Communities in Transition: Under the Westway

On May 29th, Future of London will lead a Communities in Transition field trip with Westway Trust, focusing on building community in difficult places.

The Trust was formed in the 1970s to regenerate and manage derelict land left after the A40 flyover sliced through North Kensington, bisecting the community. Forty years on, the land has been improved and brought into use, including an award-winning sports and climbing centre, community services, shops, gym, cafés, a skatepark, lovely gardens, a pop-up cinema and parts of Portobello Market – but as far as the Trust is concerned, there’s still lots to do.

Westway climbing wallWestway pioneered community ownership for major public assets, despite initial fears that the derelict land would be a liability. Social enterprise was the key to unlocking the area’s potential, and has made the Trust financially self-sufficient, providing the income to deliver a broad range of benefits for the surrounding community.

To expand on its service and regeneration work, the Trust looking to build on its social-enterprise foundations, developing new programmes and income streams and seeking new ideas and partners.

Join Future of London and fellow urban practitioners to explore what Westway Trust has created in this challenging space; find out how residents and visitors use its services; hear from innovative providers from local health trainers to the pop-up cinema manager; and see what the Trust has in mind for the future.

This trip will run from 3 – 5 PM, with networking for those who can stay from 5 – 6 pm.

Registration is required, and space is limited. To register your interest, please email events@futureoflondon.org.uk. We will be in touch to confirm if you have secured a spot, and to provide further details and the meeting place.

Westway market stall