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By 1757 there were 98 beds. The Infirmary had expanded by conversions and by buying neighbouring properties. By 1760 it was known as the Westminster Hospital.

In 1716 four men met in St Dunstan's Coffee House to discuss their concern about how to develop a hospital for the sick poor of Westminster. The borough at this time was one of the most blighted places in London - an isolated swamp with no roads, no sanitation and the constant threat of flooding from the undomesticated River Thames. The four - Henry Hoare, a banker, William Wogan, a writer, Robert Witham, a vintner, and the Revd Patrick Cockburn - managed to raise only £10, which they used to buy food for sick prisoners in the local jail.

Conditions at the Hospital deteriorated and a new site was purchased in 1831 from the Treasury at the Broad Sanctuary at a cost of £40,000. It opened in 1834 with plumbing problems. By 1875 serious consideration was being given to rebuild the Hospital at Millbank, but was extensively reconstructed in 1895 and a clinical laboratory was built in 1899.

Conditions continued to deteriorate and in 1924 the Hospital had to close for a year. Improvements had been made, with a new Out-Patients Department, new specialist units, additional staff accommodation, and lifts and a hot water system installed. A new site was purchased at St John's Gardens. The Queen Mary Nurses' Home and the Training School were opened in 1938 at a cost of £268,538. The new Hospital building opened in 1939.

In 1719 the revived group rented a house in Petty France, owned by a tallow chandler, for £22 per annum. The local residents objected as they were afraid it would become a centre for infectious disease or undesirable vagrants. The Infirmary for the Sick and Needy opened with 10 beds in 1720. To attract financial support, subscribers of 1 guinea a year would become governors. By 1724 the house had become inadequate and the Infirmary moved to a larger property, with 31 beds, in Chapel Street (later renamed Broadway). The owner retained the use of the front parlour and the room behind it with two cellars, and shared the kitchen with the Infirmary. The commonest admissions was malaria or typhoid. Patients mainly benefitted from rest and regular meals. Male and female patients received a ration of 3 pints of beer a day Once discharged, there was no follow-up procedures.

During the war the Hospital was struck by bombs twice in 1940 and by a land mine exploding nearby in 1941.

On joining the NHS in 1948, it formed part of the Westminster Group of Hospitals, including also the Gordon Hospital, the Westminster Children's Hospital and the All Saints' Hospital.

In 1960 a new Nurses' Home in Vincent Square was opened by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. A new wing added in 1966 contained professorial departments for medicine, surgery, chemical pathology and anaesthesia, and also a unit for obstetrics and gynaecology.

In 1733 disagreements between the medical staff and the Board of Governors came to a head. The doctors thought the Board inefficient and suffocating, while the medical staff regarded the doctors as their inferiors. A row broke out over the site of the proposed new hospital, and entire medical staff resigned and left, along with many of the subscribers, to found a new hospital - St George's Hospital at Hyde Park Corner.

The Infirmary had to build itself up again. It moved to new premises in Buckingham Gate in 1735, and became the Westminster Infirmary for the Sick and Infirm. Patients were discharged after 2 months; those with incurable diseases were never admitted. A donation of £400 persuaded the Board to admit one incurable patient and, eventually, with public donations, the Trustees established a ward for this purpose. At this time Roman Catholics were excluded as patients, no priests were allowed to visit wards and no Catholic servants were employed. Patients with venereal disease were also excluded.

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On 2nd June 2012, 331 Members of Parliament, including senior members of all three main parties, supported a proposal to change the name from Clock Tower to "Elizabeth Tower" in tribute to the Queen in her Diamond Jubilee year. This is thought to be appropriate because the large west tower now known as Victoria Tower was renamed in tribute to Queen Victoria on her Diamond Jubilee. On 26th June, the House of Commons confirmed that the name change could go ahead. Prime Minister, David Cameron, announced the change of name on 12th September 2012.

is the nickname for the great bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster, and often extended to refer to the clock and the clock tower. The tower is officially known as the Elizabeth Tower (prior to being renamed in 2012 it was known as simply "Clock Tower") to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II. The tower holds the largest four-faced chiming clock in the world and is the third-tallest free-standing clock tower. The tower was completed in 1858 and had its 150th anniversary on 31st May 2009.

