Archive for the ‘Cuts’ Category

Elections 2017

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Westbourne Forum Committee Meeting

Westbourne Forum exists to promote and improve the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of Westbourne and to influence planning and development of the neighbourhood.

We strive to be representative and accountable to everyone who lives, works, studies or has an active interest in Westbourne.

On the 7th October we will be holding elections for the management committee.

If you are interested in applying to become a Forum committee member please download the .pdf, fill out the application form, then send it to us by the 31st August 2017.

The Westbourne Forum has served Westbourne for 12 years

People from across different parts of the ward have engaged with each other on common issues and in building a stronger sense of community, including organising the annual Westbourne Summer Festival.

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Under the Localism Act 2012, local communities are encouraged to have a Forum designated by the local Council, to enter into dialogue with the Council, particularly for matters of local planning.

Westbourne Forum gained its’ designation from Westminster City Council in 2015.

Over the last year we have been continuing to consult with local people to develop a neighbourhood plan in line with the needs of local people. The plan will set out principles and criteria to inform planning and development in order to promote:

  • a good mix of facilities and amenities, including those that bring people together and foster community
  • an attractive character and identity
  • a more healthy environment
  • a good quality physical environment
  • a low carbon footprint
  • local employment and enterprise
  • good place to live for people of different ages, ethnic & cultural groups

The plan will need to be agreed by a public vote, to be recognised by Westminster City Council, which we aim to do in 2018.

So we are looking for local people who are committed to supporting the work of the forum in building a stronger community and with influencing local planning and development.

Is that you?

If so, please download and fill out the form, then send it to.

Westbourne Forum, Stowe Centre,
258 Harrow Rd, London, W2 5ES

by the 31st August.

Alternatively email the requested details ( or scan the form and send the file ) to the Forum Secretary.

We will not be able to accept any applications after this date.

The elections will be held at the Stowe Centre
from 2-5pm on 7th October 2017.

Westminster Fairer Housing Conference on 11th April 2017

Monday, March 27th, 2017

Westminster Fairer Housing Conference


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


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

Advice Plus Paddington

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Advice Plus Paddington

Want to reduce your energy bills? Sign up now to Westminster’s Energy Switching Scheme

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Westminster residents can sign up to a collective Energy Switching Scheme to find out if they can reduce their energy bills by switching providers.

Many people are experiencing large increases in their energy bills. Estimates are that, on average, annual bills have increased by £90 over the last twelve months. At the same time, figures show that there has been a gradual decline in the number of households switching supplier.

So Westminster has joined the Big Community Switch along with many other local authorities around the country. By encouraging local residents to join a collective the council can ask energy companies to bid for their business so that their residents can get a better deal. All switching payments (max £10) received by the council from the energy company will be reinvested back into community projects.

To sign up:

  • Visit:
  • Provide your name, address and most recent energy bill.
  • There is no cost, it is completely free to sign up and there is no obligation to switch providers.
  • The deadline is 11.59pm on Sunday 7th April 2013
  • There is a phone line for people without internet access: 020 7641 4477. Using this phone line means all correspondence will be done through the post.
  • Alternatively residents can use a computer in any of  Westminster libraries or visit  Your One Stop Express kiosk.

Messages from our supporters

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Since Westbourne Forum began the campaign to mobilise support from the community over funding cuts we have been touched by the solidarity shown by the local community.  We would like to thank everyone who has given us support.  We filmed some of our our supporters at our Summer Festival in July.  Click on the links below to see their messages.

Smita Bora, Headteacher of Westminster Academy

Smita Bora, Headteacher of Westminster Academy

Manahil Ahmed, local resident and founder of the African Women’s Group

Shamsa Hersi, local resident and community activist

Mary Amayo, local resident and manager of Kyu Yo Bu Shin

Angel Samuel, local resident and community activist

Steve Latham, Minister of Westbourne Park Baptist Church

If your would like to get involved in the work of the Forum please contact Allison Bennett on 020 7266 8252 or email and arrange to come in for a chat.

The Breakfast Connection

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Westbourne Forum is launching a new initiative this weekend on Saturday 23rd October called The Breakfast Connection.  Anyone who is interested in supporting the Forum’s campaign to continue working in the neighbourhood is welcome to come to the Stowe Centre Foyer at 258 Harrow Road, W2 5ES from 10.30 to 11.30 to find out how they can help.  In addition to supporting the campaign, The Breakfast Connection will give the Forum a chance to pass on information that may be of interest to residents and for residents to tell the Forum staff about their concerns.   Tea, coffee, juice and pastries will be served.  From November The Breakfast Connection will be 10.30 – 11.30 on the second Saturday of the month at the Stowe Centre.   Meetings will therefore be on:

Saturday 13th November 10.30 – 11.30   

Saturday 11th December 10.30 – 11.30   

Saturday 8th January 10.30 – 11.30   

Saturday 12th February 10.30 – 11.30   

Saturday 12th March 10.30 – 11.30   

For more information please call Allison on 020 7266 8252 or email