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The inaugural Paddington Festival Gala Awards event took place on Wednesday 14th October, at Paddington Arts in Woodfield Road W9 2BE.
Westbourne Forum won an “All the world’s a stage” award for best festival 2015, and was noted for our previous Beach Festival. These awards cover a variety of events in different wards over the summer of 2015.
The Gala Awards is a free event that has been designed to celebrate the talents of our local performers and the opportunity to offer public thanks to individuals & organisations that contribute to our local community. The well attended event included the Westbourne Councillors and Karen Buck, our local MP. Next year should be even better.
As can be imagined, preparing the Neighbourhood Plan for Westbourne is not a small task, and the Working Group formed to draft this important document is not idle, even over the summer months.
Not only did Westbourne Forum organise the Summer Festival as we do every year, but it had a stall that conducted a consultation as to what local residents liked and disliked in Westbourne as it is now, and what they would like to see improved. Interestingly, environmental issues such as air and canal pollution have now come to the top of the list of people’s concerns, ranking equal only to the presence and behaviour of gangs in the estates’ area. While more people than ever see Westbourne as a friendly area, there is still a sense that Westbourne needs to find its identity, and that access to green spaces, community facilities and leisure and sports are aspects that need addressing to achieve this goal.
This outcome of the Festival consultation will help inform the choice of planning options to be studied and pursued, now that, with the support of Locality, an organisation dedicated to helping communities who work on their local plans, and the appointment of an urban planning consultant, AECOM, things are taking a big jump forward. The Forum Committee will meet in September to examine the consultant’s report and endorse the lines of action it will recommend. So the autumn will be rich in progress. Watch this space…
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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The summer of 2014 brought exciting news to those of us who worked for the future of our Forum. Westminster City Council decided to designate us as the new Forum for Westbourne, with specific responsibilities in the field of local planning.
We held elections to the new Management Committee in November, and the Committee held its first meeting in January.
Throughout 2015, the Committee will be chaired in rotation by Geoff Biggs, Toby Gale and Shamsa Hersi. The Secretary is Lawrence Harrault. Meetings of the Committee take place every two months, and observers are welcome at any meeting, subject to prior email to:
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