“Revive!” custom artworks at St Mary Magdalene Crypt – For a short time only.

November 29th, 2016

St Mary Magdalene December 2016 flyer for Revive art eventRevive! invites a discovery and exploration of the mysterious crypt underneath St Mary Magdalene Church built by George Edmund Street, a highly original, influential and radical Gothic Revivalist architect.

The artists have created site-specific works to reinvent and reinterpret this intimate space exploring issues such as ritual and spirituality, memory and presence, death and transfiguration and work which challenges the notion of revivalism today in our post-Brexit Britain and post-Trump victory.

Revive! is the second part of a two-fold project began by Pompe and devised in reaction to Frieze Art Fair. The Dionysian procession led its followers along Regent’s Park canal via a series of performances and culminated in the crypt where Revive! will take place.

Participating artists: STASIS, Pavel Pepperstein, Adam Barker-Mill, Hans Rosenström, Carolyn Barker-Mill, Alan Magee, Jonathan McCree, Niklas Gustafson and Col Self.

Galitzine MacKenzie’s exhibitions are often motivated by a desire to draw attention to and include local communities. Revive! continues this ambition. The church, together with the Paddington Development Trust, are raising funds to create a community and heritage hub in order to enrich, regenerate and bring greater cultural cohesion to the local area as well as to support the restoration of the Grade 1 listed church building. Revive! aims to draw attention to this cause and the project will reach out to various vibrant community groups active in the area.

Please donate generously here to their cause here and help make this project a reality.

Planning Committee decision this Tuesday 13th Sept on the Hathaway House Tower Proposal, Woodfield Road W9

September 11th, 2016

Reduced floor view from Harrow Road - computer graphics. Click to enlarge.Please lodge your comment today – see below for how.

The developers Meadow Real Estate have recently slightly revised their planning application for Hathaway House, a 16 storey tower & mixed use building next to the canal (at the back of the old Harrow Road Police Station) and have resubmitted it. Westminster’s planning committee will decide on the application this Tuesday 13th September.

Reduced floor view from canal bridge - computer graphic. Click to enlarge.Meadow Real Estate has reduced the tower to 14 storeys, and included two more ‘affordable’ flats so there would be 19 flats out of 74 at 80 % of market value. This is still less than recommended by planning policy.

Computer Generated Image - view from above. Click to enlarge.To date, Westminster Council has received 144 objections. These focus on the height and bulk of the proposed building. Objections also refer to the lack of social housing and insufficient affordable housing; and loss of an open car park by the canal that has potential as a pocket park. There are 5 comments in support, including praise for the design, and desire to see more affluent spenders living in the area.

Westbourne Forum believes that the site could be developed in a much more positive and creative way. We are concerned that if the current proposal gets permission, this could open the way to more high-rise buildings nearby.

Reduced floor view cgi from Woodfield Road. Click to enlarge.A few members of the Maida Hill Forum Committee and Westbourne Forum met with the Meadow Real Estate team in July, to discuss possible compromise. But the Developer’s agent rejected the suggestions from local people for a revised scheme.

If you wish to submit an objection or supporting comment, please do so ASAP as it will still be considered by the Committee this Tuesday 13th.

If you submitted a comment on the original proposal, it is advised that you send in another brief comment on the new proposal.

To comment please click on this link:
http://idoxpa.westminster.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=makeComment&keyVal=O3QCT6RPITY00

Or use the postcode W9 2BA to search planning applications on the WCC website.

Westbourne Footbridge

July 19th, 2016

Proposal for the south side of the Westbourne footbridge

The Westbourne (or Hampden Street) footbridge over the railway runs between Alfred Road and Westbourne Park Villas. Dubbed ‘mugger’s bridge’, the footbridge has many faults and has long been the subject of complaints and criticisms.

As part of the Crossrail Act Crossrail is legally obliged to improve this crossing point. It has now submitted a Schedule 7 application – the equivalent of a planning application. The plans involve installing a ramp providing disabled access on the south side of the bridge. If approved the works will happen later this year.

A ramp will be an improvement on the current position, but it is widely recognised that the proper solution would be a new bridge. Instead, what is being offered is a poor quality bodged job.

Please give your views on the design. To do so online please go to:
http://idoxpa.westminster.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=makeComment&keyVal=O7MY10RP02T00

Prince of Wales and Hathaway House (Woodfield Road) Property Developments

July 14th, 2016

The North West corner of Westbourne is still subject to development wrangles.

Prince of Wales with Scaffolding being removed - July 14th 2016The Prince of Wales had been expected to become yet another un-welcome betting office until residents of Westbourne and Maida Hill, which begins across the road from the pub, successfully fought to protect the community: with support from local councillors. The council originally refused licensing after a popular petition. Westbourne Forum also got it listed as an Asset of Community Value ( ACV ).

Since then a new developer has taken over. He has met with locals and tried to set their minds at rest about his intentions for the ground floor and basement. The ACV listing has been successfully appealed against, and the premises seem to still be available for a suitable tenant. Meanwhile some of the scaffolding has been removed.

LTDA Hired blimp floating 16 floors up above the Hathaway House site next to the canal.Just round the corner from the Prince of Wales is the Hathaway House site in Woodfield Road. There the problem is mainly due to the 16 floor skyscraper that will back directly onto the Licenced Taxi Drivers Association ( LTDA ) land and buildings, overshadow neighbours including an old people’s home, and tower over the neighbourhood.

To give us an idea of the impact on our skyline the LTDA hired a blimp ( hot air balloon ). This adequately demonstrated how high and where it will be, as can be seen by the photo. The community is also concerned that this development is in danger of setting a precedent that will help to enable more high-rise buildings nearby. This story was covered by London’s Evening Standard which mentions that residents are also worried that it will block access to the canal.

Westbourne and Maida Hill Forums have both submitted documents detailing why, in it’s current form, it is unsatisfactory and badly thought through. Meanwhile, at the time of writing, the Westminster Council planning page is still open for your comments.

Westbourne Summer Festival

May 28th, 2016

Come and celebrate HAPPINESS together!

Join us for this year’s Westbourne Festival by the canal. As always it will be an afternoon of entertainment run for the community by the community!

There will be something for everyone: LIVE STAGE with music & dance performances, drumming and juggling, children’s games and family activities like Petting zoo, Bouncy castle, the Floating showroom with the creepy crawlies shows, Paddle boarding and canoeing, Sports competitions, the Health area with free checks & treatments from 20 organisations, raffle prizes, barbecue and food stalls… and much more!

Last year festival was fantastic: join in to make this year festival even bigger and better!

Also if you can give a helping hand on the day, please contact Paola 07923379841 to volunteer a few hours, get time credits in return and free lunch!
https://www.facebook.com/events/804175886350791/

Free Childcare!

April 18th, 2016

Dear Parent,

Did you know that your two-year-old daughter/son could qualify for up to 15 hours of free childcare every week?

You are eligible if:
You have a child who has or is turning two-years-old

Plus receiving one of the following:
• A household income of less than £16,190 per year
• Job Seeker’s Allowance
• Income Support
• Employment and Support Allowance

Application forms are available online: www.westminster.gov.uk/information-childcare or you can request a paper copy. If you need help with your application, please contact your nearest Children’s Centre Outreach team:

Queen’s Park: 020 7641 5834/5848
Harrow Road: 020 7641 4850
Westbourne: 020 7641 4308/4312
Bayswater and Queensway: 020 7641 4882