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Tutu Foundation helps stage major review of London's Westway Trust

By: stagedoorscribbler - November 5, 2018

Photography from Westway in the 1980s by Hattie Miles

The Westway Trust works to help the community living in the inner-city area around and beneath London’s Westway flyover which famously opened after six years of construction back in 1970.

Covering a diverse urban area that extends from North Kensington to Paddington, Westway presents lots of challenges some of which can make the Trust’s aspiration to become a leading partner with the community problematic.

“We dedicate ourselves to the wellbeing of this vibrant community.” says the Trust which currently works with over 60 member organisations ranging from community groups and residents' associations to schools and sports clubs.

But it acknowledges that criticisms have been laid at its door, in particular claims of institutional racism. Now it is seeking a better understanding of these complaints and says it hopes to learn from them.

Now the Tutu Foundation UK, which has much experience of helping solve inner city problems, is inviting people to take part in an independent and fully comprehensive review into the practices and policies of the Trust, both past and present. 

The launch event is at 7.30pm on Wednesday (7th November) at Bay 63 inside Acklam Village where it is hoped to bring together the community, the Trust and The Tutu Foundation UK, to explain the purpose of the review, its work to date and the important role that the community has played in shaping the review so far. 

The area has much to offer. For instance beneath the Westway there are  23 acres of urban landscape, much prized by film-makers and event organisers for providing them with  edgy, urban and funky looking backdrops.  There’s a designer fashion arcade with a late 1970s/early1980s vibe and the space underneath the Portobello Vintage market tent is used throughout the year for special events. There are also sports venues, gym hire,  dance studios and the country’s largest indoor climbing centre.