Churchill Labour Councillors Action Report – Spring 2019

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SPRING 2019: NEWS FROM YOUR CHURCHILL WARD LABOUR COUNCILLORS

Your Churchill Ward Labour Councillors Shamim Talukder and Andrea Mann have been continuing to help local residents over recent months. From speaking up for residents at Council meetings to supporting those affected by works and redevelopment, below are just some of the things we’ve been doing. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if we can help you on an issue.

Cundy Street Area Development

Grosvenor are asking local residents for their feedback on their proposed development of the Cundy Street Quarter. We encourage everyone to give their views or ask any questions you may have via the dedicated website or by emailing Grosvenor at cundystreet@grosvenor.com.

The current proposals involve the demolition of both Cundy Street Flats and Walden House, and a change to the Coleshill Flats car park. If you’re a resident in any of these blocks and need any help or support, please don’t hesitate to contact us (details at bottom of this email). We will always speak up for local residents and businesses during any redevelopment in Churchill Ward.

Nine Elms to Pimlico Bridge

Wandsworth Council has unveiled its ‘preferred option’ for the landing point of its proposed Nine Elms to Pimlico Bridge – and it’s in the heart of our ward, right by Churchill Gardens Estate. This will have a huge direct impact on the lives of people living there – yet Churchill Gardens residents have not been directly consulted on the plans. What’s more, the proposals will cut into vital green space and bring pedestrians and cyclists directly on to a busy main road.

We think it’s staggering that Wandsworth Council is pressing ahead with its plans for this £60m vanity project – despite the repeated objections and concerns of our residents, Westminster Councillors and the Mayor of London. We will continue to fight these bridge proposals and speak up for local people.

Make your views known: sign our petition against the bridge!

Churchill Gardens Estate Parking

At the Council meeting in March, we repeated our call for Westminster Council and City West Homes to end the parking chaos across council estates – and to compensate residents on Churchill Gardens Estate who paid full price for parking permits yet received a reduce level of enforcement. Once again, we were disappointed that Cabinet Member Cllr Andrew Smith and Deputy Cabinet Member Cllr Murad Gassanly refused to compensate residents.

We are now working with the Residents Association and the Council on the implementation of the much-needed and much-delayed TMO on the estate.

Lupus Street Gas Works – Labour Councillors get C10 Bus reinstated

Churchill Labour Councillors have been supporting local residents and businesses, and raising their complaints, throughout the disruptive Cadent Gas works on Lupus Street. As a result of our pressure on the Council, Cadent and TfL, we got the vital C10 bus route back up and running along this stretch of road – and ensured that businesses know about possible compensation available to them. We’ll continue to monitor the works until they’re completed.

Ebury Bridge Estate Regeneration

Churchill Labour Councillors continue to support Ebury Bridge Estate residents through the regeneration process – and pressure the Council to provide as much social and affordable housing as possible in its plans.

The first phase of regeneration works are not due to be completed until 2023 – a whole decade since residents were given a ballot on the original scheme, a ballot which Westminster Council then denied them on the current plans. In addition, the second phase won’t be complete until at least 2029 – nearly two decades since the Council first announced its plans to renew the estate. We think this has been a completely unacceptable length of time to keep residents in a state of uncertainty and stress. If you live on Ebury Bridge Estate and we can help you in any way, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

Supporting Peabody Tenants

We have been supporting Peabody residents throughout the current and upcoming major works, taking up both individual and communal issues, such as security and scaffolding. We have also been working closely with Peabody and the police on anti-social behaviour issues on their estates, including pushing for gate repairs and the installation of CCTV cameras at Wellington Buildings.

Get Advice every Thursday in Churchill

Citizens Advice Bureau Westminster’s free weekly ‘Advice Shop’ service is up and running in Churchill Ward, thanks to your Churchill Labour Councillors.

Just come along to Churchill Gardens Residents’ Hall, Churchill Gardens estate, SW1V 3AL, Thursdays 10am-12pm for help and advice on: benefits, housing and homelessness, employment, debt, health, community care, immigration consumer rights and more. Find out more here.

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