Posts Tagged ‘Environment’

Westbourne Footbridge

Tuesday, 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

Thursday, 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.

St Mary Mags project gets planning permission

Friday, December 18th, 2015

St Mary Magdalene’s in Paddington with Father Henry and members of the community.The St Mary Magdalene Paddington’s Living Heritage project has now got planning permission. On Tuesday evening Westminster Council’s planning committee gave approval for a new building to adjoin St Mary Magdalene Church, which will allow it to operate as a centre for arts and heritage. ( Please click here for press release. )

Over 100 residents and local organisations wrote to the Council supporting the proposals. The whole Mary Mags team thanks everyone for their support and their efforts on behalf of the project. It’s been tremendous, and has helped get us to this stage.

Planning permission gives the green light to proceed to our next and most challenging task – raising another £2.5 million by next July, to match £4.3 million already identified from the Heritage Lottery Fund and others. This will fund the new building, works to repair and conserve the church, and a major programme of heritage and cultural activities. ( You can see a model of the new building in the photo. )

We’ll be updating the website and will keep you informed of progress as we head into 2016 ( see www.marymags.org ). Or do get in touch for more information – toby@pdt.org.uk.

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 – the biggest one in the history !

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Westbourne Summer Festival took place on 7th June and was attended by over 2,000 people, which is over twice as many as in the previous years!

People of all ages came together to enjoy all that the festival had to offer – and there was plenty to choose from.

Once again the petting zoo and the bouncy castle were a huge success. The drumming circle which featured fifteen drums which festival-goers played with the guidance of teachers was a hugely popular activity and created a lovely beat as people were entering. Acrobats and balloon artists helped entertain the children and there was a range of activities that also took place on the Electrical Barge.

The visitors could also find out about local projects and services at the information stalls, and unwind in the holistic marquee with some yoga and massages. What a day it was!

We can’t wait for the next year!

Community Champions are coming to Westbourne!

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Are you interested in health and wellbeing? Do you want better services for families? A say about what goes on in your area? Would you like to gain new skills, meet new people and be helped back into employment?

If you live locally and are passionate about helping others in your community whilst accessing great training, making new friends, and improving your own knowledge and skills we would love you to join our new team starting in September.

Community Champions deliver projects and activities in their community to improve the health and wellbeing of local people such as:

  • Healthy snack stalls at local schools
  • Street parties and festivals to bring people together
  • Health walks
  • Food growing projects
  • Support for families and children at schools, nurseries and drop ins.
  • Support for older people
  • Your ideas welcome?!

In return for your commitment, energy and time (volunteering one day per week to fit round your commitments) the project offers great training opportunities with many Champions moving onto paid employment.

To find out more contact ted@pdt.org.uk or call 020 8964 8024

Westbourne Neighbourhood Forum at work

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Westbourne_forum_logoSince the first meeting of the Forum Committee in January, things have been steadily moving in Westbourne.

  • The Committee has held three meetings so far.
  • An Events Working Group was set up and has been meeting monthly to prepare for Westbourne Summer Festival, to take place on the Canal side on 7 June.
  • A Neighbourhood Planning Working Group was created and has started the critical task of drafting the Neighbourhood Plan to be submitted to public vote sometime in 2016.

In the last couple of months, Westbourne Forum has supported actions to prevent the former Prince of Wales pub to be turned into yet another betting shop. The way through this has been to have the pub registered as a community asset or, failing this, to ensure that the local community has a say in what sort of trade would be conducted in the premises.

Over the coming months the forum will be seeking your views on what changes you would like to see locally and what priorities a neighbourhood plans should address. To get involved please contact the forum’s secretary Lawrence Harrault lharrault@gmail.com

People Show 128: The Crypt Project

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

People Show presents show number 128: The Crypt Project in collaboration with The Paddington Development Trust, ALRA (Academy of Live and Recorded Arts) and The University of Roehampton featuring a choral sound piece created by Phil Minton.

Created and performed in and around the beautiful crypt of St Mary Magdalene Church in Paddington, the piece will explore how rituals define our modern sense of community, and will feature contributions from local residents.

The Crypt Project promises to be a very special promenade site-specific show in a magical space that is shortly due for redevelopment.

Due to the nature of the space, please be aware that it is not accessible for people who struggle with mobility nor is it disabled friendly. Audiences must be aware that there are no toilets in the venue and are encouraged to visit a nearby cafe, pub or restaurant prior to or after the performance.

Duration: 45-60 minutes

Dates: 20, 21, 22 May 2015

TICKETS ONLY £5 ARE NOW ON SALE: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/peopleshow128