The April pub evening has been postponed from 17th April to the following Tuesday 24th. The topic is local policing issues and we look forward to welcoming a member of our local police team, who will update us on current news and developments. We will have an opportunity to raise issues with them and ask questions.We are delighted to return to the Victoria pub following its recent refurbishment – please do come along and inspect the improvements! The times at the Victoria have been brought forward slightly and we now have the room from 6.15pm to 8.00pm, so please arrive a little earlier than previously. We will have to get used to the new timing but please assume that our speaker will start soon after 6.30pm.We are especially grateful to Susan Quinn as always for making the arrangements for the pub evening and particularly in the present circumstances.
Members may be interested to read of the new ambassador service being launched by Marble Arch London (this is the newly formed Marble Arch BID, equivalent to the Paddington BID which has been active in the Paddington area for some years).
The ambassadors will be provided by Marble Arch London and will work with the police, TfL and Westminster City Council to report environmental issues, assist with way-finding, support homeless people off the streets and manage back anti-social behaviour such as aggressive, organised begging.
You can read more about this and other Marble Arch London initiatives at their website here.
Our next pub evening will be held on Wednesday 13 February, from 6:30 to 8:30pm in the upstairs Theatre bar at the Victoria Pub, Strathearn Place.
We will be welcoming Klaudija Green, our Westminster City Council Street Warden, who is going to be talking to us about Street Management.
Please do join us for drinks from 6:30; our speaker will begin around 7pm, with plenty of time for questions before we finish the formal part of the evening by about 8pm. See you there!
The issue of nuisance sub-letting is a concern for a number of HPEA members. It is a complex issue, with many different groups and organisations involved, and responsibilities are not clear.
The Westminster City Council policy is that you need planning permission to let your property for less than 90 days. Without it you could be fined and have an enforcement notice registered as a legal charge on your property.
The requirement for planning permission exists so that the Council can control the amount of property which is for temporary accommodation, recognising that this can generate more nuisance than permanent residential property – for example: overcrowding, rubbish, comings and goings at unsocial hours, noise, and other issues caused by tenants being unfamiliar with local laws and customs.
In order for the HPEA to support members affected by this issue, and also to evaluate its effect on the area as a whole, the committee has arranged for a brief fact-finding report to be prepared. Research will include face to face meetings with a selection of campaigning and affected members, as well as representatives from key organisations. Sarah Clifford (communications committee member) will be drafting the report during early October. If you would like to input, please contact Sarah via the membership mailbox firstname.lastname@example.org.