PRARA is the Residents' Association for
Peterborough Road and other roads around South Park. We are
officially recognised by the London Borough of Hammersmith &
Fulham. We consider matters of local public concern, especially those
arising from LBH&F proposals, make representations to
Councillors and Borough Officers and publicly represent local
PRARA is registered as a Neighbourhood Watch
scheme and membership of PRARA automatically enrols you in the
scheme. We have a written constitution which is
non-political, general in nature for maximum flexibility, and
comparatively informal. Please click here to see it.
There is no membership subscription to join the
Association but there is an annual voluntary donation mainly to cover
stationary & printing expenses. Please use the links
to find out more.
PRARA’S strength is in its membership.
PRARA has achieved a lot so far, but there is more to
do. By acting in unison, we can ensure the quality of life
for local residents. Contact us if you have any concerns,
(see list of committee members to find your street representative), and
inform us of any local information. Please
download the membership form.
Click here to
see our contacts page or use the link at the top of the page
- the committee and contacts are listed there.
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A History of PRARA
The Peterborough Road and Area
Residents’ Association (PRARA) is a successor to the
Clancarty Road Residents’ Association which successfully
lobbied a few years ago for the introduction of Residents’
Parking. PRARA was formed in February 2003 by Peterborough Road
resident Patricia Hicks who successfully campaigned against the use of
Peterborough Road by heavy vehicles by-passing Wandsworth Road.
Previous attempts at traffic management were not wholly successful.but
the installation of the rising bollard at the junction of Peterborough
Road and Clancarty Road, meant that only the local bus could pass
through, and heavy vehicles were unable to use the road as a rat-run.
After this success, local residents agreed to form
an association which would also include a Neighbourhood Watch group. A
committee was elected, a constitution laid down, and a voluntary
donation (initially £1 but currently £5) covered
the cost of printing regular newsletters. Local concerns were
identified, relevant officials in the Hammersmith & Fulham
Borough Council contacted, and PRARA swung into action.
The successes in the first year were:
- Bedding-in of rising bollard
- Establishment of the Neighbourhood Watch in
parallel with PRARA
- Improvement of maintenance and content of South
Since then we have:
- Created a high profile with all local councillors, the Leader of the Council and our Member of Parliament
- Established ourselves as an effective lobbying body
- Developed a close and effective relationship with the two Safer Neighbourhood teams that cover the PRARA area
- Set up an e-mail system to send out urgent crime alerts to members
- Established a relationship with Hurlingham & Chelsea School which reduced problems caused by pupils at the school
- Deal with other anti-social behaviour and secured the eviction of a problem family
- Mitigated local vandalism
- Established relationships with Thomas's School and the Ecole in Clancarty Road
- Scrutinised and amended commercial planning applications
- Responded to various council consultations
- Improved litter collections
- Planted trees in South Park in 2003 and 2006
- Upgraded the Childrens' Play Area in the park
- Improved the basic maintenance of the park
- Established a South Park Users' Group which has now become the Friends of South Park
- Campaigned and lobbied for the regeneration of South Park with the development of a Master Plan
- Supported The Fulham Society
- Joined HACAN - the pressure group campaigning against increased noise from and more runways at Heathrow Airport
You can read more about PRARA and our activities in our Newsletters which can be downloaded from the News page.
The improvement of South Park has been a major objective
and continues to be a priority. However, since the Friends of South
Park was established in January 2009 we have handed over the main
lobbying role to that organisation. We continue to ensure that the
interests of PRARA's members are taken into account and we are
represented on the Steering Group for the development of the park
Master Plan. Please see the South Park page for more information.
PRARA holds two Open Meetings each year in which a
guest speaker is invited to speak on a topic of local interest. PRARA
members also meet socially once a year around Christmas, and at the
annual AGM (in May/June each year). The PRARA Standing Committee meets
quarterly, or when necessary.
PRARA now represents nearly 100 households but we always
need more members. The more members we have, the greater our influence.
PRARA intends to remain at the forefront of opposing anything that will
affect the quality of life of its members.
The Newsletters give a picture of the work of the
Committee over the last three years, and its achievements.
Contact us. Join us - membership
form can be downloaded.
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