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Portobello Square Bullet Point Briefing: the latest on the regeneration

As 2017 comes to a close, let’s look back at some of the milestones at Portobello Square…

  • Moves into Phase 1 were completed this year. Of the 174 brand new social rented homes in Phase 1, 171 are occupied by residents from Wornington Green. See our rehousing achievement here. We also finished and sold the last eight townhouses on Bonchurch Road.
  • Erith completed the demolition of 65-96 Pepler House, Edward Kennedy House and 192/194 Wornington Road in April, ahead of schedule.
  • United Living were selected as the contractor for Bond Mansions in March, with input from the Residents’ Steering Group. They started work onsite in the autumn.
  • The end of the 2016-2017 financial year brought in some brilliant figures for Catalyst Gateway’s work in the neighbourhood. 120 people had accessed Gateway and partner services at the Community Shop. The Golborne Community Champions, supported by Gateway, had trained 19 community champions in a level 2 qualification to deliver over 500 hours of support in the local community.
  • Engaging with local stakeholders and the residents concerned, we made a change to the construction programme for Phase 2 to deliver more homes earlier. The revised timetable anticipates rehousing all residents of Katherine, Macaulay, Chesterton, Chiltern Houses and Breakwell Court by Spring 2019; and all residents of Watts House by the end of 2021.
  • Catalyst agreed a four-year funding package with the Venture Centre, which will enable the delivery of a programme of activities for local children. Projects to be funded in the first year are the After School Homework Club; Notting Hill Kids Carnival; Summer Camp and a Healthy Meals Programme.
  • Portobello’s Park Party on 30 July in Athlone Gardens was hosted by Catalyst, the Venture Centre and the Wornington Green Community Group. 197 people from the neighbourhood and further afield joined us for fairground games, a delicious Caribbean buffet, and fantastic entertainment. This included a steel band, street dancers, Wembley Children’s Choir and an open mic.
  • We retendered the Independent Tenants’ Advice service for Wornington Green, working closely with the RSG throughout the process. Public Voice started in the role in October.
  • The RSG hosted a session for the potential architects for Phase 3 to present their approaches to community involvement in the design. Following the sessions, Conran + Partners were selected as the architects for Phase 3.
  • The Wornington Green Christmas Party and Shining Star Awards wrapped up the year on Friday 8 December at the Venture Centre. The Awards recognised local residents who are doing a fantastic job supporting other residents or the wider community.