Westway 23 is a community group formed to campaign about the use of the 23 acres given in 1971 to the community as compensation for the massive, polluting Westway which is a huge elevated flyover built through, what was then the poorest parts of, West London.
Photo: Walmer Road site looking west from Pamber Street 1970
The community fought tirelessly against the Westway and were gifted the 23 acres of land underneath the road to use for the community's benefit. Most Londoners will be familiar with this area as it includes the Portobello Road Market area.
With more than ten million record sales to her name, what spurred Charlotte Church, 29, to become a political activist?
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST POLITICAL ACT?
It was probably when I gave evidence at the Leveson Inquiry [following the News International phone-hacking scandal], but I first joined a protest the day after the 2015 election. I was devastated when the Tories got in, and knew how hard it was going to be for many people. There was a protest in Cardiff organised by the Cardiff People’s Assembly, which I’d never heard of before. I went along – there were news crews there, which I wasn’t expecting. I was interviewed, and it snowballed; the national People’s Assembly asked if I’d join its rally, too.
"Paris has not saved the planet. Nothing could be further from the truth. Now is the time to redouble our efforts to build a bigger more diverse climate movement. One willing to make common cause with others who are challenging a government and a system that still prioritises the interests of the wealthy over the interests of the planet and the people who live on it. "
The climate deal agreed by world leaders in Paris this week is being heralded as a historic deal which has set the world on track to avoid catastrophic climate change.
This is by no means what has happened.
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The People's Assembly is supporting a major national demonstration called by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) to Stop Trident, Britain’s nuclear weapons system. To make sure this will be the biggest protest against nukes in a generation, we need your help. You can get involved in the following ways:Read more