vehicle is now gone.

Bravington Road/Kilburn Lane

We have asked Nuno to take action on this:

“Please can you ask Westminster to put up ‘No Dumping’ signs on the corner of Bravington Road/Kilburn Lane where rubbish is regularly dumped by shops and residents. Also ‘no dumping’ signs near or on any street tree where rubbish is also regularly dumped in Bravington Road and other roads in the neighbourhood.”

Nuno says: 

“I have already a No Dump sign outside 310 Kilburn Lane at the junction with Bravington Road and have been monitoring the area regularly. All the waste presented at the location is investigated when outside collection time. I will keep monitoring and take relevant action.”

Bravington Road

We have also asked Nuno to take action on this issue:

“I live in Bravington Road. For the last four days there has been broken glass (looks like from a car window) outside Pop bakery on Kilburn Lane. I have seen street cleaners sweep just metres from this spot yesterday so assumed they would reach thus spot but this morning the broken glass is still there. I have to be careful around it with my dog.” 

133 Kilburn Lane 

We attended a public exhibition of plans for a development at 133 Kilburn Lane in Brent after receiving this message from a resident:

“I and others have had a letter from Fruition Properties about the redevelopment of 133 Kilburn Lane. It’s on the edge of the estate but it sounds like it’s going to be big block of residential flats with workspaces below (ground and lower ground floors) and they are putting in planning permission (to Brent I think)” 

Residents say:

“I can see what they are trying to do and think a new commercial space is potentially a good thing. However, I think it is a rather overwhelming design compared to what’s around it. The front is too boxy and should blend with the local designs better, also there is zero point in the front balconies which they say they have to include, but actually they could put them over the inner courtyard and still comply. Plus, car free is optimistic in my view but they say no tenants will be allowed permits.”

60 Kilburn Lane

We have asked the Council to remove a huge quantity of rotting household waste currently piled in the back garden of 60 Kilburn Lane. Neighbouring residents say:

“The situation started with a fire at the property which was attended by the Fire Brigade. The Fire Services evacuated the house, removed the rear window and moved a huge volume of domestic waste into the back garden. The waste is piled at least 2 metres deep across the full garden, as the occupants of the home had hoarded belongings in all rooms as high as the ceilings – certainly contributing to the original fire. Since, there has be no further action by the authorities, and the waste has been left to fester. This poses significant health risk and fire risk, particularly as the weather warms. Already we have observed flies and vermin attracted by the waste.”

The Council says: 

“The fire has been investigated and there are a number of on-going actions. The occupants have been housed in temporary accommodation, following London Fire Brigades advice that they are unable to return to the property.

The property is owner-occupied and following a number of attempts to gain permission to enter the premises it was necessary to apply for Warrant to Enter under the Public Health Act, 1936 at Westminster Magistrates Court. I am currently meeting with Adult Services regarding matters and attempting to find a long-term solution beyond the initial clearing of the items in the gardens.”

Kilburn Lane – rubbish dumping

Following our enquiries Nuno has told us: 

“I will put a No Dump sign in the area and will conduct an educational letter drop to remind/advise the residents of the collections times and to inform them of the penalties they might occur by not complying with the waste disposal regulations.

I will also be monitoring the area regularly and take relevant action when necessary.”

“On the inspection day, household waste was found outside 162 Kilburn Lane and enforcement action was taken against one of the residents”

Parry Road

We are making enquiries about refuse collections in Parry Roads after being contacted by residents. Residents say since December CityWest have stopped collecting the rubbish of the residents of Parry Road. Previously it was collected black bins and put into a Paladin at the end of the road. This is causing issues, particularly for older/disabled residents.

Naylor House – Update 

City West Homes has updated us on the redecoration of the ground floor entrance area:

“The works will commence on 21 March 2017 when the damaged plaster will be hacked off and the area re-plastered. This will then be left to dry before the painting can start. Painting in fire retardant paint is then due to commence on 29 March 2017 provided that the area has fully dried.” 

Bantock House

We have asked the Council to investigate ongoing drug issue around Bantock House (which seems to be from a ground floor flat) that has been going on for a number of years. Also, we have reported a spotlight between Croft and Batten House that hasn’t been working for some time.

Mozart Street

We have asked the Council when the promised replacement tree in Mozart Street will be planted.

Ashmore Road

Following our enquiries, 6 street lights in Ashmore Road were found to be defective and will now be repaired.

First Avenue

We have asked the Council to use CCTV to catch those anti-social people for the constant dumping of beds, white goods and items of furniture on the corner of First Avenue and Harrow Road. The Council say:

“We are currently contacting the freeholder of the land outside the boxing club, where the majority of items are deposited. As the owner of the land it is his responsibility to clear it up (though the Council have been taking this on up to now) and to protect the land from this type of activity. We are also doing late patrols in the area to see if we can witness any fly tipping along the Harrow Road and will take actions when we do. The management team are looking at other enforcement options that can be utilised in the area, including the use of CCTV. We will continue to take enforcement action when we find evidence of whom has done the fly tipping and to educate local residents on what to do with bulky waste items.”

Droop Street

We reported a broken street light in Droop Street which has been repaired and is now working again. 

Holly House

We have asked City West Homes to take action to stop ASB and drug dealing in the parking spaces under Holy House Residents say they should be closed off as garages to stop the site being used for such activities.

Ilbert Street/Oliphant Street

We have asked the Council to repair three broken street lights at the end of Ilbert street and Oliphant Street. The Council has told us:

“I can advise the the team have check these light and Identified faults on units in Ilbert Street and Oliphant Street. The fault repairs will be resolved over the next few days. The team will continue to work on these issues until fully resolved.”

Stansbury Square 

We have received complaints about the overhanging trees from Wilberforce School which are causing problems in Stansbury Square.  The leaves are attracting vermin and have to be bagged up and removed frequently.  Some of the residents find it difficult to do this because of mobility problems. We have asked the Council’s Tree Officer to prune the trees. 

Oliphant Street wall – update

We have received the following update from City West Homes:

“I’m pleased to advise that the bricks were approved by Planning and the work has progressed really well; due to be ready for snagging at the end of next week.”

The Flora, 525 Harrow Road 

There is another planning application for The Flora. This time for

“Continued use as public house at basement and ground floors and conversion of upper floors into six residential units. Roof extension to existing building. Erection of five storey mixed-use building over beer garden and provision of four residential units on upper floors. Demolition of pub garden outbuildings and boundary wall to Harrow Road.”

The application documents can be viewed online at http://www.westminster.gov.uk/planning. Please use the reference number 17/02405/FULL as the primary search criteria.

Westminster: A city of skyscrapers?

Westminster Council has announced proposals to increase the number of tall buildings all over Westminster. We very concerned that these proposals will, if given the go ahead, signal a green light for the construction of more very tall buildings just as we have seen in other parts of London.

We agree with the need to provide more housing to accommodate a growing population and tackle the housing crisis. But we want sensible, well thought through plans which protect Westminster’s unique character – not a rush to build more and more luxury housing which does nothing to meet the needs of residents.

We’d like to hear your views about Westminster’s plans for more tall buildings.

You can also let the Council know your views https://openforum.westminster.gov.uk/buildingheight

Paradise Bar 

Councillor McAllister represented Westminster residents who have complained about the Paradise Bar at the scheduled Review of the License on 22nd March. Following the Licensing Review, the licensing hours were reduced and additional conditions imposed. Following the Review, a resident said:

“I can’t thank you enough for coming to the hearing today and speaking so eloquently on behalf of the Kilburn Lane residents.  Everyone was so impressed with your contribution.”

Chamberlayne Road

We have reported this issue to Brent Council:

“The lower end of Chamberlayne Road on the West side has long been something of a nightmare for pedestrians. This is due to the wretched state of the pavement and the store frontage butting out into the street – especially next to bus stop – which makes areas of the thoroughfare almost impassable. This has been compounded by the arrival of Chinese Takeaway Zing Zing which is using the pavement as a parking space for its four delivery mopeds. This is obviously untenable and needs to be sorted out immediately.”

Brent say:

“I shall arrange for an inspection of the lower end of Chamberlayne Road to identify footway defects that meet with our intervention levels for repair. I shall also arrange for Regulatory Service to visit the location and take appropriate action against business encroaching on the public highway.”

Parking

We have asked the Parking Department to investigate this suggestion:

“Residents on the QP Estate area are between three borough junctions – Westminster, Brent (literally over the road) and K&C. I don’t know whether K&C still allow residents’ parking across the entire borough, and WCC is zoned. I am C-C1. Since we use services in the local area across borough boundaries, might we be granted some reasonable residents’ parking access to the neighbouring catchments? By example, I am having to use services at King Charles Hospital. To be able to park there if residents’ spaces are available would be a boon. While one always tries to use public transport, or even walk, it is not always practicable in certain circumstances, and limited public pay-as-you-go areas are a lottery.” 

The Parking Department says: 

“Westminster already has an agreement in place with its neighbouring boroughs, whereby some roads that lie on the boundaries between the boroughs are considered to be “reciprocal streets”.  This means that permit holders from one authority are allowed to park in resident and pay-to-park spaces in some roads along the borders with the neighbouring boroughs.  However, this agreement does not automatically apply to every boundary road, and it would not apply to streets extending into the interior of those other boroughs. Further information detailing which roads are included in the reciprocal streets agreement can be found on our website, accessible via the following link: https://www.westminster.gov.uk/resident-parking-neighbouring-boroughs

Cycle hire – Update 

We received this disappointing update from the Council following last year’s petition to extend the Santander cycle hire scheme to Queen’s Park:

“The cycle hire scheme is administered and funded by Transport for London (TfL), not the City Council. The City Council supports the cycle hire scheme and has been lobbying TfL to extend the scheme into the north-west of the City ever since its launch in 2010, but unfortunately TfL has confirmed that due to funding constraints they are not considering extension of the scheme into this area at this time. I suggest that you lobby Caroline Pidgeon MBE, who is the chair of the Greater London Authority (GLA) Transport Committee, on this matter.” 

Update from Debbie Heath, Queen’s Park Problem Solving Coordinator 

Third Avenue – Update on Charles Leach Court – the gate has now been repaired and is an electric gate. This means that is easier to keep closed. Reports are that this has caused a big improvement as the area can no longer be used by people sheltering in the courtyard and possibly dealing drugs there. I continue to work with Soho Housing to improve the area even more and make it safer for all residents. 

What you say

“Thanks so much for the report as usual”

“Just a quick note to say that one of the cycle spaces has been reserved for me – thanks for all your help with this (and also thanks for pushing through the hangers, it’s a brilliant idea).”

“Many thanks for the monthly newsletter. Always appreciated.” 

“Just a quick little e mail to thank you & your colleagues at Westminster for replacing the rubbish notice to the lamppost outside our house”

Please let us know if there are any matters on which we can be of help.

Please feel free to pass this Report to any of your neighbours who might be interested.

Regards

Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor

Your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors – Here to Help

 

 

QUEEN’S PARK WARD ACTION REPORT – March 2017

From your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor

Paul

Patricia

Barrie

 

 

 

 

 

Kilravock Street

We have asked the Council to fix this issue:

“Could I ask you to look into why the street lights on Kilravock Street, between Fifth and Third Ave only, seem to turn on so much later than those on the rest of the estate? As well as adding to an unkept feel, it is potentially dangerous as, for example, there are still children on their way home from school but the road is dark enough that cars might miss them”

Oak House

We have asked City West Homes to repair the lights at 11-20 Oak House which have been very unreliable recently and causing concern for residents. Following our enquiries, residents told us “all the lights are back on now”.

Naylor House 

Following enquiries by Karen Buck MP about much needed repairs to the ground floor entrance area, City West Homes has told us: 

“The works will involve replacing communal doors and panels to comply with fire safety requirements. Communal decorations are not included within the scheme. The works will last approximately 8 weeks and we are working on putting together a small programme of decorations to follow the fire risk assessment works. This means that we are unable to commence any decoration works until after May 2017. As soon as I have further details of the decorations works we will be undertaken and when it will commence we will update you and residents of Naylor House.”

Marne Street

We have continued with our efforts to get Thames Water to fix water leaks in Marne Street and elsewhere in Queen’s Park.

Oliphant Street wall – update 

We have received this update from City West Homes:

“The rebuilding of the wall is progressing.  We are currently waiting for the planning officer to agree the type of bricks as the number of salvaged bricks was not as many as we need to rebuild the wall so extra will need to be purchased.  We have provided brick samples and we await planning approval, which we should have confirmed by 3 March.”

llbert Street bike hangars – update

We have received the following update from the Council:

“We are planning to install 2 hangars in the single identified parking bay in Ilbert Street. This is scheduled to happen in March. There are already people who have expressed an interest in a place via the QPCC so one of the hangars will be full on day one and the other is expected to be about half full. I anticipate having both hangars fully occupied within a month of them going in as word spreads locally. “

To make enquiries contact cycling@westminster.gov.uk

Fernhead Road

Following our enquiries about improving facilities for pedestrians crossing Fernhead Road, Brent Council has revised their proposals for the Fernhead Road/Carlton Vale/ Kilburn Lane junction. It is now proposed for the junction of Fernhead Road/Carlton Vale Kilburn Lane to be part of the raised table at this location.

Moberly site

We have asked the Council and contractors to ensure that the mud left on the road from the construction site on Kilburn Lane is washed away every day.

Kilburn Lane/Harries Street – Parking

Residents near the junction with Banister Road and in Herries Street have asked that parking times are reviewed so that non-residents cannot park until after 10pm. Residents say, “there is nowhere to park as they all come to park here to go clubbing and dining”.

The Council say:

“The Planning Department will be conducting a Parking Zone (Residents) review in late spring this year and this concern/suggestion will be logged by them for review at this time. They will also be contacted later in the year for their views and advice on any proposed changes considered.”

The Ladbroke building, Grand Union Studios

Following complaints by residents living opposite the Ladbroke Building about lights being left on all night we have asked Kensington & Chelsea Council to take the necessary action to get the building owners to turn off the lights at night. 

Nutbourne Street

We asked the Council to replant a tree in Nutbourne Street which was blown over during Storm Doris.

Orpheus House, Harrow Road

Following concerns raised by residents, we have asked Genesis and the police to take to stop the anti-social behavior at Orpheus House. Genesis say: 

“We are being pro-active regarding this, but it would be more quickly dealt with if residents let us know directly on 033 3000 3000” 

Dart Street

We have again asked the Council when the long-promised replacement tree outside Mundy House will be planted.

Fifth Avenue 

We have asked Nuno to replace the ‘No Dumping’ signs that have been torn down from trees in the street. 

Charles Leach Court, Third Avenue 

Following our enquiries, the gates at Charles Leach Court are now electronically controlled and in good working order.

Refuse collection

We have asked the Council to consider this suggestion:

“Would it not be a good idea if all the householders of the Avenues had SMALL dustbins which they could use for their kitchen waste, instead of leaving out black plastic bags, which are ripped to shreds by the legions of foxes. 

The Council says:

“The Council doesn’t supply dustbins to residents but I have noted that a number of properties in Queens Park and elsewhere have purchased their own dustbins to store their rubbish bags in. Only putting waste bags out on the morning of the waste collection is the simplest way to reduce potential problems from foxes but for residents who want to store waste in their ‘front garden’ area between collections then a dustbin is a sensible approach.”

Dog mess

We have asked Nuno, our local Inspector, to take action on this issue:

“There seems to be a growing problem with dog owners discarding plastic bags with dog faeces around the base of trees. I counted 12 on my walk to the bus stop at the top of Fifth Avenue. It is unhygienic, unneighbourly, unsightly and totally selfish. How can we all solve this problem?”

Ha’Penny Steps Bridge

We are continuing to try and sort out this issue:

“I would like to thank you for getting the lighting on the Halfpenny Canal Bridge sorted, finally the lights on the Wedlake Street side were finally back on”

However, during the summer months a huge tree which badly needs pruning back obscures a lot of the lighting on the spiral ramp side. As its in RBKC, but Westminster is responsible for the all lights, I’m not sure who is responsible. Also, the broken low-level rail on the edge of the canal on the Harrow Road side is still not fixed, despite you raising the matter more than once last year.”

Open space by the Flora pub, Harrow Road

We asked Nuno, our local Inspector, to deal with this issue:

“I noticed some area had been cut this week but on one section there is a dead fox in the bushes. I wouldn’t know how to go about getting it removed perhaps you could help?”

Harrow Road/Ladbroke Grove

We have asked for an update on when the promised pedestrian improvements will start at this busy junction. The Council say:

“I have just received confirmation that the traffic modelling assessment of the impact of the proposed improvement scheme has been approved. I am therefore now able to progress the scheme through the design stage. The intention is for the scheme, subject to funding and approvals from all boroughs and TfL, to be constructed in this financial year. The likelihood is that construction will be taking place around 12 months from now.”

Queen’s Park Gardens Football Academy – Report from Ryan Dalton

“QPG Football launched last April and has continued to be run by 3 local residents. We started off with only one Saturday morning session each week and in exactly 10 very short months, to the date, we are happy to say we are now launching our 7th weekly football session.

The variation of training sessions on offer cater for all ages, and genders, including a girls-only session every Saturday afternoon. Due to the extremely high demand and growing popularity we have decided to now introduce QPG #SundaySessions in Queen’s Park Gardens in partnership with London Sports Trust. We will also be launching special sport day activities from Mid-April. We have had a lots of brilliant feedback left on our new website www.qpgfootball.com and our facebook page facebook.com/qpgfootball, we have included some of our reviews below along with some pictures from our end of year celebrations we held just before Christmas.

All football training provided by QPG is free but we do ask parents to consider making a donation towards weekly refreshments for the 70+ young people who are now registered and attend our coaching sessions each week in Queen’s Park Gardens, Ilbert Street. If you can pitch in and help us to continue the brilliant work that has taken place over the past 10 months then please click on the PayPal donate now button at the top of the page on our QPGFA website. – www.qpgfootball.com. 100% of all donations go towards weekly player refreshments.”

Report from Debbie Heath – Problem solving coordinator for Queen’s Park Ward 

  • Harrow Road – All the furniture shops that were spreading their wares out across the pavement, on the road and even on the road opposite them, were written to and visited with Police last year. They were advised to stop using the entire footpath as an extension of their premises. This has reduced the amount of furniture they put out. They still do use ‘private forecourt’ areas immediately outside of their premises as do many other shops along the Harrow Road.
  • Third Avenue – Complaints were received of increased youth activity and suspected drug dealing around Charles Leach Court, Third Avenue. I conducted a door knock in Charles Leach Court and raised this with the Police who agreed to an increased presence in the area. I also arranged a visit with Soho Housing to the site and they are currently looking into upgrading the gate to the car park so that it can stop access by unauthorized individuals. At a recent meeting with one of the complainants he stated that he had seen a marked improvement and noted more Police presence.
  • Queen’s Park Court – It was highlighted to me that there were many cars parked within Queen’s Park Court that looked suspicious. City Inspectors found some without tax or MOT and Police attended and found 2 stolen vehicles, which they were able to recover.

Chamberlayne Road area 

We have asked Brent Council to contact a resident who raised this issue: 

“The road leading into Station Terrace is a disgrace, Linden Avenue is getting worse due to failures to repair it.  The rainwater gully outside the funeral directors/dry cleaners is clogged and makes a large pool of water into the road.  Every time it is cleared (infrequently) it immediately clogs again with an accumulation of dust and dirt since water draining into it carries debris.  Also people put any kind of waste product/builder’s detritus down it.” 

Foxes – what you say                  

“Has anyone ever complained to you about foxes? The estate seems to be overrun with them and they’re taking regular craps in my garden! By regular I mean nightly. I live on Barfett Street. The foxes are also very noisy screaming all night. I have investigated sorting the problem myself but the cost looks being in excess of £1000. I know the council usually ignores this issue partly due to cost but walking home from the tube at 8pm last night I saw three – it appears to be an infestation rather than a small issue. “

The Council has issued the following advice on foxes which we hope is helpful https://www.westminster.gov.uk/foxes 

What you say

“Great report you guys do – and thanks again for your help with the planning permission on my house. “

“Thanks for another useful update” 

“Thank you for all your tireless work on behalf of us residents of the Queen’s Park estate!”

“Thank you for this, it was very informative” 

“Thank you for your usual informative report.”

Please let us know if there are any matters on which we can be of help.

Please feel free to pass this Report to any of your neighbours who might be interested.

Regards

Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor

Your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors – Here to Help

 

 

QUEEN’S PARK WARD ACTION REPORT – February 2017

From your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor

Paul

Patricia

Barrie

 

 

 

 

 

Third Avenue

We have asked the Police and the Council to investigate this issue:

“In the last two weeks I have witnessed what appeared to be two open-air drug deals in broad daylight outside Charles Leach Court, Third Avenue W10 waiting for a dealer to come down and exchange goods for cash. We hear time and again that parents are concerned about this stretch of road and rightly do not want their children to be exposed to this sort of criminal behaviour.  The flagrancy of the dealing and the apparent lack of consequence is causing this behaviour to become routine, it is both damaging to the young people in this area”

Queen’s Park Court 

We have asked City West Homes to investigate this issue:

“For at least a year or so an overflow pipe on the exterior of the second to last block of Queen’s Park court (as you approach end of Ilbert Street) has been overflowing. I’ve always noticed always assumed a resident would mention it to City West Homes. Some scaffolding was up a month or so ago so I thought that at last it would be resolved. Walking past earlier I noticed water was still overflowing. The exterior is clearly very, very damp, the brick work looks sodden Goodness knows what it’s like inside. It can’t be healthy for the occupants. It seems leaving it for so long is causing a huge amount of damage.”

Harrow Road

We have asked the Council to investigate this issue:

“We were wondering if the buddleia could be cleared from the Green Space beside Flora Pub? It’s alongside the canal, north bank. It obviously obscures the view of the canal and more importantly is making the pavement and retaining wall go big bumpy.  Mind you people are also sitting there drinking as they feel hidden”  

Ilbert Street

We are pleased that the Council has agreed to give planning permission for the pilot bike hangars in Ilbert Street. There will be 12 lockable bike hangars for hire when the hangars are fitted. If you would like further information about how you can hire a space for your bike please let us know. 

Ash House

We have again been helping residents with problems with their heating and hot water supply which is causing problems in a number of flats. 

Ha’ Penny Steps – begging 

We have asked the Council and Police to look into this issue: 

“The last few times I’ve walked across the canal footbridge there has been someone begging on the Westminster side. It was a gentleman initially now it’s a lady. As with many people I feel torn as I think it’s terrible to be in such need but equally if money given, do they get it?”

Harrow Road/First Avenue 

We are again urging the Council to take action to resolve this long-standing issue:

I am writing to you about issues that I know have been raised a number of times by residents, without any resolution. I would suggest that these two issues might be connected but that is for council officers to prove. Over recent weeks it has got worse. The area at the end of First Avenue on the junction of Harrow Road resembles a rubbish tip most of the time. Mattresses and other old furniture is piled high along the footpath. On one occasion I saw a rat on a mattress. This type of “fly tipping” is bound to attract vermin. The second hand furniture shop on the corner spreads their stock all over the footpath. Both the Harrow Road and First Avenue. It is a hazard to pedestrians. 

Water Leaks

We have asked the Council to contact Thames Water about these issues: 

“Can you let me know if Thames Water are intending to replace the decrepit mains water pipes in the Queen’s Park estate. They seem to burst on a regular basis in Fifth Avenue (as is the case tonight). I have just reported another leak that has sprung up this evening in Marne Street (after waiting on hold on for 30 minutes). I have also checked the Thames Water website. It is showing 4 leaks alone in the Queen’s Park Estate. This speaks volumes and shows that a major overall is urgently required before major damage is caused to residents’ properties.”

Crossrail 

We have asked the Council about this issue: 

“Is there anything that Westminster can do to support the Kensal Crossrail proposal. Appreciate it is with Kensington & Chelsea but both Westminster and Brent will benefit.” 

The Council says;

“A study is now being undertaken by Network Rail into this K&C proposal. We expect to be consulted upon it when it is available. At that time we can decide what our view of it is. The proposal was never going to be a part of the Crossrail scheme now under construction and coming into use in phases over the next 2 years.”

Chamberlayne Road 

Brent Council, in partnership with Transport for London (TfL), has appointed a project team to develop a concept design looking at ways of improving public realm features and accessibility for pedestrians and cyclists in the Chamberlayne Road area. For more details see https://www.brent.gov.uk/chamberlayneroad

Pollution

Motorists will be hit with on-the-spot fines for not turning their engines off in a bid to tackle air and noise pollution issues. Westminster City Council is running a campaign to raise awareness about the environmental and health dangers of vehicle idling, and from Saturday 4th February repeat offenders run the risk of being slapped with a fixed penalty notice (FPN).

St John’s Church 

We have received the following message from Father David Ackerman of St John’s Church. corner of Harrow Road and Kilburn Lane:

“I am becoming more and more conscious that with funding cuts St John’s Church needs to become more of a place where local people and organisations can make best use of its buildings, grounds and meeting rooms. I would be most grateful if in your report you might place this message that I would very much welcome approaches from anyone, or organisation or charity who would like to explore possibilities.

We are about to complete our new kitchen and have an excellent new meeting room in which we are exploring the possibility of hosting a free legal service for local residents. But so much more is possible. All I can do is offer an invitation.

We could install wi-fi so that people could come and apply for jobs, we already have a photocopier that anyone who is on limited means can use, we have a wonderful resource that can be used by anyone who wants to help others, from the homeless or the refugee. We could be a base for lessons or advice. We have grounds where local people could organise activities or events to raise money for charity. 

Communicating this message is not easy as St John’s stands on the edge of Queen’s park, but I hope that you might communicate this message and my contact details (dmackerman@hotmail.com).

The church seats over 100 people and is already a base for concerts but can be used for a variety of meetings or events. Our gift to the community is, without charge, offering our building so that it can contribute to the support of others, of all faiths.” 

Queen’s Park Library

Queen’s Park Library (666 Harrow Road) is hosting a free event on Thursday February 9th. From 4 -7pm there’ll be lots of cultural taster sessions such as henna, calligraphy and jewellery-making plus face painting and badge making for kids. It’s all free, including a raffle and some food samples. If you want any more information please contact Lucy Gill, Librarian, on 020-7641 4577 and lgill@westminster.gov.uk

Queen’s Park Ward Action Workshop

On 28th February 2017, from 6pm – 8pm, we will be holding our second half yearly review meeting to discuss issues affecting the ward at The Beethoven Centre, Third Avenue, Queen’s Park, W10 4JL. If you would like to attend please RSVP to Lexi Cotoulas, Member Support Officer, at lcotoulas@westminster.gov.uk.

Beethoven Centre – Give and Take event

On Saturday 18th February, 10.00am-2.30pm. there will be a “Give and Take’ event at the Beethoven Centre. The organisers say: “Have a clear out and bag yourself something new without spending a penny. Drop off items between 10.00am and 12 noon. Then pick up new things from 1.00pm.”

Drop off your unwanted, good-quality clothes, shoes, toys and electrical items, then return to raid the rails. For every item you donate, you’ll receive a token which can be exchanged for another item.

(Pierced jewellery, nightwear, swimwear, bathrobes and underwear including socks will not be accepted.)

For more information go to https://www.westminster.gov.uk/recycling-events-and-roadshows

Queen’s Park Court – what you say 

“Please keep us updated with the Queens Park Court, works estimate, mine is over £10,000. Which is completely excessive for the works carried out, considering no works were carried out inside our flats”

Fernhead Road – what you say

“There should be a crossing outside St. Luke’s school where many vulnerable people attempt to cross, including those using the bus stops either side of this busy road.”

What you say

“As always this report is greatly appreciated thank you” 

“Thank you so much for your help with new wheelie bins for the church, the matter was dealt with in two days and just before Christmas too. Thanks for this and all you do,” 

“Thank you so much for your informative report every month”

“Thanks you for the continued updates. Really appreciate them” 

“Thank you so much for what you do as our local Councillors. I think I speak for many when I say that your dedication and hard work is very much appreciated”

Please let us know if there are any matters on which we can be of help.

Regards

Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor

Your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors – Here to Help

 

 

QUEEN’S PARK WARD ACTION REPORT – January 2017

From your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor

Paul

Patricia

Barrie

 

 

 

 

 

Fernhead Road

We are concerned about road safety for children at St. Luke’s, Fernhead Road as there is no crossing or speed limits. Parents and staff say they have experienced some difficulties with speeding drivers and we are taking this up with the Council.

We have also been dealing with Octavia Housing about problems with the heating in one of their properties.

Lothrop Street

PC Dave Hammond has given us this update about recent events:

“There was an incident on Christmas Eve at around 9pm in Lothrop Street. Three bullets were shot towards an empty car in Lothrop Street. Nobody was injured during this incident. The person(s) responsible left the scene before police got to the scene. We do not know the motive for this incident or whether this is linked to other recent events. The incident is being investigated by a specialist unit within the Met who are following several lines of enquiry.

Prior to this incident, and following another incident the week before, we have had designated extra patrols and daily weapon sweeps in The Avenues, and this will continue for the foreseeable future. We have also been allocated some armed officers in vehicles who will patrol the area to provide reassurance and a rapid response to any further incidents”.

Avenue Gardens Estate

We have been helping residents In Holly and Ash Houses with heating problems following a breakdown in the heating systems which affected a number of flats.

The Flora, Harrow Road 

The planning application to build a 5-storey block on top of the canal side beer garden has been refused by the Planning Department on the grounds that:

“The applicant has failed to demonstrate that the proposal would retain a public house, which would be to the detriment of the local community”

“Because of its height, bulk and detailed design including materials, the proposed new building would fail to maintain or improve (preserve or enhance) the character and appearance of the Queen’s Park Estate Conservation Area.” 

Huxley Street

We have asked the Council to investigate this issue:

“Huxley Street used to have a great road sweeper who did a good job of keeping the street clear of all mess and rubbish. This seems to have deteriorated a lot in recent months as presently hardly any rubbish i.e. cans, old shoes, crisp bags etc seem to be collected. Consequently, the street is a pretty unpleasant mess.  Not sure if this could be council austerity targeting the Avenues”

The Council say:

“I can assure you that there have been no recent reductions in cleansing resources and we are absolutely not targeting the Avenues in any way whatsoever. We are currently in the final stages of clearing an additional 250,000 sacks of leaf-fall which has impacted street cleansing schedules across most parts of the city and we anticipate most schedules will revert to normal over the next fortnight. I have highlighted your concerns to the local cleansing manager and have also asked the local City Inspector to undertake regular checks on the quality and frequency of sweeping in Huxley Street and surrounding streets.”

Queen’s Park Court

We are continuing to support residents who are concerned at the cost of the major works currently being undertaken at Queen’s Park Court:

“It seems to me that they have been trying their hardest to make the actual bill match the huge estimate which is what they have planned all along to charge us as much as possible so that the lessees foot most of the cost.  The last few weeks they seem to have been trying to find jobs that really don’t need doing with the site office still there with the managers milling around doing nothing for weeks at our expense.  They replaced window lintels to up the window bill which didn’t need doing. I took photos of the before and after and there was no difference. As it is replacing a few window panes and handles no where near matches the thousands they are going to try to say it does.”

We are also pressing City West Homes to repair a property which has problems with damp due to water penetration from the flat above. 

Dart Street

We are chasing the Council to replant a tree outside Mundy House House which was promised to be planted in the Autumn.

Peach Road

We have chased a long-standing pavement repair in Peach Road and asked or local Inspector, Nuno to tackle persistent rubbish dumping. 

Harrow Road/First Avenue

On Christmas Day we reported further dumping of furniture and fridges outside the Queen’s Park Meeting Hall at the corner of Harrow Road and First Avenue. 

Lancefield Street 

We have again asked Network Homes to remove bulky items that have been left by their contractors.

Oliphant Street/Ilbert Street

We are continuing to press City West Homes and the Council to repair the wall at the corner of Oliphant Street and Ilbert Street. 

Fifth Avenue

We have asked Nuno to investigate a scooter “which has no seat, missing cover panels and exposed wires”

St John’s Church

We helped the Church with a refuse collection issue. 

Street lighting

Following a recent mugging, Karen Buck MP has asked the Council to improve the street lights at the Harrow Road end of Portnall and Bravington Roads.

Portobello Dock

We have asked the Council to investigate the loud noise from engines of canal boats which is causing problems for residents: 

“Please get someone down here to get these people to switch off, we simply cannot go on night after night being subjected to this booming engine noise, We cannot keep going round and having argy bargy with these selfish people who fail to consider that people live here who are tired after work and do not want their homes filled with this noise and vibration!” 

Report from Debbie Heath, Problem solving Coordinator

  • Parry Road/Bantock House – I received complaints from local residents of youths congregating in this area. The complainants believed that they were dealing drugs here and the groups were loud and there until late into the night and early hours of the morning, which was intimidating for residents. Whilst on an evening walk through with CWH we also noticed that several of the lights in the street had been broken so CWH arranged for these to be fixed so the area is now clearly lit. The combination of this, police presence and a letter drop advising people that the area was being monitored, resulted in a decrease in activity and the main complainant wrote to me recently stating that the activities had ceased and thanking everyone involved for their assistance in resolving this matter.
  • Third Avenue – in response to the incident that occurred outside the Queen’s Park Primary School, we held a meeting with the school and the Avenues Youth Club. Their main concerns were a lack of Police presence in the area. I was able to pass this on to the Police who have now conducted more reassurance visits and area arranging a date to do a school assembly.
  • Charles Leach Court – There is evidence of drugs use within the Charles Leach car park. Soho Housing, who manage the area, recently repaired the main gates, however, they have already been damaged again. I am due to meet with them and the Police Design out Crimes officer in order to discuss further actions Soho can take in order to reduce the ASB in this area and provide reassurance for residents.

What you say

“Massive thanks for this great and informative update as always and all the work that goes in.”

“Thanks for your usual informative newsletter!”

“Thanks for the report – always great to have this.”

“Thank you again for all that you do for the ward”

Please let us know if there are any matters on which we can be of help.

Regards

Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor

Your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors – Here to Help

 

 

QUEEN’S PARK WARD ACTION REPORT – December 2016

From your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor

Paul

Patricia

Barrie

 

 

 

 

 

Harrow Road/Kilburn Lane/Ladbroke Grove Junction

We have been told that a detailed proposal to install a ‘Green Man’ pedestrian phase on the Harrow Road/Kilburn Lane/Ladbroke Grove Junction has finally been agreed between all the local authorities and TfL, and that funding has been allocated for the work to be carried out in 2017. Thank you to everyone at TfL, Westminster, Brent and Kensington & Chelsea who has helped make this possible. 

Dart Street

We have asked the Police to pay particular attention to the issue of people congregating outside the Coronation Minimart:

“Thanks for flagging the mini mart issues, they are very appreciative. However, it seems to be getting much worse last week and last night especially, tons of fireworks being let off close to houses and people people using the shop and always worse once the shop has closed. Sounds like large numbers coming together and fighting, I am too scared to go out as the fireworks are set off on our door stop, also large groups running around shouting at each other and being very aggressive.”

Ilbert Street black bins

We have asked the Council to investigate this suggestion from a resident:

“Being in Queen’s Park itself recently I was struck by how tidy and neat their rubbish centre is – in effect bins are hidden in an enclosure with access by the vans at the rear. This also seems to stop stuff being dumped by the bin openings or in the surrounding area.  What I think ruins Ilbert Street and the entrance to our own gardens is the dumping around the three large bins. Could a case be made to relocate these and replace with a similar set up as Queens Park on the Fourth Avenue entrance next to the space in front of the park lodge?  To deposit you would need to actually enter the gardens and deposit items through the appropriate opening in a wall or fence, behind which sit the receptacles. And these would be located in the area in front/side of lodge.  I think this would stop the general dumping of builders’ waste and other large items which really should be taken to a tip or large recycling unit.”

The case for such a move was underlined when another resident wrote:

“I am writing to you regarding the communal bins opposite my flat. In Ilbert Street I have lived here for nearly six years and the impact it has on our lives here regarding the noise and litter is unbearable at times. I can not hear my television whilst the bin men are making their regular visits to empty the bins, they start just before 8am and the last visit is around 8pm. I understand why they have to regularly empty them as I can see how much rubbish accumulates. When the bin men have finished for the evening the noise continues with Van doors slamming heavy bin lids banging open and shut, that’s if they bother to put the rubbish in the bins – most of the time the items are too big and dumped on the pavement and the road, eg fridges mattresses, paint, garden waste the list goes on. I have reported fly tipping numerous times to the council environmental line but I am disheartened at having to keep doing this because as soon as its cleared there is someone else about to dump more it’s never ending!” 

Ha’Penny Steps – Update

Following our enquiries about the faulty lights on the bridge, the Council has told us:

“The lights to one half of Wedlake Bridge (aka Halfpenny Steps) were switched off for safety reasons. The bridge lights are fed from two pillars, one on the Harrow Road side (which was replaced relatively recently and is in good order) and one on the Wedlake Street. The latter is very small and is in poor condition with respect to the pillar itself (which doubles up as a bollard) and the internal components which are age expired.  

It is not possible to install modern, compliant equipment into the existing feeder pillar and so a larger replacement pillar along with new components has been ordered. These will be installed in the next two weeks but we require attendance from UKPN to connect the incoming feed to the new pillar. The request has been submitted and we await a date for this. In the meantime, we have connected a temporary supply to some of the lights on the Wedlake Street side and believe there is sufficient lighting in place as an interim measure, pending the permanent solution.” 

Queen’s Park Court

We have been contacted by residents in Queen’s Park Court who say we are all of the feeling that the work and the quality of the work is no where near the price that we are being charged for”. We are taking this up with City West Homes. 

Kilburn Lane 

We asked the Council to contact Willmott Dixon about damage to cars by construction vehicles entering and leaving the Moberly construction site. Residents told us:

“The site manager contacted us yesterday and has agreed to deal with the car repair, he was very helpful so hopefully if all goes well it will be resolved. Thank you for your support in this matter it is very much appreciated.”

We asked Nuno to arrange for dumped rubbish to be removed from various locations in Kilburn Lane.

Ilbert Street – cycle parking

The Council has applied for planning permission for the installation of two bike hangars on the highway outside 18 Ilbert Street. The application documents can be viewed online at http://www.westminster.gov.uk/planning. Please use the reference number 16/09622/COFUL.

Oliphant Street/Ilbert Street

City West Homes have given us this latest update on the protracted saga of the broken wall at the corner of Oliphant/Ilbert Streets: 

“The new solicitor has reviewed the file and referred the matter back to the Council’s insurers.  They consider the probable cause of the damage is either the trees in our garden or the public footpath. This was disputed by WCC Insurance when we initially approached them in 2013/2014 when they felt CWH should be liable because of the trees in the garden(s) at 144-154 Ilbert Street. We have discussed this further with the new solicitor and are both of the opinion that the insurance WCC holds covers both the public footpath and the trees in the garden of 144-154 Ilbert Street. If this is agreed then insurance would pay for the wall in its entirety and we are pursuing this with WCC insurance department.”

Lancefield Street 

We have contacted Network Stadium following messages from residents who say rubbish has been left following works by Network Homes contractors. In addition, there is still no communal lighting in parts of 20c. “These are urgent issues – not only greatly impacting on our quality of life but also a health and safety issues.” 

Peach Road

We have asked the Council to undertake this repair:

“A small thing. The curb outside of our house (near the tree) needs to be repaired.  It has fallen away from the pathway.  Is this something you could ask the council to remedy?”

Lothrop Street

Residents say that the street lights in Lothrop Street have been going on and off on a regular basis and they think it might be a faulty connection or timer.  We have asked for this to be investigated and fixed. 

Fourth Avenue

There is a disabled driver’s parking bay outside in Fourth Avenue which apparently is not used by the resident any longer as she no longer drives. We have asked if this bay be designated for general disabled driver use. 

Huxley Street

We have asked the Council’s Tree Officer to investigate this issue:

“I live in Huxley St and as the trees have just been pollarded again I wonder why they have to be done every year. I was told by the tree surgeons that it was to stop the roots invading foundations of the houses, but can find no back up information that mentions this as a reason. I prefer the trees with some foliage on.”

The Tree Officer says:

“The plane trees have been pollarded annually for pretty much most of their lives which is now well over 100 years. It was (still is) a very traditional form of management that allows for potentially very large trees to be grown close to modest sized properties. The tree surgeons are partially correct in their reasoning but it is a bit more nuanced than that. The annual pollarding regime limits the leaf area of the trees which in turn limits the water taken from the soil beneath the foundations of the houses. This is important because the houses are built on very shallow foundations on a clay soil which expands or shrinks in volume depending on the amount of water contained within the soil. Tree roots have the ability to dry out clay soils which can result in the downward movement of the building. A phenomenon known as subsidence, which is also an insurable risk.  In essence the trees are pollarded annually to minimise the risk to neighbouring properties and to contain the trees to an appropriate size for their setting.”

Harrow Road second hand furniture shops

We have again asked the Council to take action against the anti-social behaviour of the second hand furniture shops on Harrow Road. Residents say: 

“I have been unable to walk between the goods stacked on the pavement against the shops and on the curb side. Mostly the space between is inhabited by the several loud men that run and supply these shops. The goods spill onto the road over the yellow lines, onto First Avenue and onto the pavement opposite the shop, outside the church hall. It is ugly and obstructive and dangerous. There have been some new businesses setting up there and perhaps the area is starting to feel a little pride. These horrible shops are smothering that.”

Anti-social behavior

We have asked the police to continue to take action on this issue: 

“There is an on-going problem with teenaged motorcyclists in the Queens Park area. I have witnessed them several times during the period between 7 and 11 in the evening. I saw three such motorcyclists racing and revving along Marban Road and Ashmore Road, being stopped only when somebody was parking a car.”

Power Cuts 

We have received this message about power cuts:

“UK Power Networks delivers the electricity to homes and businesses in Queen’s Park, and it’s our job to make sure that the lights stay on. Since 2010 we have reduced the frequency of power cuts by 42%, however we recognise that while power cuts are less frequent, when they do still occur they can be very worrying, especially to older people, people with chronic medical conditions or parents of very young children.  That’s why we have set up a ‘Priority Services Register’ to enable us to identify vulnerable people quickly in the event of a power cut and get them the help they need.

Do you or someone you know need extra support during a power cut?

Although power cuts don’t happen very often when they do they can be worrying.  UK Power Networks provides a ‘Priority Services Register’ for people who might need extra help in a power cut.  Older people, families with very young children, and people with specific medical conditions are among the many people who are eligible to register for free support.  You can find more details and register by visiting ukpowernetworks.co.uk/prioritysupport or calling 0800 169 9970.”

Report from the City West Homes Estate Office

  • Illegal occupiers/FraudWe are taking possession of a valuable three-bedroom on the Queens Park estate which has been illegally occupied after the tenant’s death. Upon gaining possession, we will repair the property and utilise it again for social housing. We are aiming to get possession of an Avenue Gardens property where the tenant has been in prison abroad. They had intended to return, however upon their release they have not returned.
  • Birch HouseA closure order has been issued on a property because of anti-social behaviour.
  • Bruckner Street propertyWe have referred a Bruckner Street address to Groundwork – a gardening charity who have funding from CWH to renovate front gardens. The reason we chose this address is that tenant is disabled and has recently moved to the area. The gardening works were carried out on Saturday 5 November 2016 and the tenant called to thank us for making the arrangements.
  • Juniper HouseWe are delighted to announce that air-conditioning units have been fitted in Juniper House in response to the historical issue of the block being too hot. This has previously been raised by Councillor Dimoldenberg and Councillor Taylor as a cause for concern. Initially the units were fitted on the ground floor only and following great feedback from the residents we also fitted these until to the upper floors to ensure all residents benefited from this.

Sohith Patel and Jack Barkell, village managers

spatel@cwh.org.uk, 020 7245 2687

jbarkell@cwh.org.uk, 020 7245 2697

Report from Problem Solving Coordinator Debbie Heath 

  • Dowland Street – I visited the area with the housing manager from A2 Dominion and conducted a door knock in response to complaints of ASB. We gathered information from several residents that the situation has improved since the problem tenant moved out. It also came to light that others are using the property and he has given his permission for the locks to be changed so that these people can no longer access the property.
  • Verdi Crescent – at the rear of Verdi Crescent, backing onto 19 Dowland Street, there is a problem with pigeon droppings accumulating on the ground. A2 Dominion were liaising with CWH to get pigeon proofing put in, but had not received a response. I contacted the area manager of CWH to request they put in the pigeon proofing and ask for a timescale and she has now responded saying they are meeting with A2 to discuss the area in early November.

Queen’s Park Gardens Football Academy

QPG Football Academy supporters in Queen’s Park are being asked to Pitch In! and make a donation towards weekly refreshments for the 50+ young people who are now registered and attend the coaching sessions each week in Queen’s Park Gardens, Ilbert Street.

“If you can pitch in and help us to continue the brilliant work that has taken place over the past 7 months then please click on the donate now button at the top of the page on our brand new website – www.qpgfootball.com  

We are now up to 4 sessions per week and our Girls-Only sessions are currently funded by the Queen’s Park Community Council’s grant scheme. The other 3 sessions per week are supported by local volunteers & coaches from Queen’s Park Rangers Community Trust. We are all proud of how much we have managed to achieve in the past 7 months and we are all very excited about Queen’s Park having their own youth team in the London Football leagues next year. You can also follow our story weekly on both Facebook, Twitter, Periscope and Instagram by searching for @QPGFootball”

Christmas Alone? 

Do you know anyone in Westminster who will be spending Christmas alone? There’s no need to be alone – join Everyone Active Events for a free Christmas Day dinner at Porchester Hall. Guests will enjoy a three-course Christmas dinner courtesy of Waitrose followed by carols and films. Please think of older neighbours who may benefit from this event and pass this invite on to them. Register at porchesterhallevents@everyoneactive.com or call 020 7792 2823. More info here https://www.westminster.gov.uk/spend-christmas-together 

Nutbourne Street/Third Avenue/Dart Street Black Bins – what you say

“With regard to the bin on the corner of Dart Street and Third Avenue the Council say that the amount of dumping at this location reduced considerably when the black bins were moved. What they do not say is what the residents are supposed to do with their rubbish which is too large to go in the normal collection or has been produced at the weekend – a special shopping trip or garden waste for example.”

“Just wanted to add my support for the return of the black bins on Nutbourne St.  Unfortunately, throughout the trial, some locals still left their rubbish in the spot vacated by the bin.  This led to a myriad of foxes (rats and mice too, I expect) visiting each night and a huge mess every morning.”

“Since receiving your email, I have seen no rubbish at all on the corner of Dart and Third. This may mean – alas – that the Council’s account is accurate on this occasion (but I’ll keep my eyes open).”

“I think the black bin on the corner of Nutbourne and Third is really useful for residents in between collections, I do use it quite often. However, we are so lucky to have 2 collections a week I can see how the council wanted to trial it without.  If this one does not attract so much dumping, I would vote to reinstate/keep this one and maybe not the Dart Street one.”

“So pleased that you have prevailed on the council to re-instate the black bin (albeit one) at the corner of Nutbourne St and Third Avenue. It’s of great assistance as it is difficult to find and to take, to other locations in the area for getting rid of excessive rubbish.”

“I want to put in a word in defence of the rubbish skips.  I find them invaluable as I don’t like keeping rubbish in the house, and putting it in the bin to wait for the collection attracts foxes who create a worse mess.  I sorely miss the bins and resent having to walk around looking for one that has been reprieved. I agree that the problem of dumping is important, but one factor is that some of the bins only open a small way, so bigger items can go in the slot.”

“I think that it would help if there were some skips that could be used for bigger items, as well as a notice about how to dispose of other things like furniture and household goods. We’re lucky to have twice a week collections, but not many of us have cars to take stuff to a dump, so we need a local solution. I wish I knew of an answer to the professional fly-tippers, that’s a different issue.”

Housing – what you say

“I’d like to know if Westminster Council has a policy to develop properties of any size over 2 bedrooms. It appears that the Council is only supporting property developers to maximise their profits. Why are there no family homes being build in the Queens Park ward at all. It means that there is only property being build for single persons or couples without children. This will lead to a lot of social problems in the future for this ward. I am at a loss to know why Westminster council does not represent the needs of its constituents and only works for profit making organisations. The Jubilee development is an obvious example of this as the 1-2 bed properties will only be of use to investors as rental properties to young professionals (without children).”

What you say

“Very many thanks for your report. It was full of information and incredibly helpful as always.” 

“I have just moved out of the area, so have unsubscribed from you action reports. However, I just wanted to say thanks a lot for putting them together and sending them each month, and I hope they keep going and helping the residents of Queen’s Park!”

“Thank you, team, for all your hard work.   I wouldn’t know half what was happening without your action report.  Many thanks for all your hard work. “ 

“Thanks for all of your continued hard work for us all.” 

 “Many thanks for all your hard work and such speedy resolutions” 

“Once again thank you for all you updates about the area. It makes one feel involved, and in London that is a rare thing. “ 

“Many thanks for your monthly newsletter, very informative”

Please let us know if there are any matters on which we can be of help.

Please feel free to pass this Report to any of your neighbours who might be interested.

Regards

Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor

Your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors – Here to Help

 

QUEEN’S PARK WARD ACTION REPORT – November 2016

From your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor

Paul

Patricia

Barrie

 

 

 

 

 

Nutbourne Street/Third Avenue/Dart Street black bins

Following our representations to the Council, the black bin on the corner of Nutbourne Street and Third Avenue has been reinstated. The bin on the corner of Dart Street/Third Avenue has not been reinstated as the Council says that fly-tipping at this location has reduced considerably since the bin was removed. 

What do you think? Should the black bins stay or should they be removed permanently?

The Council say that the amount of dumping at these locations reduced considerably when the black bins were moved. However, some residents say the black bins are needed as a place to deposit their rubbish.

The problem is worst when inconsiderate people and builders dump large items like beds and furniture by the black bins. If the black bins are removed this might discourage this dumping.

We would like to know your views, please.

So far we have had these comments:

“It is great news that the bin at the corner of Third and Nutbourne is back. But there is no sign of similar action at the corner of Third and Dart (just a certain amount of fly tipping).”

“Do you think that it might be worth asking the Council to put up some sort of signs asking people to actually put their rubbish in the bins? It sounds like a stupid request but I regularly find the bin empty but surrounded by rubbish.” 

Shirland Road/Ashmore Road

We have repeated our call for the Council to take action against those responsible for the regular rubbish dumping here. Residents say: 

“This spot got better early in the year. Now it’s getting worse by the day! Tradespeople are just using it instead of the tip or a skip. There are plenty of ways the space could be reconfigured or a camera could be stuck up, to stop this. It’s now become a magnet for junk and it’s just not on.”

Dart Street

Staff at the Coronation Mini Mart on Dart Street have said there are large groups of youths hanging around in the area near the shop. What is worrying it’s usually around closing time. We have asked the Police to keep a watch on the situation.

Enbrook Street

We have reported this issue to the police:

“Just to follow up on the mopeds, they are particularly bad on Enbrook Street and Third Avenue in the early evenings. It is becoming much more of a nuisance, as well as increasingly dangerous as they push their ‘stunts’ including biking in Queens Park Gardens’. Not long until someone gets properly hurt. “

Bravington Road 

We have asked the City West Homes to repair a long-standing leak in the roof of a Council flat in Bravington Road. 

“I visited my neighbour who lives upstairs to me to see if anything had been done about the gutter last week. He said nothing had. He was also very distressed about his leaking roof. When I saw it, I could understand why. He says nothing is being done about it despite various requests. With the heavy rain season here it’s essential that something is done immediately before any more damage is done as leaving this to get worse will be a huge waste of funds.” 

Third Avenue

We have been contacted by St Marylebone Bridge School on Third Avenue about road safety and drug-related issues and have asked the Council and Police to investigate:

“The need for a pedestrian crossing in Third Avenue or assistance with crossing the road during school hours – this is the busiest time in the street with leads to a large number of students and parents from both school having difficulty in crossing the street. There has been an increase in commercial vehicles associated with local building projects making Third Avenue and other local streets more hazardous to cross during peak hours” 

“How the school could have an input into the Police ward panel on traffic and late night activity in Third Avenue – we find evidence on a daily basis of drug related litter” 

Fifth Avenue/Kilburn Lane

We have asked the Council to investigate this issue:

“Having lived on Fifth Avenue for 20 years I believe that it is about time that the Council installed cameras either separately or attached to the street lights, due to numerous vehicles turning into Fifth Avenue from Kilburn Lane despite the ‘no entry’. This is becoming worse where I witnessed a crash which could have been fatal.  I feel it is only a matter of time before a pedestrian gets hurt, I have experienced a near miss where the vehicle drove at speed down my road and I had to try and run to the pavement. There has been the odd camera car approximately once every few months but this is not sufficient as it does not stop this happening.”

Oliphant Street

We have asked Nuno, our local Inspector, to clear up broken glass on the pavement after receiving this message:

“I’m sorry to have to bother you with yet another example of people’s thoughtless littering. I came home before lunchtime today to discover that someone had dumped broken glass around a tree near my house. It has been broken into many pieces and I think it poses quite a hazard, particularly to passing children and animals. The tree where the glass has been left is outside 99 and 101 Oliphant Street. Is there any way of arranging a hasty tidy up before someone gets hurt by it?”

Residents told us: “What a team! Between you, the problem of the broken glass was resolved in less than 24 hours”

Also, we have again urged City West Homes to rebuild the broken wall at the corner with Ilbert Street Street so that the hoardings can be removed and residents’ parking restored. There is also a problem with white vans parking in residents’ bays which we have reported to the parking officers. City West Homes say:

“We are proceeding with rebuilding our wall. However, to progress this work there has to be a legal separation of responsibility for the scaffolding and hoarding once we have completed our rebuilding works. This has been delayed due to a change of solicitor.  Our planned maintenance manager is urging this with solicitors and he is conscious of the further delays.  However, we need to ensure we resolve these legalities resolved before we start work.”

Ha’Penny Steps Surgery – Give you views on proposed new opening hours 

We have received this message from a resident:

“My GP is at the Halfpenny Steps Centre. It’s really good.  The long opening hours 8am-8pm Monday – Friday, 10am-4pm Saturday & Sunday & 7 day opening really help.  It’s also a walk in service so the long hours matter. I just had a letter from NHS London Region Commissioning saying that the GP contract ends Sepember 2017 so will be re-contracted.  The Questionnaire is supposedly about “what you value…would like to see improved”.  No mention of cuts/reductions.

Three pages in comes the bombshell. They propose to cut opening hours to 8-6.30 Monday-Friday, 10-1 Saturday, CLOSED Sunday. Whatever happened to 7 day NHS? 

The questionnaire is online only till 11th November. https://www.engage.england.nhs.uk/survey/37f06c21/

You are then asked to choose from a number of London GP practices ALL start with the opening hours and ALL propose the same hours: 8am-6.30pm M-F, 10-1 Sat, closed Sun.  This may be some new default GP opening hours template.  It may be an improvement for some practices.  It is much worse for us!”

Ha’Penny Steps footbridge 

We have chased up these two issues: 

“I reported at the beginning of August, about defective lights on the Half-Penny Steps canal footbridge, where only 4 of the 10 lights were working, many for more than a year. Nothing has happened, I hoped they would be restored in time for Carnival, we are now in October! Also, the bent handrail at the side of the canal on the Harrow Road side of the bridge has not been fixed, I think it happened about 3 years ago when I barge tied up to it.  Do Westminster CC never do checks on anything?”

Caird Street/Lancefield Street

We have repeated our call for traffic calming measures in the Caird Street/Lancefield Street area after another accident: 

“I just wanted to drop you a line as after having my house on Caird Street hit by a car in April, last night I was unfortunate enough to have my car written off by a hit and run driver. I was parked actually outside no. 9 or 11 and he somehow hit the car so hard he forced it back and right up onto the pavement.  Please please can you ask them to address traffic calming in the area, I am sure I read somewhere recently that they were thinking about it but it really does need to be addressed.  No one has been hurt so far but surely it is only a matter of time.” 

The Council say:

“The report agreeing to trial 20mph in parts of Westminster was agreed a few weeks ago and we are now in the process of identifying areas that would be appropriate for implementation, subject to funding, next year. I’ll add Caird Street/Lancefield Street as an area to be considered for a 20mph zone to the ‘long list’.” 

Elm House, Briar Walk 

We have asked the Council to take action against a household causing severe noise problems in Elm House. 

Shirland Road

We have asked Nuno to pay particular attention to this area after receiving this message:

May I report a frequent dog fouling nuisance that pollutes the Shirland Road between Ashmore Road and Saltram Crescent where all the beautiful big oak trees are or either fouling in the middle of the pavement where imminently this mess gets spread along the pavement & taken indoors where everyone is at risk of disease. Please can we also have dog patrolling personnel to issue on the spot fines and also more signs and larger in size so that dog owners are aware it’s illegal, infectious and penalising offence. Thank you for your help with this nuisance fouling problem.”

Nuno says: 

“I will add the location to my regular joint patrols with the Animal Warden and also will liaise with the Sweeper’s foreman for the area to ensure that we have a sweeper in the area regularly.”

Avenues Houses – Railings, Gates and Door furniture

For residents wanting to install new iron railings, gates and door handles, Gen Vent are the contractors that City West Homes uses. They can be contacted at

Gen Vent

Manor Works

5/9A Manor Road

South Norwood

London

SE25 4TA

www.gen-vent.co.uk

02086547333 Fax 02086554038

infor@gen-vent.co.uk

346-352 Ladbroke Grove

The Council has submitted a planning application for

Demolition of existing structures and redevelopment by erection of two buildings comprising a three storey northern block and a five storey southern block to provide 23 affordable housing residential units (23×1 bedroom flats) with central courtyard, roof terraces, landscaping, one on-site car parking space and pedestrian access to St John’s Terrace and Ladbroke Grove”

The application documents can be viewed online at http://www.westminster.gov.uk/planning. Please use the reference number 16/09379/COFUL

Santander bike hire petition

112 people signed the petition calling for a Santander bike here station to be located in Queen’s Park http://petitions.westminster.gov.uk/borisbikesqpark/ 

Report from the City West Homes Estate Office 

  • Illegal occupiers/FraudWe have obtained vacant possession of a five-bedroom street property after a long-running and sensitive tenancy case. We were able to arrange alternate and suitable accommodation for the vulnerable occupants involved in this case.  We have also gained possession of a three bedroom street property in Ashmore Road which had been illegally occupied after the original tenant had moved in to residential care.  Another valuable three-bedroom street property in Queens Park estate is illegally occupied after the tenant’s death. We have obtained a warrant to take possession of this property in November. 
  • Major WorksWorks are planned for 71 properties in the area which will include external decorations, brick repairs, gate repairs/replacements, roof repairs, window repairs and draught proofing. Electrical tests have been completed, during August, for the communal areas. A final survey report will be received ahead of the re-tender process.  Residents will receive further update letters when the tender process begins.

Sohith Patel and Jack Barkell, village managers

spatel@cwh.org.uk, 020 7245 2687

jbarkell@cwh.org.uk, 020 7245 26

Report from Nuno Reis, City Inspector for Queens Park Ward

  • I have identified potholes at Third Avenue, Harrow Road and Bravington Road. The issues were reported and the works have been completed.
  • 5 abandoned bikes have been reported across the ward
  • 600 educational letters regarding waste collections times delivered in targeted streets were the dumping is persistent: Ashmore Road, Shirland Road, Bravington Road Portnall Road, Ilbert Street, Third Avenue and Nutbourne.
  • 9 dog fouling signs placed in and around the Queens Park Gardens and Oliphant street
  • 2 safety barriers and 2 traffic signs and 18 plastic cones on Third Avenue were reported for removal
  • 1 notice served to Fernhead Road to cut back the overhanging bushes- ongoing monitoring
  • Twice weekly dog patrols with WCC Animal Warden and Crissie Chambers from Queens Park Parish Council. Joint patrols being arranged with the Local Safer Neighborhood Team.

Report from Debbie Heath, Problem solving coordinator for Queens Park

  • Ashmore Road – I received a complaint from residents that mopeds associated with a particular address were being raced up and down the dead end part of the road. The moped engines were being revved and there was general noise nuisance coming from the property. I liaised with the Police and Genesis Housing and conducted visits to the address. The residents claimed it was visitors to their property but it was made clear to them that they must control this or stop the visitors who cause the ASB. The Police also spoke to the tenants about the behavior.
  • William Hill – In response to a residents claim that the issues with groups hanging around the William Hill were continuing I requested a meeting with the area manager and security manager of William Hill. We met on site and they showed me the updated security cameras which include the outside area. An analysis of the CCTV was undertaken which revealed that over a 2-week period, during the afternoon and into the evening, the maximum number congregating outside was 2, and these were seen smoking before returning inside the premises. I and William Hill will continue to monitor the area and work together should anything flag up. I also contacted the Police and they have no issues with this premises.
  • Third Avenue – A problem tenant who has been the cause of ASB in the area and has permitted drug dealers to use her property has now agreed to relinquish the tenancy. This tenant has now removed her belongings from the property and returned the keys to A2.

Library service cuts

We are calling on Westminster City Council to halt its plans to take the axe to our much loved local library services.

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/protect-our-library-services

Libraries are a vital source of learning and education in our communities. They are a cherished public good we cannot do without.

It is deeply concerning that the Council plans to cut £750,000 per year from the Westminster Libraries budget. This is the equivalent of more than 17 full-time members of staff. In effect this would mean losing qualified librarians who have a passion for helping our communities access life-long learning and education.

There are alternatives. The Council should be looking at ways of generating revenues, not relentlessly cutting. It could look at raising money through digital access to the council’s treasure trove of books and maps in the City Archives.

On top of that, Westminster City Council doesn’t seem to think it necessary to consult the community. That only adds insult to injury.

We call for the Council to halt its plans. Local and national government can’t continue with this relentless attack on public services. This must be stopped

Queen’s Park Library – Wednesday 16 November, 7 – 8pm

Go behind the scenes of a real-life murder investigation AND get the inside track on writing crime drama for TV.  Meet award-winning author and police officer Lisa Cutts and Simon Booker, author and screenwriter of hit BBC and ITV shows.

This is a free event but advance booking is essential. Refreshments are included.

Queen’s Park Library
666 Harrow Road, W10 4NE
020 7641 6200 queensparklibrary@westminster.gov.uk

20 mph trial zones – what you say

“This is excellent news. The speeding scooters and youth cars will probably ignore (as they do 30mph), but at least there’s a more visible benchmark should they get caught.”

What you say

“Thank you very much for your hard work in dealing with all these issues and also for writing the report afterwards, I’d never know the half of what goes on if it were not for your hard work.   Admiration and thanks. “ 

‘Thanks for your regular updates. Tonight for the second night I’ve heard an ice-cream van chime “Dixieland” – the Confederate anthem, west of Fifth Avenue and south of Nutbourne Street. Besides being offended, I’m concerned the entrepreneur is perhaps unaware of his chimes’ genesis, and their potential for conflict.”

“Thanks as always for keeping us informed. “ 

“Thank you for all the information over the years and for keeping everyone up to date with what is happening in the area.”

“Thank you for your latest report, always interesting.” 

“Thank you so much for your action report. I find it holds so much information and look forward to receiving it.”

“Thank you for your newsletter which you send to me regularly.”

Please let us know if there are any matters on which we can be of help.

 

Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor

Your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors – Here to Help

 

 

QUEEN’S PARK WARD ACTION REPORT – October 2016

From your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor

Paul

Patricia

Barrie

 

 

 

 

 

Nutbourne Street/Third Avenue/Dart Street Waste and Recycling Bins – Update

Following strong representations from residents we have asked the Council to reinstate the black bins in Nutbourne Street and Third Avenue at the junction with Dart Street. Residents say:

“At present, rubbish is still being left there, which is encouraging the foxes. Every morning someone still has to collect the bags and as the foxes open them, the mess has to cleaned up.”

“I am writing to ask you to put the bins back the mess in the morning it disgusting! We are telling people not to put rubbish there but it like talking to the wall. They don’t live opposite it and have to look at it all over the floor In the morning.”

“Please can the bins be instated back to Nutbourne Street and Third Avenue, as it could become a serious health issue. I pay my council tax to support the local community and feel this is an injustice to local residents who also pay.” 

“I am a resident in Marne Street and have used the bin very regularly. Having full trash bags, this was a safe and clean way (no stink in the house/garden) to dispose them when the garbage collection was not due. In addition, due to my heavy travel schedule it is often difficult for me to put out garbage bags when the truck is due exactly. And if I put the bags outside too early, they are likely to be ripped up by the many foxes roaming the streets or cats even. Clearly, this has resulted in a mess in the street before when neighbours put their bags out and their contents were scattered on the pavement then.”

Second Hand Shop on the corner of Harrow Road and First Avenue

We have asked the Council and Police for an update after receiving this message:

“The shop in Harrow Road/First Avenue is worse than ever with its furniture. Today it is all over the place. Last night around 8.30pm seating was dumped by the side of All Stars.”

“They have also been putting stuff actually on Second Avenue, blocking the

traffic.”

20 mph trial zones

We are delighted that the Council has finally agreed to introduce 20 mph zones on a trial basis after many years of campaigning. The Council says:

20mph areas/streets can have a positive impact on all road users but particularly the more vulnerable such as children, the elderly, powered two wheeler drivers and cyclists. Westminster’s draft Walking Strategy, which is currently out to public consultation, recommends that the council considers the potential for a pilot 20mph area/zone. This report seeks approval for the implementation of 20mph trial areas/streets in proximity to schools in the City and for 20mph streets in areas that have a history of speed related accidents. These trials will be carefully monitored and the impacts analysed. For example, we will introduce vehicle activated signs to collate data on speeding issues with a view to looking at other measures to control and enforce against speeding in conjunction with the Police. “

http://committees.westminster.gov.uk/documents/s19599/20%20mph%20trial%20CM%20report%20Sept%202016.pdf

We have suggested the following streets for the trial:

  • Droop Street
  • Third Avenue
  • Beethoven Street
  • Fernhead Road
  • Marne Street
  • Nutbourne Street
  • Lancefield Street

Moberley site

We are continuing to press the Council to ensure better control of the construction vehicles using this site. Residents say:

“I appreciate the pavement blocking is probably Brent’s responsibility but as it would seem from the hoardings Westminster is involved in the project, presumably financially, so surely Westminster should take some responsibility for the conduct of the site.  Secondly, if heavy machinery is going in via Bannister Road, rather than using the Kilburn Lane entrance, this would be a first.  The Kilburn Lane entry seems to be the only point of entry for the site. “ 

‘The access to the old Moberley site from Bannister Road has been blocked by hoardings for a month.  A section of this has now come down but access to vehicles is still impossible.  It’s obvious the contractors never planned to use this route for heavy machinery in the first place.”

The Council say:

“Unfortunately, the location of the site hoarding (which blocks the pavement on part of Bannister Road) is necessary due to the location of the new houses on Kilburn Lane and it wouldn’t be safe to locate the hoarding further into the site given the nature of works.  The contractor has installed additional signage and they will be using Bannister Road as the main site access as soon as Brent provide permission to suspend the parking bays.  This will obviously make an improvement for local residents along Kilburn Lane.”

Saltram Crescent traffic calming

We have asked the Highways Department to investigate this issue:

“As you know, after several meetings and much consultation, the proposed new traffic scheme for Saltram Crescent has gone ahead, which is a fantastic result for the local community.

However, the the no entry signs, the road markings and the no left turn sign at the Fernhead junction with Saltram Crescent are being completely ignored by drivers. In the brief moments that I am either crossing this junction or driving out of it, I have noted no less than 17 cars driving straight through the signs. That is from a total of maybe 5 minutes of observation. I have also had three altercations with drivers attempting to drive through the no entry signs while I was crossing the road. Two claimed they didn’t know it was no entry, but only one turned round, the other two ignored me, one drove around me at speed. This is not only frustrating, but highly dangerous, since cars are driving up Saltram Crescent on the one-way section rightly not expecting any oncoming traffic. Have you got any ideas what can be done about this?” 

The Council tells us:

“I have again highlighted to the Police the contraventions taking place and requested that they attend the two junctions. We are going to arrange for the CCTV car to monitor the location and act as a deterrent. This will also provide an indication of the extent of violations at the two junctions.”

Mopeds

We have asked the Council and the Police to investigate this recurring issue:

“I should be grateful if you would look into ways that the council and/or the police could be more effective at preventing youths charging up and down Oliphant/Ilbert Street on mopeds. They drive far too fast, act dangerously (trying to perform wheelies etc) and make a lot of noise – often at weekends when families are about and at night, which is extremely annoying. There appears to be an element of this activity, at night in particular, which is drug related – with bikes mysteriously turning up to collect packages late at night on a recurring basis. Drugs related or not, it generally makes the estate feel slightly unsafe.”

The Council say:

“We are aware of the issue which is ward wide. Any intelligence given to us regarding licence plates can be investigated and the Police are looking out for these kinds of incidents when they are on patrol.”

Lothrop Street – update

The scheme to convert the redundant personal disabled bay in Lothrop Street to Blue badge disabled bay is scheduled for October.

Abandoned cars

We have asked the Council to remove abandoned cars from Verdi Crescent and Fifth Avenue. 

