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Northumberland Place Play Street Public Consultation

Northumberland Place Play Street Public Consultation is open from today 8th December until 22nd December 2023

A Public consultation is taking place between 8th December until 22nd December 2023 for a proposed play street on Northumberland Place, between Talbot Road and Artesian Road. The Play Street would give pedestrians priority over traffic in the Spring and Summer months each year.

The goal of Westminster City Council is always to ensure that we do what we can to bring you the people in the community closer together. Opening up the streets for children to play and providing a safe opportunity for residents to meet and connect has proven to build a higher sense of trust and belonging. We take what you have to say very seriously so please do attend the public consultation if you can. 

Come along to the drop in event to ask any questions that you may have and share your views.


  • Wednesday 13th December 2023
  • 3.30pm – 6.30pm
  • All Saints Notting Hill Church, Clydesdale Road, W11 1J

Visit our dedicated page to find out more and have your say on

Westbourne Green Open Space Consultation is open – Survey now extended until 13th December

Westbourne Green Open Space Development Consultation - The survey has been extended until Wednesday 13th December

If you are a resident or a user of Westbourne Green Open Space we want to hear from you!

Westminster Council aims to strengthen a culture of play, physical activity, leisure, and sport across our Lives, Neighbourhoods and City.

Being active and healthy goes hand in hand with an improved quality of life and wellbeing. Sport, Leisure & Active Communities aims to improve Westbourne Green open space by offering different types of space that are more accessible, provide a richer mix of playing opportunities and improve pollution and noise and overall environmental impact of the area.

The purpose of this consultation is to gather views and insights on how best to improve the space and maximise usage of outdoor space within the three workstreams:

  1. Inclusive Play – A menu of options will be presented to the local community prioritising the most wanted elements of inclusive play
  2. Soft landscaping – Proposals will include recommendations on the use of micro forests, semi-mature trees and hedge infill to improve air quality, increase park biodiversity, reduce noise and water loss amongst other benefits
  3. Creating space for girls and young women – Increase use of the area by girls and young women to encourage physical activity and community life

Your views are important to us, so please take the survey before it closes on Wednesday 13th December at midnight.

Visit the Westbourne Green Open Space Consultation page to find out more about the whole pilot and consultation process.

ActiveStreets Programme – Opening up our streets for play and community life

ActiveStreets Programme - Opening up our streets for play and community life

The impact of opening up streets for children to play and for the community to get together has shown to build a higher sense of trust and belonging, allowing people of all ages and walks of life to connect with each other and lead active, healthy and happy lives.

With this in mind, the Active Streets Programme is a key strategy commitment of our ActiveWestminster strategy – “Activate Your City, Lives and Neighbourhoods”. In addition, the programe is part of our Open Spaces and Biodiversity strategy and consists of three types of Active Street which as a Westminster resident or local school, you can apply to host.

The programme overall aims to open up residential streets across Westminster for play, creating space for physical activity right on your doorstep and increasing the number of people who know their neighbours. Play Streets, regular Street Play and School Streets sessions enable active travel and improve air quality.

Active Street Programm

Learn more about the programme and the process you must follow on our dedicated page ActiveStreets.

Official Opening of the Jubilee Community Leisure Centre on Friday 10th November 2023

Westminster City Council, in partnership with Everyone Active, officially opens brand-new leisure centre with fantastic facilities that are more accessible to all

We are giving schools a dedicated opening from 12pm-1.45pm where teachers and children can explore all the leisure centre has to offer, including athletics, taekwondo and football.

From 2pm-5pm, everyone in the community will have a chance to join in some free activities, or just drop in to check out the facilities. 

Free activities available on the day:

  • Information on community activities with community champions (Health and Wellbeing)
  • Basketball
  • Health checks with the Exercise On Referral Teams
  • Circuit class
  • Badminton
  • Table tennis
  • African Yoga

There is something for everyone!!

The leisure centre is run by Everyone Active in partnership with Westminster City Council, featuring a fantastic three-court sports hall where you can participate in activities ranging from 5-a-side football, futsal, basketball, volleyball, netball, badminton and table tennis.

The community studio offers affordable access for community groups and local residents to organise group exercise classes, events, community meetings, children’s parties and soft play. Hour-long sessions are available, helping boost heart rates to keep participants healthy and happy while increasing strength and agility.

Additionally, the facility has a private exercise consultation room for the Physical Activity Referral Scheme (PARS), where healthcare practitioners can refer patients to get a personalised exercise plan to assist with chronic health issues. 

The leisure centre offers a ‘changing places’ space allowing users with complex disabilities and their carers to fully adapt to their needs. 

Everyone’s welcome!

Find out more on Jubilee Community Leisure Centre website

Jubilee Community Leisure centre
22 Lancefield Street, London W10 4NW
0203 3761762


Help the environment while you enjoy your favourite drink – New Reverse Vending Machined at PadRec

Help the environment while you enjoy your favourite drink!

A new Reverse Vending Machine is now available at Paddington Recreation

Following one of the Climate Assembly’s recommendations, we have introduced in Paddington Recreation Ground a new Reverse Vending Machine with the aim to incentivise recycling e.g. bottle deposits and a points-based rewards scheme with vouchers and discounts.
The Reverse Vending Machine was the winning idea from Westminster City Council Innovation Challenge hosted at the end of 2021.
How it works
Users can deposit single-use plastic bottles and aluminium drinks cans into the machine, and for every item deposited, 10p will be donated to the North Paddington Youth Club with 188 items (159 bottles and 29 cans) already deposited, making a helpful start to raise funds.
So, come along to Paddington Recreation Ground and check it out.

Dance Westminster 2023 Grand Final – List of Winners

Dance Westminster 2023 - List of winners

Our annual pan-disability dance competition, designed to encourage disabled people to be more active through dance, celebrated the Grand Final on Tuesday 17 October.

All the participants attended the workshops and auditions led by Step Change Studios. As a result, the finalists going had their final dance off competition. This is the list of winners for the Dance Westminster 2023:


Marilyn (with dance partner Max) with song Icky



Jurwan (with dance partner Joelle) with song Vossi Pop



Venice (with dance partner Freya) with song We’re going to be friends



Amrit (with dance partner Dhrubil) with song Mundiyah To Back Ke


Photography by John Trigg.

Visit the main Dance Westminster page for more information.