Vincent Square Matters November 2016

Road Safety on Morpeth Terrace – a 20 mph Limit?

We think it is time to introduce a 20mph speed limit on or around Morpeth Terrace.

“We want to safeguard the children at St Vincent de Paul School and to change behaviours of van, taxi and car drivers taking a GPS directed short cut on the narrow and ideally peaceful street”, said Councillor David Harvey.

Westminster Council is planning to introduce a number of pilot 20mph safety zones near schools and we think this could only be good for Morpeth Terrace.

But we need to know what you think. Do you support or oppose plans for a 20mph limit for traffic on Morpeth Terrace; please email

Action Against Anti Social Behaviour

Your local Councillors have been:   

  • Taking forward building work and new lighting on the Piazza to drive out anti-social behaviour

  • Bringing together police, Council, charities and residents to update action on local rough sleeping and drug crime issues

  • Organising help for rough sleepers and targeted clean ups in parks affected by anti-social behaviour, for example, Millbank Gardens; to report rough sleeping use to connect vulnerable and sometimes troubled people with the right services.

  • Getting a fast police and Council focus on recent new drug and anti-social behaviour issues around the Grosvenor Estate and Regency Street; generally a safe friendly place

  • Getting a focus on rubbish and rough sleeping on Horseferry Road, you might have noticed a real clean up at Regency Place

  • Collecting feedback from residents about the Sainsbury’s on Marsham Street and on Rochester Row – do you think Sainsbury's is a good or a bad neighbour? Let us know

“Vincent Square is a great place to live. Updates and feedback on local issues from people living here helps us to keep it so; so please keep your news and views coming", says Councillor Danny Chalkley.

Nine Million Investment in Westminster’s Sports Centres Underway

Westminster’s sports centres are benefiting from a £9 million investment thanks to an innovative contract. The Queen Mother Sports Centre in Pimlico will receive £1.6 million to refurbish the spa, add a new yoga studio in addition to the recently refurbished changing rooms already delivered. Funds will also go towards a new entrance and a refurbished state-of-the-art gym, with work starting in December.

Councillor David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Sports and Leisure, said: “Investing in the future of sport and leisure centres across Westminster will help to more people to keep healthy and active. More people than ever before are taking part in physical activity and it’s vital we offer the facilities and opportunities they need.”

Money will also go towards improvements at Marshall Street Leisure Centre and the Porchester Centre. Little Venice Sports Centre on Edgware Road and Jubilee Sports Centre in Queen’s Park have already reopened their new gyms following refurbishment earlier in the year.

A consultation on a plan for the upper Vauxhall Bridge Road area, which includes the Queen Mother Sport’s Centre, is currently taking place. This work aims to ensure that future developments in the area involve local people and are in keeping with the character of the area.

Councillor David Harvey said: “Despite what the Labour Party have been trying to insinuate, we are committed to retaining and improving the much loved and popular Queen Mother Sports Centre, which will remain at the heart of the area and any future developments.”

Your local Councillors: helping to make a real difference to our community

  • We continue to oppose the Slug and Lettuce license extension. Thanks to all who have objected too. 
  • We regularly walk our ward with leading Council Officers, to highlight matters of concern.  This month we focused on theMarsham Street and Vincent Street zebra crossing which has now been repaired.
  • A local person contacted us about money problems, we are arranging debt counselling
  • We continue to work with residents on flooding caused by Thames Water – together we are getting traction and fighting for compensation
  • We are supporting our community choir with ward budget funds
  • We are solving the problem of the overflowing bins on Causton Street
  • The Council is focusing on engine idlers to cut pollution on our streets
  • You reported habitually and illegally parked business vehicles, our community inspector threatened fines and we are pleased to confirm behaviour has changed
  • We meet with local people at our surgery to help on all sorts of issues, contact us