News and updates, 16 March 2019

Here are the items of news from around our area:

TfL abandons plans for coach station at Royal Oak

TfL have informed local campaigning groups that they have decided not to pursue their plans for a coach station at Royal Oak. Here is an extract from their letter:

One possible location we had been looking at for a partial replacement to VCS is a site at Royal Oak, as part of a mixed-use development. This location was considered worthy of further consideration due to its direct connections to the A40 – one of London’s primary coach corridors – which would mean significantly reduced coach movements through the heart of Westminster.

On further investigation, the site at Royal Oak presented significant challenges, relating to the day to day operation of the site and viability. We have therefore decided not to take forward plans for a coach station at Royal Oak. We will instead develop alternative mixed-use proposals for the site, which do not include a coach facility. Any future plans will of course be subject to extensive community consultation and engagement.

Thank you to all who signed the petitions and thank you to our Councillors, in Hyde Park Ward and beyond, for their support.

Reminder of pub evening Tuesday 19 March at 6.15pm
Don’t forget our pub evening which will be held at the Victoria pub on Strathearn Place, from 6.15pm on Tuesday 19 March. The topic is local security and we welcome speakers from Hunter Protection, a private security firm.

Closure of Edgware Road overnight on 25 and 26 March
Edgware Road will be closed northbound on Monday 25 March and southbound on Tuesday 26 March, for resurfacing works at the junction with Burwood Place. Traffic diversions will be in place. This means that the changes to the junction are nearly completed!

Financial scam awareness – Monday 25 March, 2-4pm
AgeUK Westminster are hosting a session run by the Financial Conduct Authority, which aims to inform older residents about financial risks (internet and otherwise). The event is free but they ask you to register by calling 07969 302517 or emailing stephen.spavin@ageukwestminster.org.uk. The venue is the Beethoven Centre on Third Avenue, W10. See the attached flyer below.

Consultation on reducing the maximum taxi operating age
As part of the continuing work to improve air quality in London, TfL are consulting about making some reductions to the maximum taxi operating age (currently 15-16 years). You can read more about this issue, and how to respond to the consultation, at this link https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/tph/taxi-age-limits/?cid=taxi-age-limit
The consultation ends on Friday 26 April.

Metropolitan Police – update on operation “Tranquil Wind”

Our Chairman and committee members have asked for the following Metropolitan Police communication to be publicised via our website:

Dear Resident,
These coming weeks will see the Hyde Park SNT and cluster policing team targeting both Sussex Gardens and the immediate surrounding streets.

The intention remains simple, with this being to increase those residents actively linked in with the police to both share and report matters of Anti Social Behaviour within these nominated streets;

– Sussex Gardens.
– Radnor Mews.
– Radnor Place.
– Somers Crescent.

Following on from the successes of Operation Wagram in dealing with ‘street vice’, Tranquil Wind will further embed our focus in dealing with such matters, and make this policing method an every day occurrence.
However, it must be stressed that correspondence from you is very much needed to ensure that our policing strategy remains fit for purpose and relevant to the current need. So the following request is made….
Please support my officers further in canvassing your neighbours and encouraging them to come forward with updated information and providing us with their contact details so we can create larger communication channels.

Again, I thank you for your commitment and support.
Together, we will make London a safer place to live, visit and work.

Yours in crime reduction.

Inspector Ross Hickman

Contact 101 or visit the Metropolitan Police website to report a crime.

January pub evening – cycle super-highway

Happy New Year to all of you and our very best wishes for a happy and healthy 2015.
For our first pub evening of the New Year we are privileged to have as our speaker Martin Low, City Commissioner of Transportation at Westminster City Council.  Martin has agreed to come to speak to us about the proposed Cycle Super Highway.  He will update us on the current plans for this project, focussing in particular on how it would affect our area.
Of course there will be an opportunity to raise any questions and issues with him.  We are most grateful to Martin to make time in his busy schedule to come and speak to us so be sure to come along to what will be a most informative and interesting evening.
We will meet on WEDNESDAY 14 JANUARY from 6.30 – 8.30pm in the Upstairs Theatre Bar of the Victoria Pub on Strathearn Place W2.  As always please feel free to invite any friends or neighbours who may be interested in joining us.