Oxford Circus Pedestrianisation Plan

Westminster City Council has launched a new brochure setting out plans to create piazzas on  two sections of Oxford Street either side of Oxford Circus. All traffic going east-west will be diverted northwards through Marylebone and Fitzrovia via John Princes Street, Mortimer Street and Great Portland Street.
Changes to traffic flows are also proposed in Fitzrovia West with part of Mortimer Street being made two-way and the direction of traffic in part of Great Titchfield Street and all of Newman Street and Berners street being reversed. A number of new pedestrian crossings are being installed.
There is no mention of any provision for cyclists nor improved arrangements for servicing and deliveries.
All these changes are being introduced for six months on an ‘experimental’ basis which means the Council is not required to carry out full consultation before beginning work later this year. It will, however, ‘carefully consider input from residents, businesses and other stakeholders’ once the work has been completed.
Full details are set out in the Oxford Street brochure:
The FitzWest Forum has written to West End ward members and Cllr Caplan, Deputy Leader, arguing that full consultation should be carried out now because of the potential impact of these changes on Fitzrovia, as well as Soho, Marylebone and Mayfair.
Reminder: 
FITZROVIA WEST GOES TO THE POLLS ON 2ND SEPTEMBER 2021

Your time has come to vote in a referendum on the Neighbourhood Plan on 2nd  September 2021. Everyone registered to vote will be able to say whether they want the plan to influence planning decisions and create an improved environment for all those living in, working in and visiting the area. All businesses in the neighbourhood which pay business rates will also get a vote. The Fitzrovia Centre in Foley Street will be the polling station but you can also apply for a postal vote through this link:

https://www.westminster.gov.uk/about-council/democracy/postal-and-proxy-voting

For more information have a look at our website Neighbourhood Plan

Westminster City Council is updating its Licensing Policy and want to know what residents think

Letter from Westminster Council:

Westminster is at the heart of London’s night-time and visitor economy. Whilst licensed premises contribute a huge amount to the economy and vibrancy of the City, they can also create problems for residents and local services. During the Covid-19 pandemic, and especially as restrictions ease, there has been an increase in the number of premises in Westminster offering delivery services.  There has been an increase in ancillary deliveries from existing premises and a growing number of applications for delivery centres where food and drink is delivered by either their own delivery personnel or via a third party delivery service.

Whilst we support businesses in Westminster to innovate and diversify, residents have told us that they have some concerns about these developments.  In order to support safe, responsible and positive growth the Licensing Authority is proposing amendments to its Statement of Licensing Policy (SLP).

Introduction of new premise uses policies

The Licensing Authority proposes to introduce three new policies, these are:

*   Ancillary Delivery of Alcohol and/or Late-Night Refreshment Policy (DEL1)
*   Shops Policy (SHP1)
*   Delivery Centre Policy (DC1)

Policy DEL1 will apply to venues such as restaurants and bars that want to offer deliveries in addition to their main activities.  The presumption is to grant these applications subject to other policies.

Policy SHP1 will replace the existing Off sales of alcohol policy (OS1).  The policy will apply to any premises whose primary function is the sale of goods or the offer of services.  The policy is more comprehensive than OS1 as it covers all licensable activities that these premises may carry out.

Policy DC1 will apply to venues where the primary function is the sale of alcohol and food via a delivery service.  Applications will generally be granted if they are not in predominantly residential areas and subject to other policies.

Other changes

The introduction of these policies will require a number of amendments across the SLP, including:

•        Amendments to the Core Hours Policy (HRS1) to reflect the new premises uses

•        The Off Sales of Alcohol Policy will be deleted.

•        Amend other premises uses policies to refers to ancillary delivery.

