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Public Meeting

7pm-9pm Wednesday 20 June 2018
Brent Civic Centre
Conference Hall

Find out:

What the police are doing about violent crime
How the merger of Brent, Barnet and Harrow police will affect this

What can we all do? Now and in the longer term?
How can parents help?
How can young people help?
How can schools help?
How can policy and legislation help?

Hear what the panel say. Ask them questions. Make suggestions

Simon Rose, Police Commander, North West London
Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor of London for Policing and Crime
Barry Gardiner, MP for Brent North
Navin Shah, London Assembly Member for Brent and Harrow
Councillor Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council
Organised by Brent Safer Neighbourhood Board
Brent Council are consulting residents regarding some proposed changes to parking charges and the management of on-street parking in Controlled Parking Zones (CPZ) across the borough. You can find details of the proposals below.

Brent wants to take into consideration your feedback. Here are the key changes proposed by Brent:

1. To increase the surcharge on the second residents' parking permit from £40 to £50 per year, and on the third residents' parking permit from £80 to £100 per year; with the aim of reducing demand for on-street parking spaces from households which own more than one vehicle.

2. To introduce a £50 surcharge on the price of a resident permit for diesel vehicles; potentially increasing to £75 and then £100 in future years. The purpose of this is to provide a steer to vehicle owners to consider a switch to less polluting vehicles, given the increased health risks caused by air pollution from vehicles with diesel engines. Further information on this proposal can be found here: Proposed diesel levy for residents' parking permits

3. To introduce a three year Event Day Permit for the Wembley Stadium EDPPS, with an associated £15 administrative charge. Permits are currently subject to a one-off cost of £10, and their use is restricted to the period during which the applicant is living at that address. Many paper permits were issued for the scheme prior to 2013, and there are concerns that some permits continue to be in circulation and use, despite the original applicant having moved away; and that permits are advertised for sale on commercial websites. Both give rise to additional traffic congestion and parking pressures. The operation of the Event Day Scheme has not been reviewed since 2008. We need to ensure that that the full costs of management and enforcement can be covered in future years, given that most residents had paid the one-off charge in previous years.

Therefore, the Council proposes to introduce a 3 year permit to minimise the risk of potential misuse by non-residents which the existing Scheme may facilitate. The increase from £10 to £15 will ensure that the costs of managing and enforcing the Scheme can be fully covered in future. To avoid disadvantaging residents and businesses with existing permits, the proposal will only apply to permit applications for new vehicles and new event day visitor permits.

4. To introduce a three year T Zone off-peak visitor permit with an associated £15 administrative charge. This permit operates alongside existing borough wide visitor permits, and allows residents' visitors to park between 6.30pm and 8.00am Monday to Sunday.

5. To introduce a three year W and E Zones off-peak visitor permit with an associated £15 administrative charge. This permit operates alongside existing borough wide visitor permits, and allows residents' visitors to park between 6.30pm and 9.00pm Monday to Sunday.
View further information on the Wembley proposals (3,4 and 5 above).

Please note that all revenue from permit charges will be used to cover the cost of managing and enforcing parking controls, or for other specified transport-related expenditure. Here is the link to the consultation.

When will the decision be made?

All the responses from the consultation will be taken into account and the council will consider all responses before making a final decision later this year.

The information you provide will be treated confidentially and will be used solely by the London Borough of Brent.

The consultation will run from 31 May 2018 and end at 23:59 hours on 21 June 2018.
With resident feedback, we have been working closely with Brent Council and Safer Neighbourhood Teams to assess and take appropriate action on anti-social behaviour, resulting in a number of enforcement actions taken against individuals.

Here are some outcomes from the enforcement rounds carried out on the weekends of 27/28 April and 4/5 May:
  1. 5 Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO) under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.
  2. 2 x business duty of care
  3. 1 case of licensing, business operating out of vehicle
  4. 14 fixed penalty notices
  5. 3 fixed penalty notices for urinating
  6. 2 fixed penalty notices for spitting at entrance of park and playground
  7. 5 Cannabis warnings – All individuals on cannabis warnings will be referred to the Wembley Joint Action Group meeting for further offender management.
  8. 7 x PSPO street drinking warnings
  9. Removal of graffiti near entrance of Bridgewater Road
  10. 3 x weekly pick up of litter from One Tree Hill

Anti-Social Behaviour officer speaking to a male about prohibition of drinking in the Park. Warned that his behaviour was unacceptable and could be liable to £100 fine and potential court prosecution.

The attached documents provide details of actions carried out over the two weekends.

Residents have contacted WCARA recently regarding the overgrowth in our parks and verges . We did wonder whether Brent Council had forgotten to pay the bills to the contractors for maintaining our parks. When we reached out to Chris Whyte, Operational Director, Environment Services at Brent Council, he updated us on a change in policy:

The council revised its grass cutting policy last year in order to reduce the cost of that particular operation. Grass is now allowed to grow between 100mm and 300mm rather than the previous 40mm. This is more natural and so also improves the biodiversity of Brent.

This has seen certain areas in parks across Brent turned into wildflower meadows, letting the grass grow in order to create wildlife havens; reducing CO2 emissions, and increasing biodiversity.

The size of each wildlife meadow varies depending on the size of the park, and all parks retain some areas that will be kept maintained in a traditional way.

