Recent News

  • 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…

  • Vice arrests and immigration removals

    We have now had 20 criminal arrests and 12 immigration removals as part of Operation Unite 16. It’s noticeable that things have improved – fewer disturbances, less detritus and female residents can feel safer.

  • Paddington Place community planning weekend

    Why not have a competition to produce a better design for the site of the now withdrawn Paddington Pole? The respected thinktank Create Streets has launched just that. Civic Voice, the charity representing amenity societies, and architects JTP teamed up to devise an entry using a “Community Planning Weekend.” They organised a site walkabout and…

  • West End Green

    Little Venice, Hyde Park and Marylebone High Street councillors were among the many to voice opposition to this proposal. The tower has already been reduced by 8 storeys, but we would have liked to have seen another five taken off it. The scheme does bring over 650 new flats including 126 affordable ones to a…

  • Lighter evenings – more campaigning!

        Knocking on doors for the Zac campaign in Orpington – and it didn’t rain!

  • Electric vehicle alternatives

    An alternative location for EV charging bays to the existing one outside the Bombay Palace restaurant is to be considered. Nitesh from this well-known local business told me the bays had made it more difficult for his customers to park. Hyde Park Street, which is wide and has no businesses on it, would seem a…

  • Much needed upgrade in Paddington

    Cllr Acton and I had a chance to look at plans from Hermes Real Estate to improve 50 Eastbourne Terrace, at the junction with Craven Road. The proposals for homes and offices would reduce the height and create a much more appealing building with greenery and less scope for anti-social behaviour. The plans will be…