Kilburn Lane –Trees 

We had 10 replies to our survey of residents’ views on the proposed plans to plant trees along Kilburn Lane.

  • Six respondents were ‘Wholly in Favour’ of planting the trees. Responding that they would “love some more trees” and “if you can find enough pavement space”. One resident felt that 10 trees would be too much rather “4 or 5 might be better” as “the junction with Chamberlayne Road is quite dangerous with traffic arriving from 3 directions (at speed) and the narrow dog leg section of the lane already causes traffic jams. Anything might further obscure drivers.”
  • Those who were ‘Wholly Against’ expressed concern that it would possibly affect their properties structurally, and also may cause littering, block gutters and block out the sun. Residents said: “I have enough trouble already with my gutters getting clogged up with leaves, without more. Also my house is going to be made very dark with the new development. People will leave litter around the trees and dogs will use it as a toilet.” And another said “What about the effects on properties due to the subsidence. Remember that the foundations of these old properties are not deep under ground”

Outside 250 Kilburn Lane

Following a tweet from a local resident who had taken a fall on a slippery area outside this property we asked the Council to investigate. The Council told us:

“One of our Reactive Inspectors has attended site and confirmed that the area in question is on private forecourt land and not maintained by Westminster City Council. A letter will be sent to the owner/managing agents for this property notifying them of our concerns with a request for action.” 

Juniper House

We asked City West Homes to repair the broken lights at the rear of Juniper House. CHW say: 

“I have asked the team and none were previously aware of this problem.  It also seems it was also overlooked by our compliance officer when locking the playground. The order to repair the lights has now been raised with our electrical contractor. “

Bravington Road

Following a serious robbery in Bravington Road recently the police have told us:

“There was a robbery shortly after 8am where property was stolen from a female using force. This is being investigated by one of our specialist units who have the expertise in this area. We are following a number of leads at present and hope this will lead to arrests of those responsible. I have spoken to the CID officer who is dealing this – a leaflet drop or in person door knock will be a standard practice in these cases. I have contacted the victim and offered her various support and advice. Fortunately, she was not injured in the robbery. I have arranged for extra police presence in Bravington Road over the next few days. Hopefully this is a one-off, but either way we will do what we can to prevent further incidents.”

The Flora, 525 Harrow Road

We have asked The Council for an update on the planning situation after receiving this enquiry:

“I’m sure you are aware the flora hotel public house was closed in December 2015 – as it has apparently been sold to a company who has purchased in the region of 5 pubs in west & north west London – to use them as ‘hostels’ No work appears to have been carried out in converting the flora hotel – and the front windows onto the Harrow Road have been boarded up. However, it appears people are ‘living’ in there – as I have seen them coming and going from there. God only know the conditions they are living in as it looks like a tip from outside. I just wonder who or if anyone should / could be monitoring living conditions in there?  Sadly – the poor Flora has become a blot on the Queen’s Park landscape.” 

A planning application has now been lodged with the Council.

“Continued use as public house (Use Class A4) at basement and ground floors and conversion of upper floors into six residential units. Roof extension to existing building. Erection of five storey mixed-use building on beer garden with Class B1/A1/A2 use at ground floor level and four residential units on upper floors. Demolition of pub garden outbuildings and boundary wall to Harrow Road.”

The application documents can be viewed online at http://www.westminster.gov.uk/planning. You can make comments on line, reference 16/04024/FULL.

Queen’s Park Primary School

Congratulations to the pupils and staff at Queen’s Park Primary School who were on Radio London about the centenary celebrations for the ‘Roald Dahl Day’. The school marked the Day by dressing up as their favourite villains/heroes. Head teacher Ben Commins said:

“We managed to hit the radio, BBC News and Sky News. The children had a fantastic time and we are celebrating his 100th birthday today.”

Ward Budget Update

The Ward Budget funds a complementary health project for any Queens Park resident over 55, with acupuncture, massage, reflexology sessions available.

This is also available to anyone from Genesis Housing of any age;

If you are interested please contact the Munro Health office 0208 969 6799.

Queen’s Park Estate Office Update 

  • Illegal occupiers/FraudA three-bedroom street property is being illegally occupied after the original tenant passed away. We now have approval to complete an eviction and expect to gain possession of this property in October. We are additionally taking possession, in September, of a one-bedroom property in Mozart Estate. The unit was abandoned following non-payment of rent. We discovered an illegally occupied one-bedroom property in Avenue Gardens. We have also found a 3-bedroom street property in Ashmore Road, which is also being illegally occupied after the original tenant had moved in to residential care. Both cases have been referred to our solicitors to gain possession of the properties.
  • Ash HouseWe have successfully taken possession of a property in Ash House. This property was at the centre of high-level ASB disturbances with unwanted visitors at all hours and regular drug use. We anticipate that the wider ASB issues, linked to this property, will now cease and bring back normality for our surrounding residents.
  • Queens Park CourtDue to on-going complaints this summer regarding young people playing, climbing, making noise, and carrying out acts of vandalism on Queens Park Court, we provided a robust response. The parents of the known perpetrators have been interviewed and written to, a CCTV camera and a ‘no ball games sign’ have been installed and stronger padlocks have been installed on communal gates that had been vandalised by the perpetrators.
  • Stansbury SquareFollowing a complaint of harassment from a tenant of Stansbury Square, we have worked closely with the Police to offer assistance to the victims. The behaviour in the square involves drug misuse, damage to property, littering, noise and assaults. On Sunday 21 August 2016 Dave Hammond, Queens Park SNT, met with residents of Stansbury Square about the issues and managed to identify a number of the youths involved. Another site visit also took place on Tuesday 23 August 2016 with the Police and CityWest Homes staff in attendance. During this visit three of the main perpetrators were found to be in the area and were interviewed by the Police. 
  • Mozart EstateOn August 15 2016 there was a fire at a leasehold property in Tollhurst Drive on the Mozart Estate. Damage was restricted to the bedroom and did not affect the communal parts of the building. The estate office managed to make contact with the family shortly after to ensure their well-being and provide the owner with details of the buildings insurance policy. The London Fire Brigade have since carried out an inspection of the block and advised that the block and all of its emergency access routes were clear and clean, and that all fire safety notices were found to be visible and up-to-date.

Contact Sohith Patel and Jack Barkell, village managers

spatel@cwh.org.uk  020 7245 2687

jbarkell@cwh.org.uk  020 7245 2697 

Queen’s Park Community Day

PC Dave Hammond has arranged a Queen’s Park Community Day on 19th October 2016. Dave says:

“On this day I will be able to secure the majority of the local policing team to assist with this. I am planning on visiting multiple venues such as schools and faith premises along with visiting local crime and ASB hotspots. I also plan to carry out joint patrols with partners such as the Animal Wardens and WCC Wardens to provide a visible presence on the street and support them in enforcing in problematic areas. The venues will tie in with the ward priorities and current ward issues.”

London National Park City

On behalf of Queen’s Park Ward, we have joined the campaign to designate London as a National Park City. The aims of the National Park City (NPC) campaign align well with the council’s plan to invest in our communities to create sustainable neighbourhoods. This short video gives a good introduction to the initiative https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFGx8YE61Ro. 

Fraud Alert

Please be aware of this growing concern:

My friend’s elderly father was scammed recently.  A company telephoned and told him they could help him get a Council Tax rebate because he was being overcharged.  He gave his card details but fortunately my friend managed to stop the payment and card.  

There is a website where you can report any dodgy calls etc. It’s an official website which collates frauds and gets local police forces to take action – http://www.actionfraud.police.uk”

What you say

“Thanks so much to you all.”

“Many thanks to you and your team.  And thanks to Nuno for managing to be in so many place at once” 

“Well done for pursuing the speed restrictions between Herries Street and Beethoven Street – I live on Beethoven Street and I’m amazed there hasn’t been a head-on collision yet.” 

“Thank you for your Queens Park Ward Report – very informative.”

“Fantastic update, raising many of the issues we’ve noticed. Thanks so much”

“Thanks for all your tireless work over the years.” 

“Thank you as ever for this action report.”

The latest Queen’s Park Labour News leaflet from us is here qp-labour-news-october-2016

Please let us know if there are any matters on which we can be of help.

Please feel free to pass this Report to any of your neighbours who might be interested.

Regards

Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor

Your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors – Here to Help

 

QUEEN’S PARK WARD ACTION REPORT – September 2016

From your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor

Paul

Patricia

Barrie

 

 

 

 

 

Lancefield Street

We have asked Nuno, our City Inspector, to investigate this issue:

“I noticed that Lancefield Street is a lot dirtier than the other streets on the estate – lots of litter, plastic bottles etc. It looks as if hasn’t been properly swept in a while. Also, I noticed that there’s a big bush growing in the back of the Lancers Pub which looks as if it might push over the wall adjacent to the entrance to No. 11 Mozart Street.”

We are continuing to support residents at 20c Lancefield Street who are battling with their landlords to get long-standing repairs done to the car park gate lock and to remove unauthorized parked vehicles.

We have also asked the Council to take action about the private land at 24 Mazart Street which backs on to Lancefield Street and is being used as dumping ground for litter and household rubbish.  Back in 2013 the land was cleared and a gate installed.  The gate has since been removed and the land is once again a rubbish tip. We would like the land to be used for community gardening or even some plants and shrubs which may deter people from using it as a rubbish tip.

Refuse Collection

The Council has agreed to increase refuse collections in the following areas:

  • Ashmore Road
  • Third Avenue/Ilbert Street
  • Fourth Avenue/Ilbert Street
  • Fifth Avenue/Harrow Road
  • Sixth Avenue/Droop Street

Also, the two bins at Nutbourne Street and Third Avenue at the junction with Dart Street is that they will be removed on a trial basis for 6 weeks from Monday 5th September.

Please let us know if you see an improvement in the refuse collection/dumping situation.

New M&S opposite Queen’s Park Station

We have asked Brent Council to investigate this issue:

Just a query on whether there is likely to be a pedestrian crossing installed to connect the island at the junction between Premier Corner & Salusbury Road to the new M&S food hall? I appreciate it may be just outside Westminster boundaries – but I see people struggling to weave their way through heavy traffic there every night. Obviously the opening of the new food hall is tempting people to make the crossing at the island – rather than at the traffic lights.”

Our colleagues in Brent say:

“The intention is to provide zebra crossings to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists as part of the Carlton Vale Cycle Scheme.  Officers have been liaising with Westminster on the scheme and hopefully consultation will happen in September, subject to TfL confirming funding will still be available for 16/17.”

Ha’penny Steps Bridge

We have asked the Council’s Lighting Officer to investigate this issue:

“I complained several years ago regarding the lighting on the Halfpenny Steps canal bridge, which RBK&C tell me are the responsibility of Westmister, and I got a reply via your report that the lights had been fixed and were to be monitored in future by adding them to the street lighting contract. However, 4 lights on the bridge have been off for approx 1 year now, with Carnival and darker nights fast approaching, so it would appear no such addition to the street lighting contract was ever done.”

Harrow Open Space by Ha’Penny Steps

We have asked Nuno Reis, our City Inspector, to investigate this issue:

“On the Harrow Road side of the bridge there is a small grassed seating area by the canal, which has railings to prevent anyone falling in. However, one of the lower horizontal rails is badly bent and I feel a small child could easily fall into the water

via the large gap left. This defect has existed for at least 2 years and got worse, which makes me wonder if such spaces maintained by Westminster CC ever have a H&S check?”

Moberley site, Kilburn Lane.

We asked the Council about this issue:

I live in Kilburn Lane opposite the Moberley site.  The problems with the heavy machinery being brought in from Kilburn Lane is pretty terrible but the contractors have now blocked off the pavement opposite and round the corner into Bannister Road.  This is hazardous and could be worse during school holidays, when kids get careless.  Could you ask Wilmott Dixon how they’re getting away with blocking public space?”

The Council says:

“The footpath has been closed off which is in accordance with the logistics plan and unfortunately it is necessary in order to facilitate this part of the construction.  The plan was accepted by Brent Council and prior to closing off the area, the contractor had discussions on site with Brent Highways who provided permission for it to be implemented.  I do appreciate that this will be inconvenient to some residents but I’m afraid it is necessary. 

In terms of the general vehicle movements, overall these are for general deliveries but on the occasions there are larger vehicles which are guided onto and off site with additional banksman to ensure the safe entry and exit from site.  All vehicles enter and exit the site from Banister Road which again is in accordance with the arrangements agreed with Brent.”

Also, the Evening Standard Homes&Property has run a feature on the property market in the Queen’s Park area and reports; “Developer Prime Place is rebuilding two council leisure centres. Moberly Leisure Centre will deliver 75 one and two bedroom townhouses, with shops and restaurants on the ground floor, with off-plan sales starting from £515,000.”

Third Avenue/Caird Street

We have asked the Council and the police to investigates recurring problem:

“Youths were congregating on the corner on Caird Street until nearly 5 am this morning, shouting, swearing, littering, and smoking cannabis. A chap on a moped kept screeching up and down Third Avenue intermittently to drive us all to distraction with his racket and applying brakes sharply very often.” 

Fifth Avenue 

We have asked Nuno to investigate the fly tipping of a garden shed which was dumped on Fifth Avenue.

471 Harrow Road

We are pleased that the Council has refused planning permission for a large and inappropriate rear extension to 471 Harrow Road following many objections from local residents and ourselves.

547 Harrow Road 

We have asked the Council to take action to stop the regular late night noise at the rear of this building which is causing a real nuisance for local residents. 

Canal Terrace, Harrow Road

We have asked Nuno to take further action on this issue:

“I’m not sure that the situation has improved significantly, with people leaving household rubbish on the pavements outside of collection hours. And, quite rightly, the bin men will not take large household items. Large items are regularly left outside 447 – I fear that this spot is being used for fly-tipping” 

Oliphant Street – update 

City West Homes has given us the latest update on rebuilding the wall at the corner of Ilbert Street:

“We are preparing to rebuild our section of the wall and the party wall award is in place. However, we have only served the Section 20 notice of intention on leaseholders.  The works are currently out to tender with three contractors; their quotations and programme of works are due back on Monday 22 August.  The quotations will be analysed and the Section 20 Notice of Estimate then sent to leaseholders.  Once this consultation period has passed and we have dealt with any observations from the leaseholders, we will be able to confirm a start date for the works.” 

Enbrook Street

We have asked Nuno to take action to remove an abandoned car in Enbrook Street.

Nutbourne Street

We asked the Council to take action on this incident: 

“We have extremely aggressive fox activity – meaning extreme fighting. I think this relates also to a mess with refuse placed on the street prior to Wednesday and Saturday collections (several households seem to be oblivious to the protocols, and just dump whenever they want to, whatever they want to). The street is strewn with litter (human waste too like full-nappies etc which I picked up today). I spent 20 minutes picking street litter up and placing in our bins. The drive-by fast-food dumper yobs persist too, food for the foxes. The foxes are vicious – I mean really nasty – they don’t go away when challenged.”

The Council says:

“Foxes are classed as wild animals, not pests, and the Council has no statutory powers or legal rights to eradicate foxes on private or other land. It is a matter for property owners to decide how to deal with foxes on their land and there are a number of methods that can be used.  There is a large amount of guidance available in this regard, including on the Council’s website (https://www.westminster.gov.uk/foxes).” 

A number of residents in Nutbourne Street and Fifth Avenue have raised this growing problem. Please can all residents NOT dump food waste in the street or feed foxes on their own premises. It appears that a small minority of residents continue to dump food waste on the street at all times of the day and night and this has fuelled the increase in foxes and rat and vermin activity too. We have asked the Council to send more leaflets to residents and to take take strong action against anyone caught dumping food and other waste in the streets.

Ilbert Street/Kilburn Lane – William Hill 

We have asked the Council to investigate this issue again:

I’m afraid that the William Hill on Ilbert Street is getting worse not better.  Groups of men are outside for most of the day and it feels unsafe to walk past.  Cars are often double parked adding to the feeling of unease.  That section of the pavement is always a mess, with the litter bin constantly overflowing and beer bottles, cans, empty cigarette packets and food waste strewn over the pavement.  If the manager of William Hill was serious about dealing with the issue arising from their shop they should stop customers forming intimidating groups on the street outside their door and keep the immediate pavement around the shop clean and tidy.” 

Ilbert Street – street lighting

We reported a call from a resident on Ilbert Street who said that at present a lot of the street lights are not working and that they were worried about the safety issues that this may create. The Council told us:

“I have now had confirmation that we found two defective lamp columns and that both have now been repaired.” 

Ashmore Road – scooters 

Karen Buck MP has reported to the Police a number of complaints about the scooter rider(s) in and around Ashmore Road being ridden/revved from 2am until 4 or 5, and this has been the case on an off over recent weeks.

Avenue Gardens – parking

We have asked the Estate Office to take action against illegal parking after receiving this message from a resident:

“It is so upsetting that there are so many cars that should receive tickets, loads of cars parked there all over the estate and don’t get tickets.   So many times people park in our spaces and we have to park out in the estate in the hope we don’t get a ticket. It is so ridicilous and we have to pay for it.”

Parry Road

We have asked the Council, Police and City West Homes to take action on this issue:

I would like to alert you to the youth anti-social behaviour on the Mozart estate, especially Parry Road. We have groups of youths congregating along Parry Road on a daily/nightly basis. Just yesterday, a group of 10 youths were on the street from 5pm to 10:45pm… this is not the earliest, I’ve known them to be here until 2:30am. A CCTV camera fitted at the end of the road, presumably fitted to monitoring goings on along Parry Road is clearly not monitored or is no longer working. Any assistance in highlighting this problem is appreciated. “

Stansbury Square 

We have asked the Council and Police to investigate residents’ complaints about late night anti-social behavior. Residents say:

“There is drug use, alcohol drinking, late night gathering, loud music. We are terrified and intimidated by these young thugs.” 

Santander bike hire 

We are supporting a petition organized by a local resident calling for Santander Hire Bikes to be located in the Queen’s Park area. You can sign the petition here

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

“We the undersigned petition Westminster City Council to expand Santander Cycles to Queen’s Park. With the major multi-million redevelopment of the Moberley Sports Centre now underway (not scheduled to open till 2018) and the sad loss announced of the Jubilee Sports Centre, now would seem to be a great time to root for some Santander Cycles in Queen’s Park to help keep us fit in the meantime. Cycling is one route to fitness, accessible to all ages. It has never been more popular. I have been a member of the scheme for several years and use the bikes at lunchtime and to go to meetings. I would love to cycle all the way home but my route from work in Pimlico stops well short of Queen’s Park. I can currently only cycle as far as the top of Ladbroke Grove or the bottom of Warwick Avenue. I then have to get the bus or tube to complete the journey – defeating the object of the bikes.

Westminster is spending thousands of pounds building cycle superhighways and more and more hire bikes are springing up in other parts of London. Yet Santander Cycles are not available to hire in an area where quieter roads are plentiful and there is clearly great interest in fitness with several gyms and yoga centres now flourishing. Please join me in this petition to ask for hire bikes in our area. “

Report from City West Homes Estate Office

  • Illegal occupiers/FraudThe Courts have granted Westminster possession of a three-bedroom street property. The property is being illegally occupied by a family member after the original tenant passed away. We are in the process of applying for a notice of eviction. We have discovered another three-bedroom street property which is also being illegally occupied after the original tenant had moved in to residential care. This case is being progressed by our legal team.
  • Outreach supportThe estate office will team up again with the green charity, Groundwork, to help cut-back and tidy overgrown front gardens for vulnerable and isolated residents. We have scope to complete four gardens over this autumn. Whilst conducting our tenancy audit visits we are identifying vulnerable residents that can benefit from interventions such as damp work, heating upgrades and other actions related to improvement of their health.
  • New planter installed at Avenue Gardens estateWe have moved a planter from a Maida Vale estate to Rowan Walk, Larch House. This will serve the dual purpose of improving the environment in the forecourt area, while simultaneously preventing cars from being able to drive beyond the designated car parking area and park on the grass. Soil and plants will be provided in September by our grounds maintenance team. 
  • Mozart estateWe are dealing with two separate cases on the Mozart estate where we have successfully had management transfer applications approved due to domestic abuse issues. In both cases we have successfully removed the tenant at risk from the address, and are instructing the Council solicitors to commence proceedings on the remaining illegal occupiers (perpetrators of the domestic abuse) to have them removed from the properties.
  • Queens Park CourtResidents have voted in the recent colour ballot to help us chose the new colour scheme for the communal areas of the blocks. Over 50% of those who voted, chose option one ‘Grey’. The walls will therefore be painted a vale pale grey colour and the flooring will be a darker pearl grey. Ceilings and cupboard doors will be painted white.  This colour scheme will now be used throughout the blocks. The work is planned to take 20 weeks and we aim to complete the project just before Christmas. If you have any questions about the works, please contact Vicky Andrews on 020 7245 2514 or at vandrews@cwh.org.uk 
  • Avenue GardensThe major works project for the vehicle gates is progressing steadily. Approval has been given for the second gate to be installed and the relevant notices are being served on the leaseholders accordingly. The estimated start date is currently September 2016.

Report from Nuno Reis, City Inspector 

  • Identified potholes with significant size outside 178 Ashmore Road, Kilburn Lane, Lancefield Street
  • 2 abandoned bikes have been reported across the ward
  • 3 vehicles and 1 moped removed from CWH land and the ward
  • Ongoing dumping has been occurring in the ward mainly on Harrow Road
  • 400 educational letters regarding waste delivered in targeted streets.
  • 9 dog signs placed in and around the Queens Park Gardens and Oliphant street
  • 1 safety barrier and 2 traffic signs on Herries Street removed
  • 1 litter bin replaced at Sixth Avenue
  • 4 Estate Agent Boards removed from Portnall Road
  • 1 notice served in Ashmore Road to cut back the overhanging bushes- ongoing monitoring
  • Twice weekly dog patrols with WCC Animal Warden and Crissie Chambers from Queens Park Community Council
  • Educational letter drop regarding pest issues(foxes) on Nutbourne Street and Third Avenue

Ward Budget Update

We have received this message from Creative Futures:

“I just wanted to thank you very much for your award of £5,000 towards the Queen’s Park Families project. This initiative provides a valuable weekly drop-in for all families with young children in Queen’s Park, and particularly targets the more vulnerable and hard to reach families. 

Your funding will help sustain this project, and I am pleased to say that we have also secured a small grant from Westminster Amalgamated Charities, and reached our £1,000 crowdfunding target too. Other funding bids are pending, so we hope that the project will continue through next year, and remain free for parents to attend with their pre-school children.”

HS2

We have received the following message from HS2 Ltd:

“On behalf of the Government, HS2 Ltd runs a number of property compensation and assistance schemes for people who may be directly affected by the project. As part of our on-going community engagement programme, we are seeking to further raise awareness of the property-related support available to communities along the proposed phase one (London Euston to Birmingham New Street) and 2a (Birmingham to Crewe) line of route. This includes targeted leaflets, community posters and digital advertising. At the same time, we’re running a short online survey to invite feedback on how we communicate with local communities, which will help guide our future activity – www.hs2survey.org.uk.”

For further information please contact Iain Andrews, Senior Engagement Manager, HS2 Ltd Tel: 0207 9446123  and 07342 069202

iain.andrews@hs2.org.uk  www.gov.uk/hs2 

Kilburn Lane trees – what you say

“On the points about tree planting, yes please, the more the better.”

What you say

“Many thanks as always for the updates”

“Many thanks for your continued hard work. With many thanks again for everything you do.”

“Thank you, as ever, for your monthly updates.” 

“Thanks as always for the informative report”

“Many thanks for your responsiveness and your vigilance.   We are lucky to have you.  And thanks to Nuno”

“Thank you for all your great newsletters!”

“Thank you for this email which I find very useful and it’s great to see such progress and care.” 

“I have just received notice from the Planning Office that the enforcement order has been removed from my property.   I would just like to thank you for your help in this matter”

Please let us know if there are any matters on which we can be of help.

Regards

 

Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor

Your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors – Here to Help

 

 

QUEEN’S PARK WARD ACTION REPORT – August 2016

From your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor

Paul

Patricia

Barrie

 

 

 

 

 

Burglar alarms

We have been successful in persuading the Council’s Planning Committee to allow residents in the Queen’s Park Conservation area to local burglar alarms on the front of their properties. Following a ‘test case’, the Planning Committee agreed:

“To permit an alarm box on the front elevation, located to the side of the first floor window (away from the arched porches) rather than in between the two front first floor windows. The white alarm box should be located adjacent to the window sill of the first floor windows. This should be high enough to be tamper proof and clearly visible to passers-by that the property is protected. 

Residents told us:

“Thanks so much for representing me today. I really appreciate it and am confident that you have started the ball rolling in all of the residents’ favour.”

You can read the ‘West End Extra’ article here http://www.westendextra.com/burglaralarmconfusion

Lancefield Street

We are continuing to press City West Homes, the police and the Council to remove the illegally parked lorries opposite 20c Lancefield Street and have asked Genesis to repair the broken lock on the car park to stop further illegal lorry parking. 

Oliphant Street

We have again asked the City West Homes for an update on the hoardings where the wall needs rebuilding. Residents say:

“It is increasingly difficult to find parking spaces with the number of vans that park in the evening at this end of the street and the reduced number of bays.”

City West Homes says:

“We are preparing to carry out works to our section of the wall.  The party wall award is completed and we have the quotations for this work.  We are preparing the necessary Section 20 notices to consult the lessees on this.  Once this consultation is completed, we will be able to confirm a start date for the works.”

St John’s Church

The Vicar of Kensal Green has criticised dog owners for allowing their dogs to leave mess on the church lawns around St John’s Church. Fr David Ackerman said that few appreciate that the name “Kensal Green” comes from the lawns around the church of St John and local people who use the lawns for recreation do not want to stand on dog mess.

“It is disgusting. Many people, including children, enjoy the church grounds and in recent weeks the problem has got worse. This is a very recent problem and adds to the major problem we have of people throwing litter over the railings. We spend a great deal of time and money making the grounds attractive, and many people appreciate this. Clearly some do not”.

Fr David vowed to report anyone who abuses the church grounds in future and said that a small minority of people should not be allowed to spoil the enjoyment of the majority.

“We are proud of the work we have done in recent years to transform the grounds and it is a constant battle with litter, dog mess really is the final straw. I hope the Queen’s Park Community Council might address what we can all do to keep the green in Kensal Green unspoilt”.

Nuno Reis, our City Inspector, tells us:

“Following your email, I have visited St Johns Terrace Church on Monday and have spoken with Fr David. After our conversation I have put some signs on both entrances of the Church and added the location to my regular Dog patrols”

Mundy House, Dart Street

We have asked the Council’s Tree Officer about this issue:

“Can a tree be planted here as a few years ago the Council removed an old tree claiming it was rotten. Since then nothing has been done to replace the tree. “

The Tree Officer says it will be replaced in the Autumn.

Leeve House

Recent works have been completed at the Leeve House allotment area. A path has been laid and a tap has also been installed. Jack Barkell from the Estate Office says:

“Much to our delight the allotment area received a Green Flag community award for the second year running. We collected the flag and certificate last week and are making arrangements for both to be on display at the allotment area.”

Avenue Gardens estate playground

City West Homes has completed the required repairs to the affected playground equipment at Avenue Gardens.

Third Avenue 

We have asked Nuno to arranged for dumped rubbish in Third Avenue to be removed.

Fourth Avenue

We have asked Nuno to do a leaflet drop along Fourth Avenue after receiving reports about rubbish being dumped in the street.

Lancefield Street

We have asked the Council to contact the owner of the vacant land close to Mozart Street with a view to its improvement. The land is being used as a tip and residents are very unhappy about this. We think it could perhaps be used as a community garden or a couple of allotments.

St Marylebone Bridge School, Third Avenue

We assisted the School arrange temporary parking for the school bus while building works are underway. The School said: “Thank you so much for your help with our vehicle parking this is greatly appreciated.”

Queen’s Park Court

City West Homes has appointed the contractor, Niblock, to carry out the major works at Queen’s Park Court.  This will see all communal areas receive repairs and redecoration works, including lighting upgrades and fire safety works. The door entry system and doors to all blocks will also be fully renewed. Works are due to start onsite from Monday 1 August and complete just before Christmas.

Kilburn Lane (between Beethoven and Herries Streets) – update

It looks as if the Council has agreed with Brent to go ahead with the kerb build-out at this section in order to calm traffic speeds. The Council says:

“Brent have indicated that, subject to the scheme being safety audited, they have no objections to the proposal progressing. I will therefore be arranging for the City Council’s Service Provider to develop the scheme further and produce an initial cost estimate and indicative programme for its delivery. This information will be used to seek the necessary approvals and funding for the scheme to progress”

Kilburn Lane tree planting

Westminster Tree Trust is considering planting in Kilburn Lane. Depending on funding and practicality they propose:

  • Kilburn Lane from the junction with Chamberlayne Road up to about 106, right hand side going north
  • South side of Kilburn Lane from 106 to junction with Fifth Avenue; and
  • Possibly at the north end of Beethoven Street.

What do you think?

Speeding cars

We are continuing to press the Council to introduce traffic calming measures after receiving this further message from residents:

“For the last few weeks we’ve had some speeding car drivers back – unfortunately way too fast to get reg plates or even makes/colour of vehicles. Lots of wheel screeching along Nutbourne (no speed humps), Avenues, when they visit. The regular high-speeding on Kilburn Lane towards Bannister is a persistent problem too, but always has been, despite the camera sign.” 

Report from Nuno Reis – City Inspector

  • City Inspector has identified potholes with significant size outside 178 Ashmore Road, 48 Droop Street, 128 Bravington Road
  • 3 abandoned bikes have been reported across the ward
  • 6 vehicles and 2 mopeds removed from CWH land and the ward
  • Ongoing dumping has been occurring in the ward mainly on Ashmore Road and Shirland Road
  • 700 educational letters regarding waste delivered in targeted streets.
  • 9 dog signs placed in and around the Queens Park Gardens
  • 3 safety barriers and 2 traffic cones on Fifth Avenue removed
  • 1 litter bin replaced at Sixth Avenue
  • 2 Estate Agent Boards removed from Third Avenue
  • 1 notice served in Ashmore Road to cut back the overhanging bushes
  • Twice weekly dog patrols with WCC Animal Warden

Report from Debbie Heath – Problem solving Coordinator

  • Drugs issues in and around Queens Park Gardens – After a meeting at Marylebone Bridge School with the local councilors, I organised a walkabout with the Police design-out crime officer. The officer made several recommendations to the school and also some about Queens Park Gardens. I then contacted the Parks manager and did an inspection with him and a member of the Friends of Queens Park Gardens. It was agreed that they would be able to undertake the recommendation to cut back the foliage, in order to make the benches more visible and reduce the locations where contraband could be easily hidden in the bushes. This works will happen in the next month.

I also contacted BT in relation the to the telephone box on Ilbert Street where drugs paraphernalia has been found and they agreed to remove the shelf inside the box, remove all stickers/adverts form the outside so the box is see through and they remove the door. All these works have now been completed and it is hoped this will discourage people from using the phone box to take drugs.

  • Kilburn Lane – I spoke with some residents of Kilburn Lane who complained about the Moberley Sports Centre site and the William Hill. With the Moberley the complaints were about the lorries using Kilburn Lane and the dust from the site. I liaised with the relevant people and was able to advise the residents that the trucks are only using Kilburn Lane from the Bannister Road end to the site entrance and that this was short term, until the Banister Road entrance could be re-opened. The contractors also agreed to reiterate to the workers that they need to hose down the site when completing dusty works and they agreed to visit the residents to discuss the situation with them.

With William Hill, the complaint was in relation to youths hanging around in the shop whom residents believed were involved with drug dealing. I contacted the Police who stated they did not have any reports on this William Hill. I spoke with other residents who also stated that whilst it used to be a problem the situation has improved in the last year.  I contacted William Hill’s area manager and head of security. They immediately visited the site and improved the CCTV at the location. They also leafleted the local area with their Good Neighbour leaflets which invites local residents to contact head office if they have any issues with a premises at all and feel that the manager of the shop is not dealing with it. William Hill are happy to work with me and asked that if any other reports come in I contact them immediately.

Queen’s Park Families

Queen’s Park Families is a free, community-led drop-in session for local families with young children, babies and toddlers in north Westminster. Every Wednesday parents and carers and their children meet for creative play, singing, maternity advice and peer support. These free drop-in sessions encourage parent-child bonding and help Early Years children achieve school readiness. For more information see www.creativefuturesuk.com

Ladbrooke Grove/Kilburn Lane//Harrow Road junction – what you say

“Would it cost so much to re-phase the signals so pedestrians could have a clear bit of time to cross without having to look in all directions at once?  Just a hopeful thought.”

471 Harrow Road – what you say

“There is a beautiful photograph taken by Bill Brandt the UK’s most famous photographer of the “canal at Paddington”. It shows the canal and the rear view of terraced housing. It would be nice not to botch it this view!” 

http://www.billbrandt.com/bill-brandt-archive-print-shop/sp04-grand-union-canal-paddington-c1938

 What you say

“Thank you for the report. It is incredibly informative as usual.”

“Thank you very much for your report and for the work you all do. “

“Thank you as always for such an informative report”

“Super update, thank you”

“Thank you for all your efforts and updates over the years.”

Please let us know if there are any matters on which we can be of help.

Regards

Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor

Your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors – Here to Help

 

QUEEN’S PARK WARD ACTION REPORT – July 2016

From your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor

Paul

Patricia

Barrie

 

 

 

 

 

First Queen’s Park Ward Action meeting urges wider project funding

From the WestEnd Extra, 8 July, 2016

“The Avenues youth project hosted the first Queen’s Park Ward Action meeting, where residents met a range of service representatives at once.

The police and NHS staff joined councillors and council officers, as well as members of the community and those who run local projects.

Many were pleased to put names to faces.

Labour councillor Pat McAllister said: “The meeting was a great success.  It was extremely helpful in bringing the different groups together who were able to discuss local issues which is not always possible.  “Also meeting the officers from Westminster Council was particularly useful.  Lots of interest about how to apply for funding from the ward budget scheme.  “Obviously this was the first meeting and we’ll take on board any comments about how we arrange future meetings”

It was urged that the funding be spread among even more projects in the area.  There was support, too, for activities for the over 50s, but also a call for more affordable activities for younger residents, with the summer holiday approaching.  It was suggested young people be asked directly what they want.

A centralised list of all services and community organisations was suggested; also better connectivity with health services so people did not have to repeat their stories to different people.

Another public meeting is due to be held later this year.”

Queen’s Park Ward Update Meeting on Tuesday 5th July, from 6pm – 8pm

We are holding a Ward Update meeting for local residents on Tuesday 5th July, from 6pm – 8pm, at The Avenues Youth Centre at the corner of Third Avenue and Droop Street.

At the meeting we will be updating residents on the Ward Budget projects we have supported as well as reviewing some of the main issues we have been dealing with over the past 6 months. We will also be inviting residents to let us know of any local issues that require attention.

No doubt we will be asked a number of questions about housing, policing, community safety, planning, leisure and environmental matters and we have therefore asked a number of Council Officers to attend.

The meeting is open to all and we look forward to seeing you and hearing your thoughts on local issues.

Lothrop Street 

We have asked the Road Safety Team to look in to possible traffic calming measures following this enquiry: 

“There’s recently been a real increase in the number of vehicles driving extremely fast (far in excess of the speed limit) up and down Lothrop St. As one of the few streets in the Avenues without speed humps it’s clearly been identified as a rat run – or just a tempting opportunity for some locals to give their wheels a burn. It would be great to know if there’s any possibility of some preventative controls being introduced before an accident happens.”

We have previously raised the same issues in Marne and Nutbourne Streets and we believe that the Council should consider traffic calming measures across all these streets.

Harrow Road/First Avenue

We have called on the Council to take action against their contractors for undertaking road works at 3.30am along Harrow Road at the junction with First Avenue. The same thing happened the following night at 5.30am. Residents say: I was woken by loud banging, clanging, vehicle engines, a whirring mechanical noise and loud intermittent beeping akin to that heard when a large vehicle reverses.”

Following our enquiries, the Council instructed its contractors to stop working at unsocial hours. Residents said: “I would just like to say thank you for your intervention regarding the construction disturbances in the early hours on Harrow Road. I appreciate your support.” 

Lancefield Street

We are continuing to press the Council and the police to take action against illegally parked lorries with scrap and rubbish in Lancefield Street. Residents say: “Apart from the lorries being illegally parked they cause a health and safety danger in that they are not only overflowing with scrap metal but the scrap has spilled over and around them onto the street.”

The Council says:

“Nuno has done checks on the two vehicles and one has no MOT or Tax, the other has no MOT. Nuno spoke to the owner and asked him to remove them within two weeks, that is up this week. If that is not done then I will visit with CWH who are the landlords of the individual involved. The other truck has already been reported to the DVLA.”

Third Avenue

We have asked the Council to remove an abandoned vehicle outside 145 Third Avenue. We have also asked that large hole in the pavement near the junction with Droop Street is fixed.

Fernhead Road

We have alerted the Police to this issue

“There is a problem in Fernhead Road, W9. Young motorcyclists use it as a speedway, especially late on Friday and Saturday nights and sometimes early the following mornings. Most seem to be youths travelling alone. Several times I have been woken up by them. I had previously reported the problem to the police, who are already aware of the antics of these youthful motorcyclists. They are a danger both to themselves and to other road users.”

Second Avenue

We have asked the Police and Community Safety Team to investigate this issue: 

“I live on Second Avenue where groups regularly pull up in cars late at night listen to loud music and argue loudly extremely late at night. This often wakes me and prevents me from getting to sleep. As I work full time, often long hours this is really quite disruptive for me. Is there anything you can do?”

Mozart Street

We have asked the Council to plant a replacement tree for one which was removed three years following a storm. The Council say: “Planting season is over for the summer but I have seen the site and a replacement tree will be planted this autumn” 

Residents say: “A lightning fast result! Many thanks for your efforts and we look forward to seeing the new greenery on our street.”

Ilbert Street 

Secure cycle parking has been requested in the Queen’s Park area and the Council would like to trial a new type of facility. Bike hangars accommodate up to six bicycles belonging to local residents, who each pay a yearly subscription of £60 for the use of the facility.The Council proposes to install a bike hangar in a disused disabled bay outside 18 Ilbert Street. There is potential to have up to two bike hangers at this location accommodating up to 12 bikes. To express interest in secure on-street cycle parking or to raise any concerns, please contact cycling@westminster.gov.uk

Canal Terrace, Harrow Road – rubbish dumping/rats

We have again asked the Council to take the necessary action to tackle this recurring problem: 

“There has been increased rat activity on the balconies of the properties on the Harrow Road bordering the canal. I see them coming from the direction of the Ha’penny Steps bridge). It would be very much appreciated if this problem could be addressed promptly before we have another hellish summer. There is regular dumping of household rubbish on the pavement by the occupants of one of the properties near the bridge (This morning – two old mattresses and electrical items obstructing the pavement.) The Council is usually very prompt in removing such rubbish but could the occupants be approached directly in order to stop this activity in the first instance?” 

A few days’ later residents reported:

“I am pleased to report that the mattresses outside 459 Harrow Road were removed on Monday, along with another pile of rubbish outside 469. Many thanks! Rubbish on the pavement along the canal terrace has become an increasing problem. The main issues are large items and things not removed by the bin men. The council occasionally distributes letters providing advice about rubbish collection times but I don’t think this any impact.  Could this effort be broadened into a more general ‘Do you know what to do with your rubbish’ campaign? And could this effort focus on the canal terrace?”

457/459 Harrow Road – Update

The Council has given us the following update:

In relation to the rat issue, our pest control officer, environmental health officer, Nuno and myself visited the area and found that the baiting that pest control have done in the council owned areas has proven successful. However, the rats have now made burrows on the canal side area, which is run by the Canal Trust. Environmental Health are to contact the Canal Trust and get them to fill in the burrows and bait the area in order to deal with the rats. We will continue to monitor the area and Nuno will be putting up more signage telling people not to feed the pigeons, and he will enforce against anyone who is found to be doing so.”

471 Harrow Road

We are supporting residents who oppose the plans to add a rear extension with added balconies to this property. Residents say that this is “completely at odds with the existing terrace, which falls inside the Queens Park Estate Conservation Area”.  The Consultation documents including proposed plans can be found at http://idoxpa.westminster.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=O4UGIMRPK7600 . 

170 Fifth Avenue

We have asked the police to investigate an incident at the S&E Convenience Store which resulted in a broken window and throwing of eggs.

Avenue Gardens Playground

Avenue Gardens estate playground has been closed due to a health and safety hazard involving the playground equipment. We have urged the estate office to undertake the necessary repairs as quickly as possible. 

Harrow Road/Kilburn Lane Ladbroke Grove junction

We were very disappointed to hear that there have again been delays to the proposed works to improve pedestrian safety at this busy junction. The Council says:

“The main reason for the postponement is that the funding position on the scheme is no longer confirmed. As a result of the Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review, TfL has no additional funding beyond what will be provided directly to boroughs in 2017-18. This means that this scheme now has to compete with the other planned projects within Westminster, Brent and RBKC. I am producing a briefing note for the Councillors at all three boroughs to enable discussions to take place on how the funding can be found to deliver this project. These deliberations are likely to take a few months. In the meantime, I will keep you informed on progress.”

Bravington Road

We are working with Karen Buck MP to try to resolve this issue:

“The property is continuously the victim of people throwing rubbish into the front yard from the street. We tried to erect a temporary fence to deter people and we are in the process of refurbishing the property, including putting a front gate on the street, to see if that will stop the aggressive behaviour. On one incident I had to call the police as people deposited their rubbish on our door step in front of me and refused to stop once I asked them to.” 

Moberley site 

Debbie Heath, Problem Solving Coordinator, reports:

“I received a complaint from a local resident in regards to the Moberley Sports Centre development. She stated that the vehicles were using Kilburn Lane when the agreement was that they would use the entrance on Bannister Road and that the site had done dusty works without using water to hose the area down, resulting in the dust coming into her property. I spoke to the Leisure department who have responsibility for the build and they stated that the entrance on Bannister Road has been closed temporarily due to the need to use a pile driver in the area and that all the trucks for the site know to only use the top part of Kilburn Lane, and not turn into it from Harrow Road end. They further state that they surveyed the area and found other large vehicles turning into Kilburn Lane, but not any connected to the Moberley site. They also stated they would re-iterate the need to hose down to the workers whenever they are doing dusty works.”

Dog-poo-bag dumpers

We have asked Nuno, our local Inspector, to investigate this continuing issue:

“We seem to be going through another period of rogue dog-poo-bag dumpers (and folks leaving simple poop) at the top of Sixth Avenue and around onto the south side of Kilburn Lane, heading west. More signs on lamp-posts please, and an ask for litter bins (a) Top junction of Sixth on Kilburn Lane junction and (b) Corner where Kilburn Lane turns south, where Banister Road continues.”

Litter bins

We have also alerted Nuno about this:

“The long-fought-for litter bin on corner of Oliphant Street and Sixth Avenue seems to have vanished overnight.” 

Disabled parking bays

We have asked the Council to investigate this issue: 

“There is an unused dedicated disabled bay D307 outside 1 Lothrop Street W10 4JB as the resident who had the bay has moved out 3 years ago. We were wondering if the bay could be turned into a normal disabled bay that people could use and as there is a partial yellow line next to it could also be another disabled bay or a single pay and display with a disabled bay? There are limited bays in the area for example outside the Queen’s Park clinic there are only two and they are in constant use.”

The Council says: 

“I have passed this onto our relevant department that deals with these issues and they have responded back that they will look into the ownership of this bay, and if no longer needed, will remove it and replace it with either one and possibly two blue badge disabled bays. This will take about 4 months to complete.”

City West Homes Estate Office Report

  • Unauthorised occupiers – We are attending court shortly to obtain an order for possession for an illegally occupied three-bedroom street property. The illegal occupancy was discovered whilst conducting our checks on the resident welfare. A local resident has also recently reported the suspected illegal sublet of a one-bedroom flat; the estate office is currently investigating and gathering evidence.
  • Domestic Abuse – We are assisting two separate residents suffering domestic abuse. The police and relevant agencies are working together with us to support cases to rehome the victims who have been subjected to situations including break-ins and physical violence.
  • Noise Nuisance Event – Residents in Queen’s Park street properties were invited to attend an evening drop–in session for noise-nuisance awareness. Our ASB manager, a WCC noise officer and estate office staff were on-hand to discuss issues and offer advice. There was a high resident turnout and following the positive feedback received we will now look to hold further sessions in future.
  • Major Works – Queens Park Court – All residents will shortly be invited to vote for a colour to paint the communal areas of their buildings.
  • Junction of Fifth Avenue and Lothrop Street – Youths with mopeds are congregating at the above junction opposite a parking bay designated for mopeds and motorcycles. The nuisance behaviour culminated in an assault on a local resident recently. Following close liaison with the police and local residents we have identified a local resident as a perpetrator that is augmenting this issue. This resident is due to be interviewed jointly by the estate office and police.

Contact Sohith Patel and Jack Barkell, village managers – spatel@cwh.org.uk, 020 7245 2687; jbarkell@cwh.org.uk, 020 7245 2697

Report from Nuno Reis, City Inspector

  • Potholes – I identified a pothole with significant size outside 48 Droop Street which was reported via Environmental Action Line. After Highways Inspector visit the site, the pothole was temporary fixed and scheduled for major repairs. Smaller potholes were reported by the City Inspector on Bravington Road, Portnall Road and Third Avenue
  • Abandoned bikes- Two abandoned bike have been reported across the ward: on Ilbert Street and on Sixth Avenue. We also recovered 2 Santander Bikes on Dart Street and Herries Street.
  • Abandoned Vehicles- I reported an abandoned vehicle located at Third Avenue that been left there for more than 3 weeks and an untaxed vehicle was identified at Fernhead Road and reported accordingly for removal after the relevant checks.
  • Waste- There has been an increase of Fly-tipping in the ward and I am currently working closely with our Contractor Veolia to clear the dumping as soon as possible. Regular operations are being carried out in Queens Park and Harrow Road to tackle the dumping around the Micro recycling centers and big black bins and it has seen a reduction of the waste dumped around these sites. I have also been visiting the Ilbert Street area to look at the issue of fly tipping ‘out of hours’ and have issued 4 FPNs to residents and 1 to a local business.
  • Dogs – I have been conducting regular patrols with the Animal Warden and A Dog adviser employed by Queens Park Community Council to engage and advice in dog issues. It has seen a good reduction on dog issues in the ward.

What you say

“Thank you for all your good work!” 

“This is the best update of this kind I’ve ever seen by far! Thank you.”

“Thank you Councillors for your monthly reports to Queen’s Park Ward residents. Without your reports we would not know anything about our estate. This is invaluable news which allows and encourages residents to get involved and play their part in the communities. Safer place to live is our goal and you are helping to achieve it.” 

“Thank you for another excellent newsletter!”

“Thank you so much for your help and support, I emailed you and received a reply within 10 minutes – Impressive! Sometimes when you vote you make a mistake – not this time!”

Please let us know if there are any matters on which we can be of help.

Regards

Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor

Your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors – Here to Help

 

 

QUEEN’S PARK WARD ACTION REPORT – June 2016

From your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor

Paul

Patricia

Barrie

 

 

 

 

 

Moberly Sports Centre site

We have seen a large number of lorries entering and exiting the Kilburn Lane/Ilbert Street junction on their way to the Moberly building site. One of the larger ones we saw mounted the pavement. We have asked the Council what controls are in place to Marshall these vehicle movements at the Moberly site and how construction work is being monitored.

Jubilee Sport Centre works

We have asked the Council to take action to stop the early morning noise from the demolition site next to the Jubilee. Residents say:

“We have endured 24/7 generator for the security office and the generator powering the statutory noise monitoring equipment. An extra week of loud pile hammer and other noises dealing with unexpected concrete foundations. 8 wheel lorries arrive at 0630 am and parking in and around Lancefield Street and the drivers congregating and shouting, foul language and amplified cabin messaging/PA. So, this is set to continue and then be repeated at greater magnitude in 2 years’ time for 2 years.”

The Council says:

“Unfortunately, there was an incident last week when some delivery lorries arrived at site prior to the agreed hours of working, which are 0800 – 1800.  Those witnessed by the site manager were sat in their cabs with their engines off and not behaving in the manner described.  Willmotts have already addressed this issue and have assured me that there will be no repeat of this kind of issue in the future.  The site manager for the Jubilee site is Steven Matthews Steven.Matthews@willmottdixon.co.uk.”

Queen’s Park Ward Update Meeting on Tuesday 5th July, from 6pm – 8pm

We are holding a Ward Update meeting for local residents on Tuesday 5th July, from 6pm – 8pm, at The Avenues Youth Centre at the corner of Third Avenue and Droop Street.

At the meeting we will be updating residents on the Ward Budget projects we have supported as well as reviewing some of the main issues we have been dealing with over the past 6 months. We will also be inviting residents to let us know of any local issues that require attention.

No doubt we will be asked a number of questions about housing, policing, community safety, planning, leisure and environmental matters and we have therefore asked a number of Council Officers to attend.

The meeting is open to all and we look forward to seeing you and hearing your thoughts on local issues.

Droop Street/Galton Street

We have asked the Council to repair a large pot hole at this junction.

Bantock House

We noticed a leak in Bantock House in the communal walkway, between number 13-14 Bantock House.  It is unclear whether it stems from the guttering or pipes near the roof and we have asked the Estate office to investigate.

Kilburn Lane, between Herries Street and Beethoven Street

We are chasing the Council to implement a long-awaited ‘build-out’ of the pavement to reduce traffic speeds along this stretch of Kilburn Lane.

Fernhead Road

We have reported this issue to the Council for action: 

“When I was walking outside numbers 39 and 41 Fernhead Road last week I stepped on an oval water cover which was not attached and my foot went though it. I fell over and badly bruised both knees and jolted my back. Even more worryingly I was pushing my 6 week old baby in a pram at the time which rolled away and fell over at a 45 degree angle. Two passers-by rushed to my aid and luckily my baby was not injured but a week on my knees and back are still very bruised and sore. As you can imagine this is very dangerous, it could have been a lot worse for me and I hate to think what would happen if an elderly person or pregnant woman stepped on it. Please could you direct this to the relevant people to get it fixed as a matter of urgency”

The resident has told us:

“I am glad it is now fixed so that no one else can fall down it and injure themselves, thanks for your help!”

Queen’s Park Gardens

A resident told us about the difficulties she and others are having around Queen’s Park Gardens being bothered or bullied by other users. She says she knows people who have stopped going and decided she must come and tell someone for everybody’s sake. She gave us two examples:

  • She was with her young son, who wanted to play on the football pitch. A woman was exercising her dog in there. The son opened the gate, the dog ran out, frightening the son, the dog’s owner shouted at the son and then his mother for opening the gate and letting her dog out.
  • She was in the children’s play area with friends, one of whom had a 2-year-old in the circular lie-down roundabout. A teenage girl started revolving the roundabout at speed, frightening the toddler, whose mother managed to lift him off. The girl started shouting abuse, a woman intervened to help and was hit by the teenager. In this case, the police came and took details from both the woman and the teenage girl.

We have asked the Parks Department to investigate these serious issues.

We have also reported this issue to the Parks Manager:

“The wall between the MUGA and Ilbert Street has some pretty large bushes and even what could be described as a small tree. If they are not removed reasonably soon the wall will deteriorate and require substantial money to keep it intact.”

Fly tipping at 17 – 23 Third Avenue

We have asked the Council to take action against the persistent fly-tipping outside the Marylebone Bridge School in Third Avenue. The school says:

“Recently, the headteacher caught someone dumping a load of rubbish on site, they even parked their car in our parking bay to do so.”

The vehicle registration number was taken and has been reported to the Council and the police.

Ilbert Street

The Marylebone Bridge School also says:

“During a recent visit from the local Police a number of items of concern came to light including a crack pipe and lighters being found in the phone box on Ilbert Street. Yesterday and today there were several discarded lighters and several small self seal bags which the Police informed us are used by dealers. We are concerned as several of our students walk past this phone box on their way to and from school and would appreciate it if the road sweeper in Ilbert Street could ensure such items are removed on a daily basis.”

Lancefield Street

We have asked the Council and the police to investigate a number of large scrap metal vehicles which are blocking the road in Lancefield Street.

Ashmore Road

We have reported this issue to the Council:

“Deliveroo riders are continuing to ride over the pavement at the top end of Ashmore Road, W9. Twice in the past fortnight I have seen them. A collision with an unsuspecting pedestrian could easily occur. “ 

The Council says:

“We have spoken with Deliveroo this week regarding the riding on the footway in Ashmore Road and they state they are able to identify who the group of riders are and will speak to them about their behaviour and tell them that this must stop. We have also informed the local police as this is a policing issue that only they have power to deal with.”

Kilburn Lane

We have asked the Council for an update on this issue:

“It was reported in your email sometime ago that the Bus stop at around 320 Kilburn Lane was to be moved as it’s currently in a narrow congested position right next the zebra crossing and road junctions. Please could you let us know if there are any developments on this?”

Marne Street

We have reported the following incidents to City West Homes:

“There are an increased number of children that are playing in the streets in Marne Street. Their ages range from 2 – 12 but the majority (and the one’s I’m concerned with are the ones aged between 2 – 6 years old). These children used to be partially supervised by parents/adults but in the last few months this is not the case and the children activities are now running amok. This is now causing considerable annoyance and intimidation to the other residents in Marne Street. The activities include very young children running in and out of cars, racing electric scooters at speed, throwing stones and rocks over walls into neighbours’ gardens and yelling and shouting late in the evening (up to 10:00pm). This morning I came out of the house to find large rocks scattered across the street which they’ve been using as ‘ammunition’. Someone is going to get seriously hurt it they carry on like this. 

Harrow Road

We have again asked the Pest Control section to deal with rat sightings near the canal.

Harrow Road/First Avenue – second-hand furniture shop

We asked the Council to clear the dumped furniture after receiving this message – “Shop is locked up and bolted but stock is everywhere on pavement in front on Harrow Road and First Avenue”

The Flora, Harrow Road – Update

A planning application has been recently submitted for the erection of new 5 storey mixed use building with commercial at ground floor and residential units across upper floors together with the retention of the Flora Public House at basement and ground floor levels.  Formation of a glazed linking core and a new storey within the existing Pub roof allowing 10 residential units to be provided within upper floors of new 5 storey building and Flora Public House.  Demolition of pub garden outbuildings and boundary wall to Harrow Road. (Ref 16/04042/FULL).

Queen’s Park Estate – burglar alarms

We are continuing to help residents who have been told by the Council to remove burglar alarms from the front of their houses. We do not agree with the Council’s actions here and we are hoping to persuade the Council to change its planning policy. In the meantime, the Council now says that those who have received enforcement notices should apply for retrospective planning permission. If you need advice on this please contact Amanda Coulson at acoulson@westminster.gov.uk.

Queen’s Park Station car park

We have asked Brent Council for an update on the plans for this site:

“Now that it has been decided that the ventilation shaft and electricity sub station at the Queen’s Park station car park/Falcon Pub area is no longer going to be built there, is there any progress on plans to redevelop the area. Is there a timeframe and are there plans we can view?”

Harrington Court

We have again asked Genesis to remove the abandoned cars from the Harrington Court car park. Genesis say:

“I wrote to all the residents about the untaxed cars at Harrington Court and requested the owners to remove them within 7 days failing this we would remove them and charge all the residents the cost of removal. “

Residents say:

“This is great, I saw today 2 have been removed from Harrington Court but 2 cars still remain. The fifth one in the Mozart has also been removed. Three down, two to go.”

Third Avenue/Ilbert Street\

We have reported this to the Council:

“The street lamp on the park side corner of Ilbert and Third has been out of service for quite some time. I’m not sure if this is intentional as there may be a CCTV camera near there but it does feel very dark by the garden entrance when you turn into Ilbert. A possible risk.”

Marne Street trees

We have asked for an update on when a tree will be replanted outside 83 Marne Street. The Tree Officer says:

“I’ve checked with our contractor and it appears that there was an earlier oversight and the tree was not ordered. I spoke to them yesterday and they confirm that the replacement tree has now been delivered to their yard and will be planted this week.”

Rubbish dumping ‘hotspots

We have asked the Council to take particular attention to rubbish dumping at the following locations:

  • Bin area of Leeve House, Third Avenue
  • Third Avenue, corner of Dart Street
  • Shirland Road/Ashmore Road junction
  • Marban Road/Ashmore Road junction

Please let us know if there are any other locations which need attention.

Report from Queen’s Park Estate Office

  • Unauthorised occupiersWe have successfully taken possession of a Queen’s Park street property which had been setup to cultivate a cannabis farm. The property is presently being repaired and once complete will be re-let through the Council’s allocations team.
  • ASB – Junction of Fifth Avenue and Lothrop Street – Youths with mopeds have been congregating at the above junction; opposite a parking bay designated for mopeds and motorcycles. The nuisance behaviour included racing, intimidation and causing noise and an assault on a local resident. We have met the victim of the assault and are liaising with Westminster Council to potentially remove the parking bay and also assessing the possibility for CCTV installation. Door knocks are being carried out to assure local residents and the local police are working closely with us to resolve this issue.

Police Report

PC Dave Hammond reports:

“Police from Queen’s Park Ward executed a search warrant in Ashmore Road in response to complaints of drug dealing in the local area. We were assisted by other local teams and the Metropolitan Police Special Constabulary.

As a result a male has been arrested for possession of what is believed to be heroin.

This action was taken in response to complaints of drug dealing and associated antisocial behaviour, and is part of our long term strategy to disrupt drug dealing in the area and arrest those responsible for drug crimes.

Noise

Stuart Marshall, ASB Manager, Maida Vale Estate Office tells us:

“We recently held a drop in session at St Judes Hall Ilbert Street. There was a very high attendance on the evening and lots of people wanted to talk one-to-one about issues that were effecting them. Some information was more criminal based than ASB so I passed this information on to the local police for them to investigate. I set this evening up as it is ‘Noise Week’, but as it was so well attended I may run it again after summer.”

Do you want to help unaccompanied child refugees from Europe?

We received this message from a local resident:

“I’m a Queen’s Park resident and I run a refugee aid and advocacy group called Calais Action. I’m setting up a working group in the North Westminster area to help bring over lone refugee children from the camps of Northern France, Italy and Greece under the recently-passed “Lord Dubs Amendment” (s67 of the Immigration Act 2016). Lord Dubs himself arrived here on the Kindertransport of 1939 when Britain voted to bring in Jewish refugee children from Germany, and was formerly a Westminster councilor.

I’ve met many unaccompanied children in the camps who have travelled from their own countries without an adult, and am deeply concerned for their welfare. This saddening report details their fate if they are not given a safe and legal route to asylum. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/29/they-are-falling-apart-the-fate-of-lone-children-in-calais-refugee-camp

We need to identify potential foster parents, local sponsorship, publicise the need for foster parents and demonstrate popular support (petitions, etc) If you’re interested in becoming involved at ANY level whatsoever, please email me at tess@calaisaction.com. You can also follow Calais Action’s work on Twitter and Facebook. Thank you!”

We are voting to REMAIN in the EU on 23rd June

Britain is better off in Europe. It is clear that being in the European Union brings us jobs, growth and investment. The EU has helped to secure workers’ rights and make consumers better off too.

  • Jobs
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Moberly site – what you say

“I’m horrified to hear that the flats being built on the site of the Moberly Sports Centre do not include any social or affordable housing for London residents.  It’s dreadful to hear that the proposed houses/apartments are being marketed in Hong Kong!!! Why would Westminster/Brent Council allow this when there is such a shortage of housing for London Residents?  Why did the council/s give permission for the development of the site without insisting that some of this housing be made available to local residents?”

“It’s shocking that both Moberly and Jubilee developments are not going to have any affordable housing.”

What you say

“As always thank you for the informative newsletter”

“Thanks for this excellent report, unfortunately your caseload seems to be increasing as the reports get longer and longer each month!”

“Thanks for sharing this report with us, it is a very interesting read.”

“Thank you for your continued reports, they are a great asset to the community.”

“All really helpful – its very reassuring to have you keeping an eye and reporting on all this”

Please let us know if there are any matters on which we can be of help.

Please feel free to pass this Report to any of your neighbours who might be interested.

 

Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor

Your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors – Here to Help

 

QUEEN’S PARK WARD ACTION REPORT – May 2016

From your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor

Paul

Patricia

Barrie

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Festival Co-ordinator, Queen’s Park Community Council

Queen’s Park Community Council seeks a highly organised, motivated and enthusiastic individual or organisation to organise and run the neighbourhood’s Summer Festival, to be held in Queen’s Park Gardens on Saturday 6 August from 12-6pm.

Engaged on a flexible basis for a total of 22 days between 1 June and August 19 2016 (to include most Wednesdays and Friday 5 and Saturday 6 August), the Summer Festival Co-ordinator will take a lead role in all aspects of the event.

They will report through the QPCC Locum Director Sam Shippen to the Council and be responsible for leading, coordinating and steering a festival working group comprised of councillors, volunteers and other stakeholders.

The role involves:

  • managing a defined budget;
  • fundraising to support the event activities;
  • liaison with Westminster City Council officers, police and fire departments;
  • managing all risk and heath & safety aspects of the Festival
  • booking stalls and activities;
  • working closely with councillors and local voluntary-sector groups;
  • recruiting a team of local volunteers and a volunteer co-ordinator to manage and look after them on the day;
  • organising stage management on a programme for the main stage, and helping to organise and promote community auditions;
  • taking the lead on communications and promotion of the festival;
  • preparation of a full event management file and completion of a post-event evaluation;

The Council is prepared to offer a total fee of £2,200 on a contracted or employed basis for this role.

Interested parties should email Mrs Sam Shippen, QPCC Locum Director director@queensparkcommunitycouncil.gov.uk with details of their experience and proposal for undertaking this role by 5pm on Monday 30th May 2016.

Applicants should be prepared to attend a meeting on the afternoon of Wednesday 1st June, upon request, to discuss their proposal, with an intention of commencing duties shortly afterwards. If further information is required, or to arrange an informal discussion regarding this role please contact Sam Shippen by email.

Traffic Calming along Lancefield Street

Following the demolition of the front wall and part of the front of a house on the corner of Caird Street and Lancefield Street by a speeding car we have asked the Council to install traffic calming measures in Lancefield Street.

Enbrook Street

We have reported this issue to Nuno for action:

“We’ve got an abandoned car outside 6 Enbrook Street, that was there for at least a month before it got it’s first ticket!  It now has three, can we have it removed please? There is also an abandoned scooter by the black bin that needs removing too. “

Willow House

We reported a leak from the roof which is dripping onto the stairs and bannister in the stairwell.

Oak House

We have again asked CWH to clear the gutters in Oak as residents say dead pigeons in the gutters are causing flooding in the flats below. CWH say

“Our repairs team have advised me that a roof has recently attended and that dead pigeons prevented the works being carried out. Our contractor has informed us that the pigeons will be removed and works completed.”

St Marylebone Bridge School, Third Avenue

We visited the School in Third Avenue to discuss a number of Anti-Social Behavior issues which are affecting the school.

156 Ilbert Street update

City West Homes has given us the latest update about the broken wall at this location:

“We met the freeholder’s surveyor as agreed; they did not raise any objections to the proposed works.  However, we are also looking to arrange a further meeting with the freeholder to see if we can get her agreement for her section of the wall to be rebuilt as well, though this can be undertaken separately following the other section of wall being rebuilt so as not to cause any further delays.”

Juniper House update

The new permanent warden is now in post. We have again reported problems with the front door and the intercom system.

Lancefield Street

We have written to Network Stadium about this issue:

“The neighbours have left. They have spent 3 days (and nights) until 3.00am dismantling and moving furniture.  They have left a disgusting mess behind!  I am strongly objecting the the cost of the clear-up being added to our communal service charges.”

Bravington Road

We have reported the following to the Council’s Tree Officer:

“Would like to inquiry if the tree in front of my house could be cut this year, please? Every time the tree’s branches are not cut it gets really dark in my place.”

We have also asked the Council to repair the roadway outside the Queen’s Park Family Centre which has been filled with a huge ‘lake’ of water.

Shirland Road/Fernhead Road – rubbish dumping

image1-3Karen Buck MP has repeated her call to Westminster Council to take action to deal with the regular dumping of rubbish at the corner of Shirland Road and Fernhead Road near the junction with Ashmore Road. Residents say:

“I know lots of people have been complaining about this, but this kind of scene isn’t acceptable in Westminster or indeed anywhere! We can no longer see the bins for the rubbish! There are plenty of obvious options – I’d assume the easiest being to set up some more bins on other corners? But please can we sort it out asap.”

Karen Buck said:

“Marban Road is nearly as bad. It is a regular occurrence and it’s a disgrace!”

Mopeds

We have asked the police to investigate the resurgence of anti social behavior involving motorbikes in the area. We have asked for CCTV cameras to be used to identify those responsible.

United Reform Church, Harrow Road/Third Avenue

We asked the URC for an update on the situation with the church. This is what they say:

“The United Reformed Church at Queens Park after a difficult period of transition made the decision to close the church and allow the congregation to disperse to local fellowships of their choice.  In our tradition only the local congregation can do this, the wider church has no role in this other than support and information.  Everyone who wished was helped to connect with a new church and ongoing support is still being provided.  The final service was held on Sunday March 20th. 

The building and the Manse next door in Third Avenue remain the property of the Thames North Trust and are being closely administered by our Synod Trust Officer and his staff. There are no plans to sell either building at this point. Both premises are being looked after by an established firm of Guardians who have people living in the buildings and are under our instruction.  We have used this company in other properties and have found them both helpful and efficient. There should therefore be no cause for concern locally.  “

Response to recent stabbings

Following the stabbings of a few weeks ago, The Avenues Youth Project hosted a community meeting to which members of the Queen’s Park Community Council, Queen’s Park Ward Panel, Queen’s Park Ward Councillors and other concerned groups were invited. All acknowledged the hard work of the Police, the Integrated Gangs Unit and organisations such as the Avenues Youth Project. It was unanimously agreed that a collective prevention strategy is urgently needed to avoid a worsening crisis and the following statement was agreed:

“We, the undersigned, are concerned at the absence of a coordinated medium and long term strategy for tackling the cause of ongoing serious violent crime on the streets of North Westminster and surrounding areas.  This insidious culture is corrupting the minds and prospects of impressionable and vulnerable children and young people. We are particularly concerned by the need to maintain a front-line service for young people in the area, given that local youth services are critical to our ability to reach and offer early intervention.

In order to prevent young people from turning to crime in the first place, we call on all relevant public agencies to commit to resourcing a sustained programme designed to tackle the root causes of this serious problem for which individuals, families, the community and the exchequer are currently paying a high price.

Specifically, we request Westminster Council, the local Clinical Commissioning Groups, the Mental Health Trust, City West Homes and Police to meet with us as a matter of urgency to discuss capacity over the coming summer and into the medium term.”

Abandoned motor bikes

We have reported the following abandoned motor bikes:

  • In Fifth Avenue outside 92 and 94 there is an old motor bike has been abandoned for some months. Initially it was at the junction of Lothrop Street and Fifth Fifth Avenue then the youngsters played about with it and pushed it to the above address.  
  • The second motor bike is at the junction of Fifth Avenue and Droop Street outside Pine House.  
  • The third one is at the junction of Sixth Avenue towards Harrow Road. 

Jubilee Sports Centre

Many of you will not be surprised to see that the proposed new luxury flats planned for the site of the Jubilee Sports Centre are already being marketed even though the existing sports centre will be open and running for at last 2 more years!

http://www.primeplace.co.uk/images/developments/brochures/98a91495c55f7eae80b9162b179cd682.pdf

Moberly Centre update

The Moberley sports centre closed in February and is now being demolished and will be re-developed as a new sports centre and luxury flats, which have already gone on sale in Hong Kong with prices starting at £510,000. The proposals for the Moberley and Jubilee sports centre sites include no new affordable housing at all.

We have also asked the contractor Willmott Dixon to help with this enquiry from a local resident:

“At a meeting in January 2014, a senior representative from Willmott Dixon made a number of commitments to residents who live in close proximity to the developments (e.g. after demolition/during construction: they will pay for the additional cleaning costs we will incur as a result of their works, dust created, etc).  We are keen to ensure Willmott Dixon honour these commitments as construction has now started and the inevitable issues associated with having a construction/demolition site of this size in such close proximity to our building is starting to cause us problems.”

Willmott Dixon have told us:

“As a competent and industry leading contractor we pride ourselves in ensuring our works are carried out in a considerate way, keeping the local community informed of the works and progress through newsletters and local events. Where any concerns or issues are raised by a resident or business we will respond and do what we can to resolve the issue as soon as possible. Can you please advise of any specific complaints which have been raised directly with you and I will arrange responses.”

The person to contact is Nick Jude at Nick.Jude@willmottdixon.co.uk

Caird Street

We have asked the Council to repair a broken street light in Caird Street near Third Avenue.