The dial of the Great Clock of Westminster. The hour hand is 2.7 m long and the minute hand is 4.3 m long. The clock and dials were designed by Augustus Pugin. The clock dials are set in an iron frame 7.0 m in diameter, supporting 312 pieces of opal glass. Some of the glass pieces may be removed for inspection of the hands. The surround of the dials is gilded.

The Clock Tower was raised as a part of Charles Barry's design for a new palace, after the old Palace of Westminster was largely destroyed by fire on the night of 16th October 1834. The new Parliament was built in a Neo-gothic style. Although Barry was the chief architect of the Palace, he turned to Augustus Pugin for the design of the clock tower, which resembles earlier Pugin designs. The bottom 61m of the tower's structure consists of brickwork with sand coloured Anston limestone cladding. The remainder of the tower's height is a framed spire of cast iron. The tower is founded on a 15.2 m square raft, made of 3 m thick concrete, at a depth of 4 m below ground level. The four clock dials are 54.9 m above ground. The interior volume of the tower is 4,650 cubic metres.

The clock's movement is famous for its reliability. The designers were the lawyer and amateur horologist Edmund Beckett Denison, and George Airy, the Astronomer Royal. Construction was entrusted to clockmaker Edward John Dent. As the tower was completed in 1859 The double three-legged gravity escapement used provides the best separation between pendulum and clock mechanism. The pendulum is installed within an enclosed windproof box beneath the clockroom. It is 4.0 m long, weighs 300 kg and beats every 2 seconds. The clockwork mechanism in a room below weighs 5 tons. On top of the pendulum is a small stack of old penny coins; these are to adjust the time of the clock. Adding a coin has the effect of minutely lifting the position of the pendulum's centre of mass, reducing the effective length of the pendulum rod and hence increasing the rate at which the pendulum swings. Adding or removing a penny will change the clock's speed by 0.4 seconds per day.

The interior of the tower is not open to overseas visitors, but UK residents can arrange tours through their MP. The tower has no lift, so visitors must climb the 334 limestone stairs.

The tower leans slightly to the north-west, by roughly 230 millimetres over 55 m height, giving an inclination of approximately 1/240. This includes a planned maximum of 22 mm increased tilt due to tunnelling for the Jubilee Line extension. Due to thermal effects it oscillates annually by a few millimetres east and west.

On 10th May 1941, a German bombing raid damaged two of the clock's dials and sections of the tower's stepped roof and destroyed the House of Commons chamber. Architect Sir Giles Gilbert Scott designed a new five-floor block. Two floors are occupied by the current chamber, which was used for the first time on 26th October 1950. Despite the heavy bombing the clock ran accurately and chimed throughout the Blitz.

Journalists during Queen Victoria's reign called it St Stephen's Tower. As MPs originally sat at St Stephen's Hall, these journalists referred to anything related to the House of Commons as news from "St Stephens" (There is a feature called St Stephen's Tower in the Palace of Westminster. It is a smaller tower over the public entrance to the Houses of Parliament).

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THE 2014 MOTCOMB STREET PARTY Wednesday 25th June. Organised and run by members of the The Motcomb Street Traders Association, the Motcomb Street Party now regularly attracts over 5,000 visitors and has proved to be the one of the most popular events in the local summer diary.

Churchill Car Insurance revealed 7,800,000 parking tickets were issued across the UK last year. 450,000 motorists were issued parking tickets in Westminster in 2013, making £24 million for the council.

Year on year, the Street Party continues to demonstrate how local businesses really can generate extraordinary results. The 2013 Street Party, through the generous contributions of sponsors and donors, handed over a staggering £52,500 to the two very worthy charities. In addition to the jovial festivities of live music sets, a DJ, street entertainers, delicious food and drink stalls, the event will be opened by a celebrity and include a tree of surprises and an auction of sumptuous prizes kindly donated by local traders and boutiques.

