Time for Change
The decision to undertake any improvement work in Soho lies 100% with Westminster City Council. They are the highway and the planning authority. Westminster are more than reluctant to undertake such works. They argue that it would create too much anti-social activity.
Anti-social activity should be controlled by licensing legislation and policing, and not via the retention of a dangerous environment, dominated by traffic.
We therefore need to influence Westminster to change their views. You can support this campaign by contacting some or all of the contacts below to try and influence and lobby the Council.
Please sign up to the petition SORRY PETITION NOW CLOSED
Glenys Roberts Frixos Tombolis Jonathon Glanz
Drop in surgery on the last Friday of every month between 5-6pm. No appointment
St Anne's Church, Allen Room, 55 Dean St, W1D 6AF
Alternatively telephone 020 7641 7750
Westminster Chief Executive Mike More 020 7640 0000
Westminster Director of Planning Rosemarie MacQueen 020 7641 6000
Westminster Complaints Tel 020 7641 5000 email@example.com
Things to consider asking
§ request "pedestrian count" and "traffic count" figures for a specific road (not for the whole of Soho)
§ ask for accident figures for a specific road
§ if your query goes unanswered, consider submitting a Freedom of Information Act Request, or a Formal Complaint to the Chief Executive.
Local MP Mark Field firstname.lastname@example.org 020 7 219 8155
Report a problem at www.fixmystreet.com - report issues such as concern over pedestrian safety, excessive traffic speeds, insufficient pedestrain space. Please be as specific as possible - zoom into the street or junction concerned.
If you are a local business, consider raising this issue with your local Councillor and MP. Think how much your turnover and profitability could improve – with more people visiting, and staying longer – possibly more space outside your property for extra tables and chairs. Consider getting together with other nearby business to campaign for improvements to your street. (Remember – you would still be allowed access and deliveries as some steets we are only talking about wider pavements, while other streets would have traffic restrictions at certain times of the day only – say mornings – after which time the pedestrian zone would come into force).
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