Shoppers trying to snap up bargains on Oxford Street are stealing disabled parking spaces. More than 80% of Westminster City Council's Blue Badge fraud cases came from people misusing the badges around Portman Mews Square at Marylebone , councillors have been told. Council staff told the audit and performance committee on Wednesday (November 14) that when challenged, most drivers admitted they were headed to Oxford Street's shopping district and using a family member or partner's badge to park. In some cases the council staff had even taken photographs of private hire vehicles between fares using a relative’s badge to park in the borough. Figures provided to Westminster's audit and performance committee showed between April and September, 53 such offenders were successfully prosecuted, netting £19,117 in fines and victim surcharges. Marylebone High Street had the highest number of prosecutions, with 28 cases of Blue Badge fraud proven, followed by 17 in the West End. … [Read more...] about The Oxford Street shoppers stealing disabled parking spaces
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GET ready for the annual Marylebone Christmas lights switch on with a VERY special guest. Plus find out what other festive treats are in store... When will the Marylebone Christmas lights 2018 be switched on? The event will take place in Marylebone Village on November 14, 2018. The big switch on will happen at 6pm. The annual event will see part of Marylebone High Street fully pedestrianized from 3 to 7pm. Who will be switching the Marylebone Christmas lights on? Roger Daltrey CBE, of The Who fame will officially switch on the festive Christmas lights. The event has been is organised and funded by The Howard de Walden Estate. This year the event will support Teenage Cancer Trust charity of which Roger is an Honorary Patron. gift guide Christmas gift ideas for men: what to buy for your dad, boyfriend or brother JUMPING FOR JOY Best Christmas jumpers 2018 – from ASOS and Sainsbury’s to Primark and ASDA LIGHTING UP What date are Regent Street's Christmas 2018 … [Read more...] about Marylebone Christmas lights 2018 – when are they turned on and is The Who’s Roger Daltrey switching them on?
Labour failed to end 54 years of Conservative rule in Westminster despite drafting in Momentum campaigners in the run-up to the local elections. A defiant Conservative leader Nickie Aiken said: "We've had Momentum here for weeks and weeks and the people of Westminster sent them a message." She added: "Labour had a disaster tonight. They said they would take Westminster. I think they have to wake up." She said Labour threw everything at the campaign and criticised their campaign. The Conservatives now have 41 sests, down from 44 in 2014. Labour have 19 seats - a gain of four. Labour leader Adam Hug said it had been a hard fought campaign and added: "It was always going to be an uphill battle." The party did manage to unseat cabinet member Richard Holloway in Bayswater. Mr Holloway had the brief for children and families. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn had said the council was a prime target for his party. The council has always been Conservative since it was created in 1964 and some Labour … [Read more...] about Westminster local election results: Conservatives retain control
It has been a Conservative safe seat since its incarnation in 1964. Yet the upcoming local elections for Westminster City Council - with councillors serving one of the wealthiest boroughs in the United Kingdom - are being widely tipped for an upset. Currently, the local authority is three-quarters blue and one-quarter red. It's the battle between Labour and the Tories that will likely draw widespread attention to the Westminster count on May 3, where the two key parties have waged intensive doorstepping campaigns. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been making his presence felt in the flagship Tory borough, speaking at local events and backing the campaign to turn the council red. Read More Latest elections headlines Addressing the speculation that Westminster could change hands and colour, opposition leader Adam Hug, who is defending his Westbourne seat in the all-Labour ward, said: “We’re hopeful but not expectant. We’re the underdog in the race and we’ve got a … [Read more...] about Can Labour eat into Conservatives’ Westminster majority?
Voters can choose to have their say about transport in the UK’s busiest shopping street when they go to the polls this month. Would-be councillors are contesting seats across 20 wards at the local elections in the City of Westminster. There are three seats in each ward. The Campaign Against the Pedestrianisation of Oxford Street party is fielding three candidates in the Westminster City Council elections on May 3. The group is campaigning under its single pledge in the wards which Oxford Street runs through, from Marble Arch at one end to Tottenham Court Road at the other. It aims to “work with all stakeholders for improvement, not closure”. Read More Latest local elections news Candidates include Kevin Coyne, who is standing in Bryanston and Dorset Square ward. The campaign is also contesting the Marylebone High Street ward, where Michael Dunn is standing, and West End ward with candidate Ronald Whelan. Two years ago London mayor Sadiq Khan announced the … [Read more...] about This party campaigns against Oxford Street pedestrianisation