Harrow Road

We are supporting Council plans to repave the footway outside 535 Harrow Road

Report from Debbie Heath, Neighbourhood Problem Solving Coordinator

  • Gangs – In light of the recent gang related stabbings on Third Avenue and in other areas, the Police have increased their patrols in the most affected areas and the caseworkers are contacting local youths who may be affected. I have been contacted by residents wanting to know if they can have additional CCTV on the street in light of the recent incidents and what measures the Council and Police are taking. There are already 2 Westminster CCTV cameras on Third Avenue, and other agencies also have cameras that cover the area.
  • Waste – The audit of Waste Transfer Notices on the shops in the Harrow Road has now been completed and the majority of the premises have been brought into compliance. As part of a larger Harrow Road project, the shops are still being monitored to ensure that they do not slip into their old ways of putting waste out at the wrong times or in the wrong place and of throwing waste into Veolia trucks themselves, in order to avoid paying the collection fee.

Report from Sohith Patel and Jack Barkell, Village Managers, Queen’s Park Estate

  • Unauthorised/Illegal occupiers – We have discovered a 3-bedroom street property being illegally occupied in Queens Park and we are working with social services to recover a 2-bedroom street property in Queens Park and a 2-bedroom flat in Ashmore Road.
  • Juniper House – Non-residents have been entering the building, sleeping rough, intimidating residents and causing general nuisance. We have applied to court to amend an existing injunction to restrict an identified perpetrator from entering the entire Queens Park locality. We are also investigating a resident within Juniper House that we strongly believe is facilitating the anti social behaviour.
  • Queens Park Street property external works – Phase 2 of the external works is expected to begin in late 2016. These works affect 71 properties in the area and will include external decorations, brick repairs, gate repairs/replacements, roof repairs, window repairs and draught proofing.
  • Naylor House – CCTV and specialist contractors have identified and resolved the cause of communal flooding inside the John Fearon Walk entrance of Naylor House. The works required significant works to the drains.  Making good to the damaged plaster and decoration, will follow after the walls have dried.   

Lord’s Cricket Ground

Middlesex v Somerset, Sunday 22nd May – Gates open 10am

Open Age is organising an event at Lord’s.  It’s a chance for people aged 55 and over to talk about old memories and create some new memories while watching cricket.  It’s also an opportunity to meet like minded new people over a cup of tea at the Home of Cricket. To book a place please contact Claire Hoggan on 020 7266 2776 or choggan@openage.org.uk

Opportunities for young people

Worried parents are concerned that the loss of the Jubilee basketball area means that that there is now nowhere for teenagers to go on an informal and open basis. The football pitch in Queen’s Park Gardens, while welcome, is not a real substitute for the basketball area which provided an open facility for teenagers. With the summer holidays fast approaching we asked the Council what plans there are for the holiday period to ensure that there are the necessary facilities available locally. Otherwise the teenagers will just gather on the streets with the obvious consequences. The Council has told us:

“We’ll be promoting a comprehensive programme of activities for children and young people this Summer which will include:

*         ‘Centre based’ programmes, activities and holiday sports camps including free swimming in the sports and leisure centres  (this includes Jubilee)

*         The Neighbourhood sports programme of ‘estate based’ coached sports activities (all free to access)

*         The Unity in the Community Football competition

*         ‘Edutain’ holiday programme at Academy Sport (Westminster Academy)

*          A variety of coaching courses and workshops

In addition to this, through the new leisure contract, we’ll be delivering an additional 10 hours of ‘free to access’ coached activities every week through a new Active Communities programme which will take place in community locations outside and around each centre (e.g. in parks and open spaces, estate based Games Areas etc) so we’ll be able to provide 20 hours of new activities for the Queens Park Area (i.e. around Moberly and Jubilee Centres).  The activities will be promoted through the ‘Summer in the City’ marketing activities and locally through community venues.

The improvements to Queens Park Gardens will help to increase capacity as there are now two games areas which will increase usage (albeit on the same footprint as the previous single games area) and the installation of the floodlighting will extend the availability of these facilities in the Winter months.   We’re also exploring the possibilities at Wilberforce School for a new MUGA in the longer term.”

The Queen’s Birthday celebrations

On the weekend of the 9th to 11th June, St John’s, Kensal Green will be joining national celebrations to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday with a Flower Festival. It will open on 6pm on the 9th, be open all day Saturday and conclude with an Evensong on 4pm on Sunday.

There will be a festival concert on Saturday 10th at 7pm.

On Sunday June 11th, after the 11am Thanksgiving Service, from 12.30 there will be a Community lunch in the grounds of the church and Vicarage. All local residents are welcome to bring food and drink to share. Further information: Rev David Ackerman 020 8969 2615

News from Queen’s Park Community Council 

  • Feel Good Fridays – Feel Good Fridays are coming to Queen’s Park soon, free afternoon sessions of fun, arts and crafts, or £1 with an additional crèche service. Based on the great success of ‘Well-being Wednesdays’ Kimberley from the Community Champions Project and Imogen of the Friends in Need project from Depression Alliance have joined forces once again to bring residents of Queen’s Park the same fun but this time on Fridays. These classes are a wonderful way to connect with other residents and neighbours.Please e-Mail Kim for further information: Kimberley@pdt.org.uk
  • Queen’s Park Community Summer Festival 2016 – This August will see the arrival of the 14th Annual Queen’s Park Summer Festival, a date will be set by Community Councillors at the upcoming full council meeting and a festival working group will be formed. If any residents are interested in having a stall or interested in preforming or volunteering, then please email info@queensparkcommunitycouncil.gov.uk to register your interest beforehand.
  • The Community Council’s Annual Council Meeting – this will be in the main hall of the Beethoven Centre be on the 18th May at 6pm

Congratulations to Nuno Reis

Please congratulate our local Inspector Nuno Reis, whose daughter was born recently.

Queen’s Park Estate burglar alarms – what you say

“Can I reiterate my surprise at this and how active planning has been to act on this issue, yet does not deal with incorrect windows or doors or rubbish in front gardens. The team only deals with satellite dishes installed on the front if highlighted to them.  This seems to such a waste of committee time.”

“All security advice is that alarm boxes should be visible at both the front AND backs of properties. If planning is not granted individuals will be faced with bills to rewire.”

“Do you know why is it the case that the Planning Department is now taking an interest in regards to burglar alarms and not taking action on all the other infringements to the conservation guidelines. e.g. satellite dishes, sash windows, removal of original ironwork, along with making sure Housing Associations and private home owners are adhering to the guidelines?”

“Thanks for your informative email as usual; it’s a shame Westminster council find burglar alarm boxes more concerning than stabbings and cyclists being thrown into canals.”

Queen’s Park Gardens – what you say

“I recently have started going to the free Bootcamp classes run by Our Parks in Queens Park Gardens on Saturday and Tuesday. I enrolled as I want to get fitter and improve my health and wellness. The gardens are an ideal venue for the local community. They are terrific classes and we enjoy them immensely. Well run and managed. I gather that classes have been agreed until May, We want them to continue into the future, especially now that we are entering warmer times. Please can you ensure that the Queen’s Park Gardens Bootcamp continues.”

What you say

“Thanks for all your hard work”

“Thanks for chasing up Genesis again about the abandoned cars in Harrington Court”

“Thanks for the update. Great work you are doing that is much appreciated”

“Thanks for the report as always”

“Thanks for all your local information in the Queen’s Park estate you provide us residents.  Your actions are admirable.”

“Thank you for your monthly updates and for all the work you do to make the local area a great place to live – your work is greatly appreciated!”

Please let us know if there are any matters on which we can be of help.

 

Regards

Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor

Your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors – Here to Help

 

QUEEN’S PARK WARD ACTION REPORT – April 2016

From your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor

Paul

Patricia

Barrie

 

 

 

 

 

Bruckner Street

It is good to see the Bruckner Street housing office development underway at last. We have written to the Council’s Director of Housing to make a plea that the new homes are offered to local Queen’s Park ward residents in housing need – those who are overcrowded and need an extra bedroom or those who want to downsize to a smaller flat in the area.

Recent stabbings

We have written to the Police Commander and the Leader of the Council to urge that action be taken on a range of fronts to ensure that the recent spate of stabbings in the area is not repeated. We are concerned that the closure of local police stations and the reduction of local facilities and activities for young people is not helping the situation.

Naylor House

We have urged City West Homes to deal with this problem speedily:

“The front entrance of Naylor House is still flooded with sewage water. The problem is about a broken pipe in the wall and not about nappies blocking the drains.”

City West Homes say:

“We have received and approved the quotation for the drainage works.  The works involve isolating the drain’s interceptor chamber and breaking out some cast iron pipework as well as some of the chamber wall making it ready for the new connection. A letter will go out to residents advising them of these works and also to ask them to refrain from flushing nappies and baby wipes in future as these have been found to cause the recent blockages.”

Residents say:

“This is indeed a good news to all the residents. We do appreciate your involvement as this has taken a new momentum.”

Harrington Court, Dart Street

We have again asked Genesis to deal with this issue:

“The 3 abandoned vehicles still haven’t been moved.  Maybe you could chase them up? All these cars have had flat tyres/broken glass for several months or over a year in at least one case so easily identifiable.”

Dart Street/Third Avenue

We have asked Nuno to arrange for an abandoned car on corner of Dart Street and Third Avenue to be removed.

Portnall Road/Marban Road – bike racks

We have asked the Council to investigate this issue:

“I use my bike to cycle to and from work every day and at the weekend for leisure. I would usually park my bike on the bike stands at the bottom of Bravington Road, the next road along from mine. However, more bicycles seem to be using it recently, so I often have had nowhere near my house to park my bike. I notice on your ward website you helped with a similar problem in June 2015, so I was hoping you might be able to help with mine too. 3 or 4 bike racks at the junction of Portnall Road with Marban Road would be a great start, and I imagine fairly easy to implement.”

Marban Road

 We are making enquiries about this issue:

“Can anything be done to slow done the traffic in Marban Road? It’s known locally as ‘Marban Motorway’ because of the speed of the traffic using it. I realise that emergency vehicles need to get through but they are the exception. There is no need for motorists and riders to speed through this residential area where many people including children and the elderly live. Currently collisions can easily occur. I recommend speed humps, pinch points and maybe a traffic island.

156 Ilbert Street Update

City West Homes say:

“Following the party wall notice served at the end of February, the freeholder has appointed a party wall surveyor to act on her behalf.  A meeting has been arranged for 24 March and we hope to have a schedule of condition completed by the end of March and to start works in mid-April.  However, there is a possibility of delay if the freeholder does not agree to the work.”

192 Third Avenue

We are continuing to make enquiries about the delay to the long-standing repairs at this property.

Queen’s Park Estate Planning Enforcement – Burglar alarms – Update

The Planning Department has given us the following update

“We have identified 64 properties within the Queen’s Park Estate where burglar alarm boxes have been installed in prominent locations on the front facades of the building without the requisite planning permission. The original advice to residents was to remove the alarm boxes from the prominent positions. However, in light of a number of representations received from local residents and the Ward Councillors and in response to the valid concerns over the loss of security, John Walker has advised any resident wishing to retain their burglar alarm box on the front elevation of their building to make a retrospective application for planning permission. Their planning application will be determined at a planning sub-committee where Members will be invited to determine whether permission should be granted. I will clarify that the residents are exempt from having to pay a planning fee to lodge these planning applications. Alternatively, if the residents do not wish to lodge an application, the Planning Enforcement Team has been advising residents to relocate their burglar alarm boxes to less prominent locations.”

Please contact us if you would like any assistance on this.

Queen’s Park Station Update

According to the the London Travel Watch website, Queen’s Park station ticket office will now stay open until the new ticket machines are installed this December, after which the level of usage of the ticket office will be assessed for a period of ‘up to’ 3 months. If the ticket office usage stays above a certain level it will then stay open long term, if it falls below that level it will close.

http://www.londontravelwatch.org.uk/documents/get_lob?id=4150&field=file

HS2 Update

The Council has sent us the following update:

“The HS2 House of Commons Select Committee completed its consideration of the petitions against the Bill on 22 February 2016.  On the same day, the Committee published its final report and recommendations. The Committee recommended that the proposed ventilation shaft at the Canterbury Works site (in the London Borough of Brent) should proceed as an alternative to the site originally included in the HS2 Bill at Salusbury Road (also in Brent, but on the boundary with Westminster).   This revised proposal satisfies the City Council’s concern about the proposed impact of the ventilation shaft.”

“It is currently anticipated that the House of Lords Select Committee may commence in May 2016, and could be finished by the summer recess at the end of July 2016.   It is understood that the Promoter of the HS2 Bill is still anticipating Royal Assent by the end of the year. Construction is currently expected to commence in 2017 and rail services between London and the West Midlands estimated to be operating in 2026.   The Government announced in November 2015 that the line beyond the West Midlands to Crewe will open in 2027.  At some stage, a Bill will also be introduced into Parliament for phase 2 of HS2 (to Manchester and Leeds) which is unlikely to be operating until 2033. “

Queen’s Park Community Council News

  • Tea Fit for a Queen – Queen’s Park Community Council has funded an over 50s event in honour of the Queen’s 90th Birthday which will be held on 21st of April between 2pm and 4pm. For more information please contact the Beethoven Centre directly on 0208 8251067
  • Harrow Road Retailers Committee – QPCC’s Neighbourhood Planning Committee recently organised an open Harrow Road retailers meeting which over 20 shop owners attended. A committee was formed and regular meetings will be held at which plans and ideas for Harrow Road will be discussed.  The Committee will look at issues such as parking, shop fronts and awnings. If you are a Harrow Road retailer and are interested in finding out more please email HarrowRoadRetailers@gmail.com
  • Queen’s Park Gardens Football Academy – the Queen’s Park Gardens Football Academy will run weekly football coaching sessions in Queen’s Park Gardens every weekend throughout the Spring and Summer, with the aim of taking a new team forward to compete in local and national competitions. For more information contact QPGFootball@gmail.com

 City West Homes Estate Office Report

  • Temporary boiler at Avenue GardensFollowing the breakdown of two communal boilers at Avenue Gardens, two temporary boilers were installed to provide the heating and hot water service to the estate. Long term we are currently exploring options for replacing the two broken boilers. 
  • 111 Oliphant StreetThis was formerly a shop which has been converted in to a three bedroom residential property. The property has been accepted by a family on the overcrowded-list.  This property has been built to a specification that greatly reduces fuel bills and embraces green thinking.
  • Naylor House – ground floor floodingWe have carried out a CCTV survey and the whole drain requires a specialised chain clean. We are awaiting a quote for this work.  In the meantime a standard clean is to be carried out which we hopefully alleviate the problem until the major work can be approved.
  • Juniper House – recruitment of a residential scheme managerone of the interviewed candidates has been offered the job of residential scheme manager

 Report from Debbie Heath, Neighbourhood Problem Solving Coordinator

  • Canal issuesThere are ongoing issues with a group of youths pushing people into the canal. These incidents are mostly occurring in the evenings, and have included people cycling along the canal path. As a result of these incidents the Police have regular patrols in the evenings along the canal side. There is very little lighting in the area and my colleague and I are in the process of contacting the Canal Trust to see if they can do something to increase security in this area. We are hoping to get them to agree to improved lighting in the area, especially under the bridges.
  • Operation Handel – This is the Police operation that was conducted over the summer, culminating in the arrests of several drug dealers who were operating in the Third Avenue area and beyond. These individuals received jail sentences starting from 18 months on remand. The offenders have now also been issued with Criminal Behaviour Orders (CBO’s), which take effect when they leave jail. Each individual is barred from contact with the other offenders arrested in the operation and is also barred from owning more than one mobile phone, and the phone they do have must be registered to them and only them. Some of the offenders have received a CBO lasting for 5 years and some for 7 years.

Planning Enforcement – what you say

“I am slightly concerned re the issues of planning notices around the positioning of security alarms.  When I was burgled the crime prevention officers said that 2 alarm boxes (one of which is a dummy) were needed, one on the front and other at back of the houses.  In addition, planning seems very slow to challenge more significant planning contraventions such as incorrect windows.  I also think that front areas full of rubbish or poorly maintained are a more significant contravention!!”

Harrow Road shops – what you say

I don’t understand why it takes the council so long to act as the furniture shop in particular has been a nuisance and eyesore for many years.  As for the others, they wouldn’t have got so bad had action been taken sooner.  I do appreciate your efforts on residents’ behalf and perhaps after this action it will go some way to making that stretch of the Harrow Road look a bit like it used to when I was growing up!”

“I’ve recently noted more and more Harrow Rd shopkeepers putting more stuff on the pavement on Harrow Road.  Especially the section in Queens Park ward.  Greengrocers seem to be inching out onto the pavement.  Fudges Bikes has signboards in mid pavement.  The boxing gym building gets surrounded by mattresses and bed parts sometimes. Often this is fine and local economic activity to be encouraged.  But I know of wheelchair users inconvenienced when the remaining gap gets too narrow.  And fruit/veg displayed straight on pavement is surely unhygienic. Also, could we have some more cycle stands and repair of broken ones (eg opposite the Coop)?”

What you say

“Thank you so much for keeping us up to date. “ 

“Thanks. This newsletter helps greatly to form and inform the community.”

“Great report!”

Please let us know if there are any matters on which we can be of help.

Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor

Your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors – Here to Help

 

 

QUEEN’S PARK WARD ACTION REPORT – March 2016

From your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor

Paul

Patricia

Barrie

 

 

 

 

 

Fir House heating

We have asked City West Homes to take action to restore the heating and notify residents as a matter of urgency after receiving this message:

“As you probably know there has been some sort of major breakdown of the communal heating and hot water system at Avenue Gardens since 5th January. A temporary system was installed a week ago but l am still not getting any heating. l contacted City West Homes and am still waiting a response. l have heard nothing at all from them or the council about what has happened and what is being done to remedy it. Should not somebody be letting us know what is going on? ln the past the council would drop letters through each flat door but that seems to be a thing of the past also these days. l would be grateful for any assistance you can provide”

Kilburn Lane

We are making enquiries after receiving this message:

“I’m a new resident to the area and have just received a very concerning letter from the Council Planning office in which they say that a white service box (which contains the gas meter) is in contravention of planning regulations. Looking down Kilburn Lane, I am certainly not the only resident to have one of these and given they are service boxes, I cannot think that there would have been a choice of the residents to put them there and the matter would be better addressed to the utility companies which put them in the first place. The threat of a £20k fine and other actions (which the Council make) seems ludicrous in the circumstances and completely disproportionate to the issue – especially given the history around their positioning in the first place.  I’m sure I’m not the only resident to have received this notice, is there anything you can do to help?”

The Council Planning Officers say:

“The property in question falls within the Queens Park Estate Conservation Area and is subject to an Article 4 Direction which removes some permitted development rights in the area, meaning planning permission is required for such alterations.

The most recent survey was carried out towards the end of last year and the Planning Enforcement team have since been taking action where any breaches have occurred. An issue arose during this survey pertaining to the installation of service boxes to the front of a number of properties within the estate, which is in breach of the Article 4 Direction.

As so many Service boxes have been installed across the Estate and many were found to be immune from enforcement action (have already been in situ for 4 years or more) a decision was taken that if the Service box was in a position that was in line with or lower than the cill of the ground floor window, and were painted black then we would allow the service boxes to remain in situ, as we understand the difficulty in removing them altogether. The letter sent to residents explained that due to the positioning of her service box we were happy to allow the box to remain in situ but required that she painted it black. This does not seem an overly onerous request and will serve to preserve and enhance the character and appearance of the Conservation Area.”

Oliphant Street

We have asked Nuno to investigate this issue:

“The walk way by the wall that needs repairing is now being used for people to dump their ‘poo bags’. Horrid and a health hazard.”

Nuno says:

I will advise the sweeper for the area to clear any waste at the mentioned location and I will be inspecting the area regularly. I will keep you updated on the issue”

Ilbert Street/Oliphant Street wall update

City West Homes tells us:

“A ‘Party Wall Line of Junction Notice’ is to be served today on the freeholders at 156 Ilbert Street and 2 Oliphant Street.  These notices run for four weeks before any works can begin. In the meantime, we will be arranging the quotations to renew the partial section of wall, that is, not including the wall adjoining the freeholder’s property and also for full renewal should the freeholder relent and allow us to renew the whole wall. We anticipate there will be a two week lead in period after the notices have expired before works start. “

St John’s Church, Harrow Road

We have asked Nuno Reis to investigate incidents of fat being dumped in the flower beds by the main entrance to the church grounds.

Juniper House – Update

City West Homes has updated us on the situation at Juniper House, as follows:

  • Interviews for the permanent Warden took place on 3 February 2016. We will keep you and residents posted on the appointment and start date for the new permanent Warden.
  • Visited the block and agreed it was very hot within the ground floor common parts of the building, in particular the residents communal lounge. Our engineers reported that the heating system temperature readings were 68 degrees – slightly higher than the 65 degrees it would normally be set at. The heating was turned down three degrees from 68 to 65 degrees. We will be fitting a thermometer in the communal lounge for the scheme manager to record the temperature during the course of the day and enable residents to agree on the level they would like it set to.
  • The washing machines were taking excessively long periods of time to get through a wash cycle due to water pressure problems. The washing machines have had new water pumps fitted to them to improve the water pressure. They should now be working satisfactorily.

Burglar Alarms – Queen’s Park Estate Conservation Area

Recently the Planning Enforcement Team at the Council completed an inspection on Queen’s Park Conservation area. As a result of the inspection they have issued 38 Article 4 notices to residents. Basically the notice is about repositioning the burglar alarm boxes to a more discreet part of the property. The majority of the properties are terraced houses which will mean the only discreet place is at the rear.  Clearly the residents are upset that this useful security alarm and deterrent is to be out of sight. This is also at odds with the leaflet distributed by the Police recently which says, ‘Fit a visible alarm’. We are taking this up with the Planning Department to try to persuade them to withdraw the notices.

Moberly and Jubilee Sports Centres

The Council has given us the following update:

“The Moberly Centre is now closed and demobilisation of the centre is progressing ahead of the building contactor taking possession of the site and commencing site set up. At Jubilee, the squash courts have been recently closed and the outdoor Games Area will no longer be in use from 13th March to enable the development of the first phase of works on the site which includes the land occupied by the Genesis Units on Lancefield/ Bruckner Street and the demolition of the Genesis Units on Caird Street.  The improved Games Area at Queen’s Park Gardens is now open during evenings (following the installation of the new floodlighting).”

Harrow Road Shops – Update

The Council has updated us on the action being taken to deal with the furniture shop on the junction of First Avenue and Harrow Rd as part of a wider initiative to address waste management and illegal street trading along the Harrow Road.

  • The Harrow Road project has two separate strands.  The first is to ensure that all businesses are disposing of their waste appropriately. Those businesses found to be non-compliant with the requirements of the Environmental Protection Act are being issued with compliance notices.
  • All audits have now been completed, and initial findings have shown that approximately 50% of businesses in the area are currently not compliant with this legal requirement. Certain premises have received fixed penalty notices and this has resulted in significantly increased levels of compliance. 
  • There are some businesses that continue to breach the regulations and we are taking further action including, where appropriate, prosecution.
  • The second strand of work underway is to consider illegal street trading. We are currently gathering information on the legal trading status of all commercial properties from Maida Hill market to Third Avenue. Checks have been made which confirm that there are no private forecourts in this area.
  • A letter has been sent out to all businesses that are currently trading on the public highway without authorisation.  Our approach is initially to encourage businesses to take more responsibility for the environment in which they trade and to consider the impact of structures and displays currently left on the public highway.  Non-compliance will be dealt with using the City of Westminster Act, Highways Act, and London local Authorities and Transport for London Act, depending on circumstances.
  • In relation to the furniture shop specifically, it is included as a part of the project as a whole and will be targeted alongside other illegal street traders. Our approach towards all traders will be the same. There may however be a number of premises identified as being particularly problematic and these premises may ultimately be considered for action under the Crime, Policing and Antisocial Behaviour Act.

Debbie Heath is the Neighbourhood Problem Solving Coordinator responsible for oversight of this work and will be collating complaints/concerns raised by the community. Debbie’s details are dheath@westminster.gov.uk  0207 641 2265.

Marban Road

We have asked the Council to remove a long-abandoned car near the junction with Ashmore Road.

Munro Complementary Health

The Munro Health are finishing off the Complementary Health treatments for over 55s and it has gone well. Interested residents can contact the Munro Office on 0207 969 6799.

Fernhead Road

Residents have again told us of their concern about traffic speeds along Fernhead Road between Shirland Road and Carlton Vale. We have asked the Council if there is any action that can be taken to slow down traffic, particularly as St Luke’s Primary school is in this stretch of road.

Harrow Road graffiti – what you say

“I wonder if you could record a note of thanks in your next (excellent!) newsletter. Yesterday I rang Westminster’s environment line to report graffiti on the Harrow Road. The graffiti had appeared on a wall just behind the bus stop near Third Avenue over the weekend. This morning it was removed! Doubtless others reported the graffiti but I would just like to thank the street environment staff for their quick response. (I have ‘phoned Westminster to say thank you but it would be nice to record this in your newsletter.)”

Oliphant Street/Sixth Avenue – what you say

“While it’s taken so many years, now nearly finished, the old training centre shop conversion to residential is a really nice job! Lots of contractors involved, had a chat with a few today. I think they’ve honoured the conservation status of the neighbourhood rather well. Shame a few shop features couldn’t been retained, but massively better than how it was.”

Kilburn Lane – what you say

“I agree with the points raised re road condition and pot holes on Kilburn Lane. Very poor and a health and safety issue that requires investment and attention to resolve. The pavement is also in poor condition on both sides of Kilburn lane. Another health and safety issue.”

First Avenue/Harrow Road furniture shop – what you say

“Nothing has been done about the secondhand furniture shop on the corner of First Avenue/Harrow Road or the one a bit further up.  Their stuff takes over most of the pavement and continues around the corner.  I can’t take a picture as there is always someone sitting outside. You did say they had been taken to court but obviously had no effect as I think it’s worse now than before. We are never going to get decent shops open up with eyesores like that around.”

Rubbish bins – what you say

“The new litter bins are working very well – 90% improvement on street litter, although the car thugs still seem to empty their trash when passing through; fewer of them though, and the teen crew seem to have either moved on, or moved elsewhere. However, somebody at the west end of Oliphant on Sixth Avenue still dumps their rubbish regularly, by the litter bin, and it is amazing to see dog poo bags dumped immediately around and near to the new spangled litter bins. I just don’t understand. I try to pick up litter to deposit in the bins. Praise the UK councils now starting dog poo DNA IDs. There are some.”

What you say

“Always a lot going on as usual!”

“New bins noted on Sixth Avenue – excellent! Just keep them coming as money allows.”

“Many thanks for all your hard work and the wealth of information that comes with it.”

“The tree is now sorted! Thanks for your help with this. “

Please let us know if there are any matters on which we can be of help.

Regards

Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor

Your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors – Here to Help

 

QUEEN’S PARK WARD ACTION REPORT – February 2016

From your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor

Paul

PatriciaBarrie

 

 

 

 

 

Jubilee Sports Centre

The situation at the Jubilee Sports Centre continues to deteriorate and we have written to the Council to demand an explanation for the continued poor management following recent thefts as told to us by a resident:

“Yesterday evening around 7pm thieves have broken in 5 locker cabinets in the male changing room of the Jubilee centre and stolen the contents. The thieves have crow-barred the locker doors and cracked open the locking mechanism which is now completely out of use. One of the locker doors came off completely.

I’m obviously concerned about the incident itself, and how’s possible that a group of individuals can gain access, act suspiciously, make massive noise breaking in the lockers and leave undisturbed and unnoticed. I’m also surprised that even though this isn’t the first time it happened the access control at the facility entrance is (in practice) not existing considering that the entrance gates are kept open to anyone to just walk in (with or without a membership).

It makes me angry that the demolition of the facility has been decided on the basis of how profitable that is where the calculation has been done while such a mismanagement was in place. As a resident I deem the Jubilee management responsible for the demolition and the damage they are causing to the community. Hopefully they will be made accountable for this. On a shorter term, after this incident I would suggest (and expect) a change:

– stronger access control, entrance gate is closed, no ID, no entrance!

– upon entry everyone must WEAR (not carry) a bracelet

– swimming pool access to require a bracelet (currently only gym and sauna do)

I’m hopeful CCTV will help identify and prosecute the thieves.”

Moberly Sports Centre

The Council has given us this update:

“Moberly Sports Centre is due to close on 15th February or shortly after, to begin redevelopment. It will be closed for approximately two years. The nearby Jubilee Sports Centre will remain open until the new Moberly is complete.

Following the closure of Moberly Sports Centre, the Council’s leisure centre operator, Better, will begin removing equipment from the centre. After this is complete, the centre will be handed over to Willmott Dixon, who are carrying out the redevelopment, to put up hoardings and begin work. Willmott Dixon will be in touch with local residents shortly with further information and contact details should you have any queries about the work.

Football pitch – There is a new synthetic football pitch at St. Augustine’s, Oxford Road, NW6 5AW to replace the existing Moberly pitch.  If you use the pitch at Moberly please speak to sports centre staff about moving your bookings.

Play area – A new soft play area will be provided at Jubilee Sports Centre when Moberly closes for redevelopment.”

Kilburn Lane traffic/Moberly site

We have asked the Council to investigate this serious issue on Kilburn Lane opposite the Moberly site:

“We are opposite the Moberley Sports Centre and are aware that there will be a lot of disruption during the imminent works. Currently it is used by vehicles of all sizes as a cut through to take out the Chamberlain Road junction outside Nando’s. Not only is this dangerous, as vehicles often race down the road when the passage is clear, but more seriously there is parking on both sides of the street, meaning that the two-way traffic is often unable to move in either direction, blocking the entire street from both ends. On a number of occasions, we have had to call the Police to report violence between drivers, road rage and intimidating behaviour to other drivers on the street and to residents trying to park or get out of parking spaces to use the road.

The ideal solution would be to make the street a cul-de-sac at the Kandana Deli end of the street, making the traffic local only and allowing access to the sports centre but not enabling it to also be used as a cut-through.  I am aware that both Westminister and Brent are hoping that Moberley will be used by lots of local residents – more than it is currently. To make this safe for increased pedestrian traffic and road-users, I feel something needs to be done as part of these new plans – the current situation is dangerous.”

The Council has told us the following:

“I will arrange for a traffic study to be carried out to investigate in more detail the traffic conditions in this section of Kilburn lane to establish what measures may be appropriate and are warranted to address your concerns. The traffic study will take some time before it is completed and the results will then have to be discussed with Brent.”

Kilburn Lane potholes

We have again contacted Brent Council about this long-running issue:

“The road on Kilburn Lane on the Brent side is so bad that the surface will do damage to all the vehicles. Can you kindly ask Brent to attend to this appalling road surface that has never been attended to by them before we will have some damage to our vehicles please!”

Brent Council tell us:

“I’ve just had confirmed that the junction of Chamberlayne and Kilburn Lane has been included in our short sections programme for 2015/16. An inspection is going to take place of the rest of Kilburn Lane and I’ve asked for the outcome of this asap. “

Harrow Road/Ladbroke Grove/Kilburn Lane junction – Update

We have received this update from the Council:

“All three boroughs (Westminster, Brent and RBKC) now support the progression of the proposal to introduce pedestrian facilities at this junction through to a detailed traffic study. This will enable the potential impacts of the pedestrian facilities, such as increased queuing and effect on bus reliability, to be evaluated and mitigation measures identified. TfL have provided the funding for this detailed investigation subject to the study including an appraisal of potential bus priority measures.

It had been expected that by now the development and detailed design of the pedestrian crossing facilities together with the investigation of potential bus priority measures on this part of the highway network would have been nearing completion. However, a key element in the development of the proposals is the traffic modelling which is used to assess the potential impacts of any changes in layout. Owing to utility works in Harrow Road it was not possible to carry out the necessary traffic surveys until early December. This has meant that the building of the traffic model has been delayed and will not be completed until March. The intention is to complete the traffic study report outlining the impacts of the pedestrian and bus measures by May.

There are a number of organisations involved in approving the introduction of the pedestrian facilities at this junction. This may take some time to agree and, if approved, a scheme should not be expected to start on-street until late this year / early 2017. It is worth pointing out that this time-frame would meet TfL’s aim to renew the traffic signal equipment at this junction as this site is on TfL’s 2016/17 Modernisation programme.”

We will keep up the pressure on the three boroughs and TfL to implement the improvements sooner rather than later.

Avenue Gardens

We have asked City West Homes to investigate this issue:

“I have been trying since September to get a number of light repairs undertaken in Briar Walk. I am now left with still trying to get one bulkhead light repaired and getting another having its cover secured. Frankly, the effort that it takes to try to get and keep the attention of CityWest staff on estate issues is not only time consuming but also frustrating. I have obviously got to the end of my ability as a mere resident to get the outstanding work undertaken. I would be most grateful if this matter could be escalated to the senior officers within CityWest”

City West Homes say:

“We checked the lighting at Elm House, Briar Walk on Saturday evening and there are three lights not working, the one mentioned as well as two lights inside the bin chute rooms which we believe to be with the push button switches; repairs orders have been raised for these lights. There were two orders raised for the bulkhead light.  An engineer attended and initially traced the fault to a faulty time clock.  This was replaced, set and our records state this was left working.  However, a second order was raised and our records state this repair was completed on 9 December 2015.  Our M&E manager has asked the contractor to investigate this further and I will update you again when we have their report.”

Residents tell us:

“Many thanks for intervening. You have the magic touch. The lights have been repaired.”

Fifth Avenue

We have asked the Council to look into this issue:

“I was just wondering why in the world anyone thought it necessary to install temporary lights on Fifth Avenue during the works they are doing? The road is double width and the temporarily lights cover such an insignificant distance they are pointless. I sat at a red light this evening for about five minutes, half way down fifth waiting for the light to change when there was not a single other car in sight and I would have been around the works in seconds. If drivers are thought to be so incapable of navigating their way around a slight obstruction on a quiet, double width road without traffic lights, may I suggest they install traffic lights on all the roads around the avenues where two-way traffic is allowed but there is only room for one car to pass through at a time. “

The Council say:

“These are 4-way signals to facilitate BT works on Kilravock Street and Fifth Avenue. Given the nature of the excavation across the carriageway, this is the only way of safely completing the works and maintaining traffic flow.  The lights were necessary due to the site obstructing the view for the traffic coming from Kilravock Street. It might be quiet there at night, and the site less obstructive with no operatives and vehicles being on site, but it is needed during the day with increased volume of passing traffic and obstruction. This job is planned to be finished tomorrow.”

Marne Street/Nutbourne Street – traffic calming

At the request of residents, we have launched a petition calling on the Council to introduce traffic calming measures in Marne Street and Nutbourne Street. A copy of the petition is attached. Please sign the petition and ask your neighbours to sign it and then send it back to us by post or email. Thank you.Traffic calming Petition-2

Portnall Road

We have asked the Council to let us know the answer to this enquiry:

“Over the last few weeks, two big beautiful trees that lined the street near my home in Portnall Road have been cut down. This is such a shame, as we really do need as much vegetation as possible in this area so that it doesn’t feel like a concrete jungle. Do you know why they were cut down and indeed if new ones will be re-planted?”

Ilbert Street/Peach Road broken wall – Update

We have received the following update from City West Homes:

“I am writing to advise that the freeholder did not reply to our letter suggesting a meeting last week and there has not been any further contact since to arrange another convenient time to meet. We will be writing again next week to advise that we will progress with the repairs to the section of wall that we can rebuild without accessing her land.”

Bales College, 742 Harrow Road

Bales College is planning a new educational facility and 11 new homes to fund the improved educational facilities at its site next to St John’s Church. They have arranged an informal drop-in session to the view the plans. The event will be taking place on Monday 8 February, 16:00 – 19:00 at Bales College, 742 Harrow Road London W10 4AA.

Falcon pub, Kilburn Lane

We understand that Brent Council is set to buy the Falcon pub on Kilburn Lane from owners Greene King, who have put the pub on the market. The Falcon site is included in the development proposed for the Queens Park station area, part of the regeneration of South Kilburn. The scheme involves the demolition of the pub, as well as the Keniston Press, Premier House, and Cullen House buildings, in order to build 137 new homes along with new public space, 1270 sqm of commercial space and 959 sqm of office space for use by Transport for London.

Refuse bins

We have asked for more refuse bins to be located in the Queen’s Park ward. The Council says:

“There are currently 51 litter bins in Queens Park Ward (streets) with a further 18 located in Queens Park Gardens. In comparison to other wards, Queens Park has the 5th highest number of bins across the 13 wards located in the ‘northern half’ of the city. We have installed an additional 19 bins in Queens Park ward in recent years – primarily to provide convenient locations for dog walkers to dispose of their bagged waste. We are of course happy to review this again and I have asked the local City Inspector, Nuno Reis, to contact you directly to discuss potential additional locations. In general we are reluctant to install litter bins in residential streets as these tend to become fly-tipping locations for household rubbish and bulky items.”

 Nuno has been in touch to let us know:

“I have started the process of the installation of 2 more litter bins in Queens Park Ward. The suggested locations are one on Sixth Avenue j/w Nutbourne Street and other in Sixth Avenue j/w Marne Street”

Jubilee Sports Centre – what you say

“I have been a user of the Jubilee Sport Centre since 2000. The delivery of the service and the maintenance of the building have been deteriorating over the years. When Nuffield delivered the contract the quality of the service declined, but it was still acceptable. Since Better took charge the problems have been recurrent: people sent away before the last entry time, random early closing times, shortages of staffing, poor updating of changes to timetables, poor cleaning, poor maintenance, unreasonably long time to complete maintenance works, poor staff training and customer service… the list is endless. During this time I have seen many regular users giving up on the centre and going to alternative venues. It is difficult to understand how a contractor can constantly underperform without the Council exercising any apparent effective control on the delivery of the service. The tendering and outsourcing process maybe, in form, fully compliant with best EU regulations, but in substance the delivery of the service has been and remains unacceptable. This it is not the best use of council tax payer’s money.”

What you say

“Many thanks for all your good work.  Worrying that so much could be avoided.”

“Thanks for these reports. Thanks so much, and best of luck with everything.”

“Thanks for always keeping us updated!”

“Thanks for your informative email once again.”

Please let us know if there are any matters on which we can be of help.

Regards

Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor

Your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors – Here to Help

 

QUEEN’S PARK WARD ACTION REPORT – January 2016

From your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor

Paul

Patricia

Barrie

 

 

 

 

 

Juniper House ramp – update

City West Homes has given us the latest update:

“I am happy to report that works are due to commence on the Juniper House ramp. We will be lifting slabs and erecting a temporary ramp for those residents who need to make use of one. The tree surgeons will attend on to prune the roots and all will be re-instated once the pruning is completed.”

The work has now been done and a resident told us:

“I was delighted to see this work completed before Christmas and it has made such a difference – both with safety and appearance. Thank you so much for all your hard work regarding Juniper House, it is really having an impact.”

Corner of Oliphant Street and Sixth Avenue,

We have asked Nuno Reis, our local Inspector, to investigate this issue:

“Always around the tree on the south-east corner of the junction, somebody keeps leaving domestic refuse between our twice-weekly collection cycles. Tonight it’s a pile of refuse-filled carrier bags but also periodically includes medium items of furniture and electrical items (recyclable). We do have a moderate problem with foxes and rodents, and so this not just unsightly, but a health risk too, not to mention recycling opportunities. We could dearly benefit from some end of cross-street litter bins too, as funds allow”

We have also asked Nuno to into this:

“The tree mesh surrounds tend to get used as litter bins periodically, noticeable on Fifth and Sixth Avenues recently.”

Nuno tells us:

“I have issued 5 Residential Fixed Penalty Notices and a few Warning Notices to residents that I was able to identify on my visits to the location; I will conduct an education letter drop in and around the area as it has been a while since my last one and attach a leaflet to encourage our residents to recycle and put some No Dump signs in key locations to remind our residents of the collection times and some of the procedures in the waste presentation. Regarding dog fouling issue on my regular patrols with the Animal Warden and Crissie, we will visit the area.”

Harrington Court, Dart Street

There are 3 abandoned cars which residents say have been in the Harrington Court car park for some time. We have asked our City Inspector, Nuno Reis to contact whoever manages this block so that they can be removed. Nuno contacted Genesis who manage the block and they say:

“I have been working with DVLA to obtain details of the owners of the abandoned vehicles at Harrington Court.  On my last inspection which took place last week I noticed one vehicle had been removed and one had a parking ticket from PCM parking management I put in place at the beginning of the year. “

Steve Biko Court, St John’s Terrace

We reported the poor condition of this block to L&Q who have told us that “repairs will be made to the windows in poorest condition” and the “entire block has been referred to the L&Q Planned Maintenance Team to be considered for earlier refurbishment of the windows”.

Bravington Road

We supported local residents who wanted to extend their lower ground and ground floor flat. The Planning Officers recommended refusal of planning permission but we argued that the proposal was very modest and would not harm the area. The members of the Planning Committee agreed and planning permission was granted. The Council’s official record says:

Granted against recommendation.  The committee considered that the application was acceptable on the grounds that the proposed development to the rear of the property would not be visible from surrounding properties. Furthermore, no one had objected to the application and the building was not listed or located in a conservation area.  The committee also considered that the provision of additional family accommodation outweighed concerns regarding the proposed design.”

The happy residents told us:

“I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say thank you again for all of your support with the planning application for our property.  I’m sure we wouldn’t have got to the ‘right result’ without you. I was extremely impressed with how you and the other two Labour ward councillors immediately acknowledged and responded to my email requests for urgent assistance and for your continued guidance (over a two-month period) to help us prepare for the planning committee’s review of our application.  Your personal advocacy on the day was also excellent and instrumental in obtaining unanimous bi-partisan support from the planning committee members.”

Dart Street – street lighting

We asked the Council to investigate complaints from residents about the lack of lighting on the stretch of road from Dart Street to Fernhead Road.  Residents say the lighting is poor and they are nervous going out in the evenings. The Council’s Lighting officer has told us:

“I will instigate an assessment report and advise on the findings in due course, I will also have the operational status checked to ensure that the existing lighting is working correctly.”

Crime Update – local drug dealers jailed

According to the local press:

“A gang of drug dealers including a 13-year-old schoolboy who openly peddled their trade on housings estate in Queen’s Park and Paddington have been sentenced. The 13-strong mob sold crack cocaine and heroin in children’s playground They were arrested following a four-month long police operation where undercover officers watched the gang’s movements and bought drugs from members. They were all arrested and subsequently charged with drug offences following a series of dawn raids at addresses in Queen’s Park and Paddington on September 22. At Southwark Crown Court, eight members were jailed for a total of 27 years and eight month after admitting supplying class A drugs.

Queen’s Park residents Romello Briggs-Leon, 20, of Second Avenue, was jailed for five years, Jonas Messacki, 21, of Third Avenue, three years, Merlique Joseph, 20, of Saltram Cresent, four years, Christopher Coleman, 21, of Sycamore Walk, and Da-Shaun Nicolas, 21, Bruckner Street, were both given three years and four months. Deanche Tison, 21, of Whitehaven Streen, Marylebone, was sentenced to two years and eight months, Thomas Addy, 21, of Berwick Street, Soho, three years, and Nico Bent, 20, of Goldney Road, Maida vale, was given three years in jail. They were also all handed down a Criminal Behaviour Order which comes into effect when they leave jail. Five boys aged between 13 and 16 were handed down an 18 month intensive supervision order in October for supplying class A drugs.

DC Chris Anderson, from the Westminster Crime Squad, said:

“The violence and anti-social behaviour that stems from drug dealing blights communities. Where information is provided to us, we are committed to investigating those responsible for such behaviour and we will investigate allegations robustly. There has been a very positive response from the local community since the completion of this operation and I hope it has improved their quality of life. In turn the operational team would like to thank the assistance and support the local community provided during the operation.”

http://www.kilburntimes.co.uk/news/crime-court/jailed_gang_who_openly_sold_class_a_drugs_on_housing_estates_in_queen_s_park_and_paddington_1_43

Moberly Sports Centre update

We asked when work is expected to start on demolishing the Moberly Sports Centre and have received the following response from the Council:

“We don’t have a fixed date as yet but are working towards a start on site in February. I’ll come back to you as soon as we have a defined date for the works to start.”

Jubilee Sports Centre Update

We have asked the Council why there is a sign up at the Jubilee which says that no children are allowed in the pool until further notice? We have also asked why the Jubilee staff are telling users that that they have to be out of the pool 30 minutes before the centre closes. Given that the Jubilee will be taking all the Moberly users too next month for the next 18 months or so we want to be assured that the sports centre is managed for the convenience of residents and not in order to minimise costs for those managing the contract.

Rubbish collections

We have asked the Council to improve rubbish collections at the following locations:

“The problem seems to be around Third Avenue/Fifth Avenue/Nutbourne Street/Dart Street. Basically they’re being slapdash and rubbish adds to the ever increasing problem of vermin.”

Further reports of street bins not emptied at Kilburn Lane (near the Bravington/Ashmore/Portnall Road end).  Also the Harrow Road end of these roads.”

“The street bins on Harrow Road have been emptied but all the bags at side of bins have been left uncollected. Outside Emmanuel Church is a disgrace with litter strewn all over the pavement.”

Ladbroke Grove/Chamberlayne Road gas and water works.

We are making enquiries with the Council after receiving this message from a resident:

“Gas works will again commence on the Ladbroke Grove side but I am now concerned following an email from TfL saying that part of Chamberlain road will also be closed for a month due to Thames Water works. This will surely be chaotic to say the least with temporary lights and a road closure to boot for periods as long as a month?”

We have received the following update:

“It is true that the Gas board will be returning to site in January but the majority of their work will be contained to the footway or tow path alongside the canal off Ladbroke Grove, I have been assured that if carriageway works are required then two-way traffic will be maintained at all times, there are currently no plans to place this junction under temporary multi-way signals.”

Lancefield Court Water Tanks

City West Homes tell us that stock condition surveys have identified that some of the water tanks are now aged and have reached the end of their useful life expectancy. It has therefore become necessary to replace the water tanks to prevent further deterioration, and to comply with current water regulations.  The works are scheduled to start in August 2016.

City West Homes say:

Shortly before work starts individual notices will be put into each block receiving work. These will have clear contact details. We will provide 7 days’ written notice to residents before any disruption to service.”

Kilburn Lane

We have asked the Council to repair the wobbly paving stones by the bus stop outside 314 Kilburn Lane. The Council have told us:

“I can confirm that a defect was identified and a 28 day job order has been raised with the contractors to repair.”

Marne Street

We have asked the Council to explain why a perfectly health tree in Marne Street was felled by the Council’s contractors.

Barfett Street

We have reported the wheel-less car which has been outside a house in Barfett Street for some weeks and asked the Council to remove it. Nuno tells us “the vehicle with no wheels at Barftett Street has been reported for removal and it will be removed as soon as possible”.

Chamberlayne Road – Thames Water Works – Update

Brent Council has given us the following update:

“The new start date for the road closure will now be 18th January 2016. Parking suspensions and Bus diversions will now be postponed until the closure comes into force on 18th January.

  • 18/1/16 – 12/2/16 – Chamberlayne Road will be closed between the junction of Kilburn Lane and Banister Road, large scale diversions including HGV’s will be in place and Buses will be rerouted to suitable routes.
  • 15/2/16 – 11/3/16 – Banister Road will be closed at the junction of Chamberlayne Road, large scale diversions including HGV’s will be in place and Buses will be rerouted to suitable routes. Traffic on Chamberlayne Road will be controlled using two way temporary signals.
  • 22/2/15 – 27/3/16 – Hardinge Road, Leighton Gardens and Okehampton Road will be closed at the junction of  Chamberlayne Road to allow traffic to be controlled using two way temporary signals.
  • 28/3/16 – 15/4/16 – Mortimer Road and Harvist Road will be closed at the junction of Chamberlayne Road to allow traffic to be controlled using two way temporary signals.
  • 15/4/16 – mid July – Works will progress north towards Okehampton Road, traffic will be controlled using two way temporary signals, the maximum length of the site will be 75m, side roads will be closed where required

It has been agreed that only one work site will be in operation at any time so that congestion is kept to a minimum, the only exception to this is when Banister Road is closed we have agreed that Hardinge Road, Leighton Gardens and Okehampton Road can be closed at the junction of Chamberlayne Road, so there will be two sets of two way temporary signals on Chamberlayne Road but they will be 750m+ apart, this has been agreed to reduce the overall duration of the scheme.”

Rats by the canal – update

Nuno Reis tells us:

“I arranged a meeting on site with the EHO Mark Hickinbotham and the Problem Solving Coordinator Debbie Heath. We conducted an inspection on the area affected and surroundings and we have seen bait boxes placed by the pest control.

I have put two ‘Don’t feed the Pigeons’ signs in the area but one of them has been taken down and I will replace it soon. We also agreed to contact the Parks department to take some measures in the area as well.”

Wall at Peach Road/Ilbert Street – Update

We have received this update on the rebuilding of the wall:

“When we wrote to you originally we had overlooked the need to serve a Section 20 (S20) Notice to formally consult the leaseholder regarding the costs of the work.  The S20 was served and expires on 10 December.  As long as we do not receive any representations by Friday 11 December, we will begin works to reinstate the wall and gates on Monday 14 December. We are confident the works will be completed by Wednesday 23 December 2015”

Oliphant Street/Ilbert Street wall – Update

We have received this update from City West Homes:

“This is a party wall with the freeholder at 156 Ilbert Street.  We are currently taking legal advice to come to a suitable resolution with the freeholder. The main reason for the delay is that we were trying to claim for this damage through insurance; however, this relied on the freeholder at 156 Ilbert Street completing a claim form which she has not done.  The freeholder at 156 Ilbert Street wants us to gift her land and pay for her survey costs to date.  We have taken legal advice and recommended that we agree to rebuild the wall and cover the freeholder’s costs (subject to negotiation). However, we cannot agree to sign over any land.  We have asked her to contact us to agree a timetable of work to the whole boundary wall which requires her consent for access to her land.  We hope she will agree to the work being carried out.”

Report from City West Homes Estate Officers

  • Unauthorised/Illegal occupiers – Following successful legal action, we recovered a one bedroom adapted unit in Mozart Estate.  We have two further units that we are expecting to recover shortly.
  • Anti-Social Behaviour – In October, working with our local police team, we applied to extend an injunction already served on an individual causing disturbances at Bravington Road, Walterton Road, and Droop Street.  The complaints involved both drugs and prostitution.  We were awarded an injunction for one year to ban the individual from the entire City of Westminster.  The injunction, with a power of arrest, has now been served on the perpetrator.  His deadline for appealing this order expired on 14 December 2015.Using evidence received from neighbours we also obtained an ASB injunction against a resident in Avenue Gardens to stop loud parties, drinking and them inviting unwanted visitors to the block.  Since the injunction there have been no further complaints.  
  • Juniper House disabled access ramp – The WCC arboricultural officer and our building surveyor met on site to assess the cause of the problem which was believed to be the roots of a nearby tree. Works are more complex than originally envisaged which will mean the ramp will not be able to be used while a temporary ramp is erected.  We are currently planning these works and working closely with the scheme manager to begin as soon as we can and with minimal disruption to residents.
  • Fraud alert

Trading Standards and the Police are investigating a case of fraud, whereby it is believed that an elderly man handed over his debit card and money has been taken from his account, allegedly to do work around his property. Please report anything suspicious to the Police if you hear of any other cases like this.

  • What you say
  • “I support what was written to you about getting the new trees planted- thank you!
  • “Appreciate the update. Keep up the good work!”

“Thank you again for all your support – and I saw the mention in the last newsletter.”

“Thank you, as always, for the Councillors’ help through 2015, the superb inter-organisational networking, the hugely valued email updates, and the support you give to the neighbourhood.”

“Thanks for all the support you and your team are providing the community”

“I’m very happy that a speedy resolution was reached – thank you so much for your help. Labour will certainly be getting my vote in the next local council election.”

Please let us know if there are any matters on which we can be of help.

Regards

Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor

Your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors – Here to Help

 

QUEEN’S PARK WARD ACTION REPORT – December 2015

From your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor

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Queen’s Park Court

We have asked City West Homes to investigate this issue:

“I would like to raise an issue relating to the communal garden of Queens Park Court. Residents of all ages like to make use of the garden which has had much investment. However, there have incidences from junior age residents of Kilburn Lane and neighbouring streets who tend to hijack the garden. They deliberately cause mayhem, verbal abuse and threaten mothers and elderly people so that the garden is purely for their leisure only. Many of the children’s parents are aware of this, some have even been confronted which resulted in embarrassingly loud arguments on Ilbert Street. The parents have neither apologised nor reprimanded their children. On the contrary the children begrudge anyone who has complained and as revenge ride their cycles in front of residents when they are driving their car from Ilbert Street up to the Sixth Avenue give way. The garden is maintained through QPC residents’ service charges and this small area should not be used by non-QPC residents.”

The Estate Manager says:

“We lock the green area at Queen’s Park Court every evening. During hours that the green area is unlocked, any passers-by or visitors of the estate are able to access it. On occasion there have been incidents where the officer locking up has had to ask people using the area to leave.  It has been suggested in the past at Queen’s Park Court steering group meetings that the area should be locked permanently during the winter because only non-residents actually use it during this period. However, when this suggestion was discussed further at a meeting with more residents in attendance this assertion was disputed by other residents. We would urge any residents who experience verbal abuse or threats on the estate to report the incidents to both CityWest Homes and the Metropolitan Police. We will raise this at the next steering group meeting to ensure that all incidents are being reported. We will continue to lock the green area and monitor any complaints we receive.”

Oliphant Street

We have again asked the Council and the police to investigate this issue:

“I’d just like to add my voice in support of trying to quieten down the group of young men (and occasionally young women, children and dogs too) who hang out, cars idling, hour upon hour, in nearly all weathers on their doorstep, on the pavement, and on the street in Oliphant Street. They have turned their house into a social club, it seems. They are responsive when one complains – but then come out the next day and behave in exactly the same way all over again! Anything that can be done to change their behaviour would be so gratefully received.”

Collapsed wall at the corner of Peach Road and Ilbert Street

The Council has told us that the work to re-build the wall is expected to be completed by Friday 20 November 2015.

Bravington Road

We have asked the Council to investigate a property in Bravington Road after receiving this enquiry:

“I am writing about my concern regarding a vacant property at 6a Bravington Road. It’s clearly abandoned or uninhabited at least with mounting vegetation debris in the front and an old mattress with boarded up window. It looks like a fire hazard, could attract vermin, and also potential squatters. That and it just brings the quality of the road down having just had a lot of major works improvement take place.”

City West Homes tell us:

“The property is a one bedroom unit which has been approved for disposal. However, the Council is not the freeholder of 6 Bravington Road and the sale has been delayed due to a dispute between the Council and freeholder. The front and back gardens have now been cleared and we will continue to monitor the property to ensure the external areas are kept clean and tidy until the sale is finalised.”

Harrow Road/Ladbroke Grove/Kilburn Lane junction – Update

We have received the following update:

These works are a customer requested diversion of a Medium Pressure Gas Main and we expect to complete the current phase by agreed date of 22nd November.   Due to the usual Christmas embargoes the works will not recommence until the agreed date of 4th January in Ladbroke Grove and continue for approximately one month.

Whilst it is critical for the customer that we complete these works meeting their expectations, this is a complex project and we need to ensure that security of supply to all consumers is maintained.  Therefore, on occasion the site may appear un-manned with no works ongoing, however, enabling activities such as pressure tests will be progressing to complete these works as efficiently and quickly as possible.”

Juniper House

We have undertaken site visits to Juniper House in Droop Street as the ramp used by wheelchair-bound residents has a set of very uneven paving stones around the base of the tree at the start point which has created a hazard.   CityWest Homes has arranged to send their estate surveyor to visit the site.  We hope this will be rectified soon.

We have also written to the Council about various issues relating to the management of Juniper House as we are concerned that standards have declined since the previous on-site manager left earlier this year.

Enbrook Street

We have asked Nuno to investigate this issue:

“Coming home a scrap metal van was dumping rubbishy and old bed on Enbrook Street bins. I challenged them, but though they apologised they continued. I didn’t want to pursue them as I was alone and it was night time. The van then passed me and went to the bins on Ilbert Street and continued dumping. I got the number plate or most of it. I didn’t loiter to check as they would see where I live. White van with open back, blue lettering saying something like M and J scrap metal. I don’t think this is fully correct. I think plate was NI63 HWY or NU63 HWY.”

Canal side area

We have reported this to Environmental Health

“I live alongside the canal and have complained to Westminster pest control several times over the last couple of years about rats and mice running along the canal (between the gardens and the bridge). I have had little sense that anything ‘effective’ was being done. I have now seen evidence of rat activity and the evening before last I saw one. Whatever the Environmental Service have/have not done, the situation appears to be getting worse for residents. “

Queen’s Park Estate – Trees – Update

The Council say:

 “We make every endeavour to maintain the tree cover on the Queens Park Estate. Many of these trees were planted over one hundred years ago and some are reaching the end of their safe life. Last winter nearly forty trees were planted and half of these were at new sites. This year we are planning plant over thirty trees on the estate. “

“Our contractor is awaiting a delivery of trees from the nursery and they are scheduled to start planting in Westminster on Monday 30th November. Once I know what species have been delivered I can provide more precise dates.”

A local resident says:

“I noticed that a number of trees were replanted either on Friday and Saturday. Most notably on Marne Street and Third Avenue. Thank you very much for pushing this issue. I’m sure its going to make a huge impact on the environment in these streets and have an impact on the number and recurrence of ASB incidents.”

Report from Debbie Heath, Neighbourhood Problem Solving Coordinator

  • Vehicle speeding – In relation to ongoing complaints in regards to speeding in Marne Street, Nutbourne Street, Third Avenue and Oliphant Street, statements have been taken from residents and the Police are starting to issues CPN’s to the perpetrators, banning then from racing vehicles in the area. It has been extremely useful that residents have been able to provide us with licence plate numbers, which means the Police have been able to trace the culprits.
  • Juniper House – I received complaints from residents that the doors were broken, allowing anyone access; that cleaners from CWH were using the communal lounge for their own breaks and there is still no warden on site. The CWH cleaners have been spoken to by their supervisor and warned not to use the communal lounge and they are in the process of interviewing for a new live-in warden.
  • Portnall Road – A complaint came through of disturbance being caused to residents within this privately owned block due to the owner of one property renting out the flat via the Airbnb site. The owner maintains that he only does these short-term letting for a total of 90 days, which is the legal limit he is permitted under current legislation. The other residents are being disturbed by the renters having parties, banging around in the early hours when leaving to get flights, throwing rubbish into the communal garden and generally being disrespectful towards other residents. I have referred it to the planning department and they intend to conduct an investigation to ensure that the property is being legally rented out.
  • Waste issues – The ‘no dumping’ campaign was extremely successful with a total of 30 FPN notices issued to residents. The City Inspectors continue to investigate all cases of waste and can issue FPN’s as soon as they find evidence. This campaign will continue to be implemented by our local City Inspectors.

Queen’s Park Winter Fair – 12th December

The second annual Queen’s Park Winter Fair takes place on Saturday 12th December from 1pm-5.30pm. Organised by the Queen’s Park Community Council, the event starts at 1pm in St Jude’s Hall for the over 50’s where there will be festive food, bingo and live music, and finishes at 3pm. At 3pm the outdoor winter fair will begin in the Rose Garden of Queen’s Park Gardens where there will be more live music from local choirs and singer Rosie Holloway. There will also be mince pies and mulled wine as well as an animal farm for children. There will also be a number of local stall holders from Queen’s Park and Maida Hill selling Christmas gifts.

Volunteering Opportunities

There are opportunities to become a volunteer with Queen’s Park Community Council. The Council hosts a number of events for benefit of Queen’s Park residents such as the Queen’s Park summer festival, winter festival and fireworks night, as well as creating and delivering the Queen’s Park Voice. If these are activities you would like be involved with then please contact the Council on 020 8960 5644 or director@queensparkcommunitycouncil.gov.uk

Harrow Road/Ladbroke Grove/Kilburn Lane junction – what you say

“I have not seen anybody working at all. I wonder if my eyes are ok? Or the workmen are invisible! “

What you say

“What a blessing you three are to our area. You all do wonderful work on behalf of all of us. You go all out to find us answers & solutions. You are our shinning stars! Well done and thank you, thank you & thank you again & again”

“Thank you, as ever, for your fantastically well informed newsletter.”

“Thank you for the regular updates, it is reassuring to know that there is somebody working so hard to represent residents and keep Queens Park a pleasant place to live. “

“Fantastic email, it’s so great to see small changes happening. Thank you.”

“Let me add my compliments to those you have already received. It is good to see someone is responding to the minor but very irritating issues we come across every day. Please keep up both the work and the information.”

 “With thanks again for your bulletins – your work on our behalf is very much appreciated”

 “Thanks for doing such a great job for our area”

Please let us know if there are any matters on which we can be of help.

Regards

Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor

Your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors – Here to Help

 

QUEEN’S PARK WARD ACTION REPORT – November 2015

From your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor
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Queen’s Park Councillors’ Surgery – Venue and date change

From the 9th January 2016, the Councillors’ Surgery will take place at: The Stowe Centre, 258 Harrow Road, W2 5ES  every Saturday, 11am – 12 noon.

If you have any enquiries regarding the Queen’s Park a Councillors’ surgery, please contact 0207 641 4299.

Harrow Road/Ladbroke Grove junction – Update

We have received the following comments from residents which we have brought to the attention of National Grid for their investigation:

“One thing I would like to know, considering the total disruption caused by the National Grid works on the junction of Harrow road and Ladbroke Grove is why, there is nobody working there at the weekends? Often the workmen disappear mid/late afternoon also, just leaving a van with orange flashing lights parked in the middle of the works. I realise this work has to be done but considering the absolute chaos and long tailbacks this causes, surely they should be working as quickly as possible. What exactly is the given date for this work to be completed?”

“This has been going on for weeks now, and there is often no one working at the site – just hundreds of metres of cars and buses gridlocked in every direction. The lights don’t seem to be properly in sync. The roundabout by the big Sainsbury’s is basically stationary now for large chunks of the morning and early evening – terrible for the buses and for getting the children to and from school.”

“There was no work being done on Saturday or Sunday, right now I have just travelled to and from Sainsbury’s and on that extremely lengthy journey, there was not one person working!!! It’s utter chaos and now they are parking their vans on the one way piece of Sixth Avenue, this adds to the disruption in a serious way. Surely they should be completing this work as soon as possible, it’s as though they have no regard for the drivers or pedestrians at this junction. “

National Grid says:

“My engineers are working 7 days a week on the Harrow Road/Ladbroke Grove project. However, as well as the work in Harrow Road, it also involves work in Sixth Avenue and St Johns Terrace. I do appreciate the disruption these works are causing and I can assure you that we will complete the works as soon as we can.”

Speeding cars in Nutbourne and Marne Streets

We have again asked the Council to install traffic calming measures in Nutbourne and Marne Streets after receiving this enquiry:

“Speeding cars and motorbikes/ scooters continue to be an issue in Nutbourne Street. The speed of cars is excessive, sometimes I would estimate well over twice the speed limit. It is not just the boy racers but the general public too cutting through our road without due care. For example my car was written off by a speeding car last month whilst parked outside my house. The car of course failed to stop. There are also 50 foot (approximately) tyre marks at the end of the road caused by scooters skidding to a stop at the Fifth Avenue junction. It seems they are trying to go as fast as possible and having to skid to a stop before the junction. No doubt some game or other. This is not only a nuisance but potentially a fatality waiting to happen. I therefore request that traffic calming is taken more seriously.”

Peach Road

We contacted the Council when asked by residents to get action to pollard a tree that was causing damage to a number of houses in Peach Road. The Council told us:

“There is a works order with our contractor for the tree to be pollarded. Hopefully the will be able to carry out this work tomorrow but should they not be able to complete the works tomorrow owing to cars parked beneath the tree I’ve also instructed the contractor to apply for parking suspensions.”

Residents commented:

“Thank you very much for taking such quick action on this, and it’s great news that they will attempt to pollard the tree tomorrow – at least that should prevent further damage, with any luck. We will speak to the neighbours and try and ensure there are no cars in the way.”

Fifth Avenue

We have asked the Council for an update on this issue:

“An electric vehicle charging point was installed in the spring and has never been commissioned. No road markings have been allocated to electric vehicles and no power is showing on the charging point. This either needs to be addressed or removed.”

The Council says:

“We have been waiting on British Gas to carry out the necessary connection works at this location. We have been advised this week that the installation work is currently being programmed and should be complete by the end of November. We will follow this up to make sure this location is operational as quickly as possible.”

Oliphant Street

We have asked the police to investigate this issue:

“I like others am suffering from a family of noisy neighbours. Groups of young men in their 20’s regularly congregate outside a house in Oliphant Street – at worst for up to 8 hours. They attract visitors who draw up, leaving the engines of their cars idling for longer than necessary, contributing to noise and pollution. It feels at times as if this family is treating the street as their front yard. In the past when I have asked the lads to quieten down they have been amenable, but the behaviour persists. It is no doubt because the house is overcrowded and the inhabitants want some privacy. I have also spoken to local women friends who find the men’s presence slightly intimidating. Naturally I don’t want to cause friction but the situation is frustrating. The men aren’t rude or violent, but they are the only family in the neighbourhood who behave this way, and don’t seem to recognise either the inappropriateness of their behaviour or simply don’t care. Is there anything that can be done?”

We have also asked Nuno, our Inspector, to investigate a number of locations in Oliphant Street where household rubbish is regularly left on the pavement.

Oliphant Street Lighting

We asked the Council to repair this street light:

“There is a streetlight that shines permanently – all day and night – in Oliphant Street opposite number 83 – a waste of money and possibly an irritation to the old-age pensioner who lives next to it. One would think the electricity board might fix it.”

The Council says “the fault has been resolved with the installation of a new communication node.”

A satisfied resident commented:

“Just to let you know that the street light is working properly. To think it had been faulty for over a year and was fixed so quickly. Just goes to show what can happen with a bit of communication and teamwork.”

Sixth Avenue/Ilbert Street

We have asked Nuno Reis, our Inspector, to deal with this issue:

“I have noticed a pair of trainers hanging from a telegraph wire at the end of Sixth Avenue and Ilbert Street. They have been there for some time. As you may know these often signify the presence of a drug dealer in the neighbourhood. Whether or not this is the case, it certainly sends the wrong image and lowers the tone of the street. It would be good if they could be removed.”

Kilravock Street

We are pleased that A2 Dominion has finally cleared the overgrown back garden of one of their properties in Kilravock Street and “have now laid a membrane and covered it with pea shingle which will mean little or no upkeep will be required for our resident who is quite elderly”

Alperton Street

We have reported a dead tree in Alperton Street to the Council which will be replaced in the planting season.

Marne Street trees

We have asked the Tree Officer about this issue:

“I contacted Westminster Council some time ago about trees that had been removed opposite my house on Marne Street. The trees on the streets and avenues are lovely and it is a shame to have the “bald patch” that we do”.

The Council says: “Yes, the trees will be replaced along with several others”

Queen’s Park Estate Trees

We have received the following message from the Council’s Tree Officer:

“The council’s tree contractor has commenced the usual annual programme of pollarding the plane trees on the Queens Park Estate. To minimise the likelihood of tree related subsidence claims the small number of pear trees will also be pruned to reduce their size. There are also a number of the mature pollarded plane trees that have decayed to the point where they pose a potential safety liability and can no longer be retained. Replacement trees are on order for planting during the winter.”

Marne Street uneven pavements

We have also reported two areas of pavement on Marne Street which are hazardous and where pedestrians have tripped recently. The Council says:

“Both sites on Marne Street have been visited. Both have been assessed against our Risk Register and found applicable for a 28 day job order. These have been raised and so the defects will be repaired in at most one month from now.”

Charles Leach Court

We have asked Soho Housing about the problems with the gates which they had proposed residents locked manually. This did not solve the problem as the gates are left unlocked for access to cars parked in the courtyard which do not belong to residents. In addition residents have told us that the lock system is a nuisance.

Steve Biko Court, St John’s Terrace

We have written to London & Quadrant about the state of disrepair of Steve Biko Court:

“The window sills of the apartment windows are peeling and rotting, the brickwork is damp and mossy, water from overflow pipes trickles down the brickwork staining it. One window has a broken window pane crudely repaired with tape. The whole block looks neglected and decrepit and presents a very poor image of Westminster public housing. On the St John’s Terrace side the peeling rotten window frames and leaking overflow pipes which cause permanent puddles and splash passers-by so create a thoroughly depressing environment.”

Bruckner Street – vacant City West Homes site

At last, a new contractor is ready to start work on this long vacant site to build a new estate office and homes for rent. We have had the following update from City West Homes:

“Work will start on Monday 2 November. Some of this work will be noisy and disruptive and we apologise for this in advance. The site and welfare facilities will be set up first. Also the old concrete will be removed. When this is finished and work is underway will we write to you again to let you know more about the redevelopment and how long we expect it to take. Thank you for your patience. Please contact the resident relations team on 020 7245 2900 or residentrelationsnorth@cwh.org.uk if you have any queries.”

