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The sharing economy in a Housing crisis’ short term lettings

In the Harrowby & District Residents’ Association (HDRA) part of Marylebone, we have suffered for a long time with the problems associated with short term lettings which include, noise, nuisance, security problems and rubbish to mention a few. However, this problem is spreading throughout the rest of London, creating a shortage of available long term flat and house rentals for people wishing to live and work in London. In some capital cities such as Berlin and New York the problems have became so acute that these cities are banning short term lets. London needs to find a solution which can work for genuine short term lets and avoid the extreme commercialisation of this market.

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Shisha Symposium

Westminster City Council held a “Shisha Symposium” on 22nd February following a consultation the council undertook last year. The symposium was held at the Victory Services Club, an appropriate location as it is just off the Edgware Road, where there are many shisha cafés. The symposium was chaired by local councillor and resident, Cllr. Heather Acton.

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Off street car parking lost due to increasingly higher alternative use values

Off street car parking lost due to increasingly higher alternative use values

Westminster City Council are considering letting the top level (50,000 square feet) of Cavendish Square car park for other uses. A large prime West End underground space for around £30 per square foot (£1.5m per annum). Unfortunately, this is too expensive for the new Marylebone library which is now planned for the Seymour Centre. The council is offering the top level of the three-tier car park to a range of occupiers. Commercial space above ground in the area can cost as much as £100 per square foot. We understand that a number of uses are being looked at, including a gym, restaurant, bar, museum, health centre, or a depot for an online retailer of logistics firm. It has vehicle access, a staircase, a lift, 78 light wells and a central ceiling height of 2.7m.

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The Future of Oxford Street - Your Views Please

The Future of Oxford Street - Your Views Please

Monthly meetings are being held on the future of traffic on Oxford Street involving Transport for London, Council officials and representatives of residents groups in the West End Community Network, including the Marylebone Association. Data is being gathered on traffic flows and modelling is under way to examine the possible effects of changes to Oxford Street on the wider area. An initial public consultation is planned for April, followed by another later in the year. There is widespread concern amongst residents and businesses that any form of pedestrianisation will cause increased congestion and further damage to air quality in the residential streets of the West End. Please let us know your views to feed into these early discussions. Use the comment facility below this article to send us your views

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Traffic and City Management Report June 2016

Traffic and City Management Report June 2016

This year has again been characterised by many meetings, with much discussion and argument, but very few results. As I write, at the end of April, an election period has once more intervened to delay matters, including publication of the results of the second consultation on the Baker Street Two-way scheme. We hope to see final plans emerge which will appeal to all stakeholders.

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Baker Street Underpass Update

Baker Street Underpass Update

Transport for London has issued the following update on progress with the Wonderpass works:-

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