VOTE YES TODAY FOR THE FITZWEST NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN

VOTE YES TODAY FOR THE FITZWEST NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN

Please remember to vote today. Polls open until 10pm at the Fitzrovia Centre on Foley Street.

A YES vote means that local residents and businesses get a say in planning applications in the Fitzrovia West area. The Plan is a series of policies that have been created with input from residents and businesses over the last 6 years. These policies will influence development for the better in this area and make sure local people have input to planning decisions.

You can see the plan here: Neighbourhood Plan

Referendum on Neighbourhood Plan – deadline for businesses to register approaching

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.

DEADLINE FOR BUSINESSES TO REGISTER IS 17TH AUGUST.

If you haven’t received your letter from WCC inviting you to register, then contact Kealy.Peachey@civica.co.uk who will issue you with a registration form. Don’t delay! Do it now or you will miss your chance to vote.

The Fitzrovia Centre in Foley Street will be the polling station but residents can also apply for a postal vote through this link:

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

One of the main functions of the Forum is to prepare a neighbourhood plan. This sets out a series of policies explaining how we’d like to see the area develop over the next 20 years. The plan has been based on extensive consultation and we work closely with community groups, statutory bodies and business organisations such as the New West End Company. The draft plan has been approved by an independent Examiner who has agreed it fits with other plans prepared by Westminster City Council and the Mayor of London.

You can see the plan here: Neighbourhood Plan

Vote YES on 2nd September to agree the plan.

We want to make sure the FitzWest Forum is representative of all businesses and residents

We’re keen to ensure that our membership and Executive are fully representative of local residents and workers, since at least 35% of the population is of non-white ethnic origin. So we’re actively seeking new members and particularly to engage people from non-white ethnic groups and younger people.

As part of this aim, we have delivered leaflets to all residents and businesses in the FitzWest area inviting them to the Join the FitzWest Neighbourhood Forum and come to the next Annual Meeting on 17 September 2020 which will be run on Zoom this year.

Please share your ideas on how we could broaden our membership to make it more representative of the FitzWest population by emailing info@fitzwest.org or commenting on this post.

If you are already a member, you could help by spreading the news about the FitzWest Forum to your neighbours and colleagues. Membership is free to local residents and businesses.

The FitzWest Forum is for people concerned about: housing; traffic and deliveries, space for small businesses; the need for more play space and green space; the environment and air quality. The Forum aims to address all these issues and represents those living and working on the Westminster side of Fitzrovia. The Annual Meeting will  report on progress and discuss how to improve the area. A speaker will talk about how to create a Low Traffic Neighbourhood.

If you would like to join the Annual Meeting on 17 September by Zoom please let us know by emailing info@fitzwest.org.

The consultation period for our neighbourhood plan was completed in August and it is now being examined by an independent expert.

Details of the plan are here:

Neighbourhood Plan Documents

 

The agenda for the next meeting will be on our website www.fitzwest.org.  For all other enquiries please email info@fitzwest.org.

Make sure your voice is heard.

Reopening of the West End – how it affects residents and businesses

New West End Company  have released a report with ideas and plans for  the safe reopening of the West End.

NWEC – West End Reopening Guidance

 

Westminster City Council have constantly updated information on the Coronavirus pandemic and how it affects everyone in Westminster.

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