Now that our public consultation exercise is coming to an end we are delighted to report that we are in a position to start delivering one of the most popular aspects of our proposals ahead of time. Many of you supported the idea of greening small oases that would bring some welcome calm to our busy city as well as provide opportunity for pollution busting planting and locations for wildlife to flourish. In fact new green oases in the streetscape received the most votes when we asked what community Infrastructure money should be spent on.
Fitzrovia is one of the least green areas in Central London. The only public blade of grass in FitzWest is the new development at Pearson Square. That pocket handkerchief, delightful though it is, cannot hope to serve all our needs. It is our intention to recommend to Westminster City Council that more spaces like this are built as part of developments. But what about the concrete jungle we already inhabit?
Consider places like this above. It is the pavement on Great Titchfield Street, right outside the Regent’s Park Hilton. It’s the view that people living in the sheltered housing across the street view daily. Now we have some hope of doing something about such spaces (where development might not happen for years)
FitzWest Neighbourhood Forum is delighted to announce that we have been selected as one of the areas to receive Tesco’s BagsofHelp funding.
Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative in hundreds of regions across England and Wales. FitzWest applied for a grant and we are the lucky recipients of a regional award. How large the funding is will depend on votes cast in our local Tesco.
The scheme will see three community groups and projects in each of these regions awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge. The public will now vote in store from 27 February until 6 March on who should receive the £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 awards. To learn more about the initiative please look at www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp