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To: Westminster City Council and City West Homes

Keep open the Soho and Covent Garden Housing Office

Keep open the Soho and Covent Garden Housing Office

The Soho and Covent Garden Housing Office is a vital local lifeline for residents living in Kemp House, Dufour's Place, Marshall Street, Martlett Court and other parts of the West End. It is vital that this office is not closed as is planned by Westminster City Council and City West Homes.

Why is this important?

If the Soho and Covent Garden Housing Office is closed services and staff will be relocated to Lisson Grove, a long way from Soho and Covent Garden, particularly for the elderly and those with disabilities. Closing the office would be another local public service loss suffered by residents

Westminster, London

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Reasons for signing

  • if this office is closed it will be another local service gone forever
  • Kemp House is in the middle of a demolition site as part of a disastrous redevelopment by a developer that has already inflicted fire and floods on the residential block. Closing the local estate office when there will be at least 2 more years of this is astonishing. And the reason for the closure? "The Soho office is located in a very commercial area and is a valuable asset to Westminster City Council with a high rental value." Cash is clearly more important than community to CityWest Homes.
  • CWH has given their reasons for the closure, but without any prior consultation. 1. Confidence in CWH among residents is already low, this is likely to make things worse. 2. There will be a loss of convenience for both residents and CWH staff. 3. The premises are for community use, so Westminster Council should not be considering letting commercially.

Updates

2016-10-11 16:52:50 +0100

50 signatures reached

2016-10-04 12:40:03 +0100

The Consultation period has been extended until 19th October. We received this update from City West Homes:

"Thank you for writing to us with a petition and your concerns about proposals to relocate the Soho/Covent Garden and Marylebone teams from the Soho office on Broadwick Street to the Central Area Service Centre on Lisson Green.

The consultation period has been extended until Wednesday 19 October 2016 to give residents sufficient time to register their views. A drop in surgery has been arranged to take place on Monday 10 October 2016 between 4.30pm — 6.30pm for residents to discuss the proposals and to provide feedback. Leon Williams, Area Manager and Maria Gillies, Head of Operations will be available during the surgery."

2016-10-01 13:10:06 +0100

A resident comments
"With regard to the closure of our Soho Estate Office, I was reminded by another resident yesterday evening that the premises concerned were designated many years ago as being solely for community use. For many years they housed the Charles Norton centre for the elderly, (a great loss to the area when it closed) where elderly residents in the area could join in social activities, have lunch, etc. After its closure the premises housed a nursery, again for the children of the area's residents. Only when WCC decided that the offices in Kemp House where the Estate Office and a Social Services centre had been housed were too valuable not to be used for something else did the Estate Office move in. I suppose it just about slipped in under the wire of the designation. Can premises so designated simply be turned over to commercial use?"

2016-09-28 10:51:03 +0100

Clair Malone who lives in Kemp House and has relied on the estate office for many years due to a disability has written a blog about the proposed closure of the office.
http://clairmalone.co.uk/2016/09/27/soho-covent-garden-marylebone-housing-estate-office/

2016-09-21 20:02:53 +0100

25 signatures reached

2016-09-20 22:03:09 +0100

10 signatures reached