We want to know what you think

Consultation will run from Monday 14 June to Sunday 25 July 2021. The consultation documents will be published on our website on the 14th June.  The link to the relevant page is www.westminster.gov.uk/licensing-consultation<http://www.westminster.gov.uk/licensing-consultation> (please note that this page will not be live until the 14th June)

If you have any questions, please get in touch with a member of the team at licensingconsultation@westminster.gov.uk<mailto:licensingconsultation@westminster.gov.uk>

INVITATION TO AGM OF FITZWEST FORUM THURSDAY 8TH JULY 2021 6-8PM

Dear Member

Please join us for the AGM which, due to the ongoing restrictions, will be held via Zoom.

Your attendance at the AGM is particularly important this year as we will be discussing the forthcoming referendum on the Neighbourhood Plan. There will be information available about the Plan and the referendum.

If you wish to attend, please email us at info@fitzwest.org by 4pm on Wednesday 7th July and we will send you the necessary link, password and documents.

More greening and less rubbish dumping?

More greening and less rubbish dumping?

We want your ideas

The problem of on-street rubbish dumping and the need for more greenery are frequently mentioned by our members as important issues for all of us living and working in Fitzrovia.

The FitzWest Forum has supported various schemes to improve waste collection and deal with fly tipping. There is still a lot of progress to be made in this area and discussions are on going with Westminster Council on ways to deal with this.

One way to combat dumping is by improving the street scape – and a relatively quick way to do this is by planting and greening. The hope is that this will both deter dumping and also bring some much needed greenery into the area.  We are planning to apply for funding from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)  which is a levy that local authorities can choose to charge on new developments in their area. The money is used to support development by funding infrastructure that the council, local community and neighbourhoods want.

We are very keen to for our members to suggest where potential planting could take place. With the help of the wider membership last year, we had previously identified various ‘dumping hot spots’ which you can see on the map. We have two questions for you.

  1. Which of these do you think would be best suited for adding planters and greening?
  2. Are there any other places you would suggest? Several sites have been identified in the central area of FitzWest – but what about the North and South?

Please comment on this page or email your ideas to us at info@fitzwest.org. We will collect all the suggestions together and select the most popular locations for our application.

Fitzwest Street Dumping Hot Spots

 

Have Your Say on the FitzWest Neighbourhood Plan

The Forum has submitted revised documentation on the FitzWest Plan and Westminster City Council has arranged a 10-week consultation period from 26 May to 4th August 2020.
We encourage all residents and businesses based in the area to read the Plan and submit their comments to the Council by the closing date.
The Plan’s main objectives are to integrate new development into the heritage of the area, create more affordable housing, support small shops and businesses, improve the environment and particularly air quality, promote greening through tree planting, green roofs and creating healthy streets by encouraging walking and cycling.
The draft Plan and supporting documentation are available on our Neighbourhood Plan page 
For full information on the consultation process click here:
 
After this consultation stage, an Examiner appointed by the Council will review all the evidence and recommend any further changes to the Plan. A referendum will follow for both residents on the electoral roll and business rate payers.
 
All Invited……….
We are planning a public meeting and AGM in July to discuss issues of greatest concern in the area. Full details to follow.

Have Your Say on the FitzWest Neighbourhood Plan

The Forum has submitted revised documentation on the FitzWest Plan and Westminster City Council has arranged a 10-week consultation period from 26 May to 4th August 2020.
We encourage all residents and businesses based in the area to read the Plan and submit their comments to the Council by the closing date.
The Plan’s main objectives are to integrate new development into the heritage of the area, create more affordable housing, support small shops and businesses, improve the environment and particularly air quality, promote greening through tree planting, green roofs and creating healthy streets by encouraging walking and cycling.
The draft Plan and supporting documentation are available on our Neighbourhood Plan page 
For full information on the consultation process click here:
 
After this consultation stage, an Examiner appointed by the Council will review all the evidence and recommend any further changes to the Plan. A referendum will follow for both residents on the electoral roll and business rate payers.
 
All Invited……….
We are planning a public meeting in July to discuss issues of greatest concern in the area. Full details to follow.