Talbot Square Re-opening

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PRESS STATEMENT FROM PADDINGTON BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT

25 April 2009

Councillor Frances Blois officially re-opens Talbot Square Gardens

A spring garden party was hosted by Paddington BID to re-open Talbot Square Gardens, off Sussex Gardens on Saturday afternoon, 25thApril, with Councillor Frances Blois cutting the ribbon at the entrance gates to officially open the gardens.

With a children’s entertainer, an ice cream seller, giant garden games, stalls and refreshments the event was well attended by local residents, visitors, local businesses and employees.

Despite under-going a partial restoration in 1996 Talbot Square, had for many years looked neglected, under-used and in a general poor state.  In 2007 Westminster secured partnership funding from the Paddington Business Improvement District, English Heritage and Transport for London together with a commitment from its own resources to carry out the necessary improvements.   After extensive public consultation and a series of worked up sketch proposals by LDA Design, the ideas and images agreed upon for the project took shape over 2008.  Paddington BID funded the entrance gates to the gardens as well as being a key project partner.

 This project is one of many Paddington BID are funding under the ‘greener’ and ‘more attractive’ umbrellas.  The BID re-launched its successful recycling scheme on the 1stApril and now offers a free mixed recycling service to BID businesses which is collected twice weekly.  There has already been a great take up for the service, with new businesses signing up to get involved.  The first year of this new term for the BID will also see the start of more Sussex Gardens improvements.  Work will start late summer on refreshing the gardens towards Edgeware Road, which will add to the work already completed.  Add to this a newly refreshed walks calendar (please pick up a leaflet for information,) an increase in the number of hanging baskets, and the completion of paving on Praed Street, Paddington continues to improve beyond measure.

About Paddington BID

Paddington BID was established following a ballot of buinseeses in the Paddington area in February 2005 and was one of the first of its kind in the UK.  The BID’s initiatives are based on creating and maintaining a cleaner, more attractive, safer and better marketed Paddington.  In October 2008, 82.6% of businesses voted YES to renew Paddington Business Improvement District (BID).  Paddington BID entered its second term with a strong mandate; to continue to create a more attractive, safer and better promoted Paddington, giving a greater voice to local businesses.  The BID will continue for another four years, from April 2009 to March 2013, delivering under five main themes to help regenerate the Paddington area.

Paddington BID will raise over £1.6 million to spend in Paddington, delivering projects which bring more customers to the area and encourage tourists to stay and spend their money in the area. It aims to re-position Paddington as a leisure destination and eating-out quarter, surrounded by a strong commercial and residential environment. Whilst the BID is about creating a step change in people’s perceptions of Paddington, it is also about creating a strong business voice for the area.

-ENDS