4th December 2018
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…
16th November 2018
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…
12th October 2018
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…
18th April 2017
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.
8th March 2017
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…
5th March 2017
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.
15th February 2017
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: http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/rogue-landlord-banned-from-managing-homes-in-two-london-boroughs-for-10-years-a3467221.html
26th January 2017
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…
9th December 2016
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.
2nd November 2016
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…