Archive for February, 2014

Surveys of your views

People who voted in the 2010 and 2012 General Elections should be receiving a hand delivered survey form asking for their views on how we are doing as a council. All responses are being logged by the party and passed on to your ward councillors, and you can include phone numbers and email addresses for a response. Time to tell us what you think!

195-197 Edgware Road betting shop application

Nick Nelson from the WCC licensing department has sent a letter to all those who have so far made representations on this application, adding that he also will be objecting on behalf of the council. It is a shame that new comments now have to be made in relation to the Gambling Act rather than the Licensing Act, but I know Star Street residents in particularly feel very strongly about locating betting shops in an area so close to schools and to areas of high deprivation and potential gambling addiction in Lisson Grove. Councils as a group are working through the Local Government Assocation on how they can object more effectively on the basis of “cumulative effect” of betting shops. In the meantime, though it is annoying to have to put in further representations on this case, residents should do so, following the guidance given in the letter. Feel free to contact Richard Brown, the Citizens Advice expert referred to in the letter, for further guidance on how to make your objections fit within the legal framework.

Action against pedicabs

We know how annoying pedicabs with loudspeakers can be. Noise pollution legislation has now been used against them. Four operators appeared before magistrates recently and were fined between £250 and £550 each.
Another two cases are in the pipeline. Separately, a large number of pedicabs have been seized for other traffic offences and a publicity campaign will take shape to discourage other unsafe operators.

Antonia Cox

Westminster City Hall,
64 Victoria Street
London SW1E 6QP

0207 641 3411

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