A first meeting of the ‘interim’ Old Oak Neighbourhood Forum was held on May 25th, at the Woodward Hall, in North Acton. This new body is made up of residents and businesses interested in preparing a neighbourhood plan for the Old Oak part of the OPDC area.
The meeting was chaired by Mark Walker (chair of The Island Site Residents Association (TITRA). Henry Peterson (chair of the StQW Neighbourhood Forum) explained that it had been agreed with the OPDC that a formal application for designation of an Old Oak neighbourhood area and forum would await the outcome of the London Mayoral elections on May 5th.
While Sadiq Khan is now Mayor of London and has been appointing a new team of Deputy Mayors, it was not clear (as of May 25th) who would become the new chair of the OPDC Board.
The meeting reviewed and discussed the proposed boundary for an Old Oak neighbourhood area, and agreed a number of changes. The map below reflects this latest thinking (the yellow line shows the proposed NP boundary, and the purple line the OPDC boundary).
The proposed boundary may well change as a result of the 6 week public consultation that will be undertaken by the OPDC and LB Hammersmith & Fulham, once a final designation application is submitted. Residents and businesses in areas not currently included will have the opportunity to ask that their streets are added into the neighbourhood area.
This applies (for example) to the Eynham Road area, to the east of Wood Lane. This is not currently included because this is already a designated neighbourhood area as a result of LBHF decisions made in 2013. The Council would need to vary its previous decisions for these streets to become part of an Old Oak neighbourhood, since an area cannot lie within two designated neighbourhoods.
The latest draft of the designation application for an Old Oak neighbourhood area and neighbourhood forum can be downloaded here
If you are interested in joining the Old Oak interim neighbourhood forum, and live or work within the orange boundary in the map above, please email to firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 0207 460 1743 for more information.