Westminster Connects and How Businesses Can Help

Westminster Connects

We would like to remind you of the Westminster Connects initiative. No one in Westminster needs to feel alone or lacking in food or support. Westminster Connects has been created to connect volunteers with those in need of help during the coronavirus outbreak. Residents and organisations can also contact the Westminster Connects team by emailing westminsterconnects@westminster.gov.uk or via the City Council’s website.
A new dedicated phone number is available for individuals who may need help or for people who know of anyone in need of help as a result of COVID-19: 020 7641 1222, available from 8am to 10pm seven days a week.

How Businesses Can Help

New West End Company is coordinating the efforts of West End businesses in supporting the frontline staff providing critical services and offering vital support to those who are vulnerable, ill and self-isolating. If your business can support by donating any food, groceries or toiletries, please contact Nicola.Gibson@newwestend.com

 

Coronovirus and Fitzrovia

The Covid-19 virus is having a significant impact on the residents and businesses of Fitzrovia. We hope you are all coping in these strange new times we now live in.

Westminster Council provides some useful information here.

Also the New West End Company has information for businesses in the area.

There are also opportunities to volunteer via Westminster Council or to ask for help if you are self-isolating.

The NHS has asked for volunteers and although they have had an overwhelming response, it might be you can offer your help to the NHS.

There is also this local group that is matching volunteers and people in need on a street by street basis:   Fitzrovia and Marylebone Covid 19 Mutual Aid

The FitzWest Forum Executive will still be meeting virtually as we continue to work towards creating the Neighbourhood Plan for the FitzWest area.

Neighbourhood Plan submitted to WCC/ Riding House Street Consultation/Successful re-designation of the Forum

Neighbourhood Plan submitted

We have now submitted the revised Neighbourhood Plan and other documentation to Westminster City Council.

 

Riding House Street -Public Realm Improvements – Consultation

Have your say on the consultation on public realm improvements on Riding House Street between its junctions with Nassau Street and Cleveland Street.  FM Conway, service provider to Westminster City Council, has been commissioned to undertake this consultation on behalf of the City Council.

The scheme proposals are set out here in a letter from Westminster Council with a map of the area  and summarised below:

  • Formalised permanent road closure at east end of Riding House Street.
  • Creation of a pedestrian zone with a flush surface throughout paved with two tone concrete paving.
  • Benches and planting to improve public amenity and change the nature of Riding House Street from a road to a functional pedestrian space.
  • Removal of the existing zebra crossing as it is no longer required. An informal pedestrian route between All Souls School sites is highlighted in the proposed paving pattern.
  • Cycle parking facilities.
  • Two-way operation to the east of Nassau Street to maintain access to motorcycle parking and for servicing vehicles.

Westminster Council welcome your views on the proposals.  Any comments on the proposals should be returned no later than the closing date of 10/03/20 to rhs@fmconway.co.uk.

 

Redesignation of FitzWest as a Neighbourhood Forum

We are delighted to report that FitzWest was successfully redesignated on 20 February 2020 as a Neighbourhood Forum. Thanks to everyone for  for contacting Westminster Council to support us.

Have your say on important issues in the area: Fly Tipping/Anti-social behaviour ~ Possible Closure of Soho Square NHS Walk-In Centre ~ Air Quality ~ Busking

Reporting Fly Tipping and Anti-Social Behaviour

 Did you know that Westminster City Council has introduced a new and improved “Report It” service?  The mobile friendly tool, powered by FixMyStreet, uses location-based technology or a postcode to show an interactive map of that area with all current reported issues.  Residents can then report their own issue, such as dumped rubbish or faulty street lighting.  The report is then sent to the relevant Council team to investigate and respond.  You can find out more using the following link:

https://report.westminster.gov.uk/

You can continue to report missed refuse or recycling collections, as well as things like anti-social behaviour, here:

https://www.westminster.gov.uk/report-it

Have your say on the plans to close the Soho Square NHS Walk-In Centre

There is a consultation taking place about the future of this popular service. See below to give your views in a survey and there are also public meetings that you can attend.

https://www.centrallondonccg.nhs.uk/news-publications/news/2020/01/have-your-say-the-future-of-soho-walk-in-centre.aspx

Have your say on Air Quality

This is a topic that is often raised by local residents and continues to be an important concern for residents and businesses.  Westminster City Council want your opinion on their new Air Quality Action Plan.

https://www.westminster.gov.uk/air-pollution

Have your say on Busking and Street Music

Concerns have been raised by residents and businesses about the location (impeding pedestrians near Oxford Street tube station) and the use of loud amplified music.

