MESSAGE FROM SUSAN QUINN
The next HPEA pub evening will be held on Tuesday 19th June at our new time from 6.15 – 8.00pm. Our speaker for the evening will be Chris Peers, Manager of the Paddington BID (Business Improvement District). Many of you will know Chris and everyone will be very interested in what he has to tell us about the latest happenings in the area including their new Community Safety Team and their 2018 entries to London In Bloom and Britain In Bloom. Chris will be very happy to take questions and to fill you in on all the news related to developments in the Paddington BID area.
We may also be welcoming some members of the new Westminster Council SWAT (Street Waste Action Team). They are about to start a pilot project to reduce rubbish dumping across the ward and would like input from residents – so this will be your chance to have your say on what you think needs to be done about this persistent problem.
It should be a very interesting evening and I do hope that as many of you as possible will be able to come along. We will meet as usual in the upstairs Theatre Bar of the Victoria, corner of Strathearn Place and Sussex Place. Please feel free to invite others in the area who may wish to join our association.
Unfortunately I will not be able to be there on the 19th but Maria Parpou, our Treasurer, will be hosting the evening and I am sure she is looking forward to welcoming all of you.
Our next pub evening will take place on Tuesday 20 June. On this occasion we will have as our speaker Andrew Scrivener, Chief Executive of European Land and Property, who will speak to us about the important developments that are being planned for Merchant Square in the Paddington Basin. He will be able to tell us about the efforts his company is making in establishing a “destination” in the Basin with various year-round and summer events and also the extent to which affordable housing is playing a role in the development of the area.
There are exciting plans afoot so please come along and enjoy this final pub evening before the summer break.
We will meet as usual in the Upstairs Theatre Bar of the Victoria Pub on the corner of Strathearn Place and Sussex Place from 6.30 – 8.30pm. And as always please feel free to invite any friends or neighbours who may be interested in joining our association.
Many HPEA members are already signed up to the proposed Hyde Park and Paddington Neighbourhood Forum. Westminster City council are now carrying out formal consultation on the establishment of the Forum and you are invited to take part. Here is the information from the Forum’s website, http://www.hydeparkpaddington.org:
“An application to designate the Hyde Park and Paddington Neighbourhood Forum was made to Westminster City Council on 22 December 2016. Following the application’s validation the City Council is inviting formal responses from businesses and residents. The role of the Hyde Park and Paddington Neighbourhood Forum will be to lead and undertake neighbourhood planning. This will give the community, both businesses and residents, a chance to influence development and change your neighbourhood.”
The consultation is open until 6pm 20 April 2017 and HPEA members are encouraged to give feedback which you can do as outlined below. The WCC website page is http://www.westminster.gov.uk/neighbourhood-planning-resources#news
You can view or download the flyer about the consultation at this link.
If you would like to make any comments in relation to the proposed Hyde Park and Paddington Neighbourhood Forum, please send them to the postal/email address below by 18:00 hours on Thursday 20th April 2017.
Policy and Strategy,
Westminster City Council,
15th Floor East,
Westminster City Hall,
64 Victoria Street,
London SW1E 6QP
At our next pub evening on Tuesday 18 October we are pleased to welcome Simon Gartshore and representatives of British Land who will talk to us about their emerging vision for the future of the Paddington Central Estate, the area behind Paddington Station and around Sheldon Square. They will be giving us a review of what has been achieved in this area in recent years and will discuss their ideas for the future of the Estate and the opportunities for further development. As their plans are only in the formative stages they would welcome our views and hope to be able to discuss with us the ideas that they are considering. This is an excellent opportunity for us to have an early stage input on the local developments in our area and I hope that as many of you as possible will attend.
We will meet as usual in Upstairs Theatre Bar of the Victoria Pub on Strathearn Place between 6.30 – 8.30pm. We envisage that the talk will start at 7pm but do come along early for a drink and a chat with other members. Please feel free to invite any of your neighbours who may be interested in hearing about this and in joining our association.
All HPEA members are invited to a special meeting to launch the Hyde Park and Paddington Neighbourhood Forum. It will be held at the Victory Services Club on Wednesday 22 June at 6.30pm.
We will be looking at the special arrangements needed to gain agreement and understand the constitutional and key organisational issues. Our Chairman Nick Johnson will be introducing our business partners and asking for your views and agreement to the application we need to make to the Council. We hope you can come to this important meeting.
Please see the Hyde Park Paddington forum website for more information http://www.hydeparkpaddington.org/
At our next pub evening on Tuesday 21 June the Hyde Park Estate Association is very pleased to be given the opportunity once again to meet members of the team behind the proposed development adjacent to Paddington Station and to give them our views. As you may be aware, following the response to their original proposals earlier this year Sellar Paddington Limited withdrew their planning application and are now planning to present revised proposals for the site.
They will be holding a public consultation and exhibition later this month (24th, 25th and 27th June) but prior to this have agreed to come along to the HPEA pub evening to seek our views. This will be your chance to ask any questions and to find out what they have done to answer the concerns previously raised following the earlier application. It is a great opportunity to meet the key people involved with the site and the development of Paddington and to make your views clear.
We hope that you will be able to join us and to take an active part in the planning process. We will meet as usual in the Upstairs Theatre Bar of the Victoria Pub on Strathearn Place from 6.30 – 8.30pm.
There’s a programme of events during the summer in Merchant Square which you are all cordially invited to join.
You can find out more by checking the new Merchant Square website at www.merchantsquare.co.uk or see the flyer attached.
Summer of Fun Leaflet
The HPEA has responded to the planning application for the re-development of 31 London Street (the former Post Office site).
You can read the response here: HPEA Planning Commitee response to the Sellar Application for the Post Office Sorting Office site.
At our first pub evening of the New Year on Tuesday 19 January we are very pleased to welcome as our speakers representatives of Sellar Paddington Ltd, the company behind the proposed new development adjacent to Paddington Station. As many of you will already be aware this is a proposal for the redevelopment of the former Royal Mail Sorting Office site fronting London Street and Praed Street, with a distinctive tall tower as its centrepiece. Consultations about the proposals are already underway and some of you may have visited the exhibition of the proposals held in Praed Street late last year. The plans include new housing, offices, shops and open space. As this project would have major implications for our area it was felt that members might wish to have more information about the proposed development and also to have the opportunity to ask questions of the developers.
We therefore hope that many of you will take advantage of this opportunity and we hope to see you at our pub evening on 19th January. As usual we will meet in the Upstairs Theatre Bar of the Victoria Pub on Strathearn place from 6.30 – 8.30pm.
At our next pub evening on Tuesday 17 November we are very pleased to welcome Andrew Alchin, one of our local residents, who has kindly agreed to give us a talk entitled ‘
A History of Paddington in Maps’ . Andrew has had a lifelong interest in maps and is a collector of antique maps and city views. He has lived in the Paddington area since the early 1970’s. In his Powerpoint presentation he will describe the development of Paddington, including the Hyde Park Estate, over the centuries,
using a wide variety of maps and diagrams as illustrations. He will demonstrate the key role that transport has played in Paddington’s history from the beginning and which continues to the present day.
As Andrew will be illustrating his talk via a TV screen in the Bar please do come early to get a good seat. We will meet as usual in the Upstairs Theatre Bar of the Victoria Pub on the corner of Strathearn Place and Sussex Place W2 from 6.30 – 8.30 pm.