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HyPER wins prestigious environmental honour

We are pleased to announce that HyPER has been chosen by the Environmental Research Group at Imperial College London to trial an air pollution monitor as part of a community programme to improve local air quality. The award is part of the Breathe London Community Programme, a three year research scheme in which local groups with a proven track record in community engagement are given the right to host an air monitor worth £2,500. “It’s a great honour and a tribute to HyPER’s work in and for our community that we have been selected by such a prestigious…

Minutes from “Have Your Say” 24th November

HyPER’s Have Your Say event on Thursday 24th November was another well-attended and fast-paced event. The meeting followed-on from October’s crime meeting and started with a review of the actions from that meeting. The evening started with a review of the action grid from the last meeting. The action grid has been updated with notes and feedback from this meeting. During the updates, a number of separate points were also raised which are detailed below. The first ongoing action point of the evening was the possibility of private security patrols being organised for parts of the estate where…

Winter preparations in Westminster

With snow predicted over the coming days, the Council has provided HyPER with the winter service briefing. In summary, the Council is ready for the arrival of any snow or ice comes, and they have:

HyPER Remembers

To mark Remembrance Day, Esme Daley representing HyPER attended the ceremony in Lancaster Gate presided over by Westminster Council’s Lord Mayor (Hamza Taouzzale) and Father Paul of St James’s Church, Sussex Gardens. Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg was also in attendance. The St James’s choir was joined by brass players offering an appropriately sombre musical accompaniment. HyPER thanks our ward councillors for the invitation to the ceremony.

Updated planning application for Portsea Mews

Some time ago we wrote about the proposals to redevelop Portsea Mews, an area which is currently in a poor state of repair and attracting a lot of antisocial behaviour. After some objections to the height of the previously-proposed development, the newly-submitted application reduces the height back to its current level and moves a small amount of facilities into a basement instead. As per the previous application, this updated application will be a mixed residential and business development, and will include a new entrance from Porchester Place, which we hope will bring more footfall into Connaught Village. Comments…

Next Have Your Say crime meeting

Following hot on the heels of last month’s very successful Have Your Say crime event, this sequel event will be taking place on Thursday 24th November. Our local police team (including the area’s Sergeant, Martin Noon) and our local councillors have kindly agreed to this follow-up meeting to continue to address the issues raised to HyPER by local residents. We will look at the action list from the last meeting, as well as open up the floor for new questions and comments on crime issues around the whole of the Hyde Park Estate. How do you think the…

Connaught Village Christmas celebrations

This Thursday 17th November from 3pm Connaught Village is celebrating the beginning of the Christmas season with an afternoon of complimentary sustainable craft workshops, live music performances, in-store promotions, and a chance to meet and pose for a photo with husky dogs. The Tree of Love, Joy and Hope will have a new yuletide makeover with a well known message ‘All I want for Christmas is…’, which will illuminate the streets and become the ideal Insta moment for the family Christmas card. Pupils from Connaught House School Choir will kick-start the afternoon of celebrations with an open-air performance…

Silent vampire film being screened at St John’s Church (postponed)

Come to St John’s Church on Saturday evening 12th November for the screening of the first great vampire film, on the Big Screen with live organ improvisation and bar available. F.W. Murnau’s 1922 silent horror classic Nosferatu: Eine Symphonie des Grauens (A Symphony of Horror) is the first great vampire film, based controversially on Bram Stoker’s Dracula, which almost didn’t survive to the present day. See it on the Big Screen in the amazing surroundings of St John’s Hyde Park, accompanied by the sound of Betty, the majestic organ of Hyde Park, and her thousands of pipes under…

The Waste Action Squad Gets HyPER

A blustery morning on the Hyde Park Estate did not prevent HyPER Chairman and Spokesman, Andy Beverley and Chris Gunness turning out to meet and greet the Council’s Waste Action Squad (WAS) at the famous fly-tipping hot spot where Bathurst and Westbourne Streets meet. The “WAS” set up stall at various locations across the estate during October to inform and educate residents about their work on dealing with rubbish and waste management, and what residents can do to support it. Our three ward Councillors were at the stall, as were members of the “Squad” who are working with…

TfL commence Park Lane walking and cycling consultation

Transport for London has launched a consultation on the changes they made to help people cycle, walk and use the bus on Park Lane. These included the creation of a cycle and bus lane and a reduction in the number of general motor traffic lanes. A number of changes have been made over the last 2 years, most recently being the reinstatement of the coach parking. TfL want to know what effects you think the scheme will have on walking, cycling, public transport and private transport in the future. They would also like to know if you believe…

Waste Action Squad in Hyde Park Estate this week

The Waste Action Squad is a multi-agency team working with the community to identify effective solutions to address dumping hotspots through a trial programme, across Westminster. This week they are focussing on hotspots around the Edgware Road and Hyde Park ward area. The key objectives for the team are: The timeline for the team’s visit this week in the Hyde Park Estate is below. Please pop by and speak to the team. DateTimeAreaMonday 10th October10am-12pmConnaught Street junction with Titchborne RowMonday 10th October3pm-4pmPorchester Place junction with Connaught StreetTuesday 11th October10am-12pmBurwood Place junction with Edgware Road JunctionTuesday 11th October3pm-4pmBig Black…

HyPER’s Second “Have Your Say” Event: Crime

It was standing room only at a very successful meeting organised by HyPER to discuss residents’ concerns about crime on the Hyde Park Estate. Many issues were raised, from basic policing in response to incidents, to ways that crime could be mitigated in the first instance. We are very grateful for the attendance of Sergeant Martin Noon and PC Adam Oddy from our Safer Neighbourhoods Team, and all 3 of our ward councillors, Cllr Paul Dimoldenberg, Cllr Judith Southern and Cllr Md Shamsed Chowdhury. Many topics were raised for discussion. The minutes follow and we have produced an…

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 incidents…

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,…

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