There is a consultation running until 24th February 2020. Have your say here:
https://www.westminster.gov.uk/busking

REMINDER – IMPORTANT- please support the re-designation of the Forum – deadline 13th January 2020

Just a quick reminder of this important request! If you have not had the chance to do so already, could you please give us your support.

Please allow the Forum to continue to work towards developing the Neighbourhood Plan and support the re-designation before the 13 January 2020 deadline – the current designation expires on 05 February 2020.

We would ask you all to support the re-designation and to  encourage all local residents and businesses to do so which they can do by sending an email to neighbourhoodplanning@westminster.gov.uk or in writing to:

Neighbourhood Planning, Policy and ProjectWestminster City Council City Hall,

17th Floor 64 Victoria Street, London SW1E 6QP

Here is an extract of the email from the Neighbourhood Planning Team at Westminster Council:

The Fitzrovia West Neighbourhood Forum designation expires on 5 February 2020. The forum has applied to the council to formally renew its designation in accordance with the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 the Localism Act 2011 and the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012.

The Fitzrovia West Neighbourhood Forum is required to demonstrate that their written constitution describes the purpose, membership rules and how officers are elected. The legislation states that Forums should have at least 21 members who either live or work in the in the neighbourhood area. No change to the Fitzrovia West Neighbourhood Area boundary is proposed and remains identical to the boundary that was designated in March 2014.

Copies of the application documents can be viewed on the Council’s website at https://www.westminster.gov.uk/neighbourhood-forums. Hard copies will also be made available for inspection during normal opening hours at the Council’s offices at City Hall 64 Victoria Street, SW1E 6QP.

Representations on this application should be received by no later than 5pm on Monday 13 January 2020. They can be made by email to neighbourhoodplanning@westminster.gov.uk or in writing to:

Neighbourhood Planning, Policy and Projects

Westminster City Council City Hall,

17th Floor 64 Victoria Street, London SW1E 6Q

Refuse and Recycling Update

Representatives of the FitzWest Forum met with  Francis Keegan from Westminster Council before Christmas to discuss the ever problematic issue of refuse collection and dumping in Fitzrovia. He is the person now dealing with refuse collection and streetscape in the FitzWest area. We shared our observations and those of FitzWest Forum members who have been in touch, as to what works and what doesn’t,  and to continue to press for improvements.

We made the following points:

  • There are some constant street dumping hotspots and we sent a map of ones we have identified. Please let us know if you think we have missed any. Map of dumping hotspots.
  • There continue to be issues with Veolia not collecting recycling with this often being left for whole days and entire weekends.
  • The Ward Councillors have been very supportive in pressing the refuse agenda and street collection arrangements have as a result improved.
  • We continue to encourage both businesses and residents to use the Council’s online service to report missed collections and street dumping. Click below to do this:

https://www.westminster.gov.uk/report-it

  • Compared to neighbouring boroughs, Westminster has many more collections with some streets daily and some twice a day. However the transient nature of the community and the lack of rubbish storage areas within some blocks of flats means that there are still problems with on-street dumping.

Important – please support the re-designation of the Forum – deadline 13th January 2020

Please allow the Forum to continue to work towards developing the Neighbourhood Plan and support the re-designation before the 13 January 2020 deadline – the current designation expires on 05 February 2020.

We would ask you all to support the re-designation and to  encourage all local residents and businesses to do so which they can do by sending an email to neighbourhoodplanning@westminster.gov.uk or in writing to:

Neighbourhood Planning, Policy and ProjectWestminster City Council City Hall,

17th Floor 64 Victoria Street, London SW1E 6QP

Here is an extract of the email from the Neighbourhood Planning Team at Westminster Council:

The Fitzrovia West Neighbourhood Forum designation expires on 5 February 2020. The forum has applied to the council to formally renew its designation in accordance with the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 the Localism Act 2011 and the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012.

