Latest news from WCARA

01/08/20
Dear Neighbours,


This year, as past of #Blossom2020, we're delighted to run WCARA’s FIRST ever Best Garden Competition - we were excited to see the efforts of our green fingered neighbours, and you certainly didn’t disappoint.
There are some amazing gardens in our area, and we were impressed by the enthusiasm, passion and commitment shown - Alan Titchmarsh could surely learn a thing or two from our residents!
It was really hard to pick a winner as the standards were very high, we would like to thank each and every one of you who entered. Without further ado we would like to congratulate our 2020 winners:

First prizes were presented in three categories:
Best Back Garden - Amarbai Patel, Alperton Resident
Best Front Garden - Sandhya Patel, Wembley Central Resident
Best use of Small Space – Nawaar Al-Ahmed, Alperton Resident

We also presented Highly Commended prizes to the following entrants:

Back Garden - Neera Lakhmana, Wembley Central Resident &
Jyoti Desai, Alperton Resident
Front Garden - Kit Friend & Siobhan Cafferkey, both Alperton Residents
Best use of Small Space – Manisha Patel, Wembley Central Resident

We shall also be presenting a selection of seeds to everyone else who entered. I am also delighted to announce that we will be launching an informal WCARA Garden Club through WhatsApp for our members to share ideas and queries and swap plants, which some have already been doing through spring and summer - if you would like to join us please email info@wcara.org.uk confirming your name and mobile number, alternatively you can use this link https://chat.whatsapp.com/HAUCgqd9HlnFsy3S5bKtFl

Once again Congratulations to our winners and highly commended prize winners.

Chirag
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25/07/20


WCARA continues to work with Council officials to tackle Litter & Fly-tipping in the area. Many of us use Brent Cleaner App to report rubbish which is cleared by Brent & Veolia crews. This of course means that the culprits get away with it and the next day the litter and flytip is back again.


What we need to do is catch the culprits who often leave evidence behind.

Stephan, WCARA Committee member has been working closely with Cllr Sonia Shah, our Labour Councillor in Wembley Central to identify and report fly-tips and to date we have had some success. Stephan has found evidence ( Time, location, image) and sent this to Cllr Shah who acted quickly by sending this vital evidence to Enforcement Officers at Brent Council. The enforcement officers attended the site and were able to confirm evidence issuing a penalty to offenders.

This was great example of co-ordination by residents and council officials to act swiftly Of course this is just one example of many where we are working with Brent Council to tackle this awful and disgusting behaviour by some of our residents. We will all have to work together to achieve this collective problem.

I want to stress that we do not encourage residents to put themselves at risk by challenging fly-tippers or rummaging through fly-tips to look for evidence. Please be cautious, this is problem we need to deal with but I do not want anyone hurt or injured dealing with this.
CG
25/07/20
Lyon Park Avenue Railway Bridge Footpath:





A couple of weeks ago Trevor Gaskin and Kay Carroll from WCARA met with Cllr Anton Georgiou, our Liberal Democrat Councillor for Alperton to discuss our concerns regarding litter, fly tipped rubbish, illegal street drinking and the maintenance of the actual railway bridge - by chance 3 local police officers were patrolling and shared with us their frustration regarding the state of the area and suggested that CCTV would help - as a result we jointly contacted Brent Council seeking to get these matters addressed.

A lot of the rubbish has now been cleared and Brent Council have contacted Network Rail asking for a full inspection and repairs to the bridge.

Earlier today Kay Carroll from WCARA had an on-site follow up meeting with Tony Martin our local Neighbourhood Manager at Brent Council, Cllr Anton Georgiou and Peter Gonos from Veolia to discuss what more can be achieved.

We'd like to say a big "thank you' to Sunil from Veolia, who was very diligently sweeping the footpath and then did an amazing job picking out all the beer cans and alcohol bottles from under the steps at the bottom of the bridge, he filled 3 bags with litter from that spot alone.

Veolia will be cleaning the area more regularly and once the piece of land behind the fence is fully clear of rubbish we are hoping Brent Council will support us with an idea to create a community allotment on that site.

We have also asked Brent Council to work with our local police team regarding the anti-social behaviour and to install CCTV cameras in the footpath and all across the railway bridge.

If we get the CCTV, keep the area tidy and use the piece of land we could deter the on-going anti social behaviour.

Hopefully local residents will support us in our efforts to improve this area.
CG
12/07/20
Dear Neighbours,
I hope you and your families are keeping well and enjoying the sunshine this weekend?

I would like thank neighbours who have entered WCARA's Best Garden Competition and also remind everyone else that the last date for entry is Sunday 19th July. We certainly have a few who aspiring Alan Titchmarsh amongst us!

I am also excited to share with you, Shaun Wallace, Quiz master from the TV Program "The Chase" will be handing out prizes to winners. We have received some great entries including very innovative use of old hand bags to plant the flowers in!!
As a reminder, here are the rules again:

1) All entrants must complete an entry via email to chair@wcara.org.uk by Sunday 19th July. Please email me your full name, address, telephone, email and three pictures.
2) Judging will take into account of how (a)colour is used, (b) innovative use of materials, (c) variety of plants, (d) how it benefits wildlife and (e) how it improves the neighbourhood.
3) Any photographs (maximum 3) submitted must have been taken in June/July of the current year.
4) Any entries consisting of or including artificial plants will be rejected.
5) Only one entry per household will be accepted.
6) By entering the competition all entrants agree to abide by the rules and to participate in associated publicity including having their photographs being taken, if required. We will be sharing pictures on our website and social media.
7) The entrant agrees to allow judges (maximum 2 WCARA committee members) to enter the gardens if required. As we are living through the pandemic, we will try to avoid this but may require some access.
8) We are keen for those with small spaces, balconies and front gardens to enter.
9) WCARA committee members and families are not permitted to enter the competition.
10) No correspondence will be entered into and the judges' decisions are final.
11) The winners will be announced week commencing 20th July.

