Ward councillors Tony Devenish , Rachael Robathan and Philippa Roe are committed to working with both the Belgravia and Kensington resident associations and individual residents and businesses to crack down on persistent nuisance. A frequent complaint from residents concerns builders causing unnecessary inconvenience, such as noisy works outside of normal working hours or unauthorised blocking of the pavement or road. All of us from time to time wish to do works to improve our home so some tolerance of our neighbours is essential, but when the disruption is excessive our enforcement teams have to be called in. To try and improve the situation going forward, we are using part of our ward budget monies to strengthen the work already undertaken by our Westminster Warden, Ravi, our building inspectors and noise teams. The new planning enforcement officer will keep a close eye on all building works in the ward and will work to bring in line the minority of builders who misbehave.
Cllr Philippa Roe and Cllr Tony Devenish have campaigned to both encourage the Council to mitigate any changes in weekend sweeping , reinstating some cut services. They have also used ward budget monies to install dog poo bins and leaflet parts of the ward where some residents may not be following good practice in disposing of such waste.
Cllr Philippa Roe and Cllr Tony Devenish were first elected as two of your three Ward Members in 2006 and take Westminster's mantra 'clean, safe streets and a low council tax' to heart. Clean streets is at the foundation of our approach, since 2010 we have worked with residents' associations, our Westminster Council warden and individual local residents' and our ward colleague Rachael Robathan to ensure clean streets remain paramount despite the need to make efficiency savings driven by the national Government.