Don’t forget Connaught Village Summer Festival, Wednesday 19 June!

You will probably have seen the road closure signs up already around Connaught Village – Wednesday 19 June is the day, and with a bit of luck there may be sunshine!

The Connaught Village Summer Festival starts at 2:30pm and runs right through to 8pm. There will be all the usual fun – street performers, art shows, live food demonstrations, children’s entertainers – and of course the legendary dog show.

The HPEA will have a stall where you can meet members of the committee, join up, buy tickets for our garden party on Saturday 22 June, and find out more about our campaigns. Come and find us on Connaught Street, near the Duke of Kendal pub – see you there!

Supporting a Neighbourhood Area registration – call to action!

The HPEA, Paddington BID (Business Improvement District) and the Paddington Waterside Partnership have got together to apply to become a Neighbourhood Area under the Government’s new localism opportunities.

This means, if we are successful, that we can then set up a separate Neighbourhood Forum, giving you an independent say in local planning decisions and more control over how we spend the Community Infrastructure Levy – the special development tax charged when development takes place.

This could make a really important difference to some of our run down areas – and particularly in Praed Street and Edgware Road – where we want to see big improvements. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and could lead to a better, cleaner place to live and work, with more business choices, better shopping options and better investment.

We need your support to achieve this. Please have a look at this short information note Information on Neighbourhood Area, and give us your help by writing to the Council to get this agreed. We have until 28 June to let the Council know that this is what people in Hyde Park and Paddington want.

You can use one of the template letters we have prepared, or send your own letter to: Councillor Robert Davies DL, Planning Delivery Unit, Westminster City Council, 11th Floor West, Westminster City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, London SW1E 6QP, or by email to LDF@Westminster.gov.uk.

RESIDENT LETTER Template 2013
BUSINESS LETTER Template June 2013
ORGANISATION LETTER Template June 2013 

Pub evening Wednesday 12 June

Our final pub evening before the summer will be held on Wednesday 12 June and the subject is very important for the future of the Hyde Park Estate Association.  On this occasion Kay Buxton, Chief Executive of Paddington Waterways Partnership, Chris Peers, Manager of Paddington Business Improvement District and our Chairman Nick Johnson will be talking about our support for a Neighbourhood Area under the Government’s Localism Act.  Achieving this status could mean that we get much better control over local planning decisions and much more involvement in the Praed Street and Edgware Road town centres. Your support is needed if we are to convince the Council so please come along to find out more about the proposal and how it could help the future of our area.
We will meet as usual in the Upstairs Theatre Bar of the Victoria Pub on Strathearn Place between 6.30 and 8.30pm.  Drinks will be available at the bar and this is always a good opportunity to meet up with friends and neighbours in a most convivial atmosphere. Do feel free to invite any neighbours who you think might be interested in hearing about this important subject.