The need to scrutinise local planning, service charges, management agents, housing associations, developers and Brent Council has been the trigger for the formation of Wembley Park’s first ever residents association.
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) for the Wembley Park residents association (WPRA) was held at Holiday In, London-Wembley; where the constitution was formally adopted. . .
and residents voted and elected a committee.
WPRA members were joined by guests including Cllrs Muhammed Butt and Ketan Sheth, at the first WPRA AGM 2016.
The WPRA has been formed to represent the interests of people living in Wembley Park’s residential area, including Forum House and Quadrant Court.
Prior to the Wembley Park development, the vast area surrounding Wembley Stadium has long been barren and disused without a single soul ever calling it home. Though, over the last 7 years residents have slowly become inhabitants of this land; the formation of a residents association is a historic moment for the area.
The WPRA Chair, Jakub Wrobel, said “Wembley Park community spirit is strong and buzzing with such positive support, we are reassured to call Wembley Park our Home.”
The WPRA Vice Chair, Glory Nyero, said “I am truly honoured and proud to be a part of a historic day for the residents of Wembley Park. Wembley has been my home from my childhood and always meant so much to me. So when I moved into Forum House almost 4 years ago my passion for our local area persisted. It however became evidently clear that we needed a local voice to speak for us in a coordinated and “official” manner as a means of channelling feedback; reviews; comments etc. That’s why I became a member of the steering committee that envisioned a new future for us and wanted to implement our very own residents association. Yesterday became the official “birth” of WPRA and I’m thoroughly delighted to have been elected into the official committee.”
The leader of Brent Council, Cllr Muhammed Butt, has supported the formation of WPRA from the beginning and was a guest speaker at the AGM, where he addressed WPRA members about local topics covering housing, public transport and the Wembley Park development.
Alex Harvie, Head of Marketing at Quintain’s Wembley Park development, was also a guest speaker and said of the event, “ it was brilliantly organised as well as feeling optimistic and engaging”.
Victoria Michaelides, Sergeant for the Tokyngton ward, said “It was a pleasure to participate and there was a positive atmosphere”, she was also a guest speaker and talked about the local Safer Neighbourhood teams.
Sue Shepherd, Centre Manager at the London Designer Outlet, was another guest who kindly supported the AGM to discuss anything LDO related with residents.
The WPRA would also like to thank the venue sponsor, Hi Wembley (Holiday In, London-Wembley), who provided a complimentary venue for this years WPRA AGM 2016. As part of a wider £12.5 million investment in the Holiday Inn London – Wembley, it makes the ideal venue for conferences, exhibitions, weddings and events. Hi Wembley are also offering residents of the Brent Borough a 10% discount on room hire for bookings made before the 30 June 2016. Please quote WPRA at the time of booking.
For further information or to make an enquiry visit: www.hiwembley.co.uk or call 020 8902 8839
The year ahead
The WPRA for Wembley Park is badly needed and will be able to represent the views of residents in this developing corner of north west London. Residents have realised that working together achieves so much more, and gives them a stronger voice when working with Quintain, Brent Council and other organisations.
Photography by Marcio Suster