Westminster Council issued the highest number of penalty charge notice out of 187 boroughs nationally which responded to Freedom of Information requests. Drivers in Westminster received 455,390 fines, the equivalent to 1,248 tickets a day or 4 per resident. The council says that nearly 600,000 vehicles enter central London every day, with the provision of only 41,000 on-street parking spaces. The council says the number of tickets issued was going down and revenue raised from fines was reinvested in parking services. They plan to replace wardens with marshals, who will help motorists and not just fine them. The number of CCTV cameras monitoring parking contraventions has been reduced from 170 to just 50 in 2013.

Following a successful trial, parking bay sensors are being rolled out across the West End this year. Combined with the ParkRight app this will make finding a parking space easier and quicker. This ground-breaking initiative will provide real time availability of parking spaces to motorists coming in to the city. The navigation feature will direct you to straight to a parking space.

Download the ParkRight app to see if an on-street parking space is available. Before you even leave home, you can use the free app to check the availability at more than 3000 parking spaces, including all disabled parking bays in the West End. Businesses will also be able to use the app or go to the website to make managing deliveries easier and hassle free. If you don’t have a smartphone, Marshals have access to the live feed and will be able to direct you to an available space.

PROGRAMME 5.30 pm Street Party opens with disco 6.45 pm Celebrity opening 7.00 pm Update to follow 7.45 pm Disco 8.00 pm Auction 8.15 pm Update to follow 9.15 pm Disco 9.30 pm “George Michael” tribute act 10.30pm Thanks & Goodnight Charities 2014 Household Cavalry Foundation Fund The Household Cavalry Foundation has been set up to care for the men, families, horses and heritage of Britain’s Senior Regiment. Chelsea Community Hospital Schools This is a community special school, working across four sites in London, whose aim is to ensure that children and young people, aged between four and 18, have their rights to education preserved whilst in hospital. A number of places are also held for those who can’t access mainstream school because of medical conditions.

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Dr Donald Buttress, church architect and Surveyor of the Fabric at Westminster Abbey, included original stonework and surviving contents within his outstanding new designs for the future of St Matthew’s. The beautiful Lady Chapel remains intact and St Matthew’s Primary School is next door.

A place of peace, beauty and welcome in the heart of London, near Westminster Abbey. In June, St Matthew's is hosting the first Just Festival Westminster, an exciting initiative that started in Edinburgh 14 years ago. Presenting a varied, daily programme from June 14th to 22nd the Festival gives a focus for the community to gather and enjoy. Events range from an exhibition of paintings by artist/art historian Lydia Bauman to a new work commissioned from the Spare Tyre Theatre Company called The Real Westminster, a participative performance drawing on the lives of Westminster residents in all their diversity.

Opening on to a pretty courtyard garden, St Matthew’s Westminster Conference Centre (Trevelyan Hall) is a good, flexible space for meetings, exhibitions and receptions. Within the parish boundary, elegant Georgian streets, favoured film locations, give way to imposing Victorian mansion blocks and multiple dwellings. Vintage Art Deco stands beside vast new Government buildings and Offices of State. An eye-catching Richard Rogers HQ and the popular Strutton Ground street market thrive nearby.

The Friends of St Matthew’s Westminster attract local, national and international members. Vicar is the Rev’d Philip Chester, Area Dean of Westminster (St Margaret). St Matthew’s Westminster offers a Ministry of Prayer, Hospitality and Dialogue, with Weekday and Sunday Services. St Matthew’s Westminster, 20 Great Peter Street, London SW1P 2BU www.stmw.org

Designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott, assisted by his brother-in-law George Frederick Bodley, St Matthew’s Westminster was built between 1849 - 1851 as a local parish church with support from the Dean and Chapter of Westminster Abbey. The interior was enriched with ornamental fittings and stained glass by G F Bodley, Charles Kempe, W E Tower and Martin Travers. Sir Ninian Comper added the exquisite Lady Chapel, one of his finest early works. Kempe and Comper studied under Bodley, W E Tower was Kempe’s partner and Travers was a pupil of Comper. The adjoining St Matthew’s House (Clergy House) was built on the site of the former 17th-century public house The Greycoat Boy. It was designed by Scott’s son John Oldrid Scott, a family of eminent architects.

