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 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.

Pub evening Wednesday 11 February

At the next HPEA pub evening on WEDNESDAY 11 FEBRUARY  we are very pleased to welcome as our speaker Christa Scholtz, Scheme Manager of Home Start Westminster, a charity supported in part by Westminster City Council.  Home Start Westminster trains volunteers who visit and befriend families in difficulty who have a child under the age of five.  Volunteers offer help and support and if necessary refer on to other appropriate services, for example  if there is a medical or housing problem.  Two of our members are trustees of this charity and they thought you would be interested in hearing more about its important work for vulnerable families in our area.
We will meet as usual in the Upstairs Theatre Bar of the Victoria Pub on Strathearn Place between 6.30 – 8.30pm.  Please do come early to have a drink and a chat with other members before the talk starts.  Also as anyone who came to our January pub evening will know, seats can be limited!
CYCLE SUPERHIGHWAY FOLLOW UP
As a follow up to our last meeting, which was our most well attended ever, we have been told that the revised East West Cycle superhighway proposals will be published on the Transport for London website in the next few days.  New consultation dates have also been published and these have been sent out to members in a separate email.
We hope to see you at the Victoria on 11 February.

Annual General Meeting Tuesday 21 October

The HPEA Annual General Meeting  will take place on Tuesday 21 October at 7pm at the Lancaster London Hotel, Lancaster Terrace, W2 2TY.  Formal notification of this meeting has already been sent out to members and you can read a copy below.

After the formal business there will be a panel presentation and discussion on ‘Public Services – Challenges Ahead’  led by our Chairman, our MP, local Councillors and the Police.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2014

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 10 October: Neighbourhood forums

The next pub evening on Wednesday 10 October will have as its subject ‘Neighbourhood Forums’.  Tom Kimber, Principal Planning Officer at Westminster City Council, will be our speaker and Nick Johnson will chair the evening.  Tom will speak about the Neighbourhood Forum initiative and its implications for neighbourhood planning.

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!