The Fitzrovia West Neighbourhood Forum is required to demonstrate that their written constitution describes the purpose, membership rules and how officers are elected. The legislation states that Forums should have at least 21 members who either live or work in the in the neighbourhood area. No change to the Fitzrovia West Neighbourhood Area boundary is proposed and remains identical to the boundary that was designated in March 2014.

Copies of the application documents can be viewed on the Council’s website at https://www.westminster.gov.uk/neighbourhood-forums. Hard copies will also be made available for inspection during normal opening hours at the Council’s offices at City Hall 64 Victoria Street, SW1E 6QP.

Representations on this application should be received by no later than 5pm on Monday 13 January 2020. They can be made by email to neighbourhoodplanning@westminster.gov.uk or in writing to:

Neighbourhood Planning, Policy and Projects

Westminster City Council City Hall,

17th Floor 64 Victoria Street, London SW1E 6QP

Recent Developments

We had a good response to the questionnaire and exhibition held on 13 May 2019 and the link below summarises all the responses to the questionnaire:

Results from FitzWest Neighbourhood Questionnaire

Other documents relating to the AGM can be viewed here:

We have also carried out a full consultation on the draft Neighbourhood Plan which you can find with supporting documents by following this link to the website:

We now intend to seek a ‘health check’ to ensure we meet all the requirements and will then formally submit the Plan and supporting documents to Westminster City Council.

Please get in touch if you have any further comments at info@fitzwest.org

AGM and Exhibition 13th May 2019

 

The  FitzWest Neighbourhood Forum AGM and exhibition were held on 13th May 2019 at the Sainsbury’s  Wellcome Centre, who kindly provided the venue and refreshments for the evening.

Please click on the links below for more information about the AGM and the presentations.

And remember to fill out the survey if you have not done so already. Click here for survey.

 

Fill out our survey – have your say on the Draft Neighbourhood Plan for FitzWest

 

Please take a moment to give us your thoughts and comments on the Draft Neighbourhood Plan. Previous feedback has been used and incorporated and all new comments will be recorded and will contribute towards the final plan.

 

Click here for the survey

Click here  for the latest version of the  Draft Neighbourhood Plan,

 

Please come to our Exhibition and AGM on 13 May 2019 at the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre, 25 Howland Street: https://www.sainsburywellcome.org/web/content/contact-us.

The Exhibition: from 2.30pm (note the new start time)

We’ll be presenting the latest Draft Neighbourhood Plan,(http://fitzwest.org/wordpress/draft-plan/) some of our local greening projects including developments on Riding House Street and proposals for Market Place and suggestions about how to spend local CIL money (for CIL see the link below). 

The Plan will help shape Fitzwest’s built environment and urban realm. This is your last chance to influence the draft before it goes out to formal consultation, so please comment if you can. 

Members of the Executive will be available to answer questions and you will be able to express your views via a questionnaire. If you can’t come please answer the questionnaire (on the website soon). All views expressed will be carefully considered and our responses will be recorded in a consultation document.

The AGM: from 6pm

6.00pm         Welcome. Report on our recent work and invitation to join (you need to be a member to take part in the AGM – if you know anyone who would like to join please feel free to forward this email and draw their attention to “How to join the Forum” below). 

6.15pm          Latest Draft Neighbourhood Plan(http://fitzwest.org/wordpress/draft-plan/). Summary of key points and procedure going forward. Q&A. We will be inviting all 6 local ward councillors and relevant Westminster Council officers.

Lucas van der Steen WCC liaison Neighbourhood Planning will be there to answer questions.

6.30pm         Air Quality. Adam Webber from Westminster City Council on how the council is aiming to improve local air quality. Q&A.

7.10pm          Elections to the Executive. The Executive manages the day to day activity of Forum under the direction of you, the members. Any member can stand, so feel free to do so. If you send us a brief bio. in advance of the meeting we’ll circulate it. Three members of the Executive will be standing down and presenting themselves for re-election: Nick Bailey, Sharon Banoff and Barbara Corr. 

7.20                Presentation of accounts.

7.25                AOB and further opportunity for Q&A

7.45                Refreshments

 

We look forward to seeing you on 13 May.