The Exchange Meeting review
Thank you to our members and partners that attended Tuesday’s Exchange meeting. Below is a review of the key discussion points and actions.
Street entertainment consultation:
Kirsty Munro, Principal Policy Officer, Westminster City Council discussed the councils ongoing actions, including their policy proposal to bring improvements to street entertainment management.
As part of the dialogue, they are working with businesses, residents and the street entertainment industry. An update will be published shortly following the facilitated workshops that were held in October and November. The current timeline suggests any implementation of the scheme won’t come into effect until August 2019 at the earliest. Heart of London Business Alliance continues to work with Westminster City Council and its members as part of the consultation.
Louise Kennard, our Street Engagement Adivsor spoke about our new referral system where members can send information about people who they have concerns about. Click here to access the street referral form.
Our recent insights event The Perspective, discussed homelessness and how your business can help. View the five things your business can do today.
Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) and the Congestion Charge:
Catherine Westoby, TfL Projects Communications Specialist (for ULEZ) provided insight into preparing for the introduction of 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. More information and vehicle compliance can be checked online here.
If you have any further questions, Catherine can be contacted via email: CatherineWestoby@tfl.gov.uk.
Inspector Colin Tanner spoke about the upcoming launch of Operation Blizzard, the West End policing plan around Christmas and New Year. This will be formally launched at our Super Pub Watch event on 28 November, along with information about the tri-borough command structure that will be introduced in February 2019.
If you wish to attend, click here to RSVP and for further details.
Inspector Tanner also updated the meeting by saying that there is an increase in person theft in premises. If you would like police advice about what to look out for in your venue, contact our Area Manager, Rico Pieri, who will arrange a visit from your police Dedicated Ward Officer.