When the large nave was destroyed by fire in 1977 a re-designed, re-consecrated, smaller and yet remarkable St Matthew’s arose in 1984 on the site of the original chancel and sanctuary.

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is a festival that celebrates all that is great about SW1, organised by the community, for the community. To mark the 10th Anniversary 3 weeks of exciting events will celebrate the area's great cultural and community work. They are a registered charity and represent a partnership of over 50 groups large and small, from Pimlico Toy Library and Pimlico Academy to Chelsea College of Art and Design and Tate Britain.

This year's festivities get started on 28th June with Pimlico Proms in St George's Square Gardens, followed on Saturday 29th June with our Carnival Parade through the streets of SW1 and our Gala Day which attracts 9,000 people. Other highlights include an art competition hosted in Cafe Zest in House of Fraser, the ever popular river cruise, comedy nights, and a major new professional musical adaptation of the classic Ealing comedy Passport to Pimlico which is to be staged at different locations across the area.

Celebrate with 9,000 people at an action-packed day of fun. Enjoy cooking demonstrations with chefs from The Cinnamon Club, Dolphin Square and Moo, top talent across two stages, animals from Vauxhall City Farm, children’s fairground rides, a helter skelter, free workshops with Westminster Adult Education Service, and a Pop Up Nursery from LEYF. Plus find out about all the groups and services in your area from over 40 stalls.

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is a Grade II listed building and former Christian Science church (First Church of Christ, Scientist, London), completed in 1907 to designs in the Byzantine style by architect Robert Fellowes Chisholm. By 1996, the congregation had diminished dramatically and the building fell into disuse. Mohamed Fayed, the then owner of Harrods, had acquired the property. Cadogan Estates Ltd (the property company owned by Earl Cadogan, purchased the building in 2000, and was refurbished in 2004 by Paul Davis and Partners architects at a cost of £7.5 million. The changes included new performance acoustics, lighting and sound systems in the auditorium and re detailing of the ceiling and roof to provide acoustic insulation.

in Pimlico, run by Housing 21, is open to older people and those with dementia living in south Westminster. The centre provides a host of activities including trips out to Brighton and the countryside. For more information call 0370 192 4974 In addition, the Housing 21 Outreach team work across Westminster and can help you with things you may be struggling with such as financial matters or getting out in the community. To contact the team call 0303 123 1243 The South Westminster Walking Group meet Tuesdays, 11.00 1.00 pm at Churchill Gardens Youth Club, Churchill Gardens Road, SW1V 3AL Cost: FREE Art Classes on Wednesdays 10.00 am - 1.00 pm at Thamesmead Centre, Peabody Avenue, Turpentine Ln, SW1V 4AR Cost £1 per hour Power boating,sailing, canoeing & kayaking Thursdays 1.30 - 4.30 pm at Westminster Boating Base, 136 Grosvenor Road, SW1V 3JY Cost FREE

It's hard to imagine how the renovations could have been bettered: the 905capacity hall provides the perfect setting for concerts by the resident Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Cadogan Hall hosts an array of talks, jazz and contemporary music, plus several of the BBC Proms concerts are held here every summer in conjunction with the Royal Albert Hall. The impressive art deco interior is also a draw, as is the charming Oakley Room bar where drinks are served at every available juncture.

ADULT DAY CARE CENTRE Pullen Day Care Centre Provides day care for 15 physically frail older people a day. On Thursday the service is dedicated for older with dementia, providing a service for 10 people. Garden Terrace, 7-9 Moreton Street, London SW1V 2PW Tel: 037019 24974 Email: margaret.dennehy@housing21.co.uk

St Margaret’s Drop-in Centre, Each week there is a varied programme of activities such as bingo, Reiki, Yoga, needlework, Bridge, ballroom line dancing & boxmaking. People greatly appreciate the hot nutritious meal that been served and meeting new people. 1 Carey Place, Vauxhall Bridge Road, London, SW1V 2RT Tel: 020 7821 1621

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The resident music ensemble at Cadogan Hall is the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO), the first London orchestra to have a permanent home. Cadogan Estates offered the RPO the use of the hall as its principal venue in late 2001. The RPO gave its first concert as the resident ensemble of Cadogan Hall in November 2004. Since 2005, Cadogan Hall has also served as the venue for The Proms' chamber music concerts during Monday lunchtimes. Cadogan Hall hosts Proms Saturday matinees; it is also one of the two main London venues of the Orpheus Sinfonia.

