Brent trials different way of fixing potholes

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GREENER CITY FUND – £5k to £50k grant available for tree and green space projects

Groundwork London were recently chosen by the Greater London Authority to administer the Community Grants aspect of the Mayor’s new Greener City Fund. Below is some information on the grant schemes. Please could you make your networks and contacts aware of the programme.
Grants of between £5k – £20k (small grants) and £20k – £50k (medium grants) are available. There are two strands to the grants programme:
  • Community Tree Planting Grants, to support community groups to plant trees and help improve access to nature through increasing and maintaining London’s Tree Canopy cover.
  • Community Green Space Grants, to give community groups and local people the chance to design and create new spaces, and improve existing spaces, by providing grants, advice and support.
The deadlines for the first round of the two strands are as follows:
  • Community Tree Planting Grants: deadline 29 September (just under three weeks), with decisions expected end of October for activities between November 2017 and February 2018
  • Community Green Space Grants: deadline 20 October, with decisions expected November/December 2017 and delivery between January 2018 and January 2019.
Information on applications is available at the link above, and in the Greener City Fund prospectus which I have attached.
If you have any queries then please do not hesitate to contact Groundwork London at greenercity@london.gov.uk.

Joint advice surgery with Councillors and Local Police Team

This weekends monthly Councillor Advice surgery (Saturday 5th August) will be a joint surgery with the Dudden Hill Police Team. If you have any local crime or Council related issues, we will be at the Pavilion Cafe at Gladstone Park from 11am to 12.30pm. Appointments are not required.

map of surgery location

Willesden Mini Mela – Saturday 15th July – 12PM – 4PM

Willesden mini mela

This weekend will see the first ever Willesden Mini Mela at the Library at Willesden Green. The day will be filled with activities throughout. The event is in partnership with Brent Council, Lottery, Arts Council England, Willesden Temple and the British Museum who have loaned a 800 year idol of Ganesha at the Exhibition space.

Neasden Festival – Corner of Cairnfield Avenue & Neasden Lane Saturday 1st July 2017: 11am – 4pm

Following a successful first Neasden Festival last year, this weekend we have our second Neasden Festival this Saturday. It will be a street party with lots of family activities and entertainment for all to enjoy.

Visit the dedicated website for the event for further details LINK

You can also follow the Neasden Festival Twitter page LINK

Fire safety in housing blocks in Brent

Following the tragedy in Grenfell, residents are rightfully concerned about fire safety, particularly in blocks of flats.

Brent has been in regular contact with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) to offer assistance.

So far Brent has provided staff to assist RBKC at their Borough Emergency Control Centre at Kensington Town Hall. Our local authority liaison officers and rest centre managers are also on standby and are ready to respond should they be required. We have also offered our employee assistance programme to London Fire Brigade staff to help support them through personal mental health issues they will inevitably be experiencing following the tragedy.

As part of the recovery operation we have asked whether housing in Brent with be required by Grenfell Tower residents. We understand that RBKC’s strong preference is to rehouse Grenfell Tower residents within their borough wherever possible but have said they will be in touch with us next week to discuss this further.

The support from people across London in donating clothes and essentials has been fantastic and RBKC have now advised us that the best way to support those affected is through financial donations rather than goods. The details for the website which has been set up have been promoted by us locally and further details are here LINK

The Leader has also made a statement about fire safety which is available here LINK

A ‘Talkback’ event was held with tenants and leaseholders on Wednesday evening (June 14) where officers from BHP and the council were also able to directly answer questions from tenants and leaseholders about fire safety.

Understandably, some Brent residents living in high rise blocks have been contacting BHP and the Council for information and reassurance regarding their homes. BHP has been responding to these queries and information is available on the BHP website. Any members who have specific questions from themselves or from residents should email them tobhp.compliance@bhphousing.co.uk who will respond as soon as possible.

The facts in Brent are:

– We have 37 high-rise (5 storeys or more) blocks in Brent, all of which are 100% fire risk assessment compliant.

– We have never directly used Rydon Limited or Harley Facades Limited, the contractors who worked on Grenfell Tower. We do not yet know about other registered providers and we are seeking this information from them.

– Since the incident began the Compliance and Risk team at Brent Housing Partnership have been responding to questions about fire management policies and processes and the steps that have been taken over recent years to reduce the risk of fires in council run blocks.

– More than £10million has been spent over the past 4 years on measures to reduce the risk of fires in council run properties.

Estate inspectors and compliance experts have been mobilised to provide additional re-checks of communal areas and exit routes to remove any remaining rubbish, bicycles and other hazards which could hinder access and exit in an emergency. They are also doing extra checks of the blocks with cladding to ensure all remedial works, which form part of business as usual, are actioned as a priority, ahead of the prescribed schedule.

Finally, it was announced yesterday (June 15) that there will be a full public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire to get a full understanding of went so wrong and how similar tragedies can be prevented in the future.

The Government has also announced an emergency review into fire safety in tower blocks. Once the findings are known we will of-course review and, if needed, amend our fire management processes and strategy accordingly.

Great Gladstone Get-Together at Gladstone Park this Sunday

There are events all around the Country this weekend in celebration of Jo Cox’s belief that we have more in common in society. We have a local event at Gladstone Park this Sunday packed with activities for all to enjoy. Do come along between 12.30pm and 4.30pm Great Gladstone Get-Together