Brent issues call for sites

Are there any sites in your local area which are vacant, rundown or underused? Through redevelopment could they make a more positive contribution to your area?

To assist the development of local plans, the Council is carrying out a ‘call for sites’ exercise to identify sites within Brent that may have potential for development. The ‘call for sites’ is an early opportunity for individuals and organisations to suggest sites within the borough for development. This could be development for uses such as:

  • Housing
  • Employment
  • Retail
  • Leisure/Sport/Recreation/Open Space
  • Community uses including education/potential schools
  • Art/cultural uses
  • Mixed use development
  • Strategic Infrastructure

You can submit sites online.

The deadline for submitting sites is 6th April 2017.

Consultation on how you’d like money to be spent in your local area

When developers receive planning permission for some larger, new developments, they’re required to make a payment to the council. This helps fund local infrastructure improvements. This payment is called Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). Of this, between 15-25% of the funds has to be allocated by the Council as Neighbourhood CIL.

On the basis of feedback received from this consultation, the council will decide how to prioritise spending on particular Neighbourhood CIL funded projects. Too feed in, click on this LINK

New signage proposed for Dudden Hill Lane and Neasden Lane to calm traffic

New signs are proposed at three locations in Dudden Hill Ward that have been identified as accident hotspots. The signs will be on Dudden Hill Lane and Neasden Lane.

The signs will aim to slow down traffic and also encourage people to be more aware of motorbikes. Accidents involving mopeds and motorbikes have caused us concern and residents have been talking to us about their concerns and the lack of signage.

Labour Councillors have been successful in making the case and the signs are expected to be in place before summer.

Get rid of your unwanted gadgets at Willesden Library

Mobile phones, digital cameras, tablets, headphones, battery-operated toys – were all high on wish lists this past Christmas.

As a large proportion of those shiny, new gadgets will be replacing yesterday’s models, the question facing their owners is what to do with the old ones?

Local residents have opportunity to declutter their homes of broken or unwanted small electrical items such as alarm clocks, toys, kettles and hair dryers.

In February, Willesden Library will be hosting electrical recycling events, where residents can drop by and get rid of any unwanted electronic items, in a safe and environmentally friendly way on the following dates

  • 6 February – 12 February
  • 13 February – 19 February

By recycling their unwanted items the owners are helping to protect the environment as fewer raw materials need to be mined for use in the manufacture of new products.

Please offer me a seat trial on public transport

Following the success of the ‘Please offer me a seat’ trial, Transport for London has announced the badge and card will be introduced on a permanent basis early next year.
 
The ‘Please offer me a seat’ badge and card were trialled to help customers who need a seat, but have difficulty getting one. The trial was a response to feedback from customers and research conducted last year, which found people with invisible impairments, conditions and injuries can often find it difficult to get a seat when they need one – particularly if their need is not obvious.
 
The trial was met with extremely positive reviews:
·        Participants reported 72 per cent of journeys as being easier as a result of the badge;
·        On 86 per cent of journeys participants reported feeling more confident when asking for a seat on public transport; and
·        An overwhelming 98 per cent of participants said they would recommend the badge and card to somebody they think needs or would benefit from one.
 
TfL is planning to launch the badge and card to all customers who need one early next year. Many customers may of course not want to use the badge and card, and TfL has committed make sure people are supported too. 
 
If you sign up to receive accessible travel updates by visiting www.tfl.gov.uk/emailupdates, TfL will let you know when our new badge and card is live.

International Day for Disabled People – 1st December 2016

Brent is celebrating the International Day for Disabled People on 1st December 2016. Marked across the globe, this day has been celebrated by the United Nations since 1992.
The day aims to increase understanding of the barriers facing people with disabilities and promote participation and inclusion. The event will incorporate a Job Fair and a Health and Well-being Zone  The theme for 2016 is “Achieving the Goals for the future we want”

The event on  1st  December 2016   will be held at the Brent Civic Centre from 10am to 3pm and is an opportunity to engage with residents, carers and colleagues.

Please contact
equality@brent.gov.uk if you wish to register early for this event.

Police advice on burglary for Dudden Hill residents

Below is a message from the Dudden Hill Safer Neighbourhood Team following some intelligence based on burglaries that have happened in the ward.

Please be aware that two suspects are visiting the NW10 area in a Black Audi A3. The first one presents a ‘British Gas ID’ on a blue lanyard to gain entrance into the property and a second suspect follows when the occupant is distracted. We strongly advise that you do not let anybody into your property until you have confirmed their identify. The best policy is take their ID, ask them to remain outside, shut the door and phone their company to confirm their ID. If there is any doubt or their identify can’t be confirmed then call the Police and don’t open the door. If you have a door chain please use it before opening the door in the first place.