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Willesden Green Improvement

Willesden Green in Lights. A lantern parade along Willesden Green's High Rd brought the Christmas spirit to shoppers and retailers on Saturday. The children taking part had made their beautiful lights at an afternoon lantern-making workshop at Electric House, the new creative hub on the corner of Willesden Lane. They then set off with families and friends, first towards Willesden Green Station, and then along the High Rd to the Library Centre and back again, stopping to sing carols and wish people a Happy Christmas. Picture top right

 

Tidy up of planting outside Electric House

On Sunday 9th December four MapRA Volunteers led by Elayne Coakes  tidied up the three planters outside Electric House; and planted new flowering plants (paid for by MapRA. See photo

Lease Extended on Queens Parade's independent start up shops 

The project opened its doors in March 2012 as part of the Outer London funded project 'New Windows on Willesden Green'. The initial 3 month lease negotiated has been extended after the success of the project and the response from the local community. 

 

The shops, on the corner of Walm and Willesden Lanes,  range from vintage fashion and hand-crafted gifts to a screen-printing studio, a juice and whole food bar, and an outlet with designer products made entirely from recycled local waste. They were officially opened with speeches by some of the people who made the development possible - project manager Vicky Young (striped top, centre) Jane Harrison, Brent council (left) and Mark Brearley, Design for London. The tenants have organised a busy programme of events and workshops to keep youngsters (and adults) busy especially during the holidays.
 

Further details at www.willesdenwindows.com
 

Willesden Green Library redevelopment. Background:

On 16 Jan 2012 the council gave the go-ahead to a major redevelopment of the Library Centre into a Library and Cultural Centre. A subsequent campaign by local residents in Willesden Green has led to the developers withdrawing and re-thinking their plans.

 

Mapesbury Community First Panel. Mapesbury Ward has received funding from the Community Development Foundation.  The grants are between £250 to £2500, and need to be matched funded by the group receiving the grant.  For full details please go to the Community First webpage:

 

Outer London Fund. Willesden Green has been awarded £500,000 by the Outer London Fund to improve the character, quality and economic viability of the High Street.  This is being done by improving shop fronts and filling vacant shops with small businesses which ‘give back’ to the community.

Background There is serious concern locally about the shops in Walm Lane, Willesden High Road area. MapRA is pressing the Council to see what can be done about improving the environment around the shops, particularly in the Walm Lane area.

Geoffrey Stiff, in a recent talk to the History and Architecture group, said that people thinking of moving into the area often commented unfavourably on this.  We are aware also of the work being done in Hampstead, partly by the Heath and Hampstead Society, to improve things around the Northern Line tube station.

It would be so good to have some of the clutter removed, pavements dropped, very restricted parking, traffic diverted (except buses) and proper pavement cafes. And why have Metro Textiles, a mainly wholesale company, been allowed to take up so much of the space?  We could have a central planted reservation, other flower beds, and the whole area would feel so much better.  Sainsbury's frontage is also deplorable (see recent picture) as is the rubbish left outside Save to Save

Good news There's a new Costa coffee just along from the station, and demolition of the old Spotted Dog pub opposite the large Sainsbury's is progressing.  This is being turned into a complex of 37 flats and penthouses, but it looks as if the facade is being maintained and work is scheduled to be completed within the next year. The Spotted Dog was a North London landmark. The facade goes back to 1881, though a Spotted Dog was part of the village as early as the middle of the 18th century. Also, it's good to see that outside the library complex, the four trees on the central island in the middle of the road are thriving, absorbing fumes and pollution from the busy traffic.

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