We will have prizes for the following categories, and they will be confirmed later:

* Best use of small space
* Best front garden
* Best rear garden
I look forward to receiving your entries. #StayAlert and #StaySafe.
CG
21/06/20
Start WCARA is pleased to announce the launch of Best Garden Competition to celebrate #Blossom2020.

In late April, WCARA and Alperton Community Group volunteers delivered bedding plants to hundreds of homes around Wembley & Alperton bringing smile in what was a difficult time for us all. I know many of you have sent me pictures over the last few weeks, please keep them coming!

Across the country, we have been celebrating British Flowers Week, so what a great time to launch this competition. Here are some rules:

1) All entrants must complete an entry via email to chair@wcara.org.uk by Sunday 19th July. Please email me your full name, address, telephone, email and three pictures.
2) Judging will take into account of how (a)colour is used, (b) innovative use of materials, (c) variety of plants, (d) how it benefits wildlife and (e) how it improves the neighbourhood.
3) Any photographs (maximum 3) submitted must have been taken in June/July of the current year.
4) Any entries consisting of or including artificial plants will be rejected.
5) Only one entry per household will be accepted.
6) By entering the competition all entrants agree to abide by the rules and to participate in associated publicity including having their photographs being taken, if required. We will be sharing pictures on our website and social media.
7) The entrant agrees to allow judges (maximum 2 WCARA committee members) to enter the gardens if required. As we are living through the pandemic, we will try to avoid this but may require some access.
8) We are keen for those with small spaces, balconies and front gardens to enter.
9) WCARA committee members and families are not permitted to enter the competition.
10) No correspondence will be entered into and the judges' decisions are final.
11) The winners will be announced week commencing 20th July.

We will have prizes for the following categories, and they will be confirmed later:

* Best use of small space
* Best front garden
* Best rear garde

Ladies and Gentlemen, as we move to the next phase of the pandemic, with shops opening and many of us returning to our workplaces, please do take care. #StayAlert and #StaySafe.

We look forward to receiving your entries.

Best Regards
Chirag
CG
01/06/20
Brent teams & Veolia are working hard to keep parks open throughout this pandemic. If the bins are full, please take take your rubbish, we all need to our bit to ensure we leave our parks, streets, roads clean and green.

CG
28/04/20
Working together with Alperton Community Group we brought a smile to residents faces in Wembley Central & Alperton. A novel idea to help residents through the Covid-19 crisis. It is particularly useful at a time when most garden centres are closed.

We were looking at different ways which will help keep spirits up during this extraordinary time for all of us. People are finding much solace in plants and nature at the moment and we hope this small gesture will help boost morale amongst our residents and also brighten up the front gardens, streets and surroundings around us. Here are snaps from the big day yesterday.














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23/04/20
Dear Neighbours. - important Announcement from Metropolitan Police

As a result of the Covid-19 Lockdown there have been major changes to the crime trends. Due to the fact that most people are at home all day the burglars appear to have been put off. Different areas are seeing reductions of varying amounts. This is brilliant news - but with all good news comes bad!

There has been a substantial increase in online scams. These vary from taking your money for PPE that is non-existent to taking your LIFE SAVINGS!! So please please check, check and double check the authenticity of all Internet sites prior to submitting or committing to parting with any credit card or bank details. If you are uncertain, please contact your local safer neighbourhood officers who will be more than happy to advise you.

PLEASE do this BEFORE you become a victim.

Due to the interruption in the supply chain of drugs the dealers have lost their income and I doubt they will be entitled to Furlough! So it appears that they are trying to top up their loss of income by committing vehicle crime. Mainly theft from motor vehicles. So please ensure that you do not leave ANY valuables in your car and always lock your car. Thieves will try hundreds of door handles throughout the day and night, they are mostly looking for the loose change in the centre console but will take anything else that they see.

Stay Safe everyone

Best Regards
Chirag
CG
12/04/20


First of all I hope you and your loved ones are safe and well and haven't been effected too much during this challenging time.

To support you during this difficult time, we have a number of volunteers who are providing essential support including shopping trips, medicine collection, hospital drops of essential items and friendly calls for those who need to self isolate and the vulnerable. Some of you have signed up to this great community work - a Big Thank you.

We have also been working with Alperton Community Group (Covid19 support volunteers) and collectively we are looking at number of different ways which will keep spirits up and help our mental health during this extraordinary time for all of us.

One such project we are proposing, is "Blossom 2020". The project will involve providing free bedding plants to residents in the area. This will help boost morale and also brighten up our front gardens, streets and surroundings around us.

WCARA committee has agreed to part fund this project and are now welcoming donations, large and small from residents and businesses. The money will go towards buying bedding plants from a wholesaler which we can give to residents.

At this difficult time, we want to do all we can to support the community and we believe this is a great idea to make that little bit of difference to us all.


CG