Old Dairy, Kilburn Lane – Update

We have received the following update from Westminster Community Homes:

“On the 15th October the squatters were removed from the Old Dairy, although the bailiffs did require police assistance to achieve this. There were 16 squatters all from Spain and Italy. Since the 15th October we have had a 24/7 presence on site. We currently have a security guard whilst the site is being thoroughly cleaned and cleared, after which we will have some live in property guardians. Arrangements are all in place to ensure the site cannot be squatted again. “

Jubilee Sports Centre

We have taken up this issue with the Council:

“The Jubilee management continues to be very poor, with recurrent unresolved issues. I used to be a very regular user, but like many others, I have been using the centre less and less, because every time I go there is something in the premises or the management of the pool that is wrong. Off putting, frustrating and unacceptable mismanagement of public resources and services. The temporary ladies changing rooms have a toilet that does not flush properly and runs with warmer constantly. I have reported this three times. Nothing has been done. The number of hair driers is inadequate for a female changing room, so people have to queue to dry their hair. This is particularly enjoying if someone swim in the morning on the way to work. The permanent changing rooms are not ready yet, even if works begun in July, over three month ago….”

The Council says:

“The works to improve the changing rooms have taken longer than we would typically expect due to the need to keep part of the area open and operational (as there is only one male and one female changing room at Jubilee). The works are now virtually completed and we are hoping to open the refurbished facility to customers later this week.”

Queen’s Park Children’s Centre, Bravington Road

Westminster Council has banned childminders’ children from attending ‘Stay and Play’ drop-in sessions at the Queen’s Park Children’s Centre in Bravington Road. Following cuts to the Council’s Play service earlier this year, the Council has now written to parents to say:

“As places at Stay and Play sessions are limited we do need to prioritise children living in Westminster attending with parents, grandparents, aunts or uncles and can no longer admit childcare professionals during these sessions”

This follows Westminster Council’s decision to cut £1,339,000 from Children’s Centres, Play and Youth Services over the three years from 2014/15 – 2017/18.

Many working parents depend on child minders and the Council has no right to ban their children from attending Play sessions. Also, many child minders look after their own children at the same as looking after the children of working parents. This ban on childminders attending Play sessions is both unfair and discriminates against working parents.

Report from Debbie Heath, Neighbourhood Problem Solving Coordinator

“Untaxed Vehicles – I received a complaint from local residents on Bliss Mews that there had been 2 cars parked in the area for some time, which were abandoned and attracting vandalism, graffiti and littering. I liaised with St Mungo’s who manage the area and arranged for their removal.
Gangs – The Trident gangs unit have conducted two weapons sweeps in the area. As a result of one sweep, 2 knives and a large screwdriver were found and removed by the Police. The City Inspectors were involved in the sweeps.
Problem People – A man has been targeting vulnerable men and women in both the Harrow Road and Queens Park wards. A joint meeting was held with the Police, WECH, CWH and ASB workers and it was agreed to take witness statements and then get an injunction against the individual. Additional support has been given to the vulnerable tenants.
Waste Issues – The ‘no dumping’ campaign ran in the ward for a number of weeks with letter drops to houses advising them of best disposal of household waste and teams of City Inspectors targeting the hotspot areas to look for evidence. FPNs were issued when evidence was found and the work continues. “

Fireworks night in Queen’s Park – Thursday 5th November – 6 pm start

This year’s Family Fireworks display in Queen’s Park is on Thursday. It’s always a fantastic evening of fireworks accompanied by popular music. It’s a free event funded by the Queen’s Park Ward Budget and the Community Council. It takes place in Queen’s Park Gardens, Ilbert Street.

North Paddington Food Bank Update

The Foodbank provides food for over 30 people a session and is open on Wednesday mornings from 9.30 to 12.30 at the WECH community hall, off Elgin Avenue W9. If you would like to help, Tara is the main contact: Tara@wech.org.uk. She works Wednesdays and Thursdays for the Food Bank and is contactable during those hours. For urgent queries on other days please continue to contact Gina or Phyllis on 0207 266 3347 or by email at npfoodbank@wech.org.uk.

What you say

“Thanks as ever for your regular updates”

“Cor! We do keep you busy! Thank you very much for all the work you do and thanks, too, to all the WCC staff who work so had on our behalf. Many thanks, your hard work is appreciated.”

“As always thank you for the informative newsletter. Thanks for all the work you do for this area.”

“A big thank you for your input which got a result! The area has now been cleared and therefore deters any vermin etc. Many thanks”

“Thanks for the update – it is always interesting to read. It is great to know you are tackling all these problems.”

“Thank you for your informative email. It pleases me to know that there is a level of communication and action taking place within the Queens Park Estate.”

“Many thanks for all your hard work in this area”

“Once again I find these very helpful and reassuring”

Please let us know if there are any matters on which we can be of help.
Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor
Your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors – Here to Help

QUEEN’S PARK WARD ACTION REPORT – October 2015

From your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor
PaulPatriciaBarrie

Harrow Road/Ladbroke Grove junction – Update

We have received the following update from the Council:

“National Grid Gas is undertaking major essential works on Harrow Road junction with Ladbroke Grove. The current 1st phase of the works is taking place on Harrow Road and is planned to be completed by 11th November 2015. However, the start of the 1st phase was delayed by one week due to local flooding so it is likely the works will require a one week extension. The traffic is maintained at the junction with temporary traffic lights. The 2nd phase of the works is planned on Ladbroke Grove. The exact date of this phase of National Grid’s work has not been submitted but will take place after the 1st phase is completed and at the beginning of the year 2016. The total duration of the second phase is planned for four weeks.”

A resident has made the following comments which we have asked the Council to investigate:

“I am very concerned about the temporary lights on the infamous Harrow Road/Kilburn Lane crossing. There is no indication whatsoever for the pedestrian of when they can cross. The lights only show to the traffic.”

Sixth Avenue/Lothrop Street

We have asked Thames Water to investigate this issue:

“At the junction of Sixth Avenue and Lothrop Street, we also have a manhole that smells really foul, particularly during the summer months. I reported it to the council, as I believe, as well as being extremely unpleasant to live with, it may have a bearing on the terrible rat infestation underneath my floorboards, but of course was told that the council can do nothing about it, as it’s Thames Water’s responsibility. Thames Water came and looked, acknowledged the foul smell, and said it was due to the lack of a cover. That was over two years ago, and nothing was ever done.”

Fifth Avenue/Ilbert Street – Thames Water Update

Thames Water has given up an update on the latest situation with the sewer smells:

“Our Field Operations Specialist overseeing the smell investigation has reviewed the footage from the further investigation by our contractors. This showed that there is no issue with our sewers at the junction of Fifth Avenue and Ilbert Street and they are all free flowing and fully operational. To confirm this he visited Ilbert Street and Fifth Avenue to further investigate the smells. He found that the roadside gulleys in Ilbert Street did not appear to be functioning correctly, which could be contributing to the smells reported by residents. In addition he traced the smells in the area to a chamber on the footpath near the junction of Ilbert Street and Fifth Avenue which was full of stagnant water and debris. As this is not our asset, we are unable to carry our further work but we have contacted the highways team at Westminster Council with the findings and asked that they investigate the surface water gulleys and the chamber where the smells are originating. “

We have asked the Council to investigate this.

HS2 Update

Brent Council has asked HS2 to move the proposed location of the very large tunnel ventilation shaft away from the corner of Salusbury Road and Kilburn Lane, south of Queen’s Park Station, to a new site at Canterbury Works, Canterbury Road. HS2 are consulting on this revised proposal.

The Old Dairy site, Kilburn Lane – Update

We have received the following update on the situation with squatters;

“The Old Dairy is currently a commercial site, and is owned by Westminster Community Homes. We have been in discussion with Brent Council regarding its redevelopment for housing. When we purchased the site we employed a mobile security firm to patrol the site. Unfortunately we fell victim to squatters and even though the police were present they were unable to stop the squatting taking place. We applied for a possession order which the Court granted, but the squatters failed to leave. We now have confirmation of our bailiff appointment which is on Thursday 15th October. We have arranged for a property guardian company to be on site from the 15th October. From this date there will be a 24/7 presence on the site, which means further squatting will not be possible. “

‘Clean Buses for Chamberlayne Road’ Petition

The Kensal Rise Residents’ Association, Kensal Triangle Residents’ Association, Queen’s Park Area Residents’ Association and Aylestone Park Residents and Tennants’ Association have launched a joint petition asking the Mayor of London and TfL to put low emission hybrid buses on Chamberlayne. 13,800 diesel-powered buses operate weekly on

Chamberlayne Road

Client Earth and Kings College tested for Nitrogen Dioxide in the area (schools, residential roads, etc) and found levels to be in excess of the legal limit.
http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/clean-buses-for-chamberlayne-road-corridor-kensal-rise.html
There is also a Twitter account: @cleanbuses4kensal

Police Report

The Police have sent us this update:

“Following complaints of drug dealing and antisocial behaviour in Queen’s Park Ward, police have carried out an operation this week to target the people involved in these activities. This has led to several arrests for supplying class A drugs and cannabis. We hope that will disrupt the behaviour of those involved to give the residents in and around Third Avenue some respite.”

The 6 month undercover operation led to the closure of a crack House in Third Avenue and 14 arrests and imprisonments.

Nutbourne Street Anti-social behaviour

We have asked the Police to again investigate the regular anti-social behaviour in the area:

“Just to let you know that the nuisance moped driver (and the increasing daily teen gatherings, with commensurate noise, spitting and littering, at the end of Nutbourne Street) is not getting any better.”

Peach Road

We have asked Nuno Reis, our local Inspector, to investigate these two dumped rubbish issues:

“Peach Road also has the same rubbish issue faced by Marne Street; residents put their rubbish bags out the night before, foxes get into the bags and mess is left all over the street. On Wednesday this is cleaned up by the street cleaner but on Saturdays the mess and litter stays strewn over the street for the whole weekend. Surely it would be more cost effective to issue residents with a rubbish bin to put their refuse in?”

“After your help on this matter before they have again dumped rubbish in the front garden after someone came in to do some work in the house. In spite of me asking the builder at the time when the rubbish would be removed and being told “in a couple of weeks when the work was finished” the rubbish is still there. So sorry to bother you again about this but can you help?”

Third Avenue

Following reports from residents about the poor state of a rear garden in Third Avenue an overgrown tree will be pruned and new drain covers will be installed.

Queen’s Park Court

Works to Queen’s Park Court are being proposed by City West Homes. The works include:
• Maintenance and redecoration of the communal areas (including repairs to communal area windows and plasterworks)
• Installation of a new door entry system
• Electrical works (including emergency lighting and fire safety works).
Residents are being consulted on paint colours and flooring options for the communal areas.

Nutbourne Street

We have asked City West Homes to investigate this issue:

“We have recently noticed a fox coming into our garden from the back, digging up our vegetables and leaving pooh. We have seen it standing on the wall next door, and I must say that garden looks as if it is very overgrown, so could be an attractive lair! Please could you pass on a plea for investigation; maybe the housing manager could ask them kindly to clear the undergrowth, or give assistance if the resident is not able to deal with it himself.”

CityWest Homes arranged for the garden to be cleared and residents told us:

“Just back from a week away and we see that garden behind us has already been cleared! What a result, please thank everyone very much from us, so pleased.”

Harrington Court

We have reported this issue to the Council:

“There are 3 abandoned cars that have been Harrington Court carpark for months (broken windows/flat tyres). Do you know who I would I report them to see if they can be removed?”

Queen’s Park Primary School

We met some of the Year 6 students from Queen’s Park School with The Lord Mayor at an Afternoon Tea at City Hall. During a Question and Answer session the children made the following comments about the school dinners:

• Lack of choice of meals at lunch time.
• More drinks are needed.
• The hot food is often cold.
• The food can be tasteless.

We have asked the Council if these comments could be looked in to and the school dinners improved. The Council say:

“In September a new and very experienced Unit Manager was appointed. The new Unit Manager has a strong reputation for preparing and serving the meals which are well liked and meet the needs of the school and the pupils. There are currently three choices of food served at lunch which are required to last for duration of the lunch service. Only milk and water are available to pupils at the school as per the current specification. A member of the School Meals Contract Team will discuss the points raised with the Contractor in relation to choice, food temperature and the tastelessness of food and will carry out monitoring visits to ensure that the Contractor addresses any areas of concern.”

Complementary Treatments

Complementary treatments are delivered by the Munro Health Co-operative for the over 60s at Half Penny Steps Clinic and Ernest Harriss House. Clients can have set amount of weekly treatments lasting between 30 – 45 minutes. If interested please contact the Office on 0208 969 6799 or Catherine on 07735420903. Treatments include acupuncture, shiatsu, reflexology or massage.

The treatments are funded through the Ward Budget.

Motorbikes

We are continuing to report anti-social behaviour from motorbikes to the police:

“I just wanted to flag there seems to be an issue at the moment with mopeds on the estate. I live on Fifth Avenue and recently there has been a marked increase in the number speeding around the streets day and night, and they are extremely loud. Is there anything that can be done about them?”

“We are still suffering from this motorbike/car quite often zooming round the streets at late night (Shirland Rd) making a deafening noise – it sounds as loud as the pneumatic drills that road diggers use to dig the road up with (you can hear the motorbike/car more than 4/5 streets away) it’s not funny, presumably this person intentionally removed their silencer to wake people up from deep sleep – my one year old gets terrified with this sudden loud noises at middle of the night.”

The police are investigating and we hope action against those responsible will follow.

Nuno Reis’ Inspector’s report

Nuno, our local Inspector, reports the following action that he has taken recently:

  • Waste & Cleansing: During August the Council has run a No Dump Campaign to tackle the fly tipping around the Micro recycling centres and Big Black Bins in Queens Park. As part of the campaign I have delivered educational leaflets in some targeted streets and issued 15 Fixed Penalties Notices to residents for dumping waste around these sites.
  • Dog Control Order: As part of my core duties I have been carrying regular joint patrols with the Animal Warden to ensure compliance and to reduce the dog fouling in the ward. 1 Fixed Penalty Notice for ‘dog off the lead’ and 1 for dog fouling have been issued as part of these patrols.
  • Bravington Road – Whilst out on patrol I came across a property that had a reasonable amount of waste on the forecourt. Upon investigation I was able to identify that the property in question was an HMO (Housing of Multiple Occupation). Working in partnership with the Environmental Health Officer for Queens Park, we made the arrangements for 3 bins to be installed to manage the waste at the properly.
  • Ashmore Road – On my regular patrols in the ward I identified some graffiti on a brick wall. I have reported the graffiti via the Environmental Action Line and it was cleared very quickly and to a good standard
  • Bruckner Street/Dart Street – It reported a sinkhole on the pavement on the junction of these streets. Working with the highways officer for the area the issue was quickly solved.
  • Half Penny Bridge: Following a complaint from one of the Queens Park Parish Councillors, I am working with the Environmental Health Officer to tackle a rat infestation on the park opposite Queen’s Park Library and the park by the Half Penny Bridge.
  • Abandoned Vehicles: During my regular patrols I have reported 4 vehicles for removal from Queens Park ward and the vehicles have been removed

Queen’s Park Community Council

The latest news from the Community Council is here

http://us10.campaign-archive2.com/?u=cd3a40c0d6888d53d44c4f390&id=76ecea9479&e=b202b494e4

http://us10.campaign-archive1.com/?u=cd3a40c0d6888d53d44c4f390&id=0f0bd2a31c&e=955416b9a4

Ward Budget

Councillor Barrie Taylor ran a well-attended workshop for residents to explain the Queen’s Park Ward budget and grants from the Community Council and CityWest Homes. In total, £86K is available – £46K from the Ward budget; £30K from the Community Council and £10K from CityWest Homes. In respect of Ward Budgets, City Councillors make the final decision on which projects to support. Due to the high levels of deprivation and poverty in Queen’s Park, we view the Ward budget as a ‘Social Investment’ fund.

When making a funding decision, we try to cover a range of interests – e.g. age groupings; vulnerability, isolated residents and cultural/ethnic diversity. Priority is given to projects that show how local people directly benefit and, where appropriate, are sustainabile. We also look to see whether projects have identified other partners who can offer sponsorship/‘in kind’ and financial support. For a full report of the workshop or more detailed advice on Ward budget funding, please email or phone Joe Penny at City Hall jpenny@westminster.gov.uk 020 7641 4299.

Notting Hill Carnival management – what you say

“Given we’re on the fringes – seemed to go very well. The dismal weather on Monday probably helped, but all seemed calm and it was possible to get to shops etc. Congrats to everybody involved in organisation and safety. One only pulls one’s hair out at the amount of litter the visitors dropped – even over the fences protecting the Paddington train crash memorial near Sainsbury’s. I think we all acknowledge that any sense of societal “mutual respect” has evaporated.”

What you say

“Thank you again for yet another very informative report. It is really refreshing to learn that our Labour Councillors do listen, and take action on a regular basis, to try and resolve the daily issues affecting the lives of all of us in the Queens Park Ward.”

“You are all fantastic – thank you. I would hate to think how quickly Queen’s Park ward would deteriorate if we didn’t have you to help look after them.”

“Many thanks, and keep up the good work!”

“Thanks again for the regular updates and action plans, understanding most resources are stretched”

“Glad to see work has started on the shop/house conversion on corner of Oliphant/Sixth. Hope they retain some architectural sense that it was once a shop, but good to see, after years, it coming back to use.”

“Many thanks for all your hard work. Pity about the Jubilee but you did your best.”

“These updates are fantastic!”

“This is good and useful work. Thanks, and keep up the good work.”

“I always find these reports really interesting. It is great to know too that you are responding to residents’ comments”

“Thanks so much for the regular newsletters – they’re extremely useful.”

Please let us know if there are any matters on which we can be of help.

Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor
Your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors – Here to Help

QUEEN’S PARK WARD ACTION REPORT – September 2015

From your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor
PaulPatriciaBarrie
Jubilee/Moberly proposals

The Council has issued a Public Briefing on the latest situation on this project which has now been given the go ahead.
http://committees.westminster.gov.uk/documents/s14440/Briefing%20on%20Moberly%20Jubilee%20Redevelopment.pdf

In parallel with this, the Queen’s Park Community Council and the local community have put forward an alternative plan for the existing Jubilee Centre which was discussed by the Council at a meeting of the Finance Scrutiny Committee on 3rd September. Detailed plans and architects drawings were submitted to the Committee. The main points of the community plan for the Jubilee are as follows:

• The centre would be run as a non-profit organisation, funded through a combination of corporate sponsorship, grants, membership and the marketing of various spaces for hire. 60% of the cost of running the centre would come from revenue generated by the centre.
• The centre would be run by a management committee appointed by and answerable to the QPCC and will be independent from any management contracts entered into by WCC’s Sport and Leisure department.
• A strong and experienced General Manager with local knowledge and extensive experience in rejuvenating and running community orientated centres would be appointed.
• The centre has been mismanaged for decades and the financial problems associated with it are largely as a result of this failure and therefore are not an intrinsic, unresolvable issue with the centre or area.
• The Jubilee would need to be refurbished and re-modeled to provide a newer, vibrant, fully equipped community centre where both young and old local people will safe and secure while exercising or receiving various treatments or education on health and wellbeing.
• There would be a full review of the staffing structure and apprenticeships and NVQ accredited training will be offered to local young and unemployed people in partnership with outside agencies. Courses for Personal Trainers and gym instructors will also be run.
• The centre would provide better facilities and access for children and adults with special needs, with more inclusive classes and the addition of soft play and sensory areas.
• Classes such as trampolining, gymnastics, dance, aerobics and martial arts especially designed to combat childhood obesity and build self-esteem and confidence, would be offered alongside the classes in nutrition.
• An effective and experienced marketing person within the Jubilee staffing structure would concentrate exclusively on promoting various spaces for hire and offers to existing members in order to increase revenue.
• A space would be allocated for a small café which will either be run in house or leased out in order to bring more people in and generate revenue.

We are sorry to say that the Council rejected the community proposals for the Jubilee, despite the detail of the designs, financial forecasts and management proposals. The Council claimed that it had to close both the Jubilee and Moberley sports centres to make savings of £600,000 a year and would have to close sports centres and libraries elsewhere if it went ahead with the community proposals. We are very disappointed that the Council has rejected this opportunity to work closely with local community to improve local sports centres at the Jubilee and Moberly.

Caird Street/Third Avenue

We have again reported repeated incidents of anti-social behaviour at this junction involving late night disturbance, motorbikes and vandalism to street lights.

First Avenue street lighting

The Council has finally dealt with the issue of poor street lighting in First Avenue. The Street Lighting officer tells us:

“I’m sorry for the delay in response regarding this matter but I can now confirm that the street was assessed and the problem was believed to be the tree canopies blocking light. This matter was raise with Chris Colwell to arrange pruning which has now been confirmed as being completed and it is believed that the illumination of the street has been improved following this intervention.”

Old Dairy, Kilburn Lane

We have made enquiries with the Council about this issue:

“133-137 Kilburn Lane is in Brent however was recently bought by Westminster Council. The property is now occupied by squatters who are causing a nuisance. The police have been contacted by a security company who were looking after the property. However in recent weeks there has been no attempt to prevent squatters entering the building. What do Westminster plan to do about this unacceptable situation which is adversely affecting residents of Westminster?”

Fifth Avenue – Trees

We have asked the Tree Officer to deal with this issue:

“We’ve noticed that there are two dead or dying trees, one definitely dead outside 29 Fifth Avenue, and looking very rotten and dangerous; the other outside 26 Fifth Avenue, with no leaves so I presume dead. We hope the Council can deal with them and plant replacements.”

The Tree Officer says;

“Instructions issued to our contractor to remove the tree as a priority and for a replacement to be planted in the autumn.”

Smells from sewers at the junction of Fifth Avenue and Ilbert Street

We reported this long-standing issue to Thames Water who tell us:

“Our Network Engineer inspected the junction and noted a strong smell coming from our sewers. He has asked our contractors to attend and complete a thorough investigation of our sewers in the area to see if there are any defects or obstructions that could be slowing flows and causing the smells. This is currently being planned as a priority but we may need to arrange traffic management measures to be put in place before we can complete the investigation, due to the location of the manholes we need to access.”

We have now received a further update:

“Our contractors completed their initial investigation of the sewers at the junction of Fifth Avenue and Ilbert Street. They have recommended that the sewer is cleaned to remove a build-up of sludge which is causing the smells suffered by residents. Due to the size of the sewer this clean needs to be completed by specialist contractors. We have asked for a quotation for this clean and will be completing the work as soon as the quote has been accepted.”

Ilbert Street

We have again asked A2 Dominion to repair a rear wall to one of their properties in Ilbert Street after the next door property was burgled recently. We have told A2 Dominion that we are very unhappy about the unsatisfactory way they manage their street properties in the area.

Marne Street – motorbikes

We have asked the police and the Council to investigate this issue:

“We were up at 2am this morning and again at 5:20am. It looks like some motorbike enthusiasts have moved in down the road. They were driving their ridiculously loud motorbikes/mopeds up and down the road. I went outside to try and get number plates but they’re too quick and hard to read, especially when you’ve just been woken up.”

Marne Street – rubbish

We have asked Nuno, our local Inspector, to investigate this issue:

” I live in Marne Street – is there a way of ensuring that residents refrain from leaving their rubbish bags out on the street overnight- this really attracts the foxes – who rip the bags open, leaving a stinking mess which whoever is nearest has to clear up. Unpleasant and unnecessary. Never mind the fouling that foxes leave.”

Ash House – Anti-Social Behaviour – Update

We have received the following update:

“Police from Queen’s Park Safer Neighbourhood Team have worked with Westminster City Council and CityWest Homes to close a premises that was contributing significantly to antisocial behaviour and drugs misuse in the area. The property in Ash House, Droop Street, was closed after the case was presented before Westminster Magistrates Court. A closure order was granted for a period of three months during which time any person entering the address can be arrested. CityWest Homes have started possession proceedings against the resident with a view to gaining possession within the three months of the closure.”

Third Avenue

We have reported residents’ concern a “crack den” has opened at a property in Third Avenue. Residents say there is a constant stream of people coming and going from the property. Also strong smell of skunk/and or other drugs. The neighbours are very concerned about the arguing, door slamming, and commotion at all hours.

Portnall Road

We have asked the police to investigate reports of a nuisance neighbour in Portnall Road who “conducts drug deals on a daily basis on the road and drives his moped up and down the street at all hours of the morning and night”

Children’s playground next to Queen’s Park Library

We contacted City West Homes after getting reports from residents that the Children’s playground next to Queen’s Park library had been used as an open urinal by Carnival goers and needs a thorough clean before it can used by children and parents. Thankfully the playground was washed down the next day.

Harrow Road

We have reported this issue to the police:

“A number of premises along the Harrow Road have had the shop front windows shot at. I don’t quite know where to take it from here – would the police be interested and if so, to whom should I send this please?”

Alleyway next to Second Avenue

We have made enquiries with the Estate office about this issue:

“The alleyway next to my house needs to be cleared if overgrowth and rubbish. This has not been an issue in the past and Westminster who own the land have cleared it. Unfortunately though I have contacted the Estate Office on several occasions they do not come back to me. If left this becomes a harbouring place for rats and vermin and backs onto the shops in the Harrow Road. It was last cleared by City West Homes in 2012.”

City West Homes say:

“Westminster City Council continues to own the freehold interest in that path, despite having disposed of the lands around it. That path is catalogued as Housing land and a part of the Queen’s Park estate so it would be for us to maintain and cleanse. We are just awaiting approval for a quote submitted today. Once agreed we will arrange to have the area cleared of all items.”

Mozart Estate heating

City West Homes tell us:

“CityWest Homes was notified by UK Power Networks that they will be switching off and decommissioning the Cyclocontrol transmitter in the Amberley Road electricity substation on Tuesday 25th August.

Cyclocontrol was marketed by the former London Electricity Board in the 1970s and 80s as a way of switching night storage heaters and immersion heaters to access off-peak electricity for communal heating and hot water services. It was an alternative to Economy 7.

Despite decommissioning of Mozart Estate’s obsolete and failing Cyclocontrol heating and hot water service over the last 4 years – with intensive effort over the last 9 months – 44 tenanted homes and 11 leased homes on the Mozart Estate are still dependent on it. The consequence is that from 25th August they will be without a heating service. Hot water will only be available if residents press their “boost” buttons to obtain hot water using electricity from their own domestic meter at a standard tariff.

Affected residents will be notified immediately and CWH will remind them of support that is available for installation of an Economy 7 service.”

For help or assistance please call the CWH repairs call centre on 0800 358 3783.

Fourth Avenue/Harrow Road trees – Update

We have asked the Tree Officer to investigate this further issue:

“The tree was cut back yesterday and I can now use the recycling bins without having to brush away branches from my shoulders! Many thanks for your help. I do have a concern though, the foliage is very dense and in the winter it obscures the street light and therefore the area around the recycling/phone boxes/library is quite dark. Would it be possible to request that the tree actually be “thinned out”? I presumed that they would do this yesterday, but they just reduced the length of the branches – which is very much appreciated.”

The Tree Officer says:

“There is a problem in terms of the microscopic hairs produced on the underside of the leaves that is a significant irritant for the operatives, even if they wear masks. So I’ve included this tree onto the winter pruning programme when it will be crown reduced and maintained thereafter at a reduced size.”

The resident who raised this issue says:

“Thanks, it will make such a difference to that area, as it is really dark during the winter evenings. “

Bantock House, Parry Road

We have asked the police to investigate reports of drug dealing and anti-social behaviour at a flat in Bantock House.

Queen’s Park Estate office, Bruckner Street

We have asked for an updated on the long-delayed redevelopment of this site. The Estate Office closed in May 2013 for 18 months to enable the site to be redeveloped for new homes and new estate office. Now, 29 months later and one contractor who has gone bust, we have asked when the promised new Estate Office and the much needed homes will be built. Planning permission was agreed 3 years ago for 6 x 2 bed and 2 x 3 bed homes for social rent.

Rubbish dumping

We have asked Nuno Reis, our local Inspector, to investigate these constant issues:

“We have had, all in the last few weeks, big messy waste dumps, not just at the bins near the park in Ilbert Street but also at the bins near the public library in Harrow Road/Fouth Ave. It doesn’t look life builders’ rubbish, more like house-clearers’ junk.”

“I’d like to know if there’s any possibility of firmer action being taken against residents who persist in dumping rubbish and other waste on the street around the Queen’s Park Estate and its surrounding streets. I walk up to Kilburn Lane every day and see ever increasing instances of items being left out for the fairies to take away (regardless of collection day) – large cardboard boxes (often in wet weather), broken pushchairs, toys, and furniture, mattresses… the list just goes on. This weekend someone had even left a cooker out on the pavement in Dart Street. Bravington and Portnall Roads always seem to be particularly bad.

I know the local warden has recently written to some residents reminding them of collection times and what items are appropriate to leave out, but it unfortunately appears that a selfish minority of people are just too ignorant to take any notice. Can’t something else be done please – before Queen’s Park deteriorates into a total rubbish tip?”

We have also reported rubbish dumping in Fifth Avenue, outside numbers 48 and 62.

Motor cycles

We have reported this issue to the police:

“We are at the moment suffering from motorcyclists zooming round the streets making an incredible noise, presumably they had their silencers removed. I hope that this craze will die natural death as autumn approaches.”

Empty property

We are pleased that work seems to have started on the old shop at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Oliphant Street to renovate it as a house for rent.

New rail service – Queen’s Park to Blackpool!

Great North Western Railway has been given permission to run 6 trains a day from London to Blackpool North starting at Queen’s Park from 2018. Trains will call at Crewe, Preston and Poulton-le-Fylde. GNWR intends to run its services beyond Queen’s Park into the mainline terminus at Euston, but this is contingent on Network Rail agreeing to grant the slots when the scale of disruption of work to construct the new HS2 line becomes clear. It also intends to call at Milton Keynes, Nuneaton, Tamworth, Lichfield Trent Valley and Kirkham and Wesham, depending on the conclusion of other works by Network Rail.
Get your buckets and spades ready!

What you say

“Thank you all very much for what you do for us”

“The Cafe at 547 Harrow Road has quietened down considerably! No longer noisy every night until 1am! So perhaps they have realised their behaviour was too ‘intrusive’ for residents. For any interventions you might have made, we are extremely grateful”

“Thank you for your updates – very much appreciated”

Please let us know if there are any matters on which we can be of help.

Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor
Your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors – Here to Help

QUEEN’S PARK WARD ACTION REPORT – August 2015

From your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor
PaulPatriciaBarrie
Queen’s Park Summer Festival

This year’s Queen’s Park Summer Festival took place on Saturday 1st August from 12pm-7pm at Queen’s Park Gardens, Ilbert Street. This was the second festival that the Community Council has organised and is part of the larger Paddington Festival. There were two stages which hosted a wide range of local music and dancing talent, as well as numerous fun activities for adults and children. The Queen’s Park Summer Festival was supported by the Councillors’ Ward Budget.

Leeve House

Congratulations to the Leeve House community allotment which have been awarded a Green Flag by the Keep Britain Tidy group. Leeve House has won a Community Award for the public allotments area. The area was converted into allotments six years ago to combat anti-social behaviour. Since then, the allotments have grown from strength to strength and are tended by local residents.

Harrow Road – Noise

We are working closely with residents and the Council’s Noise Team to stop the late night noise coming from a flat by the canal.

Harrow Road/Fourth Avenue

We have asked the Council’s Tree Officer to look in to this issue:

“The tree outside the Library on Fourth Ave/Harrow Rd desperately needs cutting back – it blocks the light to that area and also the branches are hanging so low they actually touch the recycling bins!”

We have heard back from the Tree Officer who says:

“The tree is very overgrown and I’ve therefore instructed the council’s tree contractor to crown reduce it as a matter of priority.”

Harrow Road/First Avenue

We are making enquiries about this issue:

“I’ve just walked past the second hand furniture shop here. I did notice a while ago a small window seemed to have been added to the side of this property. That may have been allowed, don’t know. I’ve just notice a much bigger one being installed in side wall next to the garage. I can’t imagine this has been given permission. I’m not sure what goes in in that garage. There are always a few characters hanging around plus lots of rubbish.”

Beethoven Street

We have asked Nuno to investigate this issue;

“We have noticed that a large dog looking like a Labrador walks along with its owner (sometimes either a man or a woman) on Beethoven Street twice a day around 6.30pm to 7pm and again around 7.30am to 8am and has been fouling quite badly the footpath and also our forecourt. We would much appreciate your help to stop this as this happens every day and the persons are not concerned that this is totally not acceptable behaviour.”

Nuno tells us “the offender has been identified and I am currently issuing a Fixed Penalty Notice for dog fouling. I hope this will prevent the offender of walking his dog without any bags to clear after his dog”

Bruckner Street

We have received the following update from City West Homes on when the building work on the former estate office site in Bruckner Street will recommence:

“A further price has now been received which is being negotiated. The contractor is looking to commence on site within the next 4-6 weeks – subject to agreement of contract”.

Peach Road

We have reported this problem about rubbish outside a house in Peach Road to the Council:

“The house is owned by a lessee I believe but was rented out to Genesis housing. The latest tenants have now moved out and someone came along to clear the house a couple of weeks ago and they have just dumped all the rubbish from the house in the front garden. This has been there for a couple of weeks and others keep adding to the pile of rubbish. I don’t have any idea who I should be tackling to get this unsightly and possibly hazardous pile of rubbish removed. Hope you can help.”

A satisfied resident told us ;

“They came to remove it on Saturday morning so they were very prompt also.”

Oak House, Avenue Gardens

We are taking up this issue with City West Homes

“A few years ago, a metal shield was fixed above the gutters to prevent pigeons from nesting there as previously, they would lay their eggs, and when hatched, their chicks would die whenever it rained, water would leak through the light-bulb on the lower level. Now somehow, the opening of the metal shield has somewhat been raised which now gives easy access for the pigeons to nest there. What is even more annoying is the constant ‘cooing’ through all hours of the day and night. I still have not heard from Westminster council concerning this matter and we are not the only residents experiencing this nuisance.”

Kilburn Lane between Herries Street and Beethoven Street – update

The Council Highways officers say they are chasing Brent Council to get their agreement on proposals for a kerb ‘build-out’ on Kilburn Lane.

Kilburn Lane/Sixth Avenue

We have written to both Westminster and Brent Councils about this continuing issue:

“There is an uneven section of road surface which is causing our house to shake whenever a large vehicle passed along Kilburn Lane near the junction with Sixth Avenue. The problem is exacerbated by the speeding that is frequent along this section of road. Effects are cracks in our brickwork and interior plastering, and constant noise disruption. The shaking has also caused the street sign for Sixth Avenue to fall off our exterior wall. If someone had been walking beneath they could well have been killed, as it’s extremely heavy. We would like to see the road fixed and some measures to enforce better speed limits along this road..Perhaps suggest changing to 20 mph zone too.”

Oliphant Street/Ilbert Street

We have asked for an update on this long-standing issue:

“It seems a very long time since I mentioned the covered wall on the corner of Oliphant Street. It is still covered in scaffolding and a boarded walk through. The boarding is now falling apart and the whole boarding is still a question of danger, i.e. drug dealing and mugging. I can’t believe that this problem has not yet been sorted out. The wall opposite has been removed and rebuilt and I am sure the wall that was blown down in the next street will be rebuilt before the corner of our street is returned to us. “

Lothrop Street

We have reported this issue to the Council for investigation:

“I’ve recently noticed that one of the newly planted plane trees on the SE corner of Lothrop Street and Fifth Avenue has a plastic cuff digging into its trunk. I think it was probably there to support the tree but now it’s too small, and sap is oozing out around it.”

The Council’s Tree Officer tells us:

“The tie was too tight but I’ve removed it this morning and the tree will be fine.”

Ilbert Street

We have asked Nuno, our Inspector, to investigate this issue:

“The problem has become much worse around the big black bins outside Queens Park Gardens on Ilbert Street. As there is a problem with mice around here at the moment, I take out my refuse each evening. Some evenings there are so many very large items i.e. double mattresses, it is impossible to reach the bin. Last night at 9pm there was a free standing wardrobe blocking the middle of the pavement near the bin! It would be more economical in the long run for an enforcement officer to work late and witness people dumping rather than just constantly clearing up after them. A hefty fine would work wonders!”

Nuno tells us;

“I will request the CCTV footage from the camera at the Ilbert street junction with Third Avenue and investigate for evidence. I also will submit a request for the assistance of the 24 hours operations for the monitoring and enforcement around Ilbert Street.”

Caird Street/Third Avenue

There has been an increase in the number of anti-social behaviour incidents in this area and we have written to the Council’s Chief Executive to register our concerns. We have said:

“One of the contributing factors to the current situation is the continued derelict state of the properties on the corner of Caird Street and Third Avenue which makes the area look like a ‘war zone’ and it has been like this for nearly 2 years. It is a disgrace and is symbolic of the lack of interest that many people believe the Council has in the area and its residents. We have long called for these properties to be demolished and can see no reason there has been further delay. Do you have a plan or do you intend to allow this to drift further until something more serious happens?”

In response the Council says;

“Below is a summary of actions being taken in relation to anti-social behaviour in this location:
• The Integrated Gangs Unit and police officers have been undertaking regular patrols and have increased their presence in the area.
• Detached youth workers are paying visits twice weekly to the Queens Park estate to interact with young people.
• We have asked the local police to pay regular visits to The Avenues youth club which they tell us that they do as a matter of course.
• We are meeting with staff and management of The Avenues to discuss any matters which may be causing them concern.
• The properties on the corner of Caird Street and Third Avenue are owned by Genesis. The Council has agreed to buy the properties and demolish as necessary but can only do so once the redevelopment of the Moberly and Jubilee Sports Centres has the final go ahead which will be imminent.
• In the meantime, Genesis has been instructed to ensure that the properties are boarded up, hoarded and that there is sufficient security to avoid attracting criminal or antisocial behaviour.”

Marne Street – Anti-social behaviour

We are continuing to urge the Council, Police and City West Homes to take action against a few residents in Marne Street who are responsible for the regular outbursts of anti-social behaviour:

“I believe its same property, they have been taken over the pavement, sometimes you have to cross the road to the other side to be able to pass, as they use it for fixing bikes. Also their kids are in middle of street playing till very late hours, it’s not only dangerous for kids, it very noisy at time until later hours.”

“I live in Marne Street. I would like to report anti-social behaviour that has been taking place for some time and has got progressively worse. The behaviour includes electric scooters, and cycles being driven at breakneck speeds up and down the pavement as well as football with no regard for property. This has become a burden and I would appreciate if something can be done.”

We have reported this to Debbie Heath who is the new Neighbourhood Problem Solving Coordinator for Harrow Road, Queens’s Park and Westbourne Wards. You can contact her on 0207 641 2265 dheath@westminster.gov.uk

Third Avenue

We reported the problems caused by an overgrown garden and received the following response from City West Homes:

“The resident is registered disabled and cannot maintain this large and overgrown garden. We will need to obtain a quote for the clearance of the garden which is subject to approval for funding. There is a large tree which we will ask WCC arboriculture department to assess. Finally, there also appears to be some brick and rubble to clear in the garden.”

Dowland Street

We have asked the Council and the Police to investigate this issue;

“We have been experiencing anti-social behaviour within the neighbourhood for a fair amount of years, however, especially the holiday period during school terms and on days when the weather is just amazing, the anti-social behaviour spikes whereby objects are thrown at our door and the action of kicking doors is becoming the norm. Just today, objects were thrown at my door leaving stains. Such activity involves kids within the neighbourhood riding the Santander bikes, wandering and tormenting by-passers along Herries and Dowland Street”.

Mozart Street

We have reported the problems caused by regular rubbish dumping outside 10 Mozart Street after complaints from residents.

St Jude’s Hall, Ilbert Street

We are continuing to press City West Homes to stop the late night noise from users of the hall, in particular by not using amplifiers and microphones.

Residents’ Parking

We have asked the Council to look in to this issue:

“We don’t own a car as predominantly travel by bicycle or public transport. However, sometimes we do need to use a car and are therefore members of a car club. This seems to me to a sensible and modern way of travelling in London and we are certainly limiting our household contribution to congestion and pollution. I have to admit to being stunned at the conversation I’ve just had with parking services at Westminster. I was calling to arrange for visitors permits that will allow us to park on our road on an ad hoc basis as required. This seems to me to be fairly standard practice elswhere. However, apparently in Westminster the only way we can get a permit to park on our road is to own a car full time! This seems like complete madness to me, and is deeply inconvenient. I would appreciate your thoughts on the matter and whether there are any plans to review this situation in line with more modern practices of car sharing? “

The Council says:

“We recognise that car clubs are expanding as an option for our residents and we will therefore be considering and presenting options as to how we provide for them as part of the current review of parking in the City. I appreciate that this is not an immediate solution, however in answer to the question raised by your resident regarding whether or not we have any plans to review the situation, we do and this will be done as part of the review of parking. The Environment Policy and Scrutiny Committee will be establishing a task force to input into the parking review and we will ensure that this matter is raised with them as well. “

Queens Park Health Centre, Dart Street, London, W10 4LD

The Care Quality Commission has judged that the Queen’s Park Health Centre ‘requires improvement’. The CQC says:

“Dr Risiyur Nagarajan, provides GP-led primary care services to around 3,200 patients living in the surrounding areas of Queens Park and Kilburn. The practice holds a General Medical Services contract with NHS England for delivering primary care services to the local community. The practice has a higher proportion of patients between the ages of 0-19 and 30-59, when compared with the England average. The proportion of patients over the age of 60 is lower than the England average.

The CQC found that the practice required improvement for providing safe, effective and well led services. It was found ‘good’ for providing caring and responsive services. The practice also requires improvement for providing services to all of the population groups: older people; people with long-term conditions; families, children and young people; working age people (including those recently retired and students); people living in vulnerable circumstances; and people experiencing poor mental health (including people with dementia).”

The details are here http://www.cqc.org.uk/provider/1-199724624/services

Enbrook Street and Barfett Street

The above roads are to be resurfaced in August, as follows;

• Enbrook Street – Fourth Avenue to Third Avenue – 31st July to 6th August
• Barfett Street – Caird Street to Alperton Street – 4th August to 5th August

These works have been timed for 8am – 6pm shifts. The Council’s contractors say:

“In order to undertake the resurfacing safely the carriageway will be closed while the works are being carried out. Please remove any vehicle from this street for that period. Diversion routes for vehicles will be signed on street for each phase of the works. It is possible that the works dates might slip for operational reasons (weather delays etc) between now and the planned start date, but the methodology of carrying out the work is not expected to change. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times.”

Electoral Registration – makes sure your voice is heard

Each year the Council’s Electoral Services Office has to publish a revised Register of Electors. This involves conducting an audit of all residential properties in Westminster. In order to carry out this task Westminster City Council is recruiting enthusiastic, fit and dedicated staff to join the Electoral Canvassing Team.

If you are interested in joining the Canvassing Team then follow this link to the application form:
https://www.westminster.gov.uk/canvasser-recruitment

To make sure that you and your family are correctly registered, follow this link:
https://www.westminster.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Queen’s Park Community Council

The latest news from the Queen’s Park Community Council can be found here
http://us10.campaign-archive1.com/?u=cd3a40c0d6888d53d44c4f390&id=d69f4fbc67&e=955416b9a4

What you say

“Let me thank you and your team for the valuable support you provide to the community and the monthly report.”

“A big thank you” for the excellent hard work you do for the Queen’s Park Community. You are a great Councillor and an ambassador for which we are proud of and admire. “

“Again, thanks for all the hard work you do on behalf of our community”

“Thank you for all your hard work, and your brilliant emails, which I always look forward to!”

Please let us know if there are any matters on which we can be of help.

Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor
Your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors – Here to Help

QUEEN’S PARK WARD ACTION REPORT – July 2015

From your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor

PaulPatriciaBarrie

Third Avenue

We have asked Nuno Reis, our Inspector, to investigate this continuing issue:

“Further to our previous correspondence about fly tipping at St Marylebone CE Bridge School 17 – 23 Third Avenue, the problem has started to get worse almost on a day by day basis and would be grateful for any assistance that can be given to try and solve this problem. There is general rubbish as well as food remains being dumped by the school bins, we have had flies, maggots and evidence of either foxes or rats ripping bags of rotting food open – we are really concerned that we will end up with a real rodent problem.”

We have also reported that a silver hatchback Mercedes has been abandoned outside 145 Third Avenue for over two months. Parking tickets have been left on the vehicle and are piling up.

Jubilee Sports Centre

We have reported this issue to the Council:

“I regret to let you know that the issue of the closing hours at the Jubilee Sport Centre has come up one again. Yesterday evening I arrived at 7.15 to be told the pool closes at 7.30 and that I could only swim for 15 minutes. The advertised closing time on the website is 8pm. The manager explained to the customer services that the last ticket should be sold at 7.30 for “out of the water” closing time at 8pm. When I finished my swim I was told the issue is that employees are only paid until 8pm sharp. This means they want to clean the changing rooms and go home as soon as possible. This has been a recurrent problem for a long time.

Also, the condition of the premises is deteriorating by the day. In the ladies changing room a neon tube has been flickering for months; a bench by the showers was broken, removed, and never replaced; one hair dryer does not work; one changing box is locked; the mirror by the disable toilet is broken and covered with a plastic and most of the soap dispensers of the showers are broken or/and empty.”

The Council says:

“Our policy states: Last ticket omission is 7.30pm, after which no tickets can be issued. Vacation of the pool is 8pm. This will give all customers 10 mins to shower and leave the premises.

The women’s changing rooms repair have now been finalised to commence on Monday 29th June. Signs have been placed around the complex stating the provision during the 2 weeks required to repair some of the items. During that time the women changing rooms will be changed over to the men’s so that the workmen can do the repairs whilst still remaining operational.”

‘Save our Jubilee’ petition

A new petition to Save Our Jubilee Sports Centre has been launched!

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

The petition reads:

“We the undersigned petition Westminster City Council to join with the ‘Save Our Jubilee’ campaign to develop a cost-effective plan for the Jubilee designed to refurbish and update the Centre, and offer even more facilities to local people.

With a strong team, answerable to the community, put in place to manage the Jubilee, we call on Westminster City Council to work with our community on this sensible alternative.”

Marne Street – Update on trees

Following enquiries from residents we spoke to the senior Arboricultural Officer. He let us know that the stump on Marne Street will be removed and a new tree planted in its place in the autumn along with any other replacement trees. The trees planted will be London planes so as to maintain the uniformity of the planting on the estate. Once these trees have reached the required size they will then be incorporated in to the annual pollarding programme. He has also issued instructions for the young staked trees to be inspected and stakes and ties to be removed/adjusted where necessary.

A local resident reports:

“The tree stub was eventually removed last Friday afternoon. I look forward to the replacement of the plain trees in the Autumn. Why does it take them so long to replace trees that they remove on this estate? It comes over as extremely inefficient that they cannot take prompt action on these matters. There are spots on this estate that have now been waiting 2-3 years to have trees replaced. The urgent remedial work required on the tree opposite no. 80 Marne Street had not been undertaken.”

Marne Street – Anti-social behaviour

We have again asked the Police and City West Homes to investigate the anti-social behaviour from a property in Marne Street which is causing distress to neighbouring residents.

Portnall Road

We have asked a local estate to remove one of their ‘For Sale’ boards from outside a house as it is blocking the light to the neighbouring property.

Kilravock Street

We have asked A2Dominion Housing Association to repair the fence and tidy up the rear garden of one of their properties in Kilravock Street as the tenant is allowing the garden to become overgrown, much to the annoyance of neighbours.

Ash House, Avenue Gardens

We are working closely with the City West Homes and the Police following reports from residents about anti-social behaviour from a resident of Ash House.

Ilbert Street

We are in contact with A2Dominionon behalf of a neighbouring resident who is concerned about the poor state of their neighbour’s back garden wall. We have urged A2Dominion to carry out the works without further delay.

Ilbert Street – Kilburn Lane end

Residents tell us that the area around Queens Park Court has become “a hub for criminal activity”. During the last couple of weeks two men have been assaulted by gangs of around 12 young men and a child was also assaulted by an adult. Residents say there is also open drug dealing on a daily basis with “people handing over wads of money from their cars”. Residents say they are scared to go out and are also “unable to walk on the pavement in some places because of the gangs and are being forced to walk in the road past the intimidating gang members”. We have reported this to the police and asked them to investigate.

The police tell us;

“There have been several incidents over the last few days in Queens Park and further afield including the Hallfield Estate. Unfortunately we have trouble extracting information from victims/witnesses which hampers things. We currently have extra police for Pan-London units on the ground, but I am putting together a bid to ask that after they go we have further police deployed to the ground. If I am successful in this application I will use them to tackle all of our issues, from stairwells to vehicles to gang issues. In the meantime I have tasked our Ward officers to the locations that have been highlighted as their default patrols.”

St Jude’s Hall

We have asked the Estate Office to ensure that people hiring St Jude’s Hall do not use microphones and amplifiers as the noise disturbs neighbouring residents, particularly at weekends and in the evening.

Rubbish dumping

CCTV should be deployed at rubbish dumping hotspots to catch those anti-social people who ruin the local environment for everyone else following reports of continual rubbish dumping in Marban Road in Queen’s Park Ward. Some residents believe that people, particularly builders and landlords, are driving to parts of Paddington from elsewhere to dump their building rubbish and old furniture.

Rubbish dumping is becoming one of the biggest local issues and those responsible should be caught and fined for their anti-social and irresponsible behaviour. At the same time, Westminster Council needs to improve its street refuse collection service with regular patrols to clear rubbish dumping hotspots as quickly as possible.

Caird Street – Anti-social behaviour

We have reported this continuing problem to the Police:

“The boys going round on bikes (some of them Boris bikes which are then abandoned with their tyres deflated) seem to take great pleasure in trying to kick down my front door. Last weekend we painted the front door and the boys, with great force kicked the door shortly after he painted it. I have reported this to the local police in the past and they have been really helpful.”

Complaints about the ASB around Caird Street and Queen’s Park Gardens have been rising sharply, with reports of gatherings of up to 40 young people, often involving scooters/mopeds. Not only are these gatherings intimidating in themselves when the numbers get so large, residents are extremely worried about the potential for more serious conflict breaking out, either within the group or between them and gangs from outside the area.

Litter

We have asked the Director of Environment to follow up these concerns raised by a resident:

“I am concerned about the deteriorating state of litter on the Queen’s Park Estate. It really seems to be getting worse, and the litter on the street encourages other selfish people to drop litter and the situation escalates. It makes me feel ashamed of the area I love. Has the street cleaning been reduced and what is being done to stop people dropping litter? I think it is sad that there is a whole group of people who have no respect for the environment they live in and their action cost us all money in clean up. Also the tree planted at the end of Halfpenny Steps is full of litter too.”

Working with Men

We are delighted that Working With Men has been selected as a recipient for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) 2015.

Working With Men is a charity supporting positive male activity, engagement and involvement. Current work includes solution based approaches to tackling conflict and knife related incidents in schools and in the community; raising the attainment levels of boys in school; support for single mothers of boys, fatherhood and fathers into school programmes, tackling racial violence and issues of identity among young people. http://www.workingwithmen.org/

Queen’s Park Gardens

We have asked the Parks Manager and Police to investigate this issue:

“The activity that seems to be getting worse is that of those using Queens Park Gardens in the afternoon for various activities surrounding the sitting around and smoking of various stuff. Not a pleasant atmosphere especially recently whereby up to 18 young men had gathered in the park and appeared to be exchanging various things quite openly. I must admit that I now avoid the park during the afternoon from about 3.30.”

On line advice service

People living in Westminster can now receive email advice and information from Advice Westminster’s new online service. Residents can submit a query using a simple form, which will be answered by email within five working days. Applicants will receive a one-off response from a trained adviser who, wherever possible, will provide advice or information, or give details of other organisations that may be able to help. Residents can ask about a range of topics, including benefits and employment rights, as well as having access to health, debt and housing information.

You can get started http://advicewestminster.org.uk/get-advice-online/?ct=t%28One+Westminster+News+|+15+August+2014%29

What you say

“Thanks for all you do”

“Thanks as always for this and your work on behalf of residents”

“Thanks very much for your report and for your hard work”

Please let us know if there are any matters on which we can be of help.

Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor
Your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors – Here to Help

QUEEN’S PARK WARD ACTION REPORT – June 2015

From your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor

PaulPatriciaBarrie

Rubbish Dumping

CCTV should be deployed at rubbish dumping hotspots to catch those anti-social people who ruin the local environment for everyone else, according to Queens Park Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg following reports of continual rubbish dumping in Marban Road in Queen’s Park and in Walterton Road in Harrow Road Ward. Some residents believe that people, particularly builders and landlords, are driving to parts of Paddington from elsewhere to dump their building rubbish and old furniture.

“Rubbish dumping is becoming one of the biggest local issues and those responsible should be caught and fined for their anti-social and irresponsible behaviour. At the same time, Westminster Council needs to improve its street refuse collection service with regular patrols to clear rubbish dumping hotspots as quickly as possible.”

First Avenue/Harrow Road

We are continuing to work with the police and the Council on this long-running issue:

“The furniture shop on the corner of First Avenue seems to have got worse rather than better. I was going to try and get some photos but there is always one of their people sitting outside. The one further up in the Harrow Road is just as bad. They are very intimidating sitting outside. You literally can’t get around and have to walk in the road when they are open. Not sure how much evidence they need, it’s like it every day except Sunday!”

Marne Street – speeding cars

Residents have given us the details of the car registration numbers of cars speeding down Marne Street and we have passed this information to the police so they can take the appropriate action. In the meantime, a Marne Street resident told us;

“I’ve been meaning to get in touch with you. I just wanted to say thank you so much for all of your help with the anti-social behaviour on Marne Street. I feel as though it has calmed down significantly. We really appreciate it and it’s a much more pleasant place to live now! It really helped you putting me in touch with the right people (I.e police, council etc)”

Marne Street – trees

We are making enquiries about the condition of the trees/damage being caused to paving in Marne Street.

Fifth Avenue/Ilbert Street

We are chasing up this issue with the Council:

“You may not remember my request from last year but I’d like to try and chase it up a little. I had requested bicycle parking around Fifth Ave and Ilbert Street. It seems we were successful as after many months a notification letter was sent stating it had been approved and even noted the exact location they were to be put at. This was a few months ago but nothing has actually happened. My bike is still living in my kitchen!”

We contacted the bicycle stand implementation team who told us that the team are installing the cycle stands at the moment and confirmed that all stands should be in by the end of May.

Jubilee/Moberly Sports Centres – Update
There is still no word from the Council about the future of the plans to demolish the Jubilee and Moberly sports centres. The future of the plans is in doubt as Brent Council, where the proposed new centre will be built on the Moberly site, refused to waive the £1.7m community infrastructure levy. This levy is applied to all building projects over a certain size to contribute to the costs of upgrading local infrastructure. The Council says it is looking at ways of absorbing this cost but has not yet said how and what impact this will have on the plans.

We will keep you updated as soon as we hear further news.

Kilburn Lane – road surface
We have again asked the Council to liaise with Brent Council to undertake repairs to the roadway along Kilburn Lane after receiving this message:

“The response regarding Kilburn Lane is poor and embarrassing. This pothole which actually takes up one lane of the road and is expanding is extremely dangerous. Frankly waiting over a year for it to be patched up in such a dodgy way is a complete joke. Please push for this to be rectified ASAP. “

Kilburn Lane – blocked pavement

A resident contacted us regarding the blocked pavement outside 94 Kilburn Lane. They let us know that trees and bushes were protruding from the garden and causing almost half the pavement to be blocked. This was causing special issues with buggies and wheelchairs. We reported this to Nuno, our Inspector who undertook a survey and issued a notice requesting that the overflowing hedges be cut back to the property limits within 14 days.

Dart Street

We have asked the Council to repair the drainage in Dart Street at the junction opposition Beethoven Street to stop water collecting by the pavement.

Droop Street

We have asked the Council to install dropped kerbs on the pavements around Juniper House to enable wheelchair-bound residents to get about more easily.

First Avenue

We have asked the Street Lighting Department to investigate the lighting levels of the street lights in First Avenue following enquiries by residents.

Third Avenue

We have had reports that a silver hatchback Mercedes has been abandoned outside 145 Third Avenue. This was first noticed approximately 9 weeks ago. Parking tickets have been left on the vehicle and we have asked the Parking Department to investigate.

Dowland Street

Residents tell us that Dowland Street is once again being used as a rat run for mopeds, mainly during early evening but as previously can be any time from morning to night. We have asked the police to investigate.

Kilravock Street

We have asked A2 Dominion to request their tenant to clear an overgrown back garden and repair a broken fence which is causing their neighbours much concern and worry.

111 Oliphant Street – update

We have received the following update from City West Homes on progress on the long-delayed conversion of this property to a new house:

“Following a competitive tender process we are currently preparing contracts documents and expect the project to start-on-site in May and complete in August. In my last email I had advised the start-on-site would be January, however during the detailed design investigations, additional works to the property were identified that necessitated a revised planning application. The revised application included the introduction of rendering to the rear of the building and the installation of an external electrical meter box on the front elevation. “

Former Mozart Estate Office site, Bruckner Street – Update

Mozart OfficeWe have received the following update from City West Homes on the situation since the contractor, ML Hart, went in to voluntary liquidation earlier this year, leaving the site boarded up:

“Having considered the most expedient options to remobilise this project, the Scape Framework provided a direct route to Willmott Dixon, the sole contractor on this Framework for projects of this value. Willmott Dixon completed a contract sum analysis for us which unfortunately returned a projected cost of £3.2m – in excess of £1.2m of the original contract sum. We have worked collaboratively with Westminster Community Homes and have approached a contractor whom is currently working with Westminster Community Homes on their project in Ladbroke Grove. It has been agreed that they will return a tender sum by 10th June. We are focused on getting back on to site as soon as possible to recommence works such as infrastructure and services, however, building works are unlikely to commence until September given the current lead-in time on sub-contractor procurement.”

The plan is to build a new estate office with flats above and the continuing delay in starting work is of real concern to residents living nearby.

Portnall Road

We have reported this to Nuno, our local Inspector;

“I am a resident living on Portnall Road, we bought our flat in August 2014. We have really enjoyed living in this up and coming area with lovely restaurants, shops and coffee shops. The atmosphere is one that has a nice community feel to it. Unfortunately, the last couple of months the amount of dog poo on our street has been horrific. I am truly disgusted how some residents own a dog but are not accountable for the mess. Literally every morning we walk to the tube to get to work, we are dodging dog poo. I appreciate that initiatives have been taken place to address this problem such as the tidy up day and signs have been put up but something else has to be done. It really is a shame having messy streets in such a nice area. It really brings the tone of place down. At times, I have been so embarrassed when friends have come to visit that I have to apologise. I can see from your action report that the local Warden does a lot around the area but if he could please help with the dog poo problem, it would be really helpful.”

Nuno tells us that he has conducted an educational letter drop on Portnall Road to promote dog ownership and to raise awareness about the dog fouling. He also delivered some reporting post cards where the residents can report irresponsible dog owners anonymously to the Council so he can do follow up inspections and take enforcement actions against the offenders. In addition to these measures he will put some No Dog Fouling signs up on the road to ensure that residents get the message that the street is being monitored and enforcement action will be taken.

36 Bus

We have received this information from a resident which we are taking up with TfL:

“I just wanted to let you know that the situation of late number 36 buses making convoys in the Queens Park area is worsening. This morning around 8.45, myself and few others patiently waited over 35 minutes for a number 36 bus at the Shirland Road bus stop; then one passed at full speed with no one on board and a ‘Tottenham Court Road’ sign. I suppose he was desperately late and couldn’t even find an ‘out of service’ sign. Subsequently a convoy of two 36 buses arrived. I strongly believe that a bus running out of service and a convoy of two passing every 35 minutes instead of 6 minutes doesn’t make an acceptable service. This is a recurring pattern happening every morning at 8.45. Please send someone over to check, and where possible find a solution.”

Front Gardens competition

Green fingers across north Westminster are twitching as the annual ‘Queen’s
Park in Bloom’ front-garden competition is now fully underway, the contest has roots stretching back more than a century but this year Queen’s Park Community Council has introduced new prizes for runners-up and window boxes. The Community Council is running this event for the first time this year ably assisted by members of the Friends of Queen’s Park Gardens.

Entry finishes at midnight June 7 and judging takes place after June 15. Prizes include two pairs of tickets to Hampton Court Flower Show.

• Entry forms can be collected at the Harrow Road library and from the Beethoven Centre on Third Ave and dropped off or posted to Office 1, Beethoven Centre, Third Avenue W10 4JL
• Call the Community Council offices on 0208 960 5644 or email director@queensparkcommunitycouncil.gov.uk
• Download forms from the Community Council website or enter online at queensparkcommunitycouncil.gov.uk/queens-park-bloom-front-garden-competition-2015

Pavements

We asked Queen’s Park Community Council about this issue raised by a resident:

“It is now over a month since the temporary chalks were painted on the pavement in blue and orange next to the dustbins. Despite heavy rain and the passage of time these have not faded. What action will QPCC now be taking to ensure these are cleaned up?”

The QPCC Director has told us:

“I am sorry to hear that the chalk has not disappeared. I will start making arrangements for it to be removed.”

Report from Klaudija Green, Neighbourhood Problem Solving Coordinator

“Westminster City Council Residential Team and Metropolitan Police Service tackled anti-social individuals in a mass co-ordinated day of action across Queen’s Park Ward in Operation Big Wing, focusing on dog control zone non-compliance and related offences. Highlights included the Queen’s Park City Inspector issuing one of the first dogs of lead Fixed Penalty Notices to a resident following initial verbal warning and later on, persistent non-compliance.

An on-going investigation into an individual Queen’s Park commercial premise continues with the Police, Trading Standards Team, Business Rates and Queen’s Park Neighbourhood Problem Solving Coordinator. The new owner is not compliant under various legislations. Educational visit took place with further enforcement to commence if still not compliant. Intelligence gained during the visit will be vital for further recovery of business rates.”

Queen’s Park Community Council

For details about the Queen’s Park Community Council visit

Note My Vote

You might like to take a look at ‘Note My Vote (NMV) www.notemyvote.co.uk which is a website that enables the public to vote on legislation before MPs. The results are published on the website and then sent to MPs before they vote in the House of Commons. People can also vote on news items relating to Government policy, with the results also being published on the website and sent to MPs.

By replicating how MPs vote in the House of Commons and keeping the process simple for users, Note My Vote brings politics into the digital age and provides a quick and easy way for people to voice their opinion on important legislative matters and engage directly in our democratic system. As well as making MPs more accountable to their constituents, one of their aims is to get more people involved in politics.

We would be interested to know what you think

What you say

“Thanks for your action report and for the information on ventures such as music at St John’s and football coaching by QPR. Pity we still get complaints about dumping; we have a great rubbish collection service so it wouldn’t be a bad idea to use it.”

Please let us know if there are any matters on which we can be of help.

Regards

Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor
Your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors – Here to Help

QUEEN’S PARK WARD ACTION REPORT – May 2015

From your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor
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Third Avenue

The Head of St. Marylebone CE Bridge School at 17 – 23 Third Avenue wrote to us about this issue:

“I am writing concerning the on-going problem we are having in Third Avenue with fly tipping outside and in the parking bay of the school. As a special needs school, we are really keen to keep our students safe – some items with very sharp edges have been left outside the school as well as people using the disabled parking area as a public toilet”

We contacted Nuno Reis our local Warden and then the Head told us:

“Nuno has visited the school and will be monitoring the fly tipping situation. He will also be writing to local residents in the adjacent area. Thank you for arranging such a quick response, most appreciated.”

St. Marylebone CE Bridge School is a special needs provision for children with speech and language difficulties.

Fifth Avenue

We asked our local Inspector, Nuno Reis to investigate this issue:

“I wondered if you might be able to help me on a local issue – rubbish has been dumped under the tree between 80 and 82 Fifth Avenue for the past couple of weeks. This morning I picked up on my way to church a carrier bag of alcohol bottles some half full bumped there overnight – on my return from church this had been replaced by a large bunch of weeds (pulled from a garden presumably) and a bag of dog waste and a bag of rubbish in a Sainsbury’s carried bag. I wonder if it would be possible to have a notice could put up on this tree asking people not to dump their rubbish there please?”

Nuno told us that had put the sign up and that he will monitor Fifth Avenue every day as this is an area well known to him. He will also deliver another educational notice informing all residents of the correct collection times and waste disposal methods.

A happy resident told us:

“Just to say a big ‘thank you’ for putting up the notice warning against fines for dumping rubbish on the lamp post by the tree where the rubbish is being dumped. It certainly appears to have done the trick – both myself and my neighbours are very grateful.”

Droop Street/Sixth Avenue

We reported a dumped bollard which had been removed from the pavement outside Larch House and left by the big black bins.

Juniper House, Droop Street

Residents asked to investigate the state of the uneven and bumpy pavement at the base of the ramp leaving Juniper House.

Our Inspector, Nuno has visited the site and has organised a pavement expert to assess the situation.

Peach Road

We have an update on the trees which were missed out during the pollarding earlier this year. The Council has told that that the contractors are currently working through the outstanding plane pollards and the trees in Peach Road which were missed are a priority.

Third Avenue/Dart Street

We have asked the Council to clear away paint that has been spilled on to the road from a dumped paint can.

Lancefield Street

We have reported dumped rubbish outside the Jubilee Sports Centre in Lancefield Street.

Charles Leach Court

We have reported complaints again about anti-social behaviour in the communal areas in Charles Leach Court. Residents tell us that there are people congregating smoking drugs and generally intimidating the residents.

Reporting incidents to the police

You can call 101 to report any incidents to the police.

Hoarding at 156 Ilbert Street

We are continuing to ask City West Homes what is happening about this long standing dispute. Residents say that the hoarding is attracting anti-social behaviour with people climbing up the hoarding and preventing other pedestrians from using the footpath. This is causing a safety risk to pedestrians who are forced on to the road. Also, it is alleged that two cars have driven into the hoarding during the past year.

Fernhead Road

Transport for London have told us that the Countdown Display at the bus stop outside 173 Fernhead Road was temporarily removed to allow bus shelter upgrade works to be undertaken. These works have now been completed and they have assigned an engineer to reinstall the display as soon as possible. These works will be completed as a matter of high priority.

Kilburn Lane

We reported this long-standing problem to Brent Council (who are responsible for this part of Kilburn Lane):

“The whole problem with a collapsing road outside 294 the need for resurfacing of this road seems to have been taken off the Agenda? My property shakes as lorries and other vehicles speed past. Please can you make sure it’s addressed?”

Brent Council told us they following:

“We are currently identifying roads and pavements to be surveyed this financial year to enable the 2016/17 maintenance programmes to be compiled. Kilburn Lane will be included to be surveyed. In the interim, Kilburn Lane will continue to be inspected under the cyclical maintenance inspection regime and further repairs will continue to be undertaken, should the condition meet the council’s intervention level for repair.”

QPR Football Coaching

Regular sessions delivered by QPR started on the 18th April 2015 and will run every Saturday through the year from 10.00am -11.30am at Queen’s Park Gardens. In addition, there is the wider Neighbourhood Sports Club provision which takes place each and every very week and provides approximately 16 hours a week of FREE provision, including football and also multi-sports, boxing and judo.

The Council’s Sports Unit is also working with QPR on Holiday provision for Summer and is working closely with the Community Council on the NSC provision (which includes QPR) but also on a 8 week BTEC Sports Course for 16-25yr olds which will also run throughout the summer for local people.

The Neighbourhood Sports Clubs programme is FREE and is just “turn up & join in”. Participants are given a short registration/consent to complete and return next time they come. For more details of sports opportunities see http://issuu.com/westminstercitycouncil/docs/active_guide_summer_2014

Music at St John’s

St John’s Church, Kensal Green is becoming the venue for lunch-time and summer evening concerts. The concerts are free (with a retiring collection). http://www.stjohns-music.com

First lunch time concert – Thursday 7th May at 1.05pm Laura Snowden, guitar. Pieces by John Dowland and Federico Moreno Torrobo

Evening concert – Saturday 23rd May at 7.30pm

1. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – 12 Duos for two violin, K487

2. Jean-Marie Leclair – Sonata for 2 Violins in E Minor, Op.3, No. 5

3. Franz Joseph Haydn – Violin Duo No.1 , Op.99

4. Sergey Prokofiev – Sonata for 2 Violins in C Major, Op.56

What you say

“Great update, thanks councillors”

“Just an update for you – a week or so after I sent the email to you about the tree outside our house, it was cut back, so thanks”

Please let us know if there are any matters on which we can be of help.

Regards

Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor

Your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors – Here to Help

QUEEN’S PARK WARD ACTION REPORT – April 2015

From your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor
PaulPatriciaBarrie

Moberly/Jubilee Sports Centres Update

Last month Brent Council refused Westminster Council’s request not to pay £1.7 million in Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) due on the proposed new sports centre and private housing on the Moberly site. We asked the Council for an update on how this affects both the Moberly and Jubilee sites and this is the response we got:

“It is correct that Brent refused the application for exceptional circumstances relief from CIL which is extremely surprising and frustrating given the significant community benefit which will be delivered through the project.

