Latest news from WCARA

17/02/20

Picture: Councillor Krupa Sheth, Brent Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “The council is doing everything it can to pick up the dumped rubbish but I know residents would prefer it was not dumped there in the first place. We are fed up with fly-tippers thinking they can get away with dumping rubbish on our streets and we need your help to identify the culprits.”


Brent Council has a new weapon in the fight against grime crime i to catch people selfishly spoiling some of the borough’s streets for everyone else.

Responding to residents' anger, that devious dumpers are not playing by the rules, the council is set to release CCTV images of people carrying out grime crimes, like fly tipping, along with a public appeal to identify them.

The council is launched the latest phase of the #lovewhereyoulive campaign on St Valentine’s Day, with hard-hitting ‘WANTED’ posters, which could leave litterlouts red-faced and out of pocket.

If the culprits are not identified by the posters, the enviro-crime images will go online on a monthly basis so they reach a wider audience. Once an offender is identified, the council will do everything possible to ensure they are taken to court where they face an unlimited fine or prison sentence.

If you see someone you know doing something they should not, email Brent anonymously by emailing waste.enforcement@brent.gov.uk or calling 020 8937 4994. Information provided by residents will be treated in strict confidence.
Courtesy of Brent Council - Author CG
17/02/20
Brent Council’s Public Health Team and the Brent CCG would like to invite you to the FREE Health and Wellbeing Fair taking place on Friday 20 March 2020 from 11am-6pm at Bridge Park Community Leisure Centre, Stonebridge, NW10 0RG.

What you can expect…
  • To have fun!
  • Food stalls and pop-up cafes
  • Entertainment from Ashford Place Choir and the Raunchy Rascals dance group
  • Diabetes screening
  • Learn new skills to improve your wellbeing, such as how to use digital apps and more
  • Activities such as exercise taster sessions, plant potting and needlework - so come and try something you have never done before!
  • There will also be a number of interactive information stalls providing information about different health and wellbeing services on offer in Brent, hosted by:
  • NHS
  • Cancer Research UK
  • Thrive LDN
  • Sickle Cell Society
  • Terrence Higgins Trust
  • New Beginnings
  • Twining Enterprise
  • Orchid
  • Brent CCG
  • CommUNITY Barnet
  • Ashford Place
  • Brent Housing
  • Step Up Hub
  • Health Watch
  • Brent Libraries

And more!

The fair will be for residents of all ages so there will be something there for everyone! Sign-up for a FREE ticket today to secure your place and if you have any questions about the event, please contact Sandhya.Thacker@brent.gov.uk.
CG
12/01/20
Dear Residents,

Hope you all had a relaxing festive break with family and friends. I wish you and your family a healthy and happy New Year.

As you may be aware a by-election will take place in the Brent electoral wards of Barnhill, Wembley Central and Alperton on Thursday 23 January 2020, This is following the resignation of four Councillors. Further details on resignations were reported by Harrow Times in December.

There are two vacancies in our wards, one in Alperton and one in Wembley Central. I want to take the opportunity to highlight this very important local election and why it matters to us all:

1) Brent Council decides how much council tax we pay. The council tax bill for a band D property in Brent in 2019-20 is £1582.85 and band E is £1934.59. This was nearly a 6% increase on the previous year.

2) The Council spend a lot of your money - money is spent on education, social services, including elderly care, rubbish collection, flytipping, the police as well as council staff.

3) Small things that bug us are the responsibility of the council. Pothole and damaged pavements of which there are plenty! 2586 pot holes were apparently repaired in the last year by Brent council.

4) Brent Council is responsible for setting policies in how often our streets are swept, waste collection, litter, fly-tipping and also large items (furniture) collection.

5) Brent Council is also generally responsible for parking regulation and enforcement.

6) What Wembley Central & Alperton will look like in five to ten years' time - or sooner, is to some extent determined by Brent Council. They are responsible for strategic planning, such as where housing should be built. The council also rule on planning applications including the many recent high rises we have seen propping up all over Wembley Central & Alperton. Brent Council has a say and approves them.

