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Traffic and City Management Update

The period immediately before local elections is normally very quiet, but not this time. We have covered the Oxford Street issue in our earlier extra newsletters but there have been developments on other fronts. Westminster City Council Cabinet Member approval for the East-West Cycle Quietway was given on April 5. This runs from Edgware Road to Fitzrovia and affects Harrowby Street, Seymour Place, Crawford Street, Paddington Street, Nottingham Place, Nottingham Street, Marylebone High Street, Devonshire Street, Great Portland Street and Carburton Street. A consultation took place in the Autumn of 2015 when we raised a number of objections. In the east we are still concerned over pedestrian safety with the plan for a contraflow cycle lane on Gt. Portland Street. In the west, the proposal to reverse the traffic direction on Brendon Street will bring delivery trucks onto inappropriate streets. We feel this cycleway route is flawed and, in parts, unsafe. We would prefer cycle infrastructure that cyclist will find beneficial. However, a proposal to put a loading bay in Brendon Street has been withdrawn after a long and determined battle by local residents. An agreement has also been reached between the Council and the Farmers Market to allow the market to operate on Aybrook Street during the lengthy construction period of the Moxon Street car park site. We are disappointed that no replacement residents parking is to be provided and we are surprised that this decision has been taken before there is an agreed construction plan for the site, detailing traffic flows. Implications of the recent sale of the site for the current development scheme are not yet clear.

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Latest on Oxford Street Project

The following question was raised at a full Council Meeting Wednesday 18th April 2018

Can the Council assure us that the current status of the Oxford Street project is not a pre-election pause but a full review of the project?

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ZSL Spring Newsletter

Please find below a link to the latest ZSL (Zoological Society of London) Newsletter. with news and event information on London Zoo.

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Six Portland Place Schools start Road Safety Petitions

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Early this year Westminster City Council introduced 20 mph speed limit trials around some 40 schools. In Marylebone, the areas  being trialled are to the west of Gloucester Place and the top of Marylebone High Street. The six schools on Portland Place have started three petitions to improve safety and create a healthier and more pleasant environment. Your individual support would be most welcome.

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Wallace Collection - Bicentenary Celebrations

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This year, the Wallace Collection, the much loved national museum set in an historic town house on Manchester Square, celebrates the 200th birthday of its founder, Sir Richard Wallace.

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Marylebone Library Consultation Process - Update

The first phase consultation to relocate the Marylebone library to the Seymour Leisure Centre closed on 18th March 2018. The Council are now reviewing the 90 responses they received and a report will be available in May. The most commonly asked questions were: about funding, access and the current nursery.

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Errors Admitted in Oxford Street Consultation

Following pressure from bodies including the Marylebone Association, neighbouring residents' groups and Westminster City Council, Transport for London has issued the following statement:-

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Call to Withdraw Oxford Street Consultation

Very serious issues are emerging with the TfL Oxford Street Consultation which has been subject to a series of blunders including the loss of a number of correctly submitted responses including that of the Marylebone Association and the Fitzrovia West Neighbourhood Forum, two of the key stakeholders in the area most affected by the pedestrianisation proposals. We are now therefore confronted with the prospect of receiving all the Oxford Street traffic without even having had our say against it. This cannot be fair.

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Moxon Street Car Park - Community Liaison Meeting Report 8th March

Please find attached the minutes from the most recent CLG meeting, held last Thursday (8th March).

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Oxford Street Transformation 2nd Consultation - Results out

The results of the second consultation on Oxford Street Transformation have been released today.

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Rotary Club of Marylebone

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Our rotary club is doing a lot for the Marylebone community that is not widely known. During 2017/18 under the leadership of President Robert Ghazi, the club has taken up three local projects and one International project . We have raised funds for the following projects:

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'Nipper Pat Daly'

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A new book on life and sporting career of Pat Daly, a once-famous professional boxer and Marylebone resident of the 1920s and early ’30s has just been been published.

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Reggie Kibel

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The Marylebone Association is saddened to hear of the passing of Reggie Kibel a long standing and well respected member of the Association.

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New Marylebone Library in 2020 - Public Consultation Begins

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A new library for Marylebone is to be built at Seymour Leisure Centre and, subject to consultation and planning decision, is due to open in autumn 2020.

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Westminster City Council's 8 pledges on Oxford Street Transformation

Last week parts of Marylebone and Mayfair received a mail shot of this document from Westminster Council. Click on the link below to view the document

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Galvin Bistro-de-Luxe - Closing down in Marylebone

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It is with great regret and a heavy heart that Jeff and I must inform you that Galvin Bistrot de Luxe will cease trading on Saturday 10th February. This has not been an easy decision to make but has been taken predominantly due to many events outside our control which means we are no longer able to remain competitive on quality and price - our original goal - yet remain a viable business at the same time.

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Portman Estate Honours VC Venteran

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To mark the 100th anniversary of his death, and in honour of his memory, members of The Portman Estate team recently sponsored and unveiled a green plaque to commemorate Cpt. Thomas Riversdale Colyer-Fergusson VC, who was born in Portman Square on 18 February 1896.

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Tree Planting in Marylebone and Fitzriovia - Final Phase Update

The W1W Tree PIanting Initiative is now working on a final phase of tree planting in support of the Marylebone Low Emission Neighbourhood  and Fitzrovia Forest  projects.

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Old Marylebone Town Hall reopens in January

Reopening in January 2018, the Town Hall will offer intimate ceremonies for four people to larger weddings for up to 100 guests. Old Marylebone Town Hall was closed in August 2013 for a major refurbishment. The building's interiors have been transformed with the 1920s features complemented by contemporary furnishings. The Grade II listed building w...
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Closure of Oxford Street - The West End does not want it!

Tomorrow, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan will launch his next public consultation on the transformation of Oxford Street.

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