We’re considering the possible options with our development partner and I would hope to have an agreed plan of action in the coming weeks. I will provide an update in due course.”

We will keep you updated when we hear further news.

Avenue Gardens Estate

We have asked the Estate Office to give us an update on when the gates will be repaired so that residents feel safe and secure:

“We have been waiting patiently on the council, for so long, I think over 2 years now where we have been asking for the car gates to be fixed and every time the council was giving us an excuse or another. Now we are experiencing the thugs coming and making nuisance and smoking on the stairs. Then we have people come and park. Please can you chase the issue for us and see what and how far you can go with it.”

The Estate Office says;

“All of the vehicle gates at Avenue Gardens Estate are due to be replaced as part of a major works project being carried out by the CityWest Homes. This project has been commissioned because the old/current vehicle gates had fallen into disrepair and were having to be maintained on a regular basis. This was detrimental to the security of the estate and was also unsustainable in terms of the cost of repair each time a gate was reported as dysfunctional.

The major works project has begun with a pilot gate now in place at Elm House (which is adjacent to Ash House). CityWest Homes are monitoring this gate in terms of functionality and also feedback from the residents of the estate. Thus far the feedback has been positive and the gate has operated well. Once this pilot period is complete the gate is expected to be rolled out across the estate.

In regards to the Ash House vehicle gate specifically, because it is a completely different size to all of the other gates on the estate (it faces out onto Droop Street) it requires a separate design and is therefore expected to be the last gate replaced.

In regards to unwanted vehicles parking in Heather Walk, any vehicle parked in front of the block must have a valid permit issued by the Estate Office to be displayed in order to avoid being issued with a penalty charge by our contractor Wing Parking. I will contact Wing Parking and ask that their operative for the area pays close attention to Heather Walk in the coming weeks in the hope of ticketing any vehicles that may be parking there without the required permission.

As with the ASB issue, in the long-term we are hopeful that the replacement gate installed will be effective in tackling this type of problem.”

Rowan Walk

We have had reports of anti-social behaviour in Rowan Walk which we have reported to the local warden as well as the Safer Neighbourhood Team and the area Community Protection Officer.

Peach Road

We have asked the Council for an update on this matter:

“We live in Peach Road and the trees on our road were all (almost!) pollarded 3 weeks ago. Unfortunately there were two that weren’t, one of which is outside our house. Despite me ringing three times to get them done again they still have been done. We had the same issue last year, can you find out what’s happening please?”

Caird Street/First Avenue

We asked the Council’s Tree Officer to investigate this enquiry:

“I just wanted to ask if the council had a reason for the removal of the tree on the corner of Caird Street and First Avenue – was it diseased? And will it be replaced?”

The Council’s senior arboriculture officer explained that the tree was practically dead and was removed for safety reasons. He confirmed that a replacement tree will be planted shortly.

Sixth Avenue

We have asked Nuno Reis to investigate this issue:

“My next door neighbour in Sixth Avenue, has dumped her rubbish, plastic containers, and 4 bags under the tree, please could you help? Could your Warden follow this up?”

Kilburn Lane

We have again reported a dangerous pothole in Kilburn Lane, opposite number 210.

We have also received this message about parking in the area:

“This afternoon I had cause to call Westminster council, to enquire whether there is any plan to educate drivers within Westminster, that have resident bay permits on the fair and considerate use of residents parking bays. I live on Kilburn Lane at the very edge of the borough, and there is precious little parking allocation considering the number of residents. Unfortunately, I found myself driving around in ever widening circles in order to find an adequate parking space.

This was not caused by lack of provision, but inappropriate and selfish parking. For example, in a 2 vehicle bay, someone had parked their 4×4 in such a way that only a ‘smart’ vehicle could occupy the remaining space legitimately. In another, the people parked at the ends of the bay had parked a metre in from the end of their bumpers, but left a couple of metres in between. This was literally on the majority of the bays I encountered as I drove around, and I wouldn’t have noticed had it not been so frustrating been unable to re-park, after returning from work.

Is there any plan to advise and educate residents on the proper, appropriate and fair use of these bays, given their paucity, and if not, does the vehicle parked in such a manner that it prevents another person using the designated space, constitute a breach of the terms of use, i.e. are they ‘double parking’? Are the enforcement officers issuing tickets for same? Needless to say, I don’t want residents being fined, but I do want fair usage of parking bays, and a less selfish attitude when using the bays intended for more than one or multiple vehicles.”

What do you think about this issue?

Queen’s Park Station

We are liaising with our colleagues in Brent about this issue:

“Recently it has come to my attention that the people who beg outside the station everyday also live under the bridge to the right of Queen’s Park tube station. Every day for months now there has been an almost unbearable, acrid smell of marijuana that is undoubtedly coming from the car park to the right of Salusbury Road opposite the current building development. The drug use, noise and unsavoury behaviour coming from these individuals really makes Queen’s Park horrible and very daunting to me during the night. I am often scared to walk on my own from the station to my home. I know there is a huge amount of drug dealing that goes on around Queen’s Park station and I have seen numerous people who I know deal drugs go to this area under the bridge.“

Brent Council have told us:

“We have raised this with the local Safer Neighbourhoods Team and have also instructed Ashford Place, our detached homelessness provider, to undertake some engagement with these people in this area.”

Marne Street/Nutbourne Street – Update

Residents continue to inform us about the speeding cars and anti-social behaviour which we report to the police:

“I just wanted to comment on the speeding vehicles issue, as there seems to be a lot of mention to them in your last newsletter from people on both Marne Street and Nutbourne Street. I just wanted to point out that these are not two separate issues. The black Honda is the same vehicle that speeds constantly down Nutbourne, along Third and then along Dart Street, or in reverse depending on whether the driver is coming or going. This has been going on for some time, in fact I have been prompted to write this email as over lunchtime today the car has sped past my house 3 times at an almighty speed. Also, surely the deafening racket it makes can’t be legal either?”

“Hi, they’re back this afternoon, speeding up and down Nutbourne (west end) and the Avenues. Still too fast to catch their Reg plates – black hatchback (with noisy engine/exhaust), chap wearing a red cap. The latter always tends to hover around the junction of Nutbourne and Sixth – that’s where the group often hang out, as previously mentioned.”

The police have told us that the driver of the Black Honda has been summonsed for a driving offence this week that took place in Queens Park. He is very much the focus of their attention, and will continue to be so.

Queen’s Park Community Council

The Queen’s Park Community Council is organising a “Tidy Up” day on 18th April. This will be a fun afternoon aimed at the prevention of dumping of rubbish, litter and dog mess. The event is supported by Veolia who will be helping and have agreed a one day amnesty for the collection of large bulky items. You can see details on the Community Council website http://lovequeenspark.co.uk/

Selby Square

We have asked A2Dominion about the following issues raised by residents:

• Can the area around the garden shrubbery undergrowth be given a good clean up?
• Can you investigate increasing the height of the fence around the garden area so that residents are not plagued constantly by footballs?

A2Dominion have told us:

“I have arranged for an Officer from our Estate Services department to inspect the area and arrange for any debris from the undergrowth the be cleaned and cleared. This will be completed by the end of this week.

Fencing surrounding the play area – We will investigate the possibility of increasing the height of the fencing around the play area through our Neighbourhood Improvement fund. This may take some time as we will need to consult residents, obtain quotes and submit bids for the improvement. I would estimate that the process from start to end could take up to two months. We have previously looked at redeveloping the whole play area, in consultation with the residents of Selby Square, however we were unsuccessful in obtaining funding for this from Veolia Water.”

Prince of Wales pub – Betfred update – Time to object

Betfred have applied for a licence to use the pub as a betting shop. Residents and local groups have until 22nd April to submit objections.

Residents who live ‘sufficiently close to be likely to be affected’ by the activities or who have business interests which might be affected are entitled to object, as are persons who represent them e.g. residents’ groups and amenity societies.

Objections need to relate to the likely impact of the application on the promotion of the ‘licensing objectives’, which are:
• prevention of public nuisance,
• prevention of crime and disorder,
• public safety and
• protection of children from harm.

Richard Brown from the Licensing Advice Project at Westminster Citizens Advice Bureau is happy to provide advice and assistance to residents in respect of this application, and to assist with drafting representations which focus on the relevant issues. Go to http://www.licensingadvice.org for further information.

Richard can be contacted on 020 7706 6029 and licensing@westminstercab.org.uk

The Betfred licensing application documents can be viewed on the Council’s website- http://idoxpa.westminster.gov.uk/online-applications/licencingApplicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=NLVB56RP0JT00

20mph speed limit – on-line petition

We have posted a new online petition to urge Westminster Council to introduce 20mph trials on residential streets:

“We the undersigned petition Westminster City Council to follow Transport for London’s lead and to reduce the number of pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists killed or seriously injured by 40 per cent by 2020.”

You can sign the petition here http://petitions.westminster.gov.uk/20mphtrial/

Residents in a number of Westminster’s residential streets, including Fernhead Road, Marne Street and Nutbourne Street, have already urged the Council to introduce a 20mph speed limit and traffic calming measures. The TfL initiative is a very welcome step forward and should be followed in Westminster as a matter of urgency in order to reduce accidents and increase road safety.

Westminster Council cannot continue to avoid listening to local residents on this important issue. Action needs to be taken to reduce road casualties and immediate 20mph speed trials need to be established in areas of Westminster where residents have petitioned for action, without further delay.

Queen’s Park Primary School, Droop Street

The Council has given planning permission for the use of 2 Droop Street for educational purposes and the erection of single and two storey extensions to the building to provide new meeting rooms and reception for Queen’s Park Primary School. Planning permission has also been given for associated alterations in the school playground to include demolition of outbuildings and playground in connection with the new extensions, including new playground and alterations to boundary walls.

Superfast Broadband

Karen Buck is putting pressure on BT to speed up the local rollout of Infinity. It does not seem sensible that neither BT Openreach’s fibre network nor Virgin Media’s hybrid fibre coaxial system are available in large parts of Westminster, leaving many residents without access to superfast internet. Chris Bryant, Shadow Minister for Culture, Media and Sport outlined his views on this important subject in Parliament recently. http://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2015-02-03e.237.0 Karen very much agrees with his comments and believes that the next Government must act on this.

What you say

“Just to thank you once again – and all the wardens – for your efforts to keep Queen’s Park ward as safe and as healthy as possible for residents”

“Thanks for all your hard work. As a wobbly old bird I would be happy to see (eventually, if I’m still alive) pedestrian crossings at that Ladbroke Rd junction – some driver seem unaware of the need to stop at a red light.”

“Many thanks for helping me on several occasions regarding a problem neighbour.”

“Thanks for your informative newsletters, without them we would never know that people are actually working on our behalf to address the issues affecting us all.”

“Having now moved out of Queen’s Park Ward and into Maida Vale, thanks to the local councillors for all you do on behalf of people in Queen’s Park – keep up the good work!”

“Thank you for your update which is always concise and informative”

“Thank you for yet another informative report”

“Many thanks again for all your work”

Please let us know if there are any matters on which we can be of help.

Regards

Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor
Your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors – Here to Help

Printed and Published by Andy Whitley at Westminster North Labour Party at 4g Shirland Mews, London W9 3DY

QUEEN’S PARK WARD ACTION REPORT – March 2015

From your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor
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Nutbourne Street

We have asked the Police and the Council to investigate this issue:

“I am a resident in Nutbourne Street and there is a problem with speeding cars in the road. There are cars regularly driving down the road I would say in excess of 50mph maybe even 60mph. It seems to be a challenge to them to see how fast they can drive down the road. I am sure they are the same cars and local as the engines are distinctive in sound, excessively loud and it occurs every night. This is unacceptable as it poses a safety issue for residents, is intimidating, disruptive and antisocial. Is it possible Nutbourne Street can have some form of traffic calming to permanently stop this behaviour? Maybe speed bumps or the like. Or any other form of action?”

Bravington Road

We are checking with Thames Water after receiving this information from a resident:

“Unfortunately the drain in question has not been given a new cover as indicated by Thames Water. The drain is situated outside 57 Bravington Road and still has the vented cover present. Please can this be looked into again to ensure the contractors have carried out the correct job description.”

We are also enquiring about tree cutting after receiving this message:

“Usually the trees are being cut every two years, but my tree was not cut last or this year. I would like to know if you could cut the tree in front of my house in Bravington Road as it was not cut last year and the branches of the tree are dangerously close to the house and in the summer it shades the house as well.”

The Council that the tree in Bravington Road is booked in to be cut on 3rd March.

Kilburn Lane

We are following up this enquiry:

“Please can you confirm when the build out and cycle stand is being completed on Kilburn Lane (between Herries Street and Beethoven Street). This will greatly assist in slowing the traffic on this stretch of the road.”

We have also contacted the local police in Queens Park to ask if something can be done to increase police presence after receiving this message:

“I’d just like to draw your attention to the Ladbrokes betting shop which has recently opened on Kilburn Lane (next door to the Post Office) to see if anything can be done about it. While I appreciate that the shop itself probably isn’t to blame rather than its customers, there’s already been a noticeable difference to the atmosphere on this stretch of the Lane since it opened. Just in the past fortnight I’ve been approached for money twice while using the Post Office cashpoint (once fairly aggressively). And I’ve also seen customers coming out of the shop to skin up in the telephone boxes opposite (in broad daylight). Unfortunately it looks like all the problems that were reported for ages about the William Hill on Kilburn Lane may now have just shifted further up the road.”

Junction of Kilburn Lane and Chamberlayne Road, outside Kandana

We have again made enquiries about this issue:

“I’d like to bring to your attention the fact that still after a year of a number of people reporting the condition of an area of road which is sinking and frankly very dangerous to all road users alike this has not been repaired. I wonder if you could be so kind as to contact the relevant department and see what the delay is in repairing this. It is getting worse and I really think especially as it is on a main road used by buses this should be dealt with asap.”

Bruckner Street

We have asked the Council to repair the broken paving stones at the corner with Dart Street.

Oliphant Street

We have reported this issue to Nuno, our local Warden:

“At the corner of Oliphant and Sixth, on the south-east side of that junction, there’s somebody who keeps dumping rubbish (sometimes bagged, not always, sometimes furniture etc) outside collection windows. And I’m still not seeing the dog signs (or bins) on the trees and lamp-posts? Some more poo bags and some unbagged this week, top of Sixth”

Leeve House, Lancefield Street

When out visiting residents with Karen Buck MP in Lancefield Street we met with the family at Leeve House who raised concerns that the large tree outside had not been trimmed at all in recent years and as a result leaves a mess for them to clear up. We asked if this is a tree where trimming is planned or whether it could be added to future plans. The Co0uncil told us;

“We have just raised a job to get the two trees at the end of Leeve House closest to Lancefield Street pruned due to them obstructing the view of a CCTV camera. I am aiming to get this done in the next month. The Mozart Estate is on our 2015/16 pruning programme with an approximate date of Oct 2015 for carrying out the work. “

Caird Street

There have been problems with intruders getting into the derelict houses at the corner of Caird Street and Third Avenue. We reported this to the Council who say:

“The metal door which is situated between the sports centre and the dilapidated houses belongs to the sports centre and provides a fire exit route onto Caird Street. We will arrange for this to be locked shut outside of opening times and will be installing a draw bolt and padlock over the next few days. This will hopefully help with the situation going forward.”

Avenues – iron railings, gates and door-knockers

In response to enquiries from residents, a supplier of iron railings, gates and door-knockers for properties on the Avenues is RG Webber Ltd, phone 07767 784 094/ 01959 574821.

Fourth Avenue

We have asked the Council to investigate a property in Fourth Avenue where, according to residents, “a very odd security system has been placed across the front of the above property. Looks like boxed cabling, which is counter to the planning in the area, between cameras. But it’s also odd when you see the house too…. Run down, mirrored windows.” Another resident says, “the property is a real mess with these strange cameras or infra-red lights on a great big bar across the top of the house. The mirrored windows are hideous”

St Jude’s, Ilbert Street

We have contacted City West Homes about this enquiry:

“It would now be great if St Jude’s could be properly painted on the outside – -the doors were done when the plaque was put up, but all the other paintwork, gutters etc looks quite bad. Also, as someone who now helps in the hall twice a week, there is no storage place inside the hall, so stuff tends to be dumped by one of the exits”

City West Homes have recently completed a survey of St Jude’s Hall and it is currently being planned for external repair work in 2017.

Shirland Road junction with Ashmore Road

The Council has given us the following update on action being taken to tackle persistent rubbish dumping:
• Wardens are continuing with twice daily inspections
• Two residential Fixed Penalty Notices issued to residents who left their recycling bags at this location
• Reissuing of the signs at this location to ensure residents are aware about the dumping issues and consequences

Kilburn Lane/Harrow Road/Ladbroke Grove junction

We have repeated our request to the Council for action on this dangerous junction. We are working with local residents, including the Kensal Triangle Resident’s Association who have been campaigning for pedestrian lights at the above junction for nearly a decade. In a letter to the Council they say:

“We attended a meeting in February of last year at St John’s Church, right on the corner of the junction, where we were assured that plans for implementing a pedestrian phase and better timings for vehicular traffic had been drawn up, and that it was only a matter of waiting for some modelling consultations to be completed for the work to start. We were told that the work should start early in 2015 – i.e. now.

Despite various attempts by many of our members and other concerned locals to get more detailed timings from the management team, we have heard nothing since then. We now see that the new Service Development Manager (Transportation) has been asking Westminster colleagues for suggestions for junctions needing improvement to be forwarded to him for TfL’s consideration. Can you assure us that the Harrow Road/Ladbroke Grove scheme is progressing and will be implemented soon; especially as TfL seem now to be looking for projects?

This matter has dragged on far too long. We are asked daily by residents, many with small children, as to when ‘something will be done about the crossing’. It is only a matter of time before there is a serious accident at the Junction in its present state.”

This is the latest update from the Council:

“The feasibility scheme design, which addresses the desire for improved pedestrian crossing facilities, has been submitted to the TfL Road Safety Audit Manager, of the TfL Asset Management Directorate. TfL aims to carry out the Road Safety Audit this week. This will identify whether or not we need to make any changes to the design that might affect the traffic modelling. We will then submit the scheme and traffic modelling to TfL Outcomes Delivery for audit, approval and preparation of the Traffic Signal Supplementary Report. Once this has been signed off, detailed design and the implementation process will then be progressed.”

We await further details.

Queen’s Park Safer Neighbourhood Team

You can get details of the SNT at http://content.met.police.uk/Team/Westminster/QueensPark

Report from Klaudija Green, Community Protection Officer

• Furniture Mart, Harrow Road/First Avenue – Police are taking further action for highways obstruction. Other strands of enforcement are still under investigation.
• Neighbourhood Watch – one is going to be established in Mozart Estate. Potential Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator has been found and further meetings will take place to organise it.
• Mozart Estate – a block meeting took place and residents attended from various locations such as Stansbury Square, Naylor House and Parry Road. The matter of ASB was discussed and residents say that there are still issues but certain locations are getting better.
• Dog Control Zone – this will stay in Queen’s Park Ward for further 3 years from October 2014. A campaign involving primary school children of Queen’s Park schools, Community Council, Ward Councillors and Westminster Warden is planned for Spring 2015.

“We continue to work hard to tackle antisocial behaviour and crime in Queen’s Park Ward and have been dealing in the last 3 months with various cases involving harassment between neighbours and have been helping residents with mental health issues by asking for them to be put in a better supported accommodation thus making sure that their needs are addressed and giving the rest of the community respite from ASB behaviour.”

Jubilee/Moberly Update

We have received this update from the Council:

“The Council’s tree contractors are planning to undertake some planned tree removal works around the Moberly and Jubilee Sports Centre sites in preparation for the start of ‘Phase 1’ works which include the demolition of the dilapidated Genesis homes as part of the overall redevelopment. The works will commence on Monday 2nd March. A number of trees will be removed on the Genesis site, the Moberly Sports Centre site and on Lancefield Street.

Whilst the tree works need to be undertaken during this time of year the commencement of the Jubilee and Moberly redevelopment works are very much subject to the on-going discussions with Brent Council regarding the Council’s application to Brent to waive the £1.7million Community Infrastructure Levy charges which have to be paid as part of the development costs.”

The Council say that the construction cost of the project has increased from £17million to £23million and that the development can no longer afford to pay Brent Council the £1.7m Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) due for the redevelopment of the Moberly site (which is in Brent). We have pointed out, although construction costs have gone up, property prices have also increased considerably over recent years, thereby increasing the value of the proposed residential development. We await Brent’s decision.

Mozart Estate Office, Bruckner Street – Update

We have been told by City West Homes that M L Hart Builders Limited, the building contractor appointed on a design and build basis by Westminster Community Homes to construct the new Mozart Estate Office and associated residential accommodation, has ceased trading and that the works have been discontinued with immediate effect.

This is very disappointing news and we have asked City West Homes for an investigation as to how this company was appointed in the first place. We have also asked for details of when a new contractor will be appointed and when the works will be completed. This does not inspire confidence in the Council’s ability to undertake further major construction work in the Queen’s Park area!

Prince of Wales pub, Harrow Road

We have started an on-line petition to save the Prince of Wales pub on Harrow Road from becoming another betting shop. You can sign here: http://petitions.westminster.gov.uk/PrinceofWales/

The petition reads:

We the undersigned petition Westminster City Council to bring in an Article 4 direction preventing the Prince of Wales pub on Harrow Road becoming a betting shop in order to protect local amenity and the wellbeing of the area.

This stretch of Harrow Road already contains 3 betting shops, including one directly next door. We believe that the Harrow Road and Prince of Wales junction need a wider and better range of shops and facilities, not a greater concentration of fast-food and betting shops.

The Story of Queens Park Rangers Football Club hits the big screen

‘R’Story’, charts the story of the club’s beginnings in 1882, through to the present day using a tapestry of voices which include memorable players as well as passionate and long-standing fans. Running parallel to the unique story of the club is a wider story of what football means and has meant to British society, and in particular to London’s working class and diverse local communities.

‘R Story’ was created over a two-year period, by a group of young and mostly unemployed people. The young people involved have learned so much from the experience, about how to film, how to script, conduct interviews, how to edit footage, as well as the research and shaping the film into the high quality documentary.. Some have gone on to find employment in the media industries as a result.

See here for more information on the film and to download images

http://www.octaviafoundation.org.uk/our_work/activities_and_projects/149_the_story_of_qpr

You can see the film on Monday 2 March, Tuesday 3 March and Wednesday 4 March (special pre-match screening), 7pm – 10pm at The Bush Theatre, 7 Uxbridge Road, London, W12 8LJ, Tel 020 8743 5050, Price: £3
Ticket info: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk

Marne Street – speeding vehicles – what you say

“Yet again the owner of the black Honda reg. S444 MXA-black at 12.45 today was racing his vehicle down Marne Street in a reckless and dangerous manner. My son was playing in the street at the time. I estimate that by the time it was approaching my home it was breaking heavily after reaching up to speeds of 50-60 mph. This matter has to be made a priority before someone is injured. Can you let me know if an ASBO is in the process of being issued or what further action needs to be taken before this vehicle can be taken off the road?”

“As far as the problem with vehicles (both cars and motorcycles) racing up Marne Street, I was aware of this happening this weekend and thinking about it, there does seem to be a lot of it going on at present. The last time this occurred was in the summer when I recall small children having to flee out of the way of racing cars. Is there any reason why Marne Street can’t have traffic calming humps installed? Is there a specific reason why Westminster Council decides to place them in some streets as opposed to others? In fact, as I write I can hear the same motorbike speeding in a neighbouring street.”

“Our friend or friends on Marne still seem to be driving around at speed and with that overly-loud engine. I think it’s these folks who also dump McDonalds food bags and waste on Nutbourne on a regular basis. Usually I pop it in a bin afterwards. I can’t make it to the door, as they drive too fast, but there appears to be a black hatchback involved. They are at risk of running over the young kids that play on the streets.”

What you say

“Thank you so much, for keeping Mozart Street cleaner and free from rubbish”

“I would just like to say what a fabulous job has been done on renovating the library, It looks fantastic”

“Thanks for this valuable update and for all your work with your team helping solving the community’s problems”

Please let us know if there are any matters on which we can be of help.


Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor
Your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors – Here to Help

QUEEN’S PARK WARD ACTION REPORT – February 2015

From your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor
PaulPatriciaBarrie

Marne Street

We have asked the Police and the Council to investigate this long-standing problem:

“For the past 3 months we have had problems with groups of youths driving up and down Marne Street sometimes at speeds of up to 50mph. They drive this fast all day and night and not only this but they sound their horns and rev their engines in the middle of the night waking us up. I believe all of their vehicles are illegally modified so the noise they generate is appalling not to mention incredibly intimidating. It sounds as though they are driving formula one style cars. I have spoken to the youths on numerous occasions, and we have also called the police several times, however usually they have disappeared by the time the police show up. I find this behaviour entirely unacceptable. I know that children are no longer able to play in the street, and I am frightened to walk my daughter in her buggy in case one of the youths were to lose control of their vehicle when driving at such high speeds.”

Stuart Marshall at City West Homes tells us;

“I know who these youths are driving their vehicles on Marne Street. I have informed them that this should stop now. I hope that this will change this behaviour”

Queen’s Park Court

We are continuing to take action in response to concerns raised by residents, including this latest issue:

“I would like to thank you for your help with dealing with the complaints made about the young boys in the Queen’s Park Court area. Some of the young boys have moved to the back of the Queen’s Park Court where the community hall is. They come at 11.00-12.00pm at night and smoke weed and shout loud. Please can you help with this?”

Oliphant Street

We have asked City West Homes to let us know when the wall will finally be rebuilt after receiving this message:

“I am concerned that we still have a covered in walkway at the bottom of Oliphant Street which is covering scaffolding that is keeping up a dangerous wall. You have mentioned that this is because there is a problem regarding ownership but this seems to be going on for such a long time. It is taking up valuable parking spaces and is very dangerous in the dark as it is great for drug dealing and even more worrying cover for muggers.”

We have been following this up with CWH for a while, but the dispute with a local freeholder who has claims over some of the wall has yet to be resolved. We will continue to monitor the situation and urge a resolution as soon as possible.

Kilravock Street

We are pleased that a new street light will soon be installed near 9 Kilravock Street after safety concerns expressed by residents. The Council say “The new column is likely to be operational in early March 2015 but every effort will be made to deliver the new installation ASAP.”

Fifth Avenue

An electric vehicle re-charging bay is being proposed for outside 126 and 128 Fifth Avenue.

Harrow Road by the junction with Fourth Avenue

We have asked the Council to investigate this issue:

“This is the third night of traffic recording things being put into the road surface. At the moment it sounds like grinding machines are being used. I spoke to one of the workforce last night who advised that they had been refused a permit to work in the day. So they start work at 7 pm. Last night we went to bed at 11 pm and work was still ongoing. I was still awake at 11.30 pm and they were still working. Traffic is one way via traffic lights. Often drivers rush lights. Horns go. Traffic sits with engines running. This is not urgent work and so why are so many residents having their evenings and nights interrupted? Do they think that all those who live on the Avenue Gardens estate are jobless?”

Foxes in the gardens of Fifth Avenue and Kilravock Street

We have made enquiries about this recurring issue;

“We appear to have foxes (noisy large and scary ones) in our back gardens at night. I am terrified of them and wonder if there is anything that can be done about them. I am terrified they will nest in my garden – what can I do?”

The Council has given us this advice:

“As foxes are classed as a nuisance and not a pest, they do not meet the criteria as a meaningful threat to public health and the Westminster City Council Pest Control does not deal with them. However, there are a number of deterrents that are suggested and you can use, these include making sure you remove all possible shelters, sealing all bins and erecting a fence. More information on how to deter foxes is listed on the Westminster City Council Website: https://www.westminster.gov.uk/foxes. There is also Fox Deterrence Helpline Telephone: 01892 826 222, which you can call for more advice. “

Sixth Avenue

We have reported this issue to the Council;

“I live on Sixth Avenue, and a black motor scooter has been parked outside my house for a month, I have made enquiries in the street, but nobody knows anything about it. Shall I report it to the police, or Council?”

We reported this to Nuno Reis, our Warden, who told us;

“I will conduct an inspection to the location and take the relevant enforcement action.”

Bravington Road

We have received the following update from Thames Water:

“I am pleased to confirm that we have replaced the manhole cover in Bravington Road with a non-vented one today. This will help prevent residents being disturbed by smells escaping from our sewers.”

Ainsworth House, Kilburn Lane

External repair and decoration works are due to start onsite from 23 February 2015. The work is planned to take 12 weeks to complete and includes:
• redecorating all internal common corridor and staircase area surfaces,
• roof repairs,
• repairs and cleaning to the external brickwork,
• repairs to the boundary wall

AD Construction will be setting up a site office on the grass area by the main entrance of the block. The site office will not be very large and the grass area will be protected before the office is set up. The office will also be secured by fencing to prevent any unauthorised access to the area outside of working hours. The contractors working hours will be between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. Once the contractor has set up their site office, they will start to erect scaffolding to the block. The scaffolding will be alarmed, and secured at the end of each working day. If you have any questions about the works you can contact Vicky Andrews on 020 7245 2514 or by email at vandrews@cwh.org.uk.

Kilburn Lane

We have asked the Council to investigate the concerns raised by residents;

“Resurfacing of the road to make sure that my property is not shaken by vibration as heavy goods vehicles do into large craters and cracks which are quite severe in places. Police monitoring of zebra crossing where on several occasions I and my family have nearly been run over as cars fail to stop even after my daughters have stepped out onto the crossing. I have had the same experience, too.”

Nutbourne Street

We reported this to Nuno Reis, our local Warden:

“Today I watched a perfectly respectable lady, with two ‘delightful’ Yorkshire terriers in their winter jackets, throw down a poo-filled bag. I requested that she take it home. She replied “but it’s in a bag”, “and there’s another one down there” and then apologised and did as requested. “I do understand”, she said. nThe tree bases along Nutbourne (between 5th and 6th) and the top ends of 5th and 6th Avenues seem to be a problem again … both bagged and unbagged mess. Any chance we could have Placard signs on all the trees? Folks do rip them down eventually but they’re better than nothing. The lady’s comments I think prove the point that one bag seems to legitimise, in their minds, dumping more, at a time when we seem to have more and more (and noisy) dogs in the area.”

Nuno has told us:

“I will put more No Dog Fouling signs in the mentioned area and in Queens Park ward. I will conduct regular inspection with the sweeper allocated for the area to ensure that the mess is cleared daily. I have put 6 signs in and around Fifth Avenue, Sixth Avenue and Nutbourne Street and I have already making the arrangements to get 2 litter bins for the area.I am currently arranging plain clothes operations with the Animal warden and the our dedicated SNT to identify and enforce over the residents who fail to clean up after their dogs and to enforce the Dog Control Order for dogs off the lead”

Avenues Estate – Ironwork

We are making enquiries after receiving this question:

“Do you happen to know the suppliers of the wrought/cast iron fencing for the cottages on the estate and roughly how much a set costs to commission and have installed? Any information would be appreciated”

Harrow Road/Ladbroke Grove junction

We have again asked for an update from the Council about the long-promised and long-delayed improvements to this dangerous junction after receiving this information:

“At the junction of Harrow Road there is a slip road taking westbound traffic from the Westminster part of Harrow Road into Ladbroke Grove. In the middle of it is a pelican crossing i.e. a traffic light. This light is synchronised with the traffic light on the main junction, so that drivers think the way is clear for them to drive out into Ladbroke Road. But it isn’t. There is in fact a stop line after the pelican crossing. The trouble is that only the first car in the queue at the pelican crossing can see that stop line. For those further back there is no indication whatsoever that they need to stop. I know all this to my cost because on January 15th last year I drove out into Ladbroke Grove and was promptly hit in the side.

The solution would be to replace the pelican crossing with a zebra crossing. That would not mislead drivers as the pelican light did me. But Westminster’s transport department say they can’t put that in because of guidance from Transport for London that you can’t mix different types of crossing on a single junction. Does Westminster have to follow such guidance even when it produces a highly dangerous situation which TfL had obviously never thought of?”

Complementary Health

Older Queen’s Park and Harrow Road Ward residents can take advantage of the “over 55s complementary sessions” at Half Penny Steps Clinic or Ernest Harriss House. Funded through the Ward Budget, the sessions are by appointment only through the office (0208 969 6799 Fridays only) or Rita Taylor any time on 07865 080 969. Osteopathy, massage, reflexology, shiatsu or acupuncture is available after an initial consultation. It costs £2 a session.

Avenues Youth Project

Avenues Youth Project http://www.avenues.org.uk needs nine volunteers to run the London Marathon and raise funds for the project. The charity is a London Marathon Gold bond holder and runners are asked to commit themselves to raising a minimum of £1500. The largest sum raised by an individual for Avenues Youth Project is just over £7,000. For more information about how to hit the ground running email Stuart before Friday, 6 February.

Refuse collection – what you say

“I would like to add my thanks to our street sweepers who do a marvellous job in often difficult conditions. Praise is due, also, to the waste and recycling teams who work tirelessly on their rounds.”

“I agree strongly with the comments made by one of the residents regarding street sweeping. I find our local street sweepers very helpful, pleasant and hardworking. I cannot see why they should have to clear up dog poo. Ilbert Street is a regular dog-poo alley.”

“All praise to both Nuno and the lovely street cleaners – they are a great asset to our neighbourhood and deserve more recognition. Our waste collection teams are also exceptional and consistent.”

Kilburn Lane/ Chamberlayne Road junction – what you say

“This remains a nightmare for buses, through traffic, speeding, side-parking. It’s joint Brent and WCC, but I suggest it needs a wholesale review about passage, parking, public transport, sensitive to the retail and commercial presence that seems, still, to clog it up at peak and off-peak times.”

What you say

“Thank you for all your hard work.”

“An excellent report as ever”

Please let us know if there are any matters on which we can be of help.

Regards

Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor
Your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors – Here to Help

QUEEN’S PARK WARD ACTION REPORT – January 2015

From your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor
PaulPatriciaBarrie

Happy New Year!!

Christmas Tree recycling

Westminster Counccil has designated St Luke’s church site as a tree recycling site. The entrance to the recycing area is via a gate at the top of Ashmore Road (junction with Kilburn Lane) and is open for tree disposal from 8am to 8pm from 5th to 15th January. There is also a tree recycling site on Ilbert Street at the junction with Fourth Avenue by the entrance to Queen’s Park Gardens.

Harrow Road/Second Avenue

We reported this issue to Nuno, our local Warden:

“Yet again rubbish dumped at the Harrow Road end of Second Avenue – a fridge with doors open! Been there a few days and opposite a pile of wooden bed parts. Please can we have a large sign put up to stop this dumping!

Nuno has told us;

“I have conducted an inspection to Second Avenue and reported the waste and the refrigerator for removal. I also put two No Dump signs on the street, one outside 1 Second Avenue and one outside 12 Second Avenue.”

Queen’s Park Court

We are continuing to support residents who are plagued by late night anti-social behaviour from youths driving cars around the car park. This issue has been unresolved for many weeks now despite the best efforts of Stuart Marshall and PC Dave Hammond. We have called on the Council to take urgent action taken against those responsible for this appalling ASB which is making residents’ lives a misery.

The police tell us that they have tracked down one of the youths responsible (who lives many miles away) and have issued him with a warning not to cause any further anti-social behaviour at Queen’s Park Court. We hope that this helps to resolve the situation.

John Fearon Walk

We have had complaints from residents in McFarren House about youths smoking and dealing drugs at the corner of John Fearon Walk. Residents state they feel intimidated when there is a large group.

Stuart Marshall has told us that there are CCTV cameras at John Fearon Walk/Parry Road and the footage is being examined. All anti-social behaviour incidents should be reported to the Police on the telephone number 101 unless it’s an emergency then call 999.

Dart Street

We have reported a blocked drain on Dart Street, at the junction with Beethoven Street, and asked this it is repaired.

Caird Street/Third Avenue Update

Following the late night incidents of Anti-Social Behaviour by youths at this location the Community Protection team has told us;

· The trees (which it has been recognised obstruct lighting) on Caird Street have been scheduled for pruning. We have asked this to be prioritised. Nuno, the local Warden has also reported that the street is much more open and well lit following the winter leaf fall.

· Lighting improvements have been completed.

· Some pruning of bushes on wall outside the Jubilee Sports Centre has taken place, however a Crime Prevention Design Advisor advised against removing them altogether as this might encourage loitering/ASB.

· Nuno had a meeting with the Jubilee Centre Management to ask that their staff have a designated smoking area in order not to leave cigarette litter all around the centre.

· A robust approach will be taken against any repeat offenders if identified at the location including, but not limited to: Acceptable Behaviour Contracts, verbal and written warnings and housing team visits to the address to alert parents to their children’s behaviour and letting them know about any potential risks to their tenancy if the behaviour was to continue.

· Police (when on duty) will patrol the area to ensure compliance

Leaf collection

We have had complaints from residents about bags filled with leaves and left in the street by the Street Cleaners, in particular around the Avenues. These bags are then attacked by vermin and the leaves scattered. We have asked for the bags could be removed possibly on the same day to prevent a further waste problem. It is also dangerous as piles of leaves are extremely slippery

Kilburn Lane

We have asked the Council to investigate this issue:

“Buses come to near stand-still to avoid bouncing hard on this terrible road surface on Chamberlayne Road at Kilburn Lane. It has been there for about a year, previously reported and marked out for repair – markings long ago faded. It could be either Brent or Westminster. That is the problem: boundary probably runs through middle of problem and no one fixes it.”

The Council says:

“We’ve been to look at this and the defect is clearly on Chamberlayne Road (which is in Brent). I have passed this on to Brent for their attention.”

Big Black Bin site at Shirland Road junction with Ashmore Road

The Council has given us the following report after we reported regular rubbish dumping at this location:

· Twice daily inspections carried out by local wardens at 09:00 and 13:00

· Wardens have issued 5 warning notices to residents abusing this site

Bravington Road – Drains update

We have received an update from Thames Water about residents’ concerns about smells from the drains;

“We had previously investigated the smell issue in August. This included entering the sewers to assess their condition when we found they were free flowing and did not need cleaning or further work. In light of your concerns we re-investigated on 10 December but did not find any blockages or other obstructions which could be causing the smells. However, we did notice that there was a smell coming from a manhole in the road which has a vented cover on it. We have raised a job to have this replaced with a non-vented cover. This has been passed to our contractors to plan in. They have advised that due to location of the manhole and the Christmas embargo, this work will be completed early in the New Year”.


Queen’s Park Gardens Update

The Council Sports Officers have told us the following:

“Despite the weather conditions at times, the works have progressed well and we’re pleased with the contractor’s performance. The contractor completed the majority of the works and the new Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) and outdoor gym is now open to the public. The new courts will be spray painted in the spring (the works are weather dependant) and the floodlighting for the MUGA will be commissioned in the New Year.”

Queen’s Park Community Council

We arranged for a group of Councillors from Greenwich to visit Queen’s Park so they could see how the Community Council operates and speak to Community Councillors. Following the meeting we received the following message:

“Thank you and your colleagues from Queens Park Community Council for the very informative visit to the Council. We were very impressed by the enthusiasm and achievements of the community councillors and it was very useful to collect information about a different model of engagement for consideration as part of our review of community engagement. Also thanks for your informal tour of the ward before we headed south of the river to more familiar terrain!”

Street sweeping – what you say

“I want to write in praise of the street cleaners in the Ilbert St/Fifth/Sixth avenue area. I have lived at the Chamberlayne Road end of Ilbert Street for 15 years now and one of my pleasures has been getting to know the street cleaners and on a cold dark morning giving them a hot cup of coffee. At this time when immigrants are rather negatively talked about I have found that over the years the cleaners I have known have come from Belgian Congo or Algeria. They are there, early, all weathers – clearing up leaves is one thing, clearing litter dropped in the street and dog pooh quite another. Their pride in the work they do and cheerfulness I find very encouraging and humbling.”

What you say

“Thank you for the information. You do work hard!”

“Thanks very much for taking up our various local problems. Incidentally, the Fifth Avenue/Ilbert Street “swimming pool” is not much fun either when it gets icy! More power to your collective elbows”

“Well done, another fine record of issues taken up and resolved. Keep up the good work – it’s great that our local councillors are so active to make Queen’s Park an even better place to live.”

Wishing you all the very best for 2015

Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor

Your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors – Here to Help

QUEEN’S PARK WARD ACTION REPORT – December 2014

From your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor
PaulPatriciaBarrie

Queen’s Park Court

We are working closely with City West Homes and the police to tackle this serious issue;

“Two cars full of young men turned up Saturday evening. These men came in and out of the car park at breakneck speeds throughout the evening. They lit and let off fireworks and rockets in the car park. I called the police about four times but these guys seem pretty canny they speed off every so often and come back screeching round corners. I support CWH’s proposal to install CCTV in the back car park – this could help alleviate the problem. However, I would still maintain that the core issue here is a spacious car park with a highway running along it which is rarely at even half full. This makes it an ideal and very accommodating concrete playground for youths including joyriders, skateboarders, and gangs.”

Following a meeting with residents City West Homes tell us that “it was agreed that the CCTV camera currently located on the Community Hall will be temporarily relocated onto the back of one of the blocks which overlooks the parking area in question. It will look diagonally across and be positioned relatively low.”

Ilbert Street/Fourth Avenue

We have asked the Council to investigate this issue;

“The learner drivers are a problem. They are a nuisance when they sit outside my house for ages with engine running while having conversations and doing endless reversing practice around the Fourth Ave/Ilbert Street corner even after midnight. Ilbert Street/ Fourth Avenue is the one corner which doesn’t have a bay ending the residents’ parking areas, meaning cars just constantly reverse around it. If the pavement outside St Jude’s could be broadened to match all other corners then some of this traffic would be reduced. Having a wider pavement in front of St Jude’s would also be much safer for people congregating and kids playing outside. My car which was parked outside my house was written off by someone speeding around the corner. Had the ‘ bay’ been present this would have been prevented. I do think the council needs to do something to disperse the learner so across a wider area.”

St John’s Terrace

We have contacted the Council about this problem;

“The recycle rubbish collection has not been collected from the houses in St John’s Terrace for the last five weeks. I have emailed the council twice regarding this. They replied after my first email (2-3 weeks ago) saying they would look into it. I telephoned the recycle collection dept last Wednesday at 1.45pm and told the man I spoke to that the recycle rubbish had not been collected for the last 5 weeks. After checking on his computer he told me that the collection time for my road is 8am to 2pm on Wednesdays and that if I wanted this collected I would have to phone him back after 2pm as there was nothing he could do about it until after 2pm. To say I was annoyed at his response is putting it mildly. There are only 7 houses in our road. The recycle rubbish was usually collected at 7am not between 8am- 2pm. The general rubbish is collected on Tuesdays and Fridays. The only way we have been able to dispose of the recycle rubbish is to put it into black bags when it is collected on Fridays. “

The Council tell us;

“Two reports to the contact centre have been recorded on 3rd October and 21st October. The first complaint that the recycling was missed was classed as justified and caused by a crew error, the recycling was then cleared the next day. The second report of a missed collection has been classed as unjustified as the GPS tracking for the vehicle showed it to be present on the street at the correct collection time. The crew have been reminded again to check all addresses along St John’s Terrace for recycling bags and boxes every week. We apologise for the inconvenience caused by the missed collection and will be closely monitoring the recycling collection scheduled for tomorrow morning.”

Fifth Avenue/Ilbert Street

We are continuing to press the Council and Thames Water to fix the drains at this junction, Residents say:

“We are still being flooded on Fifth Avenue. Residents cannot walk along the pavement and drivers cannot park their cars because the water is so deep. This is a serious health hazard. Residents could easily be walking along the pavement and slip on the deep flooded water or misjudge the pavement edge because the flooded water and slip and fall into the street. The flood is also perilously close to the air bricks at the base of the properties next to the flood which could potentially flood those properties. This is an accident waiting to happen. This would not happen anywhere else in Westminster so please do something about this. This is has been ongoing for 24 years. This ongoing issue is unfair treatment of the residents in this area who pay council tax just like everybody else. This is not a once off flood but a constant nuisance and danger to the local community. It is time something was done about this please Westminster City Council.”

Your Credit Union at St John’s Church, Kensal Green

11am-2pm Thursday December 4th

Your Credit Union will be in church to meet anyone from the community who would like to learn more about our local credit union, investments or borrowing. This is the first “pop up” in church which it is hoped will become a regular event. St John’s has invested £10,000 in Your Credit Union (based in Kensington) and hopes that it will be of help to those who need their services.

Jubilee Sports Centre

We made strong objections to the Council proposal that the condition requiring a contribution of £500,000 towards affordable housing on the Jubilee Sports Centre development should be waived.

At the Planning Committee meeting, Councillor Patricia McAllister said:

”I have serious doubts about the project and we hope they are investigated by Judicial Review and the permission overturned. In terms of the £508,000 payment, when I first read the reason for waiving this, I felt disbelief. It is beyond belief that Wilmot Dixon admits they didn’t factor in the CIL to Brent so we are asked to forfeit the S106 payment. It’s a Westminster-driven development and the residents have a right to know policies have not been over-ridden. The CIL was introduced six years ago and are we meant to believe they didn’t factor it in? They are ripping the heart out of the community. The intention is to build 84 homes at the Jubilee Centre and 86 at Moberly. These properties won’t benefit local people because they don’t have the income to buy these homes. We have 2,000 homeless families in temporary accommodation and overcrowded homes. Seven of the 12 social rented homes will be lost. It’s not efficient use of housing stock. I am appalled. It wasn’t long ago that this kind of development had to provide 30 per cent affordable housing. The housing which is affordable is not based on three quarters of the market rent but affordable to people on average incomes. Now the developer has the affront to request non-payment. This is a fiasco.”

Our letter to the Council is here https://labourwestminster.wordpress.com/2014/11/18/strong-objection-to-removal-of-affordable-housing-contribution-on-jubilee-sports-centre-site-development/

Fifth Avenue/Ilbert Street drains

We contacted Thames Water to find out if they could investigate the odour issues and come up with a solution. They have visited the location to investigate the cause of the odour but have not been able to find any blockages. However they are arranging for the manhole cover at the Fifth Avenue and llbert street junction location to be replaced with a sealed cover and are confident this will prevent odours from escaping. They are waiting for the replacement cover to be delivered and once received they will need to apply for a permit from the local authority to enable them to carry out this work.

Lothrop Street

We have asked the Council to consider this request;

“I live on Lothrop Street and I have been alarmed a number of times recently by moped riders driving very fast down our street. I have a 3 year old and it’s very dangerous for him. Please could you tell me why Lothrop Street doesn’t have any speed bumps whilst Kilravock Street does? It would really improve the safety for the children down our street if speed bumps were put in.”

Kilburn Lane

We have asked Brent Council to deal with this problem;

“I live on Kilburn Lane and the opposite side of the road is in Brent. Recently a family has moved in and deposited a number of items like a lavatory bowl and an unwanted mattress onto the street outside their wall. These items have now been there for over a month, and show no signs of being removed any day soon. Would you mind prodding your opposite number in Brent council who would deal with such ‘dumping’ to take a look?”

We have also asked that a large pothole outside 204 Kilburn Lane be repaired.

Portnall/Ashmore Roads

We have alerted the police to this continuing issue;

“I’ve noticed a big uptick in anti-social behaviour with gangs of youths smoking cannabis and drinking in the area around Portnall Road and Ashmore Road, often with what look like banned breeds of very large, powerful dogs used to intimidate people. People I meet from the area who walk their dogs and see various things have a very bad feeling about it. We really won’t see any changes in this until you start seeing police on the streets very visibly, because these youths seem to think they own the streets as it is. Perhaps they know that the nearby police stations have been shut down.”

Second Avenue/Harrow Road

We reported that the scaffolding at the corner of Second Avenue and Harrow Road did not have the protective netting throughout and that debris was being scattered causing a risk to passers-by. The Council told us:

“Your local Highway Inspector attended site this morning and had some firm words with the contractor. It seems that not only was the scaffold not properly erected (with no nets as you mentioned and a few other omissions) but the structure was only partially licensed. We had agreed one elevation but the other was not something that had been mentioned to us at any point. The entire scaffold has now been removed”

Mozart Street/Bravington Road

We are taking up this problem with the Council:

“Since the removal of the bins at the Jubilee Sports Centre one issue appears to be getting worse for us here on the corner of Mozart Street with Bravington Avenue; rubbish dumping.

We have been battling rubbish issues locally for years and have been attempting to ‘train’ all our neighbours to take their rubbish either to the Westminster Jubilee Sports Centre communal bins or the Westminster bins on Shirland/Ashmore Road crossing. Since the bins at the Jubilee were removed, the tree at the Mozart Street/Bravington Road junction has become a magnet for rubbish and large scale dumping. It appears that the dumping has simply moved from the Jubilee to here and the rubbish is now on the street instead of in the container.

Years ago, Westminster used to have a weekly (Saturday) container as a local ‘replacement’ dump on Ilbert Street which Westminster removed due to this facility apparently being misused. This container gave no-one an excuse to dump who does not want or does not know about the council’s collection service for large items. I believe the policy of removing waste collection services under the guise of ‘misuse’ is making it more and more difficult for local people to rid themselves of redundant items, especially those without access to a car to drive to any of the neighbouring boroughs’ recycling centres. In itself, it is rather cheeky that Westminster expects the adjoining boroughs to accommodate our waste!”

Queen’s Park Gardens – Multi Use Games Area

The works to resurface the Multi Use Games Area will be completed by 12th December. The installation of the floodlighting will take up to two months to complete as it involves working with UK Power Network to install the power supply. The facility remains a ‘hard court’ surface. Key changes are new fencing to split the courts and allow different activities to take place at the same time, new goals, floodlights and a dedicated entrance off Ilbert Street.

The fitness equipment has been successfully installed across the Gardens. What do you think of the new equipment?

Paddington Book Festival at the Beethoven Centre

As part of the Paddington Book Festival nearly 100 local people came to the Beethoven Centre on Wednesday 19th November to take part in an interview with best-selling author, former Home Secretary Alan Johnston NP about his growing up in North Kensington and his ambition to become a rock legend – mainly driven by the Beatles. When asked a question by a member of the audience as to what prompted him to start writing an autobiography, he explained that “It’s all to do with my mother Lily, as a way of remembering those early years with her and my sister”.

Before Alan arrived the audience watched a video for BBC School Report produced by Westminster Academy English pupils – who had come to the event to hear Alan speak. The English teacher, Julian Gill Murray, kindly answered questions on the School report video.

After hearing from Alan, the audience asked him questions about his time in North Kensington and then bought copies of his two books – ‘This Boy’ and ‘Dear Mr Postman’. The proceeds from the sale of the books were contributed to Save the Children charity which works in one of the local Queens Park primary schools.

A whole series of such events have been co-ordinated by Laurence Foe, a librarian at Paddington Library. The aim is to establish a regular Book Festival for Paddington. The current events have attracted a wide audience – both young and old – and they have taken a keen interest in the opportunity it has offered. You can read more at http://www.westminsteer.gov.uk/events-librarieshttp://bit.ly/1udZgCD

Third Avenue/Caird Street junction – what you say

“We agree that Third Avenue and Caird Street junction has become a problem area. Small altercations seem to escalate quickly with a crowd gathering. Early demolition and paving of that empty property may help. Perhaps these young men could be invited in somewhere? Frankly it’s better they gather there than in the park, where the children and parents can feel safe. The new playground is fantastic and very pleased about the planned outside gym. But walking to the Jubilee is tricky if that corner feels threatening.”

What you say

“Thanks for everything”

“I am enjoying your QP newsletter with your/Nuno’s updates and wholeheartedly support your efforts to make this area a better place to live.”

Please let us know if there are any matters on which we can be of help.

Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor
Your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors – Here to Help

QUEEN’S PARK WARD ACTION REPORT – November 2014

From your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor
PaulPatriciaBarrie

Under-Fives park next to Queen’s Park Library

We are making enquiries about this issue:

“This park has again this year been closed for weeks, all through the summer. Why? Last year they closed it for weeks due to a faulty bench that needed a screw/bolt to fix it. This year there is a notice on the gate stating unsafe equipment. How can they justify keep closing this park for such long periods of time? When will it be repaired? What is the point of having a park for the under 5’s that is locked all the time. My 2 year old grand-daughter gets very upset that she can’t play in this park and would be so pleased if this park was reopened, she used to use it three times a week for 30-60 minutes a day and loves it in there as do her playmates. I have taken her to Queen’s Park Gardens at the other end of the road but after 10 minutes she is bored and wants to leave. The climbing frame is in the middle of the sandpit which is not practical in rainy weather and she is always covered in sand every time we go there. Is there something you can do to get it reopened and kept open? I would appreciate your help and my grand-daughter would be grateful if you could get the park reopened.”

City West Homes tell us;

“Unfortunately the playground has been closed due to a health and safety issue. The balance beam and stepping post/log were unsafe. Unfortunately we were unable to cordon off this play equipment in isolation therefore were left with no option but to close the playground down for a couple of weeks. The contractors have confirmed that they have pencilled in these works for the week of 13/10/14, after which the playground will be reopened. This means that the park should be open again by 20th October at the very latest.”

Unfortunately City West Homes missed this promised re-opening date and we are pressing them to finish the work without further delay. On 28th October a resident told us;

“I took my granddaughter to this park today and that the gate is still chained up and locked so it has not reopened as we had hoped it would have done. The library next to this park reopens next week and the under 5’s will be wanting to go into this park after their visits to the library activities. “

Anti-social behaviour

We have reported this issue to the police for investigation;

“I cycle home from work every day and notice that on the days that come home between 4-5.30 there are always groups of youth hanging on the streets Lancefield Street (First Avenue end) and again around Dart Street/Dowland Street/Bruckner Street junction. They are intimidating and threatening despite the fact that some of the younger members really are quite young (8yrs old?). They cycle towards me and ‘shadow’ me, they have aimed a catapult at me, they shout and swagger across the road in front of cars, expecting them to stop. Yesterday I noticed one of them had been knocked over. I am not surprised. They have a total disregard for traffic expecting everyone to stop and pay attention to them as they walk across roads at will. It seems that there is no ‘safe’ way home for me as other residents sat Third Avenue as also having a problem. There is no question that ‘gang’ like behaviours have increased in the area between Kilburn Lane and Harrow Road in recent times. There is an air of tension that could well become a greater issue if it is not sorted out.”

Caird Street/Third Avenue

A number of further actions are being taken by the police and the Council to stop the anti-social behaviour in this area.
• The fire exit camera on the building next to the Jubilee to be examined for any material to show what is happening at the location
• Westminster Warden Nuno Reis to speak to the management of Jubilee Sports Centre to get better maintenance and upkeep of the site including regular schedule for weeding and waste disposal.
• The trees are to be cut back enough to display the street lights more effectively
• Investigation of installing railings outside 17-23 Third Avenue to prevent any drug smoking at the private forecourt and youths sitting on the wall.

Our concern is that this site will blight the whole area until development takes place. This is already having consequences in respect of youth ASB activity. One suggestion that we have made is for the properties at end of Caird Street to be demolished earlier and for the site to be tarmacked and a portacabin placed on the site for community usage – that could be reused later. What do you think?

Third Avenue/Ilbert Street

Residents who live in and around Third Avenue and Ilbert Street have told us that the amount of litter is contributing to flooding/blocked drains. Third Avenue in particular is a hot spot for litter and rubbish. We have asked for additional street cleaning in the area because of the risk of flooding.

Parry Road

We have also reported incidents of anti-social behaviour in Parry Road to the police;

“There’s a large group of teenagers and sometimes young adults of up to 20 individuals who use the end of Parry Road as a lounge. They sit on the gates of the houses and block the entrances of these houses and even stand all over the front garden of our house as well as neighbours houses. They also leave their bikes all over the floor and we have to step over their bikes and ask them to move a few times to enter our front garden and then our house (as they also sit/stand in our front garden). This large group of youth smoke cannabis, drink alcohol even though half of them seem underage. They throw rubbish all over the floor, spit and urinate on the road. They spend their time talking, laughing, fighting and would spend at least 3 hours doing this every day without a fail, mostly between the hours of 7pm – 2am. At times they have even lifted knives at one another.

In our house we have 2 rooms that have windows facing the area these youths use as a “lounge”. I can confirm to you that my sister stopped sleeping in her room due to the noise and my mother stays awake every day till this group leave and then she is able to sleep. My younger brother who sleeps with my mother wakes up at times during the night due to the loud noise. All of this has put a lot of pressure on us as a family and it’s like a nightmare that just won’t go away. It is not that simple to confront a large group of youth who are high on cannabis and drunk. Even though I have spoken to them once and my father has spoken to them a few times with no change of their behaviour what so ever. Some of our neighbours affected have also complained and came out of their house many times shouting at these youths but all it causes is more asbo behaviour from them.”

The police tell us that this problem is very much on their radar at the moment and they have been trying to curb the ASB for a while. However, they are aware it has got worse and therefore they will be increasing the police patrols and directing them to go to Parry Road on a far more regular basis.

Bruckner Street

City West Homes has told us;

“The contractor ML Hart has been awarded the contract for the redevelopment of the old Mozart estate office on Bruckner Street. The new building will include a new estate office, part of which will be a meeting room made available for community use, and eight affordable homes. The new homes will be let at social rent levels to those on the Westminster City Council Housing waiting list. The contractor will be taking responsibility of the site from Monday 10 November and will start to carry out some pre-build works and investigations. This will include taking down one of the trees on the site. The building works to start in early 2015 and are planned to take 16 months to complete. Before the works start we will hold a meet the contractor drop-in to give residents a chance to ask more questions about the works.”

Empty properties

We have made enquiries about long-standing empty properties in Oliphant Street, Galton Street and Bravington Road. We are concerned that one Council-owned flat in Bravington Road was empty for 6 years before it was sold earlier this year. We estimate that this resulted in a loss of over £30,000 in lost rent and rates.

Kilburn Lane

We made enquires after receiving this message;

“I’m concerned that the house on the corner of Kilburn Lane and Banister Road is difficult for people to walk past without getting hit by branches. If a blind person were to walk past then it would be especially bad for them. I know the house will be demolished soon to make way for the new Moberley development but is there anyway we can get them to cut back their trees?”

The Council says;

“The Senor Arboricultural Officer visited the site and has passed on instructions to the council’s contractor to prune back the vegetation overhanging in the footway.”

William Hill betting shop in Kilburn Lane/Ilbert Street

Following reports from local residents anti-social behaviour notices are being displayed both internally and externally. This follows investigations which were conducted by William Hill Security Investigators and staff have been briefed as to how to report ASB by the Area Manager. We hope that this will improve matters for residents living nearby.

Kilravock Street

We have asked for street lighting in this street to be investigated following concerns raised by residents.

We have also referred concerns about poor management by the landlord of a private rented flat in this street.

Tree cages

We have passed on this suggestion to the Council;

“We clear the cages near our property on a regular basis. The trees are lovely and we are happy to do this. However, a rubbish bin might dissuade people from using the cages for their waste along the canal-side stretch from Third Avenue to the Library. Just a thought.”

We contacted the local warden about this and he told us he would liaise with the contractor to get four litter bins for the area and keep us updated.

Cycle Storage

We are making enquiries after receiving this request;

“I’d like to have access to secure cycle storage units. I live in an upstairs flat on Fifth Ave and have no outside space. Currently my bike lives in my small kitchen. I’d happily pay a fee to rent one if the lockers. There are other boroughs in London that have installed these. Can this be considered?”

Driving Schools

The following issue has been reported to us and we have asked the Council to investigate;

“There has been a recent increase in the number of cars operated by these schools on the relatively small stretch of Ilbert Street between Fourth Avenue and Galton Street. Can anything be done to stop them using this quiet residential area as a lucrative open air driving school? One morning last week, three firms parked a second vehicle along this part of the road in addition to the ones already in use which suggests they plan further expansion! At one point a collision was narrowly averted. There are obvious safety implications for pedestrians, particularly elderly people walking to St Jude’s Hall and the library as well as a negative impact on air quality for residents thanks to the constant stopping and starting of these vehicles immediately outside our houses. Our bedrooms are at the front of our properties and the residue of black emissions on frontages is increasingly noticeable.”

We contacted the Head of Road Management at the council. He said that as the learner drivers are not breaking any laws there is no street sign which they would be able to place on the road to stop them using the street. This is a difficult situation as learner drivers do have to learn to drive on relatively quiet streets and there are not that many in Westminster. However, he suggested that if local residents felt that the driving was dangerous then contacting the police might be an option.

Sixth Avenue

We have reported this regular problem;

“I live on Sixth Avenue where people walk their dogs along the avenue and let their dogs urinate on the trees. But what is worse is when the dog poops, the owner puts it in a bag but ‘leaves’ it under the tree, and it stinks. I have a tree outside my house, and I am fed up with the smell as the bag is left there for days. Could something be done about this please? Also I never see any ‘road sweepers’ keeping this avenue clean.”

Fifth Avenue

We have reported the following incident to the police;

“We were just leaving our house, when we saw a fighting dog (pit bull or staffy), off the lead, defecating on the pavement right outside our house. Having done its business, the dog approached us in a threatening manner. After a few seconds, the dog’s master, a youngish man, appeared. We told him what the dog had done and asked “Could you clear it up please?” The man simply said “Did he?” and walked on, making no attempt to clear up the mess. We subsequently tried to take a photo of the man and dog, but it was too dark for the image to come out clearly. Apart from reporting the incident, we also wanted to ask advice on the best way of dealing with such brazenly uncivilised as well as unlawful behaviour; neither of us could imagine that anyone when faced with the evidence of his or her dog fouling the pavement would simply refuse to clear it up. We believe it is also unlawful and dangerous to have a dog of this type off the lead.”

Junction of Fifth Avenue and Ilbert Street

We have reported long-standing problems with blocked drains at the junction of Fifth Avenue and Ilbert Street.

Third Avenue

The properties used by the ARK Atwood school have been leased for 3 years to St Marylebone Special Free School. The school is a co-educational Free Special School providing “an innovative education to students with statements for Speech, Language and Communication”. The ARK Atwood school has now re-located to its permanent home at Amberley Road.

Fernhead Road

We are organised an on-line petition calling for a 20mph speed limit after receiving this information;

“I live in Fernhead Road between Carlton Vale and Shirland Road junctions and I have witnessed daily over recent years the increasing breaking of the 30mph speed limit. The speed indicator alerting motorists to when they are over 30mph travelling towards Shirland Road is obscured by a tree for traffic towards Shirland Road. It is clear from SLOW markings on road and notice about traffic calmed area at Carlton Vale junction that 30mph should be limit. However I have frequently observed light warning sign being repeatedly triggered. I would support 20mph limit in Westminster as this would dovetail with surrounding boroughs, however it needs enforcing, as even with 30mph limit drivers completely and deliberately ignore. I look forward to your response and any useful information for me as a resident of this stretch of primarily domestic road with a nursery one end and a school the other. Its great having buses here, and I understand emergency vehicles need clear route, but ordinary traffic needs to be safer.”

You can sign the petition here http://petitions.westminster.gov.uk/fernhead20mph/

Mopeds

We have again reported the registration numbers of mopeds whose owners are responsible for anti-social behaviour to the police. Also. City West Homes report;

“Stuart Marshall, Anti-social Behaviour Manager, has been dealing with these cases directly and has received positive outcomes for issues raised by residents. The Mopeds have been linked to a specific address, where we have directly spoken to the parents. As part of the projects we are carrying out, the son has been sign posted to our bike repair project and has been engaging very well. He is working on a voluntary basis which may help him get into work.”

Anti- Social Behaviour Hotline

Residents are now able to email City West Homes’ new ASB email northasb@cwh.org.uk or alternatively contact the Community After Hours hotline on 0207 540 9895

Free Legal Advice

Solicitors Ronald Fletcher & Co give free legal advice every Wednesday at 5.30pm at their office at 243 Elgin Avenue, W9 1NJ. Contact Derek Rosenblatt on 020 7644 7209 or derek@rfclaw.co.uk.

What you say

“Thank you, I always find the newsletter so informative”

“We all owe you a debt of gratitude for these reports. The way you present them & your doggedness getting us answers/solutions to various problems that arise within our community. “

“Just a quick thank you for getting the rubble removed from Fifth Avenue W10. It has left some stains on the pavement but with some rain I hope they will go”

“Many thanks for the newsletter. It’s good to read the updates.”

Please let us know if there are any matters on which we can be of help.

Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor
Your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors – Here to Help

QUEEN’S PARK WARD ACTION REPORT – October 2014

From your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor
PaulPatriciaBarrie

Third Avenue/Caird Street – Anti-social behaviour

We have reported this issue to the police and the Council after receiving these reports from local residents;

“I thought I would drop you a line regarding the large groups of youth that are continuously hanging around on Third Avenue W10. Sometimes they are seen to be doing wheelies on mopeds up and down Third Ave, and generally littering and being unpleasant. Mostly they like to hang around near the Ark school, and have been seen receiving pizza deliveries on the street and leaving all their detritus behind. There also appears to be a fair amount of laughing gas containers left behind and in the park nearby too.”

“Since July the Police have been called most nights to deal with the ASB, stolen mopeds, drugs and youths keeping residents awake. This is blighting our lives. Last night the youths were involved in another incident in Third Avenue which saw Police attend. Then a large group gathered outside Ark Atwood school until after 2.30 am shouting and ruined another night’s sleep.”

The Police tell us;

“We are doing all we can. We were nights last weekend. Three mopeds taken off the road so far and s59 warnings issued. Five stolen bikes recovered. Three riders issued with points and fines. The only time we were not in Queen’s Park was for dealing with prisoners. We will continue to press on.”

We have also asked that the derelict houses on the corner of Third Avenue and Caird Street are demolished as soon as possible as it is believed that these houses and the derelict houses in Bruckner Street are being used for anti-social behaviour.

As part of the plan to tackle the anti-social behaviour problems, a Community Engagement event in partnership with Jubilee Sports Centre will take place on Thursday 2nd October between 6pm -10 pm.

The event will be open to young people from the area and will give them a taster session for the bicycle fixing project which is starting in Queen’s Park. There will be representatives from London Tigers and Prince’s Trust to discuss local sports and community opportunities. There will also be advice on finding a job or course

Dog poo bags

We have asked the Council to supply dog poo bags to Queen’s Park Library and the Beethoven Centre after receiving this suggestion;

“There are no poop bags at the library or at the Beethoven Centre. I’m always sending people, especially youths out with their dogs to either place and I checked myself, I do understand fully that it isn’t the responsibility of the council to supply the bags and hand out the dog bags to lots of people in the area, but it’s a much cheaper option to hand them out to the public than to have to pay for the clean-up. I too have noticed an increase in dog pooh on the avenues. The Beethoven Centre said they hadn’t had any in months. Surely the lack of bags available to those who “can’t or won’t” purchase them and the increase of dog pooh in the area is no coincidence. Nuno seems to have difficulty in obtaining them too, not sure why that is.”

The Council says;

“This is not a service that we provide as a matter of course and there is no standing budget for it. However, we do have some bags purchased as part of our recent responsible dog ownership initiative, and we will provide some to QP Library and the Beethoven Centre”

In the future we are looking in to using some of the Ward Budget money to buy dog poo bags for dog owners to use.

Dowland Street

We received this tweet and photographs and made immediate enquiries with A2Dominion;

“Children’s playground off Dowland St in a shocking state of disrepair. A2dominian risking safety of children. Please help”

A2Dominion have told us that the repairs will be made urgently.

Marne Street traffic calming

We have asked the Council to consider introducing traffic calming in Marne Street following our recent request for comments.

“I would support this; at the moment there are several families in the street who have children who have reached the age, or are about to reach the age where they naturally play with others in the street. They usually play in the middle section and are supervised by parents. Despite being visible from either end, cars still race up and down the street enough to have parents running to grab their children out of the way. I’m not really sure why this street on the estate doesn’t have traffic calming measures. The argument about emergency vehicles doesn’t really hold unless it’s to aid the police in chasing and catching people speeding around certain streets on the estate that don’t have traffic calming measures.”

Oliphant Street/Ilbert Street

We are making further enquiries about this long-running saga;

“At the bottom of Oliphant (near Ilbert Street), one of the walls had to be rebuilt. Then, on the other side of the road a hoarding was put up on the opposite wall. A few weeks later a second hoarding was put up to cover the first hoarding. Last week a couple of people spent a day painting it. More time has been spent building and painting hoardings than it would have taken to rebuild the wall. “

Lancefield Street

We have alerted the Police and the Council to these ongoing problems;

“This street of Westminster continues to be a good ‘off the radar’ hang out/meeting place for the local drug activity of the area. The occasional police car cruises by but these large groups of youths go unchallenged. They are congregating in Lancefield Street outside block 20C and also in our car-park and back garden. At the weekend I asked the youths/men to keep the noise down – they were mending cars in the car park till gone 1am with radios blaring! Stadium will not fix our gates satisfactorily and all the neighbours have a reduced quality of life. None of our children can play in the garden area – it has become a dump – full of items of furniture, cushions, broken wood and now a motorbike!”

Mozart Street

We have reported the following issue to the Council;

“Sadly Mozart Street has become a refuge for rubbish since the recycle bins has been taken away from Lancefield street. On Mozart Street between no.14 and the convenience shop there are still doors unattached to hinges of bin covers which attracts dogs, mice and even rats. I implore you to assess the problem before it becomes a much larger one.”

