Archive for Month: September 2013

  • Aggressive begging and rough sleeping

    There was some improvement over the summer, when a number of the Marble Arch rough sleepers returned to their countries of origin and three were stopped by UKBA at the border when they attempted to come back here (thanks to a useful re-interpretation of the EU rules on re-admitting petty criminals). However, things have worsened…

  • Tackling nuisance pedicabs

    Pedicabs have become popular with tourists in our area but their booming music and a relaxed attitude to road safety have annoyed many residents. On September 4, officers from the Proactive Noise Team and Street Management Team, West End Neighbourhood Police Team and Home Office Immigration Enforcement carried out an operation targeting noise and traffic offences committed by pedicabs…

  • Planning grief

    This morning I had a call from an elderly cousin of mine, who lives in another part of Westminster, about the letter he has had from an council officer about his problem with out-of-hours building work in the flat below. Seems as though officers are taking action promptly with a site visit tomorrow, but it’s…

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