Westminster suffers from the worst air pollution in the country. With 9.9 million drivers in the capital and 370 million miles driven in Westminster each year, road transport contributes to more than half of the most deadly emissions. You may have noticed the new banner by the entrance to our park.
Our local Councillor Ray Lancashire has been a passionate campaigner for several years and we are also lucky to have had his invaluable help in our gardening sessions, as a founder member of the Friends group.
When you renew your road tax, you are invited to pledge to turn your engine off when you stop your car but Westminster Council are also encouraging you to sign their pledge too. Please take a few moments to read this page and talk to your neighbours and friends. So many people don’t realise the harm they are doing to themselves and others.
It is Recycling Week again. Many of the people who read this page will live in Westminster, where our park is located*. Every borough has slightly different recycling requirements but Westminster has it’s own particular issues related to the transient nature of a proportion of its occupants in the more central areas. The different wards of the borough cannot have tailor made routines for individual needs, so the council tries to make it easier for residents by providing mixed recycling collections across the borough. Improvements and trials are happening on a weekly basis to address the changing habits of our communities.
It’s always handy to check their online guide if you are unsure about what to do with an item of rubbish and they have produced these helpful flyers too.
Fly tipping is a big problem in our area and whilst it is easy to get angry at people’s lack of consideration or even exploitation, some older members of the community or visitors from places who deal with rubbish differently, put certain items on the street in the genuine belief that the bin men will take them, like they used to many, many years ago! There are a multitude of reasons why it is impractical to do that nowadays some of which are financially based out of consideration for most residents.
For instance, the vehicles that collect our black bags are not designed to crunch down larger items that may also contain toxic elements. Furthermore, if those trucks fill up with larger items they have to return to base for emptying sooner than they should, which means additional journeys to collect the rest of the black bags in the streets, costing more time, fuel and vehicle wear & tear. It is for this reason they have a fleet of special vehicles for the big or specialist things but they do not think it is fair for everyone to pay for running these trucks, so they make a charge if there are bulky items to collect (book one here). So when you see fly tipping in your street, it is not only unsightly but the cost of removing it is impacting on your pocket – money that could be better spent elsewhere in the community.
If you are fed up to see items dumped on your street (or any issue that needs the council’s attention), the revamped reporting portal allows you to pinpoint the problem on a map and do so without bothering to log in. It is also available as an app for your phone (scroll down for the links).
Finally, if you have something you no longer need but might be useful to someone else, think about swapping it with friends or you can attend one of Westminster’s popular Give & Take events. Check the events portal here.
We’re holding a session on 5th October 2019 as part of the Silver Sunday weekend with details here. It’s a free event, as usual and will be weather dependent but please join us if you can. Please note it will be on SATURDAY, like our usual sessions.
You can read more about Silver Sunday https://silversunday.org.uk/about/, and search for other events, some of which require advance booking.
The Avenues Youth Project will resume their Monday to Friday, after-school, term-time activities next week During the day, Open Age will resume their programme for the Autumn term with new additions and exciting trips for those in the community who are over 50 years old.
This page covers all the Open Age hubs in the tri-borough. Many (even most) can be attended regardless of which of these boroughs you live in.
Due to highly anticipated attendance numbers (lol), the dates for this exhibition have been extended!
It may not be the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition but one of the Friends has a piece in there and it is a great opportunity to visit a lovely gallery to see what people in our neighbourhood get up to when they allow their creative minds to express themselves.
Location: In the Education Room, Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 4RY.
Dates and times:
Tuesday 6th August—10am-6pm
Wednesday 7th August—1pm-6pm
Thursday 8th August—10am—2.30pm
Friday 9th August—10am-1pm / 3-6pm
Sunday 11th August 10am-6pm
Monday 12th August 12-6pm
Getting to the Saatchi Gallery: By Underground: The gallery is 3-4 minutes walk from Sloane Square Underground (District and Circle lines) and 10-12 minutes’ walk from Victoria (Victoria, District & Circle lines). By Bus: 11,19,22,49,211,319 (King’s Road), 11,137,211 (Lower Sloane Street). By Train: The nearest mainline railway station is Victoria. It is 10-12 minutes’ walk from the gallery.
Assisted or ramp access is available at the Gallery’s main entrance. All floors have lifts and there is level access between the galleries on each floor. Wheelchairs are available upon request.
The festival would not be complete without Crissie and the Dog Show! 3rd August 2019 in the Dog Area by the Ilbert Street/Third Avenue entrance, Queen’s Park Gardens Registration (Essential) is at 11:30 am Event Begins at 12 noon.
Categories: Ms Diva – Mr Slick Pup Idol Best Senior Best Rescue Luv My Staffie
For other festival info, please see here.
You know it! This year’s festival is on August 3rd.
As ever, from midday, there will be two music stages, fun for the kids, health & well-being interaction around the park plus the green fingered teams providing activity (and a bit of peace?) in the Wildlife Area.
Open Age have joined forces with the Community Council and CityWest Homes bring an afternoon of entertainment and tea for the more mature members of the community in St Jude’s Hall from 1pm.