Residents have expressed delight at the restoration of the Neasden Parade sign. It has been an eyesore in recent history as it has been allowed to be run down and has been left neglected. Residents and shopkeepers felt it gave a bad feel to the place as people entered the Neasden Shopping Centre. The sign itself is on private property and therefore the responsibility of the upkeep of the sign has been on the landlord, who in this case does not live in Brent.
Unfortunately, after various attempts to persuade the landlord to restore the sign, nothing was done. Quotes were obtained before I became a Councillor to restore the sign using the Council’s Ward Working budget, but these costs ended up being too high and as a result nothing was done.
This year, I took a new approach and filed a planning complaint against the property. Fortunately, this approach has proved successful in restoring the sign and the landlord has complied with the findings of Brent Council’s Planning Enforcement Department.
It’s great that the sign has finally been restored.