Westbourne

Welcome to Westbourne! Westbourne is situated in the north west of Westminster bordering Notting Hill in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The north of the ward borders Harrow Road, Little Venice to the east and Bayswater to the south.

Westbourne ward is largely characterised by the 1960s Warwick estate which is bounded by Grand Union Canal and the Westway, with Westbourne Green park in the centre. The South West of the ward is home to the Brunel Estate. Westminster Academy and its associated sports centres are in the West of the ward.

If you have a story or know any local history about Westbourne, or if you have recently found a hidden gem, share with your neighbours in the 'your stories' tab below!

Welcome to Westbourne! Westbourne is situated in the north west of Westminster bordering Notting Hill in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The north of the ward borders Harrow Road, Little Venice to the east and Bayswater to the south.

Westbourne ward is largely characterised by the 1960s Warwick estate which is bounded by Grand Union Canal and the Westway, with Westbourne Green park in the centre. The South West of the ward is home to the Brunel Estate. Westminster Academy and its associated sports centres are in the West of the ward.

If you have a story or know any local history about Westbourne, or if you have recently found a hidden gem, share with your neighbours in the 'your stories' tab below!

  • Your Priorities for Westbourne

    by Catherine, over 3 years ago

    Have you got an idea that could improve your local area? Is there a big issue you think we should all be talking about? What would make you more proud of the area you live or work in?

    We want to hear about your priorities so we can work together to achieve something great for your area.

    For example, if a priority is helping adults and young people into work, we can discuss together how to make services more visible in your area. If a priority is improved environment (plants, art, seating), residents and ward councillors can discuss the use of ward budgets. If a priority is to support and provide social activities for elderly people, we could take ideas forward together.

    Start the right conversations by clicking here and and letting us know what your top three priorities are and why.

    Have you got an idea that could improve your local area? Is there a big issue you think we should all be talking about? What would make you more proud of the area you live or work in?

    We want to hear about your priorities so we can work together to achieve something great for your area.

    For example, if a priority is helping adults and young people into work, we can discuss together how to make services more visible in your area. If a priority is improved environment (plants, art, seating), residents and ward councillors can discuss the use of ward budgets. If a priority is to support and provide social activities for elderly people, we could take ideas forward together.

    Start the right conversations by clicking here and and letting us know what your top three priorities are and why.

  • Ward Budget Projects in Westbourne

    by Catherine, over 3 years ago

    Ward budgets are a dedicated and flexible resource with which to address specific local issues and priorities.

    Local councillors have been given an annual budget since April 2008 to spend on local projects in their wards, from 1 April 2014 this is £46,000 per ward per year. The budgets are intended to enable councillors to address local issues and priorities that matter most to residents. This could range from improving the local environment with new trees, flowers or improved paving, to purchasing new equipment for the local sports club, or funding activities for older residents.

    See below for recent projects.

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    Ward budgets are a dedicated and flexible resource with which to address specific local issues and priorities.

    Local councillors have been given an annual budget since April 2008 to spend on local projects in their wards, from 1 April 2014 this is £46,000 per ward per year. The budgets are intended to enable councillors to address local issues and priorities that matter most to residents. This could range from improving the local environment with new trees, flowers or improved paving, to purchasing new equipment for the local sports club, or funding activities for older residents.

    See below for recent projects.


    Continuing from 2014-15 and 2015-16


    Westbourne Summer Fair 2014

    Provider: Paddington Development Trust; Cost: £7,000

    Ward budget has contributed towards the Westbourne Summer Festival which is for all residents to enjoy. The purpose of the festival is to bring the community together by allowing adults and children take part in and enjoy activities and find out what opportunities there are in the local area.


    Club Xpress Holiday Club

    Provider: Westbourne Park Family Centre; Cost: £4,000

    The ward budget has contributed towards the centre’s holiday club to provide young people with activities outside of term time.


    Hanging Baskets for Warwick Crescent

    Provider: Warwick Crescent Residents Association; Cost: £345

    The ward budget has contributed towards putting up hanging baskets in Warwick Crescent.


    Stowe Youth Club Capital Items

    Provider: Paddington Development Trust; Cost: £5,448.98

    A T-shirt cutting machine and 12 tables for the main hall at the youth centre has been sponsored through the ward budget.


    Amberley Youth Music Studio Hours

    Provider: Amberley Youth Music; Cost: £2,200

    Young people who are interested in creating their own music have had free studio times twice a week.


    Black History Month

    Provider: The Avenues; Cost: £66.52

    Together with the Harrow Road and Queen’s Park Councillors, Westbourne ward members supported the Avenue’s programme of events for Black History Month.