Harrow Road

After receiving a tweet about the state of the tree cages on Harrow Road we asked Nuno Reis to investigate. He has told us the following;

“Following your email I arranged a joint patrol with one of the sweepers for Queens Park and manage to clear all the tree cages from Portnall Road to Fifth Avenue, and also advised the sweeper to maintain them, as is part of his duty to ensure that the cages are clear of any litter. I will monitor the area.”

111 Oliphant Street

We have enquired about reports of squatters at this long-vacant shop property which is now being converted by City West Homes to a flat for rent.

Fifth Avenue

We have reported rubbish dumped outside 28 Fifth Avenue.

Furniture Mart, 582 Harrow Road, W10

The Council has told of the following action taken in September;

“A liability order has been issued by the WCC Business Rates Team for non-payment of business tax rates for this year alone for Mr Raymond Joseph Brannigan, sole trader of Furniture Mart shop. The amount was for approximately £8,000. All the goods have been taken from the Furniture Mart shop (inside and outside) until the payment is made in full to Equita on a behalf of WCC Business Rates Team”

Queen’s Park Gardens – Children’s Play area

The new climbing frame was officially opened last month by the Friends of Queen’s Park Gardens. Queen’s Park Community Council joined with Westminster City Council and the Friends of Queen’s Park Gardens volunteers to apply to Sita Trust for a grant to fund new play equipment aimed at the 7+ age range. Following a successful application they worked with Westminster’s parks contractor Continental Landscapes, to come up with a plan and select a supplier. Following a consultation with local children and parents, a design was chosen and the new climbing frame, cone climber and two springers were installed. In addition, we agreed to use £6,000 from the Ward Budget to fund a roundabout for older children, on the mound opposite the playground. We are delighted to have worked closely with the Friends of Queen’s Park Gardens and the Community Council to help improve the Gardens for local children and their parents and carers. The Play Area is looking fantastic and we hope everyone has many years’ enjoyment from the new play equipment

Queen’s Park Gardens – Games area

Planned improvement works to the Games Area and the provision of the new outdoor gym at Queens Park Gardens are scheduled to commence on Monday 6th October. The works will take between 6-8 weeks depending on the weather. It will mean that the Games Area will be closed during the works but the Sports Team is working closely with the contractor to minimise any closure period where at all possible.

Knife Bin

A knife bin will be located on the north side of Harrow Road, near to Queen’s Park Library in line with the existing recycling bins. The knife bin is being installed by a charity, Word 4 weapons, and paid for by the police. The bin will be regularly emptied by the charity (in liaison with the police). The bin will be there for a time limited period (for 2 years) with periodic reviews to assess its effectiveness.

Queen’s Park Library

Queen’s Park Library will be closed to allow redecorations and repair work to take place from 4 October to 2 November inclusive and will reopen Monday 3 November. The closure is necessary so that work can be completed as quickly and safely as possible. When it reopens the library will have been redecorated throughout and there will be some new lighting and floor coverings. Repairs to the roof are also being done.

Library users can already borrow and return books and book computers at any Tri-borough library. Maida Vale and Kensal libraries are the nearest to Queen’s Park. Information will be available on the Council’s website.

Help for families

Save the Children’s ‘Eat, Sleep, Learn, Play!’ programme provides essential household items to families that are living on a low income and have a child under 36 months or if a mother is 28 weeks pregnant or more. Eligible families can access brand new, high quality items, including cots, buggies, cookers, fridges, high chairs, books and toys. To apply, a family must be referred by a professional who has registered as a Referral Partner. You can contact the Westminster Family Information Service on 020 7641 7929 to discuss your eligibility.

Don’t lose your chance to vote!

Every year, many local people come off the Electoral Register without realising, and new people moving in miss out on their chance to vote. Now, though, you can register on-line! Its quick, it’s easy, it’s here:
https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Police Station – what you say

“I have no idea where my ‘local’ Police Station is! Been on Harrow Road since 1969 -so know where it USED to be! There have been some incidents here obviously and they have come from Queens Park or Paddington Green – is there no chance we could have a small unit near here somewhere – to be honest one does sense a new ‘bad mood ‘around here. Over the years one notices these times come in waves. It used to be because the crack houses moved around and brought spec robberies . But when Indian Shop & Turkish Cafe were robbed someone was obviously thinking -Saturday night they are cashing up etc. That shop on corner of Harrow Road/Ladbroke Grove has been EMPTY ever since built – big glass windows, what about a cop shop there?”

Kilburn Lane – what you say

“There is a balance to be drawn between the free flow of traffic, and the need to keep speeds down to a safe level. I agree that strategically placed kerb build-outs could help slow vehicles down, and could also provide additional parking spaces. These would be especially useful if shared use, for residents, their visitors, and customers of the commercial premises. However, this is a two-way bus route and there needs to be places where two buses or a bus and a car can pass. This can readily be achieved by using the junctions with the side roads as ‘passing places’ and marking double yellow lines for a significant length. The build-outs should not be on the corners. Such an approach would overcome any concern from TfL that bus operations would be impeded.”

Speed bumps – what you say

“I am afraid to say that I am becoming disillusioned with these. I drive a small car so feel the full effect of them but have noticed that they have little impact on the larger cars and vans that are so common. In fact, some seem designed so as to be able to disregard this restriction and drive however they like. Perhaps a more sophisticated approach, such as a blanket speed limit with proper monitoring is needed.”

CCTV – what you say

“I am pleased to see that the Council continues to take action, in the form of CCTV enforcement, to prevent misuse of the one-way sections of Fifth and Sixth Avenues. Reckless drivers cause a particular danger to pedestrians, especially outside the shop on Fifth Avenue. Please tell them to keep up the good work.”

Dog poo – what you say

“My main gripe at the moment is the situation with the dog poo. Each newsletter reports on complaints from people and provides an update on the steps being taken to improve this. That said I have concerns that it is not enough and we are not seeing any change despite all the efforts being made. Almost daily a new piece of poo sits on the pavements of Ilbert Street and I have to play a game of dodge each time I walk down the street. It is disgusting and never in anywhere I have lived before have I seen such a disrespect for the cleanliness of an area.”

What you say

“Thank you for your newsletter which is, as ever, packed full of information on local issues and the work being undertaken by Councillors on our behalf.”

“Thanks as always for the informative newsletter”

“Thanks again for all the work you do in the area”

“Thanks for this – informative as always”

“Thank you for the comprehensive report”

“Thank you for all the information sent to the community”

“I wanted to thank you for taking the time to write these newsletters. I find the very informative and it is great that so much is being done to improve the area.”

Please let us know if there are any matters on which we can be of help.

Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor
Your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors – Here to Help

QUEEN’S PARK WARD ACTION REPORT – September 2014

From your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor
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Bravington Road

Residents tell us that there is a long standing stench coming from the drains in Bravington Road from about number 50 down towards the Harrow Road. We have asked the Council and Thames Water to investigate. Thames Water say;

“Our contractors have attended and inspected the sewer. A further job has been raised to clean the sewer line. Once the sewer has been cleaned residents should notice a reduction in odour, if not we will reassess the situation to see what more can be done.”

Peach Road

We have asked Nuno Reis, our local Warden, to investigate this issue;

“I live in Peach Road and nearly every day someone is dumping black bags of rubbish by the tree outside my house. They do not fasten the top therefore foxes and dogs get into the bags and the rubbish gets strewn all over the pavement. Could Nuno do a leaflet drop? I find it frustrating to have the rubbish lying around when we are so lucky in this borough to have a bi-weekly collection!”

Lancefield Street – anti-social behaviour

Following residents’ concerns with anti-social behaviour in Lancefield Street, Network Stadium has told us;

“I am in the process of arranging a joint meeting with the police and have invited them to our office to view cctv footage and to discuss a way forward to stop this nuisance at Lancefield Street. I will be working together with the project manager to change the gate at Lancefield Street to a more robust system and improve the lighting. I have raised this with our repairs team so in the interim period extra lighting is required in the car park area.”

Lancefield Street – rubbish dumping

Following repeated rubbish dumping around the recycling bins outside the Jubilee Sports Centre on Lancefield Street we asked the Council to take action. As a result the following changes have been made;

“The sports centre’s commercial waste bin has been relocated to the front of the centre on Caird Street where they have two CCTV cameras that could be a very good deterrent for the offenders and give us the added CCTV footage to aid us in any future enforcement if so required. It will also be easier for the warden to monitor and take enforcement action against the illegal waste dumping perpetrators at the Micro Recycling Centre at Lancefield Street. We hope to see an immediate improvement to the facilities on Lancefield Street, ongoing education will be undertaken to educate residents, followed by enforcement action against persistent waste offenders.”

Marne Street

We have reported incidents of Anti-Social Behaviour at a property in Marne Street and the police, Council and City West Homes are taking action.

82 Bruckner Street update

The local estate office at 82 Bruckner Street has been demolished and the site will be developed to provide a new office with eight new affordable homes above. The office was demolished in November 2013 but the start of building work was delayed until negotiations concerning the ‘right to light’ easements were completed. ‘Right to light’ negations have now been successfully concluded and the surveyor acting on behalf of City West Homes has written to all leasehold interests whose light is potentially affected by the proposed development. A settlement has been reached with leaseholders who have a material loss to their property. Those who suffer no material loss have also been notified. It is hoped that the building work will start in about three months. Construction is expected to take 16 months to complete.

Kilburn Lane

Earlier this year Council Officers met Kilburn Lane residents to discuss their concerns about traffic speed in Kilburn Lane between Beethoven Street and Herries Street. Residents along the immediate stretch of the road were concerned that vehicles travelled fast in that section of Kilburn Road and requested whether the road could be narrowed. The Council says;

“It was observed while on site that a vehicle left parked on the existing single yellow line outside No. 260 Kilburn Lane had the effect of slowing vehicles down. It was agreed that constructing two kerb build outs would have a similar effect. Furthermore bicycle racks could be installed on the build outs to serve the local community.”

Ainsworth House, Kilburn Lane

Works to Ainsworth House are planned for early 2015 and will take three months and include:

• Internal communal decorations
• Roof repairs (to resolve pigeon infestation)
• External brickwork repairs and cleaning
• Boundary wall repairs

Queen’s Park Court

Repair and decoration work at Queen’s Park Court is also scheduled for early 2015 and will take five months. The works include:

• Maintenance and redecorations to communal area cupboard doors to fire safety standards
• Repairs, maintenance and decorations to main and rear entrance doors
• Installation of metal access panels to meter cupboards and bin chute ventilators
• Maintenance to UPVC windows on communal staircases
• Minor concrete repairs to lintels, stairs and skirtings
• Floor covering renewal
• Walls and ceilings decorations
• Installation of new door entry system
• Installation of integrated communal/emergency lights
• Reinstatement of fire protection measures

City West Homes will be consulting tenants and leaseholders on both projects before the works start. If you have any questions or comments please contact either Altaf Chikte or Vicky Andrews, contact details below.

Altaf Chikte, Principal surveyor 020 7245 2320 achikte@cwh.org.uk

Vicky Andrews, Resident engagement and consultation co-ordinator 020 7245 2514 vandrews@cwh.org.uk

We are continuing to press for action to be taken after receiving the following message from a resident;

“The issues with William Hill continue. I have had to resort to verbal arguments with their customers who congregate at Queen’s Park Court entrance thus blocking access. They have successfully managed to make the entrance a regular business place for their drug dealing and KFC picnicking hence littering, some of these men are from other blocks on the estate itself. The street cleaners are witness to the worsening of the street because the volume of litter outside the bookmakers and my block has increased significantly”

Rubbish dumping

We reported rubbish dumping in various locations to Nuno Reis who told us;

“Upon investigation evidence was found in the black bags and enforcement action taken. I also completed the clearance of the tree cages from Portnall Road to Harrow Road junction with Kilburn Lane. On my inspection I have come across with a fly tip of wooden boards on Queens Park Court, outside the nursery, it was reported to removal. In regards the waste presented around the big black bins at Ashmore Road, we have increased the waste collections for the site. I have put a task request for response to assist me in monitoring the site. I also have issued 5 residential warnings to residents who were leaving their waste around the bins, and requested a de-greasing flush on the pavement around the bins. I will keep monitoring the site a take the relevant enforcement action.”

Bulky Refuse

Please contact the Environmental Action Line on 0207 641 2000 if you need to dispose of bulky refuse please contact. Please do not dump mattresses, furniture, builders’ rubble, cookers, fridges etc on the street.
For further details see https://www.westminster.gov.uk/bulky-waste-collection-service

Traffic calming

We have received the following enquiry about a 20mph speed limit and traffic calming measures;

“Has there been any discussion/action to request that Westminster council roll out a 20 mph zone and/or extra speed calming devices within the Queens Park estate? Living on Marne Street I’m extremely concerned about letting my children play on the street. They have a lot of peer pressure to play on the road from their friends whose parents allow them to do so. Usually the cars in the neighbourhood drive at an acceptable rate but there is often the odd car that drives extremely recklessly. By having speed limiters (bumps) only on selection of streets and not the others it encourages irresponsible drives to take certain routes. I believe that the original argument for not having ubiquitous coverage across the estate was for the emergency services vehicle access. I can’t see how this stands up now as virtually every road in the neighbouring wards in Brent have speed limiters installed on them whether they are major or minor roads (e.g Harvest Road, Salusbury Road etc)”

What do you think?

Remembering the Queen’s Park residents who gave their lives in World War One

Data from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission has enabled us to put together a list of those residents of Queen’s Park who lost their lives in the First World War.

We will never forget their sacrifice. The list of those who gave their lives is here RESIDENTS OF QUEEN’S PARK WHO DIED IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR

Free transport to and from Health appointments

Do you live in the W10 and W9 postcode areas and have problems accessing public transport due to age or disability?
Do you need help to get to GP and hospital appointments, or health & wellbeing classes? – Then call Westminster Health Link on 020 8968 4056

Westminster Health Link is FREE & offers daily trips to main hospitals in or out of the borough (long distance journeys are subject to availability) as well as your doctor’s surgeries or other key places in your local community. The service is door-to-door in fully accessible vehicles. (NOTE: the application form will need to be countersigned by your Health Professional)

Crime Update

A violent robber from Queen’s Park who attacked two women from behind before snatching their valuables has been jailed for 12 years.
http://www.kilburntimes.co.uk/news/crime-court/queen_s_park_robber_jailed_for_vicious_attacks_on_women_in_westminster_kentish_town_and_st_john_s_wood_1_3745400

Registering to Vote

The way you register to vote has changed. The new system is called Individual Electoral Registration. Previously, the ‘head of the household’ was responsible for registering everyone who lived at an address, but now every individual is responsible for their own voter registration. This is the biggest change to the voter registration system in 100 years.

The new system means that for the first time you are now able to register online at gov.uk/register-to-vote. You will need to provide a few more details, including your National Insurance number and date of birth to help make the electoral register more secure. Most people who are already registered have been transferred automatically to the new register. However around 26,000 people will need to re-register in Westminster.

There are also people in the area who are not registered to vote at all and so need to register to have their say in elections. If you weren’t registered previously, you can register under the new system at gov.uk/register-to-vote. Door knockers from the council are visiting homes in October to answer questions from people who need to register. Find out more at westminster.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

What you say

“Interesting as always – we are lucky in having people working on our behalf and sending us feedback. Re dog poo: sadly there is a lot of it about. I keep the plastic bags I get from shopping to use for cat poo and we have plenty of poo bins to put the bags in. Also, I cannot understand why, when we have such a good rubbish collection, people still have to dump the contents of their hole-ridden torn plastic bags in the street. Thanks for all you do”

“Thank you again for all your hard work and the commitment you show continuously to us your residents. It is very much appreciated. “

Please let us know if there are any matters on which we can be of help.

Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor
Your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors – Here to Help

Westminster’s Chief Executive visits Queen’s Park

Westminster Council’s Chief Executive, Charlie Parker, visited Queen’s Park Ward on 27th August to familiarise himself with the area and understand some of the hot issues. We drew up a schedule of sites for his visit and officers to meet. The visit comprised:

• Meeting with representatives of the Queen’s Park Community Council and the manager of the Beethoven Centre
• Visiting Mozart estate to view the derelict estate office site
• Viewing sites in Lancefield Street
• Jubilee Sports Centre and the surrounding ex-Genesis social housing which are in very poor condition
• Stansbury Square to discuss the latest ASB problems
• A stop-over at Avenues Youth Club
• Queens Park Gardens to view the Wildlife and Children’s play areas;
• Ilbert Street, Droop Street and Queens Park Court
• Shops in Harrow Road (including All Stars Boxing Club)
• The declining state of Canal Terrace as the ‘gateway to Westminster’
• The junction at Ladbroke Grove/Kilburn Lane and the need to improve pedestrian safety
• Moberly Centre site
• Fifth Avenue housing improvements
• The shopping area at the top end of Kilburn Lane and
• The proposed HS2 vent shaft and electricity substation site at Premier Corner

During the course of the visit we pointed out many of the detailed problems and issues that need to be tackled.

Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg said;

“We were delighted to welcome the Chief Executive to Queen’s Park to see for himself what is happening. We raised a number of issues with him and we will continue to press for action on local priorities on behalf of local residents. In particular, there are now a number of sites in the Ward that will be blighted by developments over the next few years and we will be asking what can be done to ensure the local quality of life is not badly affected in this period”

QUEEN’S PARK WARD ACTION REPORT – August 2014

From your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor

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Queen’s Park Summer Festival – Saturday 2nd August

The hugely popular Queen’s Park Summer Festival is taking place on Saturday 2nd August, from 12-6pm, in Queen’s Park Gardens, Ilbert Street. This long standing community event is now in its eleventh year and brings together residents and key local partners to deliver a free community event that is well attended by the cross section of the local community.

The main stage will host a showcase of local talent and professional acts ranging from live music and poetry to rap and dance. The main stage is hosted by the new Community Council and their volunteers who work with local young people to manage the stage, host the showcase and recruit talent from the area. Auditions will be held to identify acts and support them in the run up to the event. Some paid professional acts also perform to reflect the diverse nature of the Queen’s Park community. The natural amphitheatre in which the show takes place makes this a beautiful venue.

In the playground area there will be face painters, entertainers and fun activities for supervised children with QP Library offering arts and crafts and QP Children’s Centre also having a stall. Westminster Sports Unit will be running a range of village fete type games such as egg tossing, beat the goalie, football skills, relay races, soft javelin throwing and a table tennis competition.

Elsewhere in the park a dedicated Wellbeing Zone will be hosted by the Community Champion volunteers and packed with treats including pedal powered smoothies, taster sessions of local affordable physical activities, and sporting activities from Active Westminster, massage, recycling and food growing stalls. The older people’s area run by Open Age and City West Homes will provide the perfect place for elderly visitors to find a moment of calm amongst the sea of exhibitions and competitions with afternoon tea and entertainment.

This year the coordinators have decided to offer an even more musically diverse setting by introducing the first ever live acoustic zone which will showcase a wider range of professional and up-and-coming talent, many of whom are award winning singers and songwriters, this is in partnership with Maida Hill. The event is part-funded by the Councillors’ Ward Budget.

Queen’s Park Gardens Play Equipment

Following a number of unfortunate accidents involving a number of children, the Parks Manager has issued an instruction to the play equipment supplier to remove the monkey bars and replace them with an access ladder. The upstanding redundant frame will also be removed. We are sorry that it was necessary to do this but it is better than more children getting hurt.

Kilburn Lane/Harrow Road

We are making enquiries about this problem;

“I’m not sure who to mention this to as it is on the Brent side, but on the corner of Kilburn Lane and Harrow road (opposite St. John’s Church), there is a cafe and next to it there is a mini cab service. The mini cabs cause a lot of congestion by parking there on the double yellow lines – about 4 cars park along there right up to the bust stop outside Lee Ho Fook Chinese takeaway. It causes a back-up of traffic as buses try to squeeze through. Should someone at TFL be told or do you have access to traffic wardens numbers? That corner is dangerous enough without these minicabs parking there.”

Kilburn Lane/Harrow Road/Ladbroke Grove Junction

We have asked for an update on the proposal to install a pedestrian crossing phase after receiving this enquiry;

“Is there any progress with the traffic light by Kilburn Lane/Ladbroke Grove? Earlier this week I saw a cyclist nearly clashing with a van… There is an accident there waiting to happen.”

Ashmore Road

We have asked Nuno Reis, our local Warden, to investigate this recurring problem;

“There seems to be an on-going problem with residents dumping their rubbish and unwanted old furniture in Ashmore Road by the tree right opposite number 260 which is about 75 yards from the black bins in Kilburn Lane. This problem has been going on ever since I moved here 20 years ago but nothing appears to be done about it. One night a few weeks back I got home about 2.30am and shortly afterwards I saw a white van parked by the tree and someone was unloading items from the van. It wasn’t until he pulled off that I noticed he’d been fly tipping builder’s rubbish. I was just not quick enough to catch his registration number. Perhaps a sign could be put up next to the tree warning offenders of a hefty fine if they get caught.”

Fifth Avenue – Trees

We have reported the following;

“This is to report two more dead or dying trees in Fifth Avenue, one outside no. 29 and the other outside no. 26. We seem to be a little unlucky with tree mortality – I wonder whether this is worth looking into.”

Bravington Road

We reported the following problem to Nuno Reis;

“I am slightly concerned that Westminster Council is intending to do nothing about rubbish that has been illegally dumped in the front garden of 203 Bravington Road – because it has been dumped on private property, rather than in the road??! I have already checked with other residents of 203 – to whom it does not belong. Apparently the rubbish appeared on Sunday night & is suspected to have been dumped into our front garden by neighbours (of 201 Bravington Road) as it is against their fence & who are moving out (as a new For Sale sign has appeared). Although the rubbish in 203 Bravington Road has nothing to do with the residents we are concerned what is going to happen to it, as the Council are appearing to accept no responsibility for it, if it is not in the road.”

Action was taken by Nuno and a satisfied resident told us;

“Thank you very much to whoever prompted the swift removal of the rubbish piled up in the front patio of 203 Bravington Road. I don’t know exactly how it all happened – but I am very relieved, as the longer it was left, the more of a hazard it was becoming. Thank you for your help in resolving this matter – which I was anticipating would take weeks of frustration to resolve.”

Stansbury Square

We have received the following update on the action being taken following the outbreak of anti-social behaviour in Stansbury Square;

• Westminster City Council’s Community Protection Officer and CityWest Homes Neighbourhood Manager will undertake door knocking at the properties in the locality of Stansbury Square in order to conduct general antisocial behaviour survey
• Queen’s Park Safer Neighbourhood Team will actively patrol the area
• Anyone identified in antisocial behaviour will be dealt with appropriate enforcement measures either by the Police or their respective Social Housing provider.
• These actions will involve different strands of enforcement, depending on the severity of the offence. However, one such action will include parents if people identified are under-18 years of age.
• Please report any non-emergencies to Police on 101 and in emergency always call 999.
• If following your initial report to the Police you still feel that you wish to speak to someone who can help, please do visit Anti-Social Behaviour Surgery at Beethoven Centre which is on the first and third Monday of the month between 2-4 pm. This will extend in the near future to every Monday. You are encouraged to come and report any anti-social matters in confidence.

Avenue Gardens Estate – security gates

We have received the following update from CityWest Homes;

• The current gates on Avenue Gardens where installed approximately 10 years ago. Since they were installed they have been subject to severe vandalism which has resulted in a number of attempted repairs that have not been successful. Repairs to the gates were initially included in a major works scheme last year however, it became apparent the work planned would not sufficiently address the problem and so the gates were omitted from the scheme.
• CityWest Homes have now had the chance to review the works required to the gates and it has been decided to replace all the vehicle gates with a new, more effective design. To ensure the gate design is more robust we will be installing a pilot gate at Elm House. The pilot is due to be completed by early September 2014.
• Once the pilot is complete we will monitor the performance of the gate. We will also invite residents to view the gate and provide comments before we roll out the rest of the gates. If the pilot gate is satisfactory, we will carry out a formal consultation with leaseholders before installing the gates to the other five blocks in Avenue Gardens.

William Hill, Ilbert Street

We have reported the following problem to the police for their investigation;

“William Hill on Chamberlayne Road has shut down, as well as the one on Harrow Road opposite Sixth Avenue a while ago. This has proven to be a disaster as all customers have diverted to the Ilbert Street/Kilburn Lane branch. This is not normal customers but those who take spliff breaks from the outlet literally at its doorstep. The smoke is so strong that it enters my home thus even in the summer the windows have to be shut. The situation worsens if the customers use my building entrance to congregate and have a smoke. They are vile persons and intimidate locals.”

144-154 Ilbert Street – Update on the rebuilding of the wall

The CityWest Homes Maintenance Manager has updated us on progress;

“The walkway has been constructed as agreed. I apologise for the delay and any inconvenience caused. We are adding lights and completing the painting over the next few days. I have also requested a ramp be included to ensure people are able to get from off and on the pavement easily.

The wall is jointly owned by 3 parties, I am in discussions with the adjoining owner to agree a way forward. I think we may have a solution in the near future. I have made an offer to resolve the immediate issue of rebuilding the wall now so the hoarding and shoring can be removed and the wall reinstated. This offer is being considered by the adjoining owner and I will contact her again this week to see if we are a step nearer. I will do all I can to resolve this matter as I do appreciate that residents are frustrated by the hoarding being there at all.”

Mopeds – Update

The following action is being taken to stop the recent spate of speeding mopeds;

• Police will actively patrol the area and stop anyone engaging in antisocial behaviour. They will take enforcement action against moped drivers who are antisocial. One individual has already been identified and appropriate enforcement has been taken against him to prevent any future behaviour.
• Evidence will be collated via various investigative avenues and further action taken even if Police not present at the time
• Community Protection team will monitor individuals involved and work with partners to curb this behaviour
• CityWest Homes will also be dealing with any tenants through their own processes with anyone identified as involved in antisocial behaviour in locality

Jubilee Sports Centre

Queen’s Park Community Council passed the following motion unanimously at its meeting on 9th July;

“Queen’s Park Community Council opposes the planned demolition of our Jubilee sports centre which 5,500 residents have petitioned against, and the plans for housing on this site which are not intended for local people. We call upon Westminster City Council to respect the wishes and needs of the community we have been elected to represent.”

Update from Nuno Reis, Queen’s Park Warden

“I have been concentrating patrols on streets where waste is placed out at incorrect times and other items left on the highway. In order to educate residents who may be unaware of how to present waste correctly, I conducted a letter drop in Ashmore Road and Marban Road. I also reinforced the message by placing signage and conducting daily patrols. I have also spoken to residents to offer advice.

I have also
• Been focused on targeting the dog fouling issues in the Queens Park ward. I have been conducting joint patrols with the Animal warden identifying locations where dog fouling is prevalent. Plain clothes patrol has been carried out in partnership with the local police and the Housing Managers from City West Homes.
• The residential waste in the ward has reduced, but there are still the odd bags. Joint operations have been carried out with the local warden for Harrow Road to tackle the commercial waste unlawfully dumping.
• I have reported the damaged carriageway on Portnall Road and Bravington Road. Working in Partnership with our Highways Inspector, we managed to complete the works.
• I have been working with City West Homes regarding overgrowing hedges on Droop Street and notices have been served.
• I have placed two notices discouraging residents from placing rubbish in and around a commercial waste bin.
• I have been investigating the increase of builders’ waste that is being dumped on Ashmore Road junction with Shirland Road.
• I have discovered and come across a number of items of discarded waste (bagged and bulky) which I have taken appropriate enforcement action and arranged removal.
As I am sure you understand I cannot be everywhere at once. If you see something please let me know (nreis@westminster.gov.uk) or outside of hours please call our Environmental Action Line on 0207 641 2000.”

Fernhead Road – what you say

“There are occasional problems with motorcyclists speeding up and down this road, especially after midnight and at weekends. My impression is that the motorcyclists are not going anywhere in particular but simply enjoy showing off. However, all this can be very disturbing for sleeping residents. “

Dogs – what you say

“If the resident is close to Shirland Road, I can confirm that the animal(s) in question are at 129A Portnall Road, about which I have been complaining to WCC for months. There has been an improvement in the past few weeks, as it seems that there may now only be one dog at this address, or they are being kept indoors more often as a result of my complaints. However, I do still hear the animal(s) almost daily, albeit with greatly-reduced frequency and in shorter bursts.”

What you say

“As always, informative and up to date goings on in the local area, thank you once again”

“Thanks for all your hard work and for keeping us informed”

“Well done you guys in being elected back into office. Glad my vote helped too.”

“Thanks again for all your good work.”

“Thanks as always for the informative newsletter. Can I add that I have actually seen Nuno Reis on Sixth Avenue arranging for the removal of rubbish that had been fly-tipped there. He’s still handing out dog poop bags and I really do see him a lot around the area. He really seems to have fit into his role as warden for the area, he’s doing a good job.”

“Thank you for your informative and thank you for the work you do. Glad you were all re-elected”

Please let us know if there are any matters on which we can be of help.

Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor
Your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors – Here to Help

QUEEN’S PARK WARD ACTION REPORT – July 2014

From your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor
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Queens Park Court, Ilbert Street

We have asked the police and the Council to investigate this issue;

“It’s a cause of concern amongst residents that there is a distinct lack of CCTV in the car park to the back of our building. We have noticed a steady increase in potential criminal activity in this area, and this in no small part to the lack of CCTV. There is no doubt that people familiar with the area are aware that this area is not monitored and is usually fairly quiet, making it a prime area for such activities. We have reported potential activities to the police (including what we assume to be drug related activity), but nothing has been done about it. There are a number of families in the area with young children, and I am increasingly concerned about their safety due to this.”

Congratulations to The Friends of Queen’s Park Gardens

The Friends of Queen’s Park Gardens were nominated in the Westminster Community Awards 2014 and were shortlisted in the category of ‘Better City, Better Lives’. There were two other nominees in this category: Time for Paddington and Octavia Foundation. We are delighted that The Friends of Queen’s Park Gardens came joint first with the Octavia Foundation. Two winners’ trophies were awarded. This award recognises the group’s time, effort and determination in bringing back the Wildlife Area to the local community. You can see the photos at https://www.flickr.com/photos/fqpg/14225031634/

Queen’s Park Gardens – New Playground Equipment

We are delighted that the new playground equipment has been installed. Thanks again to SITA for the grant – we also provided money towards the cost from the Ward Budget.

Unfortunately there have been a number of accidents with children falling from the monkey bars. We reported this and the equipment was closed down until the bars can be lowered to a safer height. We have asked the Parks Manager and the contractor who installed the equipment to explain why the bars were installed wrongly.

We have also asked if it would be possible to have another refuse bin near the children’s play area to cope with the additional use of the area.

Queen’s Park Gardens – dog-run gate – update

A new gate has been fitted. This will provide residents with a safer dog walking path as they will be able to lock the gate whilst walking their dogs.

Ha’ Penny Steps – Security Update

We have received the following update from Kensington & Chelsea Council;

“Regarding the tree next to the steps, the pruning has been done. The trees are not classified as street trees and come under the Parks Service rather than Highways. There has been a suggestion that the tree is actually WCC responsibility, so a formal agreement needs to be set up with WCC so that the tree is cut back on a regular basis. Regarding the lighting that is owned and maintained by WCC, they have recently agreed to cleanse the existing lighting, and increase the bulb output, which should improve the situation slightly.

“Regarding lighting on the towpath on the RBKC side, this level of lighting appears appropriate for the area, with domestic properties close by and the risk of light pollution if the Council over-illuminates the towpath. Regarding the two CCTV cameras in the park, one will be upgraded and the other will be fixed. On a positive note, officers are looking at the installation of a demountable demo CCTV camera, which will undoubtedly help with the “fear of crime” element.”

Also, Kensington & Chelsea Council have been asked to investigate this enquiry from a resident about the trees adjacent to the bridge on the other side of the canal;

“One of the trees, the loquat, has been pruned back but the other much larger and denser tree has not. It overhangs the bridge in two places one of which I think is particularly sheltered from view, if concern is personal safety. Is the plan to come back (other was done several weeks ago) or has it been missed?”

Ha’ Penny Steps Open Space

We have asked the Council to examine the semi mature tree at Ha’Penny Steps planted in the memory of the late Councillor Mushtaq Qureshi. The trunk now appears to be in a poor state. We have also asked that the wires for the lights which are hanging from tree are tidied up.

Rubbish dumping

Karen Buck MP has written to the Council about her growing concern at the scale of fly-tipping and piled rubbish at the black bins at Marban/Ashmore Roads and at Shirland/Ashmore Roads. She says;

Shirland rubbish

“I took photos at the weekend showing rubbish piled up to the point where it blocked the pavement and represents a health hazard, especially in this hot weather. I am also receiving complaints from residents, including one resident saying that a broken freezer full of food was left over the weekend a few weeks ago! Can you let me know what can be done either to improve capacity/collection or investigate the fly-tipping?”

Karen has also reported repeated dumping outside Mulberry Court at the corner of Shirland Road and Ashmore Road, opposite the Lydford Estate playground.

“It is deeply unpleasant for everyone living there and for pedestrians. I have asked what can be done to get this sorted out.”

Second Avenue

We have reported repeated dumped rubbish on Second Avenue. Nuno Reis, our Warden, tells us;

“I have reported the abandoned item for removal. I also had the opportunity to gather some information about the possible offenders (licence plates and some photos of the van). I will conduct an educational letter drop to encourage the residents to report this kind of incident to the Environmental Action Line for a quicker removal. In the meantime I will be monitoring the area for further issues and to prevent this kind of issue happening again.”

Mopeds – Ilbert Street, Third Avenue and elsewhere

We have asked the Police and the Council to investigate this recurring problem with mopeds;

“My issue is concerning the young moped drivers who ride up and down Ilbert Street, sometimes for hours at a time racing each other late into the evening. It seems they are now riding there mopeds around the park on Ilbert Street. I live opposite the park and few of the last few weeks the sound of the mopeds being revved up and driven through the park at all hours is not only incredibly annoying when you are trying to relax after a day at work but extremely dangerous. It was bad enough they were racing up and down the streets but now it seems they think they own the park as well and use it as a race track. There are young children who play in the park, elderly and people walking their dogs, something needs to be done before someone is badly hurt.”

The Police and Council Community Protection officers have been working hard to stop this problem. PC Dave Hammond reports;

“We went on a trawl of Queen’s Park this afternoon looking for stolen mopeds – we managed a grand total of about 20 metres by which time we had recovered three stolen motorbikes. One of these was a very noisy off road bike which we think may be the cause for a lot of the complaints”

In addition, we met with Council Officers and the Police to discuss the antisocial behaviour caused by the mopeds and motorbikes. Klaudia Green, from the Community Protection Team, and her team have undertaken a door knocking exercise. Forms have been left with residents with advice to report any information which could be of help. Klaudia will also attend the QP Gardens event and speak to parents. The Police hope to increase manpower temporarily by way of new recruits’ training period taking place in Queen’s Park.

Stansbury Square

We have asked the Council and police to investigate the ASB problems reported by residents;

“There is a congregation of young people most late afternoons, evenings and into the early hours of the mornings, smoking dope, loud music from their cars, engine noises, loud talking, play fighting and making the area a place to gather like a club house or safe haven were they can do as they please. On some occasions they even take over the car park double parking in front of the garages & parking bays. I have complained and even had a meeting with the Housing Manager, since this I have had no feedback or response from my emails or phone calls.”

Symphony Mews

We have asked A2Dominion if gates can be fitted to the Mews to stop ASB and illegal parking.

Ilbert Street – Trees

Chris Colwell, the Council’s Arboricultural Officer has told us the following;

“The council has two outstanding subsidence insurance claims from 166 and 168 Ilbert Street. There is clear evidence that the pear tree situated on the pavement outside the properties is the principal cause of the damage. Roots from the tree have dried out the clay subsoil beneath the foundations of the properties resulting in a pattern of cracks in the buildings that are consistent with an episode of subsidence. Stability can be restored to the properties if the tree is removed. I am therefore recommending the removal of the pear tree.”

Tell It group – Dart Street

We have been working closely with the Tell It group of local parents to secure their continued use of their premises at 21 Dart Street.

Dogs

We have asked the Council to investigate the following concerns;

“I live in Ashmore Road. The neighbours and I have found ourselves with a noise problem. However, we cannot locate which house the noise is coming from as it could be a house in Ashmore Road or Portnall Road as the gardens back onto each other. The problem has been there for some time, but is getting progressively worse. Last night, the dog in question, started barking around 11pm, on and off. At around midnight it decided to go on a barking marathon for about an hour, then stopped for about 10 minutes, then started again for about another hour, then stopped for about 10 minutes, then went on for about another hour. I think you get the picture. It sounds like a rather large animal and the bark is very deep and loud and incessant. In fact the poor animal sounds completely demented. Surely the owners must hear what we hear? I don’t know if there is anything that you can do about it, but would be eternally grateful if you can put a stop to it as we cannot imagine a Summer of sleepless nights. It doesn’t really make any difference if we shut our windows as we don’t have double glazing. “

Dog micro-chipping

There will be a Free dog micro chipping event at Edbrooke Gardens, Edbrooke Road on Tuesday 22nd July 2014 between 11am-2pm.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Over the past year, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has been working in partnership with the Westminster Music Library to deliver an extensive programme of work called Behind the Lines, inspired by the music and composers of World War One. This year’s activities culminate with a four day Creative Summer School in August 2014, with a grand finale performance by participants alongside musicians from the Orchestra at St John Smith’s Square. If you know of any young people (or arts organisations who have contact with young people) that would potentially like to sign up to the project, we would greatly appreciate you forwarding this information on. This incredible opportunity is completely free of charge to participants, and has been generously funded by Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts.

The Summer School is open to aspiring young musicians (open to any level of musical ability) from across the boroughs of RBKC and Westminster, from Years 6 to Year 11. The Summer School will take place over four days, from Monday 4 to Thursday 7 August 2014, from 10.00-17.00 each day. musicbehindthelines.org/workshops/summer-school/
To apply for a place please email education@rpo.co.uk or call 0207 608 8829.

Noise from sirens

We are making enquiries about this issue;

“Police and Ambulance Siren noise on Shirland Road is unbearable at times. Is there a way to ask them to at least turn the volume down, as a cyclist I feel it is deafening and disorientating and plain offensive? I also noticed that the Police and Ambulance don’t switch the sirens on so much when passing by the wealthier streets like Sutherland Avenue. According to the noise abatement society – “Existing emergency service sirens cause panic and confusion. A broadband sound alternative would be more effective without these side effects” http://noiseabatementsociety.com/campaigns/emergency-vehicle-sirens/”

HS2 – what you say

“Would it not be helpful to add HS2 as a standing agenda item to this email so that you can detail the latest work being done to prevent the line negatively impacting Queens Park?”

Premier Corner – what you say

“Unfortunately Brent Council have done a terrible job at another repair of the Premier corner pavement. If someone could inspect it I think it wouldn’t pass health and safety and is still a hazard…..”

What you say

“Congratulations on being returned in the recent election. Glad my vote helped carry the day.”

“Thanks for your wonderful updates.”

Please let us know if there are any matters on which we can be of help.

Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor

Your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors – Here to Help

QUEEN’S PARK WARD ACTION REPORT – June 2014

From your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor
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City Council Election Results

Many thanks for re-electing us as your three City Councillors on 22nd May. We are very grateful for your continued support and promise to keep working hard for all residents over the next four years. The full election result is here;

http://transact.westminster.gov.uk/docstores/publications_store/elections/2014/results/queens-park-election-results-2014.pdf

Community Council Election Results

We will be working closely with the 12 Community Councillors also elected on 22nd May. Here are the results of the elections;

https://www.westminster.gov.uk/2014-queens-park-community-council-election-results

Ha’ Penny Steps Update

Following the meeting with Kensington & Chelsea officers to discuss ways of improving safety, Westminster’s Community Protection Team was asked to look at the lights on the Bridge. They say;

“We have audited the lights which were replaced with new lights by our contractor last year. We have requested on the back of this an additional audit to take place. This will be taking place in the next two weeks and will look to clean the existing lights (to ensure they are operating at maximum efficiency) and our contractors have been asked to investigate whether we can increase the wattage of the lights. If this is possible within the constraints of the existing structures then this will be done.”

Oliphant Street

We arranged to have builders’ rubble removed after it had been dumped in the street.

Ilbert Street

We have contacted A2Dominion about the following problem;
“I wrote to you some months ago about 160-158 Ilbert Street and the privet hedge around the property. You found out that these two houses are short term housing from A2 dominion Housing Trust. I have emailed them with my complaint twice now, including a photograph. Still no reply. It is so unkempt and really need a professional cut and the height being taken down. It just makes the area look uncared for.”

Harrow Road

We reported water ‘ponding’ by the bus stop by Ha’ Penny Steps on the Harrow Road and asked that it be investigated. The Council has told us;

“The ponding is caused by a defective reinstatement by Optimise (work on behalf of Thames Water). My Inspector was aware of this following a previous joint inspection of their work. He has now chased this one up and we will keep the pressure on for a quick result.”

Trees

We are making enquiries about a number of trees in Sixth Avenue and Ilbert Street that have been removed.

Dogs

We have asked the Police to investigate these disturbing attacks;

“On Sunday at about 4pm a senior resident of Ilbert Street was walking her small dog. Her dog was on lead. A large bull breed with no collar and no lead attacked her small dog very badly that he needed stitches and was taken to a vet. Within 24 hours I got a report from another resident in Ilbert Street that her dog had been attacked by the same dog. A lot of dog owners and non-dog owners are very worried, not only for their pet’s safety but for themselves and their children. What I can gather is that the dog that attacked had escaped from the house and ran into the park unsupervised. I also believe this dog’s aggressive behaviour is due to lack of exercise – and non-socialising with other dogs and people.”

Dog Poo bags

We have made enquiries after receiving this message;

“I was at Queen’s Park Library yesterday getting some recycling bags as City Council had failed to deliver my request of three weeks earlier, and the assistant mentioned that they had plenty of recycling bags but no longer stocked bags for dogs. Could you kindly investigate please as this does not help the situation on the Avenue?”

We contacted Nuno Reis, our local Warden, who told us;

“I have ordered more dog bags and will be delivered today. The Animal warden will deliver some on Queen’s Park Library and I will make sure that the Beethoven Centre get some too. There are also a few concerned residents that have been really proactive in assisting us to tackle this issue whom I will leave them some bags as well.

I also would like to remind you that the supply of dog bags is part of a campaign city wide to raise awareness about the responsibility of dog ownership, to encourage the residents to clean after their dogs and should not be an excuse to not pick up. Ultimately dog owners are responsible for cleaning up after their dog.”

Dog Advice Surgery

Crissie Chambers tells us;

“As it is the summer months I am going to do a ‘Dog Advice Surgery’ in the Queen’s Park Dog Area between the hours of 1pm-2pm on a Monday every two weeks INSTEAD of the Beethoven Centre. This will be better as dog owners can bring their dogs with them in an outside venue. I also do a Dog Advice Surgery for W9 residents on Saturdays at Grand Union Pets, 174 Shirland Road, W9 2pm-3pm, every two weeks. This is an indoor venue and just up to four to six dogs at a time. Next one is 14th June”

Kilburn Lane – Taxis

We are very pleased to have received this information from a resident after taking this problem up with the Council;

“I thought I would contact you to let you know that for a couple of weeks now there have been no mini cabs/black cabs parked in Kilburn Lane from early morning. I am hoping this is a permanent change as it has improved our lives immensely.”

Kilburn Lane – between Bravington Road and Portnall Road.

We asked the Council to clean the pavement on Kilburn Lane and received the following response;

“We have a ‘deep cleaning machine’ which is specifically designed to remove chewing gum and oil/grease deposits from paving. We have provisionally scheduled this machine to clean Kilburn Lane in late August and it may be possible to deep clean Kilburn Lane earlier than this time – I will confirm to you if this proves to be the case.”

Kilburn Lane – Premier Corner

We have asked Brent Council to repair the broken pavement and kerb at Premier Corner, near the pedestrian crossing.

Queen’s Park Garden Wildflower Meadow‏

We were very disappointed to hear about the recent vandalism in the Wildflower Meadow which has been brought back to life by The Friends of Queen’s Park Gardens. We have reported this to the Parks Manager so that the necessary arrangements can be made with the police to catch those responsible.

Queen’s Park Gardens Dog Run area

We have again asked the Council to repair the broken gate on the dog run area. As one resident commented; “It is plain hypocritical to say you want dogs off leads in one area of the park only and then leave the gate incapable of being fastened.”

St John’s Church Summer Fete

The Summer Fete at St. John’s Church, Kilburn Lane is on Saturday 21st June from 11.00am – 4.00pm.

Beethoven Centre Police Surgery

There is a Police Advice Surgery three times a week at the Beethoven Centre at the following times;
• Wednesday – 7.00-8.00pm
• Thursday – 7.00-8.00pm
• Saturday – 2.00-3.00pm

Local Activities – what you say

“For the person who asked about getting involved with charity or social groups, there is the Queen’s Park Co-design team, the Community Champions and now the maternity and computer champions. To find out about any of these it is best to contact Fabian Sharp or Ted Flanagan of PDT based at the Beethoven Centre. Creative Futures have openings for interns, also at the Beethoven, and local residents run a drop in for pregnant Mums and new-borns on a Wednesday morning and volunteers are helpful.”

Queen’s Park Estate – what you say

“Over the years I have contacted the planning team regarding the wrong windows, doors and odd fencing in the conservation area and of course satellite dishes in front elevations. I have had more success with latter when these have been recently installed and the council is very good at dealing with it. However, many windows and doors have been in situ for more than 4 years, I have been told there is a 4 year time limit, anything shown to be in place prior to this cannot be dealt with. This seems crazy because if the planning team had been doing the audits as they should, these breaches of conservation would have been identified within that time limit and would have been sorted. There also appear to be different degrees of ‘conservation’ in different parts of the estate: a bright red fence on Ilbert Street is allowed on one side, but would not be opposite! When you have time, please could you ask the planning team to review these inconsistencies as well as remind residents that satellite dishes are not allowed on the front of any of the houses!”

What you say

“Thank you for your hard work & updates which are great to read”

“Thank you for your newsletter. Always very informative”

Please let us know if there are any matters on which we can be of help.

Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor
Your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors – Here to Help

City Council Election Result

Thanks for your support!!!

Here is the result http://transact.westminster.gov.uk/docstores/publications_store/elections/2014/results/queens-park-election-results-2014.pdf

QUEEN’S PARK WARD CAMPAIGN UPDATE – May 2014

From your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor
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During the Council Election Campaign we have continued to take up the following issues on your behalf, together with updates on a number of current issues;

Jubilee and Moberly Sports Centres

The Council plans to demolish the Jubilee and Moberly Sports Centres in Queen’s Park will be scrapped if Labour wins control of Westminster City Council following the 22nd May Council elections.

The plans to demolish both sports centres and to replace them with a new sports centre in Brent and over 140 flats for sale have provoked a massive campaign of protest from local residents, including a 5,000 signature petition against the demolition plans.

Following the election both existing sports centres will be improved, in consultation with users and residents.

The Council’s plans also include the demolition of 12 existing Genesis Housing Association flats let at social rents. As part of the Council’s plans, these flats would have been rebuilt but the Council planned to include only 5 social rent flats. We will work with Genesis to rebuild these homes for social rent using some of the £100 million available money in the Council’s Housing Revenue account.

Sixth Avenue

We have reported the following anti-social behaviour to the Council;

“On our way to school this morning my daughter and I witnessed a man who came out of his house to empty a very full ashtray into the street outside his front door. I wish I knew who he was so I could name and shame someone who displayed such unneighbourly and anti-social behaviour. “

Symphony Mews

We have received the following enquiry from a resident of Symphony Mews and have asked A2 Dominion for an update on the situation;

“I have been asking A2Dominion housing to put new gates on symphony mews to stop people hanging in the car park. I am a tenant of theirs and police have been called lots of times but all they said there is no money to put new gates because they said they put in CCTV in the block and no money for the gates as well. Please can ask them to put new ones in”

Ha’ Penny Steps Update

We are pleased that the pressure we have been exerting on RBKC Council to improve lighting and CCTV coverage in area around the bridge is having some impact. We have been working in partnership with our Labour Council colleagues across the other side of the canal and have been told;

“RBKC have advised that there are two CCTV cameras in Emslie Horniman Park which have not been working for some time will now have power restored to them imminently and the north facing one will be upgraded as this covers Kensal Road and would capture footage of any suspects escaping through the park from the Steps. At the same time, I can also confirm that they are looking to enhance the lighting in the area.”

We will continue to keep a close eye on this to ensure that there is no repeat of the brutal mugging last year.

Bruckner Street – vacant site

We have been very concerned at the lack of activity on the rebuilding of the Housing Office and asked the Council for an explanation. This is the explanation we have received;

• The office was demolished in November 2013
• Construction work was due to start in June 2014 but this unlikely to happen while the negotiations on ‘rights to light’ easements are on-going.
• Two adjacent properties are affected and negotiations are in progress to agree a compensation package.
• The properties whose rights to light are affected, have the ability to bring an injunction against the development, and prevent the scheme going ahead in accordance with the planning consent
• When the original building was demolished the site was secured by fencing though this was frequently vandalised. It was decided to secure the site with new hording.
• Residents will be sent an update by City West Homes in May.

We are concerned that the building was demolished before the ‘rights to light’ issues had been successfully negotiated and which has led to the unsightly vacant site which is blighting the local area.

Portnall Road/Coomassie Road – dumping

We have reported the following problem to Nuno Reis for action;

“Unfortunately, we still have a huge problem with fly tipping on the corner of Portnall/Coomassie Road. Today we’ve already had to move large pieces of polystyrene dumped on the road itself and hours later the pile grew. I’m keeping my eyes peeled to see who may be behind it – they obviously don’t care about the risk of prosecution as they’re doing it in broad daylight right underneath the warning sign…any suggestions on how best to deal with it or what to do if we witness it?”

Furniture Shop on Harrow Road/First Avenue corner

We are grateful for further information from residents about the continued misuse of the Harrow Road and First Avenue pavement by the owners of the furniture shop;

“I had to stand back to let a disabled man with one of those pushing trollies could get by then again for a women with a push chair. Those mattresses are on the corner so you can’t get round. I thought shopkeepers could only go the space outside the front of the shop, not all around? There was also loads of stuff outside the boxing club and the side of First Avenue. How on earth are we to make this end of the Harrow Road a bit decent (as it used to be) with people like this around?”

Please send us any further information and photographs about this long-standing problem so that we can pass it on to the police and the Council for the appropriate action to be taken.

Third Avenue

We have contacted A2 Dominion about a foxes’ ‘earth’ (lair) at an address in Third Avenue and has up to 20 foxes/cubs living there. We have asked A2 Dominion what actions might have been taken to deal with this so that residents might be able to use their garden.

Galton Street

We have asked City West Homes to remove a large pile of debris that has been dumped in the front garden of a vacant property.
Galton Street

Premier Corner

We have asked Brent Council to repair a number of loose and broken paving stones at Premier Corner.

Buses, 18, 36 and 228

We have written to TfL to relay residents’ complaints;

“The recorded information on these buses states the bus stop is for Harrow Road Police Station which closed in September 2013. It would be helpful to passengers if the message announced the Westminster Register Office which is at the same bus stop which served the now closed Police Station. Please can you arrange for the information on the recordings on the routes to be updated asap”

Queen’s Park Estate

We have received the following enquiry;

“Thanks for your most recent report and providing the link to the QP estate design guide. It’s excellent but made me wonder why so many people on this estate flout the design requirements. There are a lot of nasty doors and windows plus inappropriate fencing. What can be done about that? “

We are taking up a couple of cases at the moment so if you have addresses of properties which you would like investigated please let us know.

HS2 proposed route

We are pleased that our campaigning with local residents has resulted in the Council making strong representations against the proposed HS2 route. The Council has agreed to oppose the HS2 proposals as follows;

• Route Alignment: the City Council does not consider that the route proposed through Westminster within the Queen’s Park Ward is the best option. The route passes under the Queen’s Park Estate area, which is a predominantly residential area, containing a Conservation Area and a number of Listed Buildings. Some properties in this area are known to have a history of structural problems and could experience noise, vibration and subsidence problems, which could also lead to blight. The City Council considers that the proposed route should be realigned slightly to the north so that it passes under the existing West Coast Main Line, to address these issues
• Salusbury Road Ventilation Shaft: The City Council is concerned about the impact of the proposed ventilation shaft and auto-transformer station located at Salusbury Road, at the junction with Kilburn Lane. The City Council is concerned about the visual intrusion and the impacts during construction and any associated impacts on the surrounding residential area. The City Council is also concerned about the impacts on emission levels, local transport and parking facilities.

Local groups and activities

A new resident has asked us this;

“As a new resident in the area, I am interested to become involved in local groups (charity or social groups) in the area (Queens Park/Kensal Rise). Do you have any suggestions on where to find information on this type of thing? Is there a civic society in the area for example?”

We have already told him about the Beethoven Centre, Friends of Queen’s Park Gardens and local churches. Do you have any other suggestions?

Jubilee Sports Centre

Karen Buck MP has sent this letter to residents;

“As so many people have been in touch about the Jubilee Centre, I thought it would be useful to let you know what has now happened. I am very sorry to say that Westminster Council has finally given planning permission to allow the demolition of the Jubilee Sports centre, its replacement by (mostly) high-value housing, and the building of a new sports centre on the Moberly site, in Brent. This decision was taken despite strong local opposition, including from the 5,000 people who signed a petition against the plans. It was also opposed at the last minute by Sport England.

The decision means:

• The loss of the Jubilee Sports Centre in the heart of Queen’s Park
• A new sports centre in a less convenient location for most Westminster residents, with discounted prices for Brent residents given as part of the deal for their planning agreement.
• The loss of open-air play space next to the centre
• The building of 72 new homes on the Jubilee site for sale at open market prices. As nearby new build homes have been advertised for sale at £800 – £900,000 for 1 and 2 bed properties, these new flats and houses will be out-of-reach of most local people, and will do nothing to relieve housing need.

Although the decision has been made, there have been some concessions, notably the agreement to build a new hall on the Jubilee site, for community use. I am also still fighting for more, and improved, sports/play space in and around Queen’s Park, which is very densely populated, and which needs places for people to play which do not have to be pre-booked and paid for’

I also believe the Council must do far more to meet local housing need- with these homes being unaffordable for most people, and with luxury housing only being built at local sites like the former police station at Harrow Road, the former Adult Education Centre on Amberley Road, the Elephant and Castle pub on Elgin Avenue and so on.”

Also, we have taken up this issue on behalf of a resident;

“I opposed the Council’s plan to demolish the Jubilee Sports Centre, and was looking forward to an opportunity to attend the relevant Planning Sub-Committee meeting. I received a letter from the Council’s Director of Development Planning informing me that the meeting would take place on 22nd April (i.e. six days ago). The letter was dated 10th April and postmarked 16th April. Taking account of the Easter holiday, the letter was posted (second class) only two working days before the date of the meeting. Surely this is an abuse of the planning process?”

See the latest news on the appalling way the Council took the decision tpo demolish the Jubilee Sports Centre

http://www.westendextra.com/news/2014/may/row-rumbles-over-councillor-who-gave-go-ahead-bulldoze-jubilee-sports-centre

Anti-social behaviour update

The police tell us;

• Letters will be sent to residents in and around Lawes House about nuisance ball games.
• Letters will be sent to residents in Charles Leach Court about rubbish dumping.
• Thanks to reports from residents 5 pit bull terriers have been impounded from a local property.
• More patrols will be carried out in a couple of ‘hotspots’ following recent reports of drug dealing.

North Westminster Foodbank

Want to donate to the North Westminster Foodbank? Here’s who to contact

http://www.westminsteradvice.org.uk/about-us/our-blog/117-donating-to-the-foodbank

Jubilee Sports Centre – what you say

“I swim there every morning around 8 p.m., and have been using it since the very first day it opened (in April 1982). It must not be closed! It is a vital public health resource”

What you say

“Thank you for your good work in the community – your honest and direct approach and completion of all proposed policies – and I hope you continue in your roles as our councillors. Good luck and thanks again to you all.”

“Thank you for the latest Action Report which I really appreciate receiving as it keeps be up to date with what is happening in the area, and another thanks for the election manifesto. You will certainly have my vote on the 22nd.”

“I wanted to let you know that the tree outside of our house has now been trimmed. Thank you for pursuing this for us.”

“Thank you very much for including me on the action report. It is really helpful and useful. As so much of the feedback is about residents and rubbish I wonder if you could introduce a whistle blowing form. I know particular residents who leave rubbish out overnight, thus attracting foxes. In turn this leaves mess and fox faeces around for the poor cleaners.”

Please let us know if there are any matters on which we can be of help.

We hope that we can count on your support on Thursday 22nd May. You can vote between 7.00am and 10.00pm. A copy of our election leaflet is hereQueen’s Park leaflet

If you need any help getting to your polling station please let us know.

We have attached our election leaflet for your information

regards

Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor
Your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors – Here to Help

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QUEEN’S PARK WARD ACTION REPORT – May 2014

From your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor
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City Council Election leaflet

You can read about us and our pledges for Queen’s Park ward here Queen’s Park leaflet

Jubilee Sports Centre

Following the Council decision to demolish the Jubilee Sports Centre we issued the following statement;

“Since July 2012, when we submitted a petition with over 5000 signatories, the single largest petition ever generated in Queens Park, we have called for improved consultation on the impact that the planned closure of Jubilee Sports Centre would have on the local community. We have continually stated that we are in support of improving the quality of local sports and leisure facilities, but this project will do the opposite”

“The closure of Jubilee is seen by local people as cutting the heart out of Queen’s Park. It was originally a replacement swimming and leisure facility for working people and its excellent reputation has continued to this day. One serious instance of the poor consultation is the redevelopment of the external football pitch at Moberly and moving the pitch to a site at St Augustine’s School, based in South Kilburn. We have regularly raised this obvious lack of understanding about youth and gang culture territories, but a decision was made to proceed. “

“Too many of our local sports facilities need to be booked and paid for – which freezes out many younger and poorer residents. Under the present plans the Basketball Court behind the Jubilee will disappear. We have strong messages from local parents that their children and youngsters need somewhere where they do not need to book or pay to play ball games. “

“72 new homes will be built on the site of the Jubilee for sale at open market prices. As nearby new build homes have been advertised for sale at £800 – £900,000 for 1 and 2 bed properties, these new flats and houses will be out-of-reach of most local people, and will do nothing to relieve housing need. Westminster Council has £100 million in its Housing Revenue Account, and we consider it can afford to make sure some of these homes are made available for social rent & low-cost ownership.”

Second hand furniture shop on Harrow Road/First Avenue

We continue to work with the police and the Council to deal with the problem of furniture on the pavement blocking access for pedestrians. As one resident told us;

“Just passed on bus so couldn’t take a photo. Furniture not only in front of shop but also all down side of All Stars boxing on First Avenue and in front of All Stars on Harrow Road. It was the same on other days I am afraid.”

If you have any reports and photos, please send them to us.

Queen’s Park Gardens

We have reported this problem to Nuno Reis, our local warden;

“I have spoken to the warden and dog warden about dog owners on the hill regarding dogs off lead – I have also asked the respective dog owners to keep their dogs on lead – pointing out that there is a fine penalty for not having your dog on lead. I am a dog owner and local dog trainer and I find it frustrating that once again penalties have not been given out!!!! The times that these people have been on the hill with their dogs off lead is between 10.30am and 11.30am.”

We also reported this problem to the Parks Manager;

“We want to report at 7.30 p.m. on Easter Monday quite serious littering (cans, packaging, remains of food etc.) in the Rose Garden and at the Third Avenue end of Queen’s Park Gardens, together with many bags of household rubbish left outside the bins just outside the entrance to the Gardens in Ilbert Street, and uncollected dog waste near the Ilbert Street/Fourth Avenue entrance. On a beautiful warm spring evening, it is pleasant to go for a relaxing stroll in our local park, where much care has been taken to plant and maintain flowers, shrubs and trees, and which is generally well looked after. What a shame then that some members of the local community go out of their way to trash their local communal resource and render it ugly and disgusting.”

The Parks Manager tells us;

“It is a sad fact that Queen’s Park Gardens, due to budgetary restraints 2 years ago, is no longer fully staffed when open. The member of staff now covers several locations. The park is litter picked and all bins emptied in the morning and again at closing time and at times during the day when possible depending on the work load at the other locations. The contractor’s team are working very hard to maintain the standard but on days with good weather the service is very stretched. I intend to have a conversation with the friends group to see if some litter picking during the day mainly at weekend would be something they may wish to consider in a voluntary capacity.”

Football coaching

We are delighted that new football coaching sessions for 9-19 year olds will take place every Saturday between 10am – 11.30am at the Moberly Centre. The sessions are run by QPR and the Council’s Sports Unit.

Ha’ Penny Steps

We are working closely with our colleagues in Kensington & Chelsea to persuade both councils to coordinate lighting improvements and the installation of CCTV so that there are no further repeats of the recent brutal mugging suffered by a local resident.

Peach Road

We continue to remind the Council to prune the trees which were missed earlier this year.

Queen’s Park Estate

Following an enquiry we received about works to homes on the Queen’s Park Estate Conservation Area we have included a link to the Design Guide for the Queen’s Park Estate which provides general guidance.

http://transact.westminster.gov.uk/spgs/publications/Queens%20Park%20Estate.pdf

A resident enquired about where he could source tiles for roof repairs and the Council suggests the following specialists who would be able to provide assistance:

• Coleford Brick & Tile (www.colefordbrick.co.uk)
• Lambs Bricks & Arches (www.lambsbricks.com)

Bruckner Street

We are making enquiries with the Council after residents on Bruckner Street told us of their concern that it appears that nothing is happening about the redevelopment of the site and there is now an ugly white hoarding surrounding the entire site.

Charles Leach Court

We have had complaints about furniture being dumped in Charles Leach Court and on Third Avenue. We have reported this to the Council and suggested that a leaflet drop may be helpful in reminding residents how they can arrange for bulky refuse to be taken away and disposed of.

Beethoven Street/Kilburn Lane

We have asked A2 Dominion to repair the unsafe wall between two properties at the corner of these two streets.

Portnall Road

We have asked the Council to remove a dumped mattress from a garden in Portnall Road.

Fourth Avenue

We have asked the Council to remove a pile of builders’ rubble in Fourth Avenue.

If you see any illegal dumping of waste by builders please take a note of the van registration number and send it to us so that it can be followed up by the police and the Council.

Oliphant Street

We reported residents’ concern about the extent of dog fouling in the street. Nuno Reis tells us that he has taken the following action;

• Educational Letter drop regarding Dog fouling issue in whole street completed
• 4 ‘No Dog Fouling’ signs placed on both end and in middle of the street
• Dog patrol conducted
• Whistle blowing forms delivered
• Oliphant Street in included in the next plain clothes operation

Fernhead Road/Carlton Vale/Kilburn Lane junction

We are making enquiries about this issue;

“The lack of any pedestrian crossing at the Fernhead Road/Carlton Vale/Kilburn Lane junction is a real problem. Every day, 100s if not 1000s of pedestrians are forced to cross this busy highway, which can be really dangerous, especially with cars racing down from Queens Park and into Carlton Vale. The only pedestrian crossing in the entire vicinity is located 150 yards west of the junction at the start of Kilburn Lane. The next nearest is 300 yards to the right, across Carlton Vale. The vast majority of pedestrians are trying to get to Queens Park station, so they simply take their life into their own hands and cross onto one of the two road islands in the southern part of the junction and then use the third island in the northern part of the junction. This is a situation where the pedestrian really is a second class citizen to the domination of the car. Is the reason nothing has ever been done here because at some point there might be a major new development built here? Or are the two councils simply waiting for there to be enough serious accidents?”

Harrow Road/Ladbroke Grove/Kilburn Lane junction update

The latest situation on the proposed pedestrian crossing phase at this junction is as follows;

• The City Council’s consultants have prepared feasibility designs for pedestrian crossing facilities on all arms of the junction
• The draft feasibility design and traffic modelling results were sent to neighbouring boroughs on 2 April 2014 for comment before formal submission to TfL for approval
• The lead officers for neighbouring boroughs have been chased for a response.

Broadband

We have made enquiries after receiving this question from a resident;

“Why is it that fibre optic broadband is still not available in Fernhead Road? We’re in central London, yet we’ve been by-passed by this technology which is available to people all over the UK, but not us. Can you explain why and do you know what plans there are to install this service in Fernhead Road?”

We have been in contact with BT who say;

“Good news. As far as I can tell, fibre broadband is already available in Fernhead Road. To check the actual number, simply enter it into our line checker (just numbers, no spaces). The following link should connect to it – https://www.btwholesale.com/includes/adsl/main.html”

Postal Votes

You can apply for a postal vote for the forthcoming City Council and European Elections on 22nd May by completing this form and returning it by post to City Hall by 7th May;

http://www3.westminster.gov.uk/docstores/forms_store/335-postal%20request%20form.pdf

Labour Manifesto for the 2014 City Council Elections

We attach a copy of our Manifesto for the City Council Elections for your information and comments 2014 Council Election Manifesto

Queen’s Park Community Council Elections

The first elections for the Queen’s Park Community Council take place on 22nd May. We have attached details of all the candidates. All the candidates are non-party political.
Queen’s Park Parish Elections

This recent article in the Guardian explains why the elections are so significant http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/apr/29/in-praise-of-queens-park-council

Barclays Bikes – what you say

“Why does Mr Johnson feel Maida Vale, Queen’s Park and Kilburn are not worthy of the Boris Bike?”

Kilburn Lane – what you say

“I’d like to add my voice to the rather terrifying description of Kilburn Lane, full of drug dealing and people being run over by mini cab drivers apparently. It’s amazing what a negative effect one betting shop has had on this street, and in fact the whole area and I’m surprised that there is nothing that residents can do to get the shop shut down. “

What you say

“Thank you!” for your outstanding work, so impressive and really does prove London can be a community and work together and get results.”

“Wonderful efforts for the community. Thank you all for the cooperation and good work.”

“Just to say “Well done” for these Ward Reports for our area. I look forward to reading them each month and it is so encouraging to see that the local issues which mean so much to residents are really being dealt with as they arise. Long may they continue.”

“Thanks for the newsletter – really informative”

Please let us know if there are any matters on which we can be of help.

It has been a pleasure and a privilege to represent you over the past four years and we hope that we can count on you support on 22nd May.

Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor
Your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors – Here to Help

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Jubilee Sports Centre demolition will cut the heart out of Queens Park

Westminster Conservatives’ decision to demolish the Jubilee Sports centre will cut the heart out of Queen’s Park, according to local residents and Labour Councillors.

Queen’s Park Labour Councillor Barrie Taylor said;

“Since July 2012, when we submitted over 5000 signatories, the single largest petition ever generated in Queens Park, we have called for improved consultation on the impact that the planned closure of Jubilee Sports Centre would have on the local community. We have continually stated that we are in support of improving the quality of local sports and leisure facilities, but this project will do the opposite”

“The closure of Jubilee is seen by local people as cutting the heart out of Queen’s Park. It was originally a replacement swimming and leisure facility for working people and its excellent reputation has continued to this day. One serious instance of the poor consultation is the redevelopment of the external football pitch at Moberly and moving the pitch to a site at St Augustine’s School, based in South Kilburn. We have regularly raised this obvious lack of understanding about youth and gang culture territories, but a decision was made to proceed. “

“Too many of our local sports facilities need to be booked and paid for – which freezes out many younger and poorer residents. Under the present plans the Basketball Court behind the Jubilee will disappear. We have strong messages from local parents that their children and youngsters need somewhere where they do not need to book or pay to play ball games. “

“72 new homes will be built on the site of the Jubilee for sale at open market prices. As nearby new build homes have been advertised for sale at £800 – £900,000 for 1 and 2 bed properties, these new flats and houses will be out-of-reach of most local people, and will do nothing to relieve housing need. Westminster Council has £100 million in its Housing Revenue Account, and we consider it can afford to make sure some of these homes are made available for social rent & low-cost ownership.”

Anger as Conservative Councillors approve demolition of Jubilee Sports Centre

The ‘West End Extra’ reports tonight’s Westminster Council decision as sports centre in Queen’s Park faces a date with the bulldozer:

“CONTROVERSIAL plans to bulldoze a sports centre and replace it with luxury flats were rubber stamped by City Hall tonight (Tuesday).

There were heated scenes in the usually subdued committee meeting in Victoria as councillors and Queen’s Park residents struggled to contain their frustration with the decision to approve the demolition of the Jubilee Sports Centre.

The scheme will see the Caird Street site – which hosts a gym, swimming pool and several sports pitches – handed to Wilmott Dixxon to build 72 homes, including 20 town houses. In return for the site, developers have pledged to build a £17million sports facility in Kilburn Lane. This will replace the existing Moberly Sports Centre, which, although owned by Westminster, is on the other side of the Brent border.

The demolition has faced widespread opposition over the last two years, with more than 5,000 people signing a petition urging City Hall to scrap the scheme.

