Residents and business asked to say ‘no’ to Oxford Street plans

Buses and taxis on Oxford Street.

Better Oxford Street, the campaign formed by the amenity societies in Fitzrovia, Marylebone, Mayfair and Soho (and backed by Fitzrovia News) is asking residents and local business to say “no” in the current consultation on plans for the "transformation" of Oxford Street. The mayor of London and Westminster Council want to push ahead with pedestrianising …

Westminster council unveils plans for Fitzrovia and Marylebone cycle quietway

Map of cycling route.

Westminster City Council is to hold an exhibition of plans to create an east-west cycling quietway through Fitzrovia and Marylebone. The section of this route being consulted on within the City of Westminster is approximately 2km in length. The streets affected by these proposals are Harrowby Street, Seymour Place, Crawford Street, Paddington Street, Nottingham Place, …

Westminster council settles Fitzrovia and Marylebone neighbourhood area boundaries

Westminster City Council has now made a decision on where the boundary of Fitzrovia and Marylebone will be for the purpose of neighbourhood planning under the Localism Act. In an announcement this week Councillor Robert Davis, Cabinet Member for the Built Environment, agreed the recommendations in a report following a period of public consultation on five neighbourhood …

An enjoyable visit to The Sherlock Holmes Museum

By Christina Latham 221b Baker Street, just a name and just a number. However, when Arthur Conan Doyle put pen to paper in 1886, this unassuming location was transformed into the home of a literary legend. Sherlock Holmes is an unlikely hero due to his selfish nature and disregard for consequences. Yet his genius and …

Travellers’ children in Marylebone High Street

By Angela Lovely From inside the Agnès B shop you can just about hear the rumble of Range Rover engines from the choked Marylebone High Street outside. Inside on the walls and in the windows of this Parisian boutique at the heart of the Howard de Walden Estate  are a series of black and white photographs …

Tree planting at Market Place marks the completion of greening project

By News Reporters David Heath CBE MP Minister of State for Agriculture and Food kept people waiting in the cold this morning for a ceremonial tree planting on the corner of Market Place and Great Portland Street.  The liquid amber tree was planted to celebrate the completion of more than 500 trees planted on the streets …

Six candidates to slug it out in election battle for Marylebone High Street ward

By News Reporters All the main political parties as well as smaller parties and an independent will fight for a single seat in Marylebone High Street ward which has become vacant after the long-serving Conservative councillor Harvey Marshall resigned because of ill health. The by-election will take place on Thursday 2 May.  At the last …

Marylebone High Street ward by-election

By News Reporters A by-election will take place on Thursday 2 May 2013 for the Marylebone High Street ward in the City of Westminster. The election has been triggered by the resignation of councillor Harvey Marshall.  The Marylebone Association reports: Notice of Election was published on Tuesday 26 March and delivery of the nomination papers will occur …

Coming up: meetings, music, film, art, consultations, advice and activities

Westminster City Council are presenting plans for a new Marylebone Library at Marylebone Library from Thursday 14 to Wednesday 20 March 2013. It will be a chance for you to meet the architects and council officers working on the scheme, see the latest designs and ask questions you may have. Website. Fitzrovia Trust Annual General Meeting: 12.30pm Tuesday …

Should the Westminster part of Fitzrovia join a Marylebone neighbourhood forum?

By News Reporters The Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Association (FNA) has been asked to join a proposed Marylebone neighbourhood forum which would deal with planning issues and more under a separate organisation which would shape the future development of an area stretching from Cleveland Street up to the Edgware Road. However the FNA has hesitated saying it …

Charles Dickens’ many addresses in Fitzrovia

By Mike Pentelow Charles Dickens did many moonlight flits in Fitzrovia in order to dodge the creditors of his debt-ridden father, John, so has many local addresses associated with him. In later years Charles housed his secret young lover in the area, while also helping its child prostitutes. And he found the locality rich in …

Marylebone Farmers’ Market trading well in the sunshine

By Linus Rees Marylebone Farmers' Market was doing good trade this Sunday (17 April) despite many people having left London for the Easter break. The market is now well established having traded in the car park behind Marylebone High Street since 2003. It gets a regular stream of customers and the High Street is often …