The Exchange Meeting review
Thank you to our members and partners that attended Thursday’s Exchange meeting. See below for a review of the key discussion points and actions.
PC Will Kenny and PC Joe Lister gave an update on local policing priorities.
Burglaries and begging remain a key focus. The possibility of steaming gangs targeting Piccadilly was highlighted. An emphasis was made on the importance of businesses reporting criminality. Members were reminded of the new way to report Anti-Social Behaviour – Click to view the form to report ASB. Always call 999 if you or your staff feel unsafe or identify shoplifters.
Westminster City Council update:
City Inspector, Martin Tuohy, discussed the difficulty in engaging with the street population, confirming the necessity of the collaboration between Outreach, Policing, the Council and Heart of London. To report any street based issues including dumped waste, licencing and noise concerns, access the Report It site here.
A reminder was given on penalties that could be imposed if proper waste collections were not met. Please check Westminster City Council’s collection times here.
West End recruitment update:
Ilona Wilk, Recruit London, and Helder Branco, Veolia, talked about the long-term unemployed and their homeless recruitment scheme. Helder highlighted Veolia’s success at recruiting from the homeless community. Ilona discussed the changing employment landscape increasing recruitment challenges.
Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) and the Congestion Charge:
Catherine Westoby from Transport for London provided insight into preparing for the introduction of The Ultra-Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) coming into effect on 8 April 2019.
ULEZ will be an additional charge for non-compliant vehicles on top of the existing congestion charge, active 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Advice and support was given on consolidating deliveries to cut down on both emissions, and charges.
Members are advised to check their suppliers are aware of the impending additional charges. Vehicle compliance can be checked online here.