Queen’s Park Community Council runs a number of projects and events in line with our vision, mission and objectives, many of which are developed by the council’s working groups. If you want to get involved with an existing project or have an idea for a new one, contact us. The Community Council also funds projects and events which benefit Queen’s Park residents through our community grants programme and pop-up fund. Information relating to these activities, including case studies, can be found on the previous grant recipient page.
Between October 2019 and Summer 2020, QPCC’s community engagement team will be out and about meeting local people and finding out what you think QPCC should support and do in the area in line with our vision, mission and objectives, as well as exploring new ways residents can get involved. Come see us at one of our engagement events, starting with the Winter Festival (with more dates to be announced soon), or complete our online form.
We have a number of annual fixtures in our events calendar which take place in Queen’s Park Gardens, Ilbert Street W10 4QJ.
Queen’s Park Summer Festival
(always on the first Saturday in August – 1 August for 2020)
For one day a year, the summer festival transforms Queen’s Park Gardens into a free and fun-filled celebration of our local community. The event is organised by local residents and organisations and features performers from Queen’s Park and the surrounding areas across two live stages, plus lots of interactive activities designed to
improve the quality of life for Queen’s Park residents. These include advice and support relating to recycling, health and wellbeing, as well as introductory workshops to sports, gardening and creative arts. We also have delicious food vans serving up yummy treats.
We are always on the look-out for performers, stall holders, caterers and activity providers, as well as enthusiastic volunteers without whom the events would not be possible. If you would like to get involved, contact us.
Queen’s Park Fireworks Display
(always on the 5 November)
Big and spectacular, Queen’s Park Firework Display is a great way for local residents to enjoy a fireworks display safely and provides an opportunity to ooh and ahh with your neighbours. The display lasts approximately 20 minutes can be viewed from inside the park and on Ilbert Street. Please note that there are a number of temporary road closures in place on Ilbert Street and Third and Fourth Avenue from around 3-7pm on the day of the event, and Bruckner Street becomes resident access only.
Queen’s Park Winter Festival
(always on the second Saturday in December – 12 December for 2020)
Small and cute, the Queen’s Park Winter Festival turns Queen’s Park Gardens into our very own winter wonderland. Past activities include children’s donkey rides, an animal petting farm, wreath making and festive music making. Over the road in St Jude’s Hall, the Community Council works with Open Age and City West Homes to put on a party for the Over 50s featuring dancing, afternoon tea and games.
Improvements to the local area
Queen’s Park Gardens
Since 2016 QPCC has enlisted local environmental charity Hammersmith Community Gardens Association to work on an enhanced park contract in Queen’s Park Gardens – the green space at the heart of our community. Their work includes coordinating community gardening sessions, training up local volunteers in open space maintenance and gardening, enhancing areas of the park and running children’s activities. Community gardener Ulla runs gardening sessions from the rose gardens every Thursday 10am – 12pm and children’s activities Thursdays 2-4pm in school holidays. Pop in and say hi! No need to book.
In 2017, work began on a brand new community orchard in the rose gardens which kicked off with a community planting day after several months clearing overgrown corners and diseased plants. We are grateful to Queen’s Park Rangers, a Bangladeshi women’s group from Queen’s Park Library and the numerous residents who kindly sponsored trees. There will be lots of opportunities to have orchard themed events this summer, so keep an eye on our calendar.
QPCC is also in conversation with Westminster City Council to repurpose the park hut by the Fourth Avenue entrance of Queen’s Park for community use. The intention is to refurbish the existing building and open it up to known community groups who will be able to use its facilities. Modifications will also mean that the hut can become a launch-point for QPCC to run additional pop-up activities from, such as a summer community café, workshops, plant growing nurseries and open air cinema.
A Neighbourhood Plan gives local people a role in making decisions about how they would like their area to be developed. It also means that, if building is done in Queen’s Park, QPCC can claim fund from The Community Infrastructure Levy, which can be used as we choose on improvements here in Queen’s Park.
QPCC engaged with residents on several occasions to hear views which were then inputted into the plan. The plan includes improvements to Canal Terrace and the Harrow Road open space, the installation of bike hangars, safe pedestrian crossings and the naming
of designated buildings as assets of community value which places restrictions on how they can be developed.
In response to concerns, QPCC conducts a dog strategy to combat anti-social dog behaviour and dog ownership across the ward. Local dog socialiser and behaviour advisor Crissie Chambers carries out weekly ward patrols with Westminster City Council enforcement officers to ensure responsible behaviour, which in Westminster includes having dogs on leads at all times except in the dog run of Queen’s Park Gardens. Crissie also runs regular dog workshops and advice sessions, with longer courses available for community members with pets identified as having specific behavioural issues and needing additional support and assistance. For more information, contact Crissie on 07959 523 710.