Council planning officials said tonight that several elements of the design of the new flats were “regrettable” including the loss of light to neighbouring properties, but said that overall it was of “strategic benefit”.

The council believe they will save £600,000 a year in running costs by combining the two sports centres on to one site.

The committee of three councillors heard objections from residents that the loss of the Jubilee centre would “rip the heart out of the community”.

But the councillors were supportive of consolidating sports facilities on one site and instead were faced with a decision about the design of the flats that would replace it.

Despite voicing concerns over the size and scale of a five-storey block in Caird Street, the committee decided to approve the design as it stands. They were told by council planning staff that they could either accept the plans, reject them outright or recommend a deferral with a suggestion to redesign the flats.

Queen’s Park residents who have campaigned against the plans for years shouted that it was “disgraceful” as they left the public gallery.

After the decision was finalised, Cllr Paul Dimoldenberg, who had made representations on behalf of residents, told the committee:

“it’s disgraceful. You should be ashamed of yourselves. That’s not democracy. You’ve heard all the comments. You’ve heard the design is inadequate and you won’t even have the decency to defer it to let the architects come back and come up with a more appropriate design. What’s wrong with asking them to go away and come back with a more appropriate design?”

Save the Jubilee campaign’s plea to Brent Council

The Save Our Jubilee campaign has been fighting Westminster City Council to keep the much-needed sports facilities at the Jubilee Centre, one of Westminster’s two most deprived wards.

Westminster’s plan for the new Moberly sports centre is part of a wider plan which involves the demolition of the Jubilee centre and its replacement by market housing. The plan involves combining most of the facilities provided at the Jubilee and Moberly now in one new centre.

We think it isn’t a good deal for Brent residents. This is why.

1. No affordable housing will be provided to meet the desperate needs of Brent residents. Brent’s Site Specific Allocations DPD identifies the Moberly site as one that could be redeveloped to improve the existing sports and nursery facilities and in addition to provide 104 housing units. Brent would normally expect half of these to be affordable – a valuable contribution to meeting housing needs in the borough. Westminster are proposing 71 flats (fewer than Brent thought the site might accommodate) and all these will be market housing for sale with no affordable units included.

2. Loss of daylight and sunlight to neighbouring properties. Westminster City Council’s decision to relocate services from the Jubilee to the Moberly site has resulted in a massive new building, seven storeys high at the northern end, which will rob neighbouring homes in Brent of daylight and sunlight. As a result, properties in Chamberlayne Road, City Heights and Noko will experience daylight levels below BRE guidelines, while properties in City Heights and Noko will have no direct sunlight at any time of the day. The Report attempts to justify this on the grounds that the developers of Cityview and Noko should have anticipated the redevelopment of the Moberly site. But they were facing an open space. It was reasonable for everyone to assume that this would be left undeveloped in line with Brent’s planning policies.

3. Loss of outdoor sports facilities. On the north side of the Moberly site there is an 18 x 36 metre floodlit artificial turf pitch used mainly as a football pitch by local youth clubs and adult teams. The report Planning for Sport and Active Recreation Facilities produced jointly by the London Borough of Brent and Sports England in 2008, looked at the distribution of STPs (Synthetic Turf Pitches) across the borough and considered that the south of the borough was adequately served by the pitch at the Moberly. However, if Westminster’s application for the Moberly site is approved, this pitch will be lost and, as a result, wards in the south of Brent will no longer meet minimum standards for outdoor pitch provision. The replacement pitch offered is in Westminster, 1.2 miles away, nearly in Maida Vale – and foreign territory for most of the Brent and Queen’s Park youngsters who use the Moberly now.

4. Replacement, not better provision. Westminster City Council argues that the benefits provided to Brent residents by the new sports centre are so exceptional that Brent’s policies in relation to affordable housing and overshadowing should be set aside We say that, contrary to Westminster’s claims, the benefits offered by the new development are in no way exceptional. The new centre will, firstly, not provide any more usable leisure space than exists now and, secondly, the facilities mainly replace sports facilities already provided in the existing Moberly and Jubilee centres – which include a 25 metre pool, two sports halls, and gym and fitness suites..

For these reasons, we hope that the current planning proposals by Westminster will be refused by Brent Council at the Planning Committee meeting on 9th April.

QUEEN’S PARK WARD ACTION REPORT – April 2014

From your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor
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Oliphant Street

We have contacted the Council about two adjacent street lights which are restricted by tree and telegraph pole. We have asked the Council to consider a lighting survey or moving one of the street lights.

We have asked the Estate Office to investigate this problem at 158/160 Oliphant Street;

“I have been phoning the Mozart estate office for months and months in an attempt to get the hedge cut which is on this property and on Ilbert Street. I am told each time that something will be done and I will be phoned back But no! Last week I was told that they would send an email to the temporary accommodation office at Westminster but still nothing has happened. The hedge is overgrown, unsightly and it is such a shame as we need all the green we can get in this urban environment. It is also used for people to throw their disused tins in. It really needs a good cut. It is so overgrown it needs professional hedge cutters to cut its height as well.”

Oliphant Street residents have also raised concerns about dog mess. Residents say that the street needs cleaning at least once at the weekend because it is frequently used for access to and from Sainsbury’s Ladbroke Grove and Kilburn Lane. Nuno tells us;

“Oliphant Street is being swept on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and I don’t think we can change the cleaning schedule that Veolia has in place. I will request the support of the Response team to monitor the street during the weekend with the instructions to request a sweeper if needed. In the meantime I will conduct a letter drop to remind the residents of their responsibilities as dog owners, and advise the sweepers foreman to ensure that the sweepers are doing the cleansing as scheduled for the street.”

Save the Jubilee campaign

The latest videos from the Save the Jubilee campaign have been released;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzaxsP0gh08 Interview with Angela Singhate

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z40c0w9CER4 Interview with Karen Buck MP

Queen’s Park Gardens

We are investigating this problem after receiving this message;

“I just wanted to raise the issue of irresponsible dog owners using the Queen’s Park rose garden as a dog exercise area. I’m a dog owner myself often using the QP gardens, but I keep my dog on the lead in the park and only let him off in the designated area. I find it annoying that others don’t do the same, giving us all a bad name. Is there any possibility for garden wardens or similar to keep an eye out for this?”

The Parks Manager tells us;

“We are aware of a problem at times in this part of the garden. We unfortunately no longer have full time staffing at the garden which does not help. We have made Street Management aware and all are working to resolve this problem”

Ha’Penny Steps Update

We have been working jointly with our Labour Councillor colleagues in Kensington & Chelsea to improve security around the bridge following the brutal mugging recently. As a result, Councillor Emma Dent Coad has called for;

• the tree next to the steps needs pruning
• lights on the bridge need updating
• we need more light
• the two cctv cameras in the park need to be reinstated
• one of the cameras should be pointed at Kensal Community Association – given the current problems there at the weekend

Lancefield Street

We have asked the Council if any action can be taken to tackle speeding cars in the Lancefield Street area.

Beethoven Street

We reported a mound of rubbish dumped outside 2 Beethoven Street.

Ladbroke Grove

We are making enquiries about this issue;

“I’d like to ask why it’s been allowed that construction works can block traffic in all directions, today, Sunday. There’s a crane doing window deliveries, presumably to the benefit of the office, but the 4-way traffic light control isn’t working efficiently for the traffic flow. The traffic lights are taking 10 minutes in each direction and traffic has blocked up and down the roads as far as the eye can see. The traffic would flow much better if the lights were off. What should have taken me 30 mins to go to Sainsbury’s, shop and return home has taken 2 hours!!! I’m now late for work!”

Kilburn Lane/Banister Road

We are making further enquiries about this long-standing problem;

“I am contacting you again about the issue of private taxis parking from very early morning on Kilburn Lane and the junction with Bannister Road. I have now on a number of occasions had to request that the congregating drivers switch off music and lower their conversation as it is 7 am in the morning and a residential area. My husband also had to request a driver not to empty his litter on to the pavement. One morning I counted eight vehicles parked some on double yellow lines which was compounded by Westminster buses parked on Bannister road which resulted in grid lock with TFL buses not being able to pass. A private minicab was parked outside a neighbour’s house with the usual noise and inconvenience – when the resident’s son requested the car to move a very heated confrontation ensued. This escalated in to a very nasty incident – foul language, threats of physical violence – all witnessed by my young son on his way to school. The driver sped away only to return and attempt to run over the resident! The police were called but I am not sure how it was resolved.”

Kilburn Lane – Anti Social behaviour

We have asked the police to investigate this problem;

“This street can be terrifying at pretty much any time of the day or night. There are so many drug addicts using the telephone boxes to take drugs – why can’t we take the phone boxes away? Also there is a massive issue with Ladbrokes – there are a lot of people smoking drugs and selling drugs outside and in the doorway next to Ladbrokes – morning, noon & night. With big crowds of men hanging outside the shop – this is very intimidating for me to walk to and from work every day. There is also a lot of aggressive begging in this street. It’s always the same 4 or 5 people – why can’t the police just deal with this?”

Sgt Adam Brown tells us;

“Ladbrokes is in fact in Brent. I can say that we are regularly in the area and it does seem to be much better. With regard to the phone boxes, it has been tried a number of times to remove them but BT will not do so. While it makes money they are unwilling to remove it. I have not had a go but might contact them and see if they will entertain the idea. It did have all the adverts taken from the windows so that you could see in to deter them from dealing. Kilburn Lane is a default patrol place for the PCSO’s when they are on duty and we pay attention throughout our night duties. If we see anything we will not simply leave it for Brent to deal with but the long term solution to the problem does lie with them. I will speak to my Brent counterpart and see what he says”

Sgt Graeme Day in Brent says;

“We also patrol there as best we can. We also do random visits to Ladbrokes and see if there are any breaches re licensing such as allowing alcohol to be consumed on the premises. We also have special wipes that pick up any drug use that we use in the toilets. I agree that you do get groups of males hanging around outside the bookies but they do this so they can smoke cigarettes. Please feel free to give our team mobile number 0208 721 2960 and we will respond if we are on duty.”

Kilburn Lane – Phone box outside 326 Kilburn Lane used by drug dealers

Sgt Adam Brown also reports that BT has agreed to bar incoming calls to the phone box so as to disrupt drug dealing. BT may also remove the phone box doors, too, and say;

“I have arranged the incoming call barring to start from tomorrow this will last for 3 months. I have spoken to the Commercial field officer for this area who will now review your request to have the doors removed. He will contact you with the outcome when he has made his decision, this will be soon, hope this helps.”

Kilburn Lane – Litter Bin

We are pleased that the litter bin we requested is now in place outside 304 Kilburn Lane.

Harrow Road/Bravington Road

We are making enquiries about this problem;

“Morning and evening heavy traffic on Harrow Road causes vibrations in my flat, top floor, which is not directly facing the road nor belongs to the buildings facing it, but in Bravington Road. The vibrations are so strong that I am woken up every morning at about 6.30 and the facade of the building shows signs of cracking. The problem appears to be worse during rainy days. That stretch of Harrow road’s surface is a mess and bus and truck drivers speed like maniacs when there is little traffic, late at night or early in the morning. The 30 mph limit in Harrow road should be enforced with the use of speed cameras or even lowered due to the high density of shops and the road surface strengthen and basically redone from scratch at the bus stops.”

Fernhead Road

We have asked Nuno, our Warden, to investigate this issue;

“We have the same flats, week in –week-out, depositing rubbish on the streets. These are international neighbours who have rubbish bins (the same as everyone else) but choose to put all sorts of rubbish, waste & broken furniture piled up next to the trees. Why are they allowed to do this – it’s been going on for years.”

Harrow Road

We are making investigation about this problem;

“The lighting on Harrow Road, outside library/recycling area is very poor as there is a the rather large tree which shades the area, who should I contact to raise my concerns?”

Harrow Road furniture shop

Following the legal action taken by the police against the owner of the furniture shop at the corner of Harrow Road and First Avenue for blocking the pavement, Sgt Adam Brown tells us;

“The trial took place in Mr Brannigan’s absence and he was fined the maximum £1,000, given £300 costs and £100 charge. Here’s hoping for some improvement in the future.”

Kilravock Street

We have asked Nuno, our local Warden, to pay particular attention to Kilravock Street and Sixth Avenue where there have been reports by residents of pavements where irresponsible dog owners allow their dogs to foul the pavement.

Ilbert Street/Oliphant Street wall Update

We have continued to press for the wall to be rebuilt after receiving further comments from residents. The main problem is the scaffolding/hoarding has closed around 20m of the footpath putting people at risk at this busy junction. The road is used for access to Kilburn Lane and Sainsbury’s Ladbroke Grove.

“May I please add to the comment on the Oliphant Street wall which has been covered in scaffolding for several months? I would think that anyone other than CityWorst could have built a house during this time. I do NOT think that the wall should be knocked down like the one opposite which has been replaced by a fence and now looks very shabby and is covered with weeds. Hopefully, it is being rebuilt and will be completely restored and replaced. Then, perhaps, they can start on the fence.”

“I agree with the issue about the Oliphant Street walls. Both walls need replacing but for some reason one side has a fence (which I hope is temporary) and the other has blocked the footpath with a mass of scaffold and boarding.”

City West Homes tell us;

“The wall in question is not solely owned by Westminster City Council and is jointly owned by a freeholder to either side. The wall is subject to planning permission and was deemed by building control to be a dangerous structure. The adjoining owner has referred the matter to their insurance company and we await confirmation from them so we can agree a way forward. CityWest Homes are unable to reinstate their section of the wall as it is continuous and it can only be replaced in one build.”

It looks as if action is at last happening and a resident has told us;

“A miracle has happened! The hideous fence has been removed and there are some guys working very hard with a pile of bricks nearby.”

Peach Road

We are investigating this matter;

“I wanted to ask a question about the tree trimming that took place on Peach Road a few weeks back (in Jan 2014). The tree outside of our house seems to have been missed and has not been trimmed back. Are you able to find out why this is the case and how can we organise to have this done? “

The Council says;

“Pollarding the handful of plane trees on the Queens Park Estate that remain unpruned has been booked in for the next couple of weeks”

Report from Klaudija Green, Community Protection Officer

• Commercial premises – Metropolitan Police and Westminster City Council Community Protection team have won a highway obstruction Court case against commercial premises in Harrow Road. This was undertaken due to continuous non-compliance in regards to safe and free passage of pedestrian traffic outside the premises especially when public is in use of a wheelchair, a pram or a walking frame.
• Drugs – We had reports recently in regards to antisocial behaviour surrounding a property and the use of drugs at the premises. After full investigation was concluded by both the Police and Community Protection we took a case to Court and we are pleased to report that we won the case and measures are currently being put in place to assist everyone involved.
• Youths – We have noticed an increase in youths engaging in antisocial behaviour in the ward. We are currently addressing this issue with a proactive plan being put in place to deal with it. The plan will involve any youths identified from troubled families being referred to appropriate support teams and referral programs to help them solve any issues they might be having alone or as a family. Furthermore, we will engage families and assist them with any identified needs and as deemed appropriate.
• Bicycle fixing workshops – A lot of young people are interested in a more “hands on” activities such as bicycle fixing workshops. Westminster City Council Community Protection team is working with housing providers, Metropolitan Police and others to provide bicycle fixing workshops in the near future. Partners will be able to donate any abandoned or non-functional bicycles to this venture. Young people wishing to attend the workshop will be able to do so and have an expert present to assist with any training or additional instructions. Once bicycles are fixed, young people will possibly have a chance to sell their finished product and therefore create a small income for themselves in the process. It could also be a potential stepping stone onto a new career in car mechanics or similar.

Ladbroke Grove/Harrow Road/Kilburn Lane – what you say

“I live close to the junction of Harrow Road and Ladbroke Grove, and it is lethal for pedestrians. Please can you help to get a pedestrian crossing sorted out there as I have to cross with my children, and there isn’t enough time to get all the way over and the drivers are so impatient and unaware of the difficulties in trying to cross, I have actually seen some of them speed up! I know there have been bad accidents there in the past, and I also can see that the crossing is obviously an important one for keeping traffic moving, but at the expense of pedestrians in central London is just not good enough.”

QPR in the Community – what you say

“My two primary school children both benefitted from excellent quality and value football coaching over the recent half-term. All credit to the club for their work. Especially with the risk still hanging over us of reduced Council provision”

Dog mess – what you say

“As a dog owner, I find it really annoying the amount of mess that is left on the streets. However, there are no bins on any of the streets that have the issue. I think you would have a massive decrease in mess if there were actually some rubbish bins at the ends of the roads.”

What you say

“Thank you for all your work”

“Thanks for the report. Really helpful, especially for new residents like us!”

“Many thanks for the newsletter, as always it’s very informative!”

“Thanks for all your good work in our community”

“Thanks for this newsletter. As helpful as ever”

“Well done you folks, you have been busy!”

“Outstanding work. Thank you!”

Please let us know if there are any matters on which we can be of help.

Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor
Your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors – Here to Help

QUEEN’S PARK WARD ACTION REPORT – March 2014

From your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor
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Harrow Road/Kilburn Lane/Ladbroke Grove Junction

Following a meeting involving highways officers from Westminster, Brent and Kensington & Chelsea, we have had the following update from the Mayor, sent to us via Rev David Ackerman from St John’s Church;

“TfL provided funding to Westminster City Council to develop a scheme to improve safety at this junction. Consultants, SKM, working on behalf of Westminster Council, carried out a review to identify options to introduce pedestrian crossing facilities that would address the current issues. TfL will be meeting with SKM shortly to discuss the options identified, and a computer model of the preferred option will be assessed for its potential impact on local traffic. Following this, agreement will then be sought with the London Boroughs of Brent and K & C to both design and construct the proposal. TfL hopes the new scheme will be delivered by 2015.”

There was a report of the meeting in the Kilburn Times;

http://www.kilburntimes.co.uk/news/campaign_for_pedestrian_crossing_in_the_harrow_road_is_a_step_closer_1_3316346

Campaign to save the Jubilee Sports Centre

You can see the latest campaign videos at

We are pleased that the ARK Attwood School in Third Avenue has posted information on its website informing parents about how they can object to the closure plans

http://arkatwoodprimary.org/news/jubilee-sports-centre

Proposals for the Moberly Sports Centre – Too good to be true?

The ‘Save the Jubilee’ campaign has written this report;

“At the end of 2013 Westminster Council submitted a planning application to Brent for the redevelopment of the Westminster-owned Moberly Sports Centre to provide a new sports centre and 71 new homes. Westminster say that the new Moberly will provide Brent residents in the south of the borough with an £18 million new sports centre at no cost to Brent. On the face of it, this looks like a brilliant deal for Brent residents. But is it too good to be true?

Westminster City Council think it’s a good deal for them, because they’re expecting to save £380k a year in running costs by closing down the nearby Jubilee Centre and moving services to a new enlarged Moberly Centre over the border in Brent.
But is it a good deal for Brent residents? The Save Our Jubilee campaign has been fighting Westminster City Council to keep the much-needed sports facilities at the Jubilee Centre, one of Westminster’s two most deprived wards. We think that combining sports facilities in the Moberly Centre isn’t a good deal for Brent residents either. This is why.

1. No affordable housing will be provided to meet the desperate needs of Brent residents. Brent’s Site Specific Allocations DPD identifies the Moberly site as one that could be redeveloped to improve the existing sports and nursery facilities and in addition to provide 104 housing units. Brent would normally expect half of these to be affordable – a valuable contribution to meeting housing needs in the borough. Westminster are proposing 71 flats (fewer than Brent thought the site might accommodate) and all these will be market housing for sale with no affordable units included.

2. Loss of daylight and sunlight to neighbouring properties. Westminster City Council’s decision to relocate services from the Jubilee to the Moberly site has resulted in a massive new building, seven storeys high at the northern end, which will rob neighbouring homes in Brent of daylight and sunlight. Evidence for this is provided in the Daylight and Sunlight Report accompanying the application which shows that, as a result of the development, properties in Chamberlayne Road, City Heights and Noko will experience daylight levels below BRE guidelines, while properties in City Heights and Noko will have no direct sunlight at any time of the day.

3. Loss of outdoor sports facilities. On the north side of the Moberly site there is an 18 x 36 metre floodlit artificial turf pitch used mainly as a football pitch by local youth clubs and adult teams. The report Planning for Sport and Active Recreation Facilities produced jointly by the London Borough of Brent and Sports England in 2008, looked at the distribution of STPs (Synthetic Turf Pitches) across the borough and considered that the south of the borough was adequately served by the pitch at the Moberly. However, if Westminster’s application for the Moberly site is approved, this pitch will be lost and, as a result, wards in the south of Brent will no longer meet minimum FA and Sport England standards for outdoor pitch provision.

Westminster City Council has asked Brent to treat the Moberly application as an exceptional application, in effect arguing that the benefits provided to Brent residents by the new sports centre are so exceptional that Brent’s policies in relation to affordable housing and overshadowing should be set aside. In particular, Westminster argue that the new housing on the site has to be high value market housing, as this is necessary to subsidise the new sports centre. WCC has asked Brent to make an exception to its affordable housing policy to allow funds to be channelled into the sports centre, rather than housing for Brent residents.
We argue below that, contrary to Westminster’s claims, the benefits offered by the new development are in no way exceptional as the new centre will, firstly, not provide any more usable leisure space than exists now and, secondly, the facilities in the main replace sports facilities already provided in the existing Moberly and Jubilee centre.

Firstly, comparison of existing and proposed floorspace

Westminster say the new Moberly will provide over 2,000 square metres more activity space than exists now in the Jubilee and Moberly Centres. However, if we take into account the loss of the outdoor sports pitches at the Jubilee and Moberly Centres now then there is very little difference between the floor space in the new Moberly and what Westminster provide to local residents now at the Jubilee and Moberly centre. On the basis of these figures, it appears likely that the new Moberly provides slightly LESS usable sports floor space than is provided by the existing Moberly and Jubilee centres.

Secondly, comparison of existing and new facilities

Westminster say the new Moberly will provide a range of new facilities including a swimming pool, 8 court sports hall, gym and fitness suites. However, most of these facilities exist already at the Jubilee and Moberly Centres. While the boxing court is a new facility (though it is by no means certain that the Allstars Boxing Gym for whom it’s intended will move from their current club quarters) and the floor area for gym/fitness suites is increased, we consider that these improvements need to be balanced against the loss of existing facilities in the existing Jubilee and Moberly Centres which will not be re-provided. There include these the 1137 sqm free to use outdoor court (Jubilee), the 777 sqm floodlit outdoor court (Moberly), two squash courts (Jubilee), sensory play room (Jubilee) and the nursery/under-fives facilities at the Moberly Centre.

In conclusion, therefore

The new Moberly Sports Centre might seem a good deal for Brent. However, for the reasons we have outlined above (particularly failure to provide affordable housing, loss of outdoor sports facilities, loss of daylight and sunlight to neighbouring properties) the current Westminster proposals do not comply with key elements in Brent’s planning guidelines and should be refused for this reason. Westminster has argued that the benefits provided by the new leisure centre are so valuable that Brent should set its planning guidance aside. We have shown that the benefits provided by the new centre to Brent residents are marginal, and insufficient to justify setting Brent’s planning guidance aside. For this reason, we hope that the current planning proposals by Westminster will be refused by Brent.”

Caird Street

We have called on the Council to let us know what they plan to do with the derelict houses at the corner of Caird Street and Third Avenue. The houses have already been a blight on the local environment for over a year and if the Jubilee demolition plans are approved these house will remain derelict for another three years. This is totally unacceptable. The Council would not allow this happen in Mayfair so why should Queen’s Park put up with this neglect?

The Council say;

“As you are aware the Jubilee site does not yet have planning permission and the completion on the transfer of those properties at Caird Street from Genesis is subject to planning consent being secured. However, in the event that permission is granted Willmott Dixon Construction will take control of the derelict buildings under the Building Contract. This issue is very much is a priority for Willmott Dixon Construction and the demolition of the properties will be the first activity the carry out at Jubilee – it should be completed in the summer this year. I have also asked them to look at securing the site as soon as planning is approved which would minimise the impact on the community prior to demolition.”

Ha’Penny Steps

There was a very brutal mugging recently on the Ha’Penny Steps bridge and we have spoken to the victim and the police who say that the lighting is very poor on the Kensington & Chesea side of the canal. We have asked Councillors in K&C to press for additional lighting as we are sure that this is not the first such mugging in this location but improved lighting might reduce the chances of it happening again.

Councillor Emma Dent Coad, Kensington & Chelsea, responded;

“We will certainly take this up with the relevant officers. Halfpenny Steps has long been a black spot for crime, in fact I thought we had agreed that CCTV would be installed there. I will pursue these issues and hope there will not be a recurrence.”

Queen’s Park Gardens

We have reported the broken gate in the dog-run area and hope it is repaired soon.

The Parks Manager tells us;

“The gate has been inspected and as it’s a self-closing gate-there appears to be a problem with the internal mechanism. New parts are on order and the gate will be repaired ASAP”

Oliphant Street

We have asked the Estate Office to explain this situation reported by a resident;

“Please can someone explain to me why there is copious scaffolding, boarding, which has been painted along with double doors and lighting that has cut off the end of Oliphant Street for a single course wall that should have been pulled down exactly like the one opposite it. I believe it also cuts off a parking pay machine.”

Corner of Harrow Road and Third Avenue

We have reported the blocked drain at this location for investigation.

Third Avenue/Kilravock Street

We have referred this issue to the Council’s Tree Officer;

“Last autumn I was in correspondence concerning an unduly tall Judas Tree on the corner of Fifth Avenue and Kilravock Street. I was told that the tree would be pruned since it is twice the height of other trees. A civil engineer has advised us that it could be the cause of subsidence we are facing. The council agreed that it was too tall, but though other, plane trees in the street have been pruned, it has not been pruned though I was told this would happen.”

Fernhead Road/Saltram Crescent junction

We have asked the Council to investigate this issue;

“I do feel that the width of both Saltram Crescent and Fernhead Road could and should be narrowed at this junction. With regard to Saltram Crescent, approximately 100 yards prior to the junction the road is effectively single carriageway due to residents parking on both sides of the road but in a short distance there are almost three lanes and at this point drivers tend to accelerate. Vehicles coming in a southerly direction from Queen’s Park often race across Carlton Vale at speed.

Some years ago there was a proposal to make the entrance into Saltram Crescent from both Shirland Road at the southern end and Fernhead Road at the northern end, NO ENTRY. This would stop Saltram Crescent being a ‘rat run’ and would make a major contribution to both restricting the amount of traffic along Saltram Crescent and thereby reducing the speed of travel.

Finally, enforcement of both the single and double yellow lines at the Saltram Crescent/Fernhead Road junction would improve the visibility at this junction.”

Kilburn Lane/Premier Corner

We reported this problem to Brent Council;

“There is serious damage to the pavement at the corner of Kliburn Lane and Premier Corner. There are loose bricks tipping out towards the pavement right by the zebra crossing before the bus stop. It’s very dangerous and it’s been like this for a good few months now. Are there plans to repair it?”

Residents tell us;

“Just a note to say THANKS! The pavement has been repaired, and I am sure it will be appreciated by all those who use the bus stop. Great, efficient service indeed!”

Computer courses for ‘Absolute Beginners’ at Queen’s Park Library

We have received this information;

“I am a volunteer at Queen’s Park Library and I am emailing you to ask if you could make people aware who have little or no experience of computers about these sessions. The sessions take place every Thursday between 11.30am and 13.30pm at Queen’s Park Library. All are welcome and they can register on arrival. It is free and if anyone wants to enquire beforehand they can ring the library 020 7641 6200 or Mahbuba 020 7641 5474.”

QPR in the Community

We are pleased that QPR in the Community is working with the Avenues and the Council’s Sports Unit. It is planned to have additional sports coaching provision up and running from April to continue through to September.

Father Murphy’s Youth Hurling team for boys and girls aged 4-14yrs

There will be an Open Day for fun and games on Saturday 22nd March from 12-3pm at the Shamrock Club, Acton, W3 OBP

Queen’s Park Housing Office

A direct telephone line has been installed at the Beethoven Centre to City West Homes’ Queen’s Park Estate Office whilst they are based at Maida Vale.

Your Credit Union

You can join Your Credit Union by calling 020 7605 6341 or by emailing info@yourcu.co.uk. You can visit the website at http://www.yourcu.co.uk

Safety issues

We have asked the police to note this comment from a local resident;

“Someone ostensibly from RSPCA came knocking on door this evening at 20.00. They had identification, but I didn’t look closely. I think it odd that such a charity would door knock in the evening, and worries me that older residents may feel compelled to engage, given it’s an animal charity”

Klaudija Green, our Community Protection Officer, tells us;

“I have now received a verbal confirmation from the RSPCA who has informed me that legitimate RSPCA charity fundraisers have been working in Queen’s Park ward between 3 and 16 Feb 2014 from Monday to Friday and between the hours of 09:00 am to 08:00 pm. They would be from the company called APCO who collects on a behalf of RSPCA. Fundraisers should have a blue badge with RSPCA printed in white colour and they never accept cash payments only direct debit.”

Report from Nuno Reis, Queen’s Park Warden

• The hedges from a number of properties on Sixth Avenue are growing beyond the residence limits to Droop Street. I have served notices to the relevant residences requesting to prune the hedges back to the properties limits.
• I have been working with the police to tackle the dog off lead and dog fouling issue. Joint patrols with the animal warden have been carried out regularly in order to enforce against irresponsible dog owners who still are not complying with their obligations as dog owners.
• I have been carrying out inspections regarding block drains/gullies, to make sure they are free from debris and other waste. This is to avoid water pools and ensure that our streets are safe for pedestrians and for the traffic.
• On my daily patrols I was able to identify that across the ward there is a considerable quantity of damaged and out of date time plates. I am working in partnership with my work colleague Tony Crisp, the warden allocated for Harrow Road, to review all the signage in both wards, Harrow Road and Queen’s Park, and create an audit to get the old and damaged time plates replaced and updated.
• During my daily inspections I discovered and came across a number of items of discarded waste (bagged and bulky) which I have taken appropriate enforcement action and arranged removal.

Dog poo – what you say

“I think our new warden Nuno Reis is doing a good job, he’s been quite visible in the area and is good at handing out dog poop bags”

“It’s incredibly hard to act if witnessing a dog owner letting their dog foul and then walk on. I have a number of times but have regretted it – often you just don’t feel it’s a good idea to challenge owners. So, is threat of fines and reminders a really workable solution? I don’t think that people who let this happen don’t know there are fines etc. they don’t really care and I would think know they will get away with it. What about a fixed term pilot project with moveable CCTV and then shaming owners with their images on lamp posts!!!! “

Refuse on the streets – what you say

“I’ve noticed an increase in residents putting domestic rubbish on the streets in all days of week, not just the night before collection day. Causes issues with vermin and foxes resulting in mess strewn all over the place”

Jubilee Sports Centre – what you say

“We fully agree with your comments about the Jubilee Sport Centre. This has been our stand right from the very beginning and we are with you all the way for your approach”

“The Jubilee is a celebration of the area and it will be greatly missed.”

“Good for you for counter-acting the shameless diatribe of propaganda the Tories have out concerning the closure of Jubilee sports centre.”

Queen’s Park Conservation Area – what you say

“There are so many contraventions of the planning regulations in the estate (wrong windows, doors etc) but if you talk to planning they often say they have been in place for more than 4 year so won’t do anything. However if council had done proper audits at the times they should over past years, they would have identified sooner and so instigated requests for conservation adherence.”

What you say

“As usual thanks for the very informative newsletter”

Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor
Your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors – Here to Help

Westminster’s proposals for the Moberly Sports Centre – Too good to be true?

The Save the Jubilee Sports Centre campaign say;

“At the end of 2013 Westminster Council submitted a planning application to Brent for the redevelopment of the Westminster-owned Moberly Sports Centre to provide a new sports centre and 71 new homes. Westminster say that the new Moberly will provide Brent residents in the south of the borough with an £18 million new sports centre at no cost to Brent. On the face of it, this looks like a brilliant deal for Brent residents. But is it too good to be true?

Westminster City Council think it’s a good deal for them, because they’re expecting to save £380k a year in running costs by closing down the nearby Jubilee Centre and moving services to a new enlarged Moberly Centre over the border in Brent.

But is it a good deal for Brent residents? The Save Our Jubilee campaign has been fighting Westminster City Council to keep the much-needed sports facilities at the Jubilee Centre, one of Westminster’s two most deprived wards. We think that combining sports facilities in the Moberly Centre isn’t a good deal for Brent residents either. This is why.

1. No affordable housing will be provided to meet the desperate needs of Brent residents. Brent’s Site Specific Allocations DPD identifies the Moberly site as one that could be redeveloped to improve the existing sports and nursery facilities and in addition to provide 104 housing units. Brent would normally expect half of these to be affordable – a valuable contribution to meeting housing needs in the borough. Westminster are proposing 71 flats (fewer than Brent thought the site might accommodate) and all these will be market housing for sale with no affordable units included.

2. Loss of daylight and sunlight to neighbouring properties. Westminster City Council’s decision to relocate services from the Jubilee to the Moberly site has resulted in a massive new building, seven storeys high at the northern end, which will rob neighbouring homes in Brent of daylight and sunlight. Evidence for this is provided in the Daylight and Sunlight Report accompanying the application which shows that, as a result of the development, properties in Chamberlayne Road, City Heights and Noko will experience daylight levels below BRE guidelines, while properties in City Heights and Noko will have no direct sunlight at any time of the day.

3. Loss of outdoor sports facilities. On the north side of the Moberly site there is an 18 x 36 metre floodlit artificial turf pitch used mainly as a football pitch by local youth clubs and adult teams. The report Planning for Sport and Active Recreation Facilities produced jointly by the London Borough of Brent and Sports England in 2008, looked at the distribution of STPs (Synthetic Turf Pitches) across the borough and considered that the south of the borough was adequately served by the pitch at the Moberly. However, if Westminster’s application for the Moberly site is approved, this pitch will be lost and, as a result, wards in the south of Brent will no longer meet minimum FA and Sport England standards for outdoor pitch provision.

These three considerations (failure to provide affordable housing, loss of daylight and sunlight, and loss of outdoor sports facilities) provide solid grounds, all justifiable by reference to the Council’s Core Strategy, for Brent to refuse the current application from Westminster City Council for the redevelopment of the Moberly site.

Westminster City Council has asked Brent to treat the Moberly application as an exceptional application, in effect arguing that the benefits provided to Brent residents by the new sports centre are so exceptional that Brent’s policies in relation to affordable housing and overshadowing should be set aside. In particular, Westminster argue that the new housing on the site has to be high value market housing, as this is necessary to subsidise the new sports centre. WCC has asked Brent to make an exception to its affordable housing policy to allow funds to be channelled into the sports centre, rather than housing for Brent residents.

We argue below that, contrary to Westminster’s claims, the benefits offered by the new development are in no way exceptional as the new centre will, firstly, not provide any more usable leisure space than exists now and, secondly, the facilities in the main replace sports facilities already provided in the existing Moberly and Jubilee centre.

Firstly, comparison of existing and proposed floorspace

Westminster say the new Moberly will provide over 2,000 square metres more activity space than exists now in the Jubilee and Moberly Centres. However, if we take into account the loss of the outdoor sports pitches at the Jubilee and Moberly Centres now then there is very little difference between the floor space in the new Moberly and what Westminster provide to local residents now at the Jubilee and Moberly centre.

While the boxing court is a new facility (though it is by no means certain that the Allstars Boxing Gym for whom it’s intended will move from their current club quarters) and the floor area for gym/fitness suites is increased, we consider that these improvements need to be balanced against the loss of existing facilities in the existing Jubilee and Moberly Centres which will not be re-provided. There include these the 1137 sqm free to use outdoor court (Jubilee), the 777 sqm floodlit outdoor court (Moberly), two squash courts (Jubilee), sensory play room (Jubilee) and the nursery/under fives facilities at the Moberly Centre.

In conclusion, therefore

The new Moberly Sports Centre might seem a good deal for Brent. However, for the reasons we have outlined above (particularly failure to provide affordable housing, loss of outdoor sports facilities, loss of daylight and sunlight to neighbouring properties) the current Westminster proposals do not comply with key elements in Brent’s planning guidelines and should be refused for this reason. Westminster have argued that the benefits provided by the new leisure centre are so valuable that Brent should set its planning guidance aside. We have shown that the benefits provided by the new centre to Brent residents are marginal, and insufficient to justify setting Brent’s planning guidance aside. For this reason, we hope that the current planning proposals by Westminster will be refused by Brent.”

Caird Street derelict houses

We have called on the Council to let us know what they plan to do with the derelict houses at the corner of Caird Street and Third Avenue. The houses have already been a blight on the local environment for over a year and if the Jubilee demolition plans are approved these house will remain in derelict for another three years.

This is totally unacceptable. The Council would not allow this happen in Mayfair so why should Queen’s Park put up with this neglect?

Children in Queen’s Park could become swing voters as they get a big say on future of new £60k playground

The ‘West End Extra’ reports;

“VOTERS in Queen’s Park have a big decision ahead of them and they’re tearing up the rule book, giving children the right to vote and allowing residents to have their say at the click of the button.

But this isn’t the forthcoming elections for the fledgling community council – this is to decide what the new £60,000 playground will look like.

Play equipment will be installed in Queen’s Park Gardens after a group of residents secured the funding from a charitable trust last year.

Queen’s Park resident Susannah Rustin, who is part of a group who have been helping to organise the new playground, said: “We wanted to do the best consultation we could, so thought it was important to do an online element. But there’s also been verbal canvassing and I’ve got a bit of paper with kids’ names and ages scribbled on it.”

In March the existing playground was ripped from the park by Westminster Council, without serving notice, enraging parents who were shocked to find a mound of earth where there had once been a climbing frame.

City Hall said they were forced to remove the equipment, which they described as “in a state of disrepair”, for safety reasons. To replace it, the Friends of Queen’s Park Gardens and the Queen’s Park Community Council Development Group – which will be replaced by the elected community council later this year – applied for funding alongside Westminster Council who own the land and also made a £6,000 contribution.

SITA Trust, the charitable arm of the recycling and waste management company SITA, will be funding the new playground and members of the public can vote for their preference of two styles of equipment.

Ms Rustin added: “It’s a lot of work for residents who are all volunteers. I’ve got two children who will benefit from it directly, but there are other residents who don’t have children who are really stepping up and putting in quite a lot of hours of their own time to try and make this happen.”

To have your say on the new playground visit http://www.queenspark.org

• The Queen’s Park Community Council will be the first community council in London and elections will be taking place later this year. A public meeting for prospective candidates, or anyone who wants to find out more, is being held at Queen’s Park Primary School at 6.30pm on Tuesday, February 18.

QUEEN’S PARK WARD ACTION REPORT – February 2014

From your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor
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Proposed Jubilee and Moberly Sports Centre redevelopment plans – The Facts

1. The proposed new development of the Moberly site in Brent largely replaces existing facilities. It will not result in a significant improvement in the range of leisure facilities available to residents in Queen’s Park ward. It is distant from the heart of the Queen’s Park community and from residents in Harrow Road and Maida Vale.

2. If we take into account the loss of outdoor sports pitches at the Moberly and Jubilee sites, then there will not be a significant increase in the amount of sports and leisure floorspace provided by the new Moberly Centre compared with what is provided now by Moberly and Jubilee Centres. The net increase is 528 sqm, or only 7%, on the amount of internal and external floorspace available now.

3. Westminster Council has not produced any evidence to justify the demolition of the Jubilee sports centre and, in particular, the swimming pool, except for saving costs on running two sports centres. The much-loved Jubilee pool is in excellent condition, the changing rooms modernised after a fire in 2011, and there have been no major repair problems with the pool.

4. The Moberly football pitch has been transferred to St Augustine’s, over a mile away. It cannot be used open access by Queen’s Park ward youth.

5. The Council’s plans for Queens Park Gardens are a welcome improvement which can only be considered as the belated upkeep of an open community sports area hitherto neglected by the Council.

The proper upkeep and improvement of Queens Park Gardens has been neglected by the Council in exactly the same manner as the Jubilee Sports centre, which has suffered from never being part of the £500,000+ grants applied for by WCC and received from Sport England and another charity for the Moberly sports centre.

The improvement of an already existing area in Queen’s Park Gardens plan is part of the larger Council plan which is meant to compensate for the loss of open space at the Jubilee sports centre, a short walk from Queens Park Gardens. Improvement of an already existing MUGA in Queen’s Park Gardens does not compensate for or mitigate the loss of a local amenity.

6. The plans involve a loss of social housing as the 12 existing houses on the Jubilee site are social housing which are not being replaced in full but by just 5 social housing units and 7 ‘affordable’ units. The rest of the proposed 151 houses and flats will be sold on the open market and will be out of reach of the vast majority of local residents.

7. The council in NOT “building a new community sports centre on the Jubilee site.” The Council proposes a small sports hall, with no mention of how the running costs will be met.

8. So far, the Council has refused to make public the value of the two pieces of public land that are being sold to the developers to enable the development to take place. This project has never been the subject of a competitive open tender. The terms of the deal are shrouded in secrecy under the cloak of ‘commercial confidentiality’ yet this is the development of a public facility on publicly owned land.

Although the official closing date for comments was 15th January, residents’ comments about the proposals will be accepted up to the day of the Planning Committee – which is some months away. This will apply to both Westminster and Brent Councils. You can make comments to Westminster Council online at

http://idoxpa.westminster.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=makeComment&keyVal=MXJHNLRP03500

You can also make comments to Brent Council on line at

https://forms.brent.gov.uk/servlet/ep.ext?extId=101150&reference=114208&st=PL

Queen’s Park Gardens

We are following up on this worrying incident;

“You’ll have received a phone message from Kilravock Street resident, about the fact that she found herself locked in Queen’s Park Gardens. She told me that the police transferred her call to the council, from whom she got no response, and that, eventually, a nearby resident called the Fire Brigade, who came and cut the bolt to the gate and let her out. This resident, who is apparently in her 80s, also told her that this had happened to her and to another person in recent times.”

We have told the Council that it is unacceptable that the person closing the park doesn’t check that there is no-one in it. Surely there must be some kind of routine good practice. The Council has investigated and says;

“I have spoken to the attendant who was on duty at Queens Park last Thursday. He explained to me how he closes the park, which he closed at around 16h45. It appears there may be a flaw in his circuit. He starts at one end, then veers off to close the dog area gate then back in again. I can only assume it was whilst he was closing the dog area that the lady went to the section where the gate had already been closed. He will in future close the park, then walk through the park and back again to ensure no one is locked in. He did mention that is was completely dark at the time he closed. I will get a torch/lantern and whistle which he will use at closing time.”

Droop Street

We have reported a very bad case of rubbish dumping in Droop Street (opposite the nursery) to the Council. The rubbish was removed and our local warden, Nuno Reis says;

“I would suggest that we look on to the possibility of putting there a small fence (around 60 cm tall) to keep the area safe from this kind of issue and also will prevent dog owners from using it as a place to walk their dogs. In the meantime I am monitor the area constantly, making myself visible to deter any offenders from dumping waste, put some NO Dump signs around the area. I also have taken photos of the incident, before and after and I will make a success note and deliver to the residents in the area highlighting the issue and remind them that they can also help us keep the area clean and tidy by reporting anything waste related via Environmental Action Line or report it to me for a quicker intervention.”

Ilbert Street

We are delighted that the owner of the former dairy shop at the corner of Third Avenue has repainted the shop front and the new colours are much more in keeping with the Conservation Area than the former bright blue.

Caird Street/Third Avenue

We have urged the Council to take action so that the long-standing derelict houses do not continue to blight the environment. The current state of the derelict houses is appalling and many residents have told us of their concerns.

Onslow Court

We have asked the police to investigate continuing problems with drug smoking and dealing in the Onslow Court car park area.

Bliss Mews

We are pleased that gates have now been installed at the entrance to Bliss Mews so that residents can be protected from the regular anti-social behaviour of recent years.

111 Oliphant Street

We are supporting the Council’s plans to convert the long-vacant former shop premises at 111 Oliphant Street back to housing as a 3 bed house for rent.

Enbrook Street

We reported a problem with paint spilt on the road in Enbrook Street.

St John’s Terrace

We are making enquiries with the Council about this problem;

“We have had blue bags on St John’s Terrace, which I believe to be recycling bags on our street for 3 weeks. Our street is, as you are aware, is managed in a terrible fashion. After two years of trying i have given up with the waste management of Westminster.”

The Council says;

“After investigation by our contractor, it was found that a blue bag was left by the recycling crew in St John’s Terrace because the contents were contaminated (i.e. not suitable for recycling). When contamination is discovered the crew are asked to leave the bag on the street with a sticker attached in order to provide feedback to the householder responsible to ensure the same problem doesn’t occur in the future. The householder should take action to rectify the problem and put the recycling out for the next collection. If this doesn’t happen then the bag will be collected the next time the refuse collection crew pass through.

Unfortunately the recycling crew didn’t apply the contamination sticker at the time of collection and the bag was left on the street with no indication to the resident or the refuse crew for why this occurred so they didn’t clear it either. I have arranged for the bag to be collected today and will ensure procedures are followed in the future to avoid this occurring again. If residents do spot abandoned waste on their street they can contact the council on 020 7641 2000 to report it and the matter will be dealt with immediately. “

Kilburn Lane/Premier Corner

We have reported this problem to Brent Council;

“There is serious damage to the pavement at the corner of Kilburn Lane and Premier Corner. There are loose bricks tipping out towards the pavement right by the zebra crossing before the bus stop. It’s very dangerous and it’s been like this for a good few months now. Are there plans to repair it? It’s hard to believe nothing has been done about a hazard like that for all this time.”

Dog Poo

We have asked Nuno Reis, our local Warden, what can be done to get some real action to deal with this constant problem of anti-social behaviour by irresponsible dog owners;

“We recently got a dog and so I am much more aware of it now as I am the one with the responsibility of walking him around here. I’m diligent in clearing up after him and so it makes my blood boil to see so much left on the streets. It is particularly bad at the moment. I know it is a constant problem and I have a seen some signs up but they are dwarfed by the mounds of poo. I think it needs a leaflet drop emphasising the penalties and maybe some patrolling. When I went out today I realised that it would impossible to go out after dark without standing in some on the way round.”

Nuno tells us;

“The penalties for dog owners who don’t clean the mess after their dogs is £80 and repeated offences may result in prosecution and £1,000. However in order to issue the fine I have to witness the offence being committed, and I have to request the offender to pick it up; if they don’t then enforcement action is undertaken. Residents can also help if they witnessed the offence being committed by providing a statement of what they saw and I can issue a retrospective Fixed Penalty Notice. I will conduct a letter drop in Queens Park Estate reminding dog owners of their responsibilities and the penalties that may incur for such offence, and be more present in the area to tackle the issue with more efficacy. I hope this will reassure the concern residents that I am using all the resources available to stop this particular offence from being committed”

We have asked Nuno to take particular action against irresponsible owners who allow their dogs to foul the pavement in the Third Avenue area opposite the Beethoven Centre, where there have been continuing problems.

Avenue Gardens Estate

The Estate Office has given us the following major works summary;

• The completion of the work to fit the new drainage pipes has been further delayed due to poor weather and the Christmas break. The contractor is scheduled to leave site in February 2014.
• CWH propose to carry out further works to the estate comprising of repairs to the roofs of all blocks and balcony surfaces.
• Work is scheduled to start in April 2015 and is expected to last for 12 months.

Future works

The roofs to the blocks have deteriorated through age resulting in leaks into the top floor flats. The asphalt on the floors to the balconies is showing signs of deterioration with cracks allowing water penetration which is causing damp patches on the ceilings below. The works are expected to include the following:
• Renewal of roof covering to flat roofs and pitched mansard roofs
• Relining of box gutters
• Resurfacing of balcony floors
• Installation of new drainage pipe design to a small number of properties at Pine, Birch and Fir blocks which were omitted from the previous contract.
• Works are scheduled to commence in April 2015 and complete by March 2016.

All blocks on the Avenue Gardens estate will be included in the programme.

Carnival

We have asked the Council to raise this matter with the Carnival organisers;

“I know it is some time away but I was wondering if St John’s Terrace could have a resident only access for Notting Hill carnival. This street gets hit really bad with people weeing and rubbish and all sorts. It would be really good if we could have it as a resident only. “

Your Credit Union

St John the Evangelist church, at the corner of Harrow and Kilburn Lane, is marking the start of its 170th anniversary celebrations with a £10,000 deposit into YourCU to help residents access affordable financial services. Rev David Ackerman handed over the deposit to YourCU at a meeting held on the 6 January 2013 at the church.

“It is vital churches work with credit unions to enable more people in the borough to access local, ethical and reasonably priced financial services,” said Rev Ackerman. “Having a credit union in our community gives people in need of affordable loans somewhere to turn rather than using pay day lenders. We’re proud to be putting our money where our mouth is.”

St John’s, consecrated in 1844 at the same time as Kensal Green itself was built, celebrates 170 years of service to the community in 2014. The church has just come to the end of months of interior renovation work.

William Rhodes, chief executive of YourCU, said the union, was delighted to be part of St John’s anniversary celebrations, supporting local people to manage their finances. We need to turn the tables on pay day lenders and ensure a way out for people trapped in an endless and soul-destroying cycle of debt and 5,000% interest rates.”

You Credit Union hold a session every Monday afternoon at the Beethoven centre helping local residents with savings and loans.

Please email info@yourcu.co.uk for further information or visit http://www.fscs.org.uk

Report from Friends of Queen’s Park Gardens

“Over the past year and a half, a lot has been accomplished. The wildlife area has been turned from an overgrown, neglected part of the Gardens into a great area to be used by the schools (they will finally start using the area next spring). Even though the wildlife area has been our main focus of attention, we didn’t forget about the other areas in the Gardens. We have planted thousands of bulbs throughout the Gardens, had a new notice board put in by the Third Ave entrance, and by late spring, new play equipment will have been installed in the children’s play area. We’ve also been working with the Westminster Tree Trust (http://www.westminstertreetrust.org.uk/) to get new trees planted along Harrow Road”

If you wish to know more please email gardens@queenspark.org

Report from Stuart Marshall, City West Homes Anti-Social Behaviour Manager

• Stuart is running a weekly surgery at Beethoven Centre, where residents get a chance to talk to him about any ASB issues they have been experiencing. Once per month, Stuart is also joined by one of the Westminster’s Community crime reduction Officers and Nuno, the street warden for our area. Stuart is also working closely with the Westminster Crime Prevention Officer to look at different areas and to put forward ideas on how to design out crime.
• If anyone’s behaviour alarms you, distresses you or causes you to feel harassed, please report it to us privately and in confidence at the ASB surgery on Mondays at the Beethoven Centre between 2pm and 4pm.
• The Neighbourhood Watch scheme is well on its way. The final meeting with the Council and residents is taking place at the end of January and the Neighbourhood watch should be in place by the end of February 2014.
• There are confidential information boxes which were supplied by the local councillors situated in doctors’ surgeries, St Jude’s Hall and Queen’s Park Library. You can post any information about any Anti-Social Behaviour issues in total confidence.

Report from Klaudija Green, Community Protection Officer

These are some of the activities Klaudija has been involved in recently;

• Bliss Mews – I have worked with St Mungo’s, local residents and Karen Buck MP to address the lack of security at the mews as well as maintenance issues. We now have a new, shiny gate in place which will protect residents, contribute to prevention of ASB and prevent unauthorised parking!
• Drugs – I have been receiving sporadic reports of potential drug dealing/smoking in housing communal areas which I am following up with Housing providers, police and local residents.
• Burglary – I am working to address the issue of burglary. It is worth noting that the percentage of these burglaries is attempted burglary and Police are being consulted on best partnership approach to deliver a solution to this issue. I and the Police have been visiting residents in affected areas to reassure the community. This has been proven to work really well and residents do feel safer as a result of these actions.
• Neighbourhood Watch – I am conducting talks in regards to Neighbourhood Watch which are being considered for a number of areas/estates across ward such as Queen’s Park Court and Naylor House.
• Food bank – I have successfully engaged in the first Local Food Bank for the area with local councillors, MP Karen Buck and residents to help by contributing food from Community Protection donations and assisting with running it on the day whilst engaging with the local community.

Tree planting along Harrow Road

From early February, Westminster Tree Trust along with the Council will be examining sites and if they are suitable are planting about 30 street trees along the Harrow Road from the Prince of Wales Junction up to Fifth Avenue. The Westminster Tree Trust is a registered charity that has been in existence for over thirty years and this current planting is part of a new programme developed with local community groups and the Council over the last year. If you would like to find out more about the Trust go to http://www.westminstertreetrust.org.uk

HS2 – what you say

“Wouldn’t it be far simpler if the HS2 line ran under the current existing tracks of Queen’s Park for this part of the line? The huge vent, power station and service building could then be located behind Travis Perkins building supplies store which is situated along the lines between Queens Park station and Chamberlain Road on rail land (I believe that it is rail land). How simple and effective would that be. Finally, material for the construction of the line could arrive by train to the site and save the hundreds of daily lorry journeys through our congested streets.”

Jubilee and Moberly sports centres – what you say

“You forgot to mention that 70-80% of the new flats being built on ‘our’ community facilities, will be sold to foreign investors, many of whom will never come to this country and therefore we will lose our valuable community facilities to wealthy foreign investors financial gain. This is totally absurd and must be stopped by ALL of us. Please listen Westminster, we need positive development for OUR area.”

“As a regular user of the swimming pool at the Jubilee Sports Centre, I object to the proposal to demolish a perfectly good facility. Swimming is excellent exercise, with proven health benefits and the Jubilee pool provides a local space for people in the area to meet and socialise while getting fit. I understand that it is proposed to replace it with a swimming pool at the Moberly Sports Centre, which is better than nothing, but this is a huge and unnecessary waste of public money. It would be much better to keep the Jubilee. As a Westminster resident and council tax payer, I object to the fact that only 12 of the homes proposed for the Jubilee site would be affordable. Given the level of housing need in Westminster, I submit that the City Council should be providing social and affordable housing rather than housing for sale. The City Council should get its priorities right – there is a great deal of housing for sale in the area and a tremendous shortage of social housing.”

“I live few blocks from the Jubilee centre and all my family is happily using the pool, the studio/classes, and other facilities of the Jubilee centre. They are always packed of people that like me want to keep healthy and in shape. My family (of four people) are all against the demolition for the following reasons:
• A petition was signed by 5000 residents against the demolition and that has been ignored by Westminster. Council can’t ignore us!!
• The new Moberly centre is neither near home nor on the way to home. It takes more than 15 minutes to speed-walk there, and much more to an un-fit person such as my elderly mother. We don’t have much time at hand, nor do we own a car. So we feel we have been cut off from a very useful facility. We won’t go to the Moberly as an alternative.
• There is very little incentive to go to the Moberly, as logistically is not convenient to anyone living in Westminster. Moberly in fact is technically is in Brent. And the route to it features small pavements, it’s isolated, and lots of crimes and ASBOs have been reported (including attacks on women). “

What you say

“Thank you for all your updates – this is a great report”

Please let us know if there are any matters on which we can be of help.

regards

Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor
Your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors – Here to Help

The loss of the Jubilee Sports Centre – The Facts

1. The proposed new development of the Moberly site in Brent largely replaces existing facilities. It will not result in a significant improvement in the range of leisure facilities avaiIable to residents in Queen’s Park ward. It is distant from the heart of the Queen’s Park community and from residents in Harrow Road and Maida Vale.

2. If we take into account the loss of outdoor sports pitches at the Moberly and Jubilee sites, then there will not be a significant increase in the amount of sports and leisure floorspace provided by the new Moberly Centre compared with what is provided now by Moberly and Jubilee Centres. The net increase is 528 sqm, or only 7%, on the amount of internal and external floorspace available now.

3. Westminster Council has not produced any evidence to justify the demolition of the Jubilee sports centre and, in particular, the swimming pool, except for saving costs on running two sports centres. The much-loved Jubilee pool is in excellent condition, the changing rooms modernised after a fire in 2011, and there have been no major repair problems with the pool.

4. The Moberly football pitch has been transferred to St Augustine’s, over a mile away. It cannot be used open access by Queen’s Park ward youth.

5. The Council’s plans for Queens Park Gardens are a welcome improvement which can only be considered as the belated upkeep of an open community sports area hitherto neglected by the Council.

The proper upkeep and improvement of Queens Park Gardens has been neglected by the Council in exactly the same manner as the Jubilee Sports centre, which has suffered from never being part of the £500,000+ grants applied for by WCC and received from Sport England and another charity for the Moberly sports centre.

The improvement of an already existing area in Queen’s Park Gardens plan is part of the larger Council plan which is meant to compensate for the loss of open space at the Jubilee sports centre, a short walk from Queens Park Gardens. Improvement of an already existing MUGA in Queen’s Park Gardens does not compensate for or mitigate the loss of a local amenity.

6. The plans involve a loss of social housing as the 12 existing houses on the Jubilee site are social housing which are not being replaced in full but by just 5 social housing units and 7 ‘affordable’ units. The rest of the proposed 151 houses and flats will be sold on the open market and will be out of reach of the vast majority of local residents.

7. The council is NOT “building a new community sports centre on the Jubilee site.” The Council proposes a small sports hall, with no mention of how the running costs will be met.

8. So far, the Council has refused to make public the value of the two pieces of public land that are being sold to the developers to enable the development to take place. This project has never been the subject of a competitive open tender. The terms of the deal are shrouded in secrecy under the cloak of ‘commercial confidentiality’ yet this is the development of a public facility on publicly owned land.

QUEEN’S PARK WARD ACTION REPORT – January 2014

From your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor
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Happy New Year!

Jubilee and Moberly Sports Centres redevelopment plans

Westminster Council has started the formal consultation on the planning proposal that will confirm the closure of the Jubilee Sports Centre and the re-development of the Moberly site in Kilburn Lane (in Brent) as a new Sports facility. The development of both these sites will be financed by building homes for sale. This is the start of the formal planning process and we are encouraging residents to make their views known.

We, together with Karen Buck MP, will ensure that Westminster and Brent Councils undertake the widest possible consultation during the course of the planning procedure – as the two sites are reliant upon one another for a successful completion. Based on the current feedback we thought it would be helpful to outline some of the reservations we have received from residents.

The re-built Moberly Centre will be a state-of-the-art sports facility, including two swimming pools and indoor facilities. That is not the issue of concern to most people.

During the earlier consultation, many local residents expressed their concerns that:

• Around 5,000 people signed a petition to retain the Jubilee Centre (especially the swimming pool) because it is sited at the heart of the local community and is conveniently located.
• The Moberly Centre is in a less good location for the majority of people in Queen’s Park and Harrow Road Wards and is on the fringe of Westminster (and is technically Brent)
• The loss of the Jubilee Leisure Centre will have a negative effect on the majority of residents of Queen’s Park and north Paddington.
• There will be congestion and parking problems around the Moberly Centre, particularly along Kilburn Lane.
• The private housing that Wilmot Dixon is building at the Jubilee and Moberly sites will not be ‘affordable’ to the vast majority of local residents and will do nothing to meet local housing needs.

We have argued against the closure proposal on these grounds but, regardless, Westminster Council has decided that it will be going ahead with the scheme. We will be pressing hard on a number of specific points where safeguards need to be in place and where improvements can still be made for the community.

Jubilee community sports hall – We successfully argued for a sports hall to be included on the Jubilee site after the Leisure Centre closes. Whilst it is not our preferred option, it is better than nothing. However, much depends upon how this is managed, as it needs to be used regularly and kept secure. This means some investment has to be made by the Council in the running costs.
Informal sports facilities – Too many of our local Sports facilities need to be booked and paid for – which freezes out many younger and poorer residents. Under the present plans the Basketball Court behind the Jubilee will disappear. Not everyone will be sorry – but equally, local parents tell us that their children and youngsters need somewhere where they do not need to book or pay to play ball games. We want to see the Basketball Court space either kept or re-located just over the road when the Ark Atwood primary school leaves Third Avenue for its new home in Amberley Road.
Need for real affordable homes – 72 new homes will be built on the Jubilee site for sale at open market prices. As the new homes now being built on Amberley Road have been advertised for sale at £800,000 for a 1-bed flat, the new properties on the Jubilee site will be out-of-reach of most local people, and will do nothing to relieve housing need. As Westminster has £100 million in its Housing Revenue Account, the Council can afford to make sure some of these homes are made available for rent & low-cost ownership.

If you would like to comment on the Jubilee planning application, it can be viewed here:

http://idoxpa.westminster.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=makeComment&keyVal=MXJHNLRP03500

If you would like to comment to Brent Council on the Moberly application you can do so on line at

https://forms.brent.gov.uk/servlet/ep.ext?extId=101150&reference=114208&st=PL

You can support or object to a proposal, but you should bear in mind that planning applications can only be decided on the basis of planning issues, such as:

the effect on neighbours’ daylight, sunlight or privacy;
the impact of traffic, road access, parking and servicing;
the appearance, bulk or height of the scheme;
the impact on amenity such as noise generated by the proposal;
the potential loss of a valued local service or use such as a shop or a residential flat.

A public meeting about the proposed Moberly/Jubilee sports centres redevelopment has been arranged for Thursday 16th January 2014, between 6-8pm, at the Beethoven Centre, Third Avenue, London W10 4JL (near 174 Third Avenue).

Karen Buck MP for Westminster North and the local Councillors for Queen’s Park and Harrow Road Wards will be there to hear residents comments.

Representatives from Westminster City Council Planning Section and the Sports and Leisure Team have been invited to explain the proposals and to answer questions, as well as Councillor Steve Summers, Cabinet Member for Sports and Leisure.

Developers Willmott Dixon, Architects Levitt Bernstein and the project Transport Consultants have also been invited to explain the technical points.

Although the official closing date for comments is 15th January, residents’ comments about the proposals will be accepted up to the the day of the Planning Committee – which is some months away. This will apply to both Westminster and Brent Councils.

Kilburn Lane – Bus stop outside 314

We have continued to press TfL to move the bus stop outside 314 Kilburn Lane;

“The response for London Transport about the buses is not acceptable. Why don’t they move the bus stop to further down Kilburn Lane away from the zebra crossing? There will be virtually space between our front door and the stop and people will doubtless congregate and lean in the back of the bus stop.”

We have asked that there is a full consultation programme with residents and businesses on re-siting the bus stop, so that everyone can have their say. We hope that gives everyone the opportunity to give their views and for all matters to be considered.

Kilburn Lane – crime

We asked the police for their comments on this enquiry;

“I was recently alerted to a disturbance, late one evening whilst relaxing in my flat on Kilburn Lane. A young female resident had been attacked by a moped riding thug, who had snatched her bag, containing all manner of vital document and valuables, and casually rode off on the pavement, ignoring her plaintive pleas to return her property. I wondered whether it would be feasible to have undercover security/Police patrols sat in observation from time to time along the strip adjacent to the Yoga studios between Herries and Beethoven streets, around 11pm – 1pm when these events seem to take place most frequently?”

Sgt Adam Brown tells us;

“It has been part of the night duty patrols for a year since I took over. Please feel free to reassure residents that we use a variety of tactics to disrupt and arrest these people and that cycle enabled thefts are now fairly rare. There are plain clothes officers in and around the area much of the time, day and night”

Water pressure

We have contacted Thames Water after receiving these enquiries;

“We experience low pressure at peak times during the weekends in Bravington Road. All three flats where I live were affected (including ground floor). It was quite bad, to a point which it was not enough to kick the boiler in. So water was cold as well. So we called Thames Water two weeks ago, and they told us they would have sent out someone to install a device that keeps track of the pressure for a week. We didn’t hear again from them.”

“We are on Peach Road and have had terrible water pressure ever since we moved here in 2009. It is so bad that if you have a tap on downstairs you hardly have enough water to take a shower upstairs – ditto for running the dishwasher or washing machine. It is also worse in the winter months. “

Thames Water has contacted these residents individually and investigated the problems.

We have also received this comment from an Ilbert Street resident;

“Recently I wrote to Thames Water regarding the low water pressure on Ilbert Street. They asked me to run a test to see if I could fill up a litre jug 9 times in one minute from your ground floor cold kitchen tap. If you can do this, then we are supplying the correct amount to your property. Sadly I was just about able to do this so Thames Water advised that our pressure was acceptable. We saw the Thames Water engineer outside our property and they advised that we were on the minimum acceptable level of water. “

Kilburn Lane/Harrow Road/Ladbrooke Grove

We are pleased that Rev David Ackerman has written to the Council to make the following comments and request;

“I live close to the junction and my church, St John’s, Kensal Green, overlooks it. My days are punctuated with the sounds of car horns, or worse lorry horns, as confused motorists try and navigate the junction. When I have driven, even though I know the lay out, I share some of the frustration. Turning right from Kilburn lane when the lights turn green sends one through a red light on the Brent side of Harrow Road, for example. Yesterday I observed a near miss involving three cars and a lorry. I think part of the problem is signage, and although I realise that signs can be a blight, many motorists are faced with a busy junction and get confused. Would it be possible for some sort of meeting to take place here at the church”

The Council tell us;

“TfL have provided further funding for the City Council to review this junction again. Traffic modelling and testing of a number of options is currently ongoing as this site is more constrained, both in terms of capacity and road space. Officers are meeting with the traffic modelling consultants and TfL officials in early/mid-January to go through the options and hopefully agree one option that will be submitted to TfL for approval.”

Fernhead Road

We have asked the Council to look at this request again;

“When are we going to get a pedestrian crossing for Fernhead Road? A crossing is much needed to serve the school and the two bus stops?”

Report from Klaudija Green, Community Protection Officer

Community Engagement – I have started a monthly surgery as part of Beethoven Centre’s Monday afternoon Advice Forum where residents are welcome to report any antisocial behaviour and they can be sure that a follow up action will be taken and problem addressed. Neighbourhood Watch is also currently being discussed as potentially being implemented in Queen’s Park Court and Naylor House.

Antisocial behaviour
• Birch House – Following reports of antisocial behaviour and criminal activity, steps have been taken to establish who is responsible. One of these individuals has been identified and appropriate level of enforcement is currently being undertaken in partnership with the local housing provider, as well as the Police who are also taking separate enforcement in regards to alleged criminal activities. This will provide residents with respite from such behaviour and send a clear message that this will not be tolerated.
• Bliss Mews – The situation has improved as direct result of partnership work I organised with the Local Westminster Warden (who addressed the issue of littering), St Mungos Housing (clearing weeds and in process of replacing barrier gate at the mews), residents (who brought this issue to the attention of the Council) and the Police (regular target patrols in the area and visible presence as a deterrent to anyone engaging in ASB activities)
• Elm House – A report has been received in regards to verbal/aggressive behaviour from one resident to another within the building. This is currently being investigated in order to address the issue as soon as possible. The Housing provider is working in partnership with me to implement the most effective solution.

Report from Nuno Reis, Queen’s Park Warden

• It has been brought to my attention by a concerned resident, that the cages that are placed around the young trees on Bravington Road and Portnall Road were being used as a litter bin by passers-by. We manage to clear all the trees cages from Harrow Road to Kilburn Lane, and I will keep monitor them to ensure they are kept clear of litter and protected from being damaged by dogs.
• Regular patrols with the Animal Warden are conducted in the ward in order to reduce the dog fouling and to enforce the Dog control order. An educational letter drop was completed in Bravington Road and I’m currently carrying out one educational letter drop in Portnall Road to remind the residents of their responsibility as dog owners.
• In regards to the oil stains the pavement on Kilburn Lane, I am currently liaising with Veolia in order to get a deep hot wash in the area. It appears that the stains have originated from two commercial premises in the area therefore I am issuing Waste Transfer Notices to all the commercial premises surrounding the area in question. A visit was conducted to two premises located on the area to advise the shop managers and staff about the staining of the pavement and give some information in how to dispose of oil and grease.
• During my daily inspections I discovered and came across a number of items of discarded waste (bagged and bulky) which I have taken appropriate enforcement action and arranged removal.

HS2

See the link to the latest situation on HS2 following the announcement of the plans for the ventilation shaft on the corner of Kilburn Lane and Salusbury Road;

http://www.westendextra.com/news/2013/dec/full-impact-hs2-revealed-vent-shaft-plans-will-mean-hundreds-extra-lorries-and-massive

“I was looking to see if you had any news on HS2. A summary of the proposals and stage of the project would be useful and would be useful to find out other residents views. I had a letter last week from the council about my property or rather the subsoil being requisitioned potentially. What do others think about and what can we do to get our views heard collectively?”

Foxes – what you say

“My Mum has been woken 2 nights running to the cries of Foxes and on looking out the back bedroom window she found a large fox in the garden. Her worry is – she has a cat which obviously uses the garden and is scared she will be attacked. Can you offer some advice on how to keep these foxes out of her garden – she has no rubbish in her garden so they are not coming to feed.”

Queen’s Park Gardens – what you say

“The park keeper works so hard to keep the dog run and outside area clean as he can. He is both pleasant and helpful – shame he is not full time. “

Broadband – what you say

“I personally contacted you about this topic. And finally, as of yesterday, BT fibre is finally available on Bravington Road. Hurrah! Thanks for your help”

“In relation to BT superfast broadband I just want to let you and other residents know that I’m having mine installed this coming Thursday 5th December. I live at the Kilburn Lane end of Ashmore Road.”

