Archive for the ‘The Canal’ Category

Hathaway House in Woodfield Road – view and discuss the plans.

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

Hathaway house viewed from Woodfield RoadThe redevelopers of Hathaway House and the car park behind it, intend to submit a planning application to Westminster City Council.

The emerging plan is for a new mixed use development which will extend back to the canal and be up to 15 storeys high. It will include at least 66 residential units, some ‘affordable’ – provided on site.

At ground floor level, following discussions with CNWL NHS Trust, the developers would seek to incorporate NHS services to bring activity to the street level, provide local employment opportunities and actively contribute to the North Westminster Economic Development Area.

The proposed scheme has been designed by the local architectural practice Stiff and Trevillion, and will be displayed at Paddington Arts Centre, 32 Woodfield Road, W9, from 3pm – 7pm, on Monday 7th December to Wednesday 9th December.

The exhibition room will be clearly sign-posted and members of the project team will be present to answer any questions or queries about the development.

Westbourne Festival 2015

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Mark Sunday 7th June in your diaries for an afternoon of fun and sun at the canalside by the Warwick Estate. As always it will be a day of entertainment run for the community by the community!

There will be something for everyone with food, live music, drumming, yoga, exotic petting zoo, family activities, raffles, face painting, bouncy castle, stalls and much more!

We look forward to seeing you there.

Westbourne Festival 2015

Westbourne Green regeneration vote

Monday, July 28th, 2014

The result the public vote in June on the Westbourne Green regeneration proposals was:

Yes: 414 (48.6%)
No: 438 (51.4%)

Westminster Council has stated that the proposals will not now go ahead.

Based on discussion at its July meeting, Westbourne Forum has written to the council about the result, stating its disappointment. The scheme had its weaknesses, and certainly needed more work. But in the Forum’s view it was a lot better than nothing, and if done well, with the involvement of local people, it would have brought many improvements that the neighbourhood needs.

The Forum believes that the scheme was closer to the aspirations of the local community than a ‘no change’ option. This view is based on:

  1. the Forum’s years of experience of working with residents from right across the Westbourne Green community on a host of issues;
  2. the community consultation carried out during 2011-2012, which identified a majority of roughly two-to-one who felt that change was needed.

However, the end result was ‘no’. According to the Forum this was because:

  1. The benefits of the scheme were not explained well enough.
  2. A number of known concerns were left unanswered, or at least the message that they would get serious attention after the vote was easy to miss.
  3. Community engagement in the year up to the vote was not as skilful or effective as it needed to be.

The Forum’s concern now is that the area should not suffer neglect in the years to come.

Regardless of the vote there are pressures for change which will only increase with time. In terms of population the wider Westbourne ward is one of the largest and youngest in Westminster. With wellbeing measured at 612th out of 625 wards in London it inevitably remains a focus for public services.

Meanwhile its location adjacent to Paddington – at the knot where Westway, railway, canal, and the Harrow Road meet – creates a dynamic for development. Given these social and economic realities, it is important that Westbourne remains at the heart of the council’s programmes.

In the immediate future any impetus for change and improvements may depend more on the community, and the continuing work of local organisations like the Forum. But the council has a key part to play, and the Forum’s letter to the council stressed that notwithstanding the vote, its involvement in Westbourne Green is needed as much as ever.

Student Review of the 2014 Westbourne Festival

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

Co-ordinated by Westbourne Forum the annual Westbourne Festival took place on Sunday 22nd July, and Westminster Academy was very proud to support the event. We were lucky enough to enjoy glorious sunshine for the whole day, and it was a wonderful event for the local community.

There was live music (including Ionie Johnson, Zakri Zulkurnain and Joanna Charafeddine-Akar; all Year 12 students), several food stalls, lots of information stands and community groups, and even a zoo and a bouncy castle!

All the stall holders were extremely friendly, and the canal side venue created a very laid back and relaxed atmosphere. There were lots of families attending, and it was lovely to see people from such an incredibly diverse range of families mixing and sitting together on the grass.

I spent the day interviewing guests and stall holders with the WA Camera Crew, and every single person commented on what a great day it was, and how many friendly faces there were (even the ones painted to look like tigers!).

A big thank you has to go to the absolutely wonderful stewards (ten of which were WA students) for running the event so smoothly and ensuring that everyone was having a good time. And especially to those involved in the planning and organisation, particularly Sara and Geoff. Overall, it was a fantastic day and I really enjoyed being involved in it. Bring on 2015!

Noumeira Bettache

Year 12 student, Westminster Academy

Westbourne Summer Festival 2014

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

Westbourne Festival Summer 2013The Westbourne Summer Festival is back on Sunday 22nd of June 1pm – 5pm.

After last summer’s beach party, we are moving even closer to the water for this year’s day of fun.

Since Westbourne Green is currently occupied by the Thames Water’s works, the festival will be taking place next to the canal.

Local resident Sara Hamid has been appointed as a Events Coordinator by Paddington Development Trust, and will be very busy over the next months to ensure this year’s festival will be one to remember. Sarah will be working alongside local residents and community organization, as well as City West Homes.

Expect plenty of fun activities for the whole family, sport activities, bouncy castle, musical performances and plenty more!

Decision time!!

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

It’s not every day you get to decide the future of your neighbourhood!

Westbourne will be voting at the end of June on the most important changes to the neighbourhood since the Warwick and Brindley estates were built 50 years ago.

Westminster Council’s plans aim to deliver new housing, new community facilities, upgraded parks and open spaces, and changes to improve the Westbourne stretch of the Harrow Road.

The council has promised that it really is a decision for residents. If residents vote no, the plans won’t go ahead. If they vote yes, work will begin on the real detail, and change will follow.

Look out for the vote information coming through your door, and at the Vital Regeneration office at 284 Harrow Road.

WHATEVER YOUR OPINION, MAKE SURE YOU VOTE!!!

For more information call Vital Regeneration on 020 7245 2861.

St Mary Magdalene’s restoration project awarded Heritage Lottery Fund grant

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has approved a first-round funding application for the restoration of St Mary Magdalene’s Church. The bid was submitted by a partnership between Paddington Development Trust and the Church, with support from Westminster City Council.

The church sits beside the canal on the Warwick estate. Built in the mid-19th century by G.E. Street, one of the most important of Victorian architects; St Mary Magdalene’s is a Grade 1 Listed building on the English Heritage ‘at risk’ register. It is recognized as an outstanding example of neo-Gothic architecture and decoration. The project will equip the church to connect local people and visitors with Paddington’s rich and complex past.

The HLF has committed £263,000 to project development work, and earmarked £3m for the project pending a round 2 submission, expected in early 2015. Additional fundraising will be needed to cover the £5m total.

Funding will pay for:

  1. Restoration of the historic fabric of the church building.
  2. A new Heritage Wing providing access and visitor facilities, learning workshop, and canalside café.
  3. A major learning, training, and activity programme for residents and visitors.

Father Henry Everett, the Vicar of St Mary Magdalene’s, commented:

“This project is about honouring the intention of the original founders of St Mary Magdalene’s to bring joy, light, colour and a sense of pride to this deprived area of Westminster.”

Neil Johnston, Chief Executive of Paddington Development Trust, added:

“This HLF grant now means we have a serious chance to turn our ideas for this beautiful historic building into reality; connecting people with Paddington’s dynamic physical and cultural heritage, but also with new experiences and possibilities in their own lives.”

Please do get in touch if you would like to hear more about the plans for St Mary Magdalene’s.