Welcome to our latest E-Newsletter, keeping you up-to-date with the latest news in Hyde Park Ward from your Conservative Councillors. You can contact us at anytime if you require help and support with a problem. Simply  email us, or call our office in Ebury Street on 020 7730 8181.
Have your say on Edgware Road
Change is coming to the flyover junction on Edgware Road. The little-used subway under Edgware Road has been closed to stop anti-social behaviour there. Now, as part of the Safer Junctions scheme, Transport for London is proposing a number of safety improvements, such as building out the pavement at the start of Harrow Road by the Metropole Hotel. Until Thursday 25th July residents have the chance to give their verdicts on the proposals, via the consultation by clicking here.

In Little Venice there are concerns about the banning of left-turning traffic going northwards beyond the flyover while West End Gate is still under construction, but this is beyond our boundary. We’d strongly encourage you to give your comments on the plans, which should make Edgware Road safer for those crossing from our ward to Waitrose, Marks and Spencer and shops on the eastern side.
Please bear with us as broadband is upgraded!
We know that recent road closures and parking suspensions have been infuriating, so thank you for your patience as this work is completed. Improving broadband is vital to Westminster’s economy, home to many major company headquarters and three percent of UK GDP – more than the City of London. In order to speed up investment in broadband, Westminster City Council granted exemption some of the usual parking bay suspension charges in the initial stages. We are confident that this will pay off in the improvement of this vital infrastructure.
You asked, we delivered
Gloucester Square residents and the Church Commissioners are paying for new railings to replace the old chicken wire, which will improve the appearance of the area, much as it has in Hyde Park Square. Westminster City Council have again made concessions on the cost of parking bay suspensions.  “Thank you!” Gloucester Square resident William Cortazzi.

Please remember that there will be a temporary closure of Strathearn Place while the new pedestrian crossing goes in. Meanwhile we are also supporting a feasibility study for a pedestrian crossing at an accident blackspot on Gloucester Terrace at Cleveland Terrace.

You told us that more local people were buying electric cars to help improve air quality. WCC is now in the process of installing a number of additional lamp column charge points throughout Westminster. Our contractor Siemens is currently surveying potential locations with an aim to start installing the next round of charge points in July. This will be the start of a rolling programme that will introduce approximately 200 additional charge points across the City, Stanhope Terrace and Clarendon Place among them. 

There is another installation programme currently underway to introduce free standing 7kW and 22kW charge points alongside dedicated EV-only bays. Currently this process is in consultation, because we are changing the bay designation, but once this process is complete, we will then begin the installation process here too, and hope to see the charge points activate at the end of the summer at locations including Lancaster Gate, Sussex Gardens and Cambridge Square.
Keeping in touch
Follow Cllr Cox on Twitter @antoniacox a nd your West Central Assembly Member, @Tony_Devenish or on Facebook .

Tony, pictured, is a Hyde Park resident and represents Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea, and Hammersmith & Fulham at the London Assembly where he takes the fight to the Labour Mayor on transport, the environment and crime. You can contact Tony about local issues by emailing him .
Proposals for 5 Kingdom Street by the Westway
We are interested in your views on the proposed 19-storey building at 5 Kingdom Street, where Westbourne Bridge joins the Westway.

Cllr Antonia Cox said: “We really want to hear what you think about these plans." You can comment on them using the reference 19/03673/FULL by clicking here.

Historic England are seeking a reduction in the height of the scheme, which is taller and wider than the existing 13 storey consented proposal, at around twice the height of the existing Novotel and visible from the Serpentine Bridge and Little Venice. The W9W2 amenity society is also objecting.

The scheme offers a new foot and cycle bridge to Harrow Road, a potential 250 seat auditorium in the Crossrail Box and a larger Community Infrastructure Levy payment than the original scheme.
Shisha update
Officers from Westminster City Council, the Metropolitan Police and tax inspectors recently checked out 90 cafes providing shisha and confiscated suspected illegal tobacco from 45 of them. Other criminal offences were also investigated.

Many of the premises were in Hyde Park Ward. Cllr Heather Acton said: “Aside from the illegalities, it is important for people to realise how damaging shisha smoking is for their health and the health of those around them, as both the preparation and the smoking of shisha cause passive smoking issues.”
Multicolour Marble Arch!
For one night only, to celebrate Pride in London, Marble Arch turned into a rainbow of colours.

Cllr Ian Adams, LGBT+ Lead Member of Westminster City Council, said: “Lighting up Marble Arch in rainbow colours was a fun and eye-catching way of celebrating the diversity of Westminster’s community as we counted down to the biggest LGBT+ parade in the UK.

“Over 500 groups paraded through our streets at this year’s Pride in London and transforming Marble Arch is just one of the ways we supported this large-scale and important celebration of the LGBT+ community.”
Promoted by James Cockram on behalf of Westminster Conservatives, both at 90 Ebury Street, Westminster, SW1W 9QD