Recent News

  • Questions for our MP

    News  on this site has been coming in via Hyde Park Matters links and Twitter, but I thought I’d go back to adding posts here. On Tuesday 24th September your councillors were delighted to welcome Mark Field MP to Abasto on Connaught Street.  Residents had the chance to hear Mark’s views on the latest parliamentary…

  • Local residents call for more police action at ward panel

      Dr Allen Zimbler, ward panel chairman, pictured above with me at Hyde Park Estate Association Christmas party later in the evening, gave local reaction to the latest crime stats at the ward panel earlier on 4th December. Burglary and drug offences are down on a year ago, but criminal damage, robbery and theft are…

  • Marylebone Boys’ School welcomes sixth form applicants at Open Evening

    Marylebone Boys’ School is expanding – and taking girls in the sixth form! Last night’s open evening for applicants for the sixth form, opening in September 2019, saw parents and pupils meeting subject specialists to discuss the A-level curriculum.  As an academically rigorous school, MBS will required students to pick three A-level courses or, in…

  • Six years on, Marylebone Boys’ School comes to Paddington

    Six years after we four founders came up with a proposal for a free school round Laura Royde’s kitchen table, Marylebone Boys’ School has moved to its permanent site in Paddington Basin. Education Minister Lord Agnew rang headmaster Richard Ardron’s treasured school bell at the official opening on October 4, 2018. Years 7 to 11…

  • 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.