Westminster Fairer Housing Conference on 11th April 2017

March 27th, 2017

Westminster Fairer Housing Conference

Date:

April 11th 2017, 7pm-10pm. (doors from 6.30pm)

Venue:

Stowe Centre, 258 Harrow Road, W2 5ES. (near Royal Oak tube)

Speakers include:

  • Karen Buck MP, Westminster North
  • Tom Copley AM, Labour GLA Housing Spokesperson
  • Joanna Kennedy, former Chief Executive of Zacchaeus 2000 Trust (Z2K)
  • Steve Hilditch, Red Brick Blog
  • Heather Spur, Policy and Campaigns, Shelter
  • Genesis Residents
  • Andy Watson, Chief Executive, Walterton and Elgin Community Homes (WECH)
  • Cllr Adam Hug, Leader, Westminster Labour Group
  • Cllr Tim Roca, Labour Shadow Cabinet Member for Housing

Further speakers to be confirmed shortly!

The Westminster Fairer Housing Conference, supported by Karen Buck MP and Westminster Labour Group, is a public meeting for anyone interested in the finding out about how to tackle the housing crisis in Westminster and beyond.

The event will look the lack of social and genuinely affordable house building, Westminster’s unfair homelessness policies, the pressures facing truly independent resident representation, the closure of estate offices, what government policy means for rents and repairs, the lack of proper regulation on standards and rents in the private rented sector and lots of other housing issues that matter to local people.

The event is free and open to all.

Refreshments will be served

Help for Scientists – Volunteers needed

March 7th, 2017

Remember Ebola? Pandemic Flu? Etc…  We are a group of scientists involved in responding to national and international outbreaks (e.g. Ebola)… and we need YOU to help us understand errors that happen when people collect data on computers. This knowledge will help us design slicker tools for data collection so we can respond better during an outbreak.  So join us for two workshops to - Learn more about what we do to respond to outbreaks - Help scientists design a data-entry tool which is fun - Make a difference in our response to the next outbreak.  When: Workshop One –Thursday 23 March 2017, 6pm-8pm Workshop Two – Thursday 27 April 2017, 6pm-8pm  Where: Imperial College, St Mary’s Campus, Norfolk Place, Paddington, W2 1PG  Light refreshments provided. Travel expenses within London Zone 5 will be reimbursed as well as your time in accordance with our Rewards, Payment & Recognition Guidance.  Interested and free on both dates? For further detail and to register, contact: Dr. Anne Cori : a.cori@imperial.ac.uk : 020 7594 3229  Medical Research Council : Public Health England : Imperial College London

Bone Health with Open Age

February 20th, 2017

Bone Health Poster (all centres)

Open Age’s Osteo Blast is an 8 week strengthening and weight bearing exercise programme to improve bone health.

You will learn the types of exercises that can improve bone density and how you can improve your lifestyle to minimise fracture risk. Open Age’s Osteo Blasts programme is suitable for Over 50’s living in Westminster who have/at risk of osteoporosis. This includes: osteopenia, osteoarthritis, family history, recent fracture, and poor lifestyle.

There are three classes held across the week to choose from. Class locations are Seymour Leisure Centre, Warwick Community Centre and The Abbey Centre.

To enquire about your eligibility and receive a starter pack call Shanie on 0208 962 4537 or email spage@openage.org.uk

“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.

Experiments in Funny

November 17th, 2016

Interested in world-leading science? Want to discover what scientists actually do? … and have fun? When? Workshops - February 2017 & Event - March 2017 Where? St. Mary’s Campus & Canal Café Theatre, Paddington LoL-LaB experiments in funny You will work closely with Imperial College London scientists and an expert comedian in workshops to create inspiring, light-hearted, plain-speaking talks about science for an evening event in a Paddington venue Reasonable travel costs will be reimbursed as well as your time in accordance with our Rewards, Payment & Recognition Guidance. INTERESTED? Contact: Dr Nathan Green nathan.green@imperial.ac.uk 020 7594 5782 We want you to be a part of our creative team

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/