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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
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
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


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.

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.
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 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 -->

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.

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.
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

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.


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


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.
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