March pub evening – Tuesday 19 March

Message from Susan Quinn

Dear Members and Friends

The next Hyde Park Estate Association pub evening will be held on Tuesday 19th March.  The topic for this evening has been chosen because the Committee has had numerous complaints about  the worrying incidents of crime on the Hyde Park Estate and the apparent inability of the police to deal with it, due to their own reductions in manpower. As a consequence, the HPEA is exploring the possibility of employing a private security firm to patrol the Estate, if we can find an appropriate mechanism to pay for it, and if enough residents are in favour.

At this meeting you, as members of the HPEA,  will have an opportunity to hear from one such security company. On this occasion we will be pleased to welcome Karen Connell and Jacob Hunter of Hunter Protection, a private security firm based in Westminster.  Karen and Jacob will tell us about the service that their company  provides and how it might benefit our area.  They will, I am sure, be able to answer any questions we may have in order to help us decide whether this is a route worth pursuing.  Our Chairman Allen Zimbler will host the evening. 

We will meet as usual in the upstairs Theatre Bar of the Victoria on the corner of Strathearn Place and Sussex Place from 6.15 – 8.00pm.  I hope that as many of you as possible will come along and please feel free to invite any of your neighbours who may be interested in these issues and in joining our association.  This should be a most interesting evening and I look forward to seeing you there.

Best regards
Susan Quinn
HPEA Committee

April pub evening will be at the earlier time of 6:15pm on Tuesday 24 April

The April pub evening has been postponed from 17th April to the following Tuesday 24th.  The topic is local policing issues and we look forward to welcoming a member of our local police team, who will update us on current news and developments. We will have an opportunity to raise issues with them and ask questions.
We are delighted to return to the Victoria pub following its recent refurbishment – please do come along and inspect the improvements! The times at the Victoria have been brought forward slightly and we now have the room from 6.15pm to 8.00pm, so please arrive a little earlier than previously. We will have to get used to the new timing but please assume that our speaker will start soon after 6.30pm.
We are especially grateful to Susan Quinn as always for making the arrangements for the pub evening and particularly in the present circumstances.

New ambassador service this summer on Edgware Road

Members may be interested to read of the new ambassador service being launched by Marble Arch London (this is the newly formed Marble Arch BID, equivalent to the Paddington BID which has been active in the Paddington area for some years).

The ambassadors will be provided by Marble Arch London and will work with the police, TfL and Westminster City Council to report environmental issues, assist with way-finding, support homeless people off the streets and manage back anti-social behaviour such as aggressive, organised begging.

You can read more about this and other Marble Arch London initiatives at their website here.

HPEA Annual General Meeting – Tuesday 13 October

The HPEA  Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 13 October  at 7.00pm at the Lancaster London Hotel.  Our special guest speaker will be Stephen Greenhalgh, Deputy Mayor of London who will speak on Community Safety and Policing.
Please also note that the doors will open at 6.30pm and that the meeting will start promptly at 7.00pm.  This will give us more time for refreshments following the meeting and for the opportunity to chat informally with your fellow members.
The Agenda for this meeting and the Minutes of the 2014 AGM can be downloaded by clicking on the links below.
We would be most grateful if you could have a look at these BEFORE coming to the meeting so that we can get the formal business of the meeting over as quickly as possible and have more time for the presentations, questions and discussion.
Would you please note that only members who have paid their subscription for 2015-16 will be able to vote. (The membership year begins on 1 April.)  If you haven’t yet joined or renewed your subscription for this year please send a cheque made out to the ‘Hyde Park Estate Association‘ to our treasurer William Quinn, 12 Somers Crescent, London W2 2PN.  To remind you, subscription rates are £15 for Individuals, £25 for Couples/Households and £50 Corporate.

Pub evenings – new Tuesday dates from September

As from September we will be changing the night of our monthly pub evenings and will be holding them on the third Tuesday of the month.  The time and venue remain the same: The upstairs Theatre Bar at the Victoria Pub, corner of Strathearn Place and Sussex Place, London W2 from 6.30 – 8.30 pm.  The dates for September, October and November are as follows:
Tuesday 15 September
Tuesday 20 October
Tuesday 17 November
For our first meeting after the summer on 15 September we will be having a talk from Maithreyi Rajeskumar, Community and Individual Fundraiser for The Eaves Project, a charity which supports women who have experienced violence (including those involved in trafficking, prostitution and sexual violence) to rebuild their lives.   
All members and those interested in becoming members are cordially invited to join us at these monthly get togethers.

Come to our pub evening on Wednesday 13 February

Our next pub evening will be held on Wednesday 13 February, from 6:30 to 8:30pm in the upstairs Theatre bar at the Victoria Pub, Strathearn Place.

We will be welcoming Klaudija Green, our Westminster City Council Street Warden, who is going to be talking to us about Street Management.

Please do join us for drinks from 6:30; our speaker will begin around 7pm, with plenty of time for questions before we finish the formal part of the evening by about 8pm. See you there!


Nuisance sub-letting in our area

The issue of nuisance sub-letting is a concern for a number of HPEA members. It is a complex issue, with many different groups and organisations involved, and responsibilities are not clear.

The Westminster City Council policy is that you need planning permission to let your property for less than 90 days. Without it you could be fined and have an enforcement notice registered as a legal charge on your property.

The requirement for planning permission exists so that the Council can control the amount of property which is for temporary accommodation, recognising that this can generate more nuisance than permanent residential property – for example: overcrowding, rubbish, comings and goings at unsocial hours, noise, and other issues caused by tenants being unfamiliar with local laws and customs.

In order for the HPEA to support members affected by this issue, and also to evaluate its effect on the area as a whole, the committee has arranged for a brief fact-finding report to be prepared. Research will include face to face meetings with a selection of campaigning and affected members, as well as representatives from key organisations. Sarah Clifford (communications committee member) will be drafting the report during early October. If you would like to input, please contact Sarah via the membership mailbox