Queens Park, Westbourne and Church Street Wards
PDT’s neighbourhood work demonstrates the impact of social action and commitment to democratic and fiscal empowerment. This is currently best shown in the Queens Park Ward in North Westminster where we have supported residents in establishing the first Community (Parish) Council in London with powers to raise local taxes. Visit Queens Park Community Council for more information.
PDT supports the Queens Park Community Health Champions, employment advice, and youth recovery projects through its neighbourhood centre in the Beethoven Centre.
I’ve found that it definitely helps to have a local neighbourhood team to signpost to, for example in Queen’s Park. The induction from your office was fantastic, and I’ve had a lot of useful advice from the other [Neighbourhood Forums] I’ve visited.” Nial McVeigh, Westminster Housing Options Service
Church Street and Westbourne
In Westbourne and Church Street wards, building on many years of local neighbourhood management in partnership with local residents and Westminster Council, we have established health and employment centres working in conjunction with Triborough Public Health, WCC North West Localities group, CCGs, the resident’s Futures Steering Group and the Council’s Housing Renewal programme. By linking local residents to improved health services and job opportunities coming on stream with the construction of over 450 homes, the social and economic future for less advantaged populations in these wards is set to improve significantly.
Our work in these Wards focuses on building community strength through Neighbourhood Planning Forums and in the Church Street and Westbourne Wards we support local Neighbourhood Planning Forums. In Westbourne Ward we have been working on the refurbishment of St Mary Magdalene Grade1 Listed Church and the creation of a new Living Heritage Centre with the London diocese and Westminster Council. This will capture the untold history of Paddington, and establish a living heritage through the involvement of local people, their stories and personal journeys to Paddington.
Westbourne is home to the Stowe Youth Centre, PDT Employment Team and the Westbourne Neighbourhood Forum.
What has been most impressive about the work of PDT and its partners is the way it has engaged communities and got residents involved in running projects and providing leadership in their neighbourhoods.” Karen Buck, MP for Westminster North and Mark Field MP for Cities of London and Westminster