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  • Safe and secure in the West End

    Councillor Louise Hyams, City Inspectors Chris and Heath and I were out and about on the late night turn in Chinatown. Buskers using amplifiers after 9pm, late collections of business waste and beggars were among the issues promptly tackled by the team. Excellent work.

  • Tackling waste dumping in Winsland Mews

    City inspectors Joe, John, JC, planning chief Amanda Coulson, environmental health and Veolia representatives accompanied me on a Clean and Safe Streets Audit today. We were pleased to see Tfl and WCC marshals ensuring that taxis and Uber drivers did not cause congestion and tailbacks outside Paddington Station. However we had to call in Veolia…

  • Welcoming Jordanian MPs

    The Lord Mayor and I had the pleasure of welcoming members of the administrative and legal committees of the Jordanian parliament this week. After visits to the Houses of Parliament, funded by the Foreign Office, they were interested in learning about local government, in particular in the extent of responsibilities for education.

  • Action against rogue landlords

    WCC has obtained a Criminal Behaviour Order against one of Britain’s worst landlords. If she breaks its conditions requiring her to treat tenants decently, she could get a prison sentence:¬†

  • Westbourne Terrace road surface

    A resident alerted me to the poor condition of this surface. So officers visited last week to assess it and look at whether Crossrail could potentially have to contribute to resurfacing costs, as their lorries use the road extensively. Crossrail confirmed to me that they would definitely be resurfacing Eastbourne Terrace when the new Elizabeth…

  • Brondesbury Park site for Marylebone Boys’ School

    The school will be moving into the Christchurch Avenue site at the February half term. Meanwhile demolition is complete at our Paddington Basin permanent site and construction of the building for 850 pupils will take place during 2017/18.

  • The latest on Hyde Park

    Chief executive Andrew Scattergood, dedicated parks officer Stephen Barnes and other key figures in keeping the park safe and solvent were on hand yesterday to answer stakeholders’ questions. The main points were that TfL will take 12 months, its usual review period, to look at how traffic movements adapt to the West Carriage Drive cycle…

  • New Chinese gate for Chinatown

    My husband and I were delighted to accompany West End ward councillors and Chinatown community leaders to the opening of this splendid new gate. HRH The Duke of York and the Chinese Ambassador did the honours.

  • Transforming St Mary’s

    Dr Bill Oldfield, deputy medical director, today showed me what Imperial would like to do to upgrade their long-neglected site. The Sellar development creates an opportunity to sell the three outpatient buildings including the Jefferiss clinic in return for cash which could transform the Salton building and its neighbours into a great new outpatient facility.…

  • Condemning hate crime and xenophobia

    The following statement has been put out by my colleague Cllr Aiken, cabinet member for public protection, and I strongly endorse it. Britain is rightly celebrated for its openness and tolerance and that should continue. “I can assure you that I and the rest of my colleagues on Westminster City Council condemn racism, xenophobia and…