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We are pleased to report that in November 2019, we won our Appeal hearing, and went to full Trial. At the Appeal, the Honarable Mr Justice Birss concluded by saying “… the arguments put forward as grounds of Appeal on behalf of the defendants have a real, as apposed to fanciful prospect of success at trial”.

Michael Green QC, heard the case from 20th – 30th July 2020. The outcome is to be confirmed by September 2020.

However, our position remains Brent are only Custodian Trustees with no right to sell the land, which is owned by the African and Caribbean community. Our primary defence arguments are as we drafted, as Litigants in Person in February 2019, which is based on there being a Charitable Trust established by the actions and events around both the purchase then development of Bridge Park circa 1982.


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

In circa 1980, Leonard Johnson led the Harlesden Peoples Community Council (HPCC) 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 simply read below for current update).

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Where are we now?

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

BRIDGE PARK IS NOT SOLD

 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% as affordable housing.

 

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 ensuring we have a say in the control, development and future of the land of Bridge Park.

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.

What is also important  is  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 have set up 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 [remote] public meeting please go to our Contact us page, fill in your details to be sent updates.

What you can do…

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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