• Steering group meetings

last modified February 17, 2014 by andrewdakers

Hosted by Grand Union Community Development, on Thursday 6th October 2006 we had our first meeting of a steering group to look at the potential for creating a community vision for the future of Brentford High Street.  Follow this link to view the presentation discussed at the First stakeholder meeting .

On Monday 20 November Hounslow Council's "Community Investment Panel" committed £15k to this six month project.  Management support for the project is being provided by Grand Union Community Development.  The New Economics Foundation will provide specialist support on High Street regeneration and local economics.

To see Land Registry research into the ownership of land South of Brentford High Street visit the Brentford Community Council website for a map.

At the second meeting of the steering group on Wednesday 13th December 2006 Thematic sub-groups were agreed to take forward specific areas of research from studying the High Street's economy to developing urban design ideas.  Please contact the group co-ordinator if you would like to get involved in their work.  The group also established the Brentford High Street Steering Group - Terms of reference and endorsed the nominations for Chair and Vice-chair.

The third meeting took place on Thursday 11th January from 6.30-7.30pm at Grand Union Community Development.  An update and overiew was presented to the Third steering group meeting  and then Cllr Barbara Reid (Lead member for Environment & Planning) who was attending shared her reflections on the High Street with Steering Group members, as well as listening to their views. 

The first issue of High Street News - Jan 2007 promoted the official launch of the initiative on the evening of Thursday 18th January at Watermans Arts Centre.  You can read the Project overviewwatch videos of the launch event or read a Summary of the ideas the community put forward.

The fourth meeting of the High Street steering group proofed and signed off the second issue of High Street News - Feb 2007 on Monday 12 February.  It was released in late February and outlined the series of sub-group workshops that ran through March.  For more information visit the Thematic sub-groups page.

The fifth meeting of the steering group - where we started reflecting on workshop outputs - took place on 29 March from 6.30-7.30pm at Grand Union Community Development.

On Wednesday 11 April 2007 Cllr Phil Andrews and Cllr Dakers met with the developers Geronimo/Ballymore and their architects BDP.   Areas covered and detailed in the minutes included: next stages of consultation, end of tenancies and the presentation of the High Street frontage.  This followed a meeting earlier in the year between Cllr Reid, Cllr Thompson and the developers. 

The sixth meeting of the steering group on Thursday 26th April reviewed the draft community vision report.  Significant additional input was provided by residents of Town Wharf following this meeting. 

The seventh meeting of the steering group on Thursday 31st May reviewed feedback from developers Ballymore/ Geronimo on the draft report.  A representative of the developers Geronimo/ Ballymore, Rebekah Paczek, attended the meeting.  The High Street Steering Group sent a lengthy Response to Ballymore following the meeting.  High Street News - June 2007 which summarises the draft report recommendations and promotes the report back event at Watermans (19th June) was reviewed by email prior to the meeting.

Over sixty people attended the Community report back event on Tuesday 19th June hosted by Watermans Arts Centre.  You can download the Overview - Part 1 and Overview - Part 2 presentations that were delivered on the night.  We also considered the Value tree proposal from William Haardman.  This is likely to lead to a follow up workshop. 

You can now watch videos of the community feedback event (19 June) and you can now download the Steering Group response to community feedback - released on 16 July 07.

Eighth meeting of the steering group on Thur 21st June, 6.30pm, GUCD was cancelled.

Read the minutes of the Ninth meeting of the Steering Group at 6.30pm on Thur 26th July started to focus on practical actions coming out of the High Street Vision.

Minutes of Tenth Steering Group meeting on Thursday 30th August 2007, 6.30pm at Grand Union Community Development where we focused discussion on the launch of www.BrentfordHighStreet.com, a companion print guide to the High Street, fundraising for Christmas lights and the High Street car park.

Minutes of the Eleventh Steering Group meeting  on Thursday 20th September 2007, 6.30pm at Grand Union Community Development.  Discussion focussed on signage and street scene issues, as well as Christmas.

Andrew Dakers met representatives of Waitrose on Tuesday 25th September 2007 at Grounds Coffee Bar, Brentford.  The meeting, which lasted about an hour, was to learn what Waitrose feel they bring to town centre regeneration and also what their experience has been elsewhere in the UK. 

Twelth Steering Group meeting Thursday 18th October 2007, 6.30pm at Grand Union Community Development discussed progress on Christmas Season.  Disappointment was expressed at the slow progress of the new High Street Car Park.  Cllr Dakers agreed to chase updates on this, signage and planting discussed at the previous meeting.

The final report coming from the Young peoples conference on 26 March 2007 was released in early November: Creating a community vision - 26 March 2007 - this is a 1Mb download.

Final draft of the Community Vision report Brentford High Street - The Community Vision - November 2007 was released on 6th November 2007.  Be warned this is an 11.7Mb download.

