The More you Look - Writings from the Roots
A self published magazine featuring writers, artists and campaigners from the North Kensington communityPosted in Zine on 21 May 2019 by TLB Full article ...
Getting to a Beginning
A few people recently have remarked that the members of Westway23 have been hard at work for the last couple of years, holding the Trust to account and doing our bit to bring about change.Posted in Demands for Radical Change on 6 Aug 2019 by TLB Full article ...
Long live the people
The Chair of the Westway Trust, Alan Brown, is gone. A jump before an almighty push.Posted in Alan Brown - Chair of the Westway Trust on 15 Apr 2019 by TLB Full article ...
2019 Westway Trust AGM - When the Rhythm Changes
The 2019 Westway Trust AGM showed some clear progress at board level is being made at the organisationPosted in Westway Trust AGMs on 3 Dec 2019 by TLB Full article ...
The Launch of a Review
The Launch of a Review into Institutional Racism at the Westway Trust goes ahead this evening at Acklam Village/Bay56 from 7pm.Posted in Review Into Institutional Racism on 15 Apr 2019 by TLB Full article ...
Did someone mention the charity commission?
Why the Charity Commission should support our community in our demands for change at the Westway TrustPosted in Charity Commission on 15 Apr 2019 by TLB Full article ...
Whitey's on the moon again
At last year's 2017 Westway Trust AGM, former elite investment banker, husband of a judge (as he was so keen to tell us all) and Chair of the Westway Trust Board of Trustees, Alan Brown, claimed that "no evidence" had been brought to him of Institutional Racism.Posted in Review Into Institutional Racism on 15 Apr 2019 by TLB Full article ...
The 23 Acres
Commonly known as the 'Westway', the A40(M) elevated motorway was built between 1964 and 1970. Its construction was highly controversial, as it caused huge destruction to a tightly-knit community and was essentially a failed experiment in alleviating congestion with an elevated ring-road around the entire of London. Through its construction a stretch of 23-acres of derelict land was created beneath it.
There is a community that has suffered the damage of such an enormous construction project and continues to suffer the deadly effects of poor air quality and noise pollution. Indeed, the effects on the people is one of the reasons the Ringways scheme was abandoned!
Through the direct actions of the local community in the 1960's the twenty-three acres were given to the local people as compensation for their continued suffering.
It is vital to note that members of the local community, not the governing bodies who commissioned and built the road or the local authorities or council, ensured that the twenty-three acres were used in this way. The community empowered itself.
Today, the area of Ladbroke Grove is still a hugely diverse yet economically disadvantaged area, with a worldwide reputation for arts, music and literature and the world famous Portobello Market.
Ladbroke Grove is immensely proud of its heritage and culture.
The Westway Trust (formerly Westway Development Trust and North Kensington Amenity Trust) grew from the North Kensington Playspace Group that was set up by local community members to make use of the land beneath the Westway.
The Trust has had a chequered past to say the least, which has resulted in a disjointed relationship with the local community stemming from, ironically, a lack of trust.
In 2015, the Trust released its plans for what it called 'Destination Westway', a scheme focused on retail and development that would see many treasured aspects of the twenty-three acres disappear.
Westway23 was born as a consequence of the Trust's dubious 'Destination Westway' strategy. Many members of the local community were unhappy with the decisions being made to satisfy that strategy. Through a period of open meetings, discussion and in-depth research, it was concluded that now was the time to take a closer and sustained look at the Trust and the twenty-three acres of community land.