QPCC conducts and annual science air pollution project, which is carried out by community volunteers to establish the quality of air surrounding our homes and businesses. The project sees twenty diffusion tubes mounted on street lamps along stretches of Harrow Road and Kilburn Lane, identified as areas of high-volume traffic. Tubes are also mounted outside Queen’s Park and Wilberforce primary schools, Queen’s Park Library, St John’s Church and stretches of road running north to south.
The acrylic diffusion tubes are used to absorb ambient nitrogen dioxide (NO2) form the air produced by motor vehicle exhaust fumes.
After one month, the tubes are taken down and the concentration of NO2 absorbed is analysed. Previous results have been concerning: in some spots the level of nitrogen dioxide was double the legal limit, including outside St John’s Church. The only space deemed to have clean air was in Queen’s Park Gardens, which highlights the need to preserve this important space.
COMMUNITY GRANT FUNDING
The QPCC Grants Programme was established to encourage local groups and individuals who, with the benefit of local knowledge, want to deliver services or events. Over the past four years we’ve given grants for a range of distinctive local initiatives. Projects have included, for example, Black History Week, a young fathers programme, mediation services, interpretation services, activities for older residents and food banks. View our previous recipients
QPCC now has two sources of grant funding which give grants of up to £3,500 for voluntary or charitable organisations and individuals living, working or delivering services in Queen’s Park Ward, Westminster.
In addition to the above, community councillors have provided with the Avenues Youth project with £20,000 a year since 2016 after Westminster City Council withdrew all its funding. With strong local support, QPCC offered an emergency grant of £20,000 to help the Project continue to provide crucial services for local young people. The Avenues has since raised much more of its own funding and its important work continues. In 2018 the decision was taken to provide £20,000 a year for the next three years from 2019/2020, by which time it is hoped that Avenues will have developed a new and sustainable funding model, together with an additional £5000 to support a ‘holiday hunger’ programme in the first year.
QUEEN’S PARK VOICE
Queen’s Park Voice is created and delivered by councillors and volunteers to all 5,000 houses in the ward. Over the years it has featured local news, events and projects, fascinating local history articles from resident Joe Gordon, and interviews with local activists, students, former MPs, city inspectors, ward councillors, charity partners and others. The Voice helps to keep local people informed about important local issues. And each edition gets archived in the British Library, so the history that is being made in Queen’s Park is being preserved. We are always on the look-out for new stories, deliverers and contributors so if you have an idea, get in touch! View previous editions of the Voice.
QPCC has oversight of all planning applications in Queen’s Park and submits comments to Westminster City Council planners. The planning working group, made exclusively up of volunteers, regularly spends time reviewing numerous proposals covering things like extensions, changes of detail, dormer windows and solar panels. The Avenues estate is a conservation area and there are strict guidelines on what changes can be made. Local volunteers have worked with QPCC and WCC to develop a Planning Information Guide to the Queen’s Park Conservation Area. This provides valuable, accessible and free guidance for residents on planning in the conservation area.
Helping to set-up local groups
QPCC also helps local people form groups with other like-minded or interested people in response to ideas or issues that they are facing. The Harrow Road Retailers Association, which was set up to involve them in the improvements to the road, set up in 2016 for shopkeepers working in the Harrow Road from Ladbroke Grove to Maida Hill, is one such example. With over 100 members, their aim is to develop a high street which people can be proud of, taking into account issues such as shop fronts and awnings, forecourts, parking, preservation of the heritage of the original buildings and the introduction of new and varied shops.
QPCC is also working with local residents to set up an artist’s collective, which will be working alongside the public and community arts working group to bring colour and life to our streets.
London Mayor’s Citizenship Engagement /Arts and Culture Team Project
This project ran in 2018 in conjunction with Working With Men. The joint project trained up a group of young black and minority ethnic men as “peer researchers” who then explored how London’s arts and culture scene can be made more inclusive for all. The Mayor’s office funded this project.
In 2013 Westminster City Council (WCC) removed an old steel climbing frame, leaving the park with minimal provision for school-age children. QPCC worked in partnership with WCC and the Friends of Queen’s Park Gardens to raise funds from Sita Trust. A new climbing frame with slide, a cone climber and a roundabout were among the new equipment installed in 2014.
QPCC helped to have the first secure street bike hangars in the borough installed, in Ilbert Street in 2017. They have been successful and very popular. After an initial year trial period, WCC agreed to extend provision for another year. QPCC will continue to campaign for them to be made permanent, as well as for the installation of additional shelters elsewhere in Queen’s Park.