Current Consultations



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Click for more detail Adult and Family Learning Survey 2015 -16 Corporate Services and Housing 30 Jun 2016 30 Jul 2016
Aim

To gather feedback from those attending an adult or family learning course in the borough.

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Click for more detail A new library for North Kensington Corporate Services and Housing 23 Jun 2016 30 Jul 2016
Aim

Our current North Kensington Library is in an imposing listed building in a prime location on Ladbroke Grove, but as a library it is far from ideal. It is not an easy building for people with mobility difficulties, is spread over three floors which makes it difficult and expensive to operate and has a number of issues that will be costly to put right due to its protected status.

We can address these by moving to a new location which will enable us to deliver a modern library service. The existing building will generate much-needed revenue to support Council services during a period of great financial strain. For all these reasons we are proposing to build a bigger, better North Kensington Library just 50 or so metres away in Lancaster Road.

The new library will be:

- bigger in area and all on the same level.

- better designed for disabled people.

- more environmentally friendly.

- less expensive to manage and maintain.

We hope to open the new library in 2019 and the current library will remain open until the new one is ready for use.

The Council is keen to hear the views of library users, residents and local community and voluntary organisations on what they would like the new library to contain.

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Click for more detail Resident Reviewers Project: Council Tax e-forms testing Corporate Services and Housing 16 May 2016 16 May 2016
Aim

To gather feedback on three Council Tax electronic forms before their introduction to the Council's website.

Results

On the whole Reviewers found the Council Tax e-forms easy to complete and understood how to answers the questions within the form.

However, Reviewers did identify a number of areas for improvement. This included clarifying and amending wording that was confusing, adding help text and explanations and making certain aspects more prominent. More detail can be found in the report available here.

Outcome

The results have been discussed and shared with the software supplier of the forms. Currently the Council and the supplier are working to include a number of the suggestions put forward by Reviewers - with the aim of having a more user friendly form developed before going live on the Council's website.

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Click for more detail Proposal to replace Gloucester Road Kiosk Corporate Services and Housing 16 May 2016 07 Jun 2016
Aim

As part of the City Living, Local Life initiative, Ward Councillors in Courtfield Ward undertook a survey to better understand residents’ views on living in the ward. Feedback from the survey highlighted that the area outside Gloucester Road Underground Station would benefit from improvement.

Responding to this Ward Councillors, working with local residents and the fruit vendor, are keen to fund a project to remove the existing kiosk and replace with a new kiosk relocated within the footprint of the forecourt. If the project goes ahead the existing vendor would be invited to move to the new facility.

Councillors were keen to seek the views of local residents and businesses prior to submitting a formal planning application by way of a consultation exercise.

Results

Impressions of the current kiosk

Residents were keen to see a fruit kiosk operate outside Gloucester Road Underground Station. They felt it was convenient and promoted healthy eating. All agreed that the current kiosk is shabby, ugly and does nothing to enhance the area. All were in favour of seeing the kiosk replaced.

 

Businesses also felt the current kiosk was unattractive and some had concerns about how fit for purpose the kiosk was, particularly with no shelter, electricity or heat. None objected to replacing the current kiosk.

 

Views on the proposed new kiosk

Residents disliked the proposed new design. They did not feel it was in keeping with the area and was unattractive. They did not like the ‘solid’ look of the kiosk and wanted to see something more ‘open and airy’ that you could see through and wouldn’t block the views of the buildings or tree. Residents also had concerns over how fit for purpose the proposed kiosk would be.

 

Residents also felt that the kiosk could incorporate other features like solar panels to generate electricity or CCTV and felt an architectural competition might result in better design options. When financial constraints were discussed with the group, they felt that the Council could explore other options to raise the required funding, for example through advertising or sponsorship.

 

None of the businesses spoken to expressed concern about the proposed new design, feeling it would be an improvement on the current kiosk.

 

Kiosk location

None of the residents were in favour of relocating the kiosk to the proposed new position (under the tree). They felt the area was too busy and the kiosk would be an obstruction, that the kiosk would block the view of buildings and that positioned under a tree pigeon droppings and leaf fall could be a problem. Although this position might be more acceptable to some with an alternative design.

 

Residents suggested an alternative position that they would like the Council to explore. However, if it were a straight choice between its current location and the proposed new location, all were in favour leaving the kiosk in its current location.

 

Businesses seemed less concerned about the proposed new location with none objecting to the proposed position. The fruit vendor did express some concerns about pigeons and rough sleepers being more of a problem in the proposed location, although would be happy in either location.

Outcome

The results have been shared with Councillors for a decision on how to take the project forward.

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Click for more detail Residents' Panel: Community Safety Corporate Services and Housing 04 May 2016 03 Jun 2016
Aim
The questions around community safety are designed to gain an insight around how residents feel about community safety in their local area.
Results

Feelings of safety

Three-quarters (76 per cent) of respondents indicated they feel safe after dark in their local area; this has increased significantly by 11 per cent.

The percentage of respondents who indicated there are places in their local area they worry about visiting has decreased by seven per cent, (31 per cent in 2016).

Westway (12 times) was the most commonly mentioned area by respondents who indicated they did worry about visiting places in their local area, and was subsequently followed by the Earls’ Court (nine times) and World’s End Estate (eight times).

Levels of crime 

In comparison to the 2014 figure, respondents indicating there has been more crime has slightly increased (18 to 21 per cent). Respondents were asked to indicate which crimes they felt had increased, burglaries (54 per cent) and car crime (42 per cent) mentioned most often.

Seventy-five per cent reported they have not been a victim of crime, in the last year and. Of those who have, 10 per cent reported it and seven per cent stated they had not.

The three issues of the most concern are:

  • Burglary – 64 per cent
  • Muggings – 50 per cent
  • Car crime – 30 per cent

Community Policing

Half of respondents (50 per cent) had not heard of Safer Neighbourhood Teams (SNTs). Of those who had heard of SNTs, 30 per cent do not know how to contact them.

Since 2009 (62 per cent), satisfaction levels with the Safer Neighbourhood Teams have dropped year on year. However, 2016 figure showed a significant increase of 28 per cent to 58 per cent. In addition, dissatisfaction has also significantly increased by 10 per cent (17 per cent in 2016).

Antisocial behaviour

The percentage who are worried about antisocial behaviour has steadily decreased since 2008. In 2016, 34 per cent reported being worried about antisocial behaviour – it has steadily decreased and is the lowest recorded since the question was first asked in 2006.

Outcome

The Community Safety Programme Board is the statutory partnership for crime and anti-social behaviour reduction in the borough. Membership of the Board is drawn from the Council, Police, Fire Brigade, Probation Service and voluntary and community organisations. The Board met in July and among other matters considered the results of the Residents’ Panel Survey.  The results were received by partners who will use it to inform future service developments in the area of community safety for each organisation. Furthermore, it will be used alongside other data and analytical reports, to support the Board in deciding upon its strategic priorities for the forthcoming year.

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