TfL Disability Campaign

TfL are currently running a campaign called ‘Come on Board’ which targets older and disabled groups, providing them with information and support to aid travel across London’s public transport network.

If there are any local groups who they feel may benefit from a visit by TfL as part of this campaign email transport.strategy@brent.gov.uk with details of the group which will be passed to TfL.

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.

Sadiq delivers Night Tube for Dudden Hill residents

Sadiq Khan has delivered on the Night Tube for Dudden Hill residents. The ward is well served by the Jubilee Line with residents using Willesden Green, Dollis Hill and Neasden Stations.

Starting from tonight, Tube services will now run on Friday and Saturday nights on the full length of the Jubilee line from Stanmore to Stratford.

TfL has confirmed that all the stations will remain staffed throughout the night and that services will run approximately every 10 minutes.

This is in addition to the pledge already delivered on the Hopper fare for buses. For more information on this, visit the TfL advice site here LINK

Community Roadwatch scheme sees residents tackle speeding cars with local police teams

Road-safe residents donned high-vis jackets and learnt to use hand-held speed cameras as part of a scheme designed to deter drivers from speeding in Brent.

On Thursday, a handful of safety-conscious residents were met by Police Community Support Officers outside Fryent Primary School, Church Lane, for the launch of the road safety initiative in the borough.

Roadwatch

The Community Roadwatch scheme has been developed by The Metropolitan Police and Transport for London (TfL), and gives local residents the opportunity to work side by side with their local police teams to reduce speeding in residential areas.

John Govier, 70, from Elthorne Road in Kingsbury said:

“I often see cars speeding in this area, and with the school over the road and a park next door, I am really concerned for the safety of the young children.

“I think that this scheme will make a real difference in slowing down the cars driving on the roads around here and will hopefully make drivers think twice before ignoring the speed limit.

“If this can even stop one accident from happening, then it’s absolutely worth all the time and effort being put in to the initiative by the police and local residents.”

This initiative will be rolled out in areas identified as being hot spots for speeding and road traffic accidents, and we welcome suggestions of potential locations from local residents, schools and community groups.

By encouraging residents to get actively involved in monitoring the speeds of vehicles travelling through their neighbourhoods, the scheme aims to encourage positive behaviours by educating drivers about the dangers of speeding, rather than prosecuting them for speeding offences in the first instance.

Motorists recorded breaking the speed limit will be issued with a warning letter, although those travelling at speeds that well exceed the limit could face a home visit or immediate action from the police. This information will help the local police teams and Transport for London assess future traffic and policing strategies in the area.

Cllr Ellie Southwood, Cabinet Member for Environment, said:

“This is a brilliant way of empowering residents to do something about speeding traffic where they live and help make the roads in Brent safer for everyone.

“This initiative is about education, not enforcement, and we hope that by working with the local community to encourage drivers to watch their speed, we will see fewer accidents and speeding offences in the borough.

“Improving road safety is a high priority for residents and especially for parents of young children. This is a great example of partnership working between residents, the police and the council that I hope will make a real difference.”

If you would like to take part in Community Roadwatch, or to suggest a residential area where there are community concerns around speeding, email transportation@brent.gov.uk.

Consultation begins for on-street parking changes

The Parking Service will be undertaking an extensive consultation with Brent’s residents, schools, traders and businesses about proposed changes to parking charges and the management of on-street parking in Controlled Parking Zones.

car parkThe consultation will be open for 4 weeks, commencing 13th April to 10th May 2016.

There are 40 CPZs in the borough, with 33,000 on-street parking places serving 56,000 households. Currently all households are eligible for up to three parking permits for their own vehicles and unlimited visitor permits. With such pressure on demand, the transportation team are working with residents and businesses to shape a new approach to manage demand for parking spaces and encourage people to use more sustainable transport wherever possible.

The primary aim is to manage high levels of demand for parking spaces, whilst improving road safety, reducing air pollution and carbon emissions, and supporting local businesses. A key aim is to help residents to park near to their homes.