The following candidates will stand in the two wards.

Alperton Ward

Anton Georgiou - Liberal Democrat Party
Chetan Harpale - Labour Party
Andrew James Edward Linnie - Green Party
Harmit Anil Vyas - Conservative party

Wembley Central

Sai Karthik Madabhushi - Conservative Party
Jyotshna Patel - Liberal Democrat Party
William Kent Relton - Green Party
Sonia Shah - Labour Party

WCARA remains independent and does not support any political party or individual. However, I am pleased we have some local residents standing in the election on this occasion, which should help focus on things that matter to us. We will work with newly elected councillors to ensure your voice is heard.

As candidates knock on your door in the coming days, ask them how they will represent you and your families, what solutions they have for the issues we have in Wembley Central & Alperton, and what they will do differently to champion the cause for us residents. This election is about real community democracy in which we want to see clear and innovative solutions for the many problems we see in our two wards.

Remember local policies affect us on a daily basis, this is an opportunity to make your voice heard. Please make sure you cast your vote on Thursday 23rd January.

Best Regards
Chirag - Chair
www.wcara.org.uk
CG
14/04/19
People who spit Paan or Guthka on the streets of Wembley faced a rude awakening this weekend. Local volunteer groups including WCARA together with councillors, launched a campaign with two days of action to tackle the problem of spitting in the area.

To tackle the problem, volunteers from community groups took to the streets of Wembley this weekend (April 13/14) to talk to local people and businesses about the environmental, health and hygiene implications of public paan spitting and drum up support for the new Brent Paan Action Network.

The volunteers supported by street cleaning and enforcement teams from Brent Council. Enforcement patrols will be stepped up, with public spitters facing on-the-spot fines of £100, while the pavements of Ealing Road and Wembley High Road will be jet washed by Veolia to remove the existing stains.

The campaign is supported by WCARA, The Brent Indian Association, Diu Kadia Nyati Samaj UK, Bharatvasi On Duty, Federation of Patidar Associations, and Shri Sanatan Hindu Mandir, a Hindu temple in Wembley which is beset by stains from tabacco based Paan and Guthka producst
CG
04/04/19
Over 200 Alperton & Wembley Central packed into Lyon Park Primary School on Monday 18th March. It was a lively affair with residents calling for tougher action on offenders who spit Paan and Guthka on our roads. We were joined by Councillor Butt (Leader of Brent Council), Councillor Luke Patterson (Wembley Central), Councillor James Allie (Alperton), Councillor Trupti Sangani (Alperton), Cllr Bhagwanji Chohan (Alperton).

There was a call for levy on sellers and tough enforcement from Brent on those who spit on our roads. It costs Brent Council £30,000 per year to jet wash the stains from this disgusting behaviour by some residents.

We learnt about Infrastructure Improvements (Roads and Pavements) around the Alperton Areas. We also heard from Anthony Angol (FA Community) about a wonderful opportunity to volunteer for Euro 2020. Finally we learnt about an ambitious project to make Wembley the first Plastic Free Town in the UK.

We will follow-up with detailed minutes in due course
CG
18/02/19
We now have a date for a new Public Meeting on Monday 18th March 2019. We will be joined by Councillors, Council officials who will be updating residents on an initiative to deal with Paan Spitting in the area. We will also learn about infrastructure improvements planned for the area as a result of new residential developments.

Please do join us for an important debate with Brent Council. Do you have a question for them? Please send details to info@wcara.org.uk.

Author
20/11/18


Wembley Central and Alperton Residents' Association, with the support of Brent Council and Veolia, have secured 50 trees (English Oak, Silver Birch, Beech, Hornbeam, and Alder) for One Tree Hill Park.

Please come along and help us plant these on:
Saturday 1st December
1.30pm to 3pm
Meeting point by the Bowrons Avenue entrance of the park

Please also bring spades/forks/trowels and gloves if you have them, and wear suitable protective footwear. Children to be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Finally, please feel free to share widely with your neighbours.
CG
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.
CG
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.

CG