An independent review into the local community’s need for equestrianism and how this need can best be met has now started.
The review, which will be conducted by David Gadsby, an independent and highly experienced equestrian expert, has been set up after it was agreed that the present provision through the Westway Stables was not viable.
Westway Trust together with a consortium of 11 local creative employers celebrated the launch of a new Creative Employment Programme last week, which will change the lives of 16 aspiring young people who want to break into a career in the creative industries.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson has this week announced that Westway Trust in partnership with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, has been successful in a joint High Street Fund bid and awarded £125,000 to support their vision for Portobello Village.
The fund will support the first phase of the Portobello Village development, which will include the design and installation of a series of short, medium and longer term ‘pop-up’ interventions in and around Thorpe Close, a currently underutilised connection between Ladbroke Grove and Portobello Road”.
Earlier today, senior staff of Westway Trust met with Westway Stables Limited, represented by Ms Sarah Tuvey, and a number of supporters, to discuss the future of the stables and the provision of riding services at Westway.
Westway Trust and Westway Stables Limited have agreed:
The lease of Westway Stables Limited, a tenant of Westway Trust, expires on 21 February 2015. The tenant had an option to extend the lease which it did not exercise within the given timeframe. The tenant was notified in May 2014 that the lease will not be renewed on expiry.
Portobello Village is an exciting new development opportunity for Westway Trust and comprises 50,000 sq ft of underutilised land, both under and alongside the Westway. It encompasses Acklam Village, Portobello Green Park, Portobello Green Retail Arcade and Acklam Road car park.
The start to the New Year has seen much progress at the Westway Trust. We are delighted to announce that Anne Cyron and Cllr Malcolm Spalding have been nominated by the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea to join the Trust’s Board. Westway Trust members have also elected two community representatives to join the Trust’s Board with Cynthia Dize being resoundingly re-elected and Andrew Kelly, Director of Westway Community Transport being newly elected to the Trust.
The New Year health drive continued with a Health & Wellbeing event run in partnership with Open Age at the sports centre. The event included educational workshops and sports taster sessions for over 50's members of Westway Sports & Fitness and Open Age customers. Those who attended were given guidance on healthy lifestyle choices and introduced to the facilities and activities available at Westway.
Three young people aged 21 – 23 have joined the Westway Trust as apprentices on a 12 month apprenticeship training programme, to help build a brighter future for themselves. The young enthusiasts have secured roles working as arts administrators.
Ricco Mason-Prince, Alexa Quintero and Domenica Simpson have joined the Westway Presents… team and will have responsibility for supporting the team deliver a 12 month programme of arts and cultural events around the Westway, which will see the transformation of the area into a cultural hub for performers, entertainers and artists.
Westway Trust is delighted to announce that we will be awarding the inaugural Tim Davis Sports Scholarship this year. This scholarship is an annual award of up to £5,000 and is made in honour of Tim Davis, who was a Trustee of Westway Trust and the Chair of the Sports and Fitness Board, and sadly passed away in April 2014. The closing date for applications was 30th January 2015 at 5pm.