Latest news from WCARA

13/11/18

A blue plaque to honour British heavyweight boxer Sir Henry Cooper has been unveiled at 4 Ealing Road, Wembley. The commemorative sign marks the location of his Greengrocers business on Ealing Road.
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13/11/18
Brent Council is working on a new Local Plan which will provide more opportunities to live, learn and work in the borough and make Brent safer, cleaner and greener and support residents to be healthier and happier. Brent Council needs your views on the draft Local Plan so please tell Brent what you think about it. Visit www.brent.gov.uk/shapebrent to read the draft Local Plan and give Brent Council your views. The last day for comments is 5pm, Thursday 3 January 2019.

Workshops are planned:

If you’re looking for more detailed information, and you have two hours to spare, each workshop will have a presentation on the draft Local Plan, followed by activities to give your views. You will need to register for the workshops here --> https://www.brent.gov.uk/shapebrent.

Drop-In Sessions - If you have questions about the draft Local Plan, or want to discuss it, these sessions are for you. Come at any time and have a chat about the new draft Local Plan with our planning team. No need to book – just turn up! Local Drop in Session on December 17 between 4-8pm at Ealing Road Library.

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06/11/18
1. Fireworks are not permitted on the road. There is £5000 fine for anyone caught setting off fireworks on the road. Therefore we would discourage setting off fireworks in front gardens/parking.
2. Children should never play with fireworks. Things like firecrackers, rockets, and sparklers are just too dangerous. If you give kids sparklers, make sure they keep them outside and away from the face, clothing, and hair.
3. Steer clear of others set off fireworks. They can backfire or shoot off in the wrong direction.
4. Never throw or point fireworks at someone, even as a joke.
5. Don't hold fireworks in your hand or have any part of your body over them while lighting. Wear eye protection, and don't carry fireworks in your pocket — the friction could set them off.
6. Point fireworks away from homes, and keep away from brush and leaves and flammable substances.
7. Don't allow kids to pick up pieces of fireworks after an event. Some may still be ignited and can explode at any time.
Be respectful of your neighbours and finish at a reasonable time not till early hours in the morning.
8. If an Injury Happens, immediately go to a doctor or hospital.

Fireworks are meant to be enjoyed, but you'll enjoy them much more knowing your family is safe. We wish everyone a Very Happy Diwali.
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29/06/18
Alperton House, The Boat Pub & Hotel, and Units 9 & 10 Abercorn Commercial Centre, HA0 1EH
the above site has been allocated by Brent Council in their Development Plan Document (DPD) as suitable for a comprehensive, mixed-use development.

Plans by Developers Redrow Homes and Peabody for the site now include c.500 new homes, of which 35% will be affordable. This is alongside new retail space and workspace, with an element of affordable workspace, and the re-provision of an improved canal-side bar. Improving the public realm in the immediate area will also be a priority, and developer intends to provide a new public space adjacent to the Grand Union Canal.

Developers are holding a public consultation drop-in on Monday 9 July and Thursday 12 July, to share our ideas with the local community. This will take place between 4.30pm and 7.30pm on both dates, at Brent Play Association, which is located on the ground floor of Peppermint Heights, Northwick Road, HA0 1LG. Please find attached a newsletter.

We recognise the importance of new homes in our area, at the same time we are aware of the challenges that residents face in terms of infrastructure, school places, GPs. WCARA will be attending to learn about the proposed development and raise any issues we see.

Developers are keen to meet ALL local residents to discuss their proposals, either at the consultation drop-in as detailed above. Please do attend, if you are unable to, please drop us an email and we will be happy to represent your views. Contact us on chair@wcara.org.uk

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10/06/18
Fancy losing those extra calories? Want to look for that summer holiday? Then why not run With Andy. The aim is to get people out and show them that running can be fun and enjoyable!

Andy is leading group runs as well as walking sessions that are fun, friendly and free for adults, guys and girls twice a week.

Tuesdays

How long? - One hour or less, approximately four miles - Group walk
Who for? - Beginners and above
When? - Starting Tuesday 9 January - 25 September 2018
Where? - One Tree Hill Park, Alperton, HA0 4QN at the end of Braemar Avenue Side (starting point) to Barham Park, HA0 2HB including use of the outdoor gym at One Tree Hill Park

Thursdays

How long? - One hour or less, approximately three miles - Group run
Who for? - Beginner runners and above
When? - Starting Thursday 11 January - 27 September 2018
Where? - Thursdays from One Tree Hill Park, Alperton, HA0 4QN at the end of Braemar Avenue Side (starting point) to Barham Park HA0 2HB including use of the outdoor gym at One Tree Hill Park.

Remember to bring a small bottle of water.

Please contact Andy if you would like to attend either a a group run or a group walk in advance, for more info please follow @runwithandy on Twitter.
Website
https://www.andyraju.com/
Contact email
runwithandy@gmail.com
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10/06/18
Brent Council has committed to the highest ethical standards in the work of its elected councillors and co-opted members, embodying the principles of selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.

There's been a Code of Conduct in place for many years to help guide elected members, and Brent's recent full council meeting has just simplified and improved this code so that it is easier to understand and follow and so that it promotes the high standards of conduct expected of Brent members. Here is the code. more details
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04/06/18
Have your say – make a difference


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

Panel:
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
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04/06/18
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.
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22/05/18
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.

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22/05/18
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.
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