Hyde Park Ward election statements

Local elections are taking place on Thursday 5th May, the results of which will decide who runs the City of Westminster. A total of 54 councillors are up for election, 3 for each of the 18 wards that make up the City (down from 60 councillors and 20 wards in the last elections). For the Hyde Park Ward (stretching from the Hyde Park Estate up to Bishops Bridge Road), 3 councillors will be elected. Current councillors Heather Acton and Antonia Cox are standing for re-election, with Ian Adams stepping down and new candidate Zaheed Nizar standing in hisContinue reading “Hyde Park Ward election statements”

Housing Ukrainian refugees

Do you think you might be able to help house a Ukrainian refugee? Are you interested in finding out more, but hesitant without knowing further details? Or are you simply curious and wanting to find out more information? HyPER has been approached by and is aware of a number of local groups that are initiating and facilitating homes for refugees, and we know of Ukrainians that have already been housed on the Estate. It can be a slightly daunting concept to consider what such a commitment might involve, so we can help by putting you in touch withContinue reading “Housing Ukrainian refugees”

Final drinks and books event at Phlox Books

Your last chance to attend one of Phlox Books fascinating events is this Tuesday 29th, with more opportunities to meet and hear from renowned authors as well as purchase signed books before general release. This final event will be an intimate ‘in conversation’ event featuring award-winning journalists Sally Hayden and Christina Lamb. Discussing Hayden’s unreleased book ‘My Fourth Time, We Drowned’, a staggering account of the migrant crisis across North Africa, against a background of the book’s subject matter of refugee migration at a time where it couldn’t be more topical. Hailed by The Sunday Times’ Chief ForeignContinue reading “Final drinks and books event at Phlox Books”

Drinks and books at Phlox’s next event

Recent addition to Connaught Village, Phlox Books, will be having the next event at their pop-up shop this Thursday 24th. The event will commence with a drinks reception and continue with talks from 2 authors: Alice Vincent – Alice Vincent is an author and gardener, who has worked as a journalist for the past decade. Her books include Rootbound, How to Grow Stuff and Seeds from Scratch and is currently working on another, Why Women Grow. A columnist for The New Statesman, Alice has written for The Observer, Vogue, The Guardian and other titles. An inner-city gardener, sheContinue reading “Drinks and books at Phlox’s next event”

Conversion of parking to EV charging bays

Westminster Council is proposing to convert a number of residents’ parking bays on the Hyde Park Estate into electric vehicle residential charging bays. This will mean that the bays can only be used by electric vehicles, and only whilst charging: a vehicle must be plugged into the recharging point while occupying an electric vehicle residents’ parking place. The maximum stay period would be 12 hours with no return on the same day. The changes are proposed Westminster-wide, with the affected bays on the Hyde Park Estate being as follows: Albion Street (outside 42/43) Burwood Place (outside the WaterContinue reading “Conversion of parking to EV charging bays”

HyPER at the top table

As the May local elections loom, HyPER’s engagement with all influential stakeholders in our community is intensifying. In the spirit of true impartiality and objectivity – not wishing to alienate any of our members or indeed-non members – we have extended social invitations to representatives of the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democratic Parties in recent weeks. The Greens and others are on our list! “It’s important that HyPER sits at the top table”, said HyPER Chairman, Andy Beverley, “and that means extending the welcoming hand of hospitality to all the movers and shakers in our neighbourhood. But weContinue reading “HyPER at the top table”

Phlox Books arrives in Connaught Village

To celebrate International Women’s Day, Connaught Village welcomes indie book store, Phlox Books to pop-up over the month of March with a women focused catalogue of books and female author events that will showcase the female experience in literary form. The first event, including wines from Connaught Cellars, is on Tuesday 8th March.

Next pop-up party and interview with London Chocolate

Join us for our next pop-up party this Saturday 5th March, for the ultimate chocolate experience, where you won’t just taste, you will learn about some of the world’s finest chocolate. We are extremely grateful to London Chocolate for hosting the event and we’re delighted to give HyPER members the opportunity to explore this new arrival in Connaught Village. As well as sampling the delights of London Chocolate, we’ll have the chance to hear about the origins of their business, travelling the world for 3 years in search of the finest cacao beans and how they came toContinue reading “Next pop-up party and interview with London Chocolate”

Council confirms new traffic plans

Leader of the Council Rachael Robathan confirms that Westminster Council will re-engage with residents of the Hyde Park Estate to find a solution to the excessive volumes of traffic that cuts through the Estate.

Results of temporary cycle lane consultation

We recently informed members of the opportunity to have a say on the temporary cycle lanes on Bayswater Road, Westbourne Terrace and around the Estate. The Council has now published the responses to this consultation and as a result intends to retain the temporary lanes whilst permanent schemes are developed. More information is available on the council’s website and the full consultation report is also available.

Connaught Street EV charger replaced

We are pleased to report that after a lengthy period of pressure from HyPER the council has now replaced the EV charging point on Connaught Street. Having been defective for some time and being one of the few chargers around Connaught Village, we know this was causing a lot of frustration amongst members. The reason for the lengthy delay was that the old charger was no longer in support and it was therefore unable to be repaired. We are pleased to see that the council was instead able to replace for a completely new charger. Don’t forget toContinue reading “Connaught Street EV charger replaced”

Christmas pop up party: Eve Leibe Gallery

Join us for mince pies and mulled wine at our Christmas pop-up party on Saturday 4th December at 3pm. We are extremely grateful to the Eve Leibe Gallery for hosting this month’s event and we’re delighted to give HyPER members the opportunity to explore this new arrival in Connaught Village. Eve Leibe will be talking to us about the philosophy and mission of their artwork and the fascinating journey they’ve taken over the last 3 years, eventually ending up in the heart of the Hyde Park Estate. Chat to current exhibiting artist Nell Brookfield who will be inContinue reading “Christmas pop up party: Eve Leibe Gallery”


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