We have delivered
Regular rubbish collections
We have kept continuous twice weekly general rubbish and once weekly recycling rubbish collections, unlike many Labour authorities.
Improving our roads
We have invested over £13 million in improving our roads, covering around 36 kilometres of Westminster streets.
A Pothole Prevention initiative and invested £1.2m in repairing potholes through our Pothole Squad.
A Westminster Hub for small business start ups which is now home to 400 entrepreneurs and visited by 3,000 people each month attending events such as support workshops. Over 80 per cent of those based in the Hub have collaborated together to pitch for business.
New sports facilities
Major new developments of sports facilities including Paddington Recreational Ground, Marshall Street Leisure Centre, Parkour and Beach Volleyball, Little Venice sports centre as well as refurbishments to facilities at Seymour, Marshall Street, Queen Mother and Porchester sports centres. A new neighbourhood sports programme delivers over 130 hours of free ‘doorstep’ sports and leisure activities every week and we held the first Westminster Mile run with over 3,000 participants.
We will continue to produce West End Live in Trafalgar Square each June - bringing the best of West End Musical theatre to thousands free of charge
Great parks and open spaces
Parks and open spaces that have, year on year, won independent recognition as being among the best maintained in London with record numbers of Green Flag awards.
Around £12m savings to central government through our pioneering work tackling benefit fraud and illegal subletting.
All but one of our secondary schools rated Outstanding. One is rated Good. 70% of our pupils gain 5 or more A* to C grades in GCSE including Maths and English. Attendance at our secondary schools is the highest in the country at 96%. Westminster primary schools are top nationally for progress between KS1 and KS2 in writing and maths key stage 2. Westminster is 12th nationally for GCSE results.
Working with LOCOG, we helped ensure a successful Diamond Jubilee, and the most successful Olympics and Para-Olympics ever, which saw over two million visitors to Westminster enjoy themselves safely and experience the best the City has to offer. We helped to ensure that London enhanced its reputation as the destination City for tourists, businesses and investors. Clean up operations worked tirelessly and 24/7 to ensure our City was our nation’s pride.
Tackling gang violence
Through our Your Choice gangs programme we have seen a 75 per cent decrease in serious youth violence in just one year.
Protecting our residents
An upgraded CCTV system and control centre to support the police in delivering a safe city in the 21st century.
New and refurbished libraries
New libraries in Pimlico and Church Street and refurbished libraries in Queen’s Park, Maida Vale and Mayfair.
Easier and greater access to our libraries by introducing e-magazines and e-books for our residents and, through our Triborough arrangements with Kensington & Chelsea and Hammersmith & Fulham, access to one million books and a range of specialist libraries.
Money spent on local priorities
Over £3 million spent on local priorities through our Ward Budget scheme giving local communities and Councillors the opportunity to make a real difference in their neighbourhoods.
2,882 new homes of which 836 are affordable, greatly exceeding the Mayor of London’s target.
New warden service
A new Westminster Warden service with each neighbourhood in Westminster now served by its own local Council Warden to tackle local problems.
Supporting local markets
Support and improvements for our markets including the Maida Hill, Berwick Street and Tachbrook markets to ensure they remain vibrant parts of the Westminster community.
New public projects
Major public realm projects that transform the look and feel for our city including Leicester Square, Piccadilly Two Way, Oxford Street East.
A free wireless service in central Westminster allowing businesses and residents to access the internet when out and about.
A cleaner, greener city
A forward looking and innovative clean air strategy and consulted on the City’s first ever cycling strategy designed to make cycling safer and more attractive in Westminster.
A new “Report It” application that makes it much easier for residents to report issues such as broken paving stones and graffiti to the Council and to be kept informed of progress.
To expand and improve the ways in which residents and businesses can contact the Council through the Council’s website.
To make our streets even cleaner by increasing the number of bins, clearing away street-side clutter and repairing and resurfacing even more streets across our City whilst maintaining a first class rubbish and recycling collection service for our residents.
To establish joined up neighbourhood management teams for each individual Westminster “village” to ensure we work in partnership with residents and businesses to keep our streets clean and safe.
To reform Area Forums to better the way we engage with our residents and look into new ways of making it easier for residents to communicate with us.
