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Westminster has one of the highest levels of EV car ownership. In order to provide sufficient charging facilities in Marylebone Westminster City Council is producing an EV Charging Strategy that will address the type of chargers to be provided along with gaining information on potential locations and other related issues.
The City Council website currently provides the opportunities for groups and individuals to submit responses on EV charging through a survey. The survey (https://www.westminster.gov.uk/electric-vehicles) will finish on 24th August so any response would be appreciated before this date. With the current growth in EV use it is important that the infrastructure is planned for in the short term.
Westminster are happy to receive other formal responses by the close of business on 31st August so if you care to comment to EVCharging@westminster.gov.uk it would be appreciated .
Council’s consultation on Westminster’s street markets has started, and they would like your feedback. Westminster says "This consultation is an important opportunity for you to help shape the future of the city’s markets, to make certain we can keep thriving local markets at the heart of our communities and ensure they provide a fantastic offer to residents, shoppers and visitors.
The consultation will run until 29 October 2018 and will include a range of events including on street surveys in the markets and drop in sessions at local venues to get feedback from a wide variety of local people.
Key questions on the consultation What does the consultation cover? We are genuinely interested in your views on how markets in Westminster can continue to thrive. We hope residents and traders can work together to shape the future of our markets. The consultation will cover areas including how we can:
While we would like to hear your views on the four suggested options above, this is a consultation; a discussion. We therefore welcome other ideas and understand that traders across the city, from small enterprises and start-ups to more established businesses, face a diverse set of circumstances."
Full details of the consultation, including a booklet which summarises the key proposals, events and the questionnaire can be found at https://openforum.westminster.gov.uk/street-markets If you have any queries, please email email@example.com
Nickie Aiken has written to residents today confirming that pedestrianisation of Oxford Street is "off the table for good". You can read a copy of the letter below:
The Future of Oxford Street
I am writing to update you about our plans to improve Oxford Street and the surrounding district.
As you know, two consultations have taken place in the past twelve months and after listening carefully to what local people have told us, we can now make Westminster City Council’s position absolutely clear.
What is very apparent is that the majority of Westminster residents who responded to the consultations did not support the proposals to pedestrianise Oxford Street. We also know that in the recent council elections, local people also essentially rejected pedestrianisation through the ballot box. Therefore, we believe there is a very strong democratic mandate that the pedestrianisation scheme that was under consideration is not what local people want. As a result, Westminster City Council has taken the pedestrianisation of Oxford Street off the table for good and we have informed the Mayor and TfL of our decision.
However, we do think that most people, ourselves included, feel that doing nothing is also not an option. We need to make the street and surrounding roads safer for everyone to accommodate the increase in people coming into the West End via the Elizabeth Line, which opens later this year. We also need to future-proof the Oxford Street District in a rapidly changing business and retail environment. We need to make sure that the experience of visiting Oxford Street and the surrounding area is fit for the future to ensure it maintains its crown as the nation’s high street for many, many years to come. Today’s news that House of Fraser will be closing their Oxford Street store only reaffirms our view that we have to help the retail industry to grow and evolve in line with changing consumer behaviour.
In doing this, we must also ensure that residents’ quality of life is enhanced with any improvement plans, with local amenity and cleaner air the absolute priority. For example, we want to continue to work with the Mayor of London, as many of the ways air quality can be improved are within his gift, such as the reduction in buses and introducing cleaner taxis. We will also ensure that the street and surrounding district is accessible and easy to navigate for everyone.
Moving forward, the council will now work on completely new proposals and come back to you after the summer break with some thoughts as to how we can proceed with improving the Oxford Street District. We also give you our absolute commitment that we will keep you informed at every stage and try to engage with as many people as possible throughout this process.
Only by working together can we help to ensure that we deliver a transformation of Oxford Street and surrounding district that is as inspiring for those who live, work and visit the area now as well as for future generations.
If you would like to be kept up to date with future Oxford Street updates could you please e- mail firstname.lastname@example.org to register your email address. If you have any questions please also direct them to Robin.
CLLR NICKIE AIKEN Leader of the Council
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 will resume hosting marriages, civil partnerships and baby-naming ceremonies.
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