We are in two minds about this change in policy. It appears that every answer to Brent's problems comes down to cost cutting. No doubtwe will see footpaths turn into cricket pitches over the summer months, whilst some of our neighbours will take advantage of dumping waste in overgrowth. On the flip-side, we see the benefit of the meadows and the biodiversity this brings to an area where Brent have approved high rise buildings without consideration to its current residents and infrastructure. We will be keeping a close eye on this over the summer months as of yesterday my 300mm ruler does differ to the one owned by Brent Council.
Tottenham Club Ambassador, Gary Mabbutt joined volunteers from Keep Wembley Tidy and Wembley Central & Alperton Residents Association (WCARA) on a litter pick in Wembley. As part of the Club’s commitment to the London Borough of Brent, during its season playing at Wembley, Gary Mabbutt lent a hand to the clean‐up efforts by collecting litter from the streets of Wembley.

We were also joined by year 8 Children from Alperton Community School who were absolutely brilliant all morning picking up litter. Big Thank you to Alperton Community School.

Keep Wembley Tidy, WCARA and Brent Council are encouraging residents to join community clean‐ups which are being organised as part of the ‘Love Where You Live’ campaign. The campaign calls upon Brent residents to show their love for local areas by taking small steps to create a cleaner and greener environment.Start typing your update here
Wembley Central & Alperton residents took to the polls yesterday (May 3) to cast their vote in the local elections with the Labour Party, taking all 6 seats. Congratulations to all candidates who were elected and every candidate who took part.

To find out who the elected Councillors are and their contacts details, visit Our Councillors page

Tottenham Hotspur Club Ambassador Gary Mabbutt will be joining residents of Wembley Central & Alperton on a litter pick on Sunday 6th May. We are inviting all residents of Wembley Central & Alperton to join and show their love for local areas by taking small steps to create a cleaner and greener environment.We will be meeting at Lyon Park Avenue (towards Ealing Road) on Sunday 6th May at 10am. We will provide litter picks, gloves and high-visibility vests. For any questions on how to get involved, please email us on
CG - Chair
WCARA is an independent, non-affiliated and non-political residents’ association. We do not endorse any politician or party. However, we believe it’s important for you to be aware of the Local elections are taking place in London Borough of Brent on Thursday 3 May. To vote in a local council election you must be registered to vote, 18 years old or over on polling day, and be one of the following:
  1. A British citizen, a qualifying Commonwealth citizen, or a citizen of the European Union
  2. Resident in the UK
  3. Not be subject to any legal incapacity to vote
The local elections on Thursday 3 May are for you to choose who represents you on your local council. Brent Council is responsible for the following areas: Council housing, Education services, Electoral registration, Environmental health, Leisure and recreation facilities, Libraries, Local planning. Local transport, Parks and public places, Regulation of local business, Roads and footpaths, Social services, Waste and recycling.

As politicians’ canvas for your vote, do ask them how they intend to work for the area. It’s important that we exercise our right to vote and hold the elected politicians to account.
Alperton Ward Candidates Wembley Central Candidates
Allie, James Borbour - Labour Party Bewis, Adin Jack - Conservative Party
Appiah Fordjour, George - Conservative Party Brown, Valerie Lydia - Liberal Democrat Party
Brown, Daniel Edward - Liberal Democrat Party Butcher, Lacey Eve - Conservative Party
Chohan, Bhagwanji Hari - Labour & Cooperative Party Fergusson, George - Conservative Party
Chowdhury, Shamin Ahmed - Conservative Party Mitchell-Murray, Whielmina Castila - Labour Party
Johnson, David Clement - Liberal Democrat Party Patel, Jyosthna - Liberal Democrats Party
Kerr, James William - Liberal Democrat Party Patel, Rohan Bharat - Green Party
Linne, Andrew James Edward - Green Party Patterson, Luke - Labour Party
Patel, Vikas - Conservative Party Sheth, Krupa - Labour Party
Sangani, Trupti - Labout & Cooperative Party Wharton, Robert - Liberal Democrat Party

CG Chair
Over the past month there has been an increase in Burglaries in the Wembley Central and Alperton areas. Safer Neighbourhood Teams are aware and are working together to tackle the issue.

They have found that these burglaries are organised, and not opportunistic. They have a degree of planning and most likely know when residents are not at the addresses. The burglars are usually entering via the rear of the property, back garden, patio door. Please be aware if you have a key in the back patio door - please remove it when not in use. And the majority of burglaries are happening in the evening time.

Below is some Crime Prevention Advice on how you can protect your home against burglaries.

  1. Protect your home by protecting your garden
  2. Low front boundary; keep hedges and walls at the front of your house low (under 1 metre) so burglars have nowhere to hide.
  3. Secure side gate; keep side gates locked at all times. Open gates mean burglars can easily access your home without being seen by passers-by or neighbours.
  4. High side and rear boundaries with trellis and spiky defensive planting; keep hedges, walls and fences around your back garden high (over 1.8 metres). Add lightweight trellis to gates and fences and plant some prickly plants such as those on page 4 to make it harder for burglars to climb over.
  5. Gravel driveway and path; gravel driveways and paths make it harder for burglars to go undetected.
  6. Security light; install an outside security light so that intruders can’t approach without being seen.
  7. Intruder alarm system; install a burglar alarm system.
  8. Secure shed door and window; always keep your shed locked and secured. Often sheds contain valuables such as power tools and bicycles.
  9. Never leave tools lying around; never leave tools lying around as they can be used as a way of breaking into your home.
  10. Protecting your garden and outbuildings not only keeps bikes and other valuables in your shed safe, but can also stop burglars getting into your home.
CG - Chair