To retain the successful Ward Budget scheme allowing Ward Councillors to continue supporting local projects, organisations and improvements.
To invest £19m in new sports facilities and deliver a 40% increase in sports provision for the Queen’s Park area and to explore other opportunities to improve and expand our existing sports facilities.
To build on our Olympic legacy programmes including neighbourhood sports programmes, free sports activities across Westminster and free swimming for the old and young in Westminster sports facilities through the Active Westminster Passport.
To use the new West End Partnership to work with residents, businesses and other public bodies to ensure the continued vibrancy and economic success of the West End whilst preserving the residential amenity of this world famous destination.
To develop the localism agenda by working with residents to implement and successfully operate a series of neighbourhood forums across the city and to work with these neighbourhood forums to develop neighbourhood plans.
To continue to manage the implementation of major infrastructure projects such as Crossrail and the Thames Tideway Tunnel ensuring the Westminster benefits for the investment they bring.
Activities for you
To implement a physical education and School Sport Programme to help schools to improve the quality and quantity of sport and physical activity in parks and open spaces.
To deliver a new “ActiveCommunities” programme which will promote new opportunities for residents to participate in sport and physical activity across the City.
To expand Westminster’s “ParkMakers” initiative to develop more activities and opportunities to participate in sport and physical activity in parks and open spaces.
To improve the look and feel of our City through public realm initiatives such as making Baker Street and Gloucester Place two way, improving Haymarket, Regent Street and St James’s, semi-pedestrianising Marylebone Lane and improving the public realm in Queensway.
A safer city
To make our neighbourhoods even safer through continued active management of our public spaces and streets
To further improve our environment by working to improve air quality, improving our parks and green spaces, planting new trees in our streets, supporting improved doorstep recycling initiatives, implementing our cycling strategy and by producing and implementing a strategy to encourage walking.
To work to take greater control over the roadworks carried out by utility companies.
To introduce a basement policy and strengthen the construction code to ensure a more sensitive approach to basement development.
To continue to support business start ups by signing a partnership deal with TechShop to bring the biggest and best maker space in the UK to the Church Street neighbourhood, by opening a new Hub Westminster and adding an additional floor to Great Western Studios to satisfy demand.
To freeze on-street parking charges for a second year in a row to support our businesses.
To provide 1,000 jobs for local, young, unemployed people, 300 new jobs for residents in our housing renewal areas, help a further 1,000 residents in our housing renewal areas into work and find places for apprentices.
To launch our Enterprise Space Strategy to deliver more enterprise space for start-up businesses to access on easy terms to facilitate the formation of new businesses.
To support the growth of three social enterprises focussed on supporting people into employment or self employment.
To adopt a new approach to improve access of small business to bid for contracts that we let.
Libraries for the future
To open a new £12m library in the heart of Marylebone which will provide an increase in usable floor space of 75% on the old library and a community café, exhibition area, meeting rooms for hire and a state of the art computer study area. We will also open a new Victoria library and improve our existing library spaces further.
To work to increase the number of volunteers working in Westminster libraries. To deliver a broader choice of library books - e-books, on line and in print.
To roll out more shared working with other library services to build on the Triborough model of shared services, increasing access, reducing costs and ensuring our libraries continue to be popular and sustainable.
To promote school readiness by raising attainment at Early Years Foundation Stage.
To ensure that 75% of Westminster pupils achieve 5 grade A* to C at GCSE including English and Maths.
To increase the proportion of children in Westminster Primary Schools who achieve or exceed level 4 in reading, writing and maths.
To ensure there is a place in employment, training or education for every young person after they complete their GCSEs.
To improve child and family health by reducing attendance at Accident and Emergency by families from the most deprived wards.
To support the Sir Simon Milton Foundations in developing the new University Technical College that will provide a world class facility for training the next generation of engineers and technical experts.
To develop new schools and to maintain existing schools in top condition. This will include new accommodation at St Marylebone Bridge Free School, the opening of ARK at Atwood Primary Academy in brand new buildings and the expansion of Christchurch Bentinck CE Primary School.
To ensure that 75% of 2 year olds in Westminster receive a developmental review particularly targeting children in the most deprived wards.
To increase the number of free day care opportunities for 2 year olds.