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.

Gladstone Park Tree walk 16th June

Thursday 16th June, Gladstone Park Tree Walk, Gladstone Park Wildlife Group, 6.30pm
Lawrence Usherwood, Brent’s Principal Tree Officer will give a fascinating walk around Gladstone Park to discover some of the huge variety of trees there.  He is a mine of information on when they were first introduced into Britain, the uses of their timber, their rarity and benefits to wildlife.
To join the walk email gladstonewildlife@gmail.com

Post- war Gladstone Park Sculpture protected

The Prisoner of War Memorial by Fred Kormis in Gladstone Park has has been listed as Grade II by Historic England. The piece explores the themes of freedom, captivity, showing five male figures in different stages of emotion and turmoil.

The sculpture can be found close to the Dollis Hill Lane entrance closest to the car park.  gladstone park war memorial

Christmas in Neasden – Saturday 12th December 3pm to 5pm

Join us on Saturday 12 December for a Christmas celebration at the Neasden Shopping Centre

There will be:

  • a candlelit procession
  • carol singing
  • complimentary refreshments by local participating businesses
  • traditional foods

This event is being supported by Daniels Estate Agents and has been organised by St Catherine’s Church, the regeneration team at Brent Council and Dudden Hill Labour Councillors.

An update on Gladstone Park night operations

Following the issues that have been reported by residents about rough sleeping at Gladstone Park, a lot of work is underway between the Council, Ashford Place and the Police. In September, a number of people were found sleeping in tents in Gladstone Park during the night-time inspections. All were given the Park byelaws translated into Romanian. A Romanian police officer was also available to assist with enquiries. The group were offered housing assistance by Ashford Place, but declined this offer before being escorted out of the park. All tents were taken and removed by Veolia and associated rubbish and debris cleared.

After this, the Police visited Gladstone Park and found no tents or structures present. There is evidence that they may have moved on to Fryent Country Park and Welsh Harp though where two encampments, rough sleepers and tents were removed.

The current plan is to organise similar operations in October for consecutive nights if necessary.

Night operations begin at Gladstone Park to tackle rough sleeping

A joined-up operation between Brent Council, the Police, Veolia and Ashford Place, the homeless charity in Cricklewood, will see the first night operation taking place at Gladstone Park from tonight. The aim of the operation is to decrease anti-social behaviour and remove any tents and structures that may be up in the park. There has been a reported increase of people sleeping in the park using tents and other bedding and this contravenes park bye-laws.

The majority of those sleeping in the parks have come from Romania to seek work in the UK and send money home. We understand they are trying to avoid accommodation costs by sleeping in the park. Whilst sympathetic to these individuals, Brent Council’s primary concern is the safety of its residents.

Signs are already up at the park in both English and in Romanian.

GP sign homeless 2

GP sign homeless 1

 

Brent Council has been made aware that many of these people are also seeking employment at the informal labour market in Chichele Road, Cricklewood. The Metropolitan Police have implemented a dispersal zone to deal with this problem, and any employers hiring staff this way will be questioned by the Police. We would also discourage residents from hiring them for casual labour, as we believe this is exacerbating the problem in the parks. If you are not sure of someone’s status, ask for an NI number when hiring them, so you can be sure they have a residential address and paying taxes in the UK.

Brent Council is also working with the HMRC and UKBA to establish the immigration status of these sleepers.

Personal Safety and Crime Prevention stall at Gladstone Park on Saturday 26th July from 11am to 2pm

Gladstone Park stall 26-7-14Victim Support in partnership with Brent Council are holding a crime prevention stall at the park to address concerns from residents about safety at the park. The stall will be located near Anson Road.

Police will also be available to talk about crime issues.

You can talk to us and your local crime and community organisations about crime prevention and personal safety at Gladstone Park. Victim Support can also offer you support if you have been affected by crime.

Even if you have no concerns, come and pick up your free personal alarms and security items from our stall.

 

Calling on Dudden Hill residents to get involved with landlord licensing focus groups

The council is specifically looking for Dudden Hill residents to take part in a focus group on landlord licensing proposals. I have earlier blogged on this issue before LINK

We are looking for 12 -20 people to take part a face-to face focus group for Dudden Hill ward.

There is currently some information and the online consultation on the Council’s website too – LINK

If you would like to participate, contact Bola Olatunde on bola.olatunde@brent.gov.uk

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