On Thursday 8th November 2007 a team from the High Street Steering Group presented the final report to Isleworth and Brentford Area Committee.  The report was widely welcomed by members.  For presentation see Brentford High Street - The Community Vision - 8 Nov 2007

The High Street News - Winter 2007 issue was reviewed by email by the steering group sub-group leads and will be going out across Brentford in late November.

Thirteenth Steering Group meeting (Thursday 29th November 2007) focussed on preparation for the Christmas Lights Switch On (Friday 30th November 2007,  Watermans).  Thank you to Watermans for hosting the event and the choir of Our Lady and St Johns school for the wonderful carol singing!

Fourteenth Steering Group meeting (Thursday 20th December 2007) became our Christmas Drinks Party at The Weir.  Sponsored by The Weir, money raised from tickets and the raffle went into the Christmas Lights fund.

Fifteenth Steering Group meeting (Thursday 31st January 2008) discussed content of a letter that was then sent to Ballymore urging them to press on with Community Consultation given an article in Estates Gazzette and cancellation of two meetings.

Sixteenth Steering Group meeting (Thursday 28th February 2008) was spent reviewing the Christmas lights fund and plans for lights in 2008.

Further meetings took place on Thursday 20th March 2008, Thursday 17th April 2008, Thursday 15th May 2008, Thursday 26th June 2008, Thursday 24th July 2008, kindly hosted by Grand Union Community Development, 191 High Street Brentford.

Watermans and the Guru Restaurant kindly hosted the Christmas Lights fundraising dinner and auction in Autumn 08.

The AGM of Brentford High Street Steering Group took place on Monday 16 March 2009 , 6.30pm at Watermans.  

Twenty-third Steering Group meeting Thursday 20th April 2009 , 6.30pm at Watermans.

Twenty-fourth Steering Group meeting Monday 18th May 2009 , 6.30pm Watermans.

About 100 people attended the twenty-fifth Steering Group meeting on Monday 20th June 2009 which was held jointly with Brentford Chamber of Commerce.  The developers St George, Ballymore and ISIS were all present and made contributions.  Cllr Dakers delivered a presentation updating everyone on progress over the past three years.

Twenty-sixth Steering Group meeting Monday 20th July 2009 , 6.30pm Watermans.

Twenty-seventh Steering Group meeting Monday 20th September 2009 , 6.30pm Watermans.

Twenty-eighth Steering Group meeting Monday 19th October 2009 , 6.30pm Watermans.

Twenty-ninth Steering Group meeting Monday 16th November 2009 , 6.30pm Watermans.

Thirtieth Steering Group meeting Monday 18 January 2010 , 6.30pm Watermans.

Thirty-first Steering Group meeting Monday 15 February 2010 , 6.30pm Watermans.

Thirty-second Steering Group meeting Monday 15 March 2010 , 6.30pm Watermans.

22 March 2010 The Prince's Foundation for the Built Environment facilitated a one day local stakeholder workshop to analyse the potential regeneration of the High Street itself and the development of the south side of the high street and north of the canal, largely comprising of the land assembled by Ballymore. It was hosted - and jointly funded - by Brentford High Street Steering Group and the Ballymore Group, supported by the Isleworth & Brentford Area Committee.  See link to report below.

Thirty-third Steering Group meeting Monday 19 April 2010, 6.30pm Watermans - discussion focussed on final plans for St Georges Day event on Market Place, 23 April 2010 (http://www.brentfordisbrilliant.org/st-georges-day-in-brentford/ ), as well as selecting winning entry for mural competition.

Thirty-fourth Steering Group meeting Monday 17 May 2010 , 6.30pm Watermans.

Thirty-fifth Steering Group meeting Monday 21 June 2010 , 6.30 Watermans.

19 July 2010 Brentford High Street Report - Princes Foundation for the Built Environment - June 2010 was circulated to stakeholders. 

Thirty-sixth Steering Group meeting  Monday 19 July 2010 , 6.30 Watermans. 

Thirty-seventh Steering Group meeting Monday 20 September 2010, 6.30 Watermans.

Thirty-eighth Steering Group meeting Friday 15 October 2010 was held jointly with Brentford Community Council and Brentford Chamber of Commerce and hosted by Ballymore at 108 High Street, Brentford.  Mary Macleod MP attended and discussed a range of high street issues with community representatives.  A new constitution for the Group was put in place: Brentford High Street Steering Group - Unincorporated charitable association constitution .  A  BHSSG - Membership application form is now available for download. 

Thirty-ninth Steering Group meeting Wednesday 15 November 2010 , 6.30 Watermans. 

