Consultation on Hyde Park Paddington Forum

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.

Neighbourhood Planning,
Policy and Strategy,
Westminster City Council,
15th Floor East,
Westminster City Hall,
64 Victoria Street,
London SW1E 6QP

E-mail: neighbourhoodplanning@westminster.gov.uk

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

January Pub Evening – Wednesday 8 January

We are starting our 2014 season of pub evenings with a talk by one of our  ward councillors, Councillor Heather Acton.  Heather has kindly agreed to update us on the developments in the Edgware Road, on what the council has been doing about the problem of Short Lets, and on other Council related environmental issues such as street cleansing etc.  This is your chance to find out what is happening in our area and to put your questions about these issues to one of your local councillors.  This will be a very interactive meeting with plenty of time for comment and discussion. It will also be a  good occasion to catch up with friends and neighbours after the holiday break.
So please do join us on WEDNESDAY 8 JANUARY between 6.30 and 8.30pm in our usual meeting place, the Upstairs Theatre Bar of the Victoria on Strathearn Place.    We look forward to seeing 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.

Next pub evening is Wednesday 13 March

At our next pub evening we will be discussing the very current issue of short term lettings. As you may know, Westminster City Council does not allow short term lettings (less than 90 days) without planning permission. Such short term tenancies can lead to problems in neighbourhood areas, and in some cases may be linked to benefits fraud.

We are therefore very pleased that David Whitehouse-Hayes, Counter Fraud Manager at Westminster City Council, who deals with housing benefit fraud and illegal sublets, has agreed to attend our March pub evening and speak to us about this problem.

Please join us on Wednesday 13 March between 6.30 and 8.30pm in the Upstairs Theatre Bar of the Victoria Pub on Strathearn Place.

 

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!

 

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!