Friday, May 27, 2011

Queen's Cottage Cafe

The application for increased hours and to sell more kinds of alcohol was rejected yesterday by the licensing committee. Jan spoke on behalf of residents living nearby who were not keen on the proposal.

Thanks to everyone who got involved on this issue - we hope this is a satisfactory outcome.


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Friday, April 29, 2011

Kilburn Park Road: Update

Just a short note: Brent Council have been contact and are intending to bring forward further proposals around the South Kilburn Masterplan that may affect Kilburn Park Road.

We have requested more details and will be asking that they involve residents are early as they are able.

We'll update you when we have more information.


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Friday, March 18, 2011

Proposed changes to 46 and 187 buses

A little bit out of our area but no doubt interesting for those using local buses ...

TfL have been in touch with details of their proposals to amend the routes used by bus numbers 46 and 187 within Maida Vale and Little Venice.

The main change is around no longer turning from Clifton Road into Randolph Avenue before joining Sutherland Avenue (and then going on to Maida Vale). Instead, buses would now join Maida Vale straight from Clifton Road, missing out the bus stop on Randolph. The same would apply in the other directino.

If you have any comments or concerns about this proposed change, please write to by 1 April 2011.



Saturday, March 12, 2011

Police Car Delivered

Last year, as part of Maida Vale's ward budget, we purchased a car for the local police team to allow them to get around the area quicker.

The car was ordered as part of a joint proposal with Little Venice ward next door and since then we've been waiting for the police to arrange delivery. We've heard that week that it's due shortly ...

We'll let you know as soon as it arrives.



Sunday, February 06, 2011

Brent Council: Planning Application

We have been informed by Westminster's Planning department that Brent Council have submitted an application to demolish a number of buildings in South Kilburn.

These buildings are -

(1) Cambridge Court, Cambridge Avenue
(2) Wells Court, Coventry Close
(3) Ely Court, Chichester Road

Should you wish find out more or to comment on the proposals, you can find out more at (use reference number 11/00678/OBS) before the end of this month.

You can also get in touch with us directly if you want to discuss this application.


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Sunday, January 09, 2011

Kilburn Park Road and Shirland Road: Bus vibrations improvement

Happy New Year from all three of us!

A piece of good news to start a year which will no doubt be full of challenges ...

Residents in Kilburn Park Road and Shirland Road have, for many years, expressed concerns about the volume of TfL buses using the roads. Although welcome from a public transport perspective, the sheer weight of buses was also believed to be significantly affecting the quality of the road surface and, as a knock-on effect, creating vibrations which were affecting the nearby houses.

We have tried for a number of years to discuss what could be done with Transport for London and Westminster's Transportation Department. We are pleased to report that, after further lobbying of TfL during the Autumn, they have agreed to reduce the number of buses by approximately 10% from January.

Although this is unlikely to resolve the vibration problem, it is a step in the right direction. We'll keep a close eye on what is happening and keep speaking to residents of both roads. Hopefully this change will show some improvement!


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Friday, November 26, 2010

Clifton Road works

Slightly outside of the ward but will be of interest to many (particularly those who use Edgware Road/Maida Vale)

Work will be undertaken on the junction of Clifton Road/Maida Vale over the next couple of weeks. The initial works, involving the movement of a traffic island start on Sunday and will involve some delays, particularly for southbound traffic using Maida Vale. Works will be undertaken outside of peak hours to try to reduce any problems.

There is also likely to be further works in Clifton Road after Christmas.


Saturday, November 06, 2010

Maida Vale Area Forum: This Wednesday

The next Maida Vale Area Forum will be held this Wednesday (10th November) at the Paddington Academy between 6.30pm and 8.30pm. Please do come along if you live in Maida Vale and want to get involved with decision making in the Council!

There are three areas of policy that we are asking residents to comment on:
  • how to make Westminster a "living city",
  • the Council's new parking policy review, and;
  • the new Westminster Warden street-based staff.

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday!


Saturday, October 23, 2010

Kilburn Park Road: works to begin

We are sad to report that, after over a year of fighting and trying to stop what we consider to be a short-sighted and bad development, Brent Council have given Westminster notice that they will shortly begin works on the roundabout.

The last year has been one of ups and downs on this issue, with fantastic support from residents, nearly a dozen update leaflets put out by us, visits to planning committees, meetings in Maida Vale, arguments with Brent Councillors and site visits. Only recently we appealed to the GLA (without success) and even held a meeting about the possibility of judicially reviewing the decision by Brent (unfortunately not likely to succeed we are advised).

The stopping up order for the roundabout has now been issued and it is likely that work will begin towards the end of the year to close it. We are on record to say we believe this is a major mistake.

We'll be getting in touch with Kilburn Park Road residents so that they are able to plan for what inevitably will be a major period of disruption which will likely result in a deterioration in their quality of life and the aesthetic of the area. Whilst we are fully supportive of Brent's desire to remove the towerblocks which blight the area, we have consistently argued that they do not need to do this by removing one of the few green spots in the area, nor by causing additional traffic congestion to local residents. Brent have consistently ignored us on this.

Fifty years ago a generation of town planners caused geographical and aesthetic vandalism to many city areas with idealistic notions of urban design which proved to be wholly unsuitable to the residents who had to endure them. Brent should remember that those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.


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Friday, October 22, 2010

More on tube ...

Here's a news story on the recent unveiling of the plaque at the tube ...

Click here to find out more.


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