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.
Traffic calming measures in place at Burwood Place and more to come on Edgware Road
Many motorists and pedestrians told us how dangerous it was to cross Burwood Place when walking north on Edgware Road towards Barclays Bank. In a joint initiative with Transport for London, the footway has now been built out to make it easier for people to cross the road, with new trees and cycle parking to improve the look. Changes to Harrowby Street appear so far to be reducing traffic volumes entering residential streets like Norfolk Crescent and Porchester Place and improving cyclist and pedestrian safety. There are more improvements to come on Edgware Road – see Transport for London’s report from their consultation which took place before Christmas on improving five junctions and bringing in a 20mph limit.

Councillor Heather Acton, Edgware Road lead member at Westminster City Council (WCC), said: “We are looking forward to seeing a better, safer Edgware Road”.

WCC has also commissioned a detailed traffic study around Paddington, with input from local amenity societies.

Photo: New trees and safer footway at Burwood Place
Ensuring local people's voices are heard as development affects Chilworth Mews
Your councillors have been in frequent contact with the developers of 40 and 50 Eastbourne Terrace on their proposals for developments including town houses, offices and a hotel, to ensure the impact on residents in Chilworth Mews is acceptable. All existing trees in the mews are to be kept, as part of the plans for 40.

In relation to servicing of the sites during and after construction, councillors and officers are currently supporting the resident group which is concerned about hoardings, deliveries and access contravening the Code of Construction Practice, a condition of planning permission at number 50.

Councillor Antonia Cox said: “It’s important that the developers and contractors listen to what the Community Liaison Group has to say.”
You asked, we delivered
A Sussex Square resident with vision problems pointed out broken paving stones on her way to St Mary’s Hospital. We replaced them.
“Thank you so much for getting the pavement stones replaced in Clifton Place, much appreciated by residents of Sussex Square.”
An older Westbourne Crescent tenant approached Cllr Cox as he faced eviction and having to move far out of the area he had lived in for decades. On grounds of local connection, income and ill health, WCC’s Housing Options were able to house him in Central and Cecil Housing Trust’s Edna House in Norfolk Square. “Once you kick started my application, everything happened very quickly and with very sympathetic staff too.” 

Star Street residents objected to illegal shisha smoking. WCC took legal action on health and planning grounds, winning at the appeal stage against the premises. Cllr Acton said: “We know that smoking shisha is at least as bad for health as cigarette smoking. It is important that if shisha is smoked at all, it is not smoked in enclosed spaces.”
Coming soon: new paving on Norfolk Place and St Michael’s Street. Councillors Acton and Cox check the plans.
Police act against prostitutes and drug dealers on Sussex Gardens
Although our area is comparatively safe, we are pleased to see the police taking action against criminals involved in theft, trafficking and other illegality. Councillor Ian Adams, WCC Cabinet member for Public Protection said: “To enforce effectively against crime and anti-social behaviour, we need support from the Metropolitan Police”.

In a successful weekend police operation in April, there was an arrest for Class A drug possession with intent to supply that led to seizure of drugs and cash, and charges of driving whilst disqualified, no insurance and soliciting.

A further arrest was made for theft and failure to appear in court, and a further eight prostitution cautions issued. One of these individuals has already been given a second warning and so will be arrested if she is seen again in the next three months loitering for prostitution. Residents should call the 101 police line to report crime or anti-social behaviour after the event – if it’s an emergency, call 999.
#Don'tBeIdle Campaign
The initial  #DontBeIdle  campaign persuaded thousands of drivers to turn their engines off when parked at the kerbside. Your Conservative controlled Westminster Council has re-launched the campaign which will specifically target repeat idlers (e.g. delivery vans, London cabs and minicabs).
Electric vehicles and car sharing
The Council has launched two new flexible vehicle sharing schemes with ZipCar and DriveNow which will help reduce the number of cars on our roads.  A flexible vehicle sharing scheme allows users to hire vehicles and to leave them in different on-street locations within Westminster and other participating London boroughs. Approximately 25% of the vehicles are fully electric, demonstrating Conservative Westminster Council’s commitment to partnering with environmentally responsible companies.
 
There are over 230 electric vehicle charging points in Westminster, more than any other London borough ( click here  for locations). As we continue to increase the number of electric charging points, please continue to apply for specific charge points  here .
An evening with Shaun Bailey AM
Thanks to Abasto in Connaught Street for hosting an event earlier this year with Conservative candidate for Mayor of London Shaun Bailey (see photo attached). Along with our local MP and Minister of State for the Foreign Office, Mark Field, local people had the opportunity to question Shaun about his plans for tackling crime and improving the environment when London elects a new Mayor next year.

Follow Shaun on Twitter @ShaunBaileyUK

Follow Cllr Cox on Twitter @antoniacox.

Follow your West Central Assembly Member Tony Devenish on Twitter @Tony_Devenish
Promoted by James Cockram on behalf of Westminster Conservatives, both at 90 Ebury Street, Westminster, SW1W 9QD