Queen’s Park parish council given green light

Queen’s Park parish council is set to go live next year after Westminster councillors gave the proposal the green light.

At an extraordinary council meeting at Town Hall on Monday night, it was agreed that a shadow community council should be established for Queen’s Park early next year.

Formal election of representatives would then take place in May 2014 and the resulting council would be in charge of the installation of CCTV in hotspots, reviving Mozart Street, management of Queen’s Park Gardens and launching an allotment.

The rubber stamp from the council was the final hurdle following a referendum last month which resulted in 1,100 residents voting for a parish council and just 508 against.

The Queen’s Park Parish Council will be the first in London for more than 50 years.

Cllr Robert Davis, deputy leader for Westminster Council, said: “The establishment of the Queen’s Park community council will mark the start of a brand new era in localism.

“As local authorities, we must work with our residents, community groups and businesses to help them effectively represent their areas and get involved in the delivery of services. I am proud that Westminster Council will once again be leading with another important first.”