Mental Health awareness week – event 13th May 11am to 1pm Brent Civic Centre

This year Brent Council will mark the Mental Health Awareness Week (8 – 14 May) in collaboration with The Nous Organisation. The 2017 theme is ‘Surviving or Thriving’ and we will explore effective strategies and coping techniques that can help us to enjoy a good mental health.

There will be an event that will take place in Brent Civic Centre on 13th May 2017 from 11am to 1pm, Board rooms 3, 4 & 5.

If you would like to book your place to this even please contact equality@brent.gov.uk

NHS seeks views from new mums in North West London

babyNew mums are asked to share their experiences of maternity care in the North West London area.

The NHS wants to hear from new mothers and mums-to-be about what is important in receiving good maternity care, to shape how this national funding will improve future care.

A new website has been launched (https://maternitynwlondon.commonplace.is) so women can join the conversation and share their experiences of maternity care.

Celebrating Ganesha at Willesden Library

Brent Museum and Archives is hosting an ancient statue of the Lord Ganesha. The idol is on loan from the British Museum. The beautiful sculpture is over 800 years old and originates from India.

Come and see the statue and our wider exhibition celebrating many aspects of Indian culture at Willesden Library. The exhibition has been created in partnership with Shree Swaminarayan Temple Willesden, Mahogany Arts and the artists Kirsty Harris. There will also be a celebration event on 17th May.

Neasden benefits from Public Space Protection Order

A Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) is now live in Neasden. The Government’s street drinking laws were time limited and have now expired so the Council has implemented it’s own PSPO in partnership with the Police to clamp down on street drinking.

The purpose of the PSPO is to help tackle and address the issues of street drinking which is taking place within the Neasden Shopping Centre area.

The area outlined in blue is covered by the PSPO.

Neasden PSPO

Help me get out of jail!

On Friday I will be taking part in St Luke’s Hospice’s ‘Jail and Bail’ fundraiser. I am looking for bail money to help me get out! I am looking to raise £1,000 for the Hospice. To learn more about the work they do, visit here LINK

To donate money to the charity, visit my fundraising page here LINK

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.

Money for social care is not ‘extra’ money

The Government’s announcement in yesterday’s Budget of ‘extra’ money for social care is complete smoke and mirrors and fails to address the issues of chronic underfunding of social care. In Brent, the Tories and Lib Dems have taken over £150 million from Brent Council, significantly reducing the money that we have available locally to pay for social care.

The announcement in yesterday’s Budget was for £2billion ‘extra’ funding over the next three years.

The Government has completely ignored the fact the the Conservatives and the Lib Dems have taken £5.5 billion out of social care in the last few years. In simple balance terms, the £2 billion puts social care in a net position of  MINUS £2.5billion.

In addition, the Government has only committed this money for a three year period so as far as we can account for, in 2020, we will be back in the position of -£5.5 billion as the ‘extra’ £2 billion will no longer be there. In addition we have no information on how the money will be allocated.

Don’t be fooled by the Government saying they are putting more money into social care! They are merely applying a sticking plaster on an open headwound, having caused the injury themselves!

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.