The items that are being consulted on are;

  • freezing charges in pay and display bays across the borough
  • a new scheme of charges for visitor parking in Controlled Parking Zones
  • a proposal to cap the availability of visitor permits
  • withdrawing the Visitor Household Permit offer
  • introducing a new permit for residents who need care and support
  • revising schools’ permits to encourage staff to minimise their parking impact and encourage better school travel planning
  • a proposal to limit residents’ permits to a maximum of two per household
  • simplifying the emissions-based charging scheme for residents’ permits, with increased charges for cars that create more air pollution
  • introducing a new trader permit which could help local businesses such as plumbers, electricians and other building trades
  • introducing a £25 supplement for diesel vehicles to reflect their recognised impact on air pollution
  • introducing a minimum permit charge of £25 for all vehicle types
  • reducing the permitted size of vehicles eligible for resident permits by introducing a weight limit of 3.5 tonnes.

Alongside the consultation there will be a number of workshops and meeting with residents, schools and businesses to hear their views.

There are no proposals on the boundaries and times of operation for our CPZs, but there is a commitment to do so in the near future.

You can access the consultation via the following LINK

Free weekend parking in Council operated car parks in the lead up to Christmas

Shoppers in Brent will be able to park for free on the weekends leading up to Christmas in 11 car parks across Brent, the council has confirmed.

Starting this ‘Small Business Saturday,’ December 5, car parks on Elm Road, Kingsbury Road, Lonsdale Avenue, Neasden Town Centre, St Johns Road, Preston Road, Salusbury Road, and Wendover Road will be open to motorists to park for free on the weekends of the 12-13 and 19-20 December.

Car parks at Barham Park, Northwick Park and Disraeli Road are also included in the scheme, which is intended to make it easier for residents to support local businesses and shop locally in the build up to Christmas.

Cllr Eleanor Southwood, Brent Council’s Cabinet Member responsible for parking, said:

“Small businesses are the life blood of the local economy, providing jobs and services and adding to the unique diversity of Brent, so we are keen to support our local businesses in whatever way we can.

“I hope that providing free parking across eleven sites in the borough at one of the busiest times of the year for businesses will help those who do shop locally to stay loyal, and for those who tend to drive out of the borough to shop, to encourage them to see what local high streets in the borough have to offer.”

Signs will be put up in participating car parks this week promoting the scheme and pay and display machines in those car parks will be covered on the Friday evening before each weekend, to prevent shoppers from accidentally paying for their parking.

Brent has the grit to deal with winter

The Public Realm team has been checking the forecast 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, since the start of the Winter Service on 1 November.

Over 326 grit bins are on street and filled with salt; gritters have been serviced and the service is ready for the onset of Winter.

Our weather forecaster advises that temperatures may fall below freezing over the weekend and Public Realm is watching carefully.

Gritters are on standby in readiness for any sudden change in the weather and we have 1,500 tonnes of salt in stock.

The link below details grit bin locations; the priority network we treat; and government advice on residents gritting pavements in the “Snow Code”.

http://www.brent.gov.uk/services-for-residents/transport-and-streets/road-maintenance-signs-and-markings/gritting/

Free parking arrangements for the festive period

Christmas Day – Controlled Parking Zones will not be enforced, although please take care not to park on yellow lines during their operational hours or block residential driveways.

Boxing Day – Controlled Parking Zones will be enforced in zones E, T, W, KG, KM, KR only.

New Years Day – Bank Holiday restrictions apply

Car parks

To support shoppers and local retailers, free parking will be made available in some of the Brent Council run car parks on the weekends before Christmas.

The weekends when parking will be free are:

  • Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 December
  • Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 December
  • Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 December
  • Thursday 25 and Friday 26 December

Participating car parks:

  • Barham Park
  • Elm Road
  • Kingsbury Road
  • Lonsdale Avenue
  • Neasden
  • Preston Road
  • Salusbury Road
  • St Johns Road
  • Wendover Road

Parking Customer Services

The call centre is not open on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, or New Years Day.

Only a handful of Controlled Parking Zones are operational on bank holidays, and none operate on Christmas Day.

Please access our parking services online for permits and visitor parking. You can also book visitor parking by SMS.