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Category: Local

  • September 12, 2012

    Visit to the InterContinental London Westminster

    I was very pleased to visit InterContinental’s newest hotel yesterday which is nearing the end of its £150 million transformation in the Westminster segment of my constituency. This considerable investment underlines InterContinental’s long term confidence in Westminster as a place to conduct business. The hotel is set to be the first InterContinental to have opened […]
  • July 16, 2012

    Concerts in Hyde Park

    Every year the programme of concerts in Hyde Park provokes a string of emails and letters to me from residents disturbed by noise and general disruption. In this Olympic year, the number of events has increased and their impact, added to dreadful summer weather, has given our glorious Park a pummelling. Last summer, I tabled a debate in the House of Commons to outline my concerns about commercialisation of the Parks, set out my opposition to the transfer...
  • July 11, 2012

    Hospital Services (West London)

    Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster, Conservative) I congratulate Mr Slaughter on getting this important debate, which affects all of us who are central and west London MPs. I am sure that he regrets the necessity of the debate. Our constituencies have a number of hospitals in common and, over some time, he and I have discussed health matters that affect them. New commissioning boards, run by local GPs, will come into play from next April...
  • March 19, 2012

    The Thames Tunnel

    Mr. Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): I am one of 144 Members of Parliament in the Thames Water area directly affected by the issue of the Thames tunnel, and I hope that both the Minister and Gavin Shuker will forgive me if I restrict my comments to the area that is close to my heart.
  • December 13, 2011

    Parliament Square Encampment

    The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act, which gained Royal Assent earlier this year, will prohibit people from camping in gardens and pavement in the middle of Parliament Square. While I fully support the important right to protest, removing this long standing camp will make it possible for other people to use the Square for recreation and protest. Westminster City Council is proposing additional action to deal with encampments in the area around parliament. The Act covers the central island in the Square but to...
  • November 8, 2011

    West End Parking Changes

    Westminster City Council is set to abolish free parking on single yellow lines and in bays in the West End between 6.30pm and midnight from Monday to Saturday and 1pm and 6pm on Sundays. The Council advises that this decision has been made in order to ease congestion in W1. I am aware that these planned parking restrictions are causing an enormous amount of anxiety amongst constituents. I have received letters and emails from residents and businesspeople alike who have expressed concern about women’s safety...
  • November 8, 2011

    Basement Development

    Mark made the following contributions to a debate on basement development that had been tabled by Westminster North MP, Karen Buck. Subterranean development has been a matter of great concern to Central London residents in recent years given the disruption that can follow and the damage that can occur to the local amenity.Mr. Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con): I agree with what the hon. Lady says. The Knightsbridge Association in my constituency, among others, has made it clear that it is not opposed in principle to the provision of basements beneath existing houses, but it is concerned about aspects of the design, construction and usage....
  • November 7, 2011

    Supporting St Mungo’s

    Last Monday I helped launch an exhibition in the House of Commons to celebrate St Mungo’s fortieth anniversary and their latest project, Street Stories. St Mungo’s runs emergency homelessness services in London, providing shelters for people in need of a safe place to sleep, outreach teams to connect with the vulnerable and support services to help get the homeless back on their feet. The Street Stories exhibition displays the testimonies of forty-one St Mungo’s clients who were asked to contribute to an oral history of homeless...
  • November 2, 2011

    Keeping animation on our shores

    My constituency contains in Soho and the West End the spiritual home of Britain’s globally competitive creative sector. Creative industries offer one of the great white hopes for economic growth but all is not well for some of its players. Two years ago I was contacted by Oli Hyatt of Blue Zoo, an animation company with offices within the constituency, as he was deeply concerned about the future of the UK animation industry. Oli has since been tireless in his campaign to keep animation work on these shores and he helped set up Animation UK in a bid ...
  • October 27, 2011

    The battle of St Paul’s

    When the Occupy London movement descended on the City the Saturday before last, it was perhaps naïve not to entertain some fears that the 5000 protestors might leave behind a core of campers. After all, bedding down for one’s beliefs is now de rigeur for the savvy, modern day anti-capitalist. That the campsite of choice was in the shadow of the glorious St Paul’s Cathedral has, however, caused an almighty headache both for the City Corporation and, particularly, the Church...