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Maida Vale Labour Action Report - February 2018

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News from Councillor Rita Begum and the Labour Action Team in Maida Vale  – Geoff Barraclough and Nafsika Butler-Thalassis.

 

Councillor Rita Begum’s casework summary

  • Kilburn Park Road – Rita helped to sort out a care plan for a resident who is diagnosed with Dementia and is now in a care home and advised his wife on related matters.
  • Torridon House – Rita helped to sort out the repair pf an outstanding door handle.
  • Falkirk House –  Rita gave advice to a resident about premises they to run a workshop on women’s issues
  • Dibdin House – Rita is pressing Grainger to sort out a repair issue with the front door entry system not working properly all the time. In addition, fire door keys have not been issued to all residents.
  • Queen’s Arms pub – Rita has taken up Dibdin House residents’ complaints about noise coming from the next door pub when people leave at night. Rita has visited the Queen’s Arms pub and spoken to the manager who has since said they will only use main entrance on the main road when customers are leaving so as to eliminate noise and to keep all doors closed at all times.
  • Elgin Mews – Rita gave advice to a resident on where to get legal help and gave him details of Paddington Law Centre
  • Delaware Mansions – Rita is advising residents whose parents are buried in Kensal Green cemetery and need help with a maintenance/repair issue.

Kilburn Park Road

Given its location on the borough boundary, we have asked the Council to liaise with Brent on how to improve the Kilburn Park Road environment, particularly as the redevelopment of the Brent side recently has brought an increase in population, cars and activity in the area – as described in the comments below: 

“Something really needs to be done about Kilburn Park Road. There is only one rubbish bin on the entire huge stretch between Shirland Road and Carlton Vale. There is no zebra crossing on this long stretch. Litter is constantly dumped and not cleared. Traffic is too fast. The road is covered in pot holes. Parking for residents on the Westminster side is not managed well – anyone is allowed to park there on weekends and after 6.30 pm. It is often impossible to find a space, especially since the new flats built on Brent side. Suggest residents parking be ‘at all times’ as in other parts of the borough. This is very busy with several large schools nearby and seems to be completely neglected by Westminster – the excuse being that one side is in Brent. This is not good enough- we pay council tax like everyone else and are entitled to a decent environment. “

The Council says: 

Highways issues  

Ownership of Kilburn Park Road is shared with Brent and the highway maintenance responsibility is split. Westminster maintains the carriageway north of property number 117 Kilburn Park Road. The Council inspects our highway sections of Kilburn Park Road on a monthly basis. The condition of section maintained by Westminster is significantly better and it is our view that the carriageway surface that Brent maintain between Shirland Road and property number 117 requires full resurfacing. Officers will raise this with their counterparts in Brent. In terms of minor reactive maintenance, the Council undertakes to repair any difference of level in the carriageway that is greater than 50mm.  The monthly Inspections ensure that we capture any defects within our highway that meet the criteria for repair.

With respect to the request for a zebra crossing it should be noted that this section of highway has not been identified through any accident statistics as being in need of such an intervention. There has been significant building development works on the Brent side of the street but it should be noted that there are two existing refuge islands between Shirland Road and Carlton Vale which may assist in crossing. 

In terms of traffic speed, we are not aware of any concerns being raised with the Council. The Council is undertaking a trial of 20mph zones outside certain schools and in certain accident hotspots. The section between Rudolph Road and Andover Place is already part of the experimental 20mph zone trial.  The outcomes of the 20mph trial will be reviewed before any further measures are considered. 

Parking Issues

Kilburn Park Road is located in Westminster’s parking zone C where single yellow line, pay-to-park bays and resident bays are controlled 08:30 to 18:30 Monday to Friday. Although its section from Shirland Road up to the junction with Rudolph Road marks the boundary between the City of Westminster and the London Borough of Brent, no reciprocal parking agreement applies between the respective boroughs as it does elsewhere in C zone, such as in Kilburn Lane and Oxford Road. However, Brent residents, like anyone else, are permitted to park on Westminster’s single yellow lines, pay-to-park bays and resident bays during evenings and weekends outside of the controlled hours. Whilst most of the Brent side mirrors our hours of control, a section from Shirland Road to Carlton Vale is controlled 08:00 to 18:30 Monday to Saturday. Officers are aware of some parking issues which have arisen as a result of residential development in Brent and this issue will be reviewed over the coming months.  