HS2 – what you say

“Don’t like the tunnel in London clay underneath Victorian foundations – or lack of them – to the north either but think we raised that with these people before. And don’t remember seeing anything in their statement about burrowing under the cemetery either – where Brunel’s buried!!! Latest poll says only 3% of us think it’s a good thing anyway – what a farce!”

What you say

“Thank you so much for keeping us in touch. It is very much appreciated!!”

“Many thanks again for your update on news and for acting on my behalf re the pavement which is due to be carried out next week”

“I would also like to agree with the mention on the Halfpenny clinic – great facility, lovely people I also use it in an emergency.”

“Thanks for your usual informative update.”

“Many thanks for the hard work. I swam last night and was glad to see the Jubilee pool busy and free entry for the day. Your work makes a great difference.”

“Thank you for your communication of events and actions around the area which is always informative and gives a sense of connection and assurance.”

Please let us know if there are any matters on which we can be of help.

regards

Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor
Your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors – Here to Help

Giant HS2 ventilation shaft planned for Queen’s Park

The proposers of the HS2 High Speed Link have released an image showing the extent of the giant ventilation shaft proposed in Salusbury Road, just south of Queen’s Park Station

HS2 shed

Residents living in the Queens Park ward streets affected by the HS2 plans which involve tunnels being dug underneath properties in Kilburn Lane, Fernhead Road, Ashmore Road, Portnall Road, Herries Street, Fifth Avenue and Beethoven Street.

Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Queen’s Park Councillor, said;

“These plans not only threaten hundreds of local properties in Queen’s Park but will leave a massive blight on the local environment when the giant ventilation shaft is built in Salusbury Road. From the images released by HS2, the proposed building will be a massive ugly grey shed which will ruin the local environment for all time”

QUEEN’S PARK WARD ACTION REPORT – December 2013

From your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor
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Queen’s Park Estate – Rubbish Dumping

We have had reports about rubbish dumping on the Avenues on the Queen’s Park estate. We have asked Nuno Reis, our Westminster Warden, to investigate and let us know if there are any particular ‘trouble spots’ where there are long standing and regular problems. In those places where there are problems we have asked that action be taken against anyone that is found to have been dumping. There may be a particular problem at the weekends and we have asked that this be investigated, too.

Nuno Reis tells us;

“I will start my investigation immediately in order to take action to prevent the dumping from happening in Queens Park Estate. If the dumping is taking place during the weekend, I will put a tasking request for response assistance to monitor the location and take the appropriate enforcement actions. I will keep you updated in regards the issue.”

Queen’s Park Gardens

We made enquiries after receiving the following message;

“I have noticed that much work has been going on in the wildlife area of Queen’s Park gardens – bulb planting etc, but this area is always locked! My 2 year old son would love to have a run around in this area- please could you tell me when it will be open to the public? It has literally been locked every time I have visited the park in the last 3 years. I also wanted to draw your attention to some unpleasant litter in the gardens. I took my 2 year old son there late yesterday morning and he discovered a used condom and wrapper on the ping pong table and another under some leaves. I was surprised these hadn’t been removed earlier as they had clearly appeared overnight. Could you tell me who is responsible for removing this kind of unhygienic litter?”

The Parks Manager tells us;

“I apologise for this dreadful item found in the garden. I have spoken directly to the senior contract manager for Continental Landscapes who has assured me park staff will be more vigilant. The wildlife area is managed by the Friends group, I must say very effectively. I cannot leave this area open as it is dog-free and we are trying to get better use by local schools. The area was left open several years ago that lead to abuse by less responsible dog owners so I am not happy to have this happen again.
I will speak to the Friends group to ask them to publicise working days more effectively so all residents are aware of the opportunity to take part. We have also put in a new Friends of the park notice board to help with publicity.”

Drains at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Ilbert Street

Residents tell us that the drains at the corner of Ilbert Street and Fifth Avenue continue to smell and have have been like this for several years. We are making further enquiries about this.

Third Avenue

We have asked the Council to investigate a problem with water ‘ponding’ in the disabled parking bays at the bottom of Third Avenue near the junction with Harrow Road.

Anti-Social Behaviour

We went on a walkabout to meet residents and had reports of weed smoking in the common parts of the flats in Tolhurst Drive and youths gathering in the Bliss Mews area and intimidating residents. We have asked the police and the Council to investigate.

Klaudija Green, Community Protection Officer, tells us;


“I have been addressing the issue of ASB inside Bliss Mews on the behalf of local residents. Initially no agency wanted to take responsibility for maintenance/upkeep of the mews and I worked to address this and establish where the responsibility lies. This is now confirmed to be St Mungo’s who are taking a proactive approach by clearing up all the litter in the mews, establishing a regular cleaning schedule as well as putting up a new security gate for the residents. Regular SNT targeted patrols are also taking place to identify any individuals involved in low level of ASB.”

Kilburn Lane – Bus Stop at the top of Bravington Road

This matter has been raised again by residents;


“This has never been an ideal site for a bus stop. Not only is it a narrow part of the street, it is just metres from a busy zebra crossing on one side, and right next to a garage, (a busy local business) on the other. The current location of the bus stop is not only dangerous it causes terrible traffic congestion. Would it not be a better idea to look at moving it?”

London Buses has told us;

“I can confirm that we have plans to rotate the shelter so that stop is facing traffic. As you know this stop serves four bus services with two being 24hr services. The adjustments would encourage buses to pull in right close to the clearway so that at least two buses clear the zebra crossing on the approach. This would prevent buses blocking the road, thereby avoiding traffic congestion. We also realise that the bus stop can be noisy at times and this can cause annoyance for nearby residents especially during late hours. Rotating the shelter would segregate bus users from passing pedestrians and can also deflect noise caused by waiting passengers away from nearby flats. In the meantime, should any problems persist with littering and anti-social behaviour please bring this forward to the attention of the police and Westminster council as they are best placed to take prompt action.”

But residents say;

“This will make matters worse because they will have to move the bus stop back so that people can walk around in front to sit down giving less space on the pavement3 behind it. People will inevitably stand behind it too. There will be literally no space when we step out of our front door. Why don’t they move the bus stop in front of the old Juggs foods building, on the other side of Bravington, where the road us wider, there are no shop fronts in use and it’s further away from the zebra crossing? It makes much more sense.”

Jubilee Sports Centre

We were concerned to read these comments and have asked the Council for an explanation;


“I arrived to the Jubilee sport centre on Sunday at 19.25 for a short evening swim. I was told the pool closed at 19.30. According to the timetables on the wall the pool closes on Saturday and Sunday at 20.00. The Council website also says the pool closes at 20.00. I was told the time changes for pool users have been in place for the last six months and that they were signs all around the building about the changes. After checking the ladies changing room I found no notice of the changes. The main board in reception shows closure at 20.00. We could find no printed materials on any wall saying the pool must be emptied at 19.30. The council’s website advertises under the heading ‘swimming’ the opening times of the Jubilee sport centre as 8am to 8pm on Sundays.

It is difficult to understand why after 6 months no one has bothered to update the main timetable on display at the premises. Incompetence is the word that comes to mind. I was told the changes are due to the need to close the centre at 8pm, with no-one in the building after that time. That need seems driven not by the delivery of sport services to council tax payers, on behalf of Westminster City Council, but by what suits the company delivering (poorly), the outsourced services, in order to reduce their costs. The general maintenance of the Jubilee has been poor for the last two years, from fixing broken toilets to ensuring that the lighting on the outside of the building works (how long does it take to change a light bulb?). The opening hours now seem driven by when the changing rooms need to be cleaned. What next?”

The Head of Sport and Leisure at the Council tells us;


“The pool at Jubilee is open until 8pm on both Saturdays and Sundays. However I understand that the local swimming club (who have made numerous requests for additional pool bookings to satisfy their demand) have been allowed to make use of the whole pool from 7.30pm-8pm. Whilst this is general a quieter period for casual swimming, I have asked the contractor to reinstate a single lane for public swimming all the way through to 8pm with immediate effect. The pool timetable (online and hardcopy) will be updated accordingly.

In terms of the maintenance issues, I understand that some of the external lights are the responsibility of Highways and that any centre lights which are not working are replaced quickly. The site team were not aware of a specific toilet seat issues and have all are in working order. I have asked the site manager to continue to monitor general maintenance issues and to liaise with colleagues in highways if there are any problems with the external lighting.”

Charles Leech Court

We have been liaising with the police regularly. There has been an improvement since last summer. There are fewer reports to Police and Local Councillors. Also our brief chats with residents reveal less anti-social behaviour. The main gates are still the major issue.

Water Pressure

Some residents in Ilbert Street are experiencing low water pressure. We have asked Thames Water and the Council to look in to this. Please let us know if this a problem for you, too.

Avenue Gardens Estate – Major Works Update

City West Homes has updated us on the Major Works programme;

“Following the delay in receiving planning approval, we have reviewed the outstanding work to the estate. The following decisions have been made on how best to proceed, to ensure best value for money and to minimise prolonged disruption to residents:

• The contractor will return to the first three blocks in the programme (Ash, Elm and Holly House) to install the new pipe design at the affected properties. Preparatory work was done here earlier in the year, so the contractor can return and complete the work quickly. Full scaffolding will not be needed to the blocks, as the contractor will be able to use towers to access the affected properties wherever possible.
• Properties requiring the new design at Oak, Larch, Birch, Pine and Fir houses will not have the work done under this contract. We will return to install the new drainage pipes to these properties at the same time as we carry out roof repair works which are planned in the near future. As a result, the bills for leaseholders in these properties will be reduced to reflect only the works that have been carried out to date under this contract.”

If you have any questions or comments please contact either Altaf Chikte achikte@cwh.org.uk or Vicky Andrews vandrews@cwh.org.uk

Weekend street sweeping

We have asked the Council to investigate the lack of weekend street sweeping. The problem is described by a resident;

“The regular weekend routine might go something like this right now:-

* Friday night people put out their rubbish bags
* Midnight or so foxes have a field day (who can blame them) quite a lot of fox noise
* Saturday morning rubbish collection, they pick up bags, they don’t clear up any residual mess and, inevitably there is some spillage on their round
* Rest of Saturday/Sunday this weekend Lothrop Street was absolutely awful. Marne Street is not great and Kilravock Street is bad, for example.

Some of this, of course, depends on whether or not there is fox activity on any particular rubbish bag night. I did clear up the pavement outside my house and some others did too but not everyone will do this. We’re not going to get rid of urban foxes and we’re not going to get street sweeping back at the level it used to be. I think there is a real issue here with:

1. We, of course, have very regular rubbish collections and it really does feel as if the local population has fallen into a high level of expectation about Westminster clearing up after them
2. People actually possibly not knowing about the fact that the black bins are for residential use and therefore that they have an easy alternative to dumping larger outside their houses
3. People not knowing/thinking about not leaving their rubbish on the street the night before collections.
4. The bin men are a bit haphazard in their picking up of bags inside front gardens – we’ve got a small bin in ours to stop the foxes and I’m pretty sure we’re not meant to use one of these – it is hit and miss as to whether or not it will be collected from there. Do we need to think about small bins being handed out locally for front gardens?

I do think there needs to be an effort made by Veolia and Westminster to educate and inform the area and these issues – and not just a one off – something at least once or twice a year and more than just leafletting. As an aside – would a few litter bins in the area be a possibility. That might stop casual litter dropping which is also bad.”

Nuno Reis, our local Warden, tells us;

“I will advise the Veolia managers to instruct the staff in regards the collections procedures and will request the assistance from the Response Team to assist in monitor the location on weekends. A educational letter drop will be completed in Queens Park Estate advising the residents of the collection times and some of the procedures to follow in how to present their waste for collection and not to present the waste overnight for the next day collection as this action is attracting foxes and other rodents. I will also look into the idea of requesting more litter bins (if is necessary).”

Broadband

We are continuing to try to get a firm date from BT about superfast broadband connection in the area. A resident contacted us by Facebook to say;

“Thanks for getting in touch with BT, I read their answer. Much appreciated. I might be wrong but BT has answered with my same question. So I’m not sure how useful that really is. The availability date of Fibre for Bravington, Portnall, Ashmore and Fernhead Roads keeps shifting (on btwholesale). It now says: available from end of November. And it’s three months that it keeps updating with 30-days increments as soon as the deadline arrives. So my question is why so many delays? Why the need of an automated script on their websites, can’t they plan adequately? And can we have BT to commit to a date and for once stick to it? Slow speeds and flaky Internet connection is a problem we all experience in this area preventing us from being able to watch uninterrupted catch-up services like BBC iPlayer, or to simply call home abroad using Skype. Not to mention the businesses. I think a hard deadline for BT to commit to is what I am really after.”


Electric car charging point

Following our investigations the Council has told us that a new location is being considered for a new electric car charging point at Ilbert Street W10 4DW.

Report from Nuno Reis, Westminster Warden

• Some residents are leaving the waste bags over night to be collected for the following day. This has resulted in the foxes ripping open the waste bags and spread the content all over the roads in Queen’s Park. I’m currently liaising with the Veolia representatives and awaiting approval for me to tell the local residents to use the available plastic bins and boxes to present their waste in for collection to prevent the foxes to gain access to the waste bags.
• I can confirm that two of the pot holes reported have been completed; one on Ilbert Street junction with Sixth Avenue and one outside 2 Dowland Street.
• I am currently liaising with Veolia in order to get a deep hot wash in the Kilburn Lane area. It appears that the stains have originated from two commercial premises in the area therefore I am issuing Waste Transfer Notices to all the commercial premises surrounding the area in question.
• I have been working with PC Dave Hammond in tackling the dog off lead and dog fouling issue. Joint patrols with the animal warden has been carried out regularly in order to enforce against irresponsible dog owners that still are not complying with their obligations as dog owners.
• I am working in partnership with colleague Tony Crisp to review all the signage in Harrow Road and Queen’s Park wards
• During my daily inspections I discovered and came across a number of items of discarded waste (bagged and bulky) which I have taken appropriate enforcement action and arranged removal.
As I am sure you understand I cannot be everywhere at once so if you see something please let me know or outside of hours (I work Mon-Fri 08.00-16.00) please call our Environmental Action Line on 0207 641 2000.
Report from Klaudija Green, Community Protection Officer
• I have been working in partnership with the Queen’s Park Local Westminster Warden to identify all the graffiti in the ward and undertake necessary cleansing of the areas affected. Graffiti audits will be carried out once a month to ensure the area is maintained to the standard expected.
• I have arranged an ASB surgery to take place once a month as part of the bigger advice forum in partnership with Local Councillors, Police and Housing where local community issues will be heard, addressed and referred further as necessary.

The All Sing! Harrow Road Community Choir Winter Concert on Sunday December 8th 2013 at 4.30 pm at St John’s Church, Kilburn Lane W10 4AA

The concert, which will last about an hour, will feature a variety of music including a selection of pieces from Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, as well as including some seasonal pieces. Tea and cake will be available after the concert. The concert is free, but there will be a retiring collection in aid of Tree Aid. For more information please email Helen or Abi at allsingchoir@gmail.com or visit our website http://www.allsingchoir.wordpress.com

Halfpenny Steps Clinic – what you say

“Almost a year ago now I visited the walk-in clinic at the Halfpenny Steps and was so pleased with the way I was treated that I moved my GP registration there from Lonsdale Road. The long opening hours mean that I can fit appointments round work and other activities, and I get to see my own doctor rather than whoever happens to be available. The reception staff are friendly and helpful, and while going to the doctor is never a pleasure they go out of their way to make patients feel comfortable. With so much bad press for the NHS I think it’s important to put the other side of the story.”

Fifth Avenue – dog mess – what you say

“There is dog excrement everywhere and has to be sorted out. Perhaps charge dog owners a fee to employ a dog warden to clean up after their mess. It’s only fair!”


Ladbroke Grove/Harrow Road/Kilburn Lane junction – what you say

“I have to agree with the person about the dangerous crossing, I know I keep on about it but there will soon be a fatality if nothing is done and who is going to accept responsibility then? It seems to go hot and cold.”

What you say

“Thanks for all the great work you have done and continue to do, on local issues in the Queen’s Park Ward”

“Thank you for all the great work and updates”

“Thank you for your newsletter, as a local resident in Lothrop Street I find it very helpful.”

Please let us know if there are any matters on which we can be of help.

regards

Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor
Your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors – Here to Help

QUEEN’S PARK WARD ACTION REPORT – November 2013

From your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor
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Portnall Road

We have asked the Council to investigate this problem;

“Can I ask whether there are any laws on whether a front garden must be kept clean and tidy? Near the Kilburn Lane end of Portnall Road on the left as you walk down towards Harrow Road there are two properties where the front gardens are clearly a dumping ground for refuse, council recycling bins and even sofas. A healthy rat population seems to be thriving there and all this is visible from the pavement. When I called the council to report the issue, I was told that as it was private property, nothing could be done, so I reported it as an anti-social behaviour issue, which they did allow. Is there anything else that can be done?”

Nuno Reis, our Westminster Warden, tells us;

“Before I received your email regard this issue I was already dealing with it, working in partnership with our contractor (Veolia). I managed to clear the forecourts and put a No Dumping sign to prevent that from happening again and I will monitor the area as well.”

And a happy resident says;

“Thank you, it’s very gratifying to see positive change, I noticed it earlier this week, and it is much appreciated! “

Harrow Road – Furniture Shops

We are continuing to press the Police and the Council to take action against the Furniture shop owners. This is the latest comment from residents;

“The issue with the furniture shops appears to have got worse. Yesterday you could hardly get past, if someone in a wheelchair or a child’s pram wanted to get by they would have had a hard time. They are talking up space the other side of the road outside the boxing club, in the road and way over their space on the pavement. It’s a disgrace but they obviously get away with it.”

Queen’s Park Gardens

Great news from Susanna Rustin of Friends of Queen’s Park Gardens;

“I just heard from John Tweddle at Westminster Parks Department that our application for funding from Sita Trust was successful – so we’ve got £60k to spend on upgrading the Queen’s Park Gardens playground. HURRAH! and thanks for letters of support”

And Katie Cowan says;

“A massive thanks to everyone who turned out on Saturday 26 October to plant over 2,500 bulbs in the wildlife area! We planted Bluebells, Snowdrops, Daffodils, Wood anemones, fritillarias and winter aconites. There will be a further planting session of some more bulbs in the main park on Saturday 16 November and are really looking forward to seeing the results of all of this hard work in Spring.”

Kilburn Lane – Falcon pub site

We are making enquiries about this issue;

“Do you know if there is any information from Brent/Westminster councils on the large development proposed for the roundabout where the Falcon Pub is located (Kilburn Lane). I know that they received planning permission some time ago. It would be nice to know when they plan to start work as it will cause a lot of disruption.”

Brent Council tells us;

“The Falcon pub development has planning permission but is now stuck in the big waiting game around HS2 and the exact route and more importantly the location of the vent shaft which may well be nearby”

Mozart Street

We have been talking to two local architects who live in Mozart Street about the wider area around the Jubilee site and they have prepared outline thoughts which have since been discussed briefly with members of the Community Council Planning Group. While there is much discussion still to be had, we are keen to encourage a wider discussion about ensuring that any possible redevelopment of the Jubilee meshes in with the wider area and that other potential redevelopment sites (e.g. The derelict Royal Lancer pub and former post office) are considered.

Kilburn Lane – Bus Stop

We are making enquiries about this matter;

“One of our neighbours said there are plans afoot to turn the bus stop round outside 314 Kilburn Lane so that it is facing the street. This will mean less pavement, more congestion and it would be more dangerous for people at the bus stop. We complained a few years ago when this bus stop was originally moved to where it is now (a narrow part of the street) when it could have been moved a few feet down to a wider, safer part of the pavement, but at the time they didn’t want it to be in front of Jugg’s foods – which has now moved on. We haven’t been aware of any plans – please could you look into it for us?”

Fifth Avenue – Trees

We asked the Council to investigate this problem;

“I wanted to draw your attention to the dying tree outside 31 Fifth Avenue. It is now a very sorry sight and growing fungus from the trunk and even from some of the upper branches. We ask that it be attended to immediately before the infection spreads further, and replaced with a healthy young tree. The condition of the tree outside no. 32 is also a cause for concern.”

The Council’s Tree Officer tells us;

“It’s a dead sorbus and has been noted for removal and replacement with a new tree during the forthcoming planting season. The tree outside 32 is a pear and was last inspected in May 2012 when found to be in good condition. I’ll inspect when next in the area.”

Fifth Avenue – Dog mess

In response to residents’ concerns, we asked Nuno Reis to investigate the Fifth Avenue Area. Nuno tells us;

“I have been working in partnership with the sweepers for the area and also joint patrols with the animal warden. We been doing our best to keep the streets at a good standard and free of dog fouling. Fifth Avenue and a few more streets in the ward are included in a city wide initiative to tackle this issue. I would encourage residents to report dog fouling to the Environmental Action Line. In the meantime I will double my efforts in order to reduce/solve the dog fouling issue in Queens Park Ward.”

A happy resident told us;

“Thanks for your help, today Fifth Avenue seemed cleaner than ever. Thanks again, I will not hesitate to contact you again if the situation changes”

Empty Properties

We have asked that empty properties in Galton Street, Kilravock Street and Ilbert Street be investigated.

Ilbert Street/Sixth Avenue junction

We have asked the Council to fill this pothole;

“On the junction at Sixth Ave and Ilbert Street there is a large hole in the road where some of the paving bricks are missing – you need to drive carefully over it if going straight so it does not scrap the underside of your car. It’s harder to avoid if you are turning left from Sixth Avenue into Ilbert Street when it can really give your car a good whump. Are there any plans to repair this in the near future?”

Second Avenue

We have asked the Council to repair the pavement outside 1 Second Avenue.

Kilravock Street – Dogs

We have reported the following problem to the Police and the Council;

“I recently challenged the owner of two large dogs who lives in Kilravock Street, who I saw allowing his dogs to leave mess on Ilbert Street. He became very verbally aggressive and threatening and it was an extremely intimidating and unpleasant experience.”

Pot Holes

We have asked the Council to repair the following pot holes;

• on Ilbert Street, at its junction with Sixth Avenue;
• outside 2 Dowland Street on the pavement; and
• on the road outside Queen’s Park Health Centre, at the corner of Third Avenue and Dart Street

We have also asked the Council to investigate this problem;

“There is a manhole outside 21 Dart Street. I reported this some weeks ago and the warden visited and arranged for it to be covered, (with a heavy metal square and a cone), as temporary measure. Since then, the cone has been removed and nothing has been done to repair the hole…can you help?”

Report from Nuno Reis, Queen’s Park Warden

• Working with our community protection officer, environmental health and our contractor Veolia we were able to clear two front gardens in Portnall Road.
• Referring to an email from Councillor Barrie Taylor with regards the state of the pavement on Kilburn Lane I was able to get the pavement washed cold to remove the stains, but it wasn’t enough as it is grease stains and I am currently liaising with Veolia foreman in order to get another wash to the area.
• I have been working with PC Dave Hammond in tackling the dog of lead issue and the dog fouling that seems to be one of the main issues of the ward. Joint patrols with the animal warden have been carried out regularly.
• I received a complaint from a resident in Third Avenue regards dog fouling and dogs off lead, and an educational letter drop was completed to promote responsible dog ownership.
• On my daily patrols I was able to identify a residence in Shirland Road at the junction with Portnall Road that had the bushes overgrowing beyond the property boundaries causing some inconvenience and potential hazardous to everyone that uses that route daily. A notice was served requesting the residents to cut them within the property limits.
• During my daily inspections I discovered and came across a number of items of discarded waste (bagged and bulky) which I have taken appropriate enforcement action and arranged removal.
• As I am sure you understand I cannot be everywhere at once. Could I please encourage yourselves and residents if you see something please let me know or outside of hours (I work Mon-Fri 08.00-16.00) please call our Environmental Action Line on 0207 641 2000.

Jubilee and Moberly Sports Centre proposals

The Council has produced two briefings on the project:

• The first relates to the inclusion of Genesis Housing land within the Jubilee site footprint and outlines key areas of the agreement
• The second explains the statutory planning process and explains how you can make representations

Both briefings are here for your informationBriefing on Genesis Housing agreementBriefing on Statutory Public Consultation

Report from Klaudija Green, Community Protection Officer

• I have been working with the local SNT to coordinate an effective response to youths riding mopeds and causing ASB who are affecting other residents’ quality of life. This coordinated approach resulted in two youths being arrested and further action will be taken at other identified locations.
• In partnership with SNT and Queen’s Park Westminster Warden I have arranged for regular, joint patrols to be arranged to target Dog Control Order compliance in the area. This resulted in residents being more aware of the Council’s and Police coordinated approach to address the issue of dog fouling and dogs off lead in the area. This will serve to protect the responsible dog owners and ward residents and send a clear message to irresponsible dog owners that their actions will be enforced against when identified.
• I am dealing with the issue of youths smoking drugs in the stairwell of the housing estate. This issue is being closely monitored with targeted, quick response by the Police as and when needed. Due to this approach residents have reported the reduction of this anti-social behaviour.
• I am looking into organising a mini Neighbourhood Watch on Queen’s Park Estate and Naylor House.
• I have been notified of a vulnerable person who potentially has mental health issues and contacted the Adult Safe Guarding Team and the Central and North West London NHS Trust and their Recovery Team which resulted in the lady’s case being looked into promptly.

Broadband

We asked the Council and BT for a response to this enquiry;

“I’m interested to find out when the fibre broadband will be available to the Queen’s Park W9 area. Apparently according to BT Openreach, the hub in Kensal Green is ready and accepting orders, but the BT.com website keeps moving the release date. What do you know about this work?”

BT say;

“Although it is difficult to give a definitive answer without being able to check specific numbers, two checks will be useful for your constituents:
• The fibre broadband availability checker (www.superfast-openreach.co.uk/where-and-when/) can be used to see if fibre broadband is available in an area by entering a postcode when prompted
• The broadband availability checker (www.BTWholesale.Com/includes/adsl/adsl.htm) can be used to see the range of services available on a given telephone line, and the speeds that are supported (fibre broadband is listed when available, and shown as “WBC FTTC”).
Looking at speed test results on a third party site (Thinkbroadband.Com) for the W9 area, fibre broadband is being used at properties on or close to Westbourne Park Road, Tavistock Road and Elgin Avenue, so there is certainly availability in the general area.”


Job Opportunity

A rare opportunity to join the bustling Beethoven Centre team is currently open to applicants.

DUTY OFFICER – Part-time role (£20,285 per annum pro-rated). Minimum 12 hours per week.

“As well as dealing with customer enquiries, managing bookings and maintaining records you will also be involved in planning and supporting community events. To succeed, you will have experience of working in a customer focused environment. You must be a good communicator (both written and verbal) and have the ability to deal with issues promptly, using your own initiative. You will be organised and able to prioritise your workload to meet deadlines and ensure that you’re meeting the needs of your team.”

Closing date for applications is midnight Sunday 10th November. Find out more or apply online:

http://www.a2dcareers.co.uk/pages/job_search_view.aspx?jobId=2415&JobIndex=2&&PageIndex=1&Number=8

If you have any queries about the post then call 020 8825 1067 and ask to speak to Bassam or Fiona.


Healthy Finance Project

The Healthy Finance Project is being set up in Kilburn and they need volunteers. The Kilburn Fair Credit Campaign (CFCC) is concerned at the effect on the local community of the proliferation of pay day loan shops and similar establishments and the lack of knowledge in the community of alternatives such as saving with credit unions. They are looking for two sorts of volunteer;

• Unskilled but willing to be trained to provide basic budgeting advice and to help run the place. Training sessions not yet planned but we would be very pleased to know of any such volunteers.
• Skilled volunteers with some experience in debt/financial advice. These would take on the harder cases and provide support and training to the inexperienced volunteers.

You can register interest or ask for more details at KilburnFCC@gmail.com

Complementary Treatments

The Munro Health Co-operative Ltd is running half hour complementary treatments for all over 60s or unpaid carers of any age from Queens Park ward at the Half Penny Steps Health Centre. For more information please contact Rita Taylor on 07865080969 or office 0208 969 6799

Kilburn Lane/Ladbroke Grove/Harrow Road junction – what you say

“The traffic lights here change far too quickly and there is no green man for people to cross safely. Also, with the amount of cars that I’ve seen jump the lights it won’t be long till someone is hurt. Please help with this as it’s a very busy junction.”

What you say

“Thanks for the report – useful & informative as ever as to the goings on in QP!”

“Thanks for your Action Report. Very interesting and covers a lot of ground as usual.”

“Thanks for the report, I really find it useful in letting residents know what is going on and reinforcing a sense of community!”

“Thanks, I hate to think what the area would be like if we didn’t have our Ward Labour Councillors Team acting on our behalf.”

Please let us know if there are any matters on which we can be of help.

Details of our surgery at 317 Harrow Road is herePPT for Queen’s Park Library re surgery

regards

Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor
Your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors – Here to Help

QUEEN’S PARK WARD ACTION REPORT – October 2013

From your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor

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Fifth Avenue

We have asked for action to be taken in the Fifth Avenue area to deal with this long-running problem;

“I would like to make you aware that all the area is full of dogs’ excrement, especially Fifth Avenue, and it is becoming every worse and worse. I would like you to do something, please, because our streets are becoming unwalkable!”

Nuno Reis, our Westminster Wardens, says;

“I will contact the sweepers’ foreman from Veolia for Queen’s Park and arrange an inspection on the mentioned street and other streets that I have identified with the same issue, and we will come up with a plan to tackle it. In the mean time I will conduct inspections and report any dog fouling to removal trough the Environmental Action Line.”

6 & 8 Portnall Road

We have asked City West Homes to let us know when these two boarded up properties will be refurbished and available for letting.

Oliphant Street/Ilbert Street – Update on broken walls

The Estate Office has updated us on the situation in getting the walls repaired;

“I have received information that there is a party wall issue with regards to the wall at 2 Oliphant Street and 144 Ilbert Street. However we have arranged for a structural engineer to attend. Once they have carried out their assessment, the likelihood is that we will find a way to brace and support the wall, whilst we resolve the ownership/party wall issue. Regarding the wall opposite, this is to be inspected and works arranged accordingly.”

HS2

We have received enquiries from a number of people who have received compensation leaflets from HS2;

“I was thrown by leaflet that has come through the door talking about property compensation consultation. I know the proposed route does cut across the top of the estate, but what does all this actually mean? Isn’t the Queen’s Park Estate protected? Should we be seriously concerned about impact on traffic, noise and of course property values?”

As far as we are aware, HS2 has delivered the leaflets over a very wide area so that the compensation arrangements are well known. The route is unchanged and affects people living in the area to the south of Kilburn Lane where it goes underneath properties in this area.


Queen’s Park Station – Lifts petition

There is an electronic petition (link below) which Queens Park Area Residents Association (QPARA), is running.

http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/transport-for-london-provide-lifts-at-queens-park-station

Beethoven Street

We have taken up the following issue;

“Beethoven Street has just been re-surfaced. The contractors forgot to replace the bumps outside the kindergarten – or anywhere else in the street. So once again, Beethoven Street is a rat-run. All cars accelerate when they can. This afternoon I saw a police car speeding past at more than 20 mph. The kindergarten and the rest of the road must have the bumps restored.”

The Council has told us;

“They will be reinstated, unfortunately they need to be done by a separate crew then the one that laid the carriageway. I am trying to get them in on one of the following Saturdays (so not to disrupt the school).”

Also, the young tree which was mysteriously sawn down last year by the Council on the pavement between number 21-3, and Rollover Sound Studios is to be replaced by a new tree this planting season.

Fifth Avenue – Drains

We have asked the Council to investigate this problem;

“The main drains on roads of Fifth Avenue and on Queens Park Estate as a whole – are starting to get rather smelly. They used to get cleaned/flushed through on what appeared to be a regular annual basis – but I have not noticed this being done recently. I just wondered if there were any plans for this work to be carried out in the near future”

The Council has responded as follows;

“Queen’s Park ward is done as a whole on a yearly basis. To date all Queen’s Park roads and gullies have been visited with a 91% success rate on cleans. Fifth Avenue was visited 23/5/13. All gullies in the road were cleaned and running apart from 2 locations which had vehicles parked over. These were visited again 4/7/13 and still had cars parked over, a third visit is now being planned so hopefully this will be more productive. Looking at Fifth Avenue along the middle of the road where the main sewer runs, there are a number of vented sewer covers, potentially these could be the source of the smells. Usually when gullies smell they are because fat/restaurant waste has been poured into them. As this area is mostly residential this would be unlikely.”

Kilburn Lane

We have alerted our colleagues in Brent to a number of refuse collection issues on the north side of Kilburn Lane.

Harrow Road furniture shops

We have again asked the Council to take action against the furniture shops which block the pavement and road.

Bravington Road

We have asked the Council to take action against anti-social dog owners;

“There’s still loads of dog mess down Bravington Road despite the signs being put up, not sure what the answer is but thought I should mention”

Nuno Reis, our Westminster Warden says;

“Many thanks for the information, I will include this street in a plan that I am currently working on to reduce the dog mess in Queens Park ward. In the meantime I will conduct inspections in regular basis and report any dog mess to removal.”

Trees

We have asked the Council to prune two trees side by side, between 83 Fifth Avenue front door and 96 Kilravock Street, which are affecting neighbouring properties.

Moberly Sports Centre plans

The Council has organised a drop in session to discuss the transportation issues related to the proposals for the Moberly site on;

14th October 2013, 6pm – 7.30pm at Moberly Sports Centre, Kilburn Lane

Residents will have the chance to view the latest transport and access plans and ask the team questions about how the redevelopment will affect the local area, before the planning applications for the proposed developments are submitted later this year.

We have also relayed these concerns from residents to the Council;


“I would like to comment on the Moberley consultation plans. When I have visited the sessions – I have been told that there has been no traffic study carried out about the impact of traffic on Kilburn lane – since it will “not be impacted”. I disagree that is the case and would very much like to see the plans subject to a full traffic study.”

“I’m wondering what has happened with the consultation about the Jubilee/Moberley redevelopment. I and others gave feedback at residents meetings but it’s all gone quiet. My feedback was primarily about the fact that we will lose public amenities and public usage buildings/spaces for ever – once it is effectively a private housing development. There is only a tiny percentage of social housing offered, and I do not think this is a fair or appropriate use of public assets. It will primarily benefit the developers. The sports centre is only a tiny element in what is a big development.

I’m also concerned about both developments being unsympathetic to the area, with multiple stories and that they will spoil the low-rise nature of the local estates. This is already the case with the big ugly residential block on the corner of Banister Rd and Chamberlayne Road which can now be seen from the other side of the Queen’s Park Estate being so tall (and so yellow). I’m also concerned about the old School House at Moberley being knocked down. It’s a building which is part of the local estate heritage and it is a very attractive building. It could be used for local classes, community activities, or childcare or similar rather than covering the entire site with ugly new flats. We need new social housing not more luxury flats, and new public amenities and open spaces for residents in an already cramped part of London, to improve the quality of life for those already living here.”

St John’s Terrace

Following complaints from residents, Nuno Reis, our Westminster Warden, has told us;

“I requested a flush to the location due the strong smell of urine. I’m liaising with the foreman for the sweepers to make sure that the street will be properly swept as scheduled.”

Electric Vehicle charging points

We have again asked the Council why there are no plans to locate electric vehicle (EV) charging points within Queen’s Park.

Maida Hill Market

A new market at Maida Hill Place will be starting from 7th October, Monday- Friday from 10am – 5pm, selling Fruit and Veg, Fashion, Street Food, Flowers and Plants and Household Goods.

And from 12th October every Saturday, from 10.00am -3.00pm, up until Christmas there will be a Food Market. The people who will run the market say;

“Expect fun, flavour and flair in the shape of hot food cooked to order by an ever-evolving array of the capital’s most exciting street food traders, alongside fabulous fresh produce and stunning store-cupboard staples – all sourced from across London and its surrounds.”

Open Age Sleep Workshop

Open Age is running a new Sleep Workshop to help older people who are concerned about their poor sleeping patterns. Open Age is working with Westminster Improving Access to Psychological Therapies will discuss the impact of a good night’s sleep on health and lifestyle and practical tips to improve quality of sleep. Workshops run on the first Friday of every month starting on October 4 at The Beethoven Centre, in Third Avenue, Queen’s Park, from 10am-11.30am. For more information and to book call Gill Blackwood on 020 7266 2776

London Living Wage

We have launched an on-line petition calling on Westminster Council to ensure that all its contractors pay their employees the London Living Wage. The petition reads:


“We the undersigned petition Westminster City Council to ensure that all Council contractors pay their staff the London Living Wage”

People living, working and studying in Westminster can sign the petition at

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

The Living Wage is the best means of increasing wages and living standards in Westminster. It is an hourly rate, currently £8.55, calculated by the Greater London Assembly to be the minimum wage needed in order to afford a reasonable standard of living in the capital. The Living Wage is good for businesses, individuals and society; it increases productivity, reduces absenteeism and staff turnover, increases job satisfaction and helps to tackle the root causes of poverty.

Payday Lenders

We have started an on-line petition calling on the Council to follow the example of other Councils and to block access to the websites of pay day lenders through Council computers in libraries, community centres and Council offices.

Pay day lenders who offer short-term loans of up to £1,000 at an annual interest rate of 5,853%, are taking unfair advantage of many local residents who find themselves in difficult financial circumstances. The Council should be encouraging credit unions and local affordable lending as genuine alternatives to pay day lenders.

People living, working and studying in Westminster can sign the petition at

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

Local History – Did you know?

Queen’s Park Library was built in 1890 by the Chelsea Vestry, which administered the area at the time, at a cost of £2,500. Mr George Preece from Barrow-in-Furness was appointed as the first Librarian. He was paid £75 a year plus 12 shillings a week to clean the library. The library was transferred to Paddington in 1901 when the Metropolitan Boroughs were established. It was the only public library in Paddington until 1930.

According to the Victoria County History;

“Its use was restricted to Queen’s Park ward since Paddington’s ratepayers, said to be well served by reading rooms or circulating libraries, had rejected proposals to adopt the Public Libraries Act in 1887 and 1891. Paddington Council in 1903 also rejected a grant from Andrew Carnegie, which was conditional upon levying a full library rate, and it was only in 1920 that the Public Libraries Acts were adopted. A small lending library opened at no. 4 Hatherley Grove in 1924 and was superseded in 1930 by Paddington’s main public library on the north side of Porchester Hall. “

What you say

“As ever a very useful update for Queen’s Parkers! Thank u. Garden sharing is a great idea!”

“Thanks so much for the updates and for all your help.”

“Thank you for your regular updates over the years that have been so informative and helped engender a sense of community.”

“Thank you very much for this. Most informative, pro-active and helpful as usual”

“Thanks for your newsletter which as always is interesting and useful. “

Please let us know if there are any matters on which we can be of help.

regards

Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor
Your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors – Here to Help

QUEEN’S PARK WARD ACTION REPORT – September 2013

From your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor
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City West Homes

We are meeting with the new Chief Executive of City West Homes, Nick Barton, in September. If you have any issues that you would like us to raise with him, please let us know.


Your Priorities – On Line Survey

We are working hard to make Westminster a better place to live, work and raise your family. We want to do more. We also want to make sure that we are devoting our energy on the issues that really matter most to you.

Please help us by filling out this quick and easy form. This will help us prioritise our campaigns, raise the issues that you care most about and push the Council to take your concerns seriously.

http://bit.ly/westminsterpriorities

Fifth Avenue/Lothrop Street

We reported a case of graffiti on the street sign and walls at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Lothrop Street which was removed very quickly. The police and City West Homes are investigating those responsible for this anti-social behaviour. A resident told us;

“This morning the anti-graffiti cleansing unit came to clean the red spray graffiti on the outside walls of the houses on Fifth Avenue. Thank you for playing your part.”

111 Oliphant Street

111 Oliphant St, which was occupied by squatters had an eviction notice approved at court and was served on the squatters by City West Homes. The squatters have now vacated the property. The premises have now been secured with sitex doors and the property will now be handed back to Westminster Council for refurbishment and let at social rent.

Charles Leach Court – Security Issues

Local residents have been experiencing Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) in Charles Leach Court. The Council and the Police have been working together in order to prevent youths loitering and causing alarm and distress to local residents. One way of preventing ASB is by securing the gates on the block which was previously used by individuals as a means of escape when the Police arrive on the scene. A new large metal gate has now been fitted which will prevent youths using this as an exit. This should make the whole of the block more secure as all residents have now been given keys to lock the front gate after they enter and exit the building.

Reporting incidents to the Police

You can report any incidents of anti-social behaviour to the police non-emergency number on 101. Alternatively you can contact your Queens Park Safer Neighbourhood team directly on 020 86493600. Any information you give us will be confidential and your personal details will not be revealed. If there is an emergency, always call 999.

Courtville House, Third Avenue

We have asked the Estate Office to repair the damaged low wall outside Courtville House.

Charles Leach Court, Third Avenue

We have told the Council that residents of Charles Leach Court are far from happy. The gates have not been repaired as promised. A large chain and padlock have been attached to the gates for vehicle access. There is another gate for pedestrian access which is permanently unlocked, adjacent to the vehicular gate.

The Council says;

“A new rear gate has been put in place at the back of the building to stop youths using it as an exit and I am surprised it is open. The main issue is the vehicle gate, I did ask for a self-enclosed gate but was informed that Soho HA didn’t have the funding for such a gate, hence the padlock. Residents were written to by housing informing them to lock the gate after use.”

Portnall Road/Coomassie Road

We asked Nuno Reis, our new Westminster Warden, to investigate the following problem;


“The junction between Portnall Rd and Coomassie Rd is being used a dumping ground on a daily basis – for some reason rubbish is always left underneath the tree on the corner. Sometimes it is just a couple of bags, but more recently the items have been getting bigger in size. Just two weeks ago someone dumped two massive drinks fridges, a chest of drawers and a couch – one of the fridges was on the pavement but the other was actually in the road. I called up Westminster Environment to log it as a I figured someone could have an accident but it still took 24 hours to clear – by which point most of the stuff had been taken or moved on anyway. Not only is it a major eyesore to have this rubbish outside our home, I’m concerned it could actually become a health and safety issue for drivers and any children who play in the area – it really needs to be addressed. Is there any way a sign could be attached to the tree in question warning against fly tipping and threatening fines if caught?”

Nuno has told us;

“I conducted an inspection to Coomassie Road and found some bags of waste upon investigation no evidence was found and the waste was reported for removal. I will monitor the location in daily basis and take the appropriated enforcement actions. In the meantime I will put some No Dump signs on the street and carry out an educational letter drop to remind/advise the residents of the waste collections and the penalties for non-compliance.”

Kilburn Lane

We have asked the Council to investigate the state of the pavements along Kilburn Lane between Portnall Road and Bravington Road. In particular we have asked if the area can be jet-washed and a rubbish bin located here. We have also raised concerns about the use of the phone box for anti-social behaviour.

We also asked the Council to investigate the following issue;

“Traffic cones which were put in place to control Carnival parking along Kilburn Lane from Banister Road to Sixth Avenue have not been collected by whichever authority put them there. They are causing a nuisance as they have been thrown into gardens, scattered along the pavements on both sides of the road and falling into the road.”

Dart Street

We have asked the Council to repair the big pot hole on Dart Street outside the Health Centre. It is over 2 metres long and 40mm deep!

Fifth Avenue – Dog Mess

We have asked our Westminster Warden to investigate the following recurrent problem;

“Not for the first time coming home to I inadvertently stepped onto a particularly disgusting piece of dog waste deposited on the pavement right outside our house. This evening the pavement on the other (even-numbered) side of the street was littered with dog faeces. Is there some way of preventing this irresponsible behaviour on the part of a minority of dog-owners? How would they feel if other people’s dogs defecated outside their door?”

Queen’s Park Allotments

We organised a meeting with Liz Sale of Thames Water to discuss the current water supply problems. Liz told us;

“I was so pleased to meet Ted, Fabian and Erick and have since heard from Erick. I hope we can solve the water supply problem. I shall certainly do my best.”

Ladbroke Grove – Rubbish dumping

We are making enquiries about this issue;

“I live at Steve Biko Court and found a very large pile of different types of debris and rubbish underneath the left side of the beginning of the bridge that crosses the Grand Union canal, heading from Harrow Road toward Sainsbury’s. “

Queen’s Park Community Council

We have supported a request from the Shadow Community Council that they be consulted in respect of any planning application for development in the Queen’s Park area. When the Community Council is elected next May they will automatically be consulted on all planning applications in the area.

Sox found safe and sound

A special thanks from Susie & Dave for all the calls about Sox, their cat. They recently moved into Portnall Road and Sox went missing. After putting up notices across Queen’s Park ward they were overwhelmed with calls about potential sightings. 18 days later Sox reappeared at the back door of their new home at around midnight. They send a grateful thanks to everyone who took an interest – just shows how neighbourly we are in Queen’s Park!

Queen’s Park Estate Office report

Adis Pajic, Deputy Area Manager, reports that there have been several areas where efforts have been concentrated in the last two months:-

• Stuart Marshall our ASB Manager is working alongside Integrated Gangs unit in order to move a youth involved with South Kilburn gang out of the area. There have been several meetings with the family during which the relevant information and help were provided to them in order to secure a home swap.
• CCTV at Stansbury Square is in operation to deal with youths congregating in the Square throughout the night. Stuart Marshall arranged for engineers to block off a bin area that is used as a toilet and for the consumption and dealing of drugs. Stuart also met with our local police team to discuss a Group Dispersal Zone Application. As a part of the project he sent leaflets to all residents and obtained all necessary statements to support the GDZ Application. Finally, Stuart sent the banning letters to all youths (and parents) who had been stopped in the area by the police; not all were CityWest Homes’ residents so the appropriate housing agencies have been informed of Stuart’s actions.
• CCTV at Birch House was installed to assist in dealing with a concentration of youths and vehicles potentially used for selling drugs. This has proved to be very successful as it helped us identify and ban a number of troublesome adults from the area. We have since received positive feedback from residents confirming that the issue has been dealt with.


Community Protection Officer’s report

Pat O’Connor reports;

• Charles Leach Court – In order to prevent vehicles parking illegally in Charles Leach Court I arranged for a site meeting with Soho Housing where it was agreed that they would up some signage which states it is illegal to park on private property unless you are a resident of the block.
• Mopeds – Due to the current increase of youths riding mopeds late in the evening in Queens Park ward the Safer Neighbourhood Team have been focussing their night shift patrols in this area which has resulted in them stopping two youths who were arrested for theft of a motor vehicle. Both names have been passed to Pat so he can liaise with Children’s Services in relation to some intervention work with the youths.
• Queens Park Festival – The micro-chipping event which took place at Queens Park Festival was a great success with 16 dogs being micro-chipped with the owners being offered some advice on dog welfare and an update on Westminster’s City Wide Dog Strategy. Some follow up is also being completed by the Safer Neighbourhood Team working in partnership with City West Homes, the Animal Warden and Local Warden on aggressive dog types that require muzzles and neuting.
• Stansbury Square – Since banning letters have been put in place served on youths causing ASB in the square the Safer Neighbourhood Team and City West Homes have noted a substantial decrease in the amount of ASB complaints in the local area. Westminster street urination signage has also been provided to City West Homes to erect on the estate.

Pat is moving to the West End in September and we thanks him for al his work in Queen’s Park and wish him well for the future.

Kilburn Lane ‘dog leg’ – what you say


“In relation to the Kilburn Lane dog leg, I have commented at every consultation on the Moberly redevelopment that this opportunity should be taken to CLOSE the road and divert all traffic via the lights at Chamberlayne Road. If the 316 can routinely turn that corner then anyone can.”

“I agree with the resident regarding the increase in traffic along the Moberly end of Kilburn Lane. I would also like to say that there is still the issue of taxis parking at the Bannister Road junction every morning, they cause congestion and make a lot of noise – engines, talking, shouting – The women who wait for them also make a lot of noise by talking loudly on their phones or to each other. This is all before 8am. Traffic builds up and cars start tooting their horns and shouting at each other. “

“A funny thing happened to me as I drove down Kilburn Lane, heading towards Sainsbury’s Ladbroke grove. I just got to where the Kandana deli is when a black cab came speeding up towards me from the opposite direction (ie Chamberlayne Road). He shouted out to me from his open window: It’s a one way love! I smiled to myself and thought: IF ONLY!!”

111 Oliphant Street – what you say


“Could you let us all know why it has taken 4 YEARS for the council to decide what to do with the former Gateway building?”

What you say


“Please keep up the good work, and ignore the comments from those who have no appreciation of what our Elected Members do for us.”

“Your regular newsletter updates are very good and we are grateful to be kept in touch”

Please let us know if there are any matters on which we can be of help.

QUEEN’S PARK WARD ACTION REPORT – August 2013

From your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor

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Squatters – corner of Oliphant Street/Sixth Avenue

We have alerted the Council and the police to the squatters at this location after receiving the following information from residents;

“The property at 111 Oliphant Street has been empty for a number of years and was previously used as a small computer training centre run by Gateway.”

“Squatters have moved into the Gateway building on the corner of Oliphant Street and Sixth Avenue. They are occupying the first floor; the windows have been open in the warm weather and they also have the lights on in the evening”

The Council say that the building (which is Council-owned) has been empty since 2009 and that it will now be converted to social rent housing.

Harrow Road/Second Avenue pedestrian crossing

We asked the Council and TfL to investigate the following problem raised by residents;

“On the north side of Harrow Road the crossing is outside a newsagent and at peak times, before and after school, with many school children on scooters and in pushchairs, sometimes with dogs as well, the pavement is sometimes completely blocked. And now I’ve learned that you have to stand in a particular spot in order for the pedestrian light to work! What if your child moves off in the other direction at the key moment? Also, the pedestrian phase is very short so that typically every pedestrian who wishes to cross has to stop, press the button and wait (unless you are on the spot during the first second of the pedestrian phase, you haven’t a hope of making it across).”

We are happy to report that TfL say;

“We have identified an intermittent fault on one of the kerb side detectors. Ideally we should have picked this up on previous visits. Based upon the issues with the kerb side detectors and the narrow footway at this site, the recommendation is that the kerb side detectors are removed – so that demands cannot be cancelled once the button is pressed. This will ensure that you will no longer have to stand in a particular spot in order for the pedestrian light to work. The site will be updated and the kerb side detectors removed within the next 24 hours.”

Furniture shops at the corner of Harrow Road/First Avenue

We are making enquiries after receiving the following messages;

“The furniture shop on the corner of First Ave and the Harrow Road seem to have monopolised the road, pavement there and on some days it’s very difficult to get past. There also appears to be a motorcycle workshop next door to it in First Ave that has bits of bikes, bikes all over the pavement. Not sure what days it’s open as I don’t go there that often but extremely difficult to get past. “

“Please could you update me on status of the second hand furniture shops on Harrow road next to First Avenue? They continue to take over huge amounts of space and clog up road. This is an eye sore and is an entry point into the area we are trying to keep tidy etc. even the shop fronts are a disgrace. Given the turnover these guys seem to do I can’t imagine they haven’t got funds to smarten up shops. “

Queen’s Park Gardens

We are working closely with the Friends of Queen’s Park Gardens to support their application to the SITA Trust for funds to install more children’s play equipment in the Gardens.

We are very pleased that the graffiti has now been removed in the football and basketball courts in Queens Park Gardens.

Summer opportunities for teenagers

We have asked for a breakdown of the summer holiday events organised by the City Council for teenagers in north Westminster. Residents have raised concerns at the lack of opportunities for teenagers who are otherwise bored and hanging around on the streets.

Avenues Youth Project

This summer the Avenues Youth Project are offering young people aged 12 – 19 a range of fun and exciting activities. Summer activities began on 29th July 2013 and run through to 23th August 2013. Activities times are from 11.00am – 1.00pm & 1.30m – 3.30pm. http://www.avenues.org.uk

• Cooking – Learn how to make a variety of healthy dishes while sneaking in some naughty treats along the way.
• Girls Allowed – You will learn and discuss the real issues that girls face today. We will also be trying out beauty products and learning how to keep ourselves looking healthy and fabulous.
• DJ Workshops – DJ Swivo offers a series of simple and effective workshops that will show you if you have what it takes to become a DJ. You will explore a range of techniques such as mixing, beat matching and mic techniques.
• Boys2Men – A boys only session where you will discuss issues that face young men today as well as take part in a range of sporting activities.
• Recording Studio – The Avenues are offering you the time and space to write and record your own beats or song. At the end of the 4 weeks invite your friends and family to listen to your track as you will be given a copy of your work to take home on a CD.
• Dance – Be it Street Dance, Contemporary, Ballet or Tap our professional tutor will help you to enhance your skills and create a routine that Usher would be proud of.
• Sports – Judo, Football and Basket Ball

Kilburn Lane

We have, again, asked the Council to take action to resolve this long-standing problem;

“There has been a massive increase in traffic using the “dog leg” section of Kilburn Lane from the junction at Chamberlayne Road to Banister Road. This is mainly caused by the constant gridlock and volume of traffic emanating from Ladbroke Grove and Harrow Road heading towards Kensal Rise. I am talking about every variety of construction vehicles i.e. cement mixers, trucks with grabs, skips, building rubble, even trucks conveying plant. Delivery lorries, goods vehicles, HGV’s even articulated lorries, some of which have had to back down the lane as they are too long to get around the bend! And they do not plod along, they tear along in the hope of getting past the restricting bend before oncoming traffic can impede their progress.

“Alas it is a regular occurrence and the congestion leads to unsavoury language and confrontation. There is also an issue with “hit & run” whereby a number of vehicles have lost wing mirrors or been damaged in some way and of course no one stops to leave their details. The level of noise has become unbearable, made worse by the fact that external double glazing is not allowed. Other residents I have spoken to are also unhappy about this situation so I believe that it is high time that a traffic survey was undertaken and measures such as humps were implemented. I understand that the proposed pedestrian crossing is something that has been mooted before it was introduced as a fop in the new Moberley plan and although it may not have much effect it will be something visual, unlike the so called traffic calming element at the Moberley end of the lane which is totally ineffective.”

Dowland Street

We have reported the following problem;

“At the corner of Dowland Street there is a big flower bed under the flower bed/wall there is a lot of water running under. I am not sure if it is a burst pipe or the sewage pipe but there is a foul smell coming from it. Can someone investigate this matter please?”

The Estate Office has told us;

“The repairs manager has inspected the area and our drainage contractors have attended. A blockage to the drain was found and this has been successfully cleared. We will continue to monitor the area and should the blockage re-occur we will arrange for a CCTV survey to be completed of the manhole and drain run.”

Kilburn Lane shops

We have asked the Council to investigate the following question;

“The Kilburn Lane shops selling fruit and vegetables don’t advertise the price anywhere. Is this allowed? I feel like they probably make up the price every time. Is it legal to sell food without advertising the price? They all seem to do it! I have no idea if it’s cheaper to shop in Sainsbury’s or here, so confusing…”

The Council says;

“Where goods are offered for retail sale, the selling price (and where applicable the unit price, e.g. £1 per 100g) must be given to consumers in writing. A unit price must be given when products are sold loose from bulk, e.g. fruit and vegetables. Prices can be shown on goods themselves, on a ticket or notice near to the goods, or on a price list in close proximity to the goods.”

Playhouse, 337 Kensal Road

We have asked the Council to liaise with their colleagues in Kensington & Chelsea after receiving the following message;

“People here on this side of canal are going quite BONKERS – no one is getting any sleep!! We would be so grateful if there is anything you can do. It is this new place, “Playhouse” on Kensal Road at 337, young people have taken over the old pub. I’m sure you know the scene -they think they are in a sort of no man’s land where no one is going be affected but we are right in line of fire here, All residents along this section of Harrow Road as it is directly behind us across canal .They have been given license for 3am. Saturday !!!! 1am Sunday and 12am weekdays !!!! Called noise people last night and again just now as it is a s loud as Carnival !!!!!”

The Council says;

“I have contacted colleagues in RBKC and they report that the premises have recently re-opened under new management and have three permits for the premises to operate till 02:30 hours on Saturday and Sunday for the last two weekends and this weekend. It seems that at some point speakers were placed in the garden. After a first warning the RBKC officers served a noise abatement notice. It is understood RBKC officers will visit to ensure that the operators are aware of the implications of the notice and in addition they are proposing to make pro-active visits this weekend.”

Dogs off the lead

We have asked Tony Crisp, Westminster Warden, to investigate the following issue;

“The other problem I wanted to mention is the amount of dogs I see off the lead, from Bravington Road round past the tube station to the park. I have a baby and I am extremely worried about these dogs off the leads. Most of these dogs are pitbulls, I also saw a Doberman off the lead whilst crossing the bridge at Harrow Road. I believe it is illegal to have dogs off leads? Can we have more wardens surveying these areas please?”

51 Sixth Avenue

We asked the Estate Office for an answer to this question;

“51 Sixth Avenue has been boarded up for a very long time. I would reckon that it must be a year and could be longer. Every so often it is un-boarded with a few builders working for about a week and then covered up again. Could you kindly take this up?”

The Estate Office has told us;

“This property has been vacant for some time as it required extensive remedial works. The works have recently been completed. One of our Housing Managers has just checked the property and everything seems to be fine. The property will now be let in line with the Council’s letting policy. “

Avenue Gardens Update

City West Homes have updated us on the repair work to the rain water drainage system and security gates on the Avenues Garden estate. City West Homes say;

• Works started to the first blocks in January 2013 and was anticipated to take seven months to complete. The revised completion date is now September 2013.
• City West has revised its proposals to carry out a range of improvement works to the vehicle security gates on the estate. Given the issues of vandalism on the gates over recent months, it has been decided that a more robust gate system is required by replacing the vehicle gates completely with a new, more effective design, following consultation with residents. Leaseholders will not be charged any costs for the work to the gates which is now not taking place under this contract.

Genesis properties – corner of Caird Street & Third Avenue

We have called on the Council to ensure that the empty properties are not left in their current derelict state;

“The property has been uninhabitable for a very, very long time and Genesis should have shown the maturity to address this issue a long time ago. I’m sure that the Genesis representative would not want to live next to such an eyesore themselves and I don’t see why the residents of Queen’s Park should be expected to put up with it. To know that this derelict site is going to be left in this state for a considerable period going into the future is most disheartening.”

Electric Car charging points

We are making enquiries after receiving the following question;

“I’m looking into the possibility of purchasing an electric vehicle. I would like to know what the Council’s policy is in regards to electric vehicles and whether they are supportive of residents taking up the use of them and if they are willing to install electric charging points. I believe there is a TfL policy to roll out charging points across London but I’m sure Queens Park does not figure very high up the priority list of areas.”

Handyperson Service

The Staying First handyperson service helps with minor repairs and odd-jobs at home. It’s available free for local residents over 60 on a low income, and disabled people. Find out more at http://www.vawcvs.org/downloads/handyperson-westminster-2pdf

Wilberforce School

Strong leadership is helping Wilberforce Primary School raise standards but teaching still requires improvement, according to Ofsted. The School was put on the critical list after a poor Ofsted report in March last year when English and maths grades dropped below the national average. The latest inspection last month found that pupils are making ‘better progress’ and praised the ‘strong leadership’ of new headteacher Coert van Straaten who said:
“We know that there is still a very long way to go but the inspectors’ comments will spur us on and give us the confidence that, through hard work and determination, Wilberforce Primary School can become the fantastic school we know it has the potential to be.”

The school, in Beethoven Street, has been removed from the ‘notice to improve category’ but will continue to be monitored by Ofsted, and pupil achievement is now in line with the national average.
Westminster Council replaced the previous governing body with an interim executive board in June last year to help raise standards. And at the beginning of the school year, it announced Wilberforce will become an academy by September this year under United Learning, the provider behind Paddington Academy. Paddington Academy principal Oli Tomlinson, who has been appointed executive head of the two schools, has been coaching Wilberforce staff to make sure the school recovers quickly and effectively.

Mr van Straaten added: “With the support of United Learning and Paddington Academy we have already begun to address the areas for improvement highlighted by the inspectors. Now that we know we are heading in the right direction, our focus over the next few months will be on accelerating the progress which is already underway so that every single child achieves everything of which they are capable.”

Report from Pat O’Connor, Neighbourhood Crime Reduction Officer

• Queens Park Festival – Dog Micro-chipping – I am coordinating with Tony Crisp another Dog Micro-chipping Event for Queens Park Festival on Saturday 10th August. The event is free of charge. The event will run alongside Chrissies Canine Dog Advice Stall in the Dog Run. Owners are advised to use the entrance on Ilbert Street when bringing their dogs.
• Queens Park Gardens – Graffiti – I have been working with Parks, Paddington Development Trust. (PDT) and Veolia in order to get the large sum of graffiti removed from the wall in the football/basketball courts in Queens Park Gardens.
• Charles Leach Court (Third Avenue) – Soho Housing have now completed the security works on Charles Leach Court. A new gate has been erected at the back of the building in order to stop youths using it as an escape route when the Police are patrolling the area. The residents of the block have all been given keys for the front gate so they can lock it after they enter and exit.
• Stansbury Square – I am working in partnership with the Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT), City West Homes in order to prevent youths from loitering in their cars causing alarm and distress to local residents. The SNT have stopped a number of youths on the Square causing ASB and these individuals have been written to by City West Homes banning them from the Square and those that are City West Homes tenants have been warned of the risk they have of losing their parents housing tenancy.
• Neighbourhood Watches – City West Homes and the Queens Park Safer Neighbourhood Teams are looking at setting up two local neighbourhood watches on the ward on Queens Park Court and on the Mozart Estate.

Canal – what you say

“I’m not sure who has responsibility for it – Westminster, Kensington &Chelsea, or Waterways – but I’d like to say how great it is that there are now barges along the canal for much of its W10 and W9 run. It makes it much more attractive and no doubt safer too. A good idea. I hope they’ll be allowed to keep their moorings there long-term.”

Garden sharing – what you say

“I’m so glad that you included my inquiry about garden sharing. I have yet to mention this to my neighbour given that it’s still in a discussion stage. However, I do know one resident in my road, who lives on a top floor, is also an Octavia tenant and would love a garden. My chance conversation was with another Octavia tenant who is not a gardener. It could work and that would be so exciting!”

Gang tags – what you say

“Firstly I just wanted to drop you a belated note thanking you for organising the removal of the tag on the 3rd Avenue street sign and the removal of trainers it’s most appreciated. I’ve subsequently seen though that there was a butcher’s cleaver tag on the street sign at the corner of Droop and 3rd Avenue. This has also been removed probably as you highlighted the issue in your newsletter. Hopefully these tags won’t reappear. Thanks again”

What you say

“I’ve noticed that the canopies on Kilburn lane shop fronts have been cleaned, don’t know if this was helped by you guys but I appreciate it if you did, it looks loads better!”

“Great report as always. Thanks so much for always sharing. Good idea on the garden swap. And would be fab to have a lift at Queen’s Park tube for disabled access but also so many young families could benefit. I have three kids and it’s currently really tricky! Have a good summer and thanks to all of you for the on-going focus and responsiveness.”

“As a resident I very much appreciated these updates and they are an excellent vehicle for communicating local news. Keep up the good work.”

“Thanks for your regular report. Informative and useful as usual”

Please let us know if there are any matters on which we can be of help.

Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor
Your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors – Here to Help

QUEEN’S PARK WARD ACTION REPORT – July 2013

From your three Queen’s Park Ward Labour Councillors Paul Dimoldenberg, Patricia McAllister and Barrie Taylor

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Doorstep Crime Alert

Please keep a look out for bogus traders who come to your front door. Following a recent incident in Oliphant Street, there may be bogus traders in the area who persuade victims (often elderly) to have unnecessary work done or overcharge them. The bogus traders pose as reputable tree surgeons; roofers, driveway installers etc.

In this case allegedly an elderly woman had someone call at her property trying to force her to have her loft insulated. The person that called said they are from Westminster Council and worryingly advised it was ‘government policy that all properties meet new requirements’. The man that called claimed that if they did not have insulation installed, they may be taken to court and would be fined £500.

Please be on your guard and report anything suspicious to the police.

Queen’s Park Gardens

We have asked if a child-proof catch can be placed on the playground gate after receiving the following enquiry;

“I regularly use the playground at Queens Park Gardens with my toddler (and we love the new sandpit and climbing equipment, thank you). Is it possible to have a child-proof catch placed on the gate? Currently it swings open when pushed and it’s easy for the little ones to escape into the main area of the park where, despite the designated dog area, there are often dogs roaming off the lead. There are many parents and carers with more than one child who make use of the playground and it would be comforting to know that if you’re attending to one child, the others can’t leave the immediate area of the playground.”

Corner of Caird Street and Third Avenue

We are making investigations about the following enquiry;

“The buildings on the corner of Caird Street and Third Avenue are turning into an eyesore at a place that is at the very heart of the Queens Park estate. Can the owners be identified and be made to clear up this mess? Their last attempt to make the building and surrounding area safe didn’t leave it as a pleasant sight for the neighbourhood with the exposed interior and wall’s partially removed. I don’t think it’s acceptable that it should be left in such a state on the presumption that it will be dealt with when the go ahead is finally given for the Jubilee development works. I believe it is critical that this area be kept in a decent state as it is a major trouble spot for gang members being so close to the entrance to the park and the Mozart Estate.”

Gang tags

We have asked the Council to investigate the following issue;

“I’ve noticed that there appear to be gang tags appearing on the Queens Park estate. The instances of youths hanging around on the streets, smoking drugs and dealing seem to be increasing at the moment. A lot of this appears to be very territorial. It would be good if the Council could make a positive effort in getting rid of any known tagging as soon as it appears as it is extremely intimidating to law abiding youths.”

The Council says

“Tony Crisp has requested the removal of the ‘meat cleaver’ tag on the corner of Caird St and Third Avenue which should be complete in the next 48 hours. In relation to the trainer on the phone line a request has been made for them to remove it by PC York in the SNT. The Integrated Gangs Unit has been passed pictures of the meat cleaver, they have informed me that it has no links to any of the current gangs that are currently active but is something they will monitor as part of their day to day investigations as will the SNT.”

Dowland Street

We did a walkabout in Dowland Street recent and had three reports of anti social behaviour. One resident complained of youths gathering in the stairwell next to his home smoking drugs and general anti-social behaviour. Two other families reported anti-social behaviour, including one family who say that those responsible are young, around 10/12 years.

Kilburn Lane

We have asked the Council to investigate the following issue;

“Vanity Fare in Kilburn Lane frequently places a large notice board outside their premises and only a few feet from the recently-installed cycle frames. This is narrowing the pavement and causing an unsightly obstruction. Can they be discouraged from doing this, please?”

Broken tree outside 308 Kilburn Lane

Reported this to the Council who have told us;

“Noted for replacing this autumn. I’ll instruct our contractor to remove the broken tree in the meantime.”

Westminster Community Awards

Congratulations to Emma Sweeney who won the ‘Better City, Better Lives’ category for her work establishing Queen’s Park Community Council.

Ainsworth House

City West Homes is planning to carry out major works to Ainsworth House on Kilburn Lane later this year. The work will include redecoration of the communal areas.

St John’s Terrace

We have asked the Council about the standard and frequency of street sweeping in St John’s Terrace, following enquiries from residents.

The Council says;

“St John’s Terrace is swept daily, Monday to Friday. A member of the Street Warden service has visited the street to investigate with the conclusion that St John’s Terrace was litter free and at a Grade A level of street cleanliness. On further investigation, I have discovered that St John’s Terrace erroneously does not have a street sweeping entry on the website, despite the waste and recycling collection time-bands being present and correct. This has already been rectified so that anyone checking the website from tomorrow will see that this street should be swept five times a week, Monday to Friday.”

Dog Chipping

Tony Crisp reports that the Dog Chipping event took place on 5th June at St Jude’s Hall between 6pm-8pm. Six dogs micro chipped and general advice given; 2 additional dogs had their micro-chips double checked at request of owners. Tony hope to organise another event August time on a Saturday afternoon in Queens Park Gardens.

Lancefield Street

We are delighted that the unsightly waste on the private land on Lancefield Street has now been cleared after receiving a notice from Tony Crisp and Environmental Health. Pat O’Connor tells us;

“In order for the landowner to take responsibility for the waste after the local warden Tony Crisp issued a litter notice requesting compliance after early interventions failed. The waste has now been cleared. Tony and I are also working with Environment Health on making sure the railing is repaired adjacent to the land.”

Recycling

We made enquiries about this issue;

“In your May newsletter you mentioned the need for Westminster to increase its recycling. Since then we had someone round doing a door-to-door survey and also giving advice. I asked her about shredded paper and was told it couldn’t be recycled because it would blow about and make a mess, also, it couldn’t be put in a plastic bag, even a clear one. She said a small amount in an envelope would be OK. Now I am told that people who live in Essex can recycle their shreddies.”

The Council tells us;

“To make recycling as easy as possible our doorstep recycling service for residents collects paper, glass, cans and plastics all mixed in the same blue bag. This is then taken to a sorting plant to separate out the different materials – with this system unfortunately shredded paper and similar very small items will simply get clogged up in the conveyor belts and most probably won’t get recycled. We think this is a small price to pa