We received complaints about the light pollution from the Cock and Bottle pub early in the morning. Following an email exchange the General Manager of the Pub has promised to ensure that external lighting is only switched on during the pub opening hours.
We're delighted that the open area outside the Colonnades has been completed. The space is looking a lot greener, open and welcoming. We had a number of queries from residents about the trees and it's great to see the new trees in place after a long period of building work to improve the street and the Waitrose.
The Bayswater City Inspector is John Moorhead. He has ensured a number of actions have been taken over the last few months.
Rough-sleepers waste on Gloucester TerraceThe local neighbourhood police team raised concerns about rough sleepers waste in Gloucester Terrace on the junction with Ranelagh. The items were cleaned up promptly, working in conjunction with City West Homes, who manage the land.
Dog waste bin installed on Alexander StreetFollowing multiple complaints from local residents and business about dog mess in Alexander Street, a new dog bin has been successfully installed. Following an investigation by John, we learned that dog owners were placing their poo bags into private waste bins outside residential properties.
John Moorhead contacted Westminster’s waste and recycling department and requested a bin, as this street is a frequent route for dog walkers due to the local veterinary surgery. The request was granted and a bin has been placed at the location.
We want to thank John for his work on this. We’ve seen a reduction in dog fouling and bags being left on the street and being placed in residential bins.
Abandoned vehicle on Westbourne Park VillasAn abandoned vehicle was causing an obstruction to drivers on Westbourne Park Villas. The owner was contacted and has been removed by the owner.
Westbourne Park Passage graffiti cleaned upWe’ve had multiple reports of graffiti on walls along Westbourne Park Passage. John has ensured the Anti-Graffiti and Flyposting Unit were contacted and cleaned the walls promptly.
Your Bayswater Councillors Richard Holloway, Brian Connell and Suhail Rahuja want to know what your priorities are for Bayswater. Take part in our survey and help us ensure that we're fighting for what you want for our local community.
Your Bayswater Councillors called for better policing, clear cut-off times and funding assistance for residents security and the council clear-up in a recent review of Carnival by the London Assembly.
Our response is below.
Over 30 gullies have been selected to be replaced or moved to help cyclists ride safer and smoother in Bayswater.
Part of a Westminster-wide cycle strategy, the work will take place over the course of 2017.
Westminster City Council has introduced a new capital programme "Cycle Friendly Gully Improvements", which has arisen from the drafting of the Council’s Cycling Strategy. It recognises that cyclists would benefit from replacement or re-setting of gully gratings to provide a safer and smoother cycling surface.We've dedicated £200,000 to enable up to 4,000 of the 14,500 gullies to be treated across Westminster and last year invited cyclists to nominate gully locations.
In Bayswater these include:
Porchester Road – 9 gullies
Bishop's Bridge Road – 8 gullies
Westbourne Park Villas – 7 gullies
Talbot Road – 3 Gullies
Westbourne Gardens – 2 gullies
Orsett Terrace – 1 gully
Queensway – 1 gully
We are grateful for the cooperation of the London Cycling Campaign, whose members helped nominate many of the drains and gullies to be improved.
Stickers on lampposts
A large amount of stickers appeared on lampposts and traffic light columns recently. Our Local City Inspector John Moorhead contacted the director of the company and ensured that the stickers were all removed. A formal warning was sent to the company to prevent future occurrences.
Lamppost knocked over on Orsett Terrace
A lamppost was knocked over in Orsett Terrace on the junction of Westbourne Terrace, blocking the pathway. The highway contractors came out and repaired the lamppost quickly.
Overhanging trees on Westbourne Gove
Overhanging trees onto Westbourne Grove were obstructing the flow of traffic. After several attempts to contact the homeowners the decision was taken to prune back the tree by the council's arboriculture department.
Bayswater ward Councillors are continuing to support the work of the Westbourne Park Family Centre with funds from their ward budget.
The funding allows the centre to deliver youth club sessions for local young people, including a young leaders project to provide opportunities for young people to volunteer and develop themselves personally and socially. The centre also provides a homework club on the Brunel Estate to support children with their education.
Cllr Richard Holloway said: “We’re delighted to be able to continue our support for the Westbourne Park Family Centre. They do great work for young people locally and provide real opportunities for children and adults to make a real difference.”
Income raised from a new Westminster Council levy will pay for a dedicated enforcement team to protect residents during construction by monitoring noise, working hours and truck deliveries.
The first of its kind in the UK, the levy is being drawn as part of the council’s new Code of Construction Practice, which clearly sets out best practice for building sites such as basements. The code will also be rolled out over the coming months to cover larger developments in the city.
New rules include planning controls limiting basements to a single storey and no more than 50% of total garden land.
The ‘subterranean squad’ will:
The new powers will only apply to basements which gained planning permission from August 2016 onward, and other major development schemes from September.
Following complaints from residents concerned about persistent loitering, antisocial behaviour and noise in Leinster Gardens a brothel was shut down through a combined operation from with the Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team and the Council. Residents have expressed their appreciation for the peace this has since brought to the area. Necessary welfare checks on the premises for potential victims of trafficking and referrals were carried out as part of the operation.