Posts Tagged ‘Transport’

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

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.

There are many benefits to volunteering!

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Most of us have busy lives and volunteering is probably the last thing on your mind, but did you know that there are many personal benefits to volunteering?

Volunteering gives you the opportunity to:

  • Support your local community
  • Increase your self confidence
  • Stay physically healthy
  • Increase your social and relationship skills
  • Assist you to further your career

Westway CT logoA local organisation Westway CT, runs a Community Car Scheme; a membership service available to residents living in Westminster and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Members can book a journey to attend activities and classes, visit friends and family, attend appointments or just generally go about their everyday business. This service can be used for just about every occasion.

This one-to-one car service is provided by a team of volunteer drivers and travel buddies; some drivers use the designated Westway CT cars and some drive their own cars.

Volunteering with Westway CT is a hugely rewarding experience and they have a range of opportunities to suit you, from Driving and Passenger Assistant/Travel Buddy roles to more senior roles such as being a Trustee.  Their volunteer base spans a large cross section of society and their volunteers vary in age and background, some are retired with spare time on their hands, some are students or have a disability themselves and some are interested in building their confidence and skills for a career change or gaining general work experience for employment.

If you want to give something back to your community then volunteering is a great way to do this. You will also have the opportunity to meet people, learn new skills and gain some valuable work experience.

For more information about volunteering for Westway CT contact Richard Yeatman on 020 8968 2040 or richardyeatman@westwayct.org.uk

http://westwayct.org.uk/services/door-to-door/community-car-scheme

http://westwayct.org.uk/volunteer/volunteering