We would like to wish you a very happy new year for 2016, which hopes to be a very promising one for Queen’s Park Council. Last year was our second as a statutory parish council in which we managed to deliver a number of events and services for the community which we intend to build on for 2016.
Thank you to everyone involved in the Council’s first Winter Fair which took place on 12th December. The event was split into two parts: the first took place in St Jude’s Hall for over 50s who were able to enjoy a Christmas lunch, live music and bingo. The second part took place in the Rose Garden of Queen’s Park Gardens which hosted a range of stalls offering free craft activities for children, hot food, mulled wine, cakes, mince pies, gifts and jewellery as well as a petting farm for children. All of this could be enjoyed along to the sound of Christmas carols, courtesy of the Harrow Road Community Choir, and performances from St Luke’s church band and local singer-songwriter Rosie Holloway.
Queen’s Park Gardens Management Contract
This week, the Council will be interviewing organisations for the Queen’s Park Gardens management contract. The specification for the contract has been developed by the Council in conjunction with Westminster City Council and will enable the Council to deliver a number of community projects in the park initially whilst working towards a self-sustaining model for the future. We will let you know the outcome in next month’s newsletter. You can find out more information about the contract on the Council’s websitehttp://www.queensparkcommunitycouncil.gov.uk/projects/queens-park-gardens-management-contract
New round of grants announced
The Council will be hosting another round of its Community Grant Fund which will close on 10th February. The fund is provided to help organisations deliver projects and events which will benefit the local community. You can apply on the Council’s website www.queensparkcommunitycouncil.gov.uk/qpcc-grant-application-form
Queen’s Park Voice
The first edition of Queen’s Park Voice for 2016 will be delivered soon. The deadline for new content is this week so if you have any ideas please let us know. You can also advertise your business or services in the Voice. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
Are you interested in design and planning?
QPCC Neighbourhood Planning Committee is looking for a volunteer to serve on its planning application working group. It meets for about an hour once every two or three weeks to consider planning applications in Queens Park. If you are interested please contact the Council on 0208 960 5644 or Director@queensparkcommunitycouncil.gov.uk
The Flora Pub
At the end of last year, the Council submitted an application to enlist the Flora Pub on the Harrow Road as an asset of community value. If the application is successful it will give the community 6 months to put together a bid to buy the pub if it comes up for sale.
The pub came under new ownership in 2014 and is the only pub left in Queen’s Park. If anyone can tell us about its history and use by Queen’s Park residents then we would love to hear from you: 0208 960 5644 or email Director@queensparkcommunitycouncil.gov.uk
The Neighbourhood Plan: What now?
The Council has conducted extensive consultation to find out residents’ views and ideas about how they would like Queen’s Park developed. Councillors have now met to discuss the plans and policies that will develop from the consultations and will be finalised in the next few months. They will then be circulated residents of Queen’s Park for their comments and a final consultation will take place over a six week period. For more information visit http://www.queensparkcommunitycouncil.gov.uk/projects/queens-park-neighbourhood-plan-2013-2014
More trees for North Westminster
The Westminster Tree Trust is working with Westminster Council to plant trees in North Westminster. The Trust undertook a scheme on Harrow Road in 2014 planting 30 trees and then an infilling scheme in Elgin Avenue near the market place. The latest phase is on the Westminster side of Kilburn Park Road where they have just planted 11 pear trees. The Trust is asking local organisations to inform local residents about the scheme.
For more information, visit their website www.westminstertreetrust.org.uk
With best wishes from your 12 Queen's Park Community Councillors: Musa Ahmed, Katie Cowan, Philip Andoku,Ryan Dalton, Gill Fitzhugh, Julius Hogben, Emma Morgan, Eartha Pond, Susanna Rustin, Angela Singhate, Emma Sweeney, Joe Fernandes