1979 – HPCC WANTED TO EXPAND THEIR EXISTING SELF HELP PROGRAM THROUGH A VISION FOR THE DISUSED BUS GARAGE
1980 – HPCC (a co-operative made up of reformed local young people) – shared their vision and backed by the community persuaded GLC, Brent Council and DOE to apply on behalf of HPPC for special public and private funds to enable their community vision.
1981 – Government Ministers and Politicians heard of this and first asked to speak and then meet with Leonard Johnson (founder and Chairman of HPCC) to better understand him and HPCC’s ethos. Grant funds were applied for from GLC, Brent’s Tax funds and Central Government’s DOE “Inner Urban Program” grants specifically and only available for groups like HPCC with a major unique project.
The HPCC Ethos
1982 – £1.8 million of Grant funds were raised in HPCC’s name and the land was purchased – Bridge Park was born. HPCC being only a co-operative could not hold a community asset. Brent Council agreed to become Trustee and hold the asset until HPCC could form a suitable organisation then Brent would hand control and full responsibility over to them. A covenant was also written into the Land Title to protect the Land for the community’s use and original vision as set out by HPCC.
1983 – HPCC built the leading ITEC Technology Centre (one of Europe’s first Community Owned Technology Centres) – 4600m2
1988 – HPCC built the Bridge Park Complex Centre (one of Europe’s largest Community Owned Enterprise Centre) – 3.5 ACRES / 1.4 HECTARES Approx.
2017 – BRENT’S PLAN – SELL THE LAND, LEAVE A GYM AND POOL – So Who Cares? – This sale will set our community back by over 30years.
2017 – BPCC CARE – WE SUCCESSFULLY HAD OUR APPLICATION ACCEPTED BY THE LAND REGISTRY TO RESTRICT THE SALE ON THE GROUNDS THAT WE HAVE AN INTEREST AND BRENT ONLY CUSTODIAN TRUSTEES HAVE REMOVED OUR COVENANT TO ATTEMPT A SALE – EXCHANGES WITH BRENT AS TO THE NEXT STEPS AND TO PRESENT OUR ALTERNATIVE REMAINS ONGOING.
BPCC HAVE AN ALTERNATIVE VISION (see below):
STONEBRIDGE CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE
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THE BPCC STRATEGIC COMMUNITY PLAN
BPCC – OUR STRATEGIC VISION (3.5 ACRES / 1.4 HECTRES Approx.)
Review – Mid 2017
1.1 The main objectives of the Strategic Plan are:
(a) To secure the legacy assets of the former “Harlesden Peoples Community Council” (HPCC) namely, the Bridge Park Complex building(s) and land on the south-side of Brentfield Road, Stonebridge, London for the benefit and improvement of the local community.
(b) To lead in the creation, implementation and support of the strategic plan to enable the local community to own, develop and manage the asset on behalf of the community.
1.2 The Steering Group intends to put in place Short, Medium and Long term strategies for the implementation of the Community Plan to achieve these objectives.
1.3 The plan shall be produced with due consideration for the needs of all the residents and businesses in the area, now and in the future. The intentions are:-
1.3.1 To ensure that the plan will seek to improve the social, economic and environmental well-being of the area and those residents within it.
1.3.2 Where possible to achieve the objectives in partnership with the Local Authorities and Council.
Short term Plan
(a) To show the London Borough of Brent that we have an interest in the land, and to therefore suspend the sale of the land and property referred to as Bridge Park Community Leisure Centre.
(b) To secure the community interest in the land and property by means of legal, public and political action.
(c) To develop a self-sustaining Centre of Excellence providing educational, technology, social, well-being and commercial facilities.
(d) To encourage Brent Council and all parties to engage with BPCC in peaceful timely negotiations (ADR), Mediation or Arbitration as opposed to costly litigation; with a view to coming to an agreement in relation to the community’s control and interest in the said land and property.
Medium term Plan
(e) To enable a Trust to be full successor to HPCC.
(f) To form a charitable organisation and/or an LLP such as a Charity CIO to hold all Bridge Park assets.
(g) To form an effective Steering Group, Limited Liability Company to work and take forward the action alongside the Charity CIO under the same umbrella: to hold all assets.
(h) To manage and co-ordinate a plan that is representative of the community’s expressed views.
(i) To co-ordinate effective engagement with members of the community, Council and established groups.
(j) To decide how best to effectively communicate findings needed for the various phases of the process.
(k) To produce an appropriate timetable and delivery of mechanism for the plan.
Long Term Plan
(l) To continue to develop and implement ideas and strategies on behalf of and in conjunction with the community to improve the social, economic, commercial and environmental well-being of the area and the residents within it: in a self-sustaining manner.
To promote community and media interest and to fundraise at all stages.
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