From 2003, the Labour Government supported and financed the creation of Local Area Renewal Partnerships (LARPs) to improve the quality of life of people who live and work in Westminster’s most disadvantaged areas:
• Church Street
• Queen’s Park
• Harrow Road
• South Westminster
• The West End, reflecting the challenges faced by residents, businesses and visitors in this unique area in the heart of London.
LARPs received Government funding through Westminster’s Local Area Agreement (LAA) to coordinate partnership working at a neighbourhood level and to deliver programmes to reduce deprivation.
They brought together service providers (including the Council, Police, Primary Care Trust, and the community and voluntary sector) and residents to identify and address key local issues across a range of areas (e.g. crime, health, housing, education, employment, and environment).
Each LARP appointed a Manager to co-ordinate the work of the partnership at a neighbourhood level and key local priorities are reflected in local renewal plans.
The establishment of the Queen’s Park Community Council in 2014 has its roots in the creation of the Queen’s Park LARP.