Organised each year by the Belgravia Trader's Association, the Elizabeth Street Party sees local shops and restaurants taking their wares out onto the street to start the summer off with a good old fashioned street carnival. With music, food, and special activities for kids and families, there should be plenty to get everyone in the festival mood at the 2014 event.

Highlight events for the street party include a children's party at St Michaels Church. At 6.00 pm the Street Party opens and at 7.00 pm Fight for Sight on stage 8.00 pm - 11.00 pm Live music

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Cadogan Hall, now celebrating 10 years, has also been used as a recording venue. In February 2006, a recording of Mozart symphonies with John Eliot Gardiner and the English Baroque Soloists was produced and made available immediately after the performances occurred. In 2009, art rock band Marillion recorded a concert there which was released on the album Live from Cadogan in 2011.


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ROBERT JOHN GRAHAM BOOTHBY, BARON BOOTHBY, KBE was born on 12th February 1900. Boothby was educated at

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Eton College and Magdalen College, Oxford. Between these institutions, at the end of World War I he took officer training in the Brigade of Guards but was too young to see active service.

There are 5 start points this year, but main one is Marble Arch The route through London takes in Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Bridge, Aquarium/London Eye, IMAX cinema roundabout, Waterloo Bridge, Aldwych, Royal Courts of Justice, Fleet Street, Chancery Lane, High Holborn, St Giles, Centre Point/Tottenham Court Road Tube, Oxford Street, Oxford Circus, Maddox Street, US Embassy, Park Lane, and finishes at Wellington Arch.

He was elected as MP for Aberdeen and Kincardine East in 1924 which he held till its abolition in 1950, when he was elected for its successor constituency of East Aberdeenshire. He gave up the seat in 1958 when he was raised to the peerage. He was Parliamentary Private Secretary to Chancellor of the Exchequer Winston Churchill and held junior ministerial office as Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food. He was forced to resign his post for not declaring an interest when asking a parliamentary question. During World War II, he joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, was a junior staff officer with Bomber Command, and later in liaison with the Free French Forces, retiring with the rank of Flight Lieutenant. He received the Legion of Honour in 1950 for his latter services.

Yearly the bike ride gives a chance for all cyclists to get out on their bikes and prove to the world that the bike is a great alternative mode of transport for travelling in the city. Partially a demonstration against oil dependency and the need to protect the environment and also a celebration of the freedom of cycling and the human body, the ride is part of the World Naked Bike Ride. Each year, the World Naked Bike Ride collective in London agrees on a set of objectives and demands for the year's ride.

Boothby advocated entry into the European Community, and was a British delegate to the Consultative Assembly of the Council of Europe from 1949 until 1957. He was Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Economic Affairs; Honorary President of the Scottish Chamber of Agriculture, Rector of the University of St Andrews; Chairman of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and President, Anglo-Israel Association. He was awarded an Honorary LLD by St Andrews, 1959 and was made an Honorary Burgess of the Burghs of Peterhead, Fraserburgh, Turriff and Rosehearty. Boothby was raised to the peerage as a life peer with the title Baron Boothby, of Buchan and Rattray Head in the County of Aberdeen, on 22 August 1958.

The objectives To protest against the global dependency on oil:

He was married twice: in 1935 to Diana Cavendish and in 1967 to Wanda Sanna. He had a long affair with Dorothy Macmillan, wife of Harold Macmillan. Boothby was a promiscuous bisexual, in a time when male homosexual activity was a criminal offence. From 1954 he campaigned publicly for homosexual law reform. In 1963 he began an illicit affair with Leslie Holt, a younger man.

He died of a heart attack in Westminster Hospital, aged 86, Boothby's ashes were scattered at Rattray Head near Crimond. The blue plaque can be found on Eaton Square, Belgravia Pimlico & Belgravia Eye June 2014

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Curb car culture Obtain real rights for cyclists; Demonstrate the vulnerability of cyclists on city streets; Celebrate body freedom Demands - “Real rights for bikes”: Safer streets for cyclists Cycle-only zones in cities : Separate 2-way cycle lanes, A ban on car advertising.