Waste and cleansing issues  

Kilburn Park Road is swept on a daily basis Monday to Friday and actively monitored for littering outside of these scheduled sweeps. The Council does not generally install litter bins on residential streets as they tend to attract fly-tipping. The most common exceptions to this are where there are small parades of shops or, as with Kilburn Park Road, a bus-stop where people congregate. Officers will continue to monitor this road to ensure standards of cleanliness are maintained.  

We have also passed this information to Brent Council and asked them for their plans.

Lauderdale Road 

We have asked the Council if the 20mph signage can be reviewed to make it less confusing for drivers:

“As a resident of 28 years I have seen the situation worsen and the roundabout at Lauderdale, Sutherland and Randolph Avenue become a free for all.  The situation has been exacerbated by the confusing new speed signs.  A new 30 mph speed sign has been positioned at the end of Lauderdale, at the roundabout, encouraging motorists to now speed up as they approach. We have never had a sign before and the roundabout is at a school junction.  There is also now a 20mph speed sign on the adjacent Ashworth Road, which, although it runs past the synagogue is a quiet residential street with fewer residents and little traffic. Lauderdale Road, by contrast, has over 250 flats and a commercial parade with a vast amount of pedestrian and local service/resident traffic. What is the speed limit? If it is 20mph then why is there now a sign encouraging motorists to speed up to 30mph as they approach a busy roundabout but continue at 20mph if they turn on Ashworth? Confused?  I can assure you motorists are more so!”

The Council says: 

“Lauderdale Road does form part of the Westminster 20mph speed limit trial, which can be viewed in more detail at https://www.westminster.gov.uk/20mph-trials, within this link is a plan showing all roads forming part of the 20mph speed trial. You will see that the area containing Lauderdale Road is large and as such the main 20mph entry signs will be at the extremities, however there are smaller repeater signs spaced intermittently throughout the area and within Lauderdale Road. 

With reference to the 30mph sign being visible as you exit from Lauderdale Road into the roundabout , this is because Sutherland Avenue is a boundary road for the trial and we are required to post 30mph signage. When selecting 20mph locations for the trial, officers and engineers considered  proximity to schools, historical speeding issues and the practicalities of boundaries. We do appreciate that there are locations where posting the current speed limit may appear counterintuitive but it is a legal requirement.  

We are continuing to monitor all trial locations and welcome all feedback which will contribute review and subsequent report on the current trial which we anticipate completion this coming Autumn. “

Carlton Vale 

We have reported this issue to the Street Lighting Team:

‘The pathway from Carlton Vale to St Augustine’s church needs light bulbs replacing – only one light working at Carlton Vale end and it very dark mornings and evenings when I going to and from work – lights been out for ages!! Quite scary walking thru when dark!”

Elgin Avenue 

We asked the Lighting Team to investigate this tweet: 

“No lights on Elgin Avenue at 07:20 while rest of Maida Vale is well lit. Reported this 3x already. Come on @CityWestminster. Fix the timer before someone is hit on one of the zebras. Report It!” 

Paddington Recreation Ground – toilets

Following our enquiries about the use of the new disabled toilets by young children, the Council tells us: 

“Whilst the new facility was introduced primarily for those with disabilities and baby changing facility, the staff should allow a young child to use the facility.  We’ve asked the team to allow young children (3 years and younger) to use the facility from now on.” 

Paddington Recreation Ground – basketball court

We have also asked the Council to drain the ‘lake’ in the basketball court in Paddington Recreation Ground. The Council say:

“We have experienced some persistent problems with the drainage despite a number of interventions. The team have engaged contractors and the court will be drained within the next 3 weeks and a new surface installed by end February.”

Councillor Rita Begum, Geoff Barraclough and Nafsika Thalassis

Your Maida Vale Labour Action Team

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