Neighbourhood forum calls on Westminster council to reject Holden House redevelopment plans

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The Fitzrovia West Neighbourhood Forum is urging Westminster council to reject plans by property developer Derwent London to part demolish and redevelop a cluster of commercial buildings on a corner site in the Hanway Street conservation area.

Corner of street. A major redevelopment is planned for the northwest corner of Oxford Street and Rathbone Place.

Plans by Derwent are for the demolition and redevelopment behind retained facades of 54-62 Oxford Street and 51-58 Rathbone Place (known as Holden House or Evelyn House); and for the complete demolition of 66 and 68 Oxford Street to be replaced with a new “high quality glass-block building”.

Nick Bailey of the Fitzrovia West Neighbourhood Forum has written to Westminster council’s planners saying the application should be refused.

“This is an important early work by Percy Adams and Charles Holden and we are concerned that the integrity of the listed building will be lost if redevelopment…

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Diesel parking charges increase in Fitzrovia, Marylebone and Hyde Park zones

I’d like to see some action to educate drivers who sit parked (often on a yellow line) with their engine running. Just switch off!

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A 50 percent surcharge will apply to drivers of pre-2015 diesel vehicles paying to park in Fitzrovia, Marylebone and Hyde Park zones from today (Monday 26 June 2017) as part of Westminster council’s Low Emission Neighbourhood initiative.

Map of parking zone f. Drivers of pre-2015 diesel vehicles wanting to park in the zone will be charge 50 percent more.

The hourly charge for pre-2015 diesel vehicles will be £7.35 and all other vehicles will continue to be charged £4.90 per hour, says the council. The surcharge will be added automatically at the point of purchase of parking time.

The area as a whole suffers from some of the highest levels of air pollution in Europe. The 50 percent surcharge level has been introduced to deter the heaviest polluting vehicles from parking in the zone, says the council.

Other measures being implemented include an expansion of on-street electric charging provision, and deployment of Air Quality Champions…

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Fitzrovia charity calls for tough action on air pollution in central London

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A Fitzrovia charity has called on the Mayor of London to take tougher action to combat air pollution in central London by restricting motor vehicles on high pollution days.

Cyclist, taxi and bus on Oxford Street. Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Association says plan to pedestrianise Oxford Street is a “trophy project” and fails to properly address air quality in central London.

The Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Association, which campaigns on behalf of the 8,000 residents in the central London district, says “the Mayor must restrict motor traffic movement in the whole of central London” and “ban all but emergency vehicles on high pollution days”.

The charity made the call in its response to the Mayor of London’s consultation on plans for the “transformation of Oxford Street“, which ended on Sunday.

The Neighbourhood Association is opposing the “transformation” proposals as put forward by Transport for London and Westminster City Council and slams the Oxford Street vision as a “trophy project”…

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Allotmentitis: How Britain Dug for Victory

I love allotments

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Nowadays we typically associate allotments with garden hobbyists, but they were born out of a national drive for self-sufficiency.

To mark National Gardening Week (10- 16 April), Jenifer White, National Landscape Adviser at Historic England, introduces the history of allotments and their significance to our historic landscape.

Women_at_work_during_the_First_World_War_Q108033 WIKI Women at Work during the first world war Q 108033 from the collections of the Imperial War Museums.

The U-boat blockages in the First World War created a food supply crisis, as the UK was still largely dependent on imports.   In February 1917 U-boats sunk 230 ships and the toll rose further.  By June, a shortage of potatoes led to hotels being instructed by the Government to only serve them on Tuesdays.

By the outbreak of the war, the number of allotments was estimated at just over 440,000. As well as councils, railway companies, private landowners and the Church of England also rented out…

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Fitzrovia community group heaps scorn on Westminster Council’s plans for taller and bulkier buildings

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A Fitzrovia community group has added its voice to criticism of Westminster Council’s proposals to increase the number of tall and denser buildings allowed to accommodate economic and population growth.

Map of the City of Westminster showing policy areas. Building Heights in Policy Context. Source: Westminster Council.

The Council before it revises its City Plan wants to hear the public’s views in an eight week consultation on how it should shape the city of the future.

“Delivering the numbers of jobs and homes growth will bring means we have to look at ways of making best use of the sites we have, including building higher and denser — and considering the scope for tall buildings, while protecting the places and spaces that make Westminster special,” says Daniel Astaire, cabinet member for planning and public realm at Westminster City Council.

However, Astaire’s strategy for growth is doomed to failure says a professional architect and town planner.

“Economic growth will not occur if Westminster…

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Labour launches Pimlico Clean Air Petition

I think we need an awareness raising campaign in Fitzrovia. I’m fed up with lorries, vans and cars illegally parked with their engines running.

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vincent-square-action-teamWestminster was recently named one of its worst three boroughs for killer pollution. And within Westminster, one of the worst air pollution blackspots is Vauxhall Bridge Road.

Local residents have been telling us how air pollution from this busy road is affecting their lives on an almost daily basis. Vauxhall Bridge Road has exceptional levels of traffic, as it’s part of the London ring road and a boundary to the congestion charge zone. It is also a high-density residential area where many vulnerable people live – including children and the elderly – and numerous schools are within half a mile of the road. Families live overlooking major areas of traffic congestion, while other local residents cross it regularly throughout the day to access shops, schools and local buses and Tubes.

We are calling on Mayor Sadiq Khan and Westminster City Council to put Vauxhall Bridge Road at the top…

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