Have your say on crime and other issues next Monday 3rd October

Hyde Park Estate residents are cordially invited to HyPER’s next “town hall” meeting, taking place next Monday 3rd October at 7pm in St John’s Church Hall. After a series of recent crime incidents on the Estate, our local police team (including the area’s Sergeant, Martin Noon) and our local councillors have kindly agreed to this short-notice meeting to promptly address the issues raised to HyPER by local residents. How do you think the police and local council should respond to improve the safety of residents and property? What measures could be introduced to improve the response to incidentsContinue reading “Have your say on crime and other issues next Monday 3rd October”

Proposed 24/7 alcohol distribution

HyPER has submitted an objection to an application for 24/7 alcohol distribution from a Safestore storage unit below the Water Gardens. We are concerned about the potential for noise, litter and nuisance both at the location of premises and at the final destination. Whilst we are normally supportive of businesses on the Estate, we do not feel that an online distribution unit adds much to the social fabric of the area. In addition, the premises does not have planning consent to operate for the purpose stated in the Premises Licence application. Whilst this is our evaluation so far,Continue reading “Proposed 24/7 alcohol distribution”

New bike hangars planned

The Council has announced plans for new bike hangars on the Hyde Park Estate, to be located in Oxford and Cambridge Squares. Each hangar can store 6 normal bicycles. Residents that are currently on waiting lists for the area will be contacted by the Westminster Cycle Parking Team and offered a space to rent. The Council says: Following a study to understand the demand for secure cycle storage across the whole of Westminster, the locations have been identified as demand hotspots. The planned locations of the new hangars are as follows:

Proposed parking changes for Norfolk Crescent could lead to more traffic

The Council is proposing to change the existing “single yellow” outside Raynham on Norfolk Crescent into a “double yellow”. This will remove the current option of parking overnight and on a Sunday on that stretch of road. The council intends to do this as a result of concerns from residents of congestion after 6.30pm and weekends, when cars are parked on both sides of the road and traffic is trying to travel in both directions. HyPER says: we empathise with the reasons for this change. However, without consummate action to reduce traffic, we think that it will effectivelyContinue reading “Proposed parking changes for Norfolk Crescent could lead to more traffic”

HyPER Comes of Age

HyPER’s inaugural “town hall” meeting on Monday turned out to be just the fast-paced and dramatic event we hoped it would be.

Central London Bus Review – extended

TfL have announced that they are extending the closing date of the consultation for proposed changes to bus routes. The consultation will now run until Sunday 7th August. The proposed changes are as a result of TfL’s proposals to the Government for how it will achieve cost-savings, required as part of the Government’s condition of continued emergency funding. The full details of all bus route changes are available in this document. Further details of the overall proposals are available on the TfL website which also contains a link to be able to complete the survey. Specific routes thatContinue reading “Central London Bus Review – extended”

Portsea Mews development update

Following a number of objections, the Church Commissioners have announced changes to the Portsea Mews proposed development. Objections largely centred on the impact of the mansard extension. Following that review, the Church Commissioners have confirmed the intention to remove the proposed mansard roof extension on the outer blocks. The removal of this additional storey will remove any potential impacts to neighbouring properties in terms of sense of enclosure, daylight and sunlight and outlook. HyPER spent a lot of time communicating between the Church Commissioners and residents regarding these proposals, and successfully represented all sides of the debate. OverallContinue reading “Portsea Mews development update”

HyPER Town Hall Meeting

HyPER invites all residents of the Hyde Park Estate to a “town hall” meeting with our newly elected Labour Councillors: Md Shamsed Chowdhury, Paul Dimoldenberg and Judith Southern. It’s very early days, with the new Westminster Council administration still taking shape, but HyPER and our new Hyde Park Estate Ward Councillors want to hear about your hopes, aspirations, concerns and priorities for the immediate future and the coming four years. It may be a simple question, like what’s happening about noise, rat-running, fly-tipping or cycle lanes? It maybe about how they intend to make our communities cleaner andContinue reading “HyPER Town Hall Meeting”

Update from Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens

Recognised as a key local organisation, HyPER attended the recent Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens stakeholder meeting, chaired by the CEO of the Royal Parks (Andrew Scattergood), with updates from the 2 parks managers Jason Taylor and Andy Williams as well as the Parks police. We raised a number of questions and suggestions that had been brought by members. These included the following: A suggestion for lighting on the stretch of path leading to Kensington Gardens from West Carriage Drive at Victoria Gate. This is very dark at night and difficult to see the steps. The Parks confirmedContinue reading “Update from Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens”

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”


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