Newsletter January 2010

W10 residents group & gardening club update

Do you like gardening ? Would you like to grow your own vegetables? What do you think about Carnival?

W10 residents group


On Wednesday 2 December residents interested in finding out more about this new group met at

The Sion Manning RC Girls School.

Sean Sibley from Notting Hill Housing gave a brief presentation about what the new group is about and what it can achieve.

Taking residents seriously

Sean said that residents of W10 should be represented – their voice must be taken seriously. Establishing a residents group will help make sure that residents have a say in the provision of housing services, policing, refuse/recycling and other neighbourhood services or issues. It will also give people more influence and power to make changes to their neighbourhood.

Sean also explained that some residents for whatever reason were not able to create or put in the necessary effort to maintain a nice looking front garden.

Love gardening – great ideas

Sean said that he had noticed that some love gardening but do not have a garden to work in. These people had great ideas but nowhere to showcase their talent.

By talking with residents, local business owners, and community organisations we found about 40 people who were interested in either getting involved themselves or in finding out more about the purpose of the new group

£10,000+ per year available

11 residents met at the information evening on a cold wet winter’s night. Once fully set up, the group will be able to apply for grants of up to £10,000 per year from Notting Hill Housing. Other money may be available from Love Goldbourne (A £30,000 local council initiative over 2 years), B&Q and others.

This money can be used to buy plants, flowers, landscaping materials, expertise, training and to run community events like BBQs or Arts projects.

Do you have concerns about the Carnival?

Those who came on the night said how they were really concerned about Carnival and the way that it makes a mess of the gardens and the streets.

As residents that are affected by the carnival every year it is important that you can meet together often to find out what is concerning people and to tell the police and others how you would like things to change in the future.

After all it is the case that for some, your street becomes a public stage and gathering place for the weekend both day and night.

If you are interested in this or any item mentioned in this newsletter please come and find out more about the new group and how you can become involved.

The next information evening will be held on Thursday 21 January at Sion Manning RC Girls School, St. Charles Square, W10 6EF at 7pm.

Please come and meet others who are interested in gardening and making a difference in your community.

For more information contact Sean Sibley, the area Neighbourhood Officer from Notting Hill Housing on 020 8357 4620 or email


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