Friary Park Bullet Point Briefing: the latest on the regeneration

Highlights of the project over the last year 

  • We received resolution to grant planning permission was received in November 2019 from Ealing Council 
  • The project team from Mount Anvil and Catalyst signed the section 106 agreement with Ealing Council and is preparing to start work on site in early 2021. 
  • The rehousing team have been busy working with residents in Phase 1 to find them suitable homes, and carrying out housing needs surveys with residents in later phases  
  • We have been carrying out monthly Resident Steering Group (RSG) meetings, in person until March and virtually since 
  • We carried out the first All Residents Meeting for Friary Park over Zoom in October 2020 
  • We have been producing a quarterly regeneration update newsletter, which has now been named ‘Park Views’, as chosen by the Friary Park RSG 
  • We have been running weekly virtual coffee morning sessions for members of the community to drop in and have a chat with Keisha Scott (Catalyst Neighbourhood Coordinator) and Sola Estefanos (Mount Anvil Community Engagement Coordinator) For any further information about the coffee catch ups, please contact Keisha at Keisha.scott@chg.org.uk 
  • We have commissioned Savanta ComRes to help us carry out a long-term study into regeneration at Friary Park, the people involved and what benefits it brings to communities. The study kicked off with a pilot residents’ workshop on 30 November 
  • Friary Park Citizen 2020 Arts Project – a group of Friary Park and Acton residents took part in this online project since the lockdown started. Participants connected with one another and crafted their experiences and stories through a range of different expressive mediums. The results of the artistic expression were exhibited throughout the month of November at a virtual art gallery. 
  • We began a careers mentoring program for residents that includes personal development, employability skills and training. All participants are matched with a mentor from Mount Anvil.  
  • We will be released the next issue of the Friary Park newsletter ‘Park Views’, which gives residents an insight into what they can expect when we start work on site next year.  

 In the next month 

  • Electricity and gas providers to the Friary Park estate will begin works to lower, disconnect and reconnect services along Friary Road and in sections of phase 1A, preparing for the construction team to get started on site. The works are expected to be done throughout the month of January and into mid- February. The working hours will be between 8am-6pm. 
  • Friary Park Community Centre is still closed to the general public; however we’ve worked to get the centre Covid-19 proof to minimise any potential risks once programmes are allowed to resume, following government guidelines. 
  • We are running a digital inclusion project to help residents use online platforms and feel more digitally confident. Our Digital Champions can help residents from those with no digital knowledge whatsoever, to those who just need help getting used to a new platform like Zoom. For more information email nuria.rodriguez@chg.org.uk 
  • Employment support – Whether you are looking for support with applying for jobs, career advice or help with a CV or cover letter, we have employment and skills advisers who can help you over the phone and online. Please contact us on 0300 456 2099 or contactcatalyst@chg.org.uk