We have had a fun and busy three weeks of sports camps over the Easter holidays at the Sports Centre. In addition to the ever-popular football, tennis and climbing camps, our StreetSports camps have been full to the brim with enthusiastic youngsters trying their hands at a range of activities including basketball, climbing, dodgeball and graffiti art. The StreetSports camps are run in partnership with local arts hub, FerArts which introduced the graffiti art and other creative activities such as making objects from recycled material.
The sun is shining and the Easter fun goes on at our Sports Centre where more than 1,300 youngsters have been enjoying a range of activities at our Easter Camps.
The football pitches have seen plenty of action, the tennis courts are brimming with budding Djokos and Serenas, and young climbers have been scaling the heights on the fantastic climbing walls. Street sports – a unique combination of activities such as dodgeball, graffiti art and skateboarding - were also hugely popular.
We are delighted to announce the appointment of three new Trustees.
Karen Bendell is a successful sales and sourcing executive in the fashion sector. Her experience includes design, retail, manufacturing and SME business support. She is a fan of the Portobello Vintage Market and can often be seen browsing the unique range of stalls.
Christopher Ward, Finance Director at Shaftsbury PLC, joins the board and brings a wealth of experience in financial strategy and capital funding of property management and development.
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 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.