News from Marylebone

We can send you updates when news items are posted here.
Click on the 'Subscribe to News Postings envelope' (below right)
We will then send you a email as soon as any news updates appear here.

Area Forums, Open Forums and Neighbourhood Forums - a Brief Guide

We are a little concerned that the multiplication of the use of bodies incorporating "Forum" in their title may be causing confusion and can only hope that the explanation below on the present state of play with Forums (or Fora, as latinists may prefer) will not serve to muddy the waters further.

Many of you will be familiar with the old Area Forums: the three face-to-face meetings that Westminster Council previously arranged for our area each year with local councillors and Westminster officers; and many have asked what has happened to them. They have now gone, but they are to be replaced by a new body called "Open Forum".

The Open Forum will still offer three public meetings a year, but they will now be hosted by the Leader of the Council, Councillor Philippa Roe and will be concerned with issues not just in our area but across the whole of Westminster. The first meeting will be on Tuesday 23 February 2016, at Porchester Hall, Porchester Road, London W2 5HS, from 7pm.

In addition there will be a strong online content which is aimed to keep residents updated and informed about the Council's latest projects and consultations within Westminster. There is a new dedicated website openforum.westminster.gov.uk or you can contact the Forum direct by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. There will also apparently be other face to face meetings on local issues, but no details on these have yet been released.

The new Open Forum is claimed to be an improvement on the old Area Forum concept. However, we remain to be convinced; residents of Marylebone will now be expected to attend a venue outside Marylebone to listen to issues generated across Westminster, many of which will not be specific or even relevant to our area. One assumes that it will also struggle to provide the same ready access to our local ward councillors as previously.

It is also surprising that Westminster Council did not take this opportunity to use another description other than "Forum" for these meetings as this will continue to lead to ready and frequent confusion with the new Neighbourhood Forums, which are entirely different. The good news is that the Marylebone Forum, as a Neighbourhood Forum, will be giving local residents and councillors the opportunity to meet face to face and discuss specifically local issues and to this extent may well help fulfil a need that is no longer to be as well addressed by the new Open Forums. The next Marylebone Forum meeting is on the 28th January, in Marylebone; further details can be found at www.maryleboneforum.org.

Rate this blog entry:
Devonshire Place Mews
Elliott House - 1 Molyneux Street - Response to Pl...
 

Comments

No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Guest
Wednesday, 16 August 2017

News Index

Traffic
Traffic
61 post(s)
Police Liaison
Police Liaison
10 post(s)
Planning
Planning
72 post(s)
Licensing
Licensing
7 post(s)
Families
Families
6 post(s)
City Management
City Management
18 post(s)
Business Liaison
Business Liaison
11 post(s)
Marylebone News
Marylebone News
111 post(s)
Marylebone Forum
Marylebone Forum
13 post(s)
Community
Community
34 post(s)
Business News
Business News
14 post(s)
Art & Culture
Art & Culture
5 post(s)

Latest on Twitter

MaryleboneAssoc Marylebone Association: Baker Street Two Way - Work beginning 14th August read more here... https://t.co/eQnZ4ecaEP
MaryleboneAssoc Marylebone Association E-newsletter August 2017 Read here- https://t.co/jxOd5gsVyX

E-Newsletter

Subscribe to our e-Newsletter or change your preferences

* indicates required

View previous newsletters.