Familiar themes have again dominated the year, but there have been a satisfying number of successes.
Traffic-free days in Oxford Street have been much reduced, but Regent Street still sees many closures, with some disruption to Marylebone residents and businesses, although not on the same scale that Oxford Street causes.
Pedicab operators have been successfully prosecuted by Westminster City Council for making noise at night with their music systems. Efforts to curb their activities continue with lobbying in support of a ban or a strict regulatory regime.
We continue to argue that the pedestrian crossing at the junction of Marylebone Road and Marylebone High Street is still dangerous, with traffic turning into the path of pedestrians who have a green light. The experimental left-turn ban, introduced by Transport for London, has not solved the problem because it remains inadequately signed and the promised review must deliver a better solution.
Residents parking spaces in our area have increased slightly overall, but building work has caused considerable disruption to parking arrangements in some streets. We try to ensure that temporary measures are introduced by Westminster to alleviate these problems. For the future, we are concerned that the planned introduction of electric rental cars will pose a threat to the number of bays available to residents.
Our regular inspections of Marylebone streets with officials from the Westminster City Council Highways and Lighting Departments together with representatives from the Howard de Walden and Portman Estates continue. However, budget cuts are beginning to take their toll on the number, speed and quality of repairs and improvements that Westminster can undertake and the condition of some of our streets is a disgrace.