Churchill Labour Councillors Action Report – Autumn 2019

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Labour Councillors Shamim Talukder and Andrea Mann have been working hard helping local residents across Churchill Ward over recent months – please check out our latest news and updates below.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have an issue or concern we can help you with. You can also see us at our monthly surgeries and get updates on our Facebook page.

 

VICTORY FOR WALDEN HOUSE RESIDENTS’ CAMPAIGN AS THEY SECURE RIGHT TO RETURN

Following pressure from the residents campaign and Churchill Labour Councillors, Grosvenor Group and Westminster Council have had a change of heart and tenants in Walden House – a block of 40 council homes set for demolition as part of Grosvenor’s ‘Cundy Street Quarter’ development – will now have the right to return to the new social housing being built on the site.

We’re glad that Grosvenor and the Council finally listened to residents and Labour Councillors, and have now done the right thing. But the fight to save this community goes on – not least because Grosvenor has not yet provided a similar right to return to the site for its own Cundy Street Flats tenants. We will continue to speak up on behalf of all our residents affected by the development – including those in Coleshill Flats who face the loss of their car park area – over the coming months. Read more about the campaign here.

 

DARWIN HOUSE & BALMORAL CASTLE PUB DEVELOPMENT – WE GET COUNCIL TO EXTEND CONSULTATION

Following pressure from Churchill Labour Councillors and residents, Westminster Council extended its initial development consultation on its proposals for Darwin House and the Balmoral Castle pub, so that it went beyond the summer and through into mid-October.

The Council informs us that they aim to meet with Churchill Gardens residents and stakeholders in late November with its latest proposed designs and responses to residents’ comments.

Follow our Facebook page for further updates about the consultation – and get more information from the Council’s website dedicated to the redevelopment of the site. You can also email queries to balmoraldarwin@westminster.gov.uk.

 

LUPUS STREET – WE TAKE ACTION ON TESCO DELIVERIES & RUBBISH DUMPING

Churchill Labour Councillors have ensured that Westminster Council takes action following residents’ complaints about Tesco Lupus Street deliveries taking place outside of permitted hours, deliveries taking longer than the permitted time, and delivery vans double-parking. We will continue to monitor the situation with Council officers and make sure any necessary action is taken against Tesco. We have also raised the issue of ongoing littering and flytipping next to bins on Lupus Street and are working with the Council on monitoring it and finding a solution so that rubbish dumping stops in this area.

 

EBURY BRIDGE REGENERATION – HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE COUNCIL’S DESIGN PROPOSALS

Local residents can now see & give their views on the Council’s initial designs for the new Ebury Bridge estate, as part of the pre-planning consultation.

We encourage all local residents to visit the Studio at 9 Ebury Bridge Road, SW1W 8QX, between now and Saturday 26 October (excluding Sunday 20 October) to see the initial design proposals and give your feedback. The office is open from 11am until 7pm Mondays & Thursdays, until 5pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays, and 3pm on Saturdays.

You can also give your views online or by email – eburybridge@westminster.gov.uk – and call for free on 0800 011 3467. Please see the Council’s dedicated Ebury Bridge website for more information.

We would like to know your views on the initial designs – please contact us at info@churchilllabour.co.uk with your thoughts. We will also keep our Facebook page and website updated with news on the Council’s plans.

 

WE SUPPORT RESIDENTS ON HOUSING ISSUES & ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR

We recently visited Woods and Wentworth Houses with A2 Dominion representatives, raising various residents’ issues about the buildings on their behalf. Churchill Labour Councillors have also liaised closely with residents at Semley House on ASB issues connected with the NCP car park, setting up a meeting between residents, Westminster Council, the local police and NCP representatives in order to find a solution to this ongoing issue.

Whatever the problem, we will always try to help and will raise your concerns with the necessary people until action is taken. Just contact us at info@churchilllabour.co.uk or via our Facebook page, or talk to us in person at one of our surgeries (details at bottom of this newsletter).

 

CHELSEA BARRACKS ISSUES – WE HELP RESIDENTS 

The Council’s decision to allow Chelsea Barracks contractors Multiplex to work from early morning until mid-evening, sometimes 7 days a week, was revoked late in the summer – thanks to action taken by residents with support from Churchill Labour Councillors, who helped them create a petition. Not only had the working hours extension caused a great deal of noise and disturbance, but residents hadn’t been properly informed or consulted about the change. If you’re being adversely affected by noise or other issues related to any sort of development works, don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

WE BRING BOXING BACK TO CHURCHILL GARDENS

Churchill Labour Councillors are delighted that, working together with Churchill Gardens Residents Association and the Council’s ActiveWestminster team, a boxing club has returned to Churchill Gardens Residents Hall. The new sessions – run in conjunction with London Sport and led by an England Boxing coach – take place at the Residents Hall every Wednesday 5-6pm (juniors – 16 and under) and 6-7pm (seniors – 17 and over). Whether you’re new to boxing or not, just turn up to enjoy a session!

 

CHURCHILL FESTIVE LIGHTS SWITCH-ON

And finally: please join us – and the Lord Mayor of Westminster! – for the lighting of Churchill Ward’s Christmas tree at Churchill Gardens on Thursday 28th November at 5pm. The tree will be front of Langdale House (nearest entrance is off Lupus Street by Pimlico Fish Bar – Google map).

There will be festive refreshments, communal carol singing (led by Pimlico Musical Foundation) and fun activities for children & families from 3pm to 5pm, thanks to local youth charity Outbreak. We hope to see you there!

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