Churchill Labour Action Report – Summer 2018

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NEWS FROM YOUR CHURCHILL LABOUR COUNCILLORS – August 2018

We hope you’ve been enjoying the lovely, sunny summer. Your Churchill Ward Labour Councillors Shamim Talukder and Andrea Mann have been busy helping residents since the election in May – below are just some of the local issues we have been taking action on over the summer months.

You can always follow our latest news – and contact us – through our Churchill Labour website and our Facebook page. You can also speak to us in person at one of our monthly surgeries or email us: info@churchilllabour.co.uk. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if we can be of help on any local issue.

EBURY BRIDGE ESTATE REGENERATION
Churchill Labour Councillors have continued to be a voice for residents on Ebury Bridge Estate, and we are disappointed that Westminster Council has now approved the plan to demolish the estate without giving residents a full ballot. We will always support a regeneration plan that has the majority residents’ support, but we do not believe the Council has shown this with its proposed scheme for Ebury. Councillor Mann spoke up for residents at both the recent Council Cabinet meeting and Housing Scrutiny Committee meeting, and we will continue to stand up for residents and fight for their voices to be heard over the coming weeks and months. We want to hear as many views as possible, so please get in touch with us if you’re an Ebury resident or are otherwise affected by the regeneration: just email info@churchilllabour.co.uk.

CHURCHILL GARDENS PARKING 
We’re pleased to announce that following pressure from your Churchill Labour Councillors, CityWest Homes are aiming to implement new parking enforcement on Churchill Gardens estate from the autumn (subject to statutory consultation). We are still calling for refunds for residents who have paid for parking permits from October 2016 without CityWest Homes properly enforcing parking since then, thereby allowing others to park on the estate without paying. Are you a Churchill Gardens resident who paid for a parking permit during this time? Please email us at info@churchilllabour.co.uk.

CITYWEST HOMES REPAIRS & SERVICE
We continue to take up repair issues on behalf of CityWest Homes residents – many of whom have been waiting months for issues to be resolved – and pressure CityWest Homes and the Council to improve its service. We also took local CityWest Homes representatives and the new Cabinet Member for Housing on a recent walkabout of Churchill Gardens and Ebury Bridge Estate, raising the common issues and complaints local residents have about CityWest Homes’ service. Westminster Labour Councillors are also calling on the Council to listen to residents’ views on how housing in Westminster should be run: find out more here, including how to submit your views.

CHILDREN’S CENTRE & FAMILY HUB
Churchill Gardens Children’s Centre has now moved to be part of the new Bessborough Family Hub at the Bessborough Centre, 1 Bessborough Street, SW1V 2JD (next to Pimlico Tube station). The Family Hub offers support, activities and advice services for families with children aged 0 to 19 and you can find out more about it here. We will be monitoring the Bessborough Family Hub services with the help of residents, and are keen to know your views on the new location and service. Please contact us if you experience any issues or just want to share your views.

LISTENING TO RESIDENTS… AND TAKING ACTION

Residents of Wellington Buildings told us that it was difficult entering and exiting their estate by car or scooter/motorbike due to the heavy flow of traffic on Ebury Bridge Road – especially given the nearby traffic lights – and that they sometimes had to wait up to several minutes to get into or out of their estate. As a result, they asked if a KEEP CLEAR sign could be painted on the road at the entrance to the estate. Your Churchill Labour Councillors then spoke to the Council’s Highways team and ensured that this happened.

We also heard from a resident who had slipped on a hazardous drain cover on Churchill Gardens estate, fracturing her ankle – and found out that other residents have also slipped on this when it’s rained. We asked the Council to replace it with a safe cover, and continued to chase this until action was taken and it was made safe. We’re delighted to report that the slippery drain cover has now been completely removed and paved over.

Do you have any similar issues in your area that we can help with? Please let us know by emailing us at info@churchilllabour.co.uk.

PEABODY ESTATE WALKABOUTS
Cllr Talukder and Cllr Mann have joined local Peabody representatives on their recent estate walkabouts, keeping up-to-date on issues – including the upcoming works to improve Peabody Avenue. We’ll be out again over the coming months, so do come and say hello if you’re a resident and have any issues you’d like to raise with us or Peabody:

Your Churchill Labour Councillors can also be present at the monthly Coleshill Flats Coffee Mornings (see posters in Coleshill Flats for dates and times) should you wish to discuss any issues you may have, via a pre-arranged appointment. Just email us at info@churchilllabour.co.uk.

WORKING WITH RESIDENTS ASSOCIATIONS & LOCAL POLICE
Since the May election, we have kept up-to-date and informed of local residents’ issues through meeting up with or speaking to members of Belgravia Residents Association, Churchill Gardens Residents Association, Ebury Bridge Estate Residents Association, Westmoreland Triangle Residents Association, Grosvenor Waterside Residents’ Committee and other local groups and residents. We also work closely with our local Police Officers and Neighbourhood Problem-Solving Coordinator on issues such as anti-social behaviour in the ward. If you have any local issues or concerns you would like to talk to us about, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

AND FINALLY…
It’s been a joy to attend some of the wonderful local events put on by and for our residents over the summer in Churchill Ward. From the Churchill Gardens Residents Association Royal Wedding tea party to the Ebury Family Fun Day, from the Open Age end-of-term party to the many SouthWest Fest events, we’ve loved being out in our community this summer, having a great time with the residents who make it so special. Roll on Christmas..! 😉

 

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