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ELIZABETH STREET PARTY WEDNESDAY 11TH JUNE

Organised each year by the Belgravia Trader's Association, the Elizabeth Street Party sees local shops and restaurants taking their wares out onto the street to start the summer off with a good old fashioned street carnival. With music, food, and special activities for kids and families, there should be plenty to get everyone in the festival mood at the 2014 event. Highlight events for the street party include a children's party at St Michaels Church. At 6.00 pm the Street Party opens and at 7.00 pm Fight for Sight on stage 8.00 pm - 11.00 pm Live music

The proceeds of the admission goes to the charity, Fight for Sight which evolved through a merger of Fight for Sight and the British Eye Research Foundation in 2005. Since 1965 the charity has raised funds to support medical research into a wide-range of eye conditions, including macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataract, diabetic retinopathy as well as the causes of childhood blindness. Fight for Sight also funds research into a large number of rare eye diseases. Fight for Sight receives no government or statutory funding and is dependent on voluntary donations. They raise money from a variety of sources including grant-making trusts and companies. Fundraising in the community is organised through a combination of local fundraising committees and volunteers. A valuable contribution is made by a large number of individuals with donations, who undertake sponsored events.

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Summer Garden Party – Wednesday 4th June 2014 From 6:30pm until 9pm Wilton Crescent Gardens Complimentary drinks and canapés Music provided by The Dixie Ticklers and Opera Holland Park Fabulous Raffle prizes Tickets £15.00 per person Please send cheques payable to B.R.A. to: Torben Dal B.R.A. Treasurer 14 Eaton Mews South. Belgravia, London. SW1W 9HP Alternatively book online at www.belgraviaresidents.org.uk or Tel: 07957 420911

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is organised by the London Parks & Gardens Trust (LPGT), who work to protect and promote London's green open spaces. The following local gardens will be involved: Belgrave Square, Cadogan Place Gardens, Chester Square, Eaton Square, Wilton Crescent Gardens, Eccleston Square, Lillington & Longmore Gardens and Warwick Square. Some are only open on Saturday, others only Sunday, and some on both days.

A PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE BETWEEN NINE ELMS & PIMLICO and cycle bridge linking Pimlico and Nine Elms has been proposed as part of the multi-billion pound redevelopment of the south London site. An international competition will be launched later in the year. A budget of £30m is anticipated, most of it from private sources.

An international design competition will be launched in the autumn. The bridge will emerge by St George’s Square, and could open up a route to Sloane Square. However, the waterfront is already getting a facelift. Sprawling Churchill Gardens estate, with 1,600 homes in 32 blocks facing the Thames, has been designated a conservation area and part-listed, while Dolphin Square is being rejuvenated, and longtenanted flats are coming up for sale.

The previous Elephant on the River restaurant on Grosvenor Road is

being redeveloped into a modern, glass-clad block of eight apartments. Coming soon to a river-facing corner building at St George’s Square is a refurbishment project bringing another 10 apartments.

Plans for a new cycle bridge are facing opposition from Westminster City Council because local gardens and a yachting base would be affected. TfL is planning a new bridge between Nine Elms, by Battersea Power Station, and Pimlico. The preferred location for the bridge is from the American Embassy, on the south bank, to Pimlico Gardens on the north side. Westminster City Council are unconvinced for the need of a new bridge and express concerns over the likely impact of the bridge in the proposed location. WCC’s preference is for an alternative location adjacent to the existing Grosvenor Rail Bridge. Formal consultation will take place in June at the earliest. The new bridge would link with the proposed Cycle Superhighway 5 in Pimlico, which has been altered to run up Belgrave Road. However, those arguing for the Grosvenor option say that it would be more convenient for Victoria railway station. The bridge is expected to carry 9,000 cyclists and 9,000 pedestrians every day. It would be 7.5m wide and would cost an estimated £30m to construct. No funding has yet been identified for the project.

It will be the first bridge in London since the Millennium Bridge in May 2000. The backers will have a job convincing local residents of its value.


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