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.

March pub evening – Tuesday 19 March

Message from Susan Quinn

Dear Members and Friends

The next Hyde Park Estate Association pub evening will be held on Tuesday 19th March.  The topic for this evening has been chosen because the Committee has had numerous complaints about  the worrying incidents of crime on the Hyde Park Estate and the apparent inability of the police to deal with it, due to their own reductions in manpower. As a consequence, the HPEA is exploring the possibility of employing a private security firm to patrol the Estate, if we can find an appropriate mechanism to pay for it, and if enough residents are in favour.

At this meeting you, as members of the HPEA,  will have an opportunity to hear from one such security company. On this occasion we will be pleased to welcome Karen Connell and Jacob Hunter of Hunter Protection, a private security firm based in Westminster.  Karen and Jacob will tell us about the service that their company  provides and how it might benefit our area.  They will, I am sure, be able to answer any questions we may have in order to help us decide whether this is a route worth pursuing.  Our Chairman Allen Zimbler will host the evening. 

We will meet as usual in the upstairs Theatre Bar of the Victoria on the corner of Strathearn Place and Sussex Place from 6.15 – 8.00pm.  I hope that as many of you as possible will come along and please feel free to invite any of your neighbours who may be interested in these issues and in joining our association.  This should be a most interesting evening and I look forward to seeing you there.

Best regards
Susan Quinn
HPEA Committee