Churchill Labour Councillors Action Report – Summer 2019

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‘CUNDY STREET QUARTER’ DEVELOPMENT – WE SUPPORT RESIDENTS’ CAMPAIGN TO SAVE THEIR HOMES

Westminster Labour Councillors are supporting the residents of Cundy Street Flats and Walden House who are fighting to save their homes from demolition.

Grosvenor’s Cundy Street Quarter proposals would see these blocks – the homes of Grosvenor and council tenants – demolished, and Coleshill Flats residents lose their car park. We believe Grosvenor’s current development plans are putting profit before people, and we back the residents’ campaign.

SIGN AND SHARE THE RESIDENTS’ PETITION HERE

To find out more and to support the residents’ campaign, please like their Facebook page and follow them on Instagram. We also encourage local residents to share your views with Grosvenor, or ask them any questions you may have about the development – email cundystreet@grosvenor.com.

Cllr Talukder & Cllr Mann will be at Walden House on Tuesday 13th August 6-8pm and Saturday 17th August 11am-1pm to speak to residents. There is also a councillors’ surgery (for all residents across the ward) at St Barnabas Church Hall on on Thursday 8th August, 7-8pm. (Details of other surgery dates are listed here and at the bottom of this email.)

BALMORAL CASTLE PUB SITE – HAVE YOUR SAY

Finally, after years of this disused pub being covered in scaffolding (at a six-figure cost), Westminster City Council has started its consultation with residents over the redevelopment of the Balmoral Castle pub site on Churchill Gardens estate. This currently proposes the demolition of both the pub and Darwin House to build new community-supported & affordable housing – find out more and get updates on the Council’s website here.

Churchill Labour Councillors want to know local residents’ views about the Council’s proposals. Just reply to this email to share your thoughts with us.

If you live near the site, please go along to the Council’s drop-in session at Darwin House on Tuesday 30th July, 4pm-7pm, to give them your views and feedback. There are also drop-ins for residents’ feedback at the Council housing office at 137 Lupus Street on Wednesday 14th August (2.30-5.30pm) and Thursday 12th September (10.30am-1.30pm). You can also email your views to the Council at any point, at balmoraldarwin@westminster.gov.uk. Follow our Facebook page for further updates about the consultation.

LUPUS STREET GRAFFITI REMOVED

The graffiti has been removed from the shutters on these Lupus Street shops – thanks to your Churchill Labour Councillors getting the Council to take action.

We’ve also continued to push the Council about letting out the vacant retail units on this parade, which have been empty for far too long.

TAKING UP ISSUES ON YOUR BEHALF

From housing repairs to anti-social behaviour, from estate security to noise from the Tideway Tunnel works, Churchill Labour Councillors have continued to take up issues on behalf of residents.

Whatever the problem, we will always try to help and raise your concerns with Westminster Council, housing associations, local police and others.

Please contact us at info@churchilllabour.co.uk or see us at one of our surgeries (details below) if you have an issue we might be able to help with. You can also message us via our Facebook page.

WEEKLY ADVICE & MONTHLY SURGERIES

Churchill Labour Councillors brought Westminster Citizens Advice Bureau‘s weekly drop-in ‘Advice Shop’ to Churchill. It’s held at Churchill Gardens Residents’ Hall, Churchill Gardens estate, SW1V 3AL, every Thursday, 10am-12pm. No appointment needed – just drop in if you need help or advice on benefits, housing, employment and much more – find out more here(Please note: there is no Advice Shop on 1st & 28th August due to the summer break.)

In addition, our monthly councillor surgeries take place on the second Thursday of every month, 7-8pm. No appointment is necessary. We alternate the venue between Churchill Gardens Residents Hall, Churchill Gardens Estate SW1V 3AL and St Barnabas Church Hall, entrance on Ranelagh Grove, SW1W 8PF, in order to reach residents across the ward.

Our surgery dates and locations for the rest of 2019 are :
August 8th – St Barnabas Church Hall
September 12th – Churchill Gardens Residents’ Hall
October 10th – St Barnabas Church Hall
November 14th – Churchill Gardens Residents’ Hall
December 12th – St Barnabas Church Hall

CELEBRATING PIMLICO & OUR COMMUNITY

We’ve been delighted to support our brilliant local community festival SouthWest Fest again this year – and had a wonderful evening and day out at the Pimlico Proms and Festival Day. We’re so glad the sun shone for everyone!

Our thanks and congratulations go to all the organisers, performers and volunteers who make SouthWest Fest such a special community celebration.

SouthWest Fest is just one of the local organisations we help to support through Council Ward Budget funding. If you’re a local group and would like to apply for funding, find out more here and don’t hesitate to contact us.

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