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Westbourne Forum Elections for the Forum’s Management Committee took place last Saturday 15th of November in the Stowe Centre. 17 candidates were battling for the 12 spaces on the committee. The decision was down to the local people to choose their representatives.
The votes have been counted and we are pleased to announce that the12 candidates with the highest numbers of votes, who will be joining the Forum’s Management Committee, are:
DHARAMSEY, Abby Jan
|Young People:||TAHA, Fatima
|Voluntary and community organisation representatives:||BIGGS, Geoff
Congratulations to all successful candidates and we look forward to hearing about the next steps of the Forum towards developing a Neighbourhood Plan!
If you would like to stand for election please download an application form from here.
Please complete and return the form by the 8th of November, with a picture if you have one available.
This means that the Forum will have a key role in planning (ie.what does or doesn’t gets built or developed), shaping what gets decided and enabling local people to be proactive rather than just responsive to council or developer plans. We also want to continue strengthening the community through bringing people together and being a voice for all.
So we are looking for local people who want to give their time and knowledge to bringing these ideas to a reality.
On Saturday 15th November from 2-5 pm at the Stowe Centre we are holding elections for local residents, business, voluntary and community organisations to fill the 12 places available. 6 local service providers, such as schools or housing organisations, and the 3 locally elected councillors fill the other 9 places to give a total of 21.
If you would like to know more about the new forum or are interested in standing for elections please contact Monika Pawlowska on 020 7641 6631 or email Monika@pdt.org.uk
These are exciting times for Westbourne Forum… through years Westbourne Forum has continued to reflect on the future of the community and to work with local people and organisations to improve the quality of life in Westbourne, but new things are to come.
The Localism Act 2012 provides for local communities to create their own Forums, with recognised planning competences which will make sure that local people always have a strong say in any building work, renovation or public realm changes that require planning.
The first step towards the birth of our new Westbourne Forum was taken in March, when our neighbourhood area was defined and recognised by Westminster City Council. The second step took place in April, when a group of local residents and representatives of local community organisations accepted to become founding members of the new Forum
A Constitution was drafted and, together with a mission statement explaining what the founders proposed the new Forum to be in the community, was sent to the Council, and our accreditation as the new Neighbourhood Forum for Westbourne was officially announced on 25 July. The next step is for the new Forum to prepare a neighbourhood plan to be submitted to the local community for approval as a statutory document which will inform all future planning procedures.
In the autumn, all members of the existing Board will step down, and there will be a call for candidates to stand for election to the new steering body, the Forum Committee. This is planned to happen at a Community event, and preparations for that will begin presently.
We hope to have as many candidates as possible, and we wish to have a diversity of backgrounds represented, to reflect the multicultural character of our area and ensure that the Forum continues to work effectively for greater community cohesion.
Preparations will soon be on their way. So… watch this space!
The Stowe Centre runs the Jack Petchy Achievement Award Scheme where young people vote for their peers and decide who gets awarded £200 which then they can spend on training or equipment for the youth club.
Here are the stories of this year’s winners:
Corey, 17, has been a member of the Stowe Youth Club for the past three years. When Corey first started, had confidence issues mainly because of his weight . Corey joined the cooking class which operates every Tuesday, where young people are taught how to cook a healthy meal on a budget. Corey has been volunteering in the cooking sessions for eight months and has changed his eating habits, which lead to weight loss and increased confidence. Since then, Corey has supported and inspired other young people who had similar issues.
Corey used the £200 he was awarded by the Jack Petchey foundation for cooking equipment.
Brenton, 19, has been a member of the Stowe Youth Club for six years. During that time he has taught himself how to write and produce music. He has been volunteering in the MAC room each Thursday and Friday evening for the last 2 years and supporting a member of the youth team in delivering music production classes to young people who attend the youth club.
Brenton has become an accomplished teacher who delivers his support with confidence.
Brenton was awarded £200 and decided to spend the money on new keyboards for the music production class.
Jorden, 17, has been a member of the Stowe Youth Club for 3 years. During that time he has developed a passion for sports, which has helped him to overcome his shyness. In the past 6 months Jorden has been volunteering in the junior group every Monday and Friday, and has grown as a person and gained a lot of confidence. Jorden is now going to college to study sport science.
Jorden was awarded £200 and decided to spend the money on sporting equipment for the youth club.
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!
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.