Fortieth Steering Group meeting - Monday 17 January 2011, 6.30 Watermans

Forty-first Steering Group meeting - Monday 21 February 2011, 6.30 Watermans

Forty-second Steering Group meeting - Monday 21 March 2011 , 6.30 Watermans 

Forty-third Steering Group meeting - Monday 18 April April 2011 , 6.30 Watermans 

Forty-fourth Steering Group meeting - Monday 16 May 2011 , 6.30 Watermans

Forty-fifth Steering Group meeting - Monday 20 June 2011, 6.30 Watermans

Forty-sixth Steering Group meeting - Monday 18 July 2011 , 6.30 Watermans

Forty-seventh Steering Group meeting was a joint session with Brentford Chamber of Commerce and Brentford Community Council at 7.15pm on 28 July 2011 at the Methodist Church Hall, Clifden Rd.  Ballymore's team of architects and master-planners presented their initial thinking for the south side of Brentford High Street scheme.   You can read the briefing for the meeting here: Joint session pre-briefing

Forty-eighth Steering Group meeting - Monday 15 August 2011 , 6.30 Watermans  

Forty-ninth Steering Group meeting - Thursday 1st September 2011, 6.30 Watermans and the Special Meeting of the Steering Group was incorporated and assets transferred from the predecessor unincorporated association

Fiftieth Steering Group meeting Monday 19th September 2011, 6.30pm at Watermans, largely discussed the Outer London Fund Round 1 commitments the Steering Group was taking on   

Fifty-first Steering Group meeting Monday 17th October 2011 , 6.30pm Watermans

Fifty-second Steering Group meeting Wednesday 2nd November 2011 , 6.30pm at Docking Station is a Special Meeting where the accounts of the predecessor unincorporated association will be presented, as well as the Business Plan of the successor body.

Fifty-third Steering Group meeting Monday 21 November 2011, 6.30pm Watermans

Fifty-fourth Steering Group meeting Monday 19 December 2011 , 6.30pm Watermans 

Fifty-fifth Steering Group meeting Monday 16 January 2012, 6.30pm Watermans

Fifty-sixth Steering Group meeting Monday 20 February 2012 , 6.30pm Watermans 

Fifty-seventh Steering Group meeting Monday 19 March 2012, 6.30pm Docking Station for our Partners Meeting

Fifty-eight Steering Group meeting Monday 16 April 2012 , 6.30pm Watermans 

Fifty-ninth Steering Group meeting Monday 21 May 2012 , 6.30pm Watermans 

Sixtieth Steering Group meeting Monday 19 June 2012 , 6.30pm Watermans 

Sixty-first Steering Group meeting  Monday 16 July 2012 , 6.30pm Watermans  

Sixty-second Steering Group meeting Monday 20 August 2012 , 6.30pm Watermans

Sixty-third Steering Group meeting Monday 17 September 2012 , 6.30pm Docking Station 

Public meeting on the high street proposals, (21 Nov 2012) facilitated by London Borough of Hounslow, St Paul's Church Brentford.  Read our contribution.

Christmas lights switch on (23 Nov 2012) kindly hosted by Watermans 

(Our October, November and December 2012 meetings were cancelled due to lack of capacity.) 

Sixty-fourth Steering Group meeting Monday 21 January 2013 , 6.30pm Quilliam Property Services 

Sixty-fifth Steering Group meeting Monday 18 February 2013 , 6.30pm Quilliam Property Services 

Sixty-sixth Steering Group meeting Monday 18 March 2013 , 6.30pm Quilliam Property Services 

Sixty-seventh Steering Group meeting Monday 15 April 2013, 6.30pm Quilliam Property Services

Sixty-eighth Steering Group meeting Monday 20 May 2013 , 6.30pm Quilliam Property Services

Sixty-ninth Steering Group meeting Monday 17 June 2013, 6.30pm Quilliam Property Services 

Seventieth Steering Group meeting Monday 15 July 2013, 6.30pm Quilliam Property Services  

Seventy-first Steering Group meeting Monday 19 August 2013, 6.30pm Quilliam Property Services 

Seventy-second Steering Group meeting Monday 16 September 2013, 6.30pm Quilliam Property Services  

Seventy-third Steering Group meeting Monday 21 October 2013, 6.30pm Quilliam Property Services  

Seventy-forth Steering Group meeting Monday 18 November 2013, 6.30pm Quilliam Property Services  

Seventy-fifth Steering Group meeting  </span><span style="line-height: 1.6;">Monday 17 February 2014 , 6.30pm Quilliam Property Services  

NEXT STEPS...

  • Please put Steering Group meetings in your diary for the third Monday of each month at Quilliam Property Services, 6.30pm.
  • See current action points by following the link to the notes from the most recent meeting.

If you would like to get involved in the work of the Steering Group please e-mail Andrew Dakers (Chair) andrew.dakers@blueyonder.co.uk