New West End Company (NWEC) presented their ideas at the last Forum meeting for a much needed green space in the neighbourhood around Market Place.
We agreed to be involved with the consultation and planning and welcomed this proposal.
You can see NWEC’s presentation in detail here:
Market Place Greening Project Powerpoint Presentation
FitzWest Forum submitted a response in December 2018 to the recent initial consultation. The Oxford Street District detailed proposals will then be available in March 2019 for further response from local residents and businesses.
The Forum welcomes WCC’s commitment to consult local organisations and asks that this is maintained at regular intervals as project planning and implementation progresses.
FitzWest Forum Response
We also submitted an assessment of bus activity in the area in December 2018
Buses in Oxford Street/Fitzrovia area
We are consulting on a proposal for greening the East side of Great Titchfield St between Clipstone St and Carburton St.
We have ward funding to prepare and consult on a plan for the pavement on the East side of Great Titchfield St between Clipstone St and Carburton St. We want your views. This will not cost you anything. Images of the proposals can be found below
To keep it simple, we are just asking four questions which are set out below. The deadline for responses is Thursday 29 March 2018.
How to respond
There are four ways to respond:
- Complete our surveymonkey survey
- Email us with your answers at firstname.lastname@example.org
- If you receive one of our flyers, complete it and leave it at the Fitzrovia Centre, 2 Foley St, London W1W 6DL
- Come to our exhibition on 19 March 2018 at the Fitzrovia Centre, 2 Foley St, London W1W 6DL between 12 noon and 2pm and between 6pm and 8pm and fill in the form there
Here are links to images of the plans and a PowerPoint.
These are the questions:
1. Are you in favour of turning the pavement on the East side of Great Titchfield St between Clipstone St and Carburton St into green space?
2. We’re not able to dig into the pavement so have used containers. What do you think about our plan?
3. What is your name and are you a resident, business owner, worker?
4. Would you like to help with planting and maintenance of the green space?
All comments will be held by Fitzwest and may be made public. Your personal information, such as your postal and e-mail address will not be published, but your name and organisation (if relevant) will.
Following the public meeting on 21 November and numerous discussions with local residents, workers and businesses, we have finalised our detailed response to the Oxford Street consultation: see the final response here. This was submitted to Transport for London on 1st January 2018.
People and businesses in Fitzwest are not against change but do believe that the consultation process involves a lost opportunity to transform the whole of Oxford Street and its surrounding area into a vibrant public realm.
The consensus is that the proposals as they stand are likely to have serious adverse consequences for Fitzwest in terms of increased traffic and congestion, increased air and noise pollution and reduced accessibility (not least because of the loss of bus routes and a failure to provide alternative cycle routes).
The response also includes detailed comments on how Oxford Street West would look and operate if the proposals were implemented.
The consultation can be found at https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/roads/oxford-street/
Here are the results from the online survey that Westminster Council (“WCC”) instigated to obtain feedback from residents in the pilot area. (Great Titchfield Street, New Cavendish Street, Gosfield Street, Langham Street, Hanson Street, Middleton Place, Riding House Street and Ogle Street).
After examining the results the executive at FitzWest Forum have made the following comments and recommendations to WCC:
- WCC should now proceed to the next stage, which is implementing the pilot permanently with the proviso that a further consultation should take place six months after this happens.
- Many people feel the collection times are too early in the day. Can these be adjusted to, for example, 8.00 a.m. on street?
- Temporary signage could now be made permanent, with the old signs removed. The presence of both signs is still causing confusion. Add more signs where necessary.
- Foley Street was excluded from the pilot by WCC despite running directly through the middle of the pilot area. It would be helpful for consistency and clarity if Foley Street was included in the permanent changes.
- Some residents have highlighted missed or late collections so can we make sure the new collection times are clearly understood by Veolia. And we will encourage residents to report any problems.
All missed collections etc can be reported via ‘Report It’ section on the Westminster website www.westminster.gov.uk/report-it or call 0207 641 2000.
Several residents requested the reinstatement of the large black bins. This has also been raised with the Forum directly by some residents and is the subject of a petition. We have passed on these views to WCC. The background to this is that late in 2015, almost two years before the pilot began, WCC removed almost all the black bins in the pilot area (and beyond) on the grounds that they encouraged dumping around them. WCC told us at that time that the very limited number of bins that remained would only be left if there was a proven need for them. This has remained WCC’s position.
Within this context, the aim of the pilot was to increase frequency and efficiency of collection of rubbish and recycling. Whatever decision WCC reaches with the black bins, our aim at the FitzWest Forum is to continue to support more frequent and efficient rubbish and recycling and to keep reminding WCC to be consistent and efficient with collections and street cleansing.