ONCE UPON A TIME….

Judgement will be delivered  11am, 21 March 2019, Room 15.

All community beneficiaries can ATTEND however Courtroom space is very limited, supporters and members of the public may have to stand safely outside of the Court area. Tickets are limited to 1 per person first come first served click below to apply:

 

 


OVER THIRTY FIVE YEARS AGO

Our Founding Ethos:

On 5th May 1982, a disused London transport building was purchased by the founders of Harlesdens Peoples Community Centre:

 

The Story

Circa 1980, Leonard Johnson (Founder) led the Harlesden Peoples Community Council (HPCC), they had a dream to expand the mix of Educational, Social and Commercial development work they were doing in the local community.

In order for this to be realised they knew that they would need much larger premises. A COMMUNITY COMPLEX. He knew the Bus Depot was disused and thought to approach London Transport.

Leonard mentioned to others that he would try to get the Bus Garage for their vision and was told “….that is impossible! It’s worth £millions you’re dreaming”………… click here to read more of the Story (or simple read below for current update).

Please donate visit:  www.gofundme.com/bridgepark

Where are we now?

THANK YOU THE CONTINUED SUPPORT TO SAVE BRIDGE PARK LAND & COMPLEX

BRIDGE PARK IS NOT SOLD

27th Feb 2018

Brent Council have made efforts to sell Bridge Park to General Mediterranean Holdings (GMH). GMH plan to invest over £850 million on the land in a private development of; Hotels, Offices and 600 Flats with only 30 going to the community (5% affordable).

There was no community consultation on the decision to sell the Land. Similarly, no consultation on the decision to cease the provision of 90% of the current services and relocate to a much smaller position on the land.

Finally, the conditional sale was not put through the normal full and open tender for projects of this size. Deloitte’s who have worked with Brent for many years and are Brent’s approved consultancy partner. Brent Council may have paid to have a report written, the outcome of which allowed Brent to sell directly to GMH without open market scrutiny, competition or tender.

It is understood that Brent has advertised the current Land through a very small and relatively unknown agent, showing options only with the current restrictions i.e. D2/D1 which naturally will depress any commercial value/ interest. However, Brent appear to have then gone on to exchange with GMH on the understanding their planning would lift the current restrictions as required to maximise the development as shown, during the 2 yrs exchange (with a further 2yr option totalling upto 4yrs to complete) or after any sale.

In return for the sale of the Bridge Park land, GMH have agreed to look to build on a relatively very small portion of retained land a Gym and National standards Swimming Pool for the community. Summary, drawings were provided for Brent’s Q4,17 community public meeting events in Harlesden and Bridge Park. Again, we state the community have not been consulted on the decision to sell our Land.

Our community has greater socio economic needs than a Swimming Pool and Gym. The community’s strong opposition to the land sale and proposed development was unanimously made clear at all public meetings.

Brent Council without consultation both removed the protective covenant on the land then entered into the Conditional Land Sale Agreement (exchange of contracts) with General Mediterranean Holdings (GMH) who as guarantor for the sale of the Bridge Park Complex in June 2017.  A strict condition of the sale is that the land must be free of all interests. Brent Council plan to allow development worth over £800 million, but aim to let almost 3.5acres of prime land go for less than £13million to GMH.

Through HPCC the community has declared its interest in the land.

After careful advice, an application to the Land Registry to restrict Brent Council, to stop the Sale of Bridge Park was successfully logged in August 2017, through our lawyers

 KILBURN TIMES COVERAGE (CLICK HERE)

In further opposition the community has put forward its own vision: To build an iconic Centre of Excellence (Educational, Social, Commercial, Technology) along with the UK’s largest African & Caribbean supermarket & wholesale, Banqueting/Theatre and Multi-Faith Centre on the land – all self-funding with 200 residential flats, with up to 25% affordable.

 

The Bridge Park Community Council Steering Group (BPCC) is the trading name of Stonebridge Community Trust (HPCC) Ltd.

We are the successor’s to the original Harlesden Peoples Community Council HPCC (founders of Bridge Park).

We have come together with the specific aim of establishing the communities’ interest in Bridge Park and to ensure we have a say in the control, development and future of the Land.

There is a foundation stone on the outside wall of the Bridge Park Complex which stands in recognition and as testament to the work of the founders HPCC. We are lobbying to keep this stone and to correct the historical void that exist around the true story of Bridge Park. Importantly, that any development should be used for the Socio-economic benefit of the Local Community and specifically aimed but not limited to the needs of the African and Caribbean community. All this is in keeping with the original HPCC aims and vision for Bridge Park.

BPCC is made up of members from the local community, skilled volunteers, business people and users of Bridge Park, who intend to setup as the BPCC Charity (CIO), to hold the Bridge Park development assets after our successful case, along with the outcome of any negotiations with Brent………….. click to read more of full update

Please donate: Visit: www.gofundme.com/bridgepark

PLEASE HELP US TO PUT UP A DEVELOPMENT THAT SUITS OUR NEEDS!

If you would like to attend our next public meeting please go to our Contact us page, fill in your details and we will keep you updated on the next and future meetings and updates.

What can you do?

Its up to you, its for you,…

actually its up to us, for us and by us:

help us turn ‘ME’ into ‘WE’…

DO YOU HAVE SKILLS / TIME / CONTACTS / IDEAS?

OR JOIN OUR BRIGHT STAR VOLUNTEERS – IF YOU ARE BETWEEN AGES OF 18 – 35 YRS WE NEED YOU NOW?    CONTACT US

Its Our Time…..

“The Time Is Always Right To Do What is Right”
Dr. Martin Luther King

How is this done ….

Please donate: Visit: www.gofundme.com/bridgepark

BPCC Steering Group is the Trading name of:

Stonebridge Community Trust (HPCC) Ltd

A Company Limited by Guarantee with Charitable Objects

 (Registered in England No.:  11260746) successor to HPCC

 

 

URGENT PETITION

BRIDGE PARK COMMUNITY COUNCIL – URGENT PETITION

In 1980, HPCC had a vision to buy Land for community regeneration.  Grants were applied for in HPCC’s name these were special Government Grants to buy the land, design and build BRIDGE PARK Sports Centre and Complex.

Brent’s role was to support and recommend the applicant (HPCC), but the Council could NOT apply for or be the beneficiaries of the Grant themselves. in early 1982, HPCC was successfully granted the monies (first  £1.8million to buy the disused Bus Garage then c. £3.2million for the to development). HPCC was a simply co-op of young people. A Co-op could not hold public assets, it was agreed Brent would hold the monies.

On the 22nd June 2017, Brent Council decided to sell the land(s) that the leisure complex stands on.

In August 2017 HPCC and supporters successfully put forward sufficient evidence in support of an application to block the sale of Bridge Park.

After many offers including that of Tribunal to date Brent Council have not come to the negotiating table in, instead they have decided to take us the community to the High Court. They are siding with big business by using our community monies to take the community to Court.

We will take a stand and fight for community justice!!

PLEASE SHOW SUPPORT AND COMPLETE OUR CONSULATION QUESTIONNAIRE.

We need as many people as possible both in the STONEBRIDGE /BRENT WARDS and Nationwide responses – Please share this link Thank you.

What do we need?     We demand that Brent Council stop the sale, and return control and development of the Bridge Park site to the Community. Brent should back our BPCC community vision for the site (see below):

WE, THE UNDERSIGNED INSIST THAT BRIDGE PARK IS KEPT FOR COMMUNITY USE AND IN COMMUNITY OWNERSHIP: IN PERPETUITY.

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