    All Sing! Community Choir

    Provider: All Sing!; Cost: £3,510

    Thanks to continued support from the Harrow Road, Queen’s Park and Westbourne councillors, the All Sing! Community choir continues to bring together singers from the three wards.


    Early Years Provision

    Provider: Westbourne Park Family Centre; Cost: £7,998

    Thanks to the ward budget contribution, the centre’s hall continues to provide for early years needs with space to run and play and socialise whatever the weather.


    London Breakdance Challenge 2014

    Provider: Paddington Arts; Cost: £1,250

    Young people in the area were encouraged to participate in the London Breakdance Challenge 2014 while others gained digital skills as they livestreamed the event.


    Christmas Lights

    Provider: Abraxus and Collier & Co.; Cost: £2,698.75

    The Westbourne Councillors have contributed £2,698.75 towards the area’s Christmas lights.


    Neighbourhood Forum Election Event

    Provider: Paddington Development Trust; Cost: £573.09

    Following the formal designation of the Westbourne Neighbourhood Forum by Westminster City Council in July 2014, the Forum has held an election event to decide the 12 members of the Management Committee. The 12 representatives will be a mix of residents, voluntary sector representatives and businesses who aim to increase the profile of the forum amongst the local community.


    Neighbourcare Christmas Lunch

    Provider: Neighbourcare; Contribution: £163.80

    Thanks to the contribution from the ward budget, older residents of the ward were provided with a lunch on Christmas Day.


    Christmas Ceremony

    Provider: Maida Hill Café; Cost: £52.15

    Ward budget funds were put towards refreshments for the Community Christmas Ceremony.


    Time Credits

    Provider: Paddington Development Trust; Cost: £984

    The Harrow Road, Queen’s Park and Westbourne ward councillors have contributed to the running of this volunteering programme. The Time Credits project helps local people to secure "rewards" in return for their volunteering efforts.


    Paddington Festival Communications

    Provider: WCC Communications; Cost: £1,728

    The councillors contributed towards the delivery of the Paddington Festival helping to fund the production of programmes, posters and other publicity materials.


    Dance and Steelpans Project

    Provider: Paddington Arts; Cost: £600

    The Westbourne councillors contributed towards the delivery of the Dance and Steelpan Christmas Show.


    Paddington’s Living Heritage at St Mary Magdalene

    Provider: St Mary Magdalene; Cost: £8,800

    Paddington’s Living Heritage is a major project developed by the Parish of St Mary Magdalene in partnership with Paddington Development Trust. It will conserve, open and interpret the church as a cultural destination in its own right at the same time as being the anchor point for people to discover and investigate heritage.


    Music for Change

    Provider: Creative Futures: £2,994

    The project will deliver numerous workshops, lead my professional Musicians. The workshops will lead up to some live performances for the groups. The project aims to enrich pre-school age children’s musical experience and target specific behaviour development.


    North Paddington Food Bank

    Provider: North Paddington Food Bank: £915.92

    The money from the Ward Budget will be used to hire a dedicated support worker for the North Paddington Food Bank. This will ensure a smooth and efficient running of the food bank, which supports residents from the Church Street, Harrow Road, Queen’s Park and Westbourne Wards.


    North Paddington Food Bank

    Provider: North Paddington Food Bank: £915.92

    The money from the Ward Budget will be used to hire a dedicated support worker for the North Paddington Food Bank. This will ensure a smooth and efficient running of the food bank, which supports residents from the Church Street, Harrow Road, Queen’s Park and Westbourne Wards.


    Life Afloat

    Provider: Beauchamp Lodge Settlement: £5,180

    The project aims to unveil the history of the canals that flow through Westminster, so that pupils understand and feel better connected to the local areas, whilst relating this to the wider history of London and its waterways.


    Westbourne Festival

    Provider: Paddington Development Trust: £6,378

    The project aims to bring all the members of the community come together for a fun day, promoting community cohesion and preventing isolation. It also aims to give local organisations an opportunity to promote themselves and their services.


    Paddington’s Got Talent

    Provider: Paddington Arts: £532

    The project aims to build upon Paddington Arts past experiences and work amongst young people to develop their artistic ambitions.


    Cooking Classes on a Budget

    Provider: Westminster Drug Project: £500

    This is a cookery course project, aimed at delivering cooking lessons to people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. The project aims to teach users better cooking skills, budget management techniques and increased knowledge of nutrition.



    For more information on these projects please contact Joseph Penny at jpenny@westminster.gov.uk