Pub evening 19 January 2016

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.

Pub evening Tuesday 17 November

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.

 

Pub evening dates for your diary

Here are the dates for the monthly Pub evenings which will all be held in the Upstairs Theatre Bar at the Victoria Pub, on the corner of Strathearn Place and Sussex Place, W2  from 6.30 – 8.30 pm.
Wednesday 8 April – HPEA Chairman Nick Johnson and Paddington Business Improvement District Manager Chris Peers will speak about the new Neighbourhood Planning Area for Hyde Park and Paddington
Wednesday 13 May – Mark McKeown, Residential Asset Manager at the Church Commissioners will speak to us about their plans and vision for the future of the Hyde Park Estate
Wednesday 10 June – Paul Rowden, Community Relations Officer at Crossrail, will speak about this major project which has such a significant impact on our area.
We look forward to welcoming you all 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.

Pub evening Wednesday 14 November: Paddington BID

Our next pub evening will be held on Wednesday 14 November and our speaker will be Kay Buxton, Chief Executive of Paddington BID (Business Improvement District).

The BID renewal process has just commenced for the 5 years from 2013 to 2018. With the continued Crossrail work around Paddington, this continues to be a challenging time for the area. Come along and ask your questions!

As usual we will meet in the Upstairs Theatre Bar at the Victoria Pub on Strathearn Place, from 6:30. Normally the speaker will start at 7pm and we aim to finish questions by around 8pm so that there is time